It’s been almost two years since the University of Michigan Marching Band did the unthinkable and played “Stairway to Heaven” during the halftime show of its 2007 Rose Bowl game against Southern Cal.
As we noted at the time, fate did not respond kindly to such a crass violation of this time-honored commandment, and it chose to smite Michigan during the second half with four Trojan touchdowns.
Nine months later, in the Wolverines’ 2007 season opener, the curse struck again – only this time it was lowly Division I-AA Appalachian State defeating fifth-ranked Michigan in what can only be described as the greatest upset in college football history.
Michigan eventually recovered its balance and finished the season with a respectable 9-4 record, but this year has provided conclusive evidence that the “Stairway” curse is still alive and well.
Under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, Michigan has stumbled to a 2-5 record – its worst start since 1962. They’ve also lost four games in a row for the first time in 41 years.
The Wolverines lost Saturday to Michigan State for the first time since 2001 – and for the first time at home since 1990.
And it doesn’t get any easier, as three of the Wolverines remaining four games are against Top 25 opponents.
Michigan players vow their team will rebound, calling this a “rebuilding” year, but short of Jimmy Page coming to the “Big House” and blessing it with an authentic rendition of the famous song, we don’t see it happening any time soon.