When we lose to them in football, it's like a census." said Nick Callahill, a 2002 Michigan alum. "Every State fan I've ever met, known or crossed paths with calls, emails or posts on my Facebook page."
Todd Woolbridge, class of '98, agreed. "Right after the game ended, my phone rang. I answer to some guy shouting, 'Go State! We kicked your ass! Michigan sucks!' and I'm like, 'Who is this?' And the shouting voice stops long enough to say, 'It's Jerry.' 'Jerry who? I don't know any Jerry.' And the guy says, 'I bagged your groceries about six months ago. You had a Michigan hat on. So I got your number off your club card.' How annoying."
Mitch Henderset, U-M class of 1996, agreed with Woolbridge's agreement. "Those green bastards come out of the fucking woodwork," said the Farmington Hills attorney. "I get divorced, I don't hear a thing. My son's birthday? Nothing. But lose to them in football and they find my number faster than one of their players finds the laptop in his neighbor's unlocked dorm room. Yes, I saw the banner draped over the stadium and got the bad photoshop of the supposed 'Michigan girl' blowing Sparty. They were each mildly amusing the first 57 times they clogged my inbox."
But Amber Solinski, who got her MBA from Michigan in 1999, sees a silver lining in the onslaught of Spartan outreach following a U-M loss. "I had no idea I had somehow let 236 MSU fans into my life. But the post-loss MSU head count really let me know I have to be more careful about who I associate with."
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