Two separate articles today got me thinking about rooting interests, especially for parents.
First, tomorrow, the Michigan basketball team faces Bradley tomorrow. As many of you know, John Beilein's son Patrick is on the coaching staff at Bradley. There's an article on the family dynamic at the Freep (Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20111221/SPORTS06/112210390/Beilein-family-to-face-off-on-basketball-court-this-week)
The article ends with this:
Kathleen (edit: John Beilein's wife) still knows what got this family through the years and eventually to Ann Arbor. She plans to root for the Wolverines.
There also was a post from mgouser macdaddy this morning with good news. He wrote,
Little macdaddy got into Michigan last Friday. I haz happy. Would NOT have been psyched to write checks to Little Brother U.
This got me to thinking about the dilemma faced by mgoparents. Who do you root for when your child attends, or even worse, plays for, a rival team? I know of at least one mgouser who has a daughter attending Ohio in Columbus. My own daughter visited Illinois and worse, MSU. (fortunately for me, she liked neither.)
mgoblogger mgoshoe has gotten us some inside info from his son, on the sports info staff as a student at Virginia Tech. In one of the thread's, his son said he rooted for Michigan all the time EXCEPT for this one upcoming bowl game.
Some of you root for Michigan, but went to school elsewhere (MAC schools, one of you went to Pitt, etc.) I'm curious who you root for when your own school plays Michigan.
But the real questions are for mgoparents:
- Do any of you let your progeny's school of choice affect your rooting interest?
- Does your children's school of choice ever cause you to root against Michigan?
- Do any of you have children attending MSU, OSU, or ND? If so, how do the dynamics work out when Michigan plays against those teams?
- Do any of you have children who actually played on teams for rivals? (perhaps the hardest dynamic of all.)
Siblings, parents, nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, even spouses, let alone friends, I can deal with the friendly rivalry. My sister went to Illinois, I have in-laws and nephews who went to Ohio State, and I have no problem with the rivalry.
Kids are harder. If my daughter ends up attending a rival school, I would still root for Michigan, and might rib her a bit, but it would be pretty gentle.
But man, if my son (currently playing as a kid on a DL) ever had the opportunity to play ball collegiately, and ever played against Michigan, man, I would have to root for him, as much as I love Michigan. However, no matter who he was playing for, I would only root for them against Michigan while he was a student, and would revert back to Michigan the minute he graduated.
I'm curious how those of you who have lived this have dealt with it. Especially those cursed with children choosing to go to MSU or OSU. (Did they do this to spite you? Because you were a terrible parent?)