EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The words ``Go Blue'' that were written Saturday across the sky above East Lansing and incensed thousands of fans watching a football game at Spartan Stadium was the work of Michigan State's rival: the University of Michigan.
A skywriter was hired to canvas southeast Michigan, but was not targeting Michigan State, said David Ablauf, a spokesman for the Michigan athletics department, which paid for the writing job.
``Go Blue'' is a Michigan slogan. The school's colors are maize and blue.
Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, co-owner of Oregon Aero SkyDancer, said the company was asked to write over East Lansing. The University of Michigan had hired the company to skywrite on three previous occasions. Their work doesn't come cheap.
``It's a multi-thousand-dollar job,'' Asbury-Oliver told MLive.com. ``First, it's $2 per mile for how far we have to take the plane, then the lightweight oil we use (to skywrite) is expensive, and we use about a gallon and a quart each letter. Then for these kinds of jobs you have to throw in hotels and all that.''
Michigan State Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman used the ``Go Blue'' message and occasion to encourage Spartan fans to donate money to fight ovarian cancer. It had raised more than $9,000 as of late Tuesday.
His wife, Colleen, is a two-time ovarian cancer survivor who received care at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Scott Westerman also encouraged University of Michigan alumni to match the Spartan fundraising effort.
Ablauf said the skywriter made other stops Saturday, including one above Michigan Stadium where the Wolverines were playing Akron.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Applause to D Trump on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
kc/oak 2nd half on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
kc/oak update on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
Pick Wiz ADD 12/8 - LIVE GAME on Thu, Dec 2016 by Michael Cash
Pick Wiz 12/8 2H Play on Thu, Dec 2016 by pickwiz

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Army vs. Navy Pick As tradition in college football, the final regular season game will be played between Army and Navy this Saturday. Will the game be high-scoring?
Thumbnail CFB Bowl Game Las Vegas Odds The College Football Bowl Season is upon us. Here is a look at what Las Vegas thinks of this year’s games.
Thumbnail Heisman Trophy Odds   Another Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on Saturday. Here is a look at the odds to take home the trophy.
Thumbnail College Football Bowl Game Odds With the entire 2016-17 Bowl Schedule set, here is a look at the opening odds for each of the postseason games.
Thumbnail Updated Playoff Championship Odds Which of the four teams will emerge as the winner of the College Football Playoffs? Here is a look at the latest odds.

NCAAF Team Pages