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Clan Description Take on Hoke HireFavorite Pre-Game TraditionWhere to Watch an Away GameEvery Michigan Fan Should Read...Favorite SongMoney Quote
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Bo Clan (15%)Former Bo players and those associated or feel very closely tied (e.g, alums or “Bo signed my hat when I was 9” folks) to that era. Defense wins championships, people. Not really happy, despite Brandon having played for Bo. Glad there’s an M guy at the helm but upset it’s not Miles or Harbaugh. Suspect DB didn’t give Miles/Harbaugh a serious enough look. Propagators of the theory that the interview process was a charade—Hoke was always the target.We barbecued these same ribs back in '73, an' I tell ya the stadium looks different and some o' th' buildings, but this spot hasn't changed a damn bit.At home, with EVERYBODY over. This is the couch where we watch MICHIGAN football. Later in the year the wife makes chili.Those Who Stay, by Curt Stephenson "Across 110th Street Instrumental (aka The old Michigan Replay Theme)" by J.J. Johnson and His OrchestraIt's Michigan Replay, with Bo Schembechler and Larry Adderley.
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The Rebellion (9%)Bloggers, message-board hounds, recruitniks. Statistical analysis shows, nay, proves that an innovative offense (RR/Chip Kelly) is what is required in Ann Arbor. And you never punt, man. Carr’s tendencies became maddening in the final few years, and rumors of Carr steering recruits away from U-M make them slam down their X-box controllers in rage. Pissed. Feel that Michigan deserved a) a bigger name and, particularly, b) a man with a more progressive offensive scheme. Early love earned by DB is gone especially after he mucked up their “precious" – the recruiting class. Now, “Brandon’s just another suit, man.”Any anger toward me after reading this was diffused by the appearance of a pie chart on this post.Beer Pong or 'U Honk We Drink' on the porch of a State St flophouse.In the basement (because too emotional to watch with everyone upstairsThe Decimated Defense, by Misopogon"A Better Son/Daughter," by Rilo KileyThe lows seem so extreme that the good seems fucking cheap, and it teases you for weeks in its absence.
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Corduroy Jacket w/ Patch Clan (1%) Affiliated with the University/Ann Arbor elite who feel we devote too much money to athletics, and feel the stadium expansion is wrong on many levels. They chuckle outwardly at people who spend their Saturday afternoons sandwiched between overweight men in a football stadium or in front of their televisions shoveling ‘Funyuns’ into their faces. They are inwardly happy with the Hoke hire. If the University must have a football team, at least they won’t be forking over the NFL-caliber wage that Harbaugh would have commanded.Kerrytown Farmer's Market - it's so nice and peaceful downtown when all those football fans are at the game, isn't itOh there's a game today? Are we good this year? How 'bout we talk a walk in the Arb instead -- it's so lovely when the leaves change.Fired Magic: Detroit's Pewabic Pottery Treasures, by Marcy Heller Fisher"A Toast to Michigan," by Louis ElbelTo the corn-flow'r and the maize, Autumn skies and haze, Alma Mater.
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In Rod We Trusted (5%)Die-hard Rich Rod-backers with close ties to The Rebellion. RR should have been retained. Their support was hardened by the negative media coverage coupled with the idiotic ad hominem attacks by sports radio callers and national drive-by columnists/hosts. He never was given a chance. Not happy with how Rich Rod was treated. Would have accepted Harbaugh. They don’t understand how Hoke could possibly considered a better option than Rich Rod. Won’t say it aloud, but a tiny part of them hopes Hoke fails so they can tell the Happy-go-Hokey media and the Carr Clan to eat a big fat one.Standing atop the little garden outcropping at Blimpy Burger and trying to engage the sadly misinformed Cotton Pickers waiting in line in an RR versus Carr debate.At the Bo Clan guy's house, trying to convince everybody that THIS win over Notre Dame is going to be the start of something special. As RR becomes less defensible late in the year, take an increasing interest in the chili. Found himself fast-forwarding through all defensive possessions and ignoring the defense UFRs as the 2010 season progressed in order to stay sane [profitgoblue edit].Denard: The Happening, by mdoc, or The Big Rodriguez, by Brian Cook"Flash Delirium," by MGMTEven if this hall collapses, I can stand by my pillar of hope; it's just a case of Flash delirium. Here's a growing culture deep inside a corpse."
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Lloyd Loyalists (20%)Former Carr players and those (alums) who feel deep ties to that era. Feel Carr’s Legacy is unfairly represented by many, including the Rebellion and In Rod Clans. They "won"; they got their guy. Thought Hoke should have been a candidate three years ago. Feel some revenge for how Carr’s assistants were treated during the RR transition. Would like to tell the RR crew, “It’s over man. Brandon dropped the big one.”The Broken Egg - we've been meeting here for breakfast every year since senior year, which was [1997+/- 3 years].Local sports bar. Pray a member of the Rebellion comes in so you can kick his ass.The Obscene Diaries of a Michigan Fan, by Craig Ross"One Good Year," by Russell CroweIt’s New Years Day just like the day before. Same old skies of grey, same empty bottles on the floor. Another years gone by, and I was thinking once again, 'How can I take this losing hand and somehow win?'
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Cotton Pickin’ Blues (45%)The vast majority of "regular" M fans. Beyond sanctions and horrible & embarrassing results, they bleed Maize ‘n Blue. But the OSU, MSU and bowl poundings put them over the edge with ol’ Rich Rod. On board with Hoke, especially after the opening press conference (“TOUGH. MAN’S. GAME.”) Their support will build as they learn more about Hoke and time progresses. He’ll get a fair shake over the next few seasons from these guys – they are most of the folks sitting near you in Michigan stadium.The Golf Course.At the home of the guy with the big TV sometimes if there's only going to be a few people over, but otherwise at home to facilitate that 3rd quarter nap.If These Walls Could Talk: Michigan Football Stories from the Big House, by Jon Falk and Dan Ewald"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who
- posted by badjuju81
Change it had to come, we knew it all along. We were liberated from the fall that's all. But the world looks just the same. And history ain't changed 'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war.
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Fierce Pragmatists (1%)Group that was good with Rodriguez & think he deserved one more year. That said, they understand that DB had to fire Rodriguez as much for the "sense" of Rodriguez in the media and among the alumni and fans, as for the 15-22 record. The man had become a toxic asset. They like Brady Hoke and want him to succeed. They see a hardworking guy who has been given the keys to the kingdom (& his dream job). Whether he is capable of delivering Michigan to championship form is to be determined and they will objectively observe this play out. “..football, hmm..”Dragging Misopogal to a different tailgate every week in the bare hopes of finding another Fierce Pragmatist, as opposed to the millions of Rebels and Rod-Trusters who think they're Fierce PragmatistsRefreshing on the iPhone while stuck in Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur/Wife's Stupid Cousin's wedding.Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace"Still Alive," by Jonathan Coulton (ending credits of Portal)Now these points of data make a beautiful line. And we're out of beta, we're releasing on time. So I'm GLaD. I got burned, think of all the things we learned, for the people who are still alive.
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The Second Estate (1.5%)Much like the Second Estate of Pre-Revolutionary France, they make up just 1.5% of Michigan fans, but they control a disproportionate amount of influence. They are Champions Lot parkers. They’re guys that Brandon sees and immediately knows he needs to go chat up. (Note that Brandon, himself, would be of the Second Estate). DB is loyal to them, but he is also well aware that he needs them. They are Cotton Pickin’ Blues generally, they want wins the right way–no scandals, no embarrassment, no negative press. Brady Hoke is a wonderful corporate hire. By virtue of their age, the Second Estate is a specialized subset of the Bo clan by and large and have anointed Lloyd keeper of the flame in the wake of Bo’s death. Like Jack Donaghy, they really like fireworks.The TV room of the cottage on Walloon Lake or Lake CharlevoixThe TV room of the cottage on Walloon Lake or Lake CharlevoixBo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon"Don't Stop [Thinking About Tomorrow]," by Fleetwood MacIf you wake up and don't want to smile, if it takes just a little while, open your eyes and look at the day; you'll see things in a different way.
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The Decatur Clan (2.5%)The fanatical faction of Michigan fandom, named for Capt. Stephen Decatur of the U.S. Navy who famously said, "Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!" Basically "I love the guy in charge, no matter who it is today. Go Blue!". They loved Rodriguez through last week, now they’re full on Hoke-a-Maniacs, brother. Would have been first in line for “DeBord’s DeDudes” shirts if the former Carr assistant was the choice. They may have reservations about this or that, but they will never admit it publicly. They’re the people who wanted Les Miles and covered their ears on "end of game/clock management" and "oversigning" and thought Gruden was a kick ass idea. Covering yourself in maize and walking down Hoover with the throngs all the way to the stadium, then turning back up to State St. and doing it all over again.In West Lafayette, or East Lansing, or Columbus, or Evanston, or wherever the Wolverines may travel - probably next to Lloyd Brady. Also, can be found at an alumni bar every single Saturday, likely still wearing their gameday attire from when they went to Michigan 5+ years ago.100 Things Michigan Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Angelique Chengelis"Love the One You're With," by Crosby, Stills & NashDon't be angry, don't be sad, don't sit crying over good times you've had. There's a girl right next to you and she's just waiting for something to do.
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