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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Michigan Message Boards Throughout History

If you regularly peruse the 586 or so Michigan-centric blogs and message boards on these here Interwebs, you quickly notice a vocal segment of Michigan fans who blame Lloyd Carr for virtually all the problems Rich Rod is having at U-M.  From the losing, to the player defections, to the reason why every season ticket holder doesn't tattoo "Rich" and "Rod" on each ass cheek.

Heck, I'm pretty sure there's somebody out there who blames Carr for replacing Rodriguez's iPod - which they'd swear was all cued up and ready to crank some AC/DC - with one set to spew the now-infamous Josh Groban tune at the banquet last week.

Ironically, many of these Rich Rodriguez supporters who blast anybody not declaring their undying loyalty to the current coach,  complained about Carr at every turn when he was coach and constantly called for his ouster.  Obviously "all in for Michigan" only applies to the 2008 season and beyond.

Frankly, I don't understand the animus these folks have toward a coach who loved Michigan, learned under Bo, never had a losing season, won or shared six Big 10 titles in his 13 seasons and claimed Michigan's first National Title in 50 years.  Away from the field, his players loved him, he ran a clean program, is said to be a nice guy and raised/raises a lot of money for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in A2.

So, to find out where it started, the staff here at the MZone did a little research and we were startled by our discovery.

Apparently the "Blame Carr" crowd has been around for some time. Then, as now, they hold Carr responsible for maladies both on and off the football field.

For example, the first recorded instance we could find comes from Ye Old Wolverine Scroll, the popular 19th century precursor to the modern day blog:


From the early 20th century, we found this entry from The Daily Times Dispatch Chronicle Herald Journal Gazette and Michigan Evening Not-Quite-A-Blog-Yet Post:


Finally, before YouTube, there was YouSuper8, a warehouse where anybody could send their Super 8 footage (like the viral sensation "Smoking Mother Makes Baby Laugh Singing Patsy Cline" and "David Goes to the Dentist Who Still Doesn't Use Novocaine").  Unfortunately, since one had to go to the warehouse, dupe the tape then mail it out to friends in the hopes they had a screen on which to show it on, YouSuper8 quickly faded away.

But during its brief heyday, our blogging and message boarding forefathers used it a lot to share game clips and other things with their readers.   Such is the case with this still below from one of the films in the YouSuper8 archives:

15 comments:

MMQ said...

Yost - You are simply Brilliant. I KNEW Lloyd had to be responsible for all that...But what about Small Pox and Rubella, not to mention the numerous STD's that exist today....

Yep, I'll wager it was Lloyd out there spreading that stuff around, too.

Mikoyan said...

I'd swear I read somewhere that Lloyd had a degree in nuclear engineering and worked on both the Three Mile Island plants and the Chernobyl Plant, but I could be mistaken. I'm also pretty sure that he may have a geology degree and did some work in the Gulf of Mexico for BP.

whetstonebuck said...

Well, finally--irrefutable evidence that "everything that goes wrong" in my neck of the woods is NOT my fault. Thank you, Yost. Thank you, Lloyd.

I'm printing this out and putting it in my wallet for the doubters.

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

phil said...

correction Whet -- you are apparently responsible for T. Pryor not getting an invite to the Heisman ceremonies. And don't try to deny it.

GoBlueBob said...

If LC was around to assasinate Lincoln he would not need a time machine to warn the captain of the Titanic. Or maybe he had one to go back to 1865 and did not have enough plutonium to power the flux capacitor for another trip back in time to the early 1900's. If he did come back then I am sure he would have made a trip to AA to meet you Yost.

bigGexpress said...

"Obviously "all in for Michigan" only applies to the 2008 season and beyond."

Thank You!!

bigGexpress said...

Big Ten Season Review Link:

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/tag/_/name/big-ten-2010-final-team-reviews

Just scroll to Michigan and read the last paragraph. It's a virus.

Yost said...

bigG,

Yeah, say it enough and it becomes the truth to some people. Unreal but not surprising.

Tom said...

I used to like your site until you threw rationality out the window. Looking forward to coming back after the circus ends.

If you think Lloyd left this program primed for success you are willfully ignorant.

TitleIX said...

Uh oh, somebody pissed in Tom's Wheaties again........

This may help....
Find a dictionary.
Look up the following: humor, wit, irony, sarcasm, hyperbole, silliness, snarkage, fanaticism, and hobby

Hope that clarifies our purpose here.

Yost said...

It's all good, T9. I used to like Tom reading better before he started drinking the Kool Aid. So I guess we're even.

Mikoyan said...

Oh yeah, I finished "the Wolverine Way" by Doug Chadwick. Excellent book.

Oh if the battle were between a wolverine and a bulldog, I'd put money on the wolverine.

Paul Poenicke said...

Funny stuff.

Although you do realize that Rich Rod was actually president of the Confederacy, captain of the Titanic, and set up LC on his Grassy Knoll to shoot Kennedy. Rich Rod also owned the Texas School Book Depository, where he planted Oswald to take the fall for LC.

Jeff said...

You're all FOOLS!!! I have it on very good authority (I read it on the internet) that Carr and Rodriguez have NEVER been seen together at the same time! The reason?! Carr is trying to improve his legacy as head coach. Rich Rodriguez IS Lloyd Carr!

susieandrew said...

I thought all that was John Navarre's fault...

http://www.everythreeweekly.com/attachments/107_nov02.pdf