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January 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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4 THE WOLVERINE JANUARY 2017 WOLVERINES WERE ROBBED Dear The Wolverine: I have seen or attended hundreds of Michigan games in my lifetime (my dad first took me to the Michigan vs. Army game in 1949). I have never seen a game where the officials were so in- timidated into inaction as the Nov. 26 game in Columbus. In the overtime alone there was a pass interference and a holding that should have been called on Ohio. And on what should have been the last play, one official placed the ball down and then the referee picked it up and moved it one foot forward and then re- viewed the play on his own placement. It was obvious what he wanted the ruling to be; probably to save his own life from the bloodthirsty Ohio fans. If he had called it short of a first down (which it was) I don't think even a po- lice escort could have gotten him off the field uninjured. Thank you Jim Harbaugh for stating the obvious, when he said he was "bit- terly disappointed" with the officials. Michigan gets seven penalties for 59 yards and Ohio gets two penalties for six yards! So what if he gets fined or whatever — he was right! Does the Big Ten grade these crews? One thing most Big Ten fans do agree on is the animalistic behavior of the Ohio fans before, during and after games. Michigan fans are a cut above that sort of behavior and should be proud of it. Richard Chamberlin Hickory Corners, Mich. It takes great courage to do what's right in the face of overwhelming opposition, Richard. The Big Ten officials in this in- stance demonstrated none. Harbaugh sim- ply called it the way he saw it, which is probably more than they did. Officiating does get examined, behind the scenes. One can only hope that the embar- rassment the Big Ten suffered nationally over this exerts an additional effect in this case and cuts through the organization's typical arms-folded, we're-right stance. PROUD OF EFFORT AT OSU Dear The Wolverine: I have a comment and then a ques- tion. I realize moral victories stink, but I can't tell you how proud I am of the Maize and Blue lads who played in the Ohio State game. For more than three January 2017 • Vol. 28, No. 6 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writer Brandon Brown Contributing Writers Austin Fox Orion Sang Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Editorial Intern Leland Mitchinson Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Per Kjeldsen Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle Delee-Hamilton Customer Service Lauren Saunders The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $52.99. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, 905 W Main St., Suite 24F, Durham, NC 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Web Site: Be Heard! Send your letters to: Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.   FROM OUR READERS Jim Harbaugh made no secrets about his feelings on the officiating during the Michigan loss at Ohio State Nov. 26 — during or after the game. His postgame comments drew a reprimand from the Big Ten and a $10,000 fine for U-M. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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