Mountaineers Over Michigan: More Than an Upset

It “may be the biggest upset in the history of college football,” MSNBC opined. It’s a “monumental upset … Wolverines may never recover from defeat to Appalachian State.” The Detroit Free Press calls it the “UPSET OF THE CENTURY.”

A tiny school from western North Carolina, the Appalachian State Mountaineers “did the near-impossible,” defeating the Big Ten favorite … in Ann Arbor.

AP: “What was supposed to be a tuneup turned into a stunner: Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32.

“Julian Rauch’s 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left Saturday put the Mountaineers ahead of the Wolverines and Corey Lynch blocked a field goal in the final seconds to seal one of college football’s biggest upsets.”

Michigan had national championship aspirations. Now they have suffered an unforgettable loss to a division I-AA team (albeit the defending champions).

This is a good thing … it’s a great thing. Everyone loves an underdog (unless they’re playing your team). Once again, David has slain Goliath. In the sports world this upset is definitely of biblical proportions … but there’s another world that stands to benefit from this … academia.

There was a time when colleges and universities were about education. Let’s leave aside the viable debate over our nation’s schools being biased in a certain direction and just focus on this. Schools are to learn. Instead they have become pro sports conglomerates that do a little educating on the side. A win like this for a small school should be something we could see more often … like upsets in the NFL. But schools spend so much time and money on their sports programs that education is almost an aside.

I have nothing against Michigan. It’s just another big cog in the bigger wheel. But sports become interesting when, as in the NFL, “any team can beat any other team on any given game day.” In fact, it should be more like that in college. How about some amateur sports in college! That would be refreshing. And wouldn’t it be great to go a whole season without some pay-to-player scandals that cause schools to be penalized? A straight-up even chance would be to die for.

Mountaineers, you have reminded us of the courageous little guy, the need for truly amateur sports, and the immense need of U.S. colleges to quit playing around and educate.

Let’s have some more upsets next week.


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