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Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Now that Michigan's off in the (sigh) Legends Division of the revamped Big Ten, it faces an unusual situation where its biggest rival -- Ohio State -- is off in another division, which means that even though the Wolverines and Buckeyes play each other every year, they're not playing for the same divisional crown or against all the same conference opponents. This will likely make the squabbles between both fanbases even more obnoxious, but that's how all good rivalries ought to be. I digress.

That means of Michigan's new divisional opponents, its most obvious rival -- from both a geographic and historical perspective -- are the Spartans over at Michigan State, and there is absolutely no love to be lost between these two fanbases. How intense is the rivalry? So much so that Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon would much rather not even contemplate a night game between the two teams:

Brandon was more cautious about the possibility of the heated rivalry game being played at night at either stadium.

"I don't even know if I want to do that at home," Brandon said. "I think the passion and the excitement of the crowd, to energize that with a night game, may be more than either one of us can handle. I think we'd have to be very careful about that. But we'll see. You never know what the future holds."

Wait! Stop the party! Dave Brandon doesn't wanna hurt nobody!

If we're being honest, Brandon is right, even if he's forced to speak in euphemisms to describe the real issue here: alcohol. You get tens of thousands of football fans drinking for 10 hours straight before the biggest football game of the year, and there's going to be a few public safety headaches. Now, Brandon can't come right out and say "some people will be too drunk and will cause problems for lots of other people," because nobody ever likes to be told that they can't handle their booze, and that just sends the discussion down a contentious and unproductive path.

It would be a little insane if Brandon gave those reasons for not wanting a night game and he wasn't referring to the alcohol, though, wouldn't it? Like he legitimately thought his fans would be too passionate to handle a night game? That would a ferocious insult to the Wolverine fans and their sensibilities. Fortunately, the euphemisms being used are so widely known that we all know what Brandon really means, and he's probably got a point.

Comments

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

Say what you want about the South, at least we can handle our alcohol. Thank God i'm not a big 10 fan.  NO night games? no thank you



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

Do you know how stupid you make yourself and OSU fans with posts like this?  Grow up!!!





Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

I would love to have the night games only for Notre Dame,the Spartans and the Buckeyes! Can you imagine what the game atmosphere for each one of those games?!Cool



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

hey farmer...we vacated our season..we didn't forfeit the wins!! your sorry arses still got whupped by ohio state...last year,and the year before and the year before.....well you get the picture!!

ann arbor is still a whore!! we thump you this year too...scum......



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

They will handle Sparty about as well as they handle their booze.....losers!



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:45 am
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

How about it! These writers need to stop writing on emotions and concentrate on the facts and other things that are actually important to the situation.



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:45 am
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

How about it! These writers need to stop writing on emotions and concentrate on the facts and other things that are actually important to the situation.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:05 am
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

Is there anyone who writes for CBS that is capable of reporting the news rather than sharing an opinion?  It only takes seven words to realize this isn't a professional story:  "Now that Michigan's off in the (sigh) Legends Division..."  Is anyone who writes for CBS capable of reporting the news without commentary?  A journalist who writes "Dave Brandon doesn't wanna hurt nobody!"  How pathetic.  Get real, CBS.  This junior high style of news writing is ridiculous.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:28 am
 

Leave it to Sparty...

Brandon, for once, was pretty classy in his statement, but the real reason is that he wants to keep "Sparty Noooooo" moments to a minimum.  If Brandon is "afraid" of having this year's game played at night, it's not because he is afraid of losing.  It is because he is afraid of the risk to life and limb of both fanbases when Michigan deflates Sparty's delusions of competence.  
 
Sparty is good at three things: drinking beer, bragging, and rioting.  If MSU decides to play this game at night, the only people in East Lansing who will be happy are the furniture salesmen who will have record sales days on Sunday after MSU "fans" burn every couch in East Lansing on Saturday night.  



Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:12 am
 

Michigan AD: Fans too intense for night game?

Consider this senario.  It is a night game and the tailgating prior to the game and at half time has been at a fever pitch.  The brewskies have been flowing and the smack has been spewed.

Fourth quarter Michigan State is up by a TD.  Michigan completes the long pass with 1 minute left.  As the WR approaches the goal line he instinctively "high steps" across.
 
Flag on the play.

Specifically, the new unsportsmanlike conduct foul that will take points off the board if a player commits an act of taunting or excessive celebration prior to crossing the goal line on a scoring play.
 
Who dreams up this crap??  This serves no purpose in football IMHO.  Lest you put your jammies on and go straight to bed.

What’s taunting??
Raising the football in the air as you cross the line?  Big 12 officials say yes.

NUTZ  


     



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