The Corner

The Game

Hey, does anybody know if there’s a good college football game being played tomorrow?

I jest, of course. One of the finest aspects of my four years at the University of Michigan is that we beat Ohio State four times: 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991. The combined score of those games was 109-65. Not that I counted.

You must understand, I grew up with a father who once owned a sweatshirt that read: “O How I Hate Ohio State.” I could sing “Hail to the Victors” around the time I learned to walk. A bumper sticker seen in the Miller household: “Directions to Columbus — South until you smell it, east until you step in it.” I applied to only one college.

So tomorrow’s game holds some interest for me.

Meantime, a treat for both Michigan and OSU fans: a very funny exchange on Slate between Jonathan Chait (who I knew in Ann Arbor) and Aaron Marshall, who I guess is from Ohio or something.

Final thought for fellow Wolverines: Let’s win it for Bo.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.