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.
Reon Dawson misunderstanding?
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.
If I had a favorite team growing up but they did not offer me a scholarship, I would:
-try to walk onto my favorite team.
-take a scholarship to a nearby school and try to transfer over to my favorite team.
-take a scholarship anywhere but a rival of my favorite team.
I would not:
-accept a scholarship to a primary rival and declare my love for my childhood favorite the day after signing day.
If that truly is what he meant, then it's not a matter of criticizing a 17-18 year old for saying or thinking something stupid, but DOING something stupid.
However, I do know many out of state kids that are true Michigan Men but reserve pride for the place they came from. I understand and respect that.
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'd do my best to not double post, as well.
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.