I’ve traveled near and far to watch Michigan football. In 2016, I went to the Citrus Bowl to see Michigan beat Florida (see Jet Lagged! The Citrus Bowl Trip Report Debrief). In 2016, I traveled to Columbus to see Michigan lose to Ohio State (see Buckeyes Wolverines: Fourth & Short Trip Report Recap). In 2017, I went to Dallas to see Michigan beat Florida again (see Jerry World: Dallas Trip Report Recap). In 2017, I went to Ann Arbor to see Michigan lose to Ohio State (see Ohio State vs. Michigan: Advanced Ticket Scalping).
This year I skipped the annual beating Ohio State beating and will not be going to the lousy Peach Bowl to play Florida yet again. After last year’s embarrassment in the Outback Bowl, I vowed to stop spending money on a program that consistently underachieves.
Today, the news broke that Urban Meyer is resigning. The headline in Freep is Merry Christmas, Jim Harbaugh! Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is retiring. To that I say, “Bah Humbug.” Michigan has paid Harbaugh millions of dollars to beat Ohio State, something he has failed to do in four years. Now that Meyer is leaving, the program is suddenly hopeful that we can end the losing drought. With Meyer out of the way, that may be more likely. However, why should we overpay to do so? And how can we consider it a triumph if we actually do win? The bully has left the neighborhood not because Debo got knocked the duck out but because of health reasons. That’s hardly a cause for celebration.
Instead of gifting Harbaugh millions for doing something he couldn’t do when it mattered, Michigan should fire Jim and usher in a new era. An era where we take on our nemesis mano-a-mano, not one that is subsidized by the retirement of a coach that owned us for almost a decade.