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!"