Monday, October 23, 2006

True Fans Know Where You Live

So this weekend I went back to visit my alma mater, The University of Michigan, to watch them play the Iowa Hawkeyes in football. There's something about UM that brainwashes you into becoming the most diehard football fan ever. I have friends that came in only knowing that football was something those that picked on them in high school played, and now they wear face paint to funerals that are held on Saturdays in September though November. I love Michigan and when I can afford tickets to a game I'll go. They really need to work on this ticket thing for alumni, but that's another blog. For those of you that did not watch the game, or actually do something besides freeze and yell for three hours, the Wolverines ended up winning and kept the Hawkeyes (how sad is it that they only get on part of the Hawk to cheer for) to only six points.

This morning I'm forwarded a story from USA Today (they have color graphs!) about the Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. Lloyd's career with Michigan hasn't been spectacular, but it is no ways the worst ever. The current Michigan team came into the season ranked at 15 and has gone undefeated to move up to #2 in rankings (right behind Ohio State University, their biggest rival). In my opinion, Coach Carr deserves some kudos for taking a pretty young team and moving them up thirteen spots and getting the nation's attention. So I was surprised to read about the stalker that was sending obscene emails and looking into his, and other coaching staff's, cars.

Alright fanatics, you've got some s'plainin' to do. Let's make this simple - this is a game. Nothing happens when we lose, the University doesn't explode, the students don't lose limbs, and passerbies don't start bleeding from the eyes. Now, I get upset when Michigan, or any team I'm rooting for, loses but I had no control over it and in a couple of hours I've forgotten all about it. I can understand players getting upset at coaches, and even their family members, but just some random guy?

I feel bad for people like Coach Carr and other spotlight people (minus Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, and the rest) for the treatments they receive. I can't believe all the things I heard while I was at the game of what Coach Carr could do with the football and his mother and parts of his body. The guy is just calling plays and I'm guessing he does a pretty good job of it as he is the coach of a Top 25 college. I'm going to throw paparazzi into this mix as well. Please leave poor George alone. The guy does some decent movies and just wants to eat his pasta in peace.

So all you stalkers out there, just realize that the actions you're taken are pushing the person you have life-size posters of in your room farther away from you. These are just normal people like you and me that make choices that we may disagree with but they don't deserve scary emails with photoshopped pictures of you and them holding a baby.

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