Go Blue!

By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall November 17, 2007 at 12:01AM

Go Blue!
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On the eve of the best rivalry game in college football history, a message of support for my Wolverines. It has been a disappointing year. After an unfathomable loss to Appalachian St. (one that will sting forever) and two more losses, Michigan has simply not lived up to our potential as a football team. But nothing is impossible... It is time to make history. Go Blue and beat those Buckeyes!

My two favorite memories from the rivalry...

This moment came during my third year at Michigan. This was the most exciting performance I saw as a student at Michigan, and one of the classic moments in the history of the rivalry. It is known as The Desmond Howard Game...

... but the best season of my life, and the greatest performance I have ever seen by a Michigan player, came in 1997, ten years ago, when Charles Woodson made play after play on every part of the field, all season long. Michigan went on to win the National Championship that year, the first and only time in my life we've won the title. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the title, here is a taste of what will always be known as The Charles Woodson game...

No matter what happens tomorrow, I will always love my Wolverines for giving me moments like these. But with a trip to The Rose Bowl and a Big Ten Championship on the line, records be damned; Tomorrow is the biggest game of the year. On the 10th Anniversary of our last National Championship, I hope the Wolverines are inspired by the history of this game and their responsibility to fans everywhere; It is time to beat Ohio State. Jim Tressel, a heck of a coach, has owned this rivalry and the Buckeyes have won five of the last six against Michigan, including three in a row coming on the fleet feet and mediocre throwing arm of now-graduated quarterback Troy Smith. Enough is enough; It is time for Lloyd Carr to show the leadership and courage that is demanded of a Michigan coach, to do whatever is necessary to win this game and deliver us the Big Ten title. Losing four in a row in this series is unacceptable; It is time to make a statement and re-establish Michigan's excellence. Coach Carr, your job is on the line; There is someone waiting in the wings who is not afraid to roll the dice and get the job done. Put up or shut up time.

No sleep tonight; Tomorrow is a big day.
Let's Go Blue!

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