The celebrations weren’t just for the game, but for acknowledging the fact that the Wolverines may have put to bed their misfortunes of last season — the worst in program history — and look like an exciting team to support once again.
What if I told you that, for one day, I was able to turn back the clock and be a 10-year-old kid again. That for a few hours, I was able to take a break from a world that increasingly felt like it was becoming too much to handle.
The spell was cast at the Australian Open final by two sorcerers of the highest order: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They played under the heat of a summer Melbourne sun as I sat bundled in blankets, under a Michigan winter sky. Physically, they were as far away from me as possible, but never had they been closer to my heart.
Let’s set the record straight: The term “soccer” didn’t originate in the America. Rather, it first appeared in England, and by some records it pre-dates the word “football” by about 18 years. So why does the rest of the world hate Americans for calling football “soccer?”
Michigan created many chances, ending the game with 15 shots. But for all their creativity, the Wolverine attacks were continually thwarted by Buckeyes keeper Devon Kerr, who ended the game with five saves.