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 ...