There is a certain amount of happiness that I feel towards the current Wolverine basketball program. I see the excitement that each one of those coaches and players are experiencing and it reminds me just how special going to a Final Four is. I can relate to and understand what those athletes and coaches have gone through and invested. So my happiness comes from watching a group of people who have committed so much time and effort into something and seeing that investment blossom into the chance to fulfill a dream.
On the other hand, my happiness does not mean that I’m aligning myself with that fan base to cheer them on in the national championship game. The only school that I associate with and cheer for is the one I attended and graduated from. I laugh when people ask me if I’m cheering for them to win because they are in the Big Ten or because they are from the State of Michigan. I laugh because people seem to think I should join a group of fans that spent five years yelling obscenities and degrading comments about my teammates and me. Taking every opportunity to exploit any academic troubles or mistakes made in ones personal life, the group who yelled the same obscenities at our parents that were sitting in the crowd. NO, I won’t be cheering for them.
So my happiness for UM is centered around seeing a program make it to this point and knowing that they did it through hard work and sacrifice. It’s remembering how special my Final Four experiences were, the memories I share with my teammates and knowing that these guys get to do it as well. It ends at tip-off, when the game begins. As a famous coach here in East Lansing once said “nobody pulls for their rival.”