Many Michigan fans, including myself, have made the trip south on U.S. 23 to see Michigan play in Columbus. Seeing a game at the Horseshoe was on my sports’ bucket list, and it did not disappoint. Drew Henson ran a naked bootleg left and sealed Michigan’s victory (ironically, that was the last time Michigan won in Columbus). Every Michigan fan also has a horror story about an experience in Columbus as well. Let’s face it, there is a small percentage of Buckeye fans who give all of them a bad name. Personally, I do not hold all Buckeye fans responsible for the “D” battery that struck me in the eye, causing a fracture of my right orbital socket. It was a badge of honor, a scarlet badge of courage, if you will.
Mark Lennox generated quite a firestorm over his column about Reon Dawson, one of the newest leaders and best. Super Michigan “Fans” took quite a dislike to Dawson’s comments about loving, “the State of Ohio,” or “the Buckeyes,” or “the Buckeye State.” His choice of words may have been poor, but certain fans’ responses made me embarrassed, for the first time since RichRod coached, to be a Michigan fan.
Some of the greatest Wolverines, true “Michigan Men,” if one can even define that term, have come from the Buckeye State. Glenn Edward Schembechler, Jr., the man who coined the phrase, “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions,”was born in Barberton, Ohio, and coached at Ohio State. He even had a few of the (in)famous Golden Pants, given to Ohio players and coaches for beating Michigan.
Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson, the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners, were born and raised in Ohio. And the basketball team has this kid from Columbus who handles the ball for them. I hear he’s really good.
Whatever Reon Dawson said or did not say is not the issue. The issue is the rabid Michigan fan who drags everyone down to the level of, dare I say it, a Buckeye fan. This recruit chose to come to Michigan. He has what it takes to wear the Maize and Blue and should be embraced by fans.
Never forget that the man who said these words, while on his way to the hospital because he was having chest pains, once donned the crimson and silver.