OT: Settling a Debate

Submitted by KrisGoBlue on April 3rd, 2011 at 6:32 PM

My Wife and I had a discussion today about how serious I take Michigan football. Her main point, was that my Saturday will be ruined if Michigan loses and I refuse to watch any other college football game that day. Also that my life was pretty much in limbo during the coaching search, and didn't get back to normal until after Hoke was hired. I tell her that I'm not alone in that feeling, that there are plenty of die hards like me, that would refuse to watch college football game that day. So to prove my point, how many of you are that way?


03 Blue 07

April 3rd, 2011 at 10:18 PM ^

Yep, same here. A Michigan football loss ruins my Saturday. I'm in a pissy mood, minimum, the rest of the day. Sometimes the next couple of days. Sometimes, an entire autumn. Current gf understands (somewhat). Although she went to Illinois, she rooted for Michigan at the end of the game because she knew it meant much, much more to me and my buddy than it did to her and her friend. Ditto for when we went on a ski trip but took a break to watch UM-MSU bball a few weeks back. She admitted afterward that she was praying for a Michigan victory because she was concerned about what the rest of the day would've been like otherwise.

I realize that for a grown man this is ridiculous. Feelings are feeilngs, man. Perhaps when I have children, my priorities will be a little more mature. I also have learned to invest myself less as the season progresses these last few years, as expecting victory every time just hurts too much/leads to too much self-destructive post-loss boozing.


April 3rd, 2011 at 6:41 PM ^

I am one of those fans that make it hard to be around after a rough Saturday.  I proposed to my wifein the summer, fully knowing the wedding would take place in the spring (far away from football season).  Most game days turn into me sitting in the basement alone watching the game because I have been banished.  Or if I am watching the game on the "good" TV it is because she left the house, and I didn't  go.  I

I have refused to attend weddings of her friends, and have left other weddings early to watch games.

I also lobbied very hard to name my child Mason Blue, but that was shot down.

I admit at times it may be overboard, but I never apologize for my fandom.


We will be married one year on April 17, and many of our arguments involve my sports wactching.  I have a 3 month old son, and he already smiles when he hears "The Victors."  She has fought it for a year, I figure eventually she will just relent and embrace all that is being a Michigan Wolverine.

Go Blue!




Jeffy Fresh

April 3rd, 2011 at 6:43 PM ^

My wife thinks I am a freak.  I show her this site as proof that I'm not the only one.  Apparently during football season I am reading about Michigan all day and I don't pay attention to her anymore.  I don't really remember the rest of what she was saying though because I was reading Mgoblog.

03 Blue 07

April 3rd, 2011 at 10:20 PM ^

Yeah, the gf puts up with my addiction to this site as well. Recently, I told her "so, I was on MGoBlog talking about xyz," and she responded, "that was OT, right?" (correctly, and with no sarcasm).

She may be a keeper.


April 3rd, 2011 at 6:50 PM ^

I am the same way as the OP.  Fortunately for me, my long-time girlfriend is also the same way.  A loss makes for a grim saturday afternoon, and the coaching change made for some rather heated debates.


April 3rd, 2011 at 6:54 PM ^

when I'm watching Michigan football. Not only will I not perceive a single word she's saying to me, I'm likely to bark something extremely rude yet nonsensical at her to get her to shut up.

I took her to the Michigan-OSU game in 1979 right after we were married. She was so bored she took out a book and started reading it at halftime. But it's not like she doesn't care if we win or not; she definitely roots for us to win every game in every sport. She just doesn't give a shit about the actual sport itself, with one exception. The first UM hockey game I took her to, she was up on her feet yelling for blood after the first hard check. It was a bizarre transformation.

And our dog doesn't like it when we lose, because of all the loud, violent swearing coming from my direction.



April 3rd, 2011 at 11:43 PM ^

I have taken my wife to numerous sporting events and she cheerfully goes, but only to spend time with me; she could care less about what is happening on the field. When we lived in Florida I about died when she pulled out Cosmo at a spring training game between the Tigers and Nationals.

Now we live in Wichita Falls, Texas and the only decent sporting event here is the minor league hockey team. We go to one game, and two minutes in she is screaming "Fight, fight, fight" at the top of her lungs. She probably would have been pounding on the glass had we been that close.



April 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 PM ^

The only way I can recover after a loss is to do a lot of drinking/drugging... so my problem might be a little worse than most.


I rarely drink or use otherwise... As much as I loved Rich Rod, I barely remember the games...


April 3rd, 2011 at 7:00 PM ^

I'm probably not all that sane, Paula Deen is in my list of 5 women I'm allowed to sleep with, if provided with an opportunity. Don't judge me, until you've seen her peach cobbler.


April 3rd, 2011 at 9:08 PM ^

Don't judge me, until you've seen her peach cobbler.

Now THERE'S a bit of slang I've not heard before. Kinky.

Lets put it this way. I go to the spring game alone every time because nobody else understands why it's critical that I watch kickers miss field goals for 20 minutes. I don't sequester myself for games, but I openly encourage my wife to go shopping on fall Saturdays, and then I put away all breakables so that I can throw pillows around the room however I like without damaging anything.


April 3rd, 2011 at 7:01 PM ^

I'd say I keep my cool a lot of the time...Illinois last year I would have gone absolutely ape shit if we had lost, PSU was a drunken swear-fest.

I do, however, have an MGoBlog problem. There have been several occasions where it would have been expected that I "cuddle" with her in the mornings (score!) that I just go grab my laptop and check to see if anything happened that night.

She rips on me constantly, and I'm actually okay with that.


April 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 PM ^

I don't, but I do make her cheers to Denard basically every night we drink together.

Funny story, we were driving up to A2 for the Chill, and I kept telling her that we would run into Denard. She brushed it off and called me an idiot, but after dinner at Olga's (fuck...I miss Michigan for that) we went to Meijer over by Briarwood and the whole team was there, obviously including Denard. It was awesome.


April 3rd, 2011 at 9:42 PM ^

What was the entiere team doing at Meijer?

Wait.. College wasn't that long ago. Hmm... Let me think back to yesteryear...

"Dude, I'm bored. Let's get out of here."

"Ok, sure. Where do you wanna go? Not much going on tonight."

"I dunno... lets to to like... meijer."

"What for? ... Ah... screw it. Lets go to meijer."


April 3rd, 2011 at 9:55 PM ^

It was a charity event.

I have no idea what charity or anything, but from the looks of it they were each assigned either sick or poor children (could have been either, I'm not so sure) and took them shopping. My aunt who lives in A2 said that she had done something similar, and said the AD probably came up with a donation so that each kid could buy like $25 or $50 worth of cold-weather stuff or toys.

As an aside, I felt really bad for Denard. He's just trying to do his charity thing and there are people following him everywhere, like two feet off of him, with cameras and cameraphones. He took it well, but I decided against saying "what's up" just because it made me feel sorry for the guy.