When a fan’s team is struggling, the old chestnut goes, it’s enough to drive a man to drinking.
In the case of a Michigan fan, that’s precisely what transpired a couple of weekends ago. At least, that’s what he claimed during a non-sober moment (allegedly).
According to the Dearborn Press & Guide, a 25-year-old man was arrested on a drunk-driving charge very early in the morning of Nov. 3. The man was found asleep/passed out in his vehicle by police officers and was ultimately determined to have a BAC of .24, which the paper notes is “above the state’s .17 super-drunk standard”
The man, who acknowledged to police that he was drunk and had urinated on himself — another super-drunk standard, I believe — was very candid with police as to what led to his binge:
While he was being booked, he said he drank so much because he was upset that the University of Michigan’s football team lost 29-6 at Michigan State University the day before. He said he also was upset with the play-calling of Offensive Coordinator Al Borges, whose Wolverines rushed for a negative-48 yards, the worst ground performance since the school started playing football in 1879.
In fairness to the unidentified man, he’s likely not the only Wolverine fan who’s turned to barley and hops and distilled spirits to assuage their anguish over their team’s performance of late.
UM stands at 6-3 in a season that began with high expectations, and could be below .500 were it not for a pair of narrow September escapes against Akron and UConn. The Wolverines have plummeted to 97th in rushing yards per game and are 83rd in total offense. The past two weeks, both losses, they’ve managed just 19 points as they’ve played their way out of contention for a division title and shot at a Big Ten title game berth.
Hell, after reading that, I need a beer or two and I’m not even a UM fan…