Michigan admits they paid for 'Go Blue' skywriting over Michigan State game (photo)


October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players hold up their helmets after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

If you were in East Lansing this past weekend, you probably noticed some odd wordage in the sky.

During the clear, near Fall day, the words ‘Go Blue’ appeared written above the Michigan State stadium as they took on Youngtown State.  The ‘Go Blue’ was obviously in reference to rival Michigan, something a Wolverines fan likely paid for, right? Not exactly.

Paying for it was the University of Michigan athletic department, according to MLive.com:

Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, who runs Oregon Aero SkyDancer skywriting with her husband Steve, told MLive the Wolverines’ athletic department hired her business to put Michigan slogans into the air above Ann Arbor then East Lansing on Saturday.

Michigan athletic department spokesperson Dave Ablauf acknowledged his department paid for Saturday’s skywriting but said no specific locations were targeted.

“We hired the skywriters to canvas southeast Michigan with slogans and numbers prior to our game last Saturday,”he said in a statement. “There were no locations targeted.”

A little good natured ribbing never hurt anybody, right?

For those that missed the writing:

Go-Blue

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  • Matt Anderson

    Good use of taxpayer money …

  • William Plaster

    Huge Michigan fan, but the money could have been spent for something better. The athletic department would be better served if they concentrated on winning the B1G championship, not antagonizing MSU.