|By Joshua Henschke
Editor of TheBigHouseReport.com
Henschke’s Wednesday Rants are just that, rants. This will be a weekly editorial piece that will touch on a variety of subjects regarding University of Michigan Athletics.
They say winning cures everything.
Since 1997, the year the Wolverines won the National Championship, they are 127-61, a 67% winning percentage.
Surely, that’s enough to keep me satisfied as a fan, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s what you do with those wins and losses that mean the most.
Nine of those losses are to Ohio State–not to mention eight of them in a row to the Buckeyes– another loss against Appalachian State, four losses in a row to Michigan State, and many others.
Now, as a fan, you expect to beat your rivals every year, though the outcome isn’t usually the case, eight losses in a row to your most hated rival is enough for anyone to pull their hair out.
With that record since 97, Michigan has gone 6-7 in bowl games. The offseason is where you make your money, and it’s frustrating to not see it get done.
I’m not saying Michigan needs to be undefeated every year, or blow every single team out by 50, I just want to win. I want to see Michigan start beating Ohio State. Because, quite frankly, I’m sick of losing to them. I’m sick of losing, period. Michigan is the winningest program in all of football, it’s time to get back to those ways.
I’m tired of 8-4 and not competing in conference, I’m tired of going to these obscures bowls and losing, and I’m tired of seeing the SEC dominating football that was once held by the Big Ten. The standard is to win, and Brady Hoke will get us there.
The 2006 team had a chance to win it all and was playing like the best team in the country until it’s close loss to Ohio State. A loss that should have never happened. At any rate, there is no excuse to get their butts kicked in the Rose Bowl by USC that year. Since 1997, Michigan is 0-3 in Rose Bowls and hasn’t been back to Pasadena since 2006. Something needs to change, and that change is winning.
Sure, Hoke has us headed in the right direction. But it’s up to the team to win. Hoke can only do so much, the players need to take it the rest of the way. I believe this will happen. With the mess left behind from Rich Rodriguez, the stench that loomed in Ann Arbor has finally passed and we are ready for a bright future.
In order to be the Leaders and Best the Michigan Fight Song says that we are, we need to act like it. The University of Michigan has that outside of athletics, but Michigan needs to take over the reigns of being the best like they did in 97. In order to be the best, you need to beat the best. We saw how to stack up against Alabama, that’s the measuring stick. We still have more room to grow.
At the end of the day, the team has made remarkable progress towards getting better and to start winning Big Ten Championships again. The years of frustration losing to Ohio State builds up over time. All I want is a win, it doesn’t matter if it’s a one, two, or thirty point victory. I just want to see a W in the left-hand column in the standings.
As Al Davis once said, “just win, baby!”