My new wife has been adopted as a Michigan fan, and we are starting a family. I became a Michigan fan being from Detroit, and an Uncle who played high school ball with a couple guys on the 89 team. He liked both UM and MSU though, while I stuck with UM. I grew up in the DC area, so not a lot of Michigan fan-dom in my life. I am curious if anyone has any awesome gameday traditions that they have/had with parents, aunts/uncles, children, or friends that they wouldn't mind sharing.
Also of note: I spoke with a friend about PSU/OSU (he was at the game, speaking with the coaches before the game)...Penn State's gameplan going into the game was to mimic Wisconsin's defensive scheme, and put their starters on special teams to gain an advantage.
I recently received an email from the athletic department congratulating my 5-year old son because he gets to ride the zamboni during the second intermission of one of the upcoming hockey games.
I graduated over a decade ago and just recently moved back to Michigan; so this will be his first Yost experience, and I have not been back since I was a student so I am a bit rusty on the rituals.
In efforts to ensure he fulfills his rightful duties and to give him the best interactive experience with the fans, I need some help with the proper etiquette for zamboni riders. Namely:
- Do kids still do the shoe throwing thing?
- If so, does anyone know if this is openly accepted by the staff or are kids specifically instructed not to do it? (being his first game, I'd like it to be a positive experience and don't want him to get yelled at or suffer negative consequences that may scar his future fandom)
- Is there a specific time to throw the shoe? (right away or as prompted by the student section)
- Should he throw said shoe onto the ice or aim for the student section?
- Any other responsibilities he should be aware of to earn "Best Kid Ever" chants?
Also, as an aside - are "Children of Yost" shirts available anywhere? Would love to get one for my son as a memento, though I imagine youth sizes may be hard to come by for such an item.
Thank you for your help in
brainwashing raising yet another faithful wolverine. Go Blue!
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.
I'm doing a report for school, and without going into too much detail, here are my questions..
1. Is there any one particular event as students that signifies the end of the school year here at University of Michigan?
2. Do you know of any other schools around the country who hold events that signify or occur near the end of the school year?
Thanks for the help
Did not know about this Friday night tradition at UM football camp. Sounds awsome
There's a nice article in today's Detroit News about the woman who paints the scores on the Little Brown Jug, Jil Gordon. The article references Greg Dooley's MVictors.com, with a nod to its "Little Brown Jug Lore" section (check it out here http://mvictors.com/?page_id=4885 : - it's chock full of Little Brown Jug history). Per Dooley:
The most common story about how the challenge for the Little Brown Jug came do be is inaccurate. Most retellings say that former Michigan coach Fielding Yost sent a letter to Minnesota athletic director Louis Cooke and asked that the Jug, left behind after the 1903 game, be returned. Cooke was said to reply: "If you want it, you'll have to come up and win it."
"The story that Yost wrote or wired or mailed some request after the '03 game — that didn't happen," said Dooley, who said there is no evidence of that communication. "There is evidence to suggest it was hatched before the 1909 game. There was some kind of challenge. Michigan bought the jug in Minnesota, left it there, probably because they didn't care about a 30-cent jug. Minnesota found it — they didn't steal it — and probably thought, 'This is cool' and painted the score on it and the athletic director hung it in his office."
The more you know! Here's to hoping Michigan is able to keep that jug in Ann Arbor.