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My appologizes if someone already posted this -
OSU AD Smith felt compelled to put out a video on the web because he is getting so much pressure on moving the game. It sounds like there is some hope the powers that be may cave if the fan bases keep up the pressure.
Hi. My name is Brian, and I am 28. For 20 of those years, I have been a Michigan fan, and until last week, I thought I had it pretty good. There was smugness in my fandom, superiority, feelings that often would cross over into (yes) Arrogance. I looked down at fans of other teams, in other sports, in other leagues.
Where does your team play? Citizen's Bank Park? That's nice. My team's stadium not only doesn't have a name, we also don't even have ads inside. At all. Oh, you're Jets fan? That's great, but why do you only play the Giants once every seven years? Why can't the NFL see how great a rivalry that could be? Sure, the Mets are cool, but they are 100 years younger than my Wolverines.
For twenty years, I thought we were special. We loved a college team, made up of our classmates, at a place we actually had a connection to. The kids that loved pro teams the most were just throwing their money at a corporation, an office building somewhere that didn’t really care as long as people still paid. Ours was a two-way street, where the team and the school remembered us, the past, and why these things mattered.
I could handle the increase in TV money, the championship games, the BCS. These were unwelcome, certainly, but those things couldn’t touch what it meant to be a Michigan fan. “All we want is to win a lot of games, beat OSU, and get to the Rose Bowl. Everything after that is gravy”.
Coach Shiano is right when he says we are about to lose our memories. However, it is even worse than that. We are about to lose our identities. The greatest day in sports (even the Old Firm matches in Glasgow are spread out over two different days) is going to be taken out back, shot, and fed to ABC, for the sum of less than a million dollars.
My first child will be born this fall, a few weeks before the game. It sounds petty, but I couldn’t wait to dress him or her up in a tiny block M shirt, and watch the game from the couch, knowing we would do this every year at the same time until I died. If we can’t count on the game, what can we count on?
Dear President Coleman and AD Brandon,
I first want to commend both of you, and former AD Martin, on the wonderful job with the Michigan Stadium renovations. I have taken the several opportunities presented to the public to tour the new facilities and am very excited about them. This is a change that I am glad to observe and be a part of for this coming football season.
While change can often be good, changing traditions is often not. In particular, changing the tradition of U-M and OSU playing in the last regular season game (since 1935!) is a change that would be exceedingly bad, in my opinion. While I understand the need for sufficient funding of athletics, so that the general funds can be focused on maintaining our excellent academics, I hope that you do not accept a change of tradition of this magnitude because of money. This seems to me to be tantamount to allowing advertising or the sale of alcohol in Michigan Stadium.
Beyond the fact that moving The Game is bad for tradition, it is also very bad for the experience of The Game. No longer will the rest of the games during the regular season feel like preparation for The Game. No longer will we have the excitement of deciding a conference (or division once we've moved to a divisional format) champion based on the results of this game. No longer will we have the opportunity to redeem a 3 or 4 loss season by beating OSU in the final game of the season. No longer will we have an association of The Game with mid/late November, an association as ingrained in many of us fans as Christmas being on Dec 25 or Memorial day being on the last Monday of May. No longer will we be able to say that we participated in a tradition that started before we were born, before WWII. No longer would we be able to say that we are participating in a tradition that we expect to continue with our grandchildren, long after we've passed on.
There is so much to lose by moving The Game, but so little to gain beyond a few more dollars.
Please, please fight to keep The Game when it is.
Clearly, I've taken many points from others who have posted about this around these parts.
About 5 minutes ago I got this response:
Thanks for your point of view...
We are working hard to come up with the best solution to a number of competing interests. There are 12 Teams... 12 A.D.'s... a building full of Conference Officials in Chicago....and 12 Presidents who are all working on these issues. And, we all have our own traditions and desires regarding the way our expanded conference should be structured and scheduled for football. Contrary to your assertion, the scheduling dilemmas we are attempting to work through have nothing to do with money. It would be easier if they were!
To us, the Michigan - OSU game is the most important thing in our world! I know....I was on the team during four of the greatest battles we have ever had! However, there are other Universities and teams in our conference with their own needs and priorities.
I will do the best I can to maintain as many of our traditions as possible... I understand their importance.
Besides the fact that I got this response so quickly (which makes me wonder if it is a canned response, though it does seem to respond to my specific email points), I thought it was noteworthy because A) he states that this is not about money but about balancing the desires of 12 different schools and B) he does seem to state a desire to maintain the tradition of The Game (though he certainly left himself an out).
Sorry about the length and sorry if this is redundant with other posts. I was just hoping to pass on information others might find useful.
This thread is an attempt to consolidate information that will help save The Game. Below are some ways to speak up and help out. Please add information that will help with these options or add new ones. Please avoid discussing “pros and cons” of Big 10 alignment because that horse is currently a puddle of blood and horseshoes.
The message is simple: Michigan and Ohio State should play The Game during the final week of the Big 10 regular season, period.
Details beyond that are irrelevant until this is guaranteed.
Email the Michigan Athletic Department and the Ohio State Athletic Department
University of Michigan
Associate Athletic Director
Ohio State University
Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics
Write a letter (yes the paper kind) to Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany
James E. Delany
Big Ten Conference
1500 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068-6300
Join a Facebook group
Don’t Mess with the Ohio State/Michigan Game!
Keep Michigan v. Ohio State the Last Game of the Season.
Sign an online petition
Bring signs to Michigan football games
Some ideas to start things off:
“Keep The Game the Same”
“Save the Date, Michigan Ohio State”
Start chants at Michigan football games
A Facebook Group is organizing a cheer at Ohio State's first home game on Thursday. With 10 minutes left in the 1st quarter, fans will rise and chant "Save The Game".
I asked the Michigan Facebook Group to email out an event for a similar chant at the Michigan-UCONN game and he promised that he would.
Finally, notify all of your friends, family, alumni, and Ohio State acquaintances of these options.
I ain't never buying me any effing Rotel. No matter how hungry I am, and not even with someone else's money.
That is all.
Oy, where's my Boone's Farm?