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[Few things in life make Griffin truly upset. Economic problems and Ohio, mainly. Today, one of those problems seems to have taken a new step in making him extremely upset, as with recent football announcements. Now, Griffin loves football a lot, and even his calendar has a countdown to opening day (same with hockey, and you're going down, Anaheim) with a cute little blue and gold 'M' on opening day's date. And for a long while, he was waiting for the news of when 'The Game' was going to be, being the infamous one day event where Ohio State and University of Michigan faced off and determined 364 days of either misery or happiness.

And then he got the news.

Like receiving news that a relative has died, Griffin is curled up on his couch (which somehow moved from one side of his living room to the other, but he doesn't care) and pissing and moaning like the world is going to end. It pretty much is, for him anyway. So what's this god-awful news? Well, thanks to some terrible decisions regarding football divisions...

Michigan and Ohio are playing two games.

That's two instances of fans nearly killing each other and people peeing in gas tanks and vandalism and two chances at being miserable for a year. Even the U of M-MSU rivalry hardly compares to U of M-OSU. This is a tragedy.

And so he sits, crying and raging in the midst of a temper tantrum. Any other decent year, he would probably be excited but he's had a losing streak to OSU lately, so this is devastating.
]

Date: 2010-09-03 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
He stuck his head in the door, staring at the man.
Um...
Griff?

Date: 2010-09-03 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
[]

You dare intrude on my moment of misery? You're very brave.

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Date: 2010-09-03 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
Um...
okay? So, wha's happened?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
U-University of M-Michigan... and Ohio.

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T-two games! Not just one!

Date: 2010-09-03 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
... Ah'm... confused. How're ya playin' two games?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
Because the goddamn division got all messed up!

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It's no' fair. She kicked my ass las' year and now I'm gonna have i' kicked twice!

Date: 2010-09-03 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
He blinked.
Don' say tha'. He grinned doggedly.
Ah got a good feelin' abou' this season~

Date: 2010-09-03 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
Prob'ly for you. Me n' her've been fightin' for who knows how long. This thing? Once a year. Tha's how it's supposed ta' be.

[]

Date: 2010-09-03 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
[ooc also, that's my favorite description of the Walton War]

He laughed.
Darlin'. Ah got mah rivals too. Hell, nex' week 'm playin' Spurrier. Then there's tha Deep South's Oldest Rivalry with Auburn. Got some hate fer Florida, an' ah swear ta God ah'm gonna drive 'em inta tha ground.

Then there's tha one weekend where ah go a lil'... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean,_Old-Fashioned_Hate) He shakes his hand in a kinda... eh manner.
Believe me ah know a lil' somethin' abou' rivalries.

Date: 2010-09-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
He chuckled.
Believe me darlin', ya'll make it. Jus' try ta enjoy tha game~

Date: 2010-09-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
She's gonna kill me, bu' yeah, ya got a point.

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Date: 2010-09-03 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
Plus~ Ya gotta love tailgatin'.

Date: 2010-09-04 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
This is true! I gotta say, I make the best-- [] --second best bratwurst in the history of tailgatin'!

Date: 2010-09-04 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilwentdownto.livejournal.com
He chuckled.
Ah'll have ta try some then~

Date: 2010-09-03 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
[ Meanwhile little miss competitive here is thinking someone hates her too. And it’s not about getting a tougher draw vs easier – it’s not just whining. Wisconsin’s biggest rivalries are Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern, probably in that order (though many might swap Michigan and Iowa). These are natural rivalries that interest her in in the larger sense – irrespective of the ebb & flows of win/loss records.

Given the addition of Nebraska, that looked to be an attractive match up for a variety of reasons as well. She got exactly none of those top 5 rivals in the same division. Even if Minnesota got the protected status in order to preserve the most played rivalry in D-I football, that’s it. One out of five – no other team lost that many rivalry games or even close to it. Minnesota although a tradition to go against? Is pretty damn sad to beat into the ground after a while. She is very disappointed and pouting majorly.

As it currently stands, Wisconsin will play Iowa and Michigan at Camp Randall only 2 times over the next 10 years. This is making her miffed. Along with the politics, but she won't go on about that. Football is serious business with her.
]

Why are you so glum?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
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Ohio, that's what. Ohio.

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Date: 2010-09-03 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
[ She would know it, it's in reverse. To her? You have the greatest season of all time, it's legendary. She likes competition, it's no fun when you're just standing above them and kicking them in the ribs the entire time. (Much like she does to Sven since 2004.) There's a beauty in overcoming obstacles, and you bet that having so many rivalries she makes for that purpose.

She tilts her head to that. (Oh how familiar that might be, you should know who's city she is now.)
]

You don't have a game against them?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
[ It's probably because she smells like cheese and wine huh? ]

... So ... what's the problem?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
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The Game is like, the biggest thing my team has goin' for us. One game with Ohio an' it determines who gets ta wallow the rest of the year in misery.

Date: 2010-09-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
Well, you'll get two big games now. Two times to grind them in the dirt under your massive foot!

[ That glint in her eye is just a little scary. ]

Date: 2010-09-03 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
She's beat the shit out of me the pas' few years.

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Date: 2010-09-03 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
Surprise her then and royally own that team then, beat the shit out of Captain Sweatervest's team!

[ She almost beat OSU last year. That's all that matters. ]

Date: 2010-09-03 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
If only i' was tha' easy.

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Date: 2010-09-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
Isn't the fact it's not easy a challenge enough for you? Isn't the fact it's going to be hard more satisfying when it's finally done?

[ 'Almost' isn't good enough either for her but she's not gonna give up ever about such little setbacks. It strives her to win. ]

Date: 2010-09-04 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
It'd be better if we stuck to one game. I mean, wha' if it's a draw? What're we gonna do, then?

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Date: 2010-09-04 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fourlakes.livejournal.com
Then you'd only count the second game, if you lose the first, you beat them the second time around~

[ The only logic that breaks this is the Arizona Cardinals. That was bullshit against the Packers. PURE BULLSHIT. ]

Date: 2010-09-06 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
But wha' if it doesn' coun'? I'm screwed. 'sides, it's like a pride thing if ya win it. It won' feel half as good thinkin' that I only go' halfway, if tha's wha' happens.

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Date: 2010-09-03 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoosier-state.livejournal.com
What's your deal?

Date: 2010-09-03 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
Me n' Ohio. Two games this year. No' one. Two.

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Date: 2010-09-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoosier-state.livejournal.com
[He has to re-adjust his basketball-centric brain.]

Wait...

Is this football we're talking about?
Edited Date: 2010-09-03 08:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-09-03 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickeyears.livejournal.com
[ excuse you. better check yourself before you wreck yourself. ]

Date: 2010-09-04 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviational.livejournal.com
[ Kit is not sure how to feel about this whole thing except that it's clearly not right. The whole point of having the game is that it is the maker-or-breaker, the point where the winners are seperated from the losers, no second chances -- until next season, of course. Having two games kind of defeats that purpose. And even though two chances to win would be like an ego boost times 1.5, then there might always be the risk of losing twice (god forbid), or worse, a win and a lose. What kind of ultimate rivalry is supposed to end in a draw? That's just terrible. ]

So... you heard?

Date: 2010-09-04 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviational.livejournal.com
Kinda stupid, isn't it?

Date: 2010-09-06 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktodahandeh.livejournal.com
'Kinda' is an understatement. It's bullshi'.

Date: 2010-09-06 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviational.livejournal.com
For once, I can't argue with that. Ahh... it's been a year of terrible sports decisions all around.
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