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I liked it because I am and always will be a diehard Michigan fan, born and raised. But... unlike all the other fans here who are "loving" this documentary, I didn't understand why Amazon pursued this team/topic when the show was being advertised and I still don't understand now that I've watched it.
The top ranked review talks about Michigan's academics and while agree that Michigan is unique in that regard, this doc doesn't go into any detail about that fact, so I see no connection for the purposes of a review of the actual documentary rather than the school itself. I don't think anyone is saying the school isn't unique, but that doesn't somehow make the documentary unique. The most you see about academics is a brief focus on a single player getting an Entrepreneurship degree, and I'm sorry but that is clearly just the newest form of the "Communications degree", i.e. the athlete's degree for athletes who couldn't otherwise get into college but we want them for their sports ability. Ironically, Michigan is known for the exact opposite - NOT giving out joke degrees and letting guys in just because they can play football. If anything, Michigan LOSES excellent football prospects BECAUSE they don't usually accept guys who don't have the academic prowess, so I feel this doc actually does a bad job of pointing that out to anyone who may not be aware.
And that brings me to my review of the documentary (instead of the school):
Like the season they featured, this documentary is mediocre. Many thought Harbaugh would be some great savior for the program so maybe that is why Amazon wanted to do this documentary on this team, but Harbaugh has proven to be exactly as unremarkable as some (myself among them) expected, so that can't be the purpose of focusing on this particular team. If there were some big come back story, or even the opposite, a complete fall from grace, again, that might make sense to focus on this program now, but, like it's coach, the program is currently unremarkable and so is the documentary. There aren't any great insights made, or secrets revealed. It was an uneventful season from a currently mid-level program where nothing unexpected at all happened. They lost the games they were highly expected to lose and managed to pull off victories in the ones they were expected to win and nothing else happened.
So, if you love Michigan, by all means, watch and enjoy your team's highlight reel. I enjoyed it for that reason and any other fan I'm sure will too. But if you are only stopping by because of a love of the game and a want for a good football story, you aren't going to get it here, and if you are looking for real insight into the inner workings of the Michigan program, look to the John Bacon books (my fav is "Three and Out") because you also aren't going to get anything more than surface level knowledge here either. Still, Go Blue!!
I like the inspiration and work ethic that Jim brings to the team . To have these young men give it there all and leave there heart and soul on the field is awesome. I used to be a big college football fan but my conscious will no longer allow myself to participate in a Pozi scheme . Where only the top will win in a rigged game . Jim will stand to make 50 million dollar while his players will only risk life changing injuries for the chance to make into the NFL .The NCAA is running what I compare to as a share cropping model that was used in the south after slavery , work your ass off on my fields in this case football field and I might reward you with free food, housing ,and education but this land will never be yours.