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Michigan Fan For a Day

March 31, 2014 - Al Stephenson
As an Ohio State fan, I don't often root for Michigan. I don't dislike them as many Buckeye fans do, but pulling for them is contrary to my nature. Yesterday I became very contrary.

There are some things that don't seem right to me. I don't care for the United States using NBA players in the Olympics. I don't like seeing NBA teams load up with the league's top talent and then make a run for the championship. I do not like the disparity in Major League baseball spending as the wealthiest teams sew up the best talent. Of course that is much easier to accept when an underdog knocks off the big boys. Go Pirates, go Royals, go Tribe!

So when the Wolverine basketball team took on Kentucky in the Elite 8 yesterday, I was pulling for Michigan. Kentucky as you know tends to put an "NBA prospect" freshman oriented team on the floor each year. John Calipari recruits the best players in the nation (yes, I do know that all coaches try to do the same thing) knowing that they are likely to stay for one year before seeking riches in the NBA. One year may be enough to secure another NCAA championship and another group just like that one will follow in their footsteps.

I would have difficulty rooting for a new group each year. To me it just feels like they are not UK students. Instead they are just stopping off for seasoning, in other words - just passing through.

Perhaps I am wrong in my thinking and I welcome your feedback.

The view from my seat however, suggests that this practice is just wrong. How to correct it? Well, I don't know, but I guess it could be worse. I suppose college athletes could unionize and we could take away the title of student-athlete once and for all. Oh yeah - that might be happening - but that is a subject for another blog.


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