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Monday, November 28, 2011


Now that the Weasels have pulled off their miracle season, speculation is rampant that they will "leapfrog" MSU and be invited to play in one of the Basically Corrupt System (BCS) bowl games. This latest preemptive rumor is based on the assumption that MSU will lose to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Isn't that the way all of these innuendos begin? They all start with the premise that something will go wrong for Michigan State, and finish with how something will go right for Michigan. And they always come up before anything has happened. That way, whatever actually happens can make people forget the specious rumor in case it doesn't turn out to be true.

For example, consider the pregame slams against MSU two weeks ago. It was strongly suggested that Spartan fans should root for UM against Nebraska, when the only possible way it would help MSU for UM to win that game is if MSU lost another game. In other words, the story began with the idea that MSU was certainly going to fail.

In this case, many are assuming that UM will get to a "better bowl" before MSU has even played in the conference championship. People are discussing it as if it's already REAL.

But what does Brady Hoke think about it? After all, should his team get into a "better bowl", they will certainly face a "better team" that will be more likely to start his post-season career at Michigan just like his idol, Blow ScUMbuckler. (The Old Blowhard lost his first seven bowl games, which is what he meant by being a "champion".)

Should Michigan be selected for a "better bowl", for any reason, they will more likely get their cleats handed to them before a larger audience than if they face a more evenly-matched opponent. So Brady Hoke would stand to benefit from playing a lower-ranked team, as he would then be more likely to actually win a game in the post-season, rather than finishing with the normal wolverine whimper. That's what they mean by "The Michigan Difference".

Perhaps the sports media should be asking Brady Hoke if he would rather win or lose in his first bowl game, and if he wants to win, they should ask him if he will be rooting for MSU against Wisconsin. They should ask him if he wants to follow in the footsteps of the Michigan Legend.

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