Paul Finebaum’s Hate For Michigan Reaches New Heights

By: Will Burchfield
@burchie_kid

In what’s news to no one, Paul Finebaum doesn’t like the football team from the University of Michigan. But the talk-show host took his distaste for the Wolverines – and especially their fans – to a new level on Thursday in an appearance on ESPN radio’s “Mike and Mike.”

Finebaum began his segment by declaring a prior caller couldn’t have been a Michigan fan, as the caller so claimed, because the caller displayed a “modicum of humility.”

“And I’ve never met a Michigan fan that had an ounce of humility or didn’t think his team was the greatest of all time, regardless of their record,” Finebaum said. “Especially since Jim Harbaugh arrived.”

Given this unprompted rant, Finebuam was then asked to name the most arrogant fan base in college football.

“Michigan fans lately have been the worst,” he replied. “Because they have won, let’s see, half a national championship in about 60 years, and they talk like they’re Alabama, Ohio State, [USC], Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Penn State wrapped into one.”

The Wolverines’ last national championship came in 1997, when they went 12-0 and finished No. 1 in the A.P. poll. They were bested by Nebraska, however, in the final coaches poll. Prior to 1997, Michigan hadn’t won a national championship since 1948.

Finebaum has been accused of being a mouthpiece for the SEC, and he admitted on Thursday he may be “tone deaf” to Alabama fans because he used to live near Tuscaloosa. But he made it clear his stance on Michigan fans is uncompromising.

“You’re not going to be able to move me on this,” he said.

When asked to compare fans of Notre Dame and Michigan, Finebaum once again scorched those of the Wolverines.

“I respect Notre Dame. I don’t respect Michigan. Notre Dame stands for something. Notre Dame doesn’t think it’s better than everyone else because it has a record. It, for the most part, has stood on integrity and tradition. Michigan thinks its better than everyone else, and I don’t understand why.

“It’s a good school. But it’s not Harvard, it’s not Princeton, it’s the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. So, I just get freaked out when Michigan fans walk around like they’ve done something.

“When Harbaugh showed up, it gave them a sense of entitlement that they really haven’t earned. Harbaugh’s a very good coach, he’s one of the best coaches in the country. He’s yet to beat his chief rival [Urban Meyer], he’s yet to win a championship in two years, and I’m sure in two more years, if he hasn’t done that, he’ll kick the lockers and walk out and go back to the NFL. But right now, to me, they don’t have a seat at the big boy table.”

Michigan can claim 11 national titles, but just one in the past 68 years.

“It’s always something with Michigan. They win half a championship, then they go through these variety of coaching changes and then they bring Harbaugh in and he loses the biggest game of the year and goes crazy over the officiating,” Finebaum said, referring to Michigan’s loss to Ohio State in November, after which Harbaugh blasted the referees.

“I feel sorry for the official’s family’s in the bowl game on Friday night because I’m sure he’s already researching them, trying to find someone to blame if the game doesn’t go his way,” Finebaum added.

Michigan takes on Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Friday. It’s safe to assume who Finebaum will be rooting for.

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  1. seanumich says:

    ““And I’ve never met a Michigan fan that had an ounce of humility or didn’t think his team was the greatest of all time, regardless of their record,” Finebaum said.”

    The RECORD is clear on this. They ARE the greatest of all time with a winning percentage of .731, which is BETTEr than his Bama inbreds, who only have a .718 winning record> I will also point out Michigan has NEVER had a win vacated due to CHEATING (Bama certainly has)

    “they talk like they’re Alabama, Ohio State, [USC], Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Penn State wrapped into one.”

    Michigan Record against each school
    Bama 2-2
    Penn State 12-7
    Ohio State 58-48-6
    Nebraska 4-4-1
    Michigan against Nick Saban coached teams 7-5

    So I would say they compare well to those schools

    “Notre Dame stands for something. Notre Dame doesn’t think it’s better than everyone else because it has a record. It, for the most part, has stood on integrity and tradition.”

    Yeah that INTEGRITY of CHEATING? really? You are going to say ND has INTEGRITY? That is just stupid
    I could also point out allowing a STUDENT to fall to his death while fiiming practice under the CURRENT regime. Who has been an ABJECT FAILURE

    ““It’s a good school. But it’s not Harvard, it’s not Princeton, it’s the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. So, I just get freaked out when Michigan fans walk around like they’ve done something.”

    Well it IS comparable to Princeton and it CERTAINLY is better than Tennessee (where Finebaim went) or Alabama (whho he loves) In fact, there is only ONE school in the SEC that would be allowed into the B1G (Vandy) and I will happily compare Vandy to UM in football any day.

    “He’s yet to beat his chief rival [Urban Meyer], he’s yet to win a championship in two years, and I’m sure in two more years, if he hasn’t done that, he’ll kick the lockers and walk out and go back to the NFL.”

    Nick Saban’s first two years at Bama 2-6 and 12-2 and LOST their bowl game (no NC int he first two years)
    Nick Saban in the PROS (where Harbaugh is wanted, unlike Nick) 15-17 versus Harbaughs 44-19-1 and a SUPER BOWL appearance. Saban hasnt ever made the PROFESSIONAL playoffs

    I could also talk about the “variety of coaching changes” at Tennessee and Bama. Bama has had TEN coaches since 1970. UM has had SIX. Tennessee has had six as well.

    It is fine if you do not like Michigan. BUT you arent allowed to distort facts or LIE.
    Bottom line, if you like cheating, then the SEC is your league.

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