I’ve often joked that some Michigan football fans aren’t happy unless they’re not happy. But after 11 games this season, even they could be excused for having plenty to be unhappy about. A week ago, the Wolverines were 3-and-4 in the Big Ten, with undefeated Ohio State coming up next.
The Wolverines had been surprisingly bad all season -- until the Ohio State game, when they were suddenly, surprisingly good, falling short by just one point in the final minute. It was the first time I have ever seen Michigan fans feeling better after a loss than before it.
Still, the heroic performance was bittersweet.
Where was that team all year? Which team will return next year – the one that got crushed by Michigan State, or the one that almost beat the Buckeyes?
But Michigan’s bigger problems are off the field, not on it.