TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
Most of you probably remember the story about Cooper Barton, the kindergartner in Oklahoma City who was forced to turn his Michigan t-shirt inside out. A story in yesterday's Daily Oklahoman provides some updated information including that Wolverines from around the country have sent letters and Michigan gear. The UM alumni association has even started a scholarship fund for Cooper and his brother. The family is also being flown out for Saturday's game, and they will be brought out to the field and introduced.
Nothing was cooler, though, than Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon calling to invite the family to Saturday's game vs. Massachusetts. The school is handling the all of the costs, including the flight, the rental car, the hotel and the tickets.
Of course, the Bartons, who will have a chance to visit family in Michigan that they don't often see, are getting special tickets — seats in the luxury suites.
Who knows what else is in store for them? What they do know is that at some point during the game, they will head onto the field where they will be introduced to 109,000 of their newest friends.
“I'm not sure what these guys are going to think of all those people screaming for ‘em,” Chris said, nodding toward Nathan and Cooper. “They're getting pretty excited. They've been talking about it for the past two weeks.”
Edit: When I posted this I didn't realize there was a related story linked under the mgo.licio.us section that the Oklahoma City School district has changed its policy, and now Cooper can wear Michigan gear to school.
By now everyone has heard of the five-year-old who dared to wear a UM T-shirt to his Oklahoma kindergarten class. He has become a symbol of the the fight against mideaval Oklahoma laws that not only force five year olds to hide their Michigan logos but can also can turn kindergartners into criminals for:
1. making ugly faces at a dog.
2. taking an elephant into the downtown area
3. biting another's hamburger.
4. wearing shoes to bed
5. having the hind legs of farm animals in his boots
6. molesting an automobile OR
7. opening a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
I kid you not. These are real Oklahoma laws!
So, how can a kindergartner fight cops, who enforce such unjust laws? Is there anything we can do to help poor Cooper Barton?
I suggest a new UM jersey that says:
"Free Cooper Barton": the brave five-year-old freedom fighter from Oklahoma.
Please feel free to share your other ideas.