* In the end, that's what college football is all about. Do we cheer for a team because we are avoiding failure or do we cheer for a team because we hope they will succeed? Fielding Yost calls on us to hope. Bo Schembechler calls on us to hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism here -- the almost willful ignorance that thinks quarterback mistakes will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the kickoff fumble crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of Louis Elbel running to his sister's house in Chicago so he could write the words of The Victors out of his mind and onto paper; the hope of Tom Harmon turning Buckeye fans into cheering star gazers; the hope of a young Anthony Carter leaving the warmth of Florida to come to Michigan to be a star; the hope of Jim Harbaugh to guarantee a victory; the hope of a leaping YouTube hero who believes that Michigan is the right place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of HOPE !
* Borrowed heavily from Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic Convention Speech.