MGoRob

April 20th, 2012 at 12:56 PM ^

Perhaps it's because I grew up near there, but this doesn't strike me as news worthy.  But then again, I knew of this place already.  It makes perfect sense b/c Toledo is pretty much split 50/50 with UM/OSU fans.

SImilarly, the same can be said for here in Michigan... just take a random Cracker Barrel, the one in Okemos, for instance, often displays both UM and MSU gear.  Not quite then uncommon if you ask me.  But it is a nice store, check it out if you go there (the one in Maumee)

Roachgoblue

April 20th, 2012 at 1:42 PM ^

They are both in the same state. I don't see Iowa gear here in Nebraska. It is cool that they sell Michigan gear in ohio. I was surprised to see so many Michigan fans when I recently visited Dublin, Ohio. It is near Columbus and every bar I went to I ran into Michigan fans. That was not the case when I lived in Michigan with Ohio fans. Even Torch lake, which has a ton of Ohio residents up there seem to mostly like Michigan. When I ask them why they usually say to be different, or because of the helmets as a kid. I say they think having nuts around their neck was too much.

Purkinje

April 20th, 2012 at 12:57 PM ^

I love that there are so many Michigan fans in Mordor. I've only seen a handful of scarlet-clad nasties in Michigan for as long as I've lived.

LSAClassOf2000

April 20th, 2012 at 1:44 PM ^

...but, with regards to the name, I would prefer "The Wolverine And Buckeye Shop" myself. It is one of the few places where I would highly recommend spending all of your time in half of the space. I did get some great gear there though, including sheets for the kids' beds - they have a wide selection beyond apparel there.

Lucas County really is the Neutral Zone of the rivalry, so it is well-placed and appropriately laid out definitely.

Blue since birth

April 20th, 2012 at 1:23 PM ^

I lived in Sandusky for a few years and still have family there (all big Michigan fans). These types of stores are all over NW Ohio... Maybe even as far east as Lorain/Elyria? 

The Claw

April 20th, 2012 at 1:43 PM ^

Back on the early 2000's, the Findlay Mall had a store like this.  Haven't been in the mall in years though to know if it is still running.  Was called the Ohio State - Michigan Store.  Just like this, split down the middle.  They also sold Notre Dame stuff.  I don't remember anything MSU related in it.

The Claw

April 20th, 2012 at 4:12 PM ^

Also known as Rapistberger...  Findlay had a big sign up in town of him but after the rape charges, they took it down.  Now in true Ben fashion, he says he's from Liberty Benton High School on Monday Night Football instead of Findlay High School.  Such a classy guy.

maineandblue

April 20th, 2012 at 1:43 PM ^

I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.

I Miss Bursley

April 20th, 2012 at 1:54 PM ^

I didn't realize that the old one in Sylvania closed down a couple years ago, that makes me sad.

Those guys used to have this funny commercial (funny in the way a modestly produced local commercial can be) where a guy in Michigan gear accidentally crosses over to the Buckeye side and all hell breaks loose until he crosses back and suddenly everything goes back to normal.

/CSB

Blazefire

April 20th, 2012 at 2:20 PM ^

This shop has operated in various venues in Toledo for years. It used to be on Monroe St. in the same complex as the west Tony Packos. (But you've gotta make at least one trip across the river to the original location).

They run commercials all the time where somebody is shoping for OSU or UM gear, and suddenly a siren goes off. They then notice their foot is across the middle of the store. Bloody annoying, honestly.

bszhou

April 21st, 2012 at 9:25 PM ^

A lot of die hard buckeyes, especially in northeast Ohio where I'm from, don't really consider Toledo being truly part of Ohio as a result of the deep UM ties in the area. So this is no surprise.