5 reasons why Michigan is better than Ohio

Michigan as seen from space on Nov. 15, 2015.

(WOOD) — Over two weeks, Michigan State and Michigan will both try to beat Ohio State in two of the biggest college football games of the year.

While Michigan and Michigan State fans don’t always get along, they can all agree on one thing: Michigan is better than the state of Ohio.

Here are five reasons why:

THE NAME GAME

The sunset over Lake Michigan at South Haven on Nov. 18, 2015.
The sunset over Lake Michigan at South Haven on Nov. 18, 2015.

Michigan’s name originates from the Ojibwa word for “large lake.” Ohio’s name finds its roots with the Iroquois word for “large creek.”

DEBATABLE DUBBING

Orville and Wilbur Wright test their airplane on a beach. (AP Photo/File)
Orville and Wilbur Wright test their airplane on a beach. (AP Photo/File)

With four lakes surrounding our state and more than 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan’s “Great Lakes State” slogan makes sense. However, Ohio’s “Birthplace of Aviation” is a questionable claim. Ohio uses the motto because the Wright brothers were from Ohio, but there are two issues with that. First, the Wright brothers first flight in 1903 actually happened in North Carolina. Second, the state of Connecticut says someone else flew there two years earlier in 1901.

A LOSING VICTORY

A former smelter is shown beside the Portage Canal near Hancock, Mich., June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
A former smelter is shown beside the Portage Canal near Hancock, Mich., June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Even when Ohio wins, it ends up losing. Ohio claimed victory in the Toledo War in the 1800s. As a consolation, Ohio gave Michigan the Upper Peninsula, which has become a major tourist destination and financial asset, with its rich mineral deposits.

BRIDGE VS. BREAD

generic mackinac bridge

Michigan is known for the Mackinac Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.  Ohio is home to the world’s longest loaf of bread.

BOTTOMS UP!

A flight of colorful beers. (Courtesy photo)
A flight of colorful beers. (Courtesy photo)

Michigan is now No. 6 in the nation for number of craft breweries in the state; Ohio ranks 10th.  Meanwhile, the Buckeye State’s official state beverage is tomato juice.

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