Trolling in Ann Arbor

ATXbucknut's picture
September 10, 2013 at 10:29a

I find myself in Ann Arbor this week on bidness.  Why, you ask? Maybe I am a bad person and am being punished for past transgressions.

In any event, I decided to don an Ohio State shirt last night and spend the evening (s)trolling down S. Main St., which is one of two main drags in Ann Arbor (their pathetic version of High St).

I received a few confused or disgusted looks from passersby on the street, but I was served dinner without incident at a pretty decent pan-Latin fusion restaurant (decent because they no doubt source their ingredients from outside the state).

I was initially refused service at the local ice cream parlor (no joke), but the girl eventually relented and simply said, "You're just lucky it's not Saturday."  Fair enough. The ice cream tasted bitter, flavored with the acrid tears of sad TSUN fans who are dreading what's going to happen on 30 November. Or maybe it was spit.

Tonight, I'll be trolling a little closer to campus. I plan to have dinner/drinks on State St. in a loud scarlet t-shirt with large white O-S-U letters.  Should be fun.

TSUN fans are generally pretty douchey (duh), but did you know that many locals here refer to Ann Arbor as "A2"?

M!chigan sux!

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Buckeye-in-DC's picture

Awesome post.
I graduated from Michigan Law School back in 1998 (was a business decision to go there), which was a really tough time to be in Ann Arbor given Cooper's record, Charles Woodson's Heisman and Michigan's split national title that year.
One of my greatest "victories" during those years was wearing Scarlet and Gray, including face paint, while sitting right in the middle of the Michigan student section when OSU came to Ann Arbor in November 1997.  I was obviously getting hazed the whole game, but some super-drunk moron just would not shut up until finally sometime in third quarter he yelled at me, "and by the way, you're too stupid to go to Michigan!"  When I pulled out my Michigan student ID (it pains me to write that) and flashed it in his face, his head practically exploded and his friends literally had to hold him back from attacking me!  Security then booted him from the stadium.  My personal victory was of course overshadowed by OSU's loss that day... 

ATXbucknut's picture

You did well representing Buckeye Nation during your time there. If you helped even one M!chigan fan come to understand their douchebaggery, then your time in AA was well spent.

Brutus's picture

You know what would have been sweet? Showing up to every Michigan game wearing scarlet and gray and in face paint, regardless of opponent. You wouldn't cheer throughout the entire game, except maybe when they flashed an Ohio State score and we were winning. You'd be the trolliest troll of all time.  Man, if only I had this idea back in high school when I was applying to colleges. I could have gone down in Buckeye lore.

Hovenaut's picture

Standing true in hostile territory, much respect ATX.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Such a good movie.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

cajunbuckeye's picture

There is nothing better than "poking the bear". Unless the bear is cooking your food and you can't view the kitchen.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Brutus Forever's picture

one time I saw a guy in a michigan shirt walking down high st with a black eye lol

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

FitzBuck's picture

I saw that same guy a block later with a matching black eye and limping....small world. 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

LeftCoastBuck's picture

My undergrad roomie from my days at tOSU went to scUM for bidness school. When I came in for a visit prior to THE game during his first year, I endured a fair bit of trash talk. So I sang (to the tune of Hail to the Victors) the entire "Hail to the MotherF*******, hail to those big C***S******....etc, etc" version to the pre-game party assembled in said roomie's apt.
They couldn't believe it. But the trash talk stopped after that....I guess that they figured that anyone crazy enough to do what I did must not be worth messing with.

"Have a Coke and a smile!.....along with $150 in UM football tickets"

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I choked reading this.

hit_the_couch's picture

According to every um homer i've ever met, their fans would never on their lives attempt to trash talk and or berate another fan base. um homers/ fans are only heavenly angels.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

GoBlue91's picture

It's very discouraging to us to learn that our prima donna self-image is not that well deserved.   MGoBlog almost wrapped it up when we had couch burnings during the final four.

klfeck's picture

Worst I have seen was this past July a douche of legendary status wore a UM polo on business to the Fawcett Center on campus. I asked the guy sitting at the front desk why he was allowed in wearing that rag. His response was that it proves OSU does not discriminate.....



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Sorry, too distracted by your avatar

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FitzBuck's picture

Good God!  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

theDuke's picture

Thank you for the post and godspeed on your return from the hinterlands.


OSUAndy07's picture

My brother in law married a grad student at scUM (I don't know why). I was forced to attend their wedding, which was in Ann Whorebor. The sky was grey the entire time, the sun under some kind of haze that reminded me of a horror movie. The only thing to recommend was a pretty good burger joint called Blimpie's (I think). It was on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"

ATXbucknut's picture

I appreciate the recommendation. I might to check that place out while I'm here. 

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

You also might try Ray's Red Hots.  Can't vouch for Ray's under this owner, but apparently it took over Red Hot Lover's, which back in the day served up awesome burgers, dogs and waffle fries.  629 East University...

GoBlue91's picture

I probably gained 15 pounds at Red Hot's.   I had heard it was the same owner, but that he lost the brand after an unsuccessful attempt to franchise.   No idea if that's true, though.
Zingermans is great but the wait is eternal.   Now, I mostly go to A2 (!) for the bubble tea.

Hello_Heisman's picture

No Blimpie's for you - they just closed down for good recently, which is too bad because they were an institution.  If you like good deli, either go to Maize N Blue deli (on central campus) or Zingerman's (closer to downtown, a few blocks away from Main Street).  If you want some good wings, go to Mr. Spots on State Street (just between Hill and Packard).
I do have to say, you have only yourself to blame if your food experience is less than stellar while wearing OSU gear in AA.  Do you really think the Columbus establishments are any better to people wearing Michigan gear?  You might as well just wear a t-shirt that says "The Chef Sucks and the Wait Staff Swallows."

60% of the time it works.....every time

J.Mo's picture

Uh there are these d-bags all around Columbus wearing TTUN shirts and they're treated just fine. Maybe on campus on game-day is a little different however servers know their tips can be dependent on their service - if they say anything, it's all in good fun.

gbdawg's picture

Try wearing OSU garb around Gainesville. Now those are some rude people.

hit_the_couch's picture

I did and no one said anything to me. At the time I was a pretty built 205lb (i'm about 5'9") maybe that had something to do with it. 

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Doc's picture

My wife and I took some CE in A2 a few years ago, right in the middle of the Tressel would shed.  We even stayed on campus in the alumni house hotel.  Unbeknownst to my wife I packed my OSU flag and pinned it up in the window facing the street.  The next morning I pulled my OSU polo out of my bag and wore it proudly to class.  I got lots of looks that day.

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LeftCoastBuck's picture

+1 "the cowering dog invites the whip"

"Have a Coke and a smile!.....along with $150 in UM football tickets"

rihmds80's picture

Was down in New Orleans for the 2007 National Title game. 2 days before the game I was walking to Bourbon Street and just so happened to run into Keith Byars and Desmond Howard. Not shockingly, Byars was pleasant to me and very cordial when I said "hi", Desmond not so much. Should I give him the benefit of the doubt? I was wearing my Appalachian St upset shirt over scUM.

Nick's picture

I guess the "Ann Arbor is a Whore" T-shirt wouldn't be a classy thing to wear to dinner huh.

buckeyedude's picture

I think my scarlet "Michigan is our Bitchagain" T-shirt is the most classy.



MN Buckeye's picture

Years ago, when I was going to a small college in souther MI, I bought my favorite Archie Griffin jersey at the Briarwood Mall in AA.

ATXbucknut's picture

That's hilarious. I am staying in a hotel across the street from the Briarwood Mall and I walked in there today and saw one of the stores selling a few Ohio State shirts and hats. 95% TSUN stuff, but about 5% OSU stuff.  I was quite surprised.

buckeyedude's picture

No MSU green anywhere in there? That's surprising.



hit_the_couch's picture

Be careful, they may pee in your food and drinks.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I was initially refused service at the local ice cream parlor (no joke)

That's actually kinda awesome.

pjtobin's picture

I don't know if I could do what your doing. It does sound fun though. I'm just worried about ppl preparing my food. Of course it couldn't be any worse than Taco Bell here in the greatest of all states Ohio. So have fun. And keep us posted. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

FitzBuck's picture

Has anyone heard from ATXBucknut?  I'm starting to worry those sick bastards did something to him.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

ATXbucknut's picture

Ha! Thank you for your concern, Fitz.  It rained the night I went down to State Street with my OSU shirt.  There was hardly anyone out and about. Really disappointed about that. I received one incredulous look from a drunk dude, but he was with his wife and she kept him in check.
I did get to troll some TSUN undergrads, however.  I was holding an employment recruitment session and had to create a hypothetical scenario about those students planning to go to grad school.  I began, "So, let's say after you get your bachelors that you decide to work toward a masters degree in, say, Columbus or East Lansing..."
About half the group of students smiled wryly. The others I assume were too consumed by the burning internal self-hatred that comes with a M!chigan education.
I jest, I jest. They were very fine students.