Michigan State vs. Michigan: Wolverines Had No Right to Storm Field After Win

Ian BergCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 20:  Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down as Isaigh Lewis #9 of the Michigan State Spartans attemps to make the stop during the game at Michigan Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 12-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Michigan fans, we get it. It’s kind of a big deal. Becoming the first program to hit the 900 win mark is very impressive; all the while it comes against your bitter in state rival. Cool story, but you Wolverines had no right to storm the field.

For all the reasons that matter it made no sense. It wasn’t a win against the No. 1 team in the country with Michigan having a terrible season. It wasn’t a national title vaulting situation where a win puts the Wolverines in the big game.

Let’s put this into perspective.

It was an afternoon on the Big Ten Network. The matchup that should have been Top 15 teams at the very least was a sunrise game that featured two unranked teams on the conference network channel.

The Spartans were fighting for relevance inside the Big Ten, and the Wolverines were battling for the lead in the Legends Division. Michigan won, and the fans—that likely had no clue Michigan stepped into the division lead with the victory—took to the field.

What was the celebration for? The win over Michigan State for the first time since 2007 or the 900 wins? Maybe it was for the division lead, but who really knows.

It is easy to get caught in the moment at a sporting event. Fans pull together and become one body, a unique gathering of people from every walk of life all bound by a common team and colors. The problem is they tend to act like lemmings.

Storming the field did not solidify Michigan’s place in history. It showed where the Michigan program has landed after the fall of the Lloyd Carr regime and the failed Rich Rodriguez experiment.

Brady Hoke is doing a great job turning the program around, but right now it shows where this team has been. These fans are happy to have felt success again. What once was one of the most dominant programs in the country is now in the middle of the pack in a middle of the pack-type conference.

Winning games that Michigan should doesn’t warrant the storming of the field in the Big House. That is sacred ground. The Big House is one of the temples in college football, a place that is revered for its history and storied program that takes its field on Saturdays.  

Again, I get it. We all do. Michigan is the winningest program in college football history. Congratulations, but go win the Big Ten and then celebrate something.

College football is a game full of history, but it is all about the here and now.

It looks like Michigan could make it to a BCS bowl after all despite the start from the boys in maize and blue. If a win happens there, charge away.