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Only four pages on
Appalachian State's glorious defeat (Silence in the Big House, Sept. 10) of the
hated Wolverines? Clearly you've underestimated the depth of schadenfreude we
Michigan haters possess. You could have dedicated a special issue to that game,
and I would have read it cover to cover.
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As someone who was
at the Appalachian State-- Michigan game, I can tell you that the result could
have been much worse. Without a dropped touchdown pass and a field goal attempt
off the right upright by the Mountaineers, Michigan would have been embarrassed
Some of us
Appalachian State graduates don't see the Michigan loss as the huge upset
everyone is making it out to be. Yes, it was unexpected and thrilling. But ASU
was a two-time national I-AA champion that returned loaded with experienced
players who had already won eight do-or-die playoff games in the last two
years. I am sure that experience was a factor in this result.
State's win over Michigan, instead of being regarded as some kind of miracle,
should be a reminder that rankings are a bunch of hocus-pocus and that playoffs
are the best way to determine a national champion. It's a shame ASU, as a
lower-division school, wouldn't be included, as this Michigan fan would love to
see them take on Ohio State in the first round.
I am a longtime
Wolverines fan who finally made it to Michigan Stadium for the first time in my
life, only to witness the biggest upset in team history. But it was almost
worth it to see the awe and elation on the faces of the two ASU alumni seated
in front of me, who were also first-timers to the Big House.
My thanks to Adam
Sandler for his karmic contribution to the success of the Appalachian State
football program. In his 2005 movie The Longest Yard he made an offhand comment
about how Appalachian is a powder-puff team; since then the program has taken
the I-AA championship twice in a row, and now it has defeated Michigan.
After reading Gary
Smith's article on Miami's new head coach, Randy Shannon (Hiding in Plain
Sight, Sept. 10), I am very proud to say that, while I am not a Hurricanes fan,
I am now a Randy Shannon fan. Too often people feel the need to push their
problems on others. Randy didn't, and now he has a Notre Dame fan rooting for
his personal success. Good luck, Randy. God knows you deserve it.