Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, and Rick Perry vs. Homosexuals are all big rivalries. But NONE OF THESE even hold a candle to Michigan vs. Ohio State.
HISTORY OF THE RIVALRY:
THE MICHIGAN-OHIO WAR-
When Michigan applied for statehood in the 1830′s, confusion over the boundaries of the two states lead to a dispute of a 468 square mile region along the border of the two states known as the “Toledo Strip”.
Militias from Michigan and Ohio assembled near the Maumee River in Toledo but nobody actually fought because the Buckeyes traded all their weapons for tattoos and alcohol (probably Mike’s Hard Lemonade) on their way to the battle and the Michiganders decided it wouldn’t be a fair fight.
Eventually Congress offered Michigan the Upper Peninsula in exchange for Ohio getting to keep Toledo.
What Michigan got: The Upper Peninsula
What Ohio got to keep: Toledo
Ever since then, an intense rivalry has existed between the two states and has manifested itself in the football games between the University of Michigan and The Ohio State College.
Tomorrow evening, starting at 6pm, is the annual indoor track dual meet between Michigan and OSU.
This is the 27th annual dual meet with the first meet taking place in the 30′s with some non-dual years thrown in between then and now. While Michigan has won 20 of the 26 meetings, the Buckeyes have won the last 3 and the Wolverines are looking to put an end to this streak just as we did in football this year.
Schedule of Events
6 p.m. – Weight Throw, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump
7:15 p.m. – Shot Put, Triple Jump
7 p.m. – Mile
7:10 p.m. – 60m Hurdles
7:20 p.m. – 400m
7:30 p.m. – 600m
7:40 p.m. – 60m
7:50 p.m. – 800m
8 p.m. – 200m (two sections)
8:10 p.m. – 3,000m
8:25 p.m. – 4 x 400m Relay
I was going to do an event by event preview, but I actually have to get some work done so I don’t have to do anything tomorrow. But, briefly, just know that it’s going to be very close. OSU boasts some of the best field event competitors in the Big 10 while Michigan fields a still fairly young, but already well accomplished group of athletes.
Heat Sheets can be found here:
Yours truly will be debuting my indoor season in the 3k. It’s been a long 95 mile week but I’m quite fit for early January and ready to rip.
Fun-Spirited rivalry jokes aside, all of us Wolverines are excited to get to compete against our Big 10 Rivals tomorrow and see where we’re at fitness-wise at the beginning of a long season. We extend the best of luck to all competitors tomorrow, as long as our luck is much better.
Shout out to everybody running in the Trials tomorrow! Especially my coach’s wife Kathy Newberry!