Wednesday, April 09, 2008

This Is Why You Can't Have Nice Things

It's doubtless that you've heard about the bit of trouble they had up at Cedar Fest in East Lansing over the weekend. Of the 52 arrested, 28 were MSU students, as were half of the 48 ticketed by the officers. We've already heard the usual excuses that it wasn't the students who were really at fault, that mostly it was other people looking for trouble. Still, we feel comfortable in calling this a Michigan State riot. Let's take a look at the board:

We're using the '89 basketball title as the last time a riot broke out at Michigan. We know there was also some sort of disturbance following the '93 loss in the title game, but I don't have any numbers on that (For the record, that would still have us at riot-free days). For Ohio State, there were only 15 arrested following the BCS loss, but 10-12 fires were set, so your mileage may vary on that one. If you want to be more generous, we know they breached the 40-arrest barrier following the '06 UM-OSU game, which would put them days from their last riot.

We do have to give some credit to Little Brother. We don't think we'd take a loss in the Final Four of the Women's NIT quite that hard.

Static numbers from April 9, 2008:

Days Since Last Riot
Michigan:  6946
Ohio State:  93
Michigan State:  4


Joe said...

Hey, I distinctly remember being part of a riot in Ann Arbor after the hockey team won the national championship in '96. We started on South U, and... well, kinda wandered over to the law library, where the massive throng... um, sang the fight song and did a few Yost cheers before wandering over to the Union where we.. um, pretty much did the same thing. And then hung out on the Diag.


noelenergy said...

I had the exact same experience joe did, except it was the '98 hockey title.

I think we actually entered the library buildings, though, if only for a few minutes. We also went to the President's House and chanted "WE WANT LEE!" to his wife's great annoyance-- Lee was out of town on business. So we wandered over to the Diag.

When it comes to rioting, Little Bro actually is pretty freakin' awesome.

I was at the 2005 riot...what doesn't get in the papers is that when the cops tossed the tear gas, the students just dispersed into nearby stores/houses/apartments for a few minutes and waited for the gas to clear. Then they came out and started rioting again. Repeat about 8 times in less than 90 minutes. I'm not making this up.

Seriously, when the revolution comes I wanna be in East Lansing.


Byko said...

Noel, you had better be there in person because that revolution will not be televised.