Umm, no. Actually I don’t. Sure the state in general is fine, and I like the people (my GF is an OSU alum), but there has to be something in the water during Michigan games.
Ever since I gloated in a friend’s face, when his team (Duke) lost in the tourney to a team I didn’t even care about (Indiana), i’ve always tried to be reasonable when talking trash and/or gloating. Looking back on that incident I felt (and still feel) like a complete dick, and was lucky that I didn’t get hit (This isn’t the only time that’s happened either. See Ravens/Giants SuperBowl in 2000).
Ohio State fans not only do this, but they get some sort of sick joy out of making Michigan fans miserable by any means necessary. The Germans call this Schadenfreude.
Without getting into a lot of detail (there was a lot of gloating involved and a pretty bad joke about Bo Schembechler) it was a long weekend. It sucks Michigan lost, but they lost to an ultimately better team playing at home. It sucks Bo died because he was my favorite coach growing up. It sucks that the pollsters think that there shouldn’t be a rematch. And it sucked driving home the next day and seeing that there were already T-Shirts for sale with the score listed on them. But what are you going to do about it?
In times like these I always go to my source for inspirational quotes and that is the 1986 movie……RAD.
Plot Summary from IMDB: The story of Cru Jones, a young man who can overcome all obstacles that prevent him from participating in the BMX race “Helltrack.” As he works towards his dream, Cru falls in love with Christian (Aunt Becky from Full House), an amateur racer. With the help of Christian and his friends, can Cru’s “Rad Racing Team” defeat the top BMX factory rider, Bart Taylor?
As Cru comes to one of these obstacles in the movie….a cop, who Cru challenged to a BMX vs. Motorcylcle race in the lumber yard daily, stands up to defend the young lad.
“Well, if Cru can’t compete in Hell Track……well……I guess were going all just have to learn to…..Live with It.”
So to the Awful Girlfriend and OSU Alums like yourself. Feel free to continue your barrage of insults and continue to fuel that pure hatred. Us Michigan fans will just learn to live with it. And if there’s a rematch….I’d be worried. But if there isn’t…..well we know who to root against. There’s something to be said about Karma here….but I can’t quite think of what it would be. Maybe someone from the #3 Philosophy School in the nation could tell me? But what school could that be???
Best Team? Yes. Best Fans? Not even close. (The M Zone)
You stay classy Ohio.