(Note: This has been bothering me for some time; spending my
time in college I find myself coming across this more and more.)
I was at a friend’s costume party in East Lansing about a
month ago, surrounded by Sparties and the like, when a fellow UofM fan walked
in wearing Michigan memorabilia. I naturally walked over and told her I was
also a UofM fan much to the other Spartans’ chagrin.
This became an issue throughout the night, however, when we
would talk smack and go back and forth with the other Sparties. Arguing with
them was an easy task-- as it always is because they really have nothing on us
except for one victory in over 7 years-- but then they pulled out a wildcard of
sorts. Something so diabolical yet really stupid that it boils my blood and
grinds my gears every time I hear a fan of another team use it: I was only a “Walmart
Now I happen to be a Central Michigan University student
(and the UofM fan-girl was a State student) but I was born and LIVED in Ann
Arbor my entire 20 years of existence. I have more history in that town than
most students of the actual school have. I could’ve gone to Michigan for my undergrad;
I graduated with highest honors from high school and know plenty of people from
my graduating class who did choose to go to Michigan, but because I am paying
for my own schooling, I could not afford their tuition.
I bleed maize and blue, I have always had a passion for
Michigan sports and it pains me that I cannot go to school there. That being
said, for someone to have the nerve to come up to me and question my fan hood
just because I don’t go to the school is just straight out bullshit.
It is by far the dumbest argument I have ever had to face: “You
don’t go to school there, you’re not a student, so therefore you cannot be a
Fuck you!* Have you ever worked for the Detroit Tigers? You
haven’t? Well you aren’t associated with them, therefore you can’t be a fan. I
just can’t imagine what these morons say to other State fans (or other fans of
other schools) who didn’t go to their school. Walmart Spartan? I mean the
logical argument works for all teams spanning across all fans.
Didn’t play soccer or live in Europe? Can’t be a soccer fan.
Never been to a hockey game? Can’t be a hockey fan.
Did you ever play for the Detroit Pistons? No? Well can’t be
a fan of them either.
Of course some people might try to say that the fallacy in
my argument with other sports, such as professional sports, is that you can be
a fan of the said team because you live in the region.
But then they just proved their own argument wrong that I
can’t be a Michigan fan because I lived in Ann Arbor my entire life, thereby
associating myself with the local team.
I apologize that I am not a Michigan student nor on my way
to becoming an Alumnus to the school. I apologize that I lived near the campus
my entire life and chose to follow them instead of some other school that I
have no local/familiar ties to. I’m just straight up sorry that your best
argument to try to deface my fan hood has no logic to it. But say what you have
to say, I will always root for the maize and blue, even if it means being a “Walmart
*I apologize for the profanity. It is there for
emphasis and nothing more.