Mike Lantry, 1972
Does anyone know a fellow Michigan "fan" who thinks they know everything about sports, yet in truth they know next to nothing?
There's a guy who works for my company who constantly talks about Michigan football and tries to spread his insight because he has a "friend who works in the athletic department." Who knows if it's true. But if he does, that friend is an idiot and feeds him garbage.
Last year, he told me that MSU wanted to get rid of Kirk Cousins because he was a "bad influence on the team." Yesterday, he struck up a conversation with me and went on and on about Michigan's "Coach Holt" and "Gerard Robinson." Recently he told me that Boise is going to pound MSU. I asked him why...the response:
- "They have that great quarterback." ME: "Kellen Moore? He plays for the Lions now."
- "Oh, but they have a good RB too." ME: "Doug Martin? He plays for the Buccaneers now."
- "Yeah, but they have that Titus guy." ME: "He plays for the Lions too."
Does anyone else run into people like this? I must admit that I sometimes find joy in my conversations based on the absurdity that comes out of his mouth. Other times, it's just downright painful to listen to.
My Specific Situation
There is a Michigan recruit who I might have the opportunity to meet. I'm wondering how weird it would be to talk to his kid about why I love the University of Michigan. I wear a Michigan hat a bunch, so it's possible that my thoughts would not be unsolicited.
Some context: I am a MAN (graduated from college). I would not usually talk to this kid. I have no inappropriate interest in children. I don't plan on trying to bribe him or anything like that.
1. Is it okay to seek out recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
2. Is it okay to talk to recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends)
3. Is it okay to follow recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
4. Is it okay to communicate with recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
Just for the record, of the above, I've only done #3 through twitter. I don't think it's creepy to watch a Michigan recruit play football, so going to the kid's games isn't listed.
I've been sitting in the student section for the past 5 years now, and I've seen many idiotic things done by my fellow students, and I've heard some pretty moronic things as well, but today I was surrounded by the epitome of asinine (Sec. 30, ~Row 23, you know who you are).
For some reason, many of my fellow "Wolverines" felt it was a good idea and maybe even funny to mock and put down our own Tate Forcier, before the game was even underway. Here are a few examples:
- "F#%& Tate" (in chant form)
- "Transfer, already!"
- "Hey, Tate, did you bring your own wings today?"
These continued well into the game, even when Tate drove the length of the field for a TD. Needless to say, it pissed me off to no end, and I was very happy when they left near the end of the 3rd quarter.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't be an ass, even if you don't like a particular player. They still play for the Maize and Blue, they're still young (most of them), and they're playing their hearts out to win for YOU! I hope Tate's great play, modesty and positive attitude showed these cretins the error of their ways.
[The soapbox is now open for use.]
However, this isn't really about that. For the second week now we've had piped-in music to the Big House, and as angry as I was at first, I can see the potential, especially with the band becoming even harder to hear this year than in years past it seems. But, the way the music is currently being managed is beyond asinine. Despite that, the music is a good way to keep the less than dedicated fans (which, less be honest, the Big House is full of) attention held for more than a 15 second play. Here's a few suggestions I have to improve the music system to allow it to keep the crowd pumped while not angering traditionalists too much (don't take this the wrong way, I consider myself one of these):
1. For the love of god, have some respect for the other portions of game day. Too many times yesterday and during the WMU game did I notice the piped-in music being played over the band, or over the cheerleaders trying to organize a stadium-wide cheer. This is unacceptable and beyond disrespectful to the band and cheerleaders. If you're going to pipe in music, only do it when there isn't something else currently going on.
2. Know when to use the music. This is another big one, there were quite a few occasions yesterday where the music was played on short breaks, and ND would time their snap to right after the music stopped. This gave them a little window of quiet between when fans were singing along with the music before they began their general Michigan is on D raucousness. Also, there were a few times where a song which took time to build up into the energetic section (namely the Eminem song) was used in a time span where it didn't have time to reach the climax, leaving it just some ineffective piano riffs.
3. Get a larger/better selection of music! I fully appreciate attempting to make a Michigan/Detroit tie in with the music, but we need more than the same four songs repeated ad infinitum all game. The AD could easily stick with the Michigan theme and get some much better pump-up music. What about some Nugent (I would love to hear Stranglehold pumped in), KISS, or even work from some former UM students (Iggy Pop and Andrew W K, I don't think Madonna fits the niche of stadium pump up music)? Aside from Michigan-related artists, it would also be alright to break the theme a few times, as they already have done with AC/DC and Guns and Roses, to get some more variety in the music.
So as much as some of us hate it, the music is here, and is unlikely to go anywhere. However, the AD could be much smarter about how it's handled, and I feel like these suggestions would be good directions to go in to provide a much better experience for everyone.
What do you fellow mgobloggers think?