is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
Yesterday, the student section tried to start the wave during the third quarter when we were up 14 points with plenty of time left in the third quarter.
Notre Dame had the ball. While some students half heartedly attempted the wave, ND scored to cut the lead to 7. At the time I thought "ok, some freshmen or sophomores got down low and didn't know better." Embarassing, but at least the rest of the students knew to focus on the game and get loud for the defense.
Then the unthinkable happened. Immediately after the score, the student section kept trying to start a wave. We were up just 7 against a rival in the third quarter. This time, the entire section was participating in the act of sacriledge. Of course, the recent alums and non-students were having none of it.
Now, I'm not a crotchedy old alum, rather I'm a mid-20's, always yelling, "up in back" recent alum. I love the Michigan Stadium version of the Wave. There's none better. However, even though it is great and amazing, it's true beauty is a result of doing it properly and at the correct time. Doing it incorrectly and at improper times will lead to a substandard wave. This is serious business. During the RichRod years, blowouts were few and far in between and the Wave's standards dipped. Now that we are basking in the glory that is the Hoke era, let's bring the Wave's standard's back to where they belong.
Here's your MGoPSA. Wave Guidelines:
- The wave is only to start late in the third quarter or in the fourth quarter.
- The game must be "in hand." This means that even with a miracle, the outcome is not in doubt and we are the team that will be coming out on top. A safe number for this is a 21-point lead. However, depending on the amount of time left, this could be as low as a 17-point lead.
- ONLY when requirements (1) and (2) are met is it acceptable to start the Wave.
- The Wave's order is as follows:
- Regular speed
- Regular speed (second round of regular speed recommended if first cycle was weak)
- Slow wave
- Fast wave
- Reverse wave
- Split wave
- Split wave until it dies
Thus concludes your MGoPSA. Let the debate commence (though, I think I have everything correct).
This is a not a retort to the "What's wrong with students?" thread . I agree that we are disappointing at times. But I do have some gripes about the Alumni.
First and foremost: the wave. Us students work damn hard to get it going, and it often dies when it gets to the damn Alumni section. Get off your asses and participate in the freaking wave! Most of you (who are reading this) aren't that damn old. Do it. "I did that when I was a student and I don't feel doing it anymore because It doesn't do any good and is uneccessary" Really? Some guy name Tom wrote a piece about 2013 Safety recruit Jayme Thompson who visited on Sunday. In an interview Thompson said
"I've never experienced anything like the wave that took place," he said. "It was up there with Wisconsin's 'Jump around' for me."
Also, make some damn noise. It helps us win.
As a Michigan student who was appalled by the attempt to do the wave during the Notre Dame game, I would like to thank those sitting in Section 20 for killing both attempts. The lack of sense shown by whichever group of students to start the wave was appalling. Apparently, after last year we forgot the rules.
This is in response to Hoover Street Rag's September 9, 2008 post
about the Wave and their insinuation that the wave started at the Miami
game was incorrect and inappropriate. Brian criticized the
wave as well earlier this week.
I have attended Michigan football games for a long
time, and I understand the tradition of the wave at Michigan Stadium. I also understand that HSR represents former marching band
members and that the band prides themselves on keeping traditions alive
(as do most alums), and thus they felt it was necessary to remind
everyone on how to properly perform this Michigan staple.
said, can you really knock the students for starting one this past
weekend? I know Brian specifically commented on the inappropriateness
of the wave at the Miami game due to the close score, however, if you
strictly adhere to the 2 touchdown lead rule, these kids might not get
to participate in a wave ALL YEAR! That would be a travesty not only
because the wave is a joyous, memorable activity, but also because then
the tradition and knowledge of how to perform the wave correctly is not
taught to the freshman and other newbies. That lapse could be
extremely detrimental to the continuation of the tradition in future
As we've heard repeatedly, this season is full changes and question marks. In the same spirit, perhaps the two touchdown rule
should be modified for the next few seasons in light of said changes.
I appreciate HSR's guide to the wave, and I understand Brian's negative
reaction, but lets get real people. We need to embrace the small
things this season because that's all we've got. I do not think the
student's were wrong in starting the wave at the Miami game, as it did
more to enliven the crowd than both the second and third quarter
performances by the Michigan offense. Careful, or you 90s alums may
find yourselves to be the new wave of crotchety old Michigan men and on
a slippery slope to yelling "DOWN IN FRONT!"