Monday, October 11, 2010

Curse of Mike Hart lesson in humilty, or should we say, lack of it

Some old sayings are more apropos than others. But I think it would be wise to believe the one about, "What goes around, comes around" is more fitting than most.
I think we've found that out about former Michigan running back Mike Hart. His "little brother" comments following Michigan's victory over Michigan State in 2007 have come back to haunt not only the Wolverines, but Hart himself.
Here's a guy who just owned the Spartans when he played against them. Michigan won all four seasons, and Hart starred in those victories.
Here's a guy who is doing pretty well for an undrafted free agent in the NFL for a premier team - the Colts (wonder what his conversations are like with former Michigan State star Blair White, who also made the Colts as an undrafted free agent).
Yet, Hart's part in the lore of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is that the Wolverines have not beaten the Spartans in football or basketball since Hart made those comments.
I think the lesson here is about humility. Hart didn't have much after the Wolverines' win in '07. And he is paying the price for it to this very day.



Anonymous elset said...

What price is Hart paying? You said yourself he's doing okay for himself in the NFL. And, he hasn't been on the field for any of the losses, except having his name attached to a meaningless "curse". I can't imagine he's losing any sleep over any of this.

2:35 PM 
Anonymous Jim said...

Was it dumb? Yes.
Does it have anything to do with the 3 game losing streak? No, unless you believe the Greek Gods threw those interceptions or helped slip those tackles. The better team has won all three games.

Now, if the streak continues when Michigan is a better team, then I'll consult the Delphic Oracle to get rid of the hubris curse.

From this M alum to all of my Sparty friends: congrats and get to Pasadena. I hope your team is as awesome as they've looked the past 2 weeks.

12:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karma is a bitch, as they say.

Dantonio has more victories in Michigan Stadium than Rich Rod, is something else they say.

Which is too bad, because I like both teams, and want both to succeed. Rich Rod has to beat at least one of the big boys this season, or else.

4:28 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I would guess it would bother him. I'm sure it's something he is reminded off all the time, especially when the Spartans start their "Little Sister"chant.

3:54 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I believe in karma, so I get in that sense, it does have something to do in the last three years. But I see your point.

3:55 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

In retrospect, Hart's comments certainly didn't appear to be good for MIchigan.

3:57 PM 

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