Reon Dawson misunderstanding?
Nobody likes the state of Ohio.
Toledo is beautiful this time of year.
"Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio is like being nowhere at all.
All through the day how the hours rush by, you sit in the park and you watch the grass die."
I live in the Toledo area now. It is awful. Unless you are a fan of unplanned teenage pregnancies, red neck Ohio State fans, single mothers, or back child support, Toledo is the worst place imaginable to live.
I go to UT. I hate it.
Wildwood Park, the zoo, and the art museum are nice. But that's all I got.
Michigan and Ohio once fought over the strip of land in which Toledo is situated. Ohio lost.
I had a girlfriend in college that was from Adrian. For 'amusement' she would take me to some godforesaken shopping mall in Toledo. Turns out, she was a whore. Fun at the time.
You'd be better of going to the Walmart in Adrian for amusement.
So I guess we won't see him in a 'Worst State Ever' t-shirt?
So you believe a reporter from the state of Ohio, who probably hates Michigan, over the actual guy and his best friend themselves? Both of whom are coming to Michigan? This is the exact kind of attitude that leads to Manti T'eo having a dead girlfriend. People believe too many things that reporters say. I think I'll trust the guy and his best friend over some reporter in Ohio.
Now, I honestly don't know who is telling the truth here. But, there's two sides to every story. And if anyone is going to do mis-reporting, leave it to a guy from Ohio. That all said, Dawson could have said it. But, who is to say which one of them is not telling the 100% truth? Why does the reporter get a pass?
People need to keep in mind how much local pressure these guys are under when they commit to Michigan. They almost have to say something like that to avoid having their home vandalized.
...glad that is all cleared up!
I did not say I slept with that pig. I said I find pigs sexy.
LOL ... damn you, man ... that's good beer wasted on the computer screen.
Honestly, I couldn't care less what he said...
He probably has done 23232 interviews, being asked dumb questions like that all the time...
He SIGNED with Michigan... Doesn't that say enough about where his feelings reside? He could have gone to numerous other schools, but he wanted to be in Ann Arbor...
I am a die hard Michigan fan, but if OSU offered me a full ride, my next best offer was Illinois, maybe I would go there too?
Who let this guy in here?
Boo this man!
I would try to get a scholarship to Colorado or something.
Or UCSB. No football team? Who cares. TONS of hot chicks.
Having lived in Santa Barbara, I can confirm that there are a TON of hot chicks. Also, many hot chicks from rich parents....which can be a positive or a negative, depending how you view that.
Santa Monica college wasn't too shabby either last time I was there.
Santa Monica College is stacked with hot chicks too....mostly hot wannabe actresses and models.
UCSB is crawling with the hotties. Take it for what it's worth.
So that's Yuri Wright's endgame, huh?
It's OK Mrs. Dawson, your son will work everything out in time.
If you would accept a scholarship to OSU, you aren't a die-hard Michigan fan. Sorry, but it's true.
Only if "die-hard fan" and "fool" are synonymous. Perspective, my friend.
You would never get an offer from OSU without an offer from Michigan. Urban just follows behind Hoke and offers every kid that Hoke does. /s sort of, but not really.
Welp, I bet that guy in the other thread who wanted him "kicked off the team" and for "the team and coaching staff make him feel uncomfortable" feels pretty dumb.
Not at all, don't buy. He is a fool.
Manti Te'o called...even he doesn't buy this excuse.
Are you sure that was really Manti Te'o on the other end of the phone?
Oh, so we are still doing Teo jokes?
I think jokes on Teo should be open until the end of his rookie year
yeah, bs. just a kid trying to cover his tracks after he realizes he said something incredibly stupid about loving his own team's most hated rival.
For some reason I feel as though Reon isn't being 100% truthful to McCray in an attempt to mend it.
I blame the Free Press and terrorists.
No worries. We'll bring him around.
He was saying Boo-urns
He should just apologize: “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,”
This will sort itself out.
If he doesn't buy in, he'll play himself to the sideline and eventually off the team.
If he falls in love with the team, then he'll be as productive as he would have been before we heard all this.
Either way, the excuse in the OP is bulls***. It's just an attempt at spin, but at least he cares enough to try to spin it. That's a lesson in itself.
TIL lying teaches a lesson
Wait until he walks through the Diag; checks out Ann Arbor, attends a Michigan basketball game, sings the Victors with his teammates after a win, and explores the thousands of other things that make the University of Michigan hte best place in the world. I am sure he'll be singing a different tune in no time.
God forbid a 17-18 year-old kid says something without thinking about the repercussions.
He signed with Michigan. He made quite a faux pas. He'll learn (or be taught it VERRRY quickly at Fort Schembechler).
Let's move on.
Neon Reon on the field.
...or by becoming a solid student and playing hard for Michigan.
Relax folks, it's just a young kid. He'll quickly learn to hate the Buckeyes.
Naomi.., that's I Moan backwards.
...the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, Reon Sandcastle.
Ask him in 5 years. That's all that's relevant as long as he's a good teammate and accords himself as he should and likely will.
silver helmet, send him over to the scout team O, put him in Braxton's role and commence full-contact OSU preparation.
He'll sing Hail to the Victors within 5 minutes. Guaranteed.
and "Ohio" should rarely if ever be used in the same sentence. Young Mr. Dawson will be schooled in such matters once he arrives in A2 this summer.
Here are a few accepted examples of using these words appropriately:
- I would love a giant meteor to crash into Columbus, Ohio.
- Most escaped convicts love the "You're welcome here" attitude Ohio offers.
- Buckeye ladies, get into the Horseshoe free when you show your "I love Ohio State" tramp- stamp.* (Ages 14-55 only. Sorry grandma.)
PS: Apologies to any of the U-M faithful living in Ohio. God bless you and stay strong.
Come on man, you know the average age at which Ohio women have their first grandchild is well under 40.
He found out he will be rooming with Lewan and Ryan this summer.
Ask him again before the first game. I'm sure his answer will be vastly different.
Elliot Mealer grew up a huge buckeye fan. I think it's safe to say he's been converted.
An Ohio kid who signed with Michigan who said he was an OSU fan growing up? I bet that's never, ever, happened before! C'mon people, this is a non-story. Let it die.
...and Lance Armstrong didn't use PEDs.
Upon reading this, Coach Hoke to his secretary: Get Reon Dawson on the horn, stat!
Get over it and stop trolling like Buckeyes. Who really cares if he isn't politically correct.
If he's half as good at back-pedaling on the field as he is here then he'll win the Heisman.
Man yaw leave Reon alone. The reporter asked him a dumb question which basically was to set him up. He's all for Michigan. He didn't mean it
— ][\/][ikeMcCray II (@BIGPLAYMCCRAY9) February 7, 2013
I say we leave him alone. It is a shame that some idiot fans tweeted at him when this article came out.
but, Srsly, the MEDIA???? I'll believe an 18 year old any day over the media...
Don't really know what Michigan-Ohio State is until "the week." You can act like you know, but he'll get the difference wen he lives it.
Going to make the first time Hoke says "Beat...." A little awkward though.
What he'll say in two years. I'm pretty sure it'll be a 180.
that applies, but doesn't get into UM. Should he not get an education? Ridiculous argument. I'm sure Derrick Green didn't grown up a UM fan, but I'm sure as hell glad he thought we were his best option and he picked us!
My dream school did not offer me a scholarship. I gladly accepted a scholarship to play for another school in the same conference that was higher rated academically and located in a better city.
Now I post on blogs and play "what if" with myself every day since I signed that LOI. Years later I still don't know if I made the right choice.
your adopted team was restored to glory dominated your childhood favorite.
I'm pretty sure there have been a lot of them. They didn't say what Dawson said, but they didn't do what you say you'd do either, and Michigan is better for it.
You should watch the ESPN "it's not crazy, it's sports commercial" about the Man U vs Man City fans. Then you should remember that a 4 year scholarship is worth about $120,000. Then you will understand why what you just said is stupid.
Forget football, if my son got a full ride to OSU, but would have to pay to go to Michigan, I would tell him he was stupid to not take the schollie.
I'm a Michigan fan, and will always be one. However, my 11 year old son, while he likes Michigan and roots for Michigan, has an Illinois jersey and hat, (partly because they were free, partly because we live in Illinois.) I would struggle more with Scarlet and Grey gear, but can excuse Dawson.
And my daughter, who just enlisted in the Navy, starting Boot Camp yesterday, gave me a "Navy" baseball hat. She did quip, "at least the colors are right, Dad." I'm proud of my daughter, and will wear the hat, even though I'm blue through and through.
Marcus Ray should have a five-minute conversation with the kid. That should take care of it. Now let's light up and just move along.
He hasn't even enrolled yet. As others have said, Michigan will become more real to him in due time.
I ignored this on the earlier post, but I'll say it here - I grew up in Ohio, was steeped in the rivalry, couldn't wait for the Buckeyes to beat that team up North, until I went to Ann Arbor (for the academics, duh), sat through some games, felt my feelings change, and rooted hard for the maize and blue in that first game. After that, I'm all Blue...down here, though (we had to move back for work), it's hard not to be indoctrinated...give the kid a break...
Of all of the non-stories this offseason, this is the stupidest one. The kid is from Ohio and grew up an OSU fan. He didn't get an offer, and ultimately accepted one at a school that from a football perspective, would give him a very similar experience - big10 Midwestern football, huge stadium, rabid (ok, in their case, they actually have rabies) fanbase, perennially one of the best teams in conference, great tradition, chance to play in rose bowl / title game / maybe national championship and part of the best rivalry in sports.
Sorry if he hasn't become as indoctrinated as we all are in all things Michigan. Give him a chance to Mayr get on campus. I am site that once he does, he will bleed Michigan.
You sir are 100% right . Well said and exactly correct
... a former Woody Hayes assistant once decided to come to Ann Arbor to ply his trade. Pretty sure that guy didn't end up wrestling equivocations during the last game of his 21 regular seasons.
Those who stay ...
He says that he loves "Ohio," and you conformists automatically assumed he's talking about OSU......
Reporter- "So what did you really say?"
Reon- "Ahh...Egg roll. Wish I had a breeze running up and down my leg. Stingray a double sided Scooby snack. Yeah, I'd kill for a cookie."
Oh wow you brought me an orange peanut. Really, an orange peanut? Wow I accept you.
...why this is a story.
This just goes to show regardless of the fan base there's always going to be people that blow things way out of proportion. Remember he's a 17 year old kid, even if he would have said something like that some people just don't understand the magnitude of the rivalry.
Why are we having this conversation?
So the kid was an osu fan; may still be to some extent. He signed with Michigan and is now Blue. We should respect his comments, his commitment and believe that in 4 years, his realization that it was a decision well-made. As a fan base, we should support him as a Maize and Blue member of the team. THE Team. THE TEAM.
On the one hand, whatever his feelings might be, anyone with half a brain knows that when you commit to a team, you don't start talking about your undying love their biggest rival. This is particularly true when talking to a reporter.
On the other hand, at least he doesn't have an OSU tattoo...
The area of Ohio I am from is nice. The Hocking Hills are much different from any other area of Ohio and it is a special place for me (probably because I was born and raised there). Other than SE Ohio, the rest of the state SUCKS!
That pic looks like the part of the Island where the source is on LOST.
about 4 miles from where my dad lives in the heart of the Hocking Hills region. The park where this is located is called Cedar Falls.
I think some of you should put your energy into bringing in accounts.
I know the reporter who wrote the story. Trust me when I say he's not the kind of person who would try to set up an Ohio kid going to Michigan to make him look bad. He's also not a die hard Ohio State fan for whatever that's worth.
I think the quote is accurate. For media in Ohio -- and I would have to think it's the same way in Michigan -- I think it's a standard question to ask what family and friends think about leaving Ohio to play at Michigan. There's no malicious intent but because of the rivalry you ask. Same for a kid leaving Michigan to play at Ohio State.
I think Dawson gave a truthful answer. He grew up in Ohio so he grew up a Buckeyes fan. Neat quote and a nice recruiting day story angle. I don't think Dawson (or the reporter) envisioned this going national like it has. ... And I would expect nothing less -- not in a negative way -- of Dawson and McCray trying to make their transition to Michigan easier than by saying he was misquoted. I'd probably do the same thing if I was in his position.