A robbery in the tunnel? Serious?
Every time you think you’ve seen it all. . .
I don’t even know how to deal with this complete trampling of sportsmanship, perspective – all sorts of other things.
Watching a gang of Michigan State players attack two outnumbered Michigan players who made the mistake of going it alone in the tunnel. . . is pretty badass stuff.
Yes, Michigan may be arrogant. Perhaps something has been said. But there are no excuses for a street robbery. none. It’s a football game. Not the West Side Story.
A century ago, someone in Michigan thought it would be a good idea to have a real, live, snarling wolverine in a cage in that tunnel. Didn’t last. Even the Michigan players anxiously rushed past the little beast.
Maybe they should bring one of these guys back. That would keep people moving in the tunnel.
I’ve been in this tunnel many times, including games that could easily have led people to seek violence.
I was behind the endzone when Michael Westbrook caught a 64-yard Hail Mary from Kordell Stewart in 1994 to give No. 7 Colorado a 27-26 shocker against No. 4 Michigan at 27-26.
After the game, Westbrook, who was from Detroit, walked around pointing at the crowd and taunting Michigan fans.
And yet nobody touched Westbrook in the tunnel.
I walked up that tunnel after Michigan defeated Illinois 67-65 in triple overtime in 2010. Do you think Ron Zook and his Illini gnashed their teeth afterwards?
I’ve covered a number of Notre Dame games there, including the one where Rocket Ismail returned two kickoffs for second-half touchdowns and led the top-ranked ND to a 24-19 win over No. 2 Michigan by 105,912.
Is there a possibility that Bo Schembechler wanted to hit someone?
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But here’s the deal. I think this is both a sign of the times and an indictment against these Michigan State players.
There is an increasing lack of respect, lack of self-control in so many aspects of modern life. People don’t accept defeat. They don’t accept people who are different. They believe they have the right to puff their chests and do whatever they want, regardless of the consequences or other people.
To be clear, I’m not just talking about this incident. That’s a dot on the radar. The problem is much bigger than that. It’s everywhere.
What was Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard thinking when he mixed it up with Wisconsin staff after a game last winter?
The whole world seems nervous.
The other thing is that the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State is overdone. It has crossed a line on both sides.
Spartan fans are still outraged at being called “Little Brother”. And Wolverines, with support from the media, keep pressing that hot button.
Sometimes I wonder if the people of Michigan state don’t feel respected because Michigan saves its frothy venom for Ohio state.
When Mike Hart first commented on the little brother in 2007, it was throwaway, the kind of thing you’d say to yours. . . real brother. But Michigan fans took it and ran with it. And Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio poured gas on the fire instead of playing along by being offended and wanting revenge.
He’s not the first coach to decide it would be better to grit your teeth and get revenge.
If they were crosstown high school teams and I was the superintendent, I’d just say, “You guys haven’t played each other for a while.”
This rivalry used to be fun. I remember a Big Ten Media Day way back when Nick Saban, who was at Michigan State before LSU blew up that greenback-filled Lear jet, and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr pushed each other .
It was an old joke about heaven – with a punchline about God living in either that green house or that white house. Or Maize and Blue’s house.
I can’t remember which one. But it was fun. We all had a good laugh.
Too bad those times are over. In sports. And everywhere else.