- sandyeggo_blue wrote:
- Bev Plocki > Harbaugh
I can't and won't. Coincidentally enough this gives me an opening to share my Women's Gymnastics story.
It took me longer than I would have liked to accept a job after I graduated. But I was still a hockey fan so I of course kept going to the games and crammed in with the students at the games. As I was still at the games and knew most of the guys on the team from the year prior I would also go party (as much as an old guy who still had to drive home after) could.
At the time the Women's Gymnastics house was just around the corner from the hockey house so naturally they were at most of the hockey parties. I casually got to know several of them over the course of a few weeks. Eventually they started bugging me to come to watch one of their meets. I always used the excuse the I had hockey to follow, even when they were on the road I'd watch them on TV, and in the off games where I couldn't even find a web-stream of the game I'd listen on the radio. I told them that I'd love to go if there wasn't a hockey game at the same time but hockey didn't have an off week.
Well I should have considered that this was Michigan but no only were these girls hot, flexible, funny, etc. but they were also incredibly intelligent. The next time that I saw them they came running up to me and said "We found a meet that you can go to and not miss any hockey. Hockey was in Alaska one weekend and the girls had a meet against Iowa. There is a 4-hour time difference between Ann Arbor and Fairbanks, Alaska therefore I had ample time to go to Crisler and watch the girls in their meet at 7:30 (gymnastics meets typically last a little over an hour) and then go home and watch the hockey team at 11:30.
I couldn't argue with that so I begrudgingly agreed to go. I walked into Crisler wit the full expectation of it being the longest hour of my life. I even considered setting the alarm on my phone for every 15 minutes just to prevent me from nodding off. I knew if that would have happened I never would have heard the end of it. As I was walking in there I saw at least 2 dozen young girls running around all excited and trying cartwheels in the concourse. I slogged my way down to the front row as I wanted to make sure the girls could see me so I'd get credit for going.
Then the meet started, the lights dimmed, and music started up. Next let me say that I didn't have a freaking clue what was going on or even know how to score what was going on. They had multiple events going on the the same time and like I said I didn't have a clue what I was watching. However I was absolutely mesmerized at what those girls could do. They were doing stuff that I used to dream about doing on skis with 10 feet of air off of a jump while going 25 mph down a hill only they were doing it on a balance beam, vault, bars, or just the floor. Of course the pervert in me also did not mind the tight leotards that the girls were wearing. Damn gymnasts have nice asses.
Anyways that hour which I was dreading went by in the blink of an eye. I was thoroughly entertained. At the end a few of the better girls who participated in all of the events sat at tables and signed autographs. I wasn't about to wait in line with a bunch of 6 year-old girls so I started to walk out. One of the girls who knew me but didn't have to sign any autographs saw me and ran up to me before I left.
"So did you like it?" she asked.
I replied that "I didn't think I would but it was very entertaining."
To which she responded, "Did you understand a thing that was going on?"
I laughed and said "No, but I liked it. Thanks for making me come."
To this day that was probably the most entertained that I have ever been at a UM athletic event, and I've been to everything that was a varsity sport when I was a student (with the exception of Men's or Women's basketball and water polo). I've been to at least 200 hockey games, 50 football games (including the Penn State game in 2005), 75-100 baseball games, probably 15-20 Softball games, a few Crew meets (my first practicum was on the river where they practiced), a golf match, wrestling, track & field, swimming & diving, cross country (I didn't go to any races but I saw them running all over the place),tennis, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, etc. Lacrosse and Men's gymnastics weren't varsity sports when I was there.
Now after writing all of that I have the feeling that I may have told that story before. If I did I apologize as anyone reading this was most likely here before when I may have told it.
Anyway, Polocki has pretty much dominated while coaching at Michigan. The year that she got here (1990) Michigan struggled to a 6th place conference record. Since then the worst that Michigan finished was 4th place twice. She has 25 Big Ten titles. She has built a powerhouse at Michigan which finally reached their first National Championship Saturday.
Michigan actually has/had a lot of coaches better than Harbaugh. Don't forget about Hutchins (softball), Bakich (baseball), Berenson/Pearson (hockey), Howard (basketball), Bottom (swimming) and he wasn't even Phelps' coach-I don't know his name, etc.
Alas Harbaugh has the name recognition and in the money sport. Sure his tenure has been disappointing but that might be due to unrealistic expectations? I don't know, as Michigan fans we're unreasonable but it is so wrong to demand anything but the best?