If you have one ounce of football spirit in your soul, live anywhere in the great mid-west, and can string together a sentence consisting of more than four words, then what I am about to tell you is overstating the obvious. That said, here goes anyway…Michigan and Ohio don’t get along! Now, one would like to believe that this distaste for a fellow man is more spiritual than literal, but I suppose that’s one of those relativity questions better answered in a college debate class. Oh yea, I think at this point I should point out one more tidbit of information. This rivalry is collegiate in nature, and not merely anti statesman.
In attempt to clarify my foggy intro, the rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes is one of those adverse relationships that fill college stadiums to the brink on cool Autumn Saturdays and cause mild mannered housewives to blossom into ferocious, teeth clinching pole cats. In the world of college football where national championships and big money rule, nothing…yes nothing drive fans to flock in groves more so than that of the ultimate rivalry.
In the most recent display of rivalry ridiculousness, Michigan wide receiver Bo Denver posted a photo of the Wolverines new footballs that display the words “Made in USA, Not in Ohio”. The post by Denver is obviously a jab to incite a Buckeye loyalist that will, no doubt, fuel a fury of revenge tactics to the foe. These petty yet meaningful duels are the meat and potatoes behind all long lasting and publicized rivalries and so long as the intent is harmless and the jesters remain somewhere short of criminal in their behavior, these duels translate into spectacular football games.
So, from one avid football fan to all the rest of you, I say embrace those opportunities to challenge your rival. Metaphorically pouring fuel on the long burning fire not only keeps the rivalry flames aglow, but also develops new young fans that migrate to their beloved team to douse them with a healthy dose of Saturday retardant (also metaphorically speaking). Thank you Bo Denver. For your posting will have the effect of awakening the slumbering giant and a swarm of Buckeyes shall invade the hyperspace of Wolverines everywhere. Game on!!!