‘Grateful’: Jim Harbaugh Shares Unexpected Comments On OSU Rivalry

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t think Michigan fans need to hate the team down in Columbus.

The Wolverines will travel down south to play the Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday, and it’s the latest installment in one of the most bitter rivalries in all of sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State is truly the Soviets vs. America at the height of the Cold War.

The fanbases absolutely despise each other, but Harbaugh thinks the rivalry is a great opportunity to “be grateful.”

Jim Harbaugh discusses the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

“There’s no need to hate. Be grateful for the opponent. It’s like superheroes. It’s through a strong opponent that you get to find out who you are. They have a lot of players that are really good. They’ve got great players, we’ve got great players. They have great coaches, we have great coaches. They have players with Heisman habits, we have players with Heisman habits. And congratulations. Be grateful for having the opportunity to play in this kind of big game,” Harbaugh told the press Monday, according to 247Sports.

Is Jim Harbaugh’s assessment of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry correct?

While Harbaugh might be an outstanding college football coach, I’m not sure many fans will agree with his take on this issue.

Michigan fans definitely aren’t “grateful” for the Buckeyes, and they absolutely do not agree “there’s no need to hate.”

Will Michigan beat Ohio State? (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

The feeling is 100% mutual down in Columbus. Sometimes, in the world of sports, you just have to let the hate consume you. Obviously, that doesn’t apply outside of the game, but there’s no reason to pretend you should like your opponent.

Ohio State fans think Michigan is a joke, and fans of the Wolverines would give just about anything to be as successful as the Buckeyes.

C.J. Stroud and the Buckeyes look to get revenge against Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Last year, Michigan successfully snapped their losing streak to OSU, and now, Ryan Day and company are out for revenge.

Anyone who thinks the two sides will be sharing hot chocolate and Thanksgiving leftovers this Saturday is an idiot.

Jim Harbaugh reflects on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

Embrace the carnage and chaos. Unleash your disdain for each other. Rivalries are what make college sports great. Don’t run from them. Lean into them.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.


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  1. …. And … “David The Fan Boy” confirms why he is indeed “a Fan Boy”. The quintessential goggle-eyes, spittle-spewing, foam-fingered Fan Boy who genuinely spews HATE for a jersey color … for those whose “crime” was attending another college and supporting a sports program other than the one he chooses to support. …. an attitude maybe acceptable for 18-20 year olds going thru post-adolescence but sad for anyone past 25. …. To gin up that much TOXIC HATRED for other “sports fans” … how does one feel towards a legitimate threat to one person or family ???
    Jim Harbaugh has said and done some goofy things over the years but he is Right On with his take on “a rivalry”.

  2. Looking forward to the game… Glad I’m not aligned with either side, both sides are crazy! I believe a cold, calculating team with overall play better than a team driven by red-hot emotion.

    I was never a Harbaugh fan, but this year he’s said a few things that have changed my mind.

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