But they all count one, and you can't change the standings once the wins are posted. Disappointing to lose, but we saw it coming once Branden Dawson took a step away from basketball last week.
What's amusing is to read all of the Michigan fan comments (on MLive and elsewhere) and see how many of them are accusing Spartans, including Tom Izzo, of "making excuses" when noting that Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson were injured and unavailable. Or that pointing out how beat-up Keith Appling is right now is a way of "making an excuse for losing". These folks love to be the pot-calling-the-kettle-black!
All through football season we heard nothing but excuses from Michigan fans (and coaches) for their lackluster performances. Was it just me, or did you also hear these types of comments from the blue-and-yellow faithful only a few months ago:
- "We have a young interior to the offensive line"
- "We have a young offensive line"
- "We have no offensive linemen - - - thanks, RichRod"
- "We have more than 60 freshmen on the team"
- "We have a young team"
- "Devin Gardner is all beat-up"
- "The cupboard was bare when Brady took over"
- "Al Borges is the problem"
- "Greg Mattison is the problem"
- "Brady Hoke is the problem"
- "David Brandon is the problem"
- "Mary Sue Coleman is the problem"
Not once during the football season just past did Michigan fans (or coaches) own up to the facts that they weren't a very good team, their program reputation is fading fast, and their players weren't all that good despite their high-school rankings. All we heard were the comments listed above.
Now those same Michigan fans accuse MSU fans (and coaches) of "making excuses" when we point out that Payne and Dawson were injured and out, while Appling (and maybe Costello) were injured and still playing. Their main counter-punch to the Payne/Dawson absence is that two of their stars from last year dropped out of school and quit college basketball, so there, nanny-nanny-boo-boo!
I think you can all see where this is going. Let's review the claims of excuses by Michigan fans in comparison to the excuses those same fans were making all through football season. We will compare the main explanations offered by the MSU side that are being called "excuses" with the actual "excuses" that UM folks were making about football.
That article will be coming up NEXT on this web site.
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