On Dec. 10, 1980, Michigan played Kent State in basketball (I was a junior at the Daily at the time, and was one of the assistant sports editors). A reporter from the Michigan Daily named Mark Fischer wrote the preview for the game. His lede for that story became legendary at the Daily. It was, without a doubt, the worst, most tasteless, most incredible thing that’s ever been printed in the paper.
I can’t recall the specifics of how this actually made it into print (I wasn’t working that night; I’d like to blame this on Drew Sharp). But it caused an enormous shitstorm between the Sports and News departments, and the next day, the News people ran a front-page apology.
I got to thinking about this today because my daughter (who is a gymnast) is considering attending Kent State, because they have a decent gymnastics team. That prompted me on a quest to find the story, so I searched on the Google News Archives, and bingo, I found it.
So here they are: The most tasteless Daily story ever, and the apology that ran the next day.
Take care and Go Blue!
I’m guessing my man Fisch looked at his lame arse assignment (a hoops preview for Kent State fergodsakes), swallowed a couple drinks, and hammered out something he figured would be cool, edgy and funny to spice it up. It probably read a LOT better at 2am with some tunes blasting. But anyway you slice it…THUD.
You can’t unring that bell—but here’s the best shot by Daily editor Mark Parrent:
Thanks to Buddy for passing this along!
killed defeated Kent State 97-72 on 12/10/80.
P.P.S. Speaking of Buddy, I noticed a 90 second clip of Willis Ward is out there on YouTube, talking about Gerald Ford and the Georgia Tech game (a few clips are in Black and Blue).
Related: Low Point on High Street (1982) (A young Wojo gets tossed in the clink back in the day)
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