UPDATE: Isthmus co-founder Fred Milverstedt sent this letter to the Wolverines:
3/15/17To: D.J. Wilson, Men’s BasketballAthletic DepartmentUniversity of Michigan1000 S. State StreetAnn Arbor, MI 48109-2201Young Mr. Wilson:Caught your display on national TV. You are a punk, self-absorbed and socially stupid, if not totally ignorant. I’d like to see you in Marine boot camp, where after a similar showing you could stand out there on the grinder and hold it all day./s/ Fred Milverstedt, Plymouth, MNcc: John Beilein (you ought to know better than to permit it)
Your Humble Squire is not a sore loser — not that he has had that much experience in the matter. Blaska plays to win. He plays hard and he plays fair. But win or lose, he keeps his dignity.
That said, the Lord High Commissioner of the Policy Werkes suffers sore losers with equanimity, having made so many of them. Losing is hard and the man who faces the cameras — think Nixon awaiting the helicopter to San Clemente — in the face of defeat is a real man, indeed.
Bad winners are another matter, entirely. Yes, we put Muhammed Ali in that category as well as every Sharpee-toting, break-dancing fool who acts as if it’s his first time in the end zone.
So the University of Michigan beat our Badger basketball team Saturday for the Big 14 title. Congratulations, Wolverines. Now, act like you deserve it. The indentured servants were appalled at the video CBS beamed into the Stately Manor Sunday when the NCAA tournament brackets were announced. No, not that the Badgers were seeded 8th. Nobody said life was fair. Deal with it.
We are not snowflakes here at the Manor. What offended our usually hardened sensibilities was the Michigan team’s televised “celebration” as their bracket was revealed. There, up front and center, is one player who grabs his crotch three separate times during 20-second clip, presumably knowing full well the camera’s red light was recording his obscene display. It is not inadvertent.
That’s just poor sportsmanship. Real men don’t grab their crotches in public. Yeah, that needs saying these days, apparently. (Related: It’s why we went South on Donald Trump.) Your Humble Squire this day will file a complaint with the NCAA.
Here’s a screen capture of the video. Click here and go to the second video at the link to see the video. And take my poll at right.