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For this weeks Twitter Fan of the Week, Lance took some time to answer a few questions about his experiences being a Michigan Wolverine fan in the heart of enemy territory, Columbus, Ohio. Lance is a passionate Wolverine fan and a very funny guy, which makes for an excellent follow.
Q: Talk about being a Michigan fan in enemy territory.
A: I’ve lived here 6 years or so after spending my first 24 years in Michigan. (It wasn’t my first choice to live here, obviously, but the job market was awful in Michigan, and I had take employment where I could get it) I don’t hide my Michigan fanhood when I go places. I have about 20-25 Michigan shirts, and I pretty much wear them in rotation. I get a few dirty looks at the grocery store. Some people will yell “Michigan sucks” when I walk around. It goes in one ear and out the other now. (although sometimes when I’m irritable, I’ll yell “40-34!!!”) I live in the suburbs, and I never get seriously threatened, but I know it doesn’t hurt that I’m 6’7″ and 250 pounds. My dad and friends come down here to visit me, and ask me how I can deal with the constant influx of Buckeye logos everywhere. I just explain that after a while, you stop seeing them. Satellite radio, Twitter, and the internet are tremendous alternatives to local TV/news/radio, which I rarely (if ever) partake of. Those media outlets are Buckeye homerism at its finest.
Q: How did your roots of being a Michigan fan begin?
A: My dad raised me as a Michigan fan, and I never really wavered. It started when I was young, in the days of Bo. I cried during the 1992 and 1993 basketball championship game as a 5th/6th grader. I do wish I would have been more serious about school, so I could have attended class at UM, but my life has worked out pretty well. I stuck with the basketball team through the Ellerbe/sanctions years, and rode out the RichRod era with the football team. I can’t stand bandwagon fans. Pick a team, and live & die with them.
I actually have a 10 year bet going with my dad that we made when I moved here. He bet that I would convert to rooting for the Buckeyes, and I took the other side. The loser has to buy the winner a ticket for the 2016 football game in Columbus. My dad recently admitted that he never wanted to win that bet.
Q: What is your favorite Michigan or Big House memory?
A: This is a tie. In 1995, I went to my first game with my dad at the age of 13. We were a HEAVY underdog against Ohio at the Big House. They were chasing a national championship, and we were inconsistent in Carr’s first year. I recall Corso saying “Michigan has 2 chances – slim and none”. Michigan miraculously won 31-23. Biakabatuka ran for 300+. Woodson had 2 interceptions as a freshman. And I had an experience that is still fresh in my mind 16+ years later.
The other game was going to Under the Lights this year against Notre Dame. That game is fresh in our minds, so I won’t go into too much detail about the game itself. The Desmond Howard tribute was amazing, and just the sheer shock of the 4th quarter was insane. I honestly never gave up on them the whole time.
Q: Who is your favorite Michigan player and why?
A: My current favorite Michigan player is Jordan Kovacs. I love his story about transforming from a no-name walk-on to a critical component of a vastly improved Michigan defense. He is a relentlessly hard worker, and a real credit not only to the current coaching staff, but Rich Rodriguez’s staff as well.
My all time favorite Wolverine is Charles Woodson. He was a flat out STUD in college (including a 3-0 record against Ohio), and that one-handed interception against Little Brother is still one of the great all-time college plays. Many big time superstar NFL players are perceived as egotistical maniacs that only care about themselves. With Charles Woodson, there is no way to look at him in that light. He quietly goes about his business, while playing at an extremely high level. On a personal level, my wife works as a pediatric nurse at a large children’s hospital, so I loved the story about him donating $2 million to the Mott Children’s Hospital.
Q: Describe the atmosphere surrounding you after a Michigan victory against Ohio compared to Ohio winning.
A: Unfortunately, they’ve been few and far between. The Monday after the game against Ohio in November was awesome. It was the quietest day I’ve ever witnessed around my office, and it was a beautiful silence. As much as I wanted to storm into the office wearing my “Worst State Ever” shirt, yelling “IT’S GREAT…TO BE…A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE”, I remembered how big of jerks people were to me over the past 5 years, so I resisted. Plus sometimes what goes around comes around.
I hate when we lose to them. I will call in sick, ignore my phone, and just generally mope around. Fortunately my Michigan family is never too far away. Thank you, Twitter.
Q: For those who may not be following you on Twitter, now is your chance to convince people for follows!
A: Good, a little self-promotion time, hahaha…let’s see, I think most people would say I’m pretty funny on Twitter. It’s what I’m aiming for, at least. Um….I typically follow back, especially with people that reply to my tweets. I’m also willing to talk sports and whatever else with people all the time. I also like to post clever replies and burns to things Ohio and Sparty homers say. I would say my real life experience qualifies me as an expert in this area. I’ll let you folks be the judge though.
Q: When you’re not supporting Michigan or on Twitter, what do you do in your spare time?
A: I have a wife, 3 year old son, and 11 month old daughter. So free time is not always readily available. I am an avid bowler & golfer. In addition to going to 2-3 Michigan football games per year, I also love attending Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings games, home or away. I see the Red Wings all 3 times each year when they come to Columbus, and am usually able to convince some of my Michigan friends to come down and go with me. By the way, if you’re reading this, and you’re coming to Columbus to see a Michigan/Red Wings game, hit me up if you need a place to stay, or if you just want to grab a beverage. Unless you’re an egg or a weirdo. Hahaha
If you’re interested in following Lance on Twitter, and why wouldn’t you be? You can follow him at @LanceGordon.