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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

YahooSports joins the DUMP the chUMps Bandwagon - read it here...

I know SpartanMan82 could come up with a list that would make this one look like a base-on-balls vs. his home run (although using some from this list certainly would not be forbidden). But still, I thought I'd share this post from Yahoo Sports as it does relate to the theme of our blog...

#1 on the list below could be summed up as "chUMps". Feel free to use the comment area below the post...

Hail to the 'Victors': Top 25 Reasons to Dislike Michigan Football

Fans of virtually every team in the country dislike the Michigan Wolverines, and could probably come up with 25 reasons why with little trouble.

However, as a Michigan State Spartans fan, I believe that I am closer to the Wolverines than most, and can give an accurate description of the 25 reasons they should be hated the most.

25. Hoke-mania. The Chris Christie imposter only has one year of experience at Michigan under his belt and people are already talking about him like he's the second coming of Bo Schembechler. Hoke isn't even the best coach in the Legends division in the Big Ten.

24. The Color Maize. Give it a rest, Michigan, your colors are blue and yellow. Sun-bright, eyeball-burning yellow. You can't just make up a new color so it sounds more impressive. Such a Michigan move.

23. Downtown Ann Arbor. The city where the University of Michigan sits is not bad, but it just does not compare to the culture and nightlife of nearby East Lansing.

22. The Way Rich Rod Was Treated. Poor Rich Rodriguez was stormed out of town with flaming pitchforks. Personally, I thought he did a great job and did not deserve the general hostility, let alone the firing.

21. School Greed. In the never-ending quest to make the most money possible, the Big House was expanded in 2008, and only after being sued by a group of disabled veterans did the university scale back the expansion to remain handicap-friendly.

20. Excuses. I've never heard a Michigan fan just admit the Wolverines aren't the better team. It seems like all of the team's past losses are the fault of either poor officiating or Rich Rod.

19. "Ohio." Trying to look cool by not trying, Michigan fans have an annoying habit of calling Ohio State just "Ohio" -- as if refusing to acknowledge that the real name is "Ohio State" is some kind of insult. Or maybe these fans are trying to block out the bad results against other "State" teams.

18. Rulebreaking. In 2010, the NCAA found that Michigan committed multiple "major" rule violations involving failing to monitor the program, having impermissible practices, and lying to investigators. In May of 2012, Michigan players got into the act sending illegal tweets.

17. Lack of Accountability. Despite the laundry list of rules violations, the Wolverines were never hit with a bowl ban or any of the serious sanctions that were imposed on their rival Buckeyes.

16. Greg Robinson. Robinson arguably single-handedly cursed the once-vaunted Syracuse football program. Naturally, Michigan rewarded him by handing him the keys to the defense as the defensive coordinator. Michigan's defense abruptly got destroyed. Shock ensues.

15. Those People With No Connection to the School Who Love It. Much as there are fans of the Yankees, Lakers, and Cowboys all across the country, people love Michigan. These fans are always the first to defend the team and be decked out in maize/yellow and blue. But when it comes down to it, none of them can really describe why they even like the team.

14. Embarrassing the Big Ten Conference. Appalachian State, anyone?

13. The Big House. The only thing I dislike more than Michigan fans is the thought of sharing three hours with over 109,000 of them at the same time.

12. Desmond Howard. Former Michigan player and current television analyst. As annoyingly cocky as he was as a player, he is even more annoying now. We get it, Desmond, you went to Michigan. You don't even have to explain when you pick it to win every week.

11. Uniforms. It's unfathomable why a school with the tradition of Michigan would steal its uniform design from the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens.

10. Denard Robinson. If he was the quarterback for any other team in the country, it would be acknowledged that he struggles to throw the ball even average distances downfield. Instead, he is a perennial Heisman candidate.

9. Overrated-ness. Speaking of being overrated, it generally describes the entire team. Writers always talk themselves into Michigan being good until it begins to blow it. Unfortunately, last year, the BCS bought into the false hype and awarded Michigan a Sugar Bowl bid -- even though the Wolverines weren't even good enough to win their division in the Big Ten.

8. Alumni. Show me a humble U of M alum and I will show you a liar.

7. Loose Shoes. Everyone hates the feeling of walking when your shoes are too loose, especially when the laces fall out. It is very uncomfortable to have them almost slipping off with every step.

6. Mike Hart. Although I would like to thank him for inspiring a class of Spartans, Mr. Hart wrote a check that future generations of Wolverines football players have not been able to cash.

5. Tom Brady. Fitting that one of the most annoying NFL players came from Michigan. Perhaps that is where he learned his style.

4. Banner Jump. Some teams are led out by charging animals or fierce mascots. Michigan players leap up and barely scrape the bottom of a banner that says they are supported. This is easily the least intimidating entrance in the nation.

3. The Fight Song. Everything about "Hail to the Victors" is annoying. And, how does it work when the Wolverines lose? Is their band saluting the other team as victors? If so, the Spartans have been hailed quite frequently as of late.

2. The Obsession with a "Michigan Man." For some reason, Michigan fans are obsessed with having a coach who was somehow connected to the school in the past, a so-called "Michigan Man." Don't worry, no one else wants the job anyways.

1. Fan Base's Unjustifiably Inflated Self-Importance. This is pretty much the above 24 items all rolled into one kind of fan.

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Del Pearson attended Michigan State University College of Law and has been a season ticket holder for MSU football since 2008. Follow Del on Twitter @DelPearson2.

1 comment:

  1. Reasons I don’t like the Wolverines:

    · They expect to win every game every year – probably not even SEC teams have that expectation EVERY year ….

    · They expect a top 5 recruiting class every year

    · They talk about their top 5 recruiting class like it guarantees future wins, championships, etc.

    · Continued over-glorification of Bo (not a good bowl record, was kind of a jerk on the sidelines near the end of his career, like Woody, way behind the times as far as a passing offense for many years, etc.)

    · Continued reference to “Woody and Bo”

    · Insistence on keeping OSU as the last game on the schedule (to preserve a tradition that the nation really doesn’t care about, not to mention they are in different divisions, diminishing the meaning of the game)

    · Total lack of respect for MSU program from many U-Mers (we are Rodney Dangerfield to them)

    · Reference to their last football national championship (a number of years ago now), when actually they were not first in both polls that year (half of a championship)

    · The Fab Five (enough said)

    · Bill Martin (took pay to play to a new level)

    · Former Michigan basketball coach Bill Frieder (rhymes with cheater)

    · Continued reference to their total football national championships when all were won a really long time ago (when there were many fewer teams, when only white men played the sport, etc.)

    · Lack of reference to the RichRod years where I think they had the lowest Big ten game winning percentage other than Indiana (and U-M barely beat Indiana head to head one of those years)

    · Actively tried to keep MSU out of the Big Ten

    · U-Mers saying they only care about football when the football team is good and when the basketball team is bad

    · No accountability for all of their down years in basketball and only a small tip of the hat to our dominance and NCAA success

    · Very little acknowledgement of our 4 football wins in a row against them

    · A lot of U-M people wanted Lloyd Carr fired for a number of years, but now he is viewed by them as a coaching legend

    · Sometimes national broadcasters refer to our team as “Michigan” instead of “Michigan State”

    · Their broadcaster – Frank Beckmann - what a homer and what a tool (Jim Brandstatter is a decent guy and at least somewhat realistic)

    · Any reference to their old broadcaster, Bob Ufer. I listened to him a few times as a kid, and he sounded like someone goofing around (using a clown’s horn, etc.) – it didn’t even sound like a football game.

    · Ufer saying “Meeeeeeechigan”

    · Michigan beating Notre Dame in football is always some huge deal, but we have beaten Notre Dame A LOT more over the past 10-20 years it seems.

    · The Michigan replay football TV show being so big for many years

    · Their football sideline reporter for radio broadcasts – Doug Karsch from 97.1 the Ticket – is a MSU graduate.

    · Detroit sports talk radio callers are mostly U-M (duh, East Lansing probably doesn’t get 97.1 in very well on the radio, and then you have the Walmart Wolverine factor)


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