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Ohio Gov. Asks Residents to Avoid Using Letter "M" on Saturday

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich wants Ohioans to avoid using the dreaded letter "M'' on Saturday when No. 3 Ohio State faces archrival Michigan.

Kasich declared the game day as "Scarlet Letter Saturday" in honor of Ohio State's rivalry game with the Wolverines. Ohio fans have often found other schools to refer to Michigan, calling the school "That Team Up North" among other epithets and singing songs about their utter disregard for the state.

Lately, Buckeyes fans on Twitter have taken to dropping the letter M from their tweets, even from their own names.

The resolution points out that "in the only instance in American history when two states went to war with each other, the state beginning with the letter 'M' lost."

It also notes that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service suggested adding the wolverine to the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act.

Each letter 'M' in the resolution is crossed out and in red ink - scarlet and gray are Ohio State's school colors.


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