Michigan football loss still causes complete collapse of Ohio State fan base


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s been more than two weeks since Michigan football won its first win over Ohio State in nearly a decade, and the Ohio State fan base is still melting.

Michigan fan chatter hasn’t stopped since the Wolverines dominated Ohio state on Nov. 27, but this weekend’s Heisman Trophy ceremony has brought tensions to a crescendo.

In an interview with Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who would later finish in second place, Wolverines legend Desmond Howard made a comment that made the entire Ohio State fan base collectively seized his pearls.

It all started when Hutchinson was asked to return to Michigan for his senior season. As Hutchinson spoke, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud, also a finalist, stood to his right, with Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett between them.

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“It was to come back – it was to beat Ohio State and win a Big Ten championship,” Hutchinson said.

“Hey Kenny, I’m glad you’re between them,” said former Heisman winner Tim Tebow. “Please stay there. “

“Better than his offensive linemen,” Howard said.

Heisman Trophy finalists defensive end Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan, quarterback Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh, quarterback CJ Stroud of Ohio State and quarterback Bryce Young of Alabama pose with the Heisman Trophy at the Marriott Marquis hotel on December 11, 2021 in New York City. (Getty Images 2021)

It’s amazing the impact those five little words had on the Buckeyes. They are absolutely angry with Howard’s outright gall. How could he say something so vicious and inappropriate? Keep the Ohio State fans in your thoughts this holiday season – try to hang in there, folks!

As someone who has watched the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry closely for the past 19 years – when the Buckeyes went 17-2 – the outrage over Howard’s comments is funny. Their outrage over two consecutive decades of relentless bragging rights is as muted as the president of the University of Oklahoma complains about Lincoln Riley’s departure months after he blinded the Big 12 with a stint at the SEC.

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It would only take a bit of self-awareness to remember Ohio State College Rep Gameday indiscriminately shooting the Wolverines around the same time last year.

“I still think Michigan is waving the white flag and potentially avoiding playing at Ohio State next week,” Herbstreit said during a COVID outbreak in the Michigan football program. “Michigan could basically pull out of this game and keep Ohio State out of six games to qualify for the Big Ten Championship.”

This has been a rallying cry for Ohio State fans who think Michigan has chickened out from The Game (the irony, of course, is that Ohio State canceled a game earlier in the season. due to its own epidemic). But now, after Howard made a comment on the offensive line, the Buckeyes want to take a high moral stance. It is … definitely a choice!

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ESPN’s Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, David Pollack, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday before the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (2016 Getty Images)

It’s especially ironic given that Stroud spent most of the week making excuses for why Ohio State lost to Michigan. First, he explained how he and several of his teammates struggled with the flu throughout the week (which, realistically, probably do have a significant impact on their performance). Then, when asked about his “Heisman moment,” he cited a race against Michigan that was called back due to detention, saying he believed the call could have changed the outcome of the game.

What Stroud failed to mention, of course, was that Ohio State scored a touchdown 32 seconds later, and lost quite convincingly anyway.

So to recap, after two decades of everything going according to plan, after Herbstreit publicly questioned Michigan’s willingness to even run for The Game, and after their own quarterback spent their entire experience at Heisman. In shooting Michigan, Ohio State fans have been unfairly subjected to the harsh and unreasonable statement: “Better than its offensive linemen.”

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We’re talking about a fan base calling U of M “scUM” and crossing out (well, trying to) every “M” before game day. Ryan Day recently said he would lose 100 points over Michigan. Ohio State defensive tackle Tyleik Williams posted a video of him stomping on a JJ McCarthy Michigan jersey on Nov. 23. Where then was the scarlet and gray moral police?

Smack talk is part of the rivalry, and people on both sides certainly go too far sometimes. But give me a break: Howard’s comment wasn’t even close to crossing the line. Unlike Herbstreit, he had at least a factual basis (Hutchinson sacked Stroud three times during The Game).

Ohio State football fans have hardly faced adversity in the past 20 years, and it is starting to show. The next time the Buckeyes win, they will surely remember their new standards of sportsmanship.

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