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By: Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
Think you are the ultimate fan? Think your favorite sports rivalry is the most intense? Think again.
Imagine being ten years old and diagnosed with cancer. Imagine finding a way to put a positive spin on it, with just the right mixture of seriousness and humor. That’s exactly the situation Grant Reed, now twelve years old, found himself in.
Reed, an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and nicknamed his disease “Michigan” (the rival of his beloved Buckeyes). Reed decided when he reached remission he wanted to be able to say he beat "Michigan." Now, he can say just that.
Reed has reportedly wrapped up chemotherapy treatments and for now, his prognosis is good.
Big Blue. Consider yourself defeated.
Moments like these remind us of the human aspect of sports. Sports are important to each of us for different reasons and their influence is about so much more than the game itself. It’s fandom and support like this that makes the human element of sports so beautiful.
Even though Michigan fans can’t stand Ohio State, you better believe they have no problem supporting Reed. After all, the OSU-Michigan rivalry is just a game. The rivalry Reed dealt with? That’s real life.
And while we may all wear different colors to support our teams in the sports world, in the real world, we are all on the same team.
So while OSU and Michigan will likely trade wins on the football field for years to come, In the rivalry between Reed and “Michigan”, (yes, Michigan fans will also agree) the win should always belong to Reed. It’s not even a contest.
Information from The Associated Press and Yahoo! Sports was used in this report.