Let’s recall the Michigan-Michigan State game that happened this weekend; more specifically, that dreaded ending. All of the shivering Michigan fans held anticipated breaths. There was only ten seconds left in the fourth quarter. The game was essentially a win for Michigan at that point. The Wolverines could finally stop Michigan State’s undefeated winning streak and prove to them that the wolverines-not the spartans-were the leaders, the best, and more importantly, the bigger brother.
And then tragedy struck.
We all know what happened in those last ten seconds; the Michigan State spartans, who were predicted to have a 0.2% chance of winning in those last seconds, were given a miraculous opportunity. After those ten seconds, a crowd of 110,000 participants became silent. They bore witness to something truly remarkable, a moment that would live in infamy for the Michigan football team.
By the time I am writing this, it has been a few days since this has happened. Any television or radio station that contained even a small section regarding football discussed this incident first and foremost. However, what was really interesting was the sports section of several newspapers, and the rhetoric they used regarding the game. They described the punt as being botched and unfortunate, with some calling the overall incident “Agony of Ann Arbor” and “Fail to the victors.” Supposedly breaking the internet, Michigan fans were heartbroken and disgusted by what happened, according to other articles.
However, there was a silver lining from that incident; one that involves the most powerful man in the world.
In an article posted by the Detroit News, it was mentioned that Jim Harbaugh recently went to the nation’s capital to discuss the importance of higher education. There, President Obama himself stated to the normally khaki clad football coach that it was a tough way to lose a football game. He continued by stating that the Wolverines needed to keep their chin up, and how they liked the way they played. Let that sink in for a moment.
The most powerful man in the world, who has an insurmountable collection of responsibilities, stated that he watched the game and liked the way Michigan Wolverines played.
To me, that is insane. While various articles were published regarding the meeting, they all stated the same message; President Obama sympathized (at the very least) with the Michigan Wolverines. It feels a little weird for me to say this, especially without any sarcastic or negative connotations with it, but #thanksObama.