chance of bowl: 13.6%
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
MLive has a pair of nice articles relating to the upcoming "home" game for Slippery Rock. The FIRST relays some of the history of Michigan's Slippery Rock fetish, while the SECOND pertains to Slippery Rock adopting special uniforms out of respect for Michigan's general dislike of green and white uniforms and those who wear them. While not a fan of uniformz for established programs, I think the special uniforms look good and tie in well with the "The Rock" theme.
Part of the stadium experience for many of us is awaiting the announcement of the Slippery Rock score, and this will mark the third time that the Big House has served as a home-away-from-home for Slippery Rock.
We're slightly more than halfway through the regular season and sitting at 3-4 with losses to:
#5 6-0 Notre Dame (best win: #14 Stanford)
#20 4-1 Utah (best win: #8 UCLA)
5-1 Minnesota (best win: Northwestern/Michigan)
5-1 Rutgers (best win: Michigan)
That works out to 20-3. Heading into the bye, we just beat a PSU team that was 4-1. One could make the case that we haven't lost to a bad team. One could defend Hoke on that ground, but I'm not going to make that case.
Notre Dame has @FSU (#2), @Navy, @ASU (#17), Northwestern, Lousville, and @USC (#22). FSU will be favored by about 10 if Winston plays and about -3.5 if not. It's likely they finish 9-3 or better.
Utah has @OSU (NTOSU), USC (#22), @ASU (#17), ORE (#9), @TREE (#23), UA (#16), and @CO. That's brutal. Your guess is as good as anyone's in this year's PAC12, but mine is that they lose to USC, ASU, ORE, TREE, and UA, finishing 6-6.
Minnesota still has to face Purdue, @Illinois, Iowa, OSU, @Nebraska, and @Wisconsin. This is looking like a team that will win at least 8(!) games, possibly more.
Rutgers still has to face @Nebraska, @OSU, Wisky, Indiana, @MSU, and @Maryland. It's likely they finish 6-6 or worse.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the teams we've lost to will all prove to be decent teams.
Let's go Lions! Hopefully Matt Prater provides some much needed field goal accuracy and we play to our strengths.
After I spend a glorious fall afternoon tailgating and getting ready to cheer on my Michigan Wolverines and all of the amazing young men who we've all followed and welcomed since the days they announced their commitments, I am going to return to my tailgate spot, celebrate what I hope will be a win against PSU and tune into the Arizona Wildcats as they battle the University of Spoiled Children. I will likely not have much of a voice because I am going to scream my ass off for the Wolverines, but I welcome anyone who is in the area to stop by and join us for what should be an excellent night-cap to a day of great football in A2.
I dont promise any food or beverages as they'll likely be exhausted between 11AM and kick-off, but you're free to come by, say hello, and enjoy the remaining hours of the evening.
- PLACE: BLUE LOT RV AREA (near Kipke Dr and Stadium Blvd) across from tunnel connecting Blue Lot to UofM Golf course lot
- SPOT: Directly next to Police building near train tracks that run along new indoor practice facility. Just look for the RV's and a big TV screen mounted to a Blue Trailer.
Enjoy your day... and GO BLUE!
P.S. Lots of talk about boycotts and player support. The players all walk by our tailgate, many with their parents, and often stop and chat. I can think of no better way to support them than shaking their hands and saying... GO BLUE!
According to the Detroit Free Press. I will spare you the Freep link and send you instead to 247.
Rick Fitzgerald told Free Press reporter David Jesse that Schlissel attended to "show support for our student athletes".
This apparently almost never happens.