By: Evan Jankens
Paul Finebaum is a talking head from ESPN who doesn’t seem to like the University of Michigan. And that’s an understatement.
In September, he went on his radio show and called Michigan fans “pathetic.” During his show Tuesday, he decided to take a few more shots at the Wolverines. This time he even decided to compare the Michigan and Ohio State fan base, according to landof10.com.
“There’s no comparison between Ohio State and Michigan fans,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State fans are very knowledgeable people. They understand, they are supportive. Michigan fans are from another planet. I’ve dealt with a lot of Ohio State fans, particularly a couple years ago after the Buckeyes beat Alabama. Ohio State fans at least know what they’re talking about.
“I don’t think they are nearly as knowledgeable as Ohio State fans when it comes to football IQ. I think they have gone all-in on Harbaugh…listen, Harbaugh is a good coach, but he hasn’t done anything yet at Michigan.”
“The great Michigan coach over the last 40 years is Bo Schembechler who never won a title, so I understand Michigan fan aren’t exaclty dealing with championships like Ohio State fan or fans of Alabama.”
These are pretty strong words coming from Finebaum, who seems to take a shot at Michigan every chance he gets. If you think about it though, in my opinion, his comments aren’t too far off. Just about every Michigan fan I know has already named Jim Harbaugh as the savior of the university and their football program — but he has yet to win anything. That might change this year when they will walk into East Lansing on Oct. 29 and presumably steam roll the Spartans, but the real test will happen on Nov. 26 when they play “The Game” in Columbus against Ohio State.
Finebaum continued to say, “I’ve yet to meet a Michigan fan that has a sense of humor about his program, that has an ounce of objectivity in their body,” and then told one fan to call back “when you win a championship.” Michigan’s last Big Ten title was 2004.
If Michigan fails to make an appearance in the Big Ten title game, but finishes the season 11-1 with their only loss to Ohio State would the season be considered a failure?