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The buckeye tree

September 12, 2008 - Steve Murch
The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is the greatest in sports. Football, basketball, hockey — all sporting events — are filled with passion. The rivalry spills over into all walks of life, but is most visible in the sports teams.

Woody Hayes refused to utter the name Michigan. In an interview a few years ago, Jamie Morris was asked which rival, Notre Dame or Ohio State was bigger from him. He said “that smell down south.”

Drivers in Michigan will swear that Ohio state trooper look to ticket drivers from Michigan. Well now the folks in Ohio have taken that rivalry a step further.

The Associated Press reports Friday that there is a group fighting to keep the Ohio buckeye tree — which provides the sports teams’ namesake — from coming north. Environmentalists claim that global warming is causing the tree’s growing range to come north to Michigan.

The AP story states “Activists launched a campaign Friday in Columbus called Save The Buckeye, which calls on Congress and the next president to reduce global warming pollution. They plan to hold rallies at football tailgating events.”

There’s no word on how the people in Michigan feel. Here’s the first salvo:

Hey Ohio, even the tree knows it’s better in Michigan.


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