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August 27, 2010 - Kim Collette

2,470 that's how many days it has been since Michigan's last victory over Ohio State.  2,470.  That still means something to us in the Buckeye State.  That's almost 7 years!  It's "the game" that I look forward to each season.  It's the Scarlett & Grey versus the Maize & Blue.  It's everything!

And now with the Big 10 conference expanding to 2 divisions and adding a league championship game there is talk of moving the OSU/Michigan game to October.  Seriously?  That would be a travesty of the utmost proportions!  That would be like having Christmas in July.  That would be like playing Hockey in th summer sun and 90 degree weather.  It's just not right and I just don't like it.  Don't the powers to be get that they are messing with 100 years of football tradition?  Ugh!

Case in point.  Ohio State and Michigan have played football since 1897.  This game has never taken place outside of Columbus or Ann Arbor.  Since 1935, it has always been the final game of each team's regular season.  74 years!  74 years and the powers that be want to change all of that. 

It's "The Game."  It's meaning is everything to us MidWesterners.  In fact, you could classify the game as a National Holiday in the Collette household.  I don't ever remember missing an Ohio State/Michigan game.  Shopping, chores and errands were scheduled around the game.  It's the game of the year.  I know the decision isn't set in stone yet, but it seems to be heading in the wrong direction.  Don't listen to the powers that be who are saying "the game" won't lose its luster.  It will.  It will have no meaning except in the win loss column.

Beating Michigan (or for those of you who root for the evil team from the North), beating Ohio State is what those teams and fans live for.  It's the chance to cap a great season or at least wreck the others.  It's just special.  It's tradition.  This game is much more than a game.  It's not only about wins and losses (but I can say it's much more fun when OSU wins).  It's about  family and tradition.  It's remembering the game that you watched with your dad.  It's about creating new memories with friends and loved ones.  It's about playing your fight song louder than theirs.  It's about wearing the schools colors proudly.  It's "The Game."

Once the game is moved, it isn't the final season test.  It isn't about beating your biggest rival.  It is cherishing moments with your family and friends rooting for your team.  It just becomes another game.  And that my friends, will be a sad sad day.



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