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Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Great Debate: Would You Go?

Ok, here's a question for both Wolverine and Buck fans:

Let's go back, it's November 18th, 2006. #1 OSU vs. #2 Michigan. And...

Your friend/brother/co-worker/PICK ONE is getting married that day just as this Ohio State man and Michigan woman did. Thus, do you go to the wedding? And if no/so, where do you draw the line (meaning, if it's your brother, you'd go but if it's a co-worker, screw him)?

What say you, MZone reader?

P.S. The question of why an Ohio State fan and Michigan fan would get married in the first place is a whole other can of worms. This makes Romeo and Juliet seem quaint.

(HT: DW)

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

The fact they support different ends of the OSU/UM spectrum appears to be perfectly fine by them.

You know, there are some things that are more important than football. The asshole who considers boycotting a wedding deserves to be shot.

Being a Michigan student from Ohio, this is EXACTLY the sort of attitude that I HATED OSU fans showing. Allowing the rivalry spill over into areas it doesn't belong. I'm am 100% for the game, and am completely willing to partake in rivalry-fueled activities, such as trading anti-OSU jokes (and vis versa) at a lunch break. Or drawing block Ms on someone's abandoned books during school. Or whatever.

But in the end of the day, it's only a football game. Don't let it interfere with what is important in life. It's a distinction that I generally see Michigan fans showing, and many OSU fans do not. Grow up and join the former.

Yost said...

Uh oh, I guess I deserve to be shot, then.

But what about shooting the bride and groom for picking The Game as their wedding day? Please tell you'd at least give them a REALLY shitty gift.

1201 S. Main St. said...

This may be a case where the buckeye shouts Fuck Michigan and it would be and it would be less of an insult and more of a post wedding directive.

What's the over-under on how long it lasts?

Anyone who schedules a wedding on a football Sat. is getting a shitty gift from me (unless it's the bye week). Double shitty if it's OSU week.

Yost said...

Plus just think about how much anniversaries blow. Yeah, this is just wrong on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

I had a friend who got married on the UM versus MSU game, and that pissed me off so much I almost didn't go.

Anonymous said...

These types of situations occur in real life.
It's simple really, the chick picks a date and the guy says yeah, fine. A couple months later, he checks the pre-season schedule and it's still no problem, 'cause you're a guy and you know that you never schedule anything 6 months out so you don't even think about the wedding date because it's just an abstract concept anyway.

When the abject horror of what has happened hits you, it's way too late to change the date. You might as well call it off. But then you get the great idea that you won't have to pay for a tux and wedding dress, just a couple $150 team jersey's and it's all cool.

And I just want to say that anon 10:33 is a chick.

Zach Landres-Schnur said...

your brother or sister would know better not to fuck around on game day. as for your coworker, hey, the office needs some controversy. go to the game.

Yant said...

If it was my OWN wedding, I would be saying my vows via cellphone from inside the stadium. At halftime I would contemplate what the hell I was thinking, marrying a woman who would schedule our nuptuals on the day of the game. The first guy who was talking about "allowing the rivalry to spill over into areas it doesn't belong" obviously isn't a true fan. The reason it's a rivalry and not "just another game" is because it spills over to those other six meaningless days of the week.

JAM said...

This is why everyone loves Spring weddings. I would never subject my family and friends to miss a huge game like that. Its so easy to pick a day. Why does it have to be on Saturday and why does it have to be in the Fall? I remember watching the USC/Hawaii game in early September two years ago from the Kitchen of a a hotel where the reception was held. I'm a USC fan BTW, not a Warrior (they dropped the "Rainbow" portion, correct?)

Eric S. said...

I say try to be as much of an attention whore as possible and get the media involved. That way, you can try to get married DURING the game while AT it.

Then, every anniversary, whore yourself out to the media and try to get into said football game for an anniversary, or just try to get into a different one.

Or just schedule the fucking thing in June.

Dezzi13 said...

This is the very reason I will never have a fall wedding... too many chances to have your anniversary fall on a big game! At least in June/July, you can schedule it so that you would only miss a regular season baseball game.

I have also informed my friends of this... so when they decide to get married... they know my feelings on having a wedding during football season. My old roommate had a wedding on a football Saturday... luckily, the ceremony started at noon and there was a break before the reception, so we were able to go back to the place we were all staying and watch some of the game.

I think if a "friend" were to have a wedding on gameday, I'd go, but turn up the volume on my mobile phone and have the Michigan fight song as my ringtone, making sure that someone called me with an update every 5 minutes during the ceremony...

P.S. - I'm a big a-hole. I get told that all the time!

T-bagg said...

If it was family I would think about it, but I would also probably beat him up (assuming it was a brother) for being a jackass & picking that day to get married. Anyone else, I would politely decline to attend as they had no consideration towards me & my football necessities so therefore I would feel no need to be considerate towards attending their wedding.

Anonymous said...

I actually had a buddy from med school at michigan that went to ohio state for undergrad. We always thought he was stupid because of it... but this confirmed it... he got married on that day, and also in Seattle Washington, and asked us all to come. I told him I was on call.

Crabapple Buck said...

If a guy gets married on a football Saturday, then he's probably gay and the wedding wouldn't be legal anyway (except in Massachusetts).

My wife wanted a fall wedding...I told her if you schedule it then you better find another groom, because I won't be there. It got moved to March and we watched the Big Ten tournament on TV in the bar of the country club we had the reception.

Ignats75 said...

My wife of 1 year had to go to a wedding stag once because I was in Columbus for a football game. She whined a little at first, until I told her, "Hey its your friend, you go to the wedding. I've had these season tickets longer than I've had you." Ya gotta show 'em who's boss. (God I hope she doesn't see this. LOL)

My friends were all told early on that I don't do fall weddings. If you want me at your wedding, there are 41 other weeks out of the year. Pick One.

Now that my kids are getting to be marrying age, they've been told too> Pick a fall day and they can use the ladder in the garage.

Anonymous said...

I have told both of my sisters that if they choose to get married on the same day as the Ohio State/Michigan game, I will not attend their weddings. They have been forewarned, and I am comfortable with my decision.

I read an article in the WSJ about the "Biggest Game Ever" before this years game. In it, some whiney douche was talking about how he accidentally scheduled his wedding during the game. He stated that though it was a lamentable oversight, it would be a 'friendship ender' if any of his buddies missed the CEREMONY (not the vastly more important reception mind you, but the CEREMONY) to watch the game. I'll tell you what would have ended my friendship with that jackass, receipt of the invitation.

Great blog by the way (and I'm a Buckeye). Sorry you were treated poorly again in Columbus, its inexcusable. We have got to keep working down here on convincing the retarded portion of our fan base that their agressive obnoxious behavior is shameful, and won't be tolerated. I do disagree with you though, that it doesn't happen at other venues. I was hit with a full beer can in Happy Valley last year, and watched my 60 year old mother get hit with ice by a drunken group of northwestern fans in Evanston in 2004 (but, given that they hadn;t beaten us in 33 years at that point, its hard to assume that they;d no how to react). Regardless, the ubiquity of hooligans at sporting events doesn't excuse our fans, and I'll continue to make this point to anyone that will listen.

Galen said...

*cue sound of loading gun*

No line to be drawn here, if you plan a wedding on a football Saturday you won’t see me there – period. Brother/friend/coworker/mild acquaintance – whoever. A lifelong friend of mine found this out a while ago when he got married on a fall day sans Galen. I don’t know if he ever forgave me for it, but you have to have rules to live by.

Anon 10:33 is either a woman or one of those “casual” fans that says “oh well, [insert team here] didn’t play well today, too bad. They’ll have to get ‘em next time” while I’m punching holes in my wall in a fit of rage.

Anonymous said...

"If anyone has any reason why these two should not be wed, speak now or forever live in peace."

"FUCK MICHIGAN"!!! (rings out in chorus)

Anonymous said...

I've only missed one USC home game in 35 years......my nephews wedding. It still sucks! My wife has attended more than one wedding without me during those 35 years, and my only regret is the one I missed for my sister's kid.

I agree with the others commenters that if you schedule the event on a fall saturday, you made your bed, now sleep in it.

PeckHorn78 said...

Make no mistake, the groom has nothing to do with scheduling the date of a wedding- his only responsibility is to pick up the tux and show up on time. That being said, stories abound of brides breaking down into tears as most of the groom's party (i.e. Best Man, Ushers, etc.) are at the hotel bar watching the game while the reception is going on. Brides in areas of the country where college football is huge don't even THINK of trying to schedule a wedding on a fall saturday.

Anonymous said...

I've said this many times .... I wouldn't go to my own daughters wedding if it was same day as The Game.

Anonymous said...

The bride has the most say in scheduling the wedding date. In this instance she's a Michingan fan. No reason to was a perfectly good day watching LLoyd lose another one when she can be getting married.

MGOBLUE94 said...

I had to miss the UM/ND game last year for a wedding in North Dakota for my wife's best friend. Thanfully the wedding was on Friday night, but watching UM/ND from BW3 in Fargo blows!

UGH!!!!

Agreed - wedding in the fall you take your chances!

Anonymous said...

I've seen this in Alabama with Bama-Auburn. It usually end with a late November domestic violence call for the local fuzz.

harry hasselhoff said...

Since OSU won the game, does that mean the groom gets to make the bride wear the black-box over her face all the time? I took a look at the unedited pics from the original article and that wouldn't be such a bad deal for him.

Anonymous said...

I've had two buddies get married on OSU-Michigan day and I was in both weddings. I'm a UM fan (dad's an alum) living in Ohio. I missed the upset win at OSU in '96 and last year, luckily, I missed the OSU comeback. Last I saw UM was up 9 and I've never seen the end, nor do I want to. My take is: if you are not a football fan and don't know better, it is excusable. However, how the hell do "FANS" of OSU and Michigan INTENTIONALLY plan a wedding the day of the game!!!

surrounded in columbus said...

Yost,
a lot depends on the circumstances. i have friends who are not into football or not in to tosu or michigan. if someone schedules a wedding during tosu-michigan in order to avoid the usc-ucla/bama-auburn/etc., i may not go, but i wouldn't blame them for having a different priority.

and sometimes conflicts just happen. my wife & scheduled a march wedding- best date was final four weekend. at the time, didn't seem like a problem. then tosu went on its big run under o'brien and made the final four. as luck would have it, tosu's game was set as the early game, and was over before the ceremony. however, had it been the late game, she was insisting we move the ceremony.

anonymosity said...

My brother's wedding was not only on the day of UM/OSU game, but it was my freshman year (would have been my first time at The Game). I skipped the game.

Thankfully it was the 2001 game so I didn't miss anything. Actually I'm kind of glad I wasn't there.

NikkiJ27 said...

I actually have two friends (fellow Mich alum) who had to go to weddings on November 18th.

One of them went to a bar 2 minutes away from the church to watch the beginning of the game (wedding started at 5pm), and then missed the end of the game, but got text updates from us. My other friend watched the entire game at a bar, missed the ceremony alltogether and showed up late to the reception.

I think I'd do what my second friend did. Honestly, if people want me to come to their weddings, all they need to do is not schedule them during the game of the century. As far as a brother or sister's wedding - they know me well enough to never do something like that.

Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the bigger picture here. In Columbus, it is a widely known that if you want to have a wedding on the cheap…you schedule it on a home Saturday OSU game. The reception halls are half the price and essentially everything else is so much cheaper because of the lack of business for those days. If you had you wedding on the 11/18 this year, you would have save TONS of money. So not only is that person inviting you ruining your chance to watch the game, they are pimping you out to save $$$.

True story…two years ago…had a friend who was in the service and had to get a quick marriage done…he only had the day of the Michigan game to do it. Everybody was pissed…to make matters worse, his wife wanted a real wedding a year later with a big ceremony and reception and scheduled it on the Michigan game one year later!!! Some nerve.

Ignats75 said...

I had actualy forgotten about this. In 1972, my Uncle (not a fan of either team and home on leave from Nam) scheduled his wedding the day of The Game. (Think Dennis Franklin and Goal Line Stands :D) My Mom (known to one and all until she died as Grandma Buckeye) was fit to be tied. I was 15 and my sister was 13. We had never seen OSU lose at home, so as a compromise, my Mom arranged to get us to the game. SHe never let her Kid Brother ever forget that one!!! But I guess early on I learned that this game is a priority for me!

CaliGirl said...

I have already told my boyfriend, IF we ever get married, it will not be in the fall...we have too many friends that are football fans (and I am one of them)...We have some friends that got married on a football Saturday, because it was a bye week that year, she is a Football fan just as much as the next woman...BUT almost 10 years later she is starting to get bitter having to celebrate her anniversaries at a football game...WE MUST THINK AHEAD :o)

Andy said...

Good for them. I hope they will be very happy and their children grow up to be Wolverine fans.

If they were my friends or family, they would have to accept the fact I would have brought a TV to the ceremony or reception.

Anonymous said...

Caligirl said it: It looks like the groom is getting his revenge one year at a time. Funny!

Anonymous said...

My Brother and sister-in-law got married on the same day as The Game 15 or so years ago. My S-I-L went to IU but her father and brother went to U of M, as did I. Most of my family are Spartans. The ceremony was in the afternoon, and the powers that be had to delay things because my brother's F-I-L, B-I-L, and I showed up late because we were watching the game. I think Michigan won because this was back in the day of Cooper, but I can't be certain.

So I guess I draw the line at my bro.

Anonymous said...

"The asshole who considers boycotting a wedding deserves to be shot."


Anon 10:33, you're what my good friend Tyra Banks likes to call a "Bridezilla." Scheduling your wedding in the middle of another big event that your friends and family care about is a dick move.

Andy said...

I skipped a wedding last year (my mom is remarried and her husband's daughter was getting married). Once I saw the date on the card, I declined. I also said I was going to the game (luckily someone came through at the last minute with them, so this wasn't a complete lie). I was in the dog house for awhile, but too fucking bad. I will not miss The Game ever. I also blamed them for picking a stupid date for their wedding. They should have checked the calendar.

mhentz said...

I've seen mixed marriages like this work out. We have them between Eagles fans and Giants fans here in Eastern PA and somehow they make it work (sometimes).

The King said...

No one I care about would ever do something this stupid. One of my UM roommates got married on OSU/UM weekend, and I skipped the wedding. And I wasn't even going to the game.

Anony said...

Brides in areas of the country where college football is huge don't even THINK of trying to schedule a wedding on a fall saturday.

Peckhorn, you are right. I was born, raised, and still live in SEC territory. There is no way in hell that I would schedule a wedding anytime during the fall, much less "the game." There are two times during the year you'll never get to schedule a wedding-during the fall and during March Madness. Those two events are just that much more important than a wedding to me.

And let me just say this-us female sports fans know better. And those non sports fans brides need to ask their fiance when is not a good time for a wedding, because that's inexcusable.

This is one of my pet peeves. Thanks a lot Yost for bringing it up.

Anonymous said...

They'll have one kid, who becomes a ND fan just to pis them off.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting married to a Notre Dame fan. Never thought i'd see the day, but love does that to you sometimes.

Plus when we beat Notre Dame in week 3 she avoided me all day and wouldn't talk to me. When we eventually got to talk and I got to rub it in it was great.

Anonymous said...

More like you got to "rub one out"
No chance she'd give you any that night

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:32. good story... bringing back memories of all sorts of unreasonable wedding demands from friends over the years. 2-weddings-2gamedays...now that is just beyond the pale...

Anonymous said...

anony 11:33. what are you doing later? :)

theweiler said...

Cousin, HUGE Michigan fan, married during The Game in '96. Missed the actual wedding, but it was one hell of a reception (and I not just referring to Tai Street's). As hard as that was for me to believe, peep this: he was on vacation this year for his tenth anniversary and missed The Game. Rather than take this an indictment of him as a Michigan fan, I take this as a showing of how much he loves his wife. For me, it's also become a yardstick: (1) I have a lot of growing up to do, because to me that's just fucking crazy (2) if I ever become stricken with a girl such that I'd skip The Game to be with her, I'd marry her on the spot and I wouldn't give a f*** whether any of my friends or relatives showed.

Anonymous said...

Getting married on the day of the game with your biggest rival is unseemly. End of discussion.

GO BUCKS