DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET) – Spartans fans took a little ribbing from rival Wolverines on Saturday on their way into Spartan Stadium.
A plane scrawled the words ‘Go Blue’ in the sky above the stadium before the MSU – Youngstown State match-up in East Lansing.
The expensive hi-jinks led to Scott Westerman, an MSU alum whose wife, Colleen Westerman, is a two-time ovarian cancer survivor, saw Saturday’s skywriting over Spartan Stadium before MSU’s game against Youngstown State as a waste of money, money that could have been used to benefit a cause close to his heart. A pilot himself, Westerman estimated that it probably cost a U-M fan a few thousand dollars.
Soon after he saw the letters in the sky, he began posting a challenge all over the Web to Spartans around the country: “The sheer cost of this momentary chest beating gives the unfortunate perception of malice. That’s not what Spartans are about and I don’t believe it’s what true UofM alumni are all about. Will you help me show Wolverines everywhere what we can do with $3,000? Reported the Detroit Free Press.
The Freep went on to say that Westerman asked Spartan alum to identify themselves as such after donating a $10-$50 contribution to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (which is based in Ann Arbor).
How great a turn-around was this prank? Instead of retaliation thousands of dollars were raised for the cure.