Obsession Alert – UM Football Issues Dog Tags Commemorating OSU Victory
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – Michigan fans were caught with their hypocritical pants down.
UM’s football program issued dog tags commemorating the team’s 42-27 victory over Ohio State last season. One side features the words “Team 142,” while the other side features Ohio State’s “O” block featuring Wolverine
diarrhea claw marks.
So what’s wrong with that? Honestly, nothing. It’s a big deal when you’re accomplishing something for the first time in 10 years! And for only the fourth time this millennium!
But really, college football teams can commemorate achievements any way they see fit, whether it be with dog tags, plaques, or even rings. Speaking of rings…
Remember last month when Michigan State unveiled its Peach Bowl rings? Many Michigan fans made themselves the official arbiters of what is and isn’t appropriate for college football teams to include in their commemorative items, then quickly ruled against the Spartans’ Peach Bowl ring because a part was dedicated to MSU’s victory over Michigan.
Here’s another Michigan fan who wants you to know that he’s uniquely qualified to decide what’s or isn’t allowed in the ring of a college football team, and he says what MSU has done isn’t OK. Also, this guy, who is probably the same guy who will tell you about senior Michigan academics, doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of memorial rings in sports and how they often bear the name of the wearer.
Some media* even intervened.
(* In the latter case, we use this term loosely.)
Many Michigan fans are more than eager to let you know that their dog tags are a completely different thing to MSU’s rings, and that’s why their favorite team’s commemorative preference is OK and MSU’s is not. is not. I would say, however, that the fact that they take the time to perform such mental gymnastics tells you everything you need to know about it.
By the way, it’s not uncommon for college football teams to commemorate victories over their rivals. If you find MSU’s Peach Bowl rings weird or Michigan’s dog tags weird, take a look at the gold trouser pin Ohio State gives its players every year. time they beat Michigan.
Just let college football teams decide what they commemorate and how they commemorate it. This will save you a lot of heartache and help you avoid looking like a hypocritical, reactionary doofus.
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