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‘Go Blue’ Stunt In East Lansing Gets Positive Spin

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Michigan Wolverines fans spell out 'Go Blue' on their stomacsh during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2005 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Michigan Wolverines fans spell out ‘Go Blue’ on their stomacsh during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2005 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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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.

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