If you are a Michigan alum in Baltimore, you were treated to this news on Monday night, via your email box:
"Hey fellow Wolverines,
For the big MSU game this week we have decided to spice things up and get some (friendly) rivalry going with the area Spartan fans. We have invited them to come watch with us...so come prepared to do some eating, drinking and cheering with your friends...and some rivals! Thanks to [name redacted] for reaching out to their alumni contact and setting this up!
Crazy Lil's in Fed Hill is the place to watch.... THIS WEEK IS HUGE so come out and show everyone that you bleed maize and blue. Let's make sure that our MICHIGAN BAR is full of MICHIGAN FANS!!!!!"
Maybe it is just me, but I can't think of anything more unpleasant than going to a Michigan bar and being forced to watch the game with a bunch of MSU fans. After sleeping on it for a couple days, I still think that it is a horrible, horrible idea. Am I wrong in this or does this qualify as alumni bar heresy and should be forever banned?
I'm sure that some MSU fans are perfectly pleasant people, but this week I would prefer that you stay the hell away from me. Shame on the Baltimore alumni bar organizer(s) for this. I may have to make the trip into DC instead...
I know that Mike Hart got us started on the "little brother" analogy, and as much as I am a Mike Hart fan, I just don't agree with calling MSU the little brother. Here is what I think of when I think of a little brother:
- Someone who you hope has success
- Someone you would cheer for
- Someone you can sympathize for
- Someone you (probably) have a few things in common with
To me, Sparty isn't any of these things. I hate MSU, for all the reasons here and more. I hope they lose every game except maybe ND. I hope they tie ND. And I will never feel sorry for them no matter how badly they get embarrassed. MSU is more like the evil stepsister to this year's somewhat-cinderalla Michigan team.
I am hoping to tag another team as "little brother." Namely, the EMU Eagles. Back to the above little bro characteristics from before. I hope Eastern does well for the remainder of this season and in the future. Remember Mike Hart's comments about playing one-on-one basketball with your little brother? I don't recall it verbatum, but it had something to do with letting him hang around in the game, giving him a little confidence before ultimately you beat him. I don't want to give MSU any confidence. I want to blow them out. Eastern, on the other hand, I looked at and thought, "aww, I hope we win handily but I dont want to embarrass this team." That has a little more "little brother" sentiment to it, don't you think? I felt bad for the Eagles when they lost to Northwestern on that last FG. Lastly, we have more in common with EMU. Ron English is their coach, and thought I don't disagree with RR deciding to let him go (differeing philosophies sure I get it), I think he's a good coach and I wish him success anywhere he goes that isn't OSU, MSU, ND, USC or any SEC school. And who here isn't a Tyrone Wheatly fan? He's coaching EMU running backs. Now that makes me feel less terrible about Dwayne Priest running wild in the first half last week. They are our little brother, we had to let them stick around and build some confidence, just like Mike Hart described.
So, to me:
EMU = little brother
MSU = Evil stepsister
So my question to the MGoCommunity is this: Are you happy with calling sparty "little bro?" Or is eastern a better fit?
Me and a friend from Utah (both freshmen) who doesn't quite understand the UM-MSU rivalry are heading up to State Saturday to try and scalp tickets.
Realistically, I don't know how likely it is we'll find them; if we don't, we'll watch at someone's tailgate if possible. Would anyone here that's going to be there be willing to have two guests for a bit?
Also, general advice for getting tix would be helpful. Thanks!!
Fielding Yost: 11-0 overall, 119-0 W against MSU
Tad Wieman: 3-4-1 overall, 3-0 W against MSU
Harry Kipke: 8-0-1 overall, 0-0 Tie against MSU
Herbert Crisler: 6-2 overall, 26-13 W against MSU
Bennie Oosterbaan: 6-2-1 overall, 7-3 W against MSU
Bump Elliot: 5-4 overall, 24-17 L against MSU
Bo Schembechler: 9-1 overall, 34-20 W against MSU
Gary Moeller: 10-2 overall, 45-28 W against MSU
Lloyd Carr: 8-4 overall, 45-29 W against MSU
So after looking at the overall records then what happened against Sparty, for the most part we had good overall records and beat them, which like, duh, we are the winningest program ever. So like i said, 7-1-1 in Michigan coaches 2nd season. Obviously since this is a rivalry and not 1910, this is not going to make a difference, but just another thing to brag about to your State friends.