Michigan vs. Ohio State Blood Battle - Information on how to participate!

Submitted by profitgoblue on November 17th, 2011 at 9:32 AM

[Ed:  Credit for this post goes to user M Wolve.]



This year marks the 30th year of the annual U of M vs. OSU Blood Battle, which is a competition between the two schools to see who can collect the most pints of blood during a two week long competition leading up to the football game. For the past 3 years U of M has come out victorious, last year collecting 100 pints of blood more than OSU.
The overall record of this competition is 17-11-1.  This competition is always a little too close for comfort, which is why Blood Battle needs everyone from the community to come out and donate. The competition began Nov. 3 and will be ending Nov. 18. You can sign up at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: "goblue". You do not have to be a student to participate.  Here is a list of the remaining drives on campus. Now is your chance to actually bleed Maize and Blue! 
11/17: Mosher Jordan- Jordan Lounge* 2:00 - 8:00pm

11/17: Union Ballroom 2:00 - 8:00pm

11/18: East Quad- Benz Library* 2:00 - 8:00pm

11/18: Business School 10:00-4:00pm

11/18: Union Ballroom 2:00 - 8:00pm

(Drives marked with an * are limited to members of the residence halls only.)
WTKA Interview from yesterday link:
For those of you who have been to any of the games this season- remember the "Be a hero at the Big House" campaign?  This is what it was for, as well as organ donations.  My younger sister is a co-chair for Blood Battle.  She will be on the field halfway through the second quarter of the OSU game where she will either be handed the trophy or watch OSU walk off with it.  If we lose, her head will explode.  Please don't let this happen.
If anyone has any questions I'll reply as soon as I see them.  Thank you.


Chippewa Blue

November 17th, 2011 at 10:07 AM ^

Wish I could donate but driving down in the middle of the week from Mt. Pleasant just to donate blood probably isn't going to work out. Everyone who can donate and is in the area needs to get there though!


November 17th, 2011 at 10:45 AM ^

For all the Michigan faithful out there that live closer to Columbus than AA.  Here are the permanent donation centers around the area:


There are also several drives on OSU's campus next week, call 1-800-RED CROSS to set up an appointment.

I love strolling onto campus in my maize and blue and watch them scoff as I sign up to donate to the good guys!


November 17th, 2011 at 11:06 AM ^

No, no, no. If donate at a drive on OSU's campus, your blood goes to OSU's total, and not Michigan's total. You can't tell them which school your blood will go to - if you donate on Michigan's campus, it goes to Michigan's total; if you donate on OSU's campus, it goes to OSU's total. The Red Cross cannot handle something that complicated.


Nevertheless, everybody who is in Ann Arbor should try and donate. We've beaten them 3 years in a row, and we need to keep the streak alive. 


If you are in Columbus, you should just donate after The Game. 


November 17th, 2011 at 11:26 AM ^

I have several good friends working on blood battle, and one of them told a brief story of how a guy asked her if he could donate for TSIO.  She promptly informed him that any donations on Michigans campus would go to our total.

So, if you can avoid donating blood in Columbus (preferably come to Ann Arbor!) then do it.  However, I don't want to seem like I'm trying to disuade people from giving blood—because I'm not—just do it at a regular red cross in the columbus area, not one associated with blood battle.

M Wolve

November 17th, 2011 at 11:26 AM ^

Exactly.  If you're around Columbus and you're donating blood today or tomorrow, you're essentially aiding the buckeyes and you shall be stoned on this board from this day forth.  Please withhold donating blood in Columbus until next week.  Thanks for the catch, DeadMan.


November 17th, 2011 at 12:32 PM ^

Thanks, everyone for your input on this. Please give! It's a great cause, and we've beaten them soundly the last two years (especially when you take into account that they have about 20% more people on campus (faculty/staff/students) and a considerably bigger metro area than A2! My wife's a trauma nurse. She's told me in no uncertain terms how donated blood saves lives. 

The posters above are right. If you give at Michigan it counts for Michigan, and if you give in Columbus it counts there, so please do give if you're in Columbus, but don't do it at one of their blood battle drives!

Go Blue! (Bleeders and Best!)

redcrossblood.org, sponsor code "goblue"