Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: T.Y.I.M. - THIS YEAR IN MICHIGAN


by WCT, Wasting Company Time

It has been a rough, rough year for the sports fans of the "Great Lakes State," and unfortunately for them, it is only September. It could get worse.

Who would have thought that a state that was able to enjoy Barry Sanders, Mark Fidrych, and Steve Yzerman would have such a bad run? The state that brought us the Fab Five, the Flint-stones, and The Bad Boys has apparently angered the sports gods to the point where they now seem to be cursed. After the jump, we examine the events year-to-date:

January 1, 2007 - It began badly on New Years Day, when the Wolverines from the University of Michigan were destroyed by the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl, 32-18. Honestly, I watched every play of this game, and it wasn't that close.

March 9 - On the same day, both Michigan and Michigan State are eliminated from the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. For the Wolverines, this means no bid to the Big Dance again, and another off-season to ponder the hiring of Tommy Amaker. For the Spartans, this means tough seeding in a stacked region.

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day comes with a legitimate reason for Michiganders (is that what they are called?) to drink themselves silly. The Spartans lose a game they could easily have won to Tyler Hansborough and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Hansborough scores 33 to help eliminate the Spartans.

April 1 - The 2007 baseball season begins. Most media outlets predict that the 2006 AL pennant-winners, the Detroit Tigers, will once again represent the American League in the World Series. The addition of Gary Sheffield is seen by many as the acquisition that will put them over the top and make them world champions.

April 7 - On one of the best days of the year for Michigan sports fans, the Spartans win the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. Fans still inexplicibly start chanting "Fire Millen!"

April 11 - The NHL Playoffs begin. The Detroit Red Wings are the #1 seed in the Western Conference and the odds-on favorite to represent the West in the Stanley Cup Finals.

April 21 - The NBA Playoffs begin. The Detroit Pistons, along with the Miami Heat, are the odds-on favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals

April 28 - On the day of the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions draft another wide receiver in the first round, Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson. Fans chant "Fire Millen!"

May 21 - The Pistons defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

May 22 - The Red Wings are eliminated from the NHL Playoffs by the Aneheim Mighty Ducks in the Western Conference Finals.

May 31 - In one of the greatest individual single-game performances in sports history, LeBron James scores 48 points including all of the Cavs final 25 points to beat the Pistons 109-107 in double overtime

June 1 - As if living in Detroit weren't bad enough being a Detroit fan weren't bad enough, the next night the Detroit Tigers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by allowing five ninth inning runs to the Cleveland Indians to turn an 11-7 win into a 12-11 loss.

June 2 - Not a good weekend. The Cleveland Cavs defeat the Pistons 98-82 to eliminate them from the NBA playoffs.

June 12 - Best day of the year by far. Justin Verlander tosses a no-hitter to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. Fans still chant "Fire Millen!" for some reason.

August 13 - The Detroit Tigers take a two game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central division.

September 1 - You all know what happend on this day.

September 8 - Michigan is crushed by the University of Oregon, 39-7 in Ann Arbor.

September 15 - Michigan defeats Notre Dame for the program's first win in 308 calendar days.

Yesterday - The Cleveland Indians defeat the Tigers 4-2 to complete a three game sweep. The Tigers are now 7.5 games back of the Indians, and 5.5 behind the Yankees for the wild-card with nine games left to play.

This Saturday - The Wolverines host a 3-0 revenge-minded Penn State team, and the Spartans travel to South Bend to take on a Notre Dame team looking for their first win of the year...just sayin', it could get worse...

2 comment(s):

Big Al said...

Jesus, I'm even more depressed at reading that... Who knew I'd be the God-forsaken Lions that may make our fall bearable.

Anonymous said...

Michigan has sucked for years.

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