The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
The Michigan-Notre Dame game under the lights was everything and more U-M, Dave Brandon, ESPN, et al, had hoped. I give you my positive and negatives of the night (in no particular order).
1) Weather – The weather was perfect. Rain remained in the forecast through the day, but it was dry, and, even better - not hot!
2) Pregame ceremony – The pregame ceremony at midfield for Desmond Howard was emotional for Des and his family kept the crowd pumped up just before kickoff.
3) The game – Despite Michigan's play in the first three quarters, the game ended up what everyone was talking about on Sunday/Monday.
4) Video boards – The video boards were INSANE at night. The image from the opposite end zone was as if I were sitting in my living room.
5) Lighting – The lighting on the field was incredible. In technical terms, the field is perfectly lit with the lighting falling off in the stands higher up. A darker background is necessary when flash cannot be used. The field was very evenly lit.
6) Michigan recruit Banner – Zack Banner was on the sideline just before kickoff. His eyes were WIDE open with a "wow" expression on his face the whole time. I took the opportunity to ask him if he liked what he saw. He smiled intently and kept POINTING (linked). I told him he is going to be a part of the largest crowd ever with at or near 115,000 fans. The look on his face became indescribable. Suffice it to say it was at least "wow" to the 10th power. I then told his mom I'd love to be taking photos of him as a member of the Wolverines. For the record, this guy is HUGE—as in LARGE—as in ENORMOUS! In another three years after some Michigan weight training... OMG!!
7) Atmosphere – The atmosphere for the first-ever night game made it the best atmosphere of any game EVER.
8) The fans – The game kept the fans in the stadium and remained full until after the game (as it should have been). The crowd was very into it. The fourth quarter was the loudest I have EVER heard at any game at Michigan Stadium. I heard of no negatives from Dave Brandon regarding inappropriate behavior from fans, as DB wanted Under the Lights to be a positive experience for the university. I think this experience will help bring another night game to Michigan Stadium next year. I know I want it!
9) Michigan – Great comebacks. Won!
10) Notre Dame – Lost.
1) Wave – There was no wave!
2) Scoreboard Stats – The space set aside for drive stats was too small. I am grateful they added the stats (which they didn't have for the Western game), but they need to <shriek> decrease the size of the video some and increase the stats bar so they can increase the font size of the stats text.
By 9 a.m. he was back on campus at Schembechler Hall, shaking hands again. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was pouring over film.
"He showed me some things," Brandon said.
Is that a little intrusive for the AD doing that with the DC or is it pretty standard fare? I know Brandon's a football guy, but to me, it's a little over the top.
Quick questions to those who have been able to attend a game this year. Is it signifiicantly louder in the stadium? How are the new jumbotrons? I was looking over on ndn and someone said our jumbotrons sucked, now obviously he is just bitter for many reasons but I do want some different input. And oh yea, 35-31.
The big ticket items-
- It went off great, and he's checking today, but he'd like to do 1 (and only 1) night game a year.
- The players all want their jerseys from the game, and he thinks they can have them, but he has to check with compliance to see what the NCAA would say about it first.
- He's offering the families of all the retired Michigan jerseys if they want their numbers reactivated and given the "Michigan Legends" treatment, so they're remembered. Hoke will have the person wearing the 21 jersey read Desmond's book and give a report to the team on who he was and what he did for Michigan.
I'm jeleaous as hell that I could not attend UTL in person. Therefore I need to live vicariously through you.
I know how the game went, but what was the entire experience really like? Tell me how your day (night) went.
How was Game Day? How was it tailgating in the dark? Did y'all burn down the town post-game? Did bars stay open late? Any epic hook-ups with new friends made after the game when nobody would leave? Should we expect a boomlet of little Wolverines next June? Was any body able to actually get home before daylight?
C'mon people, give me stories!!! Any corresponding you-are-there video of the whole scene makes you an internet Viking.
For anyone who attended, did you notice just how frequently the audio was getting stuck on tracks? I'm just a caveman and haven't progressed much since CD days, but I don't think MP3 tracks get stuck that way-- or do they?-- but the CD player or whatever they were using was constantly getting jammed in the middle of songs. At first, I thought this might be some fancy effects by Sir Mix-a-Lot or something, but... no, it wasn't, unless they were doing it for almost every track on purpose because all the kids are doing it.
One of you techophiles will be better suited to prescribe a solution, but for an otherwise largely impeccable production of the most exciting event I've ever seen in person (including the Braylon game and the Virginia '95 game), the persistent audio glitch seemed weirdly amateurish.