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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Rich-Rod: U of M‘s goft to MSU fans

George Foster - November 15th, 2010
Rich-Rod: U-M’s gift to MSU fans
Thanks for everything, Wolverines.
Last week’s results in Ann Arbor was the best possible scenario for Michigan State supporters (I must disclose my own allegiance to the Almighty Sparty). NCAA sanctions against the University of Michigan and its football coach were lighter than expected and U-M won a game against Illinois that they probably should have lost.
How is this good for MSU supporters, you ask? Look at it this way: if U-M had lost to Illinois and the NCAA had imposed even more infractions against the program, U-M coach Rich Rodriquez would have been fired for sure after this season. He might be history anyway, but now there is a chance Rodriquez might stick around a couple of more seasons. Rodriquez’s continued coaching tenure would ensure mediocre win totals for U-M, promote more squabbling within the Wolverines sports family regarding Rich-Rod’s coaching status and drive more top recruits to MSU.
Best of all, I am convinced our “big brother” in Ann Arbor will never defeat MSU in football while Rich-Rod is the Wolverines coach.
Let’s face it. The actual NCAA charges against Rich-Rod were never a big deal. Yes, his assistants cheated when they exceeded NCAA guidelines for football practice, but there are rumors that many football programs have been fudging these rules during workouts, erring on the side of practicing too much (not MSU, of course).
The NCAA seems to be making an example of the U-M football program – I don’t remember such infractions ever warranting this much publicity. I must admit to U-M fans that accusations of practicing excessively don’t come close to the severity of charges made against other universities - such as paying off athletes with thousands of dollars in cash or vehicles. The big deal is that, before Rich-Rod showed up, there was never even a hint of scandal connected to Michigan football.
One thing certain - another new coach for the Maize & Blue is MSU’s worst nightmare. Sparty loves Rich Rodriquez. In his three seasons as the Wolverines coach, Rich-Rod has won only five conference games so far and lost all three against Michigan State. Little brother would take great pleasure in Michigan being humbled for at least one more season. Rodriquez’s arrival in Ann Arbor from West Virginia was the best thing to happen for MSU football fans since, well... a teen-aged Bubba Smith left Texas over 40 years ago to join the Green & White in East Lansing.
If it seems like childish behavior for me to wish adversity on U-M as much as I hope for MSU success, I plead guilty as charged. Remember, some of us have memories of an era when Notre Dame, not Michigan, was MSU’s biggest foe. Michigan’s football team (prior to Bo Schembechler) wasn’t good enough to be discussed in the same sentence with Michigan State’s success on the gridiron. Seriously.
No joke, you can look it up. At that time, Ohio State’s rivalry with Michigan wasn’t such a big deal either... for OSU. Woody Hayes’ Buckeyes pummeled the Wolverines most seasons before Bo’s arrival in Ann Arbor.
Of course, beginning with Schembechler’s coaching reign until the end of the Lloyd Carr era in 2007, U-M football had been dominant – 40 consecutive winning seasons. During that period, U-M clobbered MSU most of the time, leaving Sparty football with a huge inferiority complex and a few of its own football scandals.
But this is a new era for Wolverines football and you can’t win them all, right? I believe MSU fans everywhere can agree that Rich-Rod deserves another season at the U-M helm. And another, and...









 
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