January 11, 2017
Sometimes, losing actually means winning.
Ohio may have gained an inch here:
But, we gained 16,377 square miles here:
When Michigan and Ohio disputed ownership of the territory along their shared border in 1835, A.K.A., the Toledo Strip, a nearly bloodless "war" broke out (zero casualties, one injury). Michigan lost the dispute and Ohio won control of Toledo.
As a "consolation prize", we received the Upper Peninsula:
What did we get with that "2nd place prize"?
1. Iron ore exports.
2. Pasties. Lots of pasties.
3. Boundless natural beauty.
4. Tom Izzo, exporter of championships.
And so years later, it's pretty clear who actually won that war. Along the way, we've lost a couple of battles here and there with Ohio but remember, kids: we won the war.
No blind refs or botched calls can take that away from us.
From all of us here in Michigan, we have one thing to say: