wait...what? Aw, come on man.
Everyone assumed that because it showed up on I-94 somewhat near Ann Arbor (it's close to the airport) that Michigan fans were responsible for it. But if you know anything about Paul Reiser-penned billboards in Michigan you know that Michigan State fans love 'em. Example one:
At this point we cannot act like we have been there because we haven't.
It's almost as if there's some billboard company with spare inventory run by Spartan Paul Reiser. Reader Section 1 finds SPR:
The idea actually came from a Michigan State alum, who also happens to be the local sales manager for CBS Outdoor advertising.
About 10-12 of the boards are expected to be put up around the state, most with sponsor names on them.
Two are already in place -- on northbound I-75, north of I-94, and another in Grand Rapids. There's also one coming to the Lansing area, and the rest will be located in metro-Detroit.
"I have several State alumni and State fans that work for me," said Tom Carroll, vice president of the Michigan Region for CBS Outdoor. "The billboard is our response to Michigan State getting snubbed."
Section 1 went so far as to call up Bob Brown, another Michigan State guy who used the close-your-eyes-and-don't-think-of-Iowa billboard to express "frustration," and ask him who was behind the billboards. They refused to answer, saying only that the buyer was anonymous. Why they'd be so reticent now when they'd embraced their role as the state's key purveyor of stupid sports-themed billboards is unknown. It's probably not the sudden onset of shame.
Unfortunately for Spartan Paul Reiser, his kid sold him out. An emailer relates:
I put a pic of the billboard up on my Facebook page, and got a response from a [high school] classmate who is a Facebook friend of mine – Brad Carroll. He said his dad had created the billboard, and had shown him a mock up a couple weeks earlier. At the time I thought nothing of it, other than that his dad was a Michigan fan.
In the aftermath of the Section 1 post the emailer deduces that Brad is Tom Carroll's son. The googles confirm by turning up a CBS Outdoor Detroit Facebook page that only people with the last name Carroll have bothered to like things on, one of whom is a Brad who matches the biographical information elided above. QED.
As per usual, Michigan State fans are responsible for the stupid billboards. Stay your wakizashi and carefully tell he guy with the katana to go get some ice cream: your honor is restored.
wait...what? Aw, come on man.
Fantastic News! What else can go right?
Someone should tell Rittenberg to change his first line!!
Don't forget Jim Rome, who ripped Michigan fans on ESPN last week for the billboard. I'm sure he'll humbly submit his apologies in light of what we know now.
Let's be honest: anyone who listens to Jim Rome probably deserves to be mocked.
MSU fans have the biggest "little man" complex I have ever seen. I can't wait to see the response to this over on the RCMB.
Commence the Section 1 self-congratulatory post ... now.
Saving the world from the Evil Anonymous Billboard Monsters.
and the terrible, awful, biased FREEP. I'm sure they're involved somehow or other. If only Section 1 could post some tangental, spittle covered post about their evils.
If you read the original message-board thread (demoted, from my Diary), you would have seen that I did the extraordinary; I congratulated Mark Snyder as being one of the very few who did not bite on the "Michigan fan" bait. Snyder called it an anti-Tressel billboard, and left it at that.
(See comments.) No spittle, no Freep-rage.
I should add; I did communicate with Angelique Chengelis about this matter as well. She was delightful. Friendly; honest; and after exchanging ideas, tips, quips, and other miscellanea of that nature, Angelique said that she pretty much agreed with my theory. Although no one had given either one of us a straight, unqualified, non-"anonymous" answer.
No, the primary failure on this one was the blogosphere and the new media. Although it now seems that everybody from USA Today, to ABC television in Columbus, to NBC in Cleveland, to the Toledo Blade, to The [OSU] Lantern got faked out of their Scarlet and Gray jockstraps, in accusing "Michigan fans."
God, do they even realize how insecure they make themselves look?
or they would have admitted it without the sleuthing
Do you realize how insecure about our own superiority complex we look, to go to the lengths of facebook-stalking to circumstantially prove we didn't come up with an admittedly stupid but relatively meaningless billboard?
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'
ESPN cracks me up in their article based on nothing says that Michigan fans put up a billboard. It is amazing what gets reported based on a vague assumption. The comments go on to say that it is great billboard material (no pun intended) for OSU b/c Michigan put this up. It is safe to say that "Michigan" did nothing.
I think it is funny. I wouldn't do it if I owned a billboard but it is funny that someone wants to put it out there. Whatever.
Maybe Brian should forward this to his Eleven Warriors buddies. Then it becomes bulletin board material for motivation building up to that big OSU-MSU game. The one without the Tatfive playing.
Send Section 1 to Columbus. Those NCAA guys have got nothing on him.
The whole post is about how this is not done by a Michigan fan, but it ends with a quote about the billboard being done by Brad Carroll's dad who is "a Michigan fan." Was that supposed to read "Michigan State fan"?
was that the kid who posted on facebook assumed that his friend Brad's dad, who put up the billboard, was a Michigan fan. As it turns out, Brad's dad, Tom Carroll, is not a Michigan fan, and has in the past put up the pro-Sparty billboards because he has, "several State alumni and State fans that work for me."
some guy's facebook friend said his dad...
is the new
my cousin has a friend whose older sister..
Going the extra mile beyond the standard katana reference with the wakizashi drop is pretty sweet.
Are MSU fans in a position to rag on another coach for having a "win at all costs" attitude? Their team is slowly being filled with felons whose felonies came while they were on the team. They don't even get punished by the coach after getting out of jail. I am going to start saving money to place a billboard right in the center of campus that I'll have the score of all of Michigans future wins posted on so they can see it and be pissed off every day.
But among Jim Tressel's biggest fans is a certain guy up in East Lansing. Hmm... Anyone else wonder what ol' Mark learned from The Vest besides X's and O's?
"Biggest fan" might even be an understatement.
This is Dantonio speaking about Tressel, on http://spartannation.com/?p=12699
“He is very special to me and our children. He is special person in our life. Going all the way back to when I was a grad assistant at Ohio State in 1983-84. We also had the time we spent to together at Youngstown State and again at Ohio State.... I am from the Jim Tressel school of thought. This position has to be about winning more than football games. I am not naive we will be judged by that, but we have to serve people and this state. We have to try and make it better. Whether it is the youth camps before the spring games, summer camps, or whether (we’re) going and seeing coaches or visiting high schools to speak at a national honor society event. I am in this place and I need to do more with it than just win games. I have young men who will watch me as a role model. I need to lead them. I have the Spartan Nation that I represent. If we are only about winning and nothing else, then we aren’t winners. This position and this responsibility is about a lot more.”
Tressel returns the love:
"Tressel shares the same genuine love for Dantonio. He told Spartan Nation, “Deano and I grew up together…kind of like growing up with a brother…who has very similar experiences, very similar beliefs, similar mentors, so many things we grew up to learn and believe in and then saw it tested in our own lives to see if those beliefs were upheld. We have been through a lot together and have learned a lot from one another.”"
Just to recap: Jim Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986 through the 2000 season, when he took the OSU job starting with the 2001 season. The Maurice Clarett saga started in 2002, although the recruitment of Clarett started well before that, of course. After Tressel left YSU, they were hit with an NCAA investigation into allegations of that QB Ray Isaac received improper benefits, starting virtually from the time he arrived on campus there in 1988 while Tressel was HC. ESPN has good article on this: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=1920867
Everybody is familiar with the stuff that has happened at OSU, starting with Clarett continuing up to the present day with the Tatgate 5 and who knows how much else.
What I wasn't aware of until yesterday was the extent of the relationship between Tressel and that paragon of virtue, Mark Dantonio. I knew that Dantonio was with Tressel at OSU from 2001 through 2003, which includes the Clarett era, but I didn't know that he was on Tressel's staff at YSU from 1986 through the 2000 season, which means Dantonio was there when Isaac was receiving all the largesse from the YSU boosters in Youngstown.
Mark Dantonio is an excellent position to speak authoritatively about how Jim Tressel is such a moral example for his young men. He's also in an excellent position to speak about where some skeletons are buried as well.
After reading this, my thought is, "You know how a copy of a copy isn't as good as the original?" With all the problems Mark D has had with his players, I'm thinking he's definitely not the first copy of The Vest. Way too conspicuous.
My second thought is, "What's a good sound track for that interview?"
I believe the term you are looking for is simulacrum (the copy of a copy). Just had to get my nerdiness in.
I'm going to type that word into my Droid and see what autocorrect gives me. Something tells me, it'll be "DYAC" material...
Good job as always Don.
Dean'o discipline would also rather have UM lose to OSU than MSU going to a Rose Bowl with a UM victory.
EDIT: From the ESPN article
Isaac had more. As the NCAA would later learn, Isaac was taking money from a booster from virtually the moment he joined the team in 1988. A few hundred here, a thousand or so there, including $3,800 during the 1991 championship season. In all, Isaac got about $10,000, plus the use of various cars, during his career. Ray "The Colonel" Isaac was Tressel's original Maurice Clarett, a Youngstown kid with quick feet and open palms who would lift his team, and coach, to new heights.
History repeating itself.
What I find both hilarious is how Tressel and Dantonio beat their chests openly about their professional values and ethics as coaches. They're both hypocrites, little different from preachers who are banging whores and doing meth just hours after they've implored their parishoners to lead the straight and narrow path (see Jimmy Swaggart and Ted Haggard, among others).
They just went back to stage one of the seven steps of grief. Kind of funny that you dug out the old ESPN article now.
so NOT surprising.
The thought of sky writing planes flying over East Lansing on game day with "little brother" being painted for tens of thousands to see seems like fun. Anyone have a friend or relative who is a sky writer?
I don't but I recommend whatever company was used at the US Open last year. Five planes fly in formation and let out short bursts of smoke/vapor/whatever. It was pretty awesome:
Our fearless leader made this a front page post, so I assume he cares, or believes that his readers care. Everyone who has posted so far cares enough to post, so maybe a better question would have been, "Why should I/we care?" And the answer is simple. It's because we are Michigan Men, and as such, we do not stoop to tweaking our rivals using banal billboard advertisements. This billboard affair is a spartan way of behaving. We have much too much class to be tarred with their antics.
To define yourself by what others think of you. I don't think that if even one Michigan fan "Stooped" to it, it wouldn't really be a reflection on me. This is at best a UV section, or maybe a link mention at the end. There's so much more going on with Michigan Athletics that gets ignored, that I don't think the Front Page's best time is spent on this. Brian does, and Section 1 does, and apparently you do. But if you look at most of the rest of the posts on here about it, there's a lot of "meh".
Like the guy beautifully said above, you're not really all that secure in your superiority if you think this shakes it that much.
However, a person or institution's reputation IS important. It's not the most important thing, but to think otherwise is foolish.
Trust me, I grew up in East Lansing. I know the difference between spartans and Wolverines.
to start your own blog. That way you can post whatever you want whenever you want. It will still be just as annoying when you tell others what to think, and tell even others what you think some others think, but hey it'll be yours and yours alone.
And not interested in what others think, I'm not sure you're up on the concept. But I'm sure it'd be interesting if we all agreed. Thanks for reading.
pretentious. Telling Brian where you think he should put his content. Really? Do you really hold yourself in that high regard?
He wouldn't have comments or a Board.
No! no more people should start their own blogs. Anyone and their mother who ever used to post diaries on here now have their own blogs. I can't read any more friggin' blogs. We need blog consolidation. Blog empire!
You're just pissed because Section1 was both correct and not hysterical and you thought he was both. You and Chitown.
BTW, I don't have a dog in this fight. But all the vitriol sent Section1's way about how it was trivial and meaningless and not worth his time, etc. (as if more than about 10% of what on this blog is nontrivial and meaningful and worth our time) turns out to have been pretty uncalled for.
He's made his bed a few times, but on this he was right, and I personally found it kind of interesting.
I quibble with this characterization.
He claimed to have "found information" when, what he found, was the lack of information - a "no comment", in essence. His theory may have been proven correct, but that's not an indication that it was more than a wild-ass-guess. If we're doling out congrats for that, then...congrats, Section 1.
He was correct, I suppose, but I would disagree with the part about him not being "hysterical".
You don't read very well.
Originally, I reported new information. I had interviewed the "usual suspect," Bob Brown, who was the self-confessed perpetrator of the 34-24 billboard. Bob's boss is Tom Carroll. I asked Bob if he or anyone in the CBS Outdoor office had reported if the billboard was attributable to "Michigan fans." When he stuck on the claim of anonymity, I asked him if he had indicated to anyone in the media that it was a "Michigan fan" who was behind the billboard. Bob (honestly) told me that he had not given that information to anyone in the media/ Bob was of course telling the truth.
And so as of my original post, we first knew that the "Michigan fan" attribution of the sign was untrue. I still think that was, and is, news. It is minor news, as to who concocted the sign. It is much bigger meta-news, that everyone got the story wrong.
What I had hoped to do, was to scare off anybody from spreading that untrue story. It didn't work very well. It seems to have been irresistable, to about a hundred different websites and media outlets, to run with the Michigan-against-Ohio State-story.
Now, having run with that story (and with Angelique Chengelis and I both looking on with considrable amusement), all of those media outlets are now on the wrong end of a "man bites dog" story. The headline I hope we start seeing is "OOPS! CORRECTION -- SPARTAN ALUM, NOT 'MICHIGAN FANS,' RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEESY BILLBOARD"
This is why I want to put up a billboard
Trip on over to RCMB, where you'll find two or three different threads on the "Liar Liar" billboard. Being the credulous folks they are, they all launched off in ridicule of the I-94 billboard: just as stupid as our billboards... just what you'd expect from Walverines... what losers... liar liar Fab Five on fire...
So just imagine it, Shirtless; you have the chance, when you pony up the cash for a CBS Outdoor billboard, to be every bit as stupid as the RCMB boys think you are.
Best of all, when you get your billboard up, Brian Cook will give you five derps out of five. You might get six derps out of five. So you'll have that going for you.