Simply smile, that is all.
OTish - How to deal with coworkers/friends after a rivalry game.
Quote the movie Argo.
She puts the paper down in front of me, and she says, "You see what those Canadians did? Why can't we pull off something like that?" You know what I said to her?
Argo F*** yourself
Act like the team has won before (because they have). Like no joke says, just say "nice game" or "good game." When they start in with the excuses about the refs, about if this had been on a neutral court, or whatever, just smile and respond with "yes, it was a good game." Don't even try to reason with a fan who has convinced himself his team is better no matter what the score.
when you lose say nothing. When you win say less. Drives them crazy. They totally want you to be a smug, arrogant s.o.b. so they can still hate you, but you just smile, and say, "yeah great game. Just glad the better team won"
Drives buckeyes nuts. I will admit though, walking around the office building with a sh*t eating grin on your face is completely acceptable.
Also- surreptitiously crop dusting their cubicle and making a graceful exit before they know what hit them is also encouraged. Or if they have an office, drop the hammer, and then as you walk out, close the door behind you.
yup, I'm 35 and act like I'm 15
' if they have an office' it's probably you with the office and them in the bull pen assuming you are a grad.
Act like you've been there before. Under no circumstances burn a couch in the employee lounge.
Please...only the Sith deal in absolutes.
to be magnanimous. Let them say dumb and resentful stuff and smile at them significantly, letting them know with a benevolent glance how utterly see-through they are.
There will be plenty of souldong punches for all of us to come.
Walk into their office and just straight up slap the floor.
just change your email signature to this!
why you would think that. Was not intended to be political.
Don't mind this, mods. There's probably somebody being cheeky to Magnus in another thread whose points you should take instead of dealing with this.
This isn't politics. It's self-revelatory lunacy.
It's like saying Ronald Reagan was a crack smoking gay prostitute. That's not political, just dumb.
Slap dat' floor.
I don't brag. I'm better than they are. They do the talking while I just smile and move on to the next game. Big game with purdue coming up. Gotta end the road skid.
I don't brag, either. It's just that I'm even better than you.
Act like you've been there before...especially with Spartan fans.
I like to get under their skin a little bit, especially if its someone who likes to boast after they beat us. Something I found makes them go crazy is to shower them with unmerited praise. Something like this... "Hey, don't be too frustrated about that loss I think they played one of their best games of the season." "I really think Appling had one of his better games of the season, he's really improved his dribble." "At least you know that your team can take care of the ball in clutch situations." etc. etc.
The trick is doing it with a straight face and an ever so slight sarcastic tone. Enjoy!
I have a number of in-laws who are Staee fans as well as two sisters who are grads. It is annoying, but lately been better. I really try to use the technique mentioned above about taking the high road, saying good game, and I will engage in conversation about it if they want to talk about it. But my mistake is trying to use logic and straight forward language about the game and what I'd think about it if I were someone without a dog in that fight. Most the time, they drag the convo into the quagmire that really exposes their emotions about it and their sparty mentality. Despite the fact that I love them as family, I can't stand them when we talk sports, so I just leave it be.
On a side note, one of the aforementioned in-laws couldn't seem to let it go without mentionting the announcers on CBS were extremely pro-Michigan. I have a feeling that if sparty had pulled it out, they wouldn't have mentioned it. Or I theorize that because the game was in AA, the announcers may have assimilated to the crowd and if the game were in EL it would have been the other way around.
We've got a 5 person team I'm on at work, 3 Michigan grads, 2 MSU grads. We're all very respectful and we enjoy healthy debate. In fact, our weekly meetings (coming up in about half an hour) generally become a "let's recap the week in college basketball" meeting because we're all so fanatic about our teams, yet we have realistic expectations (except that loss to Penn State, because fuck that ain't nobody saw that coming). We're nice to each other, they didn't even gloat after Sparty beat us by 23 or whatever ungodly number it was.
Basically, I talk to my Michigan co-workers about it, and wait to see if any of the MSU grads open the door to talk about it. Then I will proceed to recount Burke's final two steals.
As an aside, did anyone notice that McGary was not out of bounds? I don't think he was, I saw it 3 times. Anyways, the point is moot because we won.
I'm on board with everything in this post. I was flabbergasted by that out of bounds call, as well as by the fact that the replay crew chose not to show his feet...
Ignore idiots and be an adult. Pretty simple.
I have my entire life to be an adult. Sports are what turns me back into a kid. I live in Ohio and love to give people close to me an earful when I see them. It's all about keeping it in good fun. I expect some smack talk if Michigan loses. It's really more about how you can handle a loss than how you can handle a win, and I've had plenty of conditioning of the grin and bear it variety on Sunday mornings in November.
Some people don't handle it as well, unfortunately.
I once saw on OSU fan cold cock a PSU fan for cheering that their team scored a touchdown. Granted, I was on the OSU campus, but security did take some shots at the offending Buckeye.
As a Browns fan there is nothing that hurts more than when we play the Steelers at home. It used to be a huge rivalry that up until recently the Browns had a winning record.
Now the half the stadium is Steelers fans with their fucking towels, and they don't even talk shit except for a minority. It always pisses me off so much more that the Browns are so pathetic that we don't even register on their radar.
Huh? Cincy can eat a bowl of dicks. The Ravens are the Steelers' biggest rival. The Browns are still ahead of the Bengals but I think both are behind the Cowboys.
Cleveland is the equivalent of the Minnesota rivalry for U of M.
2 playoff runs and they've had more than half of their home games blacked out the last 2 seasons. That's a real passionate fan base in Cincinnati.
I trust you know that Janeane never said that and that it is merely puppet satire from "Team America: World Police" ?
considering he quoted it from her from the "film actors guild," i'm pretty sure he knows its from Team America because he put those three words in.
but those three words do nothing to suggest satire or reference the source.
I had no idea Janeane never actually said that. Thanks for the heads up.
Wait....does this mean she never worked at Mmedieval times ????
Is the steelers bigger rival because they are the real Cleveland Browns anyways
It really depends on your normal relationship with each respective person. If you normally talk a little smack about anything, then let 'em have it. You may need to dumb it down a little, though.
If it's more of a professional relationship (where they may even talk smack after a sparty victory), then take the high road. If you say very little, you can rest assured that they're thinking about what you might say.
Not saying anything irks them even more.
It's odd for me because most of the Spartan / Buckeye fans in this office are people whom I either manage directly or who are not in the supervisory ranks here, it rarely extends much beyond "Good game" and some high-level analysis, although people that I have known for years will exchange friendly jabs with me as well. The Michigan fans and I will tend to dig into the game a little deeper, but we've had many cross-fanbase discussions here as well that have been very respectful and even productive. It is intriguing to try and fit rivalries into a professional context like that, to say the least. It's really the same with people I know outside of work too, or at least I try to keep it so - a little ribbing, some analysis, and respect.
Unless it's a close friend that you have an ongoing smack talk thing going on with, just keep your mouth shut. If they bring it up, feel free to discuss like you would talking to anyone else.
Just follow the golden rule and you should be fine.
I say one of two things after every Michigan game
Today I came into work and said, "Michigan State got their ass kicked!"
Last Wednesday I came into work and said, "Michigan got their ass kicked!"
It works rather well, people know it's coming, and it helps lighten the mood.
It depends on the fan and on your relationship with them.
I generally go with being generous, happy, smile, nice game, been here before, etc.
There are a couple of closer friends who I might rib a bit more.
I find it is easier to 'act like we've won before in person'. It is tough to resist talking a little smack to the whiners on FB or Twitter.
If you really want to piss them off, then be extra nice to them...
I would treat them like they treat me. I would let the loudmouths have it, but allow any classy Spartans (I think I have known about three in my life) to retain their dignity.
such a thing exists? I've yet to meet one, I thought that they were a myth.
A game like yesterday, I say "great game" and move on. A game like the football one from a decade ago that was 49-3, then I do a little bit of gloating.
And give an extra big tip with an extra big smile.
If Michigan wins, I say, "Exciting game. Fun to watch." If M loses, I say, "Your guys played really well!"
Guys who gloat remind me of running into my friend who went to Harvard during winter break my freshman year at Michigan. When I saw him, he said, "How's the party school?"
I just laughed, and said, "Great."