Saturday, November 19, 2005

Question

Should Ohio State think about intentionally losing to Michigan next year? It can't be a rivalry if the same team wins all the time.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it was a rivalry for all of you morons win you lost 1 out of 11 match-ups. Actually, the truth of the matter is that MSU is our "real rival."

Tressel and his 2000s version of the Miami Hurricanes can go back to the hole that is Columbus and savor their victory until they are put on suspension by the NCAA.

Nye! said...

Um, what was that? 4-1 in the last 5? Big 10 champs? Scoreboard? I can't really hear you over all this cheering.

Tre! said...

"I think it was a rivalry for all of you morons win (sic) you lost 1 out of 11 match-ups." Oh the irony, at least Buckeyes know the difference between "when" and "win."

Hey, maybe we'll be on probation, but Michigan basketball beat us there. Oh, snap.

Columbus is a hole? And Ann Arbor is a booming metropolis? Vice-versa.

Lloyd Carr wears depends and drinks ensure.

EMK said...

Every Michigan fan I know is opportunistic about who their "real" rivals are. When they're talking to State people, they say it's OSU. When they're talkign to OSU people, they say it's State. If they get called out on it, they say it's Notre Dame. They just want to sound like they're too good for anyone. Elitist assholes.

Anonymous said...

Tre,

OSU basketball also beat your football to it dipshit.

Nice English lesson on the difference between "when" and "win." Unfortunately, some of us have a little bit on our plates to worry about proofreading all of our posts.

EK,

I'm glad you reminded me anout ND. They also may be bigger rivals. The fact of the matter is when you are the all-time winning college football team, many teams are out to beat you and be your rival.

Nye! said...

Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Scoreboard!

WAH!

EK said...

Anonymous, if that is your real name,

If Notre Dame and State are such big rivals, why doesn't Michigan move one of those two to the last week of the season? I'm from the Detroit area and have plenty of friends who went to UM. They all say that OSU is the biggest rivalry. Especially if they're within earshot of a Spartan. Or an Irishman.

I just asked Blake Coe, a Michigan alumnus, who the school's biggest football rival is. His answer? Ohio State. "Without a doubt."

And let's not forget, let's not forget, that plenty of those wins came against juggernauts like the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University.

The fact of the matter is that over the past seventy years or so, this series has been nearly equal. Not sure on the numbers, but I think OSU is up by a game. The number of times the two teams have played for the Big Ten Title is certainly unsurpassed by UM-MSU.

The game is always nationally televised. Not so for MSU. And for Notre Dame only because ND has its own national TV contract. You saw the national graphs on this blog. Best rivalry in the country.

By the way, I'm still talking to Coe, and he just added this insight: "In fact, i'd say you could combine michigan-michigan state and michigan-notre dame and i still don't think you would even touch the yearly magnitude of um-osu"

What other rivalries get their entire states behind them like this one? You have that "we don't give a damn about the whole state of michigan" song, and I have Spartan friends who cheer harder for Michigan in The Game than they do for the Green and White all year because they know the game is for state pride.

UM-MSU barely divides the state. Unless you went to Michigan State, chances are you are rooting for the Wolverines because it's clear that UM is Michigan's team. It's not like Florida-FSU where they actually play on the last week of the season and both have good programs year in-year out. MSU is Michigan's little brother in football. Not their rival.

And as to Notre Dame, you can make the argument that Michigan is not their biggest rival. USC and Purdue might have dibs on that distinction. Michigan plays ND in the second week or so every year and until Weiss got there, should have whupped up on them every week.

Plus, look at the coverage. I don't know where you're from, but the media certainly makes a big deal out of ND and MSU games, but the coverage absolutely pales compared to that game in late November. Not even a contest.

So, whether elitist Michigan fans want to admit or not, we have ourselves a nice little rivalry going on here. Case Institute of Technology it ain't.