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Thursday, October 17, 2013


I have vivid memories of the Appalachian State upset of Michigan way back in '07, though I never watched the game. Only heard the last minute of that game on radios in Munn Field and the Breslin parking lot as we walked home from our game that day. It's the same way we always remember where we were when we heard some really big news.

The most striking memories I have from that day came from watching news reports for several hours afterwards that showed crowd reactions to the game from all over the midwest. In one place after another, crowds were shown cheering wildly as they saw the chUMps get dUMped. It became clear to me that Michigan was the most hated team in our conference. And I began to think about all the reasons why that might be so.

Most of my thoughts were about the UM fans themselves, how they dress, how they talk, how they act during games, the things they say to people who wear green and white. Plenty of memories to draw from. I've been there a few times. I've read a few stories. It all forms a composite whole that we have decided should be called "chUMps".

They caught one at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night, and disposed of him appropriately. The sequence was caught very nicely on camera, and a still-photo sequence is available on the Internet. Just try this one, or this one, or this one, or this one, or just search for "Michigan Fan Maced" and you will find several more links.

One of the links above includes the following description of how this guy was behaving during the game; remember, he was tossed before half-time:
"I was sitting in the section next to this guy. He was standing for every play with his buddy and became confrontational with those around him. The people behind we're getting pissed and some lady actually had enough and hit him. Mid way through the 2nd after Michigan had scored he started taunting everyone and it looked like he was about to start a fight in the stands. Security came up and escorted him down to the front when he grabbed the railing and refused to leave. He ended up talking some swings at the state police who were arresting which is why he got pepper sprayed."
Since we don't know this guy's name, let's call him "Victor". Those who are close to him and know him well probably call him "The Victor". It's guys like this that UM fans sing about every time they play that peppy little drinking song during ball games. Hail to this guy and all those like him, right?

So you have to figure that a lot of folks in Beaver Stadium last Saturday night would be pretty interested to see if maybe Michigan might lose a few more games this year. And next year. And the year after that. It might make them happy to see it.

And maybe some of the other Victors have made appearances like this one at various places when no camera was there to catch the story. Perhaps those Victors did things that made people happy when the Mountaineers dUMped the chUMps at the Pig House on that grand September day.

If you see Victor anywhere - - - at a game, on the street, in the mall - - - have your camera ready to see if he will put on a show. You never know when you might need a spray bottle of Mace.

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1 comment:

  1. And here I thought Victor was the name of the doobie(s) Michigan players were smoking before that App State game!


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