maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
A must win game or at least for my sake
Growing up I was an airforce brat, living in multiple places until my dad finally got out and we moved to Ohio right outside of Columbus. I was in 4th grade it was the year after Michigan won its national championship. All the friends who i thought were cool liked michigan and being an outsider to the rivalry made my choice to root for the maize and blue. Even though I had a love of football i didnt get hardcore into til my later years. My first game i remember watching was John Cooper's last, and watching some of the next season when we were left with a young John Navarre. Oh the horror the 2001 and 2002 OSU Michigan game was, but then things were changed I watched all of the 2003 season every game from Chris Perry being the workhorse against MSU, to him leading us to a victory against OSU the first in 2 years, to the USC game which i could tell would be bad as soon as the ball hit Braylons ankle and the usc defender intercepted it. From 2003 season on I was hooked, I would wake up and watch game day, watch all the other games until michigan played and watch the ones after. Living in college my entire life and knowing i could not afford out of state tuition i was in a bind.
The bind was this should i choose not as good of an education to avoid going to Ohio State or should i go and just deal with it. I choose to go to Ohio State where as all my die hard OSU fans didnt. I was lucky in my first year in that my roommates were all friends and one of them happened to be a Michigan fan too. The year was memorable i got to see Guttierez get hurt the week before the first game and see Chad Henne grow, and Mike Hart just straight up dominate. Michigan ended up losing to OSU but still ended in the Rose Bowl facing Texas. Just the thought of the game and how if only the partially blocked field goal could have been fully blocked used to make me sad. As you all know the past 3 seasons with all the promise and losses to Ohio State and In all bowls except for the great dismantle of the SEC powerhouse Florida, were getting depressing. As a michigan fan i suffer through buckeye pride that is seen every where. I get shit talked consistently by my friends since they are the few who know i like michigan and pretty much get laughed at everytime michigan loses to osu. I have never been to an OSU game yet an OSU Michigan game, I regret not going to the #1 vs #2 game but hey i didnt need to be laughed while i sobbed during the late hit crable gave. This year however is different my friends/girlfriend convinced me to go to the 4 season ticket games. I probably wont enjoy the first 3 since i'll have to record michigan games and miss all the other great stuff, like flipping through the games or watching the highlights of games for the tenth time. But I will enjoy the last game when Michigan comes down, I'll be wearing all the Maize and Blue I own cheering for my team. So for the first Michigan game I'll ever go to I would love for it to be a victory, so for once i can rub in my college friends who never knew me when Michigan last one, that Michigan was the better team.
Ohio State is not as bad as it used to be. Infact, it's engineering school is top notch. One company I worked for had like 80 asian PhDs from OSU. All were incredibly smart people, and surprisingly for nerdy asian PhDs, they could talk football pretty well.
That being said - fuck OSU, fuck Jim Tressel, fuck the city of Columbus, fuck the state of Ohio.
I think you are asking to be abused. I'm not a dick, so i'm not going to be too rough...but wtf?...are u a michigan man or not? I don't think I have ever, or will ever, tell someone to like a team full of as many hillbillies and white-trash people as osu. I have never met a classy osu fan -- if this kid wants to root for michigan let him...esp. on a u-m blog...the more we have working from the inside the better :)
You're retarded. I'm probably more of a dick than the other guy, which in this case it totally deserved. I lived in Ohio for about a year and it only made me hate Ohio State more. You've got something really f-ed upstairs if you consider yourself a UM fan and think it's OK to cheer for OSU in THE GAME.
And "excellent school?" Please. There are very few things "excellent" about Ohio, and education is not on that list. That's like saying Indiana has an "excellent" football program (am I giving OSU too much credit?).
Um, yeah, I do think its OK for an OSU student to root for OSU during THE GAME. From my post, that should have been abundantly clear. And no, as a UM alum and fan, I do NOT cheer for OSU during the game, however relevant that is. And yeah, I understand that all things Michigan are excellent (you know, like Harvard being the Michigan of the east and all that) and all things Ohio suck. And gee, I must be a troll since I don't adhere to that dogma.
I do suspect that "cargo", by adhering to a past loyalty to Michigan, is losing out on a lot of good times at OSU (yeah, yeah, I know, "good times" and Columbus are mutually exclusive) by remaining a Michigan fan. My point was my younger brother was a Michigan fan in his youth, ended up a student, alum (and thus fan) of OSU, and had great experiences because of it. Do you really think that your experience as a student at Michigan would have been as good if you arrived and remained an OSU fan? Oh, that's right, you would have then recognized that there are very few things in Ohio are excellent and how superior Michigan is in all things and switched allegiances.
But I am sure that "cargo" appreciates your assessment of Ohio's educational system. That should no doubt dispell the reputation for arrogance that Michigan students and alums have.