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Michigan Football: One Loss Among Many Triumphs

Dr. Billi Gordon PicI keep replaying that 2 point conversion attempt in my mind, over, and over, and over again.

If… Ironically, with all of Michigan’s losses this year, with the exception of Michigan State, that same “if” is there.  Honestly, I am a symphony of emotions.

There is a part of me that just keeps thinking, DAMN, we were that close!  Then there’s a much larger part of me that’s thinking, they gave Ohio State all they could handle.

After all of the demoralizing setbacks that the team experienced this year: beginning with the two near-losses to Akron and U-Conn, then the multiple overtime loss to Penn State, and just when it looked like Michigan was back on track, MSU humiliates the Wolverines on national television, then Nebraska, without most of the key players from their starting line up, come into our house and end our home game winning streak. We bounce back and play with heart to beat Northwestern in overtime, only to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in Iowa.

Nobody even expected the game to be close, especially the folks in Columbus.  However, this game was really close.  Our team brought it.  In the end they fell a couple of yards short, but so what. They never lost their heart, their fight, and Saturday, for the first time in weeks, I saw Michigan on the field.  I could not be prouder.

I could not agree with Brady Hoke’s decision to go for two more.  It was absolutely the right thing to do.  We’re Michigan, we don’t play to tie, we play to win.  Year before last, Hoke made the same decision with Notre Dame and went for the pass to Roundtree in the end zone and it worked out.  This year the decision didn’t. It doesn’t matter. What matters is preserving the culture of Michigan football, i.e., we play to win.

It is truly remarkable that the much maligned offense was able to shake it off and come out and bring an A game. That takes remarkable mental acumen.  That is much more impressive than winning the game.  By virtue of the fact that it went down to one play in the last 30 seconds of the game, victory was already Michigan’s.

Bottom line, Ohio State is more athletic and more experienced than our young team—for now.  But they did not allow that, or the difficulties they had endured in previous weeks to affect their game. It was a psychological victory of epic proportions. I can’t remember ever being happy about a Michigan loss, but this loss was much better than any victory we had this year in terms of team morale, and making the statement: “This is Michigan for god sakes!”

We are the winningest program in college football history.  And the reason for that is an indomitable spirit and will like we witnessed Saturday at the Big House! Nothing but love for the coaches, the Wolverine Nation, the student body, my fellow alumni, the band, the dance team, the cheerleaders, and of course, the team, the team, the team!


Dr. Gordon

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