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The Michigan - Michigan State Game That Almost Wasn't

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The October, 1970 Michigan - Michigan State football match provided one of the weirder twists in the long interstate rivalry that is known simply as "The Game." A former Michigan Daily sports editor, Joel Block, filed a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701009-judge_tackles_suit_pg9.jpg|lawsuit] to block the game, citing it as a "public nuisance." Block was protesting the pre-emptive canceling of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/5570|Goose Lake Music Festival] due to perceived widespread drug abuse at a previous concert.

[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701014-bos_game_plan_pg25.jpg|Preparations] for The Game continued as the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701016-long_wait_is_over.jpg|team] and the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701016-long_wait_is_over.jpg|AAPD] finalized plans for defense, offense and crowd control. And then the day before the game, Washtenaw County Judge Ross W. Campbell issued one of his more popular decisions, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701017-judge_rejects_patently_frivolous.jpg|dismissing the lawsuit] as "patently frivolous."

And The Game? [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701018-hail_to_the_victors.jpg|Hail To The Victors] ruled the day at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701018-michigan_batters_spartans.jpg|battered] MSU, 34 - 20. The Spartans [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701018-casualty_list_grew.jpg|suffered injuries] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701018-taylor_just_right.jpg|Billy Taylor] did everything right for [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/5821|Bo.] The final twist on the lawsuit came as the Ann Arbor Police reported October 17, 1970, one of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701018-it_was_the_quietest.jpg|quietest] Michigan - Michigan State games ever.