Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
So a Sparty made a video about the fans of Michigan (and other schools) that have no connection to the school outside of fandom.
Having difficulty embedding it so... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46MsGQFrzPE
His thesis is that only students have earned the right to say "we", which is disagree with because only players truly have that right. Also only alumni are able to build that close of a bond because of the shared struggle financially and emotionally.
If there is no connection to the school you should be a professional sports team fan instead.
I am a huge supporter of sidewalk alumni myself but I was curious what other people felt about the issue.
In another offseason, mostly meaningless ranking, Michigan came out on top of TicketCity's list of "college football's most engaged fans." At least this ranking wasn't just pulled out of thin air: there were criteria and measurable data. So, even if the methodology is questionable, at least there is a methodology.
TicketCity based the rankings on such criteria as attendance, ticket prices, face book likes, ticket prices, and twitter followers (evil genious Dave Brandon strikes again!) Here are the top ten schools:
|1||Big 10||University of Michigan||100.00|
|2||SEC||Louisiana State University||95.43|
|3||SEC||University of Alabama||95.18|
|4||Big 10||Ohio State University||92.94|
|5||SEC||Texas A&M University||88.91|
|6||Big 10||University of Nebraska - Lincoln||87.88|
|7||Big 12||University of Oklahoma||82.77|
|8||Big 12||University of Texas - Austin||82.11|
|9||SEC||University of Georgia||81.83|
|10||SEC||University of Florida||79.86|
Perhaps I'll be lampooned, but I figured I'd try to get some discussion on a slow day/week/month/summer...
I live in Columbus. Therefore, I am subject to ridicule from ohio fans. Recently, a mutual friend (who apparently has family in Michigan) claims the rivalry is "much worse" in Ann Arbor and cites being picked on and "having an ohio yard ornament/floaty shot with a shotgun in his front yard." Perhaps the latter was embellished a bit, but this leads me to my...
For those that live in Michigan or, better yet, Ann Arbor, how have you viewed the treatment of ohio fans in a hostile environment? If possible, what is the HARSHEST treatment you've seen an ohio fan experience?
Perhaps a "cool story, bro" lead-in, but I was interested in some shared insight on an ohio fan in Michigan, seeing as my role is reversed.
Out of boredom, I've been scanning some of the other B1G sports blogs (plus ND's), and of course reading posts here on MGoBlog linking to and dscussing other teams, and it just made me realize how fortunate I am to be a Michigan fan. I got to thinking about which B1G fanbase I would least want to ever be a part of. Looking at football especially, I considered such aspects as program history, recent success, coaches and ADs, scandals, and the quality of the fanbase. Here is my thoroughly researched, scientific, unbiased and objective ranking of B1G fanbases I would hate to belong to with worst being number 1, and reason(s) in parentheses:
1. PSU (Jerry Sandusky, JoePa and administration's response)
2. OSU (the rest of the fanbase is the worst part--the scandals, another lesser issue)
3. IU (football so crappy basketball is the #1 focus even in September)
4. ND ( strong history; sucky team for decades, and a delusional fanbase)
5. PU ( better at football than IU; worse at basketball, no money being used to support athletics)
6. Illini (Year after year of good recruits and crappy teams; does place players in NFL)
7. NW (Good coaching, teams that battle, indifferent fanbase)
8. MSU (good success lately, good runs going back 70 years, thug players, burning couches)
9. Minn (tough place to recruit, positive sparks now and again)
10. Neb. (great tradition, team showing signs of some recent success, coach named Bo)
11. Iowa (quality sports blog, decent team year in and out)
12. Wisc. (Good success in past decade)
13. UM (need I say more?)
How would you rank the teams you would most hate to be a fan of?
So I am in the camp that the MSU game is important, but it doesn't make or break the season. Every game is important. We want UofM to win every single one. But raising any single game to the status of make or break is a mistake. This isn't rocket science. For DB, it is "the entire body of work" that matters.
Let's be real. At the beginning of the season, if you were told, "Michigan will win a minimum of seven games and go to a bowl game," what would you have thought? You would have been thrilled!
The reality is that win or lose vs. MSU, Michigan is going to win at least three more games, and quite possibly could win more. That is a huge improvement over 2009. Putting all your eggs in the "State is a must-win game" is crazy. No, it is foolish.
Michigan is returning to prominence. It is just a matter of how soon. MSU fans know this, which is why the game is so important to them this year. They know that the tide is turning, and that things are returning to their natural state of existence.
Part of the reason State fans are so obnoxious is because of their inferiority complex. Because they know that they just haven't been as good as UofM. This extends to the team, and to the entire university. The only place they are strong is in areas Michigan doesn't even focus (i.e., animal and agricultural science.)
But there is something else at play. There are some Michigan fans who have over the years been insufferable jerks. You know who you are. This has led to the behavior of some of the State fans. For my two cents, remember this once Michigan returns to prominence. Don't act the way State fans are acting now. You're above that.
One last thing. If you really believe that Michigan has returned, put your money where your mouth is. I have a "friendly wager" with a couple of MSU grads. I would hope that those of you living in Michigan have the cajones to do the same.