Charlie Buttrey

November 22, 2021

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a particular predilection for Michigan football.  And the Wolverines have had a very good season; they are currently 10-1 and ranked #6 in the country, with an enormous challenge on their hands this coming Saturday in the form of #2 Ohio State, a team that appears to be firing on all cylinders, and which has lost to Michigan exactly once in the last 16 years.

And, look — I know it’s not rational, but I HATE Ohio State. Seriously. With the passion of a thousand burning suns.

If, unlike me, you are having a hard time deciding who to root for in The Game, perhaps this snippet will tip the scales in the direction of the maize and blue:

You may have learned that college athletes can now earn money (and, in some cases, a LOT of money) marketing their name, image and likeness (NIL), a practice that was prohibited by the NCAA until this year, when the Supreme Court held that the NCAA rule was unconstitutional (I KNEW I could slip the law into this blog somehow!).

Well, Michigan running back Blake Corum, who has been out of the lineup for the last couple of weeks with an ankle injury but appears ready to play on Saturday, used some of his NIL money to buy 100 turkeys for needy families in Ann Arbor’s next-door neighbor, Ypsilanti.

According to this article in the Detroit News, Corum’s “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks” event was held yesterday and several local charity groups joined the initiative, doubling the number of turkeys distributed and adding milk, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and other canned goods for a well-rounded Thanksgiving meal. Corum and teammate Nikhai Hill-Green, who also were teammates at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, were among those distributing meals.

The Detroit News quotes Corum as saying “I’ve always given back, whether it’s a football camp or small things. I’ve always invested in giving back to my community and trying to get the next generation to live out their dreams.”

Perhaps this coming Saturday, Corum’s dream of beating Ohio State can come true, too.

I, for one, sure hope so.

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