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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Michigan or Florida? Ann Arbor's Other Controversy

Our readers are of course aware of the recent controversies at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, but I'd like to briefly divert everyone's attention to the other controversy currently hovering over the city.

I happen to be a lifelong fan of a certain Ann Arbor university's football team. Sure, I have plenty of differences with the school's administration and politics, and it is true that their law school's bar passage rates were again lower than Ave Maria's, but some things -- like college football -- simply permit us to put our differences aside.

With this background, and from my completely objective and unbiased viewpoint, I cannot help but loudly proclaim that the University of Michigan's football team GOT ROBBED over the weekend when the pollsters ranked Florida as the #2 team in the country, thereby snubbing the Wolverines from achieving a birth in the national championship game against Ohio State.

After Michigan lost to Ohio State (by 3 and on the road) in its final game of the season, the pollsters in each of the polls ranked Michigan above Florida. It is apparent (at least to me) that Florida's leapfrog over Michigan in the latest poll did not occur based on an objective ranking of the teams, but do to certain pollsters desire not to see a re-match between Michigan and Ohio State. Florida coach Urban Meyer seemed to confirm this by repeatedly lobbying for his team with the argument that "Michigan had its chance."

Feel free to agree or disagree in the combox below, but I am convinced that Michigan is the #2 team in the country and accordingly, should be playing in the national championship game.

Lastly, to the state of Florida, I fart in your general direction.