Growing up I was an airforce brat, living in multiple places until my dad finally got out and we moved to Ohio right outside of Columbus. I was in 4th grade it was the year after Michigan won its national championship. All the friends who i thought were cool liked michigan and being an outsider to the rivalry made my choice to root for the maize and blue. Even though I had a love of football i didnt get hardcore into til my later years. My first game i remember watching was John Cooper's last, and watching some of the next season when we were left with a young John Navarre. Oh the horror the 2001 and 2002 OSU Michigan game was, but then things were changed I watched all of the 2003 season every game from Chris Perry being the workhorse against MSU, to him leading us to a victory against OSU the first in 2 years, to the USC game which i could tell would be bad as soon as the ball hit Braylons ankle and the usc defender intercepted it. From 2003 season on I was hooked, I would wake up and watch game day, watch all the other games until michigan played and watch the ones after. Living in college my entire life and knowing i could not afford out of state tuition i was in a bind.
The bind was this should i choose not as good of an education to avoid going to Ohio State or should i go and just deal with it. I choose to go to Ohio State where as all my die hard OSU fans didnt. I was lucky in my first year in that my roommates were all friends and one of them happened to be a Michigan fan too. The year was memorable i got to see Guttierez get hurt the week before the first game and see Chad Henne grow, and Mike Hart just straight up dominate. Michigan ended up losing to OSU but still ended in the Rose Bowl facing Texas. Just the thought of the game and how if only the partially blocked field goal could have been fully blocked used to make me sad. As you all know the past 3 seasons with all the promise and losses to Ohio State and In all bowls except for the great dismantle of the SEC powerhouse Florida, were getting depressing. As a michigan fan i suffer through buckeye pride that is seen every where. I get shit talked consistently by my friends since they are the few who know i like michigan and pretty much get laughed at everytime michigan loses to osu. I have never been to an OSU game yet an OSU Michigan game, I regret not going to the #1 vs #2 game but hey i didnt need to be laughed while i sobbed during the late hit crable gave. This year however is different my friends/girlfriend convinced me to go to the 4 season ticket games. I probably wont enjoy the first 3 since i'll have to record michigan games and miss all the other great stuff, like flipping through the games or watching the highlights of games for the tenth time. But I will enjoy the last game when Michigan comes down, I'll be wearing all the Maize and Blue I own cheering for my team. So for the first Michigan game I'll ever go to I would love for it to be a victory, so for once i can rub in my college friends who never knew me when Michigan last one, that Michigan was the better team.
Hey everyone. I could use some input. I just got into an argument with a co-worker regarding college football rivalries. To keep things as short here as possible, he's from the west side of Michigan and contends that the UM-ND rivalry is more important to him than UM-OSU. Whatever, I'll stay hands off.
However, he also contends that UM-ND is the nation's #2 college football rivalry. I think he's damn near crazy. Any chance I can get some feedback from all of you? Either reply here, or voice off on my blog, 5280', where I made a post to solicit opinions, at http://5280ft.blogspot.com
Thanks everyone. Go Blue!
For all the complaining that Rich Rod isn't delievering all the 4 and 5 star talent, seems like our class' review so far is very favorable. Yeah the Bucknuts are up at top, but we can make a run to get into top 3. Now how about them DEs?
Brians last post just reminded me......I was pretty bummed out by the look of those supposed road uniforms so I did what any obsessed fans would do...I emailed Bill Martin to find out if it was true. I got an email back from some guy named Dave who was sort of dick. Of course, he didn't really answer my question, which was whether or not those were really the new road uniforms. My email to him had that picture in it...here's the email from Dave:
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:31 PM
Subject: Michigan Football Uniforms
Thanks for your interest and passion for the University of Michigan football program.
The home uniform has not changed with the exception of the logo and the away uniform has been modified slightly in comparison to the Nike design that has been worn the past few seasons. The uniforms were approved last fall and have been in production well in advance of the hiring of Coach Rich Rodriguez. He was not involved and linking the design with West Virginia or him is inaccurate and unfair to do. The team's road uniform has been tweaked on numerous occasions throughout the years and this slightly modified design is no different.
We appreciate your input and feedback. I hope you are excited about the upcoming season and like the uniforms once you see them this fall.
If you are interested, here's a little history on our uniforms throughout the years:
1879 White canvas with blue stockings and a belt
1897 Canvas and blue jerseys worn
1912 All blue jerseys with no canvas introduced
1915 Numbers are added to the jerseys
1928 Yellow jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Navy
1938 Fritz Crisler brings the winged helmet to Michigan
1949 White jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Northwestern
1959-68 White numbers added on sides of winged helmet
1968 Block 'M' added on sleeve of home jerseys for one season
1969 Numbers added to the sleeve of the jersey during Bo Schembechler's first season
1974-75 White pants worn on the road
1976 Numerals taken off the sleeve and put on the shoulder of the away jerseys
1980 Names added to the back of jerseys
1994 Michigan enters into agreement with Nike as official apparel supplier
1997 Home jerseys have Block 'M' hologram on the shoulder
1997-2004 Away jerseys have Block 'M' added to sleeve and numbers displayed on shoulder