Happy 2008!

Being a Wolverines fan is not always easy but, in the words of our friend Ice Cube, today was good day. The Maize & Blue defeated Florida today in the Capital One Bowl to end their three-year bowl game losing streak and send retiring coach Lloyd Carr out on a high note.

Despite their status as the winningest (is that really a word?) team in college football history, Michigan football is frustratingly mediocre in the post-season. I cannot watch Michigan bowl games without a sense of impending doom. All doubts about the other shoe dropping when Mike Hart fumbled the first time inside Florida’s five-yard line were erased by the second time he fumbled at the Florida goal line. At that point of the game I shouted to my beleaguered wife, “Did they bet against their own team?”

Now, hopefully Rich Rodriguez will not repeat the Appalachian State debacle against the mighty Toledo next year.  But, for today, we ring in the new year with a rousing chorus of Hail to the Victors!