For that one crazy week a year, members of my family—a mix of Ohio State and Michigan fans—taunt, jinx and verbally abuse each other, all the negative things that people outside Columbus and Ann Arbor hear about. That's why I was thrilled to read Steve Rushin's column about the fraternity-sponsored game-ball relay for the benefit of the American Cancer Society (AIR AND SPACE, Nov. 20). Aside from a tradition of remarkable games, the Ohio State-- Michigan rivalry carries many great nonfootball traditions: Students of both schools come together for a blood drive, numerous charity events and much more.
Shannon Stromberg, Columbus, Ohio
My fourth-grade social studies class and I would like to inform Mr. Rushin that while it is true the Toledo War was never more than a few fistfights, many people believe that it was during this time that Michiganders were first called Wolverines because Michigan's soldiers fought like these tough animals. In addition to the nickname, the state of Michigan gained more than 13,000 square miles of land in the Upper Peninsula while giving up only 468 square miles and the harbor at Toledo. About five years later copper, iron ore and lumber from the Upper Peninsula were making millions of dollars for the state. Another big victory for Michigan!
Dawn Secord, Hastings, Mich.
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