While there is already a bracketology post, it largely focuses on Michigan's placement. I happened to notice a tidbit that has to do with our relationship with Michigan State. Over at ESPN, they are crediting Michigan for Michigan State's current number 1 seed in the NCAA brackets. Lunardi writes,
The Spartans' heaviest lifting was done, incidentally, by archrival Michigan on Saturday night. The Wolverines' huge win against Ohio State gave Sparty the outright Big Ten lead. The Spartans then put their own cherry on the sundae at Purdue, and we no longer can deny a clear leader of the nation's No. 1 conference.
I got to thinking: I have no problem with Michigan giving this gift to Michigan State.
- Personally, I think Michigan State is better than Michigan right now.
- Beyond that, I think that Ohio is vulnerable, and think Michigan State is better.
- Most critically, and the reason for this post: I want Michigan to win for Michigan. I don't care if that results in a better seeding and bracket for Michigan State.
On this last point, can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot? The reality is that so many Michigan State fans (and players) are so obsessed with Michigan, they would resent anything that helped Michigan. While I don't like Izzo, or the Spartans, I salute and congratulate them as a good team. I don't resent them, or wish them harm, or care about how what Michigan does affects them.
My focus is on Michigan, and what's best for Michigan. Michigan State? Not so much.