The biggest story of the college football games this past weekend was easily the way the Michigan State Spartans beat the Michigan Wolverines to stay undefeated.
Michigan punter Blake O’Neill dropped the snap on the punt and it was returned for a touchdown by the Spartans with no time left on the clock.
Following the game, Michigan fans began tweeting at O’Neill and sending him death threats and nasty messages encouraging him to commit suicide. While he may be pretty pleased with the way the game ended on Saturday, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is standing up for O’Neill and feels that the fans threatening him should back off.
Dantonio joined 1130 AM WDFN and talked about the threats. He told the fans that they should remember football is “just a game” and that it shouldn’t be taken this far.
I’ve personally seen some of the comments and was disgusted with the way O’Neill was being treated. Yes, his mistake cost the Wolverines the game, but if their defense would have played better, it would have never come down to that.
You also have to remember with as good as the Wolverines are, they will have a chance to compete for a national championship next year. While unlikely, Michigan could still make the Big Ten championship game and possibly sneak into the College Football Playoff this year.
Despite what happens, there is no excuse for the way some of the fans have been acting since the play.
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