If you can dodge a wrench...
Kate: Do you realize that you have not collected membership fees in 13 months? I'm curious, is it really apathy or do you not have a goal in life?That quote pretty much sums it up. I won’t go as far as my friend Jake has, and claim that I “don’t care” anymore. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I wish I could care less – it’s just not in my genocode to do so. The gods mock me.
Peter: I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you do not have one you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell you, it feels phenomenal!
However, after enough heartbreaking disappointments to keep ESPN Classic in business for the next three decades, I have stopped getting my hopes up. I am Peter La Fleur. I might predict wins, but I don’t necessarily expect them (unless we're playing Ball State, that is). While many of you spent the Summer at the beach, I spent it anticipatorily moving through the various stages of grief for the impending three to four losses this season. That way, if/when we lose at Notre Dame, I can still enjoy my dinner and watch some quality night games. I did this last year, and it made my weekends much nicer. I’ve come a long way since “the pinnacle of craziness” – the 2001 MSU game (which included, among other things, a full 7-minute “explanation” (read: rant) to some dude on the street who just saw my Michigan t-shirt and wanted to know who won).
There are more important things in life than Michigan Football. Not many, but there are some. So if you find yourself abnormally upset by our team this year, please heed my advice: Expect failure, and you will delight in success. Accept loss, and you shall bask in the glow of victory. It does feel phenomenal.