We had a bunch of threads for "who's going to the Game" - I'd love to share my thoughts and hear how you guys did.
Game Report: I got in that morning, and learned that they close the exits for Medical Center Drive and Lane 3.5 hours before kickoff, because we were in line for Medical Center at 8:30 and watched the cops close it. I've missed it twice before, and never been able to find the closure times on Google, but now I know the hard way.
Absolutely no problems wearing Michigan gear. I parked just off campus and walked in from Bradley wearing a Michigan hoodie. I saw sporadic groups of Michigan fans and a few mixed groups, and we yelled "Go Blue" without grief, including at the Gameday crowd and touring the East and West lots looking for a friendly tailgate. To be fair, we were there early and didn't walk in from Oletangy or anything, but no problems at all.
Sitting in the student section, a small amount of shade, but it was all seriously fun. An older woman started to hand me her cell phone to take her picture with the Gameday bus and said "Excuse me, but would you mind ... oh." (I took the picture AND gave her the phone back). One kid patted me on the shoulder during warmups and said "Sorry for your loss." The drunk kid behind me was calling everybody together for the Carmen Ohio hug-rock thing, and said "Not you. I'm sure you're a great guy, but you don't get to do this." When we were dominating in the first half, one guy said (with a smile) "Man, I hate you right now!" When I couldn't help cheering for Michigan during various key moments, nobody gave me grief.
The students were a little classless to the players and the band, with their traditional cheers of "Fuck Michigan," "Fuck You, Harbaugh," and double birds. But Michigan has that stupid "You suck" on failed third downs, and they were perfectly fine with Michigan fan in person, so cae sera.
I can't say anything about The Game that hasn't been said. I give credit to those kids, each of whom played the game of their life under hostile conditions, injury, and insane officiating. It was excruciating, and if we had won, it would have been awesome. It was pretty fun being in an Ohio section and feeling them deflate emotionally during the first half, to the point that most people weren't cheering and the guy behind me just said a deflated "shit" every time the Michigan D dominated Barrett and company. It was less fun in the second half, when they sometimes got so excited that the bleachers bounced like a trampoline (seriously - I fell off once when I didn't think to bend my knees), but I guess that's what makes the rivalry.
It's an awesome game, and an awesome rivalry, but we need Harbaugh to show up and win a "What's Your Deal?" game against Urban, and to do it soon. If anybody can, it's Harbaugh.
I'm okay either way, I genuinely don't care; I'll probably go with whatever JH goes with.
But I'm curious on what you all think?
I've lived in the Lansing area all my life. Some of my best friends are huge MSU fans. Most of my family members are MSU fans. For these reasons, and many more, I have grown up to despise Sparty more than our rival down south.
I completely understand that OSU is our biggest rival, but what I don't understand is the nonchallant attitude the football program has towards MSU. During the week we get polite comments and compliments for their players and coaching staff. Meanwhile the word out of EL is how much they hate us and want to beat us.
When Saturday comes along the result on the field is reminscent of the attitude during the week. MSU plays like a team hellbent on kicking our asses. We play like every other game: not good.
Why is it so hard for us to bring even a fraction of the hatred we have for OSU to a game against MSU? For a program that prides itself on having important rivalries we seem to forget all but one. All I want is to see some fire and passion on that sideline on Saturday.
EDIT: A lot of people are pointing to history and past dominance. While true, I think that is a terrible reason. Right now they are kicking our asses. Last year we showed up against OSU with a great gameplan. We were actually prepared. I want to see that for more than just one game a year.
EDIT 2: After writing that I am seeing that my question is actually "why doesn't Michigan ever appear to be prepared for games against not-OSU?" Which is why Hoke will be out of a job at the end of this season.
Notre Dame offensive linemen Zack Martin and Chris Watt recall Under the Lights I with irishillustrated.com, ranking the experience above some other notable away games:
"According to Martin and Watt, nothing last season - not Oklahoma under the lights or USC at the Coliseum - stood up to the Big House two seasons ago. It’s likely no stadium moving forward will, either."
I hope this year's game is two times as loud and leaves them with an everlasting impression of the big house. Go blue and beat ND!