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War of Words

In the early 1800's, the state of Michigan and the state of Ohio had a land dispute around the area of modern day Toledo.
In the early 1800's, the state of Michigan and the state of Ohio had a land dispute around the area of modern day Toledo.  There was a little bit of a squabble, militia's were called in, and the thing eventually got settled.   Then a war of words started and at the time it was common practice for folks from Ohio to call folks from Michigan "Wolverines".  Which was basically an insult meaning fierce and nasty savages.

Thus the name Michigan Wolverines.  So why tell you this?

Well fast forward to 200 years later, a new war of words has started.  This time in Indiana, from folks in South Bend, mainly Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly which has the natives up north all riled up.

2 days when asked about Notre Dame's rivalry with Michigan, the 2 have played 40 times since 1887.

Kelly dismissed the whole notion of Notre Dame - Michigan being a rivalry saying, "I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries."

That' coming from a guy who spent 17 years as a head coach in Michigan at Grand Valley State  and Central Michigan.

Kelly back tracked on those comments heading into Saturday's game against the Wolverines.  Take a listen...
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