*The University of Michigan — my alma mater! — lost Saturday’s nail biter to rival Michigan State University in the last ten seconds of the game. To be honest, I still haven’t quite recovered.
With a 26 -23 lead, Michigan’s punter Blake O’Neill fumble was snatched up by Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson, who returned the ball 38 yards for a game winning touchdown and a victory over my beloved Wolverines.
As painful as the loss was, I can’t imagine my reaction had I seen local station WZZM’s live report just after the game, announcing Michigan’s victory over MSU!
While MSU’s win sent the Spartans partying and left Michigan fans in stunned silence — some reports say fans sat in the Big House for over 15 minutes before leaving the stadium — WZZM‘s sports director Jamal Spencer reported a Michigan victory, saying “…they made a crucial stop and were able to run out the clock.”
“People are spilling out of Michigan Stadium into the streets of Ann Arbor celebrating as The Paul Bunyan Trophy is back in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2012,” Spencer said from Ann Arbor.
Immediately following his report, an in-studio WZZM anchor acknowledged the mistake and reported MSU’s win.
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Soon thereafter, on Twitter, Spencer acknowledged his mistake.
“Not the first time I’ve made a mistake in my career and it won’t be the last,” Spencer tweeted. “Gotta take the bad with the good.”
On its website, WZZM 13 news director Taz Painter issued the following statement:
“At the end of Saturday’s Michigan State victory over the University of Michigan – we screwed up. Due to a breakdown in communication, we reported that the Wolverines won. When we make a mistake – our guideline is to correct it as quickly as possible and we did. Immediately. Even though most TVs in Michigan were tuned to ESPN when we made the mistake – many thousands of people have seen at least portions of it on the internet and social media.”
“For the error – I want to say that we’re sorry. I’m sorry. We have and will continue to discuss what we can learn to make sure we don’t do it again.”
Please do. Please! My maize and blue heart has a hard enough time taking a loss without jolts like that!
As for now, I’m glad Michigan has next Saturday off before playing Minnesota on October 31. Hopefully, we can use that time off to tighten up that defense. Go Blue!