Friday, November 20, 2009

Can You Call It a Rivalry Anymore?

A friend sent me this via email:

The last time the team up north defeated the Buckeyes in football:

--Saddam Hussein was still at large.

--Theatergoers anxiously awaited the release of "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King", one month later.

--“Elf” was the top film that weekend.

--The European Union had 15 members instead of 27.

--Barack Obama was in the Illinois state legislature, and Sarah Palin was the chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

--LeBron James had been playing pro basketball for three weeks.

--The two defending NFL conference champions were the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

--New episodes of “Friends” were being aired.

--Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan were still alive.

--Tyrone Willingham had another year at Notre Dame.

--Urban Meyer was in his first year coaching... at Utah.

--Terrelle Pryor was in middle school.

--Rich Rodriguez would be the Big East Coach of the Year.

--Notre Dame was on a 40-year winning streak against Navy.

--Michigan had the longest active streak of bowl game appearances.

--No Michigan team had ever lost more than seven games in a season.

--No Michigan team had failed to win back-to-back games at least once in a season since 1962.

--Every fifth year senior had left Michigan with at least one win against OSU.

And finally...

--The last time Michigan beat Ohio State was November 22, 2003. Nine weeks later, Facebook was founded.


tigerballonline said...

ood stuff

danny2 said...

why do i get the feeling mcgriff is lying low...just hoping he'll get to comment around 3:00pm?

Anonymous said...

you OSU fans are unbelievable. You have success and all the sudden it isn't a rivalry anymore.

From 1988 - 2000 (the year before the OSU dominance began) Michigan's record during that stretch was 10-2-1, and I seem to remember everyone around here talking about how it was the biggest rivalry in sports.

And no, I figured it would be a loss (my predication was 41-13). If Michigan is patient enough I have no doubt that the pendulum will swing once again, as it always does

Good luck in the Rose Bowl, we will enjoy the Toilet Bowl again in Ann Arbor again this year. Hopefully for the last year in a long time.

I concede defeat.

danny2 said...

oh, it's definitely still a rivalry. just enjoying it now, while we're on the "fun" side of the rivalry.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are enjoying it. To my shame and an indication of my continued need of sanctification in the past 8 years I have broken at least 3 pieces of furniture and destroyed many other that not pathetic.