It seems like most newspapers are veritable propaganda for their regional teams, but this doesn't happen for Michigan with the Detroit Free Press, and formerly the Ann Arbor News. I wonder, could this be because they don't offer a journalism major? There are two reasons this theory could be justified: 1) there just aren't any Michigan grads to fill seats in the Free Press sports department and 2) journalists might resent a school that doesn't consider their vocation a legitimate major. On the latter point, I know from personal experience that journalists are very proud of their profession.
I'm just throwing it out there. I don't get why certain writers have a single-minded vendetta against the one team they are reporting on the most. Does anyone have better theories? You don't see many hit pieces on MSU, who does have a journalism program.