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Posted on Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 4:16 p.m.

Ohio fire hydrant paint job adds insult to injury for U-M fans

By Cindy Heflin


This dog relief station was no doubt designed with Ohio Sate University fans in mind.

Photo courtesy of Gloria VanAlstine

An Ann Arbor resident last week discovered that some Ohio State University fans have come up with a novel way to express their opinion of the University of Michigan.

Gloria VanAlstine was in Berlin, Ohio, ahead of the U-M-Ohio State game to pick up three dogs that had been rescued from a puppy mill. While at the offices of the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic, where the dogs were being kept, she noticed what appeared to be a fire hydrant painted maize and blue.

At first she thought the vet must be a University of Michigan fan. Then she noticed the “Dog Relief Area” sign right above it, and realized that the hydrant was sending a less-than-positive message about the Wolverines.

“It cracked me up,” she said.

VanAlstine and other Michigan fans were hoping the Wolverines would have the last laugh when the game was over Saturday. But it was not to be. Ohio State won the contest, 26-21.

Cindy Heflin is associate news director at Contact her at 734-623-2572 or or follow her on Twitter.


Wolf's Bane

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

This makes perfect sense. Ohio State fans have plenty of time on their hands since they have no real educational or employment opportunities. Go Blue.

music to my ear

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Ohio state lazy but true, they will never compare to the MAIZE &BLUE.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 5:27 a.m.

Because it's funny and highlights the rivalry. Just like this YouTube: Where the flag taken down on Mario's castle was Maize and Blue, even thought the game was with Nebraska.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 1:52 a.m.

Now that's funny.


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

Any guy using the urinal at The Arena, take a look at what's engraved on trough.

music to my ear

Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 5:32 p.m.

yea m go poo


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

That's hilarious!


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

That's pretty funny :)


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

Why is this a news story ? And written by the supposed Associate News Director ?


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 12:54 p.m.

Why did you read it and take the time to comment then ? Dittos to Cindy and Dcam


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.

Grinch day's not quite here, Lewanster, come back in 30 days.

Cindy Heflin

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

We thought it was an amusing tidbit about the University of Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry. And readers seem to be interested in it.