Mediocrity Is Becoming The Standard For Some Michigan Fans

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When I use the @TBHReport Twitter account to tweet during Michigan game, I know I’m tossing myself into a hectic world full of people who are going to attack my comments, persecute what is actually common opinion, and generally pursue the page as a place being used to vent. That is what I get for beating around the bush in saying Michigan is an incredibly average team with a coach who is now 4-10 in his last 14 games. To those of you who say this team and its coaching staff deserves our steady support, I’m going to ask why it’s OK to accept mediocrity as the standard.

I’ll clear up a couple things first: None of us open our eyes on Saturday morning with hopes of Michigan losing; I want a win as much as the next fan. We’re all making some sort of excuse(s)—some justified, others not so much—in an attempt to cope with the losses and move forward. And everyone has this unwavering passion to continue watching and cheering for Michigan—because that’s what most of us have been doing since as far back as we can remember.

When I tweet during a game, saying something like this…

Or this…

… I’m not turning in my fandom card and looking for the exit. I’m taking a logical look at the situation, vomiting in my mind hole, and then churning the words so I can spin in it whichever direction. It’s nothing like an agenda—I wouldn’t know how to create an agenda via a sports blog Twitter feed. It’s more or less looking for a way to express the frustration we all feel.

When I asked if you’re ready for a 3rd-and-2 draw play, I fully expected that and nothing else, being completely honest. When I criticize Michigan’s football team for its unbelievably awful—and embarrassing—performances on the field, I’m jumping outside the box labeled “I pledge allegiance to Brady Hoke…” and into the openness labeled “I pledge allegiance to Michigan football…” My job as a “keyboard quarterback” or “couch quarterback”—or whatever it’s called—is not to become a mindless fan who accepts loss after loss because something positive has to be on the horizon. My job is to say, “Holy (adult word), what the (adult word) is going on here?”

4-10 isn’t an accident. It’s a process, a process we’ve seen come to life almost every fall Saturday afternoon since November of last year. It’s so sad to see this program struggle the way it has; it’s sad watching it all fall apart. But what’s more sad than seeing a team collapse like this? Seeing some of its fans fall right along with it.

Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick, and “Like” him on Facebook.

Tyler Fenwick
Managing Editor at The Big House Report
I am an aspiring journalist studying at IUPUI. I am the third (and youngest) manager of The Big House Report, and it's my responsibility to make sure it runs more smoothly today than it did yesterday.