"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
So I'm going to be in Ann Arbor in the next couple of weeks, and my dad and I were hoping to be able to see the stadium, especially the renovations, since we haven't been there in a couple of years.
Is there some kind of tour we can take of the stadium, or is it generally open to the public for wandering around? Barring either of those options, do they show it to you on a campus tour (because we're totally willing to sell out the 16-year-old traveling with us in order to get in)?
Google recently incorporated Google Earth into their online maps. I did a flyover to check out the satellite view of the renovation progress. Little did I know that Google Earth can also see into the future. The completed stadium is shown (must be a UM grad working in the Earth dept). Pretty cool to see how the stadium will look like from different angles. Too bad they don't show Denard owning some people on the field...then again, he probably moves too fast for satellites.
Here is a list of all the items at Michigan Stadium that you can donate towards for a naming 'opportunity'. I'd be all over it if for $500 I could claim a urinal. I'd insist that the placard was posted in the urinal bowl.
What would you want to claim if possible?
Maybe the Mgoblog community should pool money together to get rights over one of these items. It would be sweet to have the Mgoblog Clock/Scoreboard
Hey group, Posting my first Diary, and since I just got back from my first trip to the Big House, I guess it's fitting. A little about myself, 32 years old, I live and have lived in Arkansas all my life, went to a really small school so I never got the chance to play organized football, I played Basketball, and got caught up in all the Fab Five hoopla, and The first Michigan football game I can Remember watching is the '91 Notre Dame game, where Desmond Made "The Catch". From that Point on I followed desmond's Heisman winning season, and I've bled Maize and Blue.
So after so many years I finally made a trip to the Big House. First I want to say Ann Arbor is an amazing place. Just from what I saw, it just feels like an awesome place to spend a weekend, We had an awesome time. The BIg House was everything I thought it would be, and more. I'll definately be headed back next year (and every year I can) to see it once the renovations are complete, but besides the Purdue fan's migrane inducing rendition of their fight song over and over, just being in Michigan Stadium and seeing the players warming up, and to get to see both marching bands and to see the Wolverines run through and hit the Banner was a dream come true. The fans around my were awesome, some of the students in our section even offered me a swig from their flask. I thought The Crowd was awesome. For all you hear about "The quietest 100 K people you'll ever see", there were times I had to yell so My buddy could hear what I was saying. Just the fact that I was there seeing the Team hit the Banner, and singing The Victors was awesome, a dream come true.
As for the game Itself, I can say I am encouraged that we did show improvement in alot of ways. Stonum and Hemmingway both looked Great in the return game, Stonum is quietly having an awesome season. Minor showed just how good a Back he can be, and how much he means to this team when He's healthy. Forcier and the Recievers had a solid game, Roundtree showed why RR puts such an emphasis on recruiting that slot position. His Offense opens up so much for that position, and when they step over to cover it, then it opens everything else up even more. Tate still needs to make quicker decisions with the ball, but he made some big plays on the called runs, and probably had his best game since the ND game.
The Defense, Outside of BG, Roh (LOVE that Kid), and Warren.... well we all know.
I posted this as a response to another thread, but I will add it here too, as for Danny Hope, I just want to thank him. After the game, I had my doubts about the transition, about the coaching staff, and about the future of the program. Nothing has really changed, but such a douche bag move has me back directly behind this Team and it's coaches and players, just to see them turn this thing around, and after we beat the dog out of what will still be a bad Purdue team next year, maybe RR can walk across the field and tell that Jackass "Thanks for what you did". I know that as a UM fan to look forward to the day that we can beat Mighty Purdue should be a sad day, and It is, But that is where we are at right now, I guess.
All in all besides the result of the game, The trip and experience was awesome, and definately something I'll be doing at least once a year from now on. If anyone has any "Must Visit" Spots or something an outof towner like myself should definately check out Please feel free to let me know.
This morning I'm listening to the ESPN college football podcast on the way to work, and at the very tail end something jumped out at me.
Ivan Maisel and Gene Wojciechowski were the two doing the show, and at the end of the program they were discussing which schools had overrated or underrated gameday experiences on their campuses.
Gene Wojo's "overrated" was Michigan. In short, when describing Ann Arbor on a gameday, he said, "Eh."
(It's the October 26th show, strangely listed second from the top).
Usually both of these guys give Michigan high marks when it's due, but perhaps this turn of events is due to the Rich Rod era??
He acknowledged that the Big House is cool to be in, but he claimed there was very little going on around the campus and the stadium. I'm not sure what game he was at, but he must have been at the wrong stadium.
Is this a wake-up call to the staleness of Ann Arbor on gameday, or a time when all us Michigan fans have to spell out all the great things that go on around town. Let's hear some great gameday stories and show Gene Wojo that we're just as good as LSU, Auburn, and all the other schools he mentions!
If all you want to do is "watch" the game, probably the best spot would be sitting in front of your big screen HD TV with the DVR.
I always prefer to actually be at the Big House. I'm sure I could come up with my own list of 100 reasons but it is always more interesting to see what the MGoBlog Community thinks.
To make it a little more interesting, let's do this in kind of chronological order: pre-game first, followed by the game, half-time, and then post-game (but, of course, feel free to post ideas as they come to you).
#1: Tailgating with family and friends before the game. (Michigan football has definitely brought my family closer together and means I see family and friends more often than I would otherwise.)
#2: Arriving in the stadium early enough to see Michigan warmups.
#3: Watching the circle of