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The Twists and Turns in the Michigan Man vs. Louisville Fan Altercation at the Yum! Center



When No. 4 Michigan played No. 1 Louisville in the Big Ten/ACC challenge, the most interesting thing that happened at the KFC Yum! Center wasn’t on the hardwood.

While the Cards took care of business on the court, a Michigan fan was stirring it up in the aisle. A video of the incident surfaced on Facebook shortly after UofL beat the Wolverines by 15. Before you watch, prepare to hear many, many bad words.

The Michigan Man’s attire is objectively hilarious. The shirt really plays into pompous Michigan stereotypes. Also, what’s the deal with the headband?

Many jokes poking fun at Michigan Man were made until another angle of the altercation was released, this time showing that he was in fact provoked by a Louisville fan who shoved him in the chest as he walked up the aisle. The Louisville fan oozed courage, immediately backing away as soon as he shoved Michigan Man.

The videos provided plenty of ammunition for online bickering until Joey Craig provided some clarity. A reputable car dealer with more than a handful of lots around Kentuckiana, the entire event unfolded right in front of Craig.

There are two lessons we can quickly learn from this story. First and foremost, don’t be jerks to opposing fans. Friendly trash-talk can be fun but there’s no reason to be nasty. Secondly, the next time you prepare to pick up your online torch and pitchfork, remember that there might be another side of the story.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for The Twists and Turns in the Michigan Man vs. Louisville Fan Altercation at the Yum! Center

  1. notFromhere
    8:19 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Wish more UL fans had the class of Joey Craig. I have NEVER had a good experience ar the hands or in the presence of UL fans. When their team sucks, they’re quiet as church mice. If they’re anywhere in the rankings or above .500 in football, they’re some of the biggest dbags there can be

    Not just the men, either

    • Trinity45
      9:52 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

      Sounds about right for about 15% of the UofL fan base is trash.

  2. zoupman
    8:36 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible a person can’t wear the other teams stuff without being attacked.

  3. ClutchCargo
    8:42 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    To be fair, it was too soon for them to be seeing people in blue throwing L’s down. lol

  4. StillBP
    8:44 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    I’m confused about how Joey thinks we play them in Louisville this year if he’s a season ticket holder.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    10:06 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Some things never change. But I guess every fan base has those types and eventually they’ll run into each other at games. At least it didn’t come to blows.

  6. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    12:21 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Getting physical is uncalled for but he certainly didn’t appear innocent prior to the shove. I couldn’t make out what was going on but it sure seemed like he was being antagonistic.

    • StuckinLville
      9:05 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

      We are taught in kindergarten to keep our hands to ourselves. Unless the dude was cussin his mama, there’s no point in all that. Just louisville bein louisville.

  7. BLUEsky
    1:12 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry guys, but Kentucky fans are allowed to show the L’s down, but not Michigan fans. Get out of town M. That’s li’l brother your messing with.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:15 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

      Michigan fans (and all other fans) have my express permission to show the L’s down to UofL fans. This type of d-bag on d-bag violence could happen even if there were no stupid hand gestures used by certain fans.