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In a now-buried thread, dahblue asked whether the south scoreboard is being completed at the same time as the north. I figured others might be wondering about this as well, (perhaps) making this worth starting yet another scoreboard thread.
I went past the stadium today on the way to/from the miserably hot Art Fair. The frame has now been completed for the south scoreboard, but no sections of the video screen have been installed. Perhaps they’re going to complete the north video screen before starting on the south screen.
Two more sections of the north scoreboard video screen went up today. For those who can’t access the webcam (link), here’s a screen capture from earlier tonight:
Also, here’s a close-up of the north scoreboard from the Michigan Stadium Aerials site (photo dated 7/19):
Does anyone know what row the corner sections (7, 8, 16, 17, 29, 30, 38, 39) start at? I saw a craigslist listing with Section 7 Row 23 for ND game and was wondering if that is actually a row, or if it is a scam (there are other reasons why I think it is a scam).
Thanks in advance.
Quick Question, and forgive me for not elaborating on why I'd like to know....
But does anyone know if the Tunnel in Michigan Stadium still features, or will still feature, the phrase "HARD EDGE" on beam before the one that sports the traditional "GO BLUE??"
From my recollection this was a mantra from Rich himself, and I'm wondering if it's already gone or has been replaced by something else???
Can anyone speculate? Spring game, or perhaps a recent visit?
At 1:23 in this new NCAA 12 promo video you can see Michigan Stadium. As noted before, the lights will be in the game but it looks like the new scoreboards will not unless they get added late.
I understand this could probably go in a previous thread but since it's back a few pages now I'm just posting it here, sorry if you're really annoyed by this...I'll give you back your 5 seconds of life that this wasted when I get a chance to stop by the ATM.
First game I can remember that Carl Grapentine wasn't behind the stadium mic for the MMB. A friend in the press box told me he has a non-life threatening illness that prevented him from traveling from Chicago this week. Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery and is back where he belongs for Wisconsin. He added to his duties as the MMB announcer when he took over the play-by-play announcing for Howard King several years ago.
If the play-by-play voice sounded familiar to you today, it was Bobb Vergiels who is the PA announcer for the Detroit Tigers. Kept waiting for him to announce that Curtis Granderson was taking over in centerfield.
It could, perhaps, be defined as a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to Sweet Home Alabama, a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash…
Irony could also be defined as follows:
A man swears under his breath and loudly and obnoxiously ridicules his team’s head coach while using demeaning rhetoric towards the state of West Virginia and towards the program for making the mistake to hire someone from such an inferior geographical region and inferior group of people.
Now, imagine this event occurring on a bench in the southwest corner of Michigan Stadium, and the man has cheered avidly all day for his maize and blue team, all while making multiple comments throughout the day about the beautiful venue steeped in history and tradition.
If you do not understand the irony, please read further.
We thankfully do not hear the belittling West Virginia rhetoric too often on the boards of mgoblog, but I am confident that we have all heard someone, somewhere, subversively or matter-of-factly, make snide, rude comments regarding the fact that our current head coach originates from the state of West Virginia.
I hear it often, and I laugh and shake my head at fans of our other rival schools who think it’s a funny joke that Rich Rodriguez was born, raised, played football and coached football in the state of West Virginia.
I do not laugh, however, when our own Michigan fans make the same snide remarks. I become frustrated and saddened, as our program’s proud history is intimately intertwined with that Wild and Wonderful state…
Fielding H. Yost, our man, our legend, the original epitome of a "Michigan Man" - who made our football tradition legendary, who oversaw 6 national championships, who designed and built our athletic campus including our beloved football stadium and hockey arena, and who gave our Athletic Department its strong identity which it maintains today - was born in West Virginia and played at WVU.
Every time a Michigan fan makes a sarcastic comment about Rich Rodriguez's West Virginian background, it is ironically ignorant - unless of course, they intended to throw Fielding Yost and the history of our program under the figurative bus too.
Now, do these things mean the current coach will be as wildly influential? I have no idea. Two data points do not equal correlation. This diary is not about his success or failure.
This diary is about our school’s history and our fans’ recognition of it, especially since we are always the first to flaunt our great history and tradition - a history and tradition footed in solid marble by Fielding H. Yost!
My plea to you is to please help educate our fan base to stop making silly remarks regarding West Virginia as some second tier state producing second tier people when the rich and beloved history of our program is based off, yes indeed, a man from West Virginia.
If you hear a Michigan fan make this mistake, simply kindly inform them of the facts about our history, as one can attempt to debate scheme, offense, recruiting, or leadership all day, but the history of the University of Michigan and its strong influences are not subject to debate.
Thanks for listening and thanks for your help!
Relevant aside: Lloyd Carr was hired from West Virginia prior to the 1980 season. Coach Carr was hired to serve under Don Nehlen when Nehlen was hired at WVU, but Carr did not stay long, as Bo Schembechler sought out his assistance only a few months later. Carr was only a coach at WVU during the offseason prior to the 1980 season.