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Ohio State Fans Are Offended By Michigan’s Victory Chains

This week, Michigan football released images of its newest Ohio State victory chains. Buckeyes fans are quite upset about it.



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In a recent USA Today article by Buckeyes Wire, Ohio State author Phil Harrison claims that Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are “ripping off” Ohio State’s gold pants tradition. It appears that after two-straight victories over the Buckeyes, Ohio State fans are starting to get offended by the Wolverines’ success.

Ohio State Fans Are Offended By Michigan’s Chains

Earlier this week, the Michigan Wolverines released photos of their newest chain necklaces to commemorate their massive 45-23 victory over the Buckeyes in November of 2022. The win propelled Michigan football to a Big Ten title game and the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row, as well as established the Wolverines as the new top dog in the conference.

What’s funny to me is that a year ago, in January of 2022, Phil published a similar piece when the Wolverines unveiled chain necklaces for their 42-27 victory over Ohio State in 2021. Now, a year and one more Buckeye loss later, Harrison and Ohio State fans appear to still be upset by Michigan’s necklaces and victories.

What Does Harrison Have To Say About Michigan’s New Tradition?

As long as we’re on the topic of upset Ohio State fans, let’s take a look at what Buckeye Wire’s Phil Harrison had to say about Michigan’s newfound tradition.

“It’s becoming increasingly evident that the Michigan football program has tried to emulate Ohio State more than it will ever admit.” Harrison said in his recent piece on Michigan’s commemorative chains. Harrison continued to wish the Buckeyes luck and take a shot at Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, ”

I have to admit, this does hurt a little, and here’s to hoping that next season we don’t have to see another version of this ripoff tradition being celebrated on social media. Maybe Ryan Day can start ripping off awkward press conferences, wearing khakis, and donning a hat with a suit. After all, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.”

We look forward to seeing another upset column from Harrison in a year’s time, hopefully following another Wolverine victory over Ohio State and possible a Michigan football National Championship.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.