It seems the culprit behind the 'Go Blue' skywriting that appeared above Michigan State's stadium on Saturday may have been discovered.
According to this report from mlive.com, University of Michigan athletics paid thousands of dollars to have the words etched in the sky.
Trevor Parks, the Sports Information Director at Youngstown State, tweeted out this photo around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Yep. Go Blue. Above Spartan Stadium. @ pic.twitter.com/j0osLyrXss— Trevor Parks (@YSUSID) September 14, 2013
Dave Ablauf, a spokesperson for the U-M athletic department, confirmed the University's involvement, although he claims the act wasn't intended for any specific location. He said in a statement, "We hired the skywriters to canvas southeast Michigan with slogans and numbers prior to our game last Saturday. There were no locations targeted..."
What an odd coincidence, huh?
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But of course, the story doesn't end there. Instead of retaliation, MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman urged fans to take the high road and donate would-be retort money to ovarian cancer awareness. According to the report, his wife Colleen has battled the disease twice.
Donations totaling more than $27,000 came pouring in, causing Westerman to swell with pride.
But exactly how much did the skywriting cost the University of Michigan?
According to the report, Suzanne Asbury-Oliver's company, Oregon Aero Skydancer, was hired to do the skywriting. She declined to give the amount but said it wasn't cheap.
It's a multi-thousand-dollar job. First, it's $2 per mile for how far we have to take the plane, then the lightweight oil we use (to skywrite) is expensive, and we use about a gallon and a quart each letter. Then for these kinds of jobs you have to throw in hotels and all that.
It seems like the kind of act that adds a little fun to a rivalry that has gone back and forth over the past decade. In 2012, Michigan won a sloppy 12-10 game. Before that, it was the Spartans who won four straight, which was preceded by a six-game winning streak for the Wolverines that began in 2002.
It's also nice to see that the act resulted in money being raised for ovarian cancer awareness.
The two teams are scheduled to play this season on November 2nd, at Spartan Stadium.