I hate to say it but as of late I have been questioning my exclusive fanship to The University of Michigan Wolverines. I grew up in Ann Arbor, the son of two season ticketholders. From Age 7 to 18 I missed 5 home games, all due to high school sports scheduling conflicts.
My father routinely hired the late 90's players to work in his office, Charles Woodson worked for approximately 2 weeks before he no-showed to work.
I grew up around Michigan football as a part of my life and more importantly representation of my home.
I was granted a athletic scholarship out of state in Washington D.C., as unfortunately Title 9 prevents UM from having my primary sport on the mens side. Ever since that move, I without fail, every year run into some UM fan who is of the opinion that I cannot be a fan if I didn't attend the University.
I've always ignored it, but the more I read these "STAND UP JERKS!!!!!111112213", I realize that this moronic attitude is spreading. (Issues like standing up, I do support, just with a little more tact.)
Can one be a true Michigan fan without having attended The University of Michigan?
Or is this now a exclusive fanbase for the roughly 400,000 living alumni/current students?