The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend, but drummer Chad Smith didn't want anyone in the crowd to mistake his alliance.
So, during the ovation at the end of the concert — after Smith had thrown several of his drumsticks into the adoring crowd — he started singing part of the Michigan fight song.
And it went over about as well as you think it would.
The Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry has been going on since 1897 and is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. Michigan leads the series 58-43-6 and new coach Brady Hoke has done his best to keep the rivalry brewing by always referring to Ohio State as "Ohio." Similarly, new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer only refers to the Wolverines as "The Team Up North."
One of the first things Meyer did when he took the Ohio State job was create a chart comparing the majors of Ohio State and Michigan football players. He placed it prominently in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The teams, coaches and fan bases are not what one would call friends.
So it was no surprise that Smith was ushered off the stage on a wave of boos as he heaved one last drumstick into the crowd. Smith didn't go to Michigan but was raised in Bloomfield Hills, and went to Andover High School and graduated from Lahser High School. Still, Smith was taking his life in his own hands singing the Michigan fight song in a room full of Ohio State supporters.
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H/T to USA Today
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