Looks like sparty fans are following the old addage of: if you can't beat 'em, bug 'em.
ESPN's recruiting page now displays Spartan garb next to the names of our recruits. Yesterday the names featured a block M to their left. Computer hijackery? I think so.
Be afraid sparty, be very afraid.
Sort of a silly question on Football Eve, but part of the fun of being at a new school is learning about its traditions. And the longer this question goes unanswered, the more obsessive I get about it.
So it's readily apparent to me that the brass block "M" on the Diag:
doesn't really look that much like the ubiquitous block "M" logo. Apparently this isn't obvious to everyone.* (I've always been good at recognizing typefaces/fonts and bad at recognizing human faces, which is not a very beneficial trade.)
It just surprises me that as for such revered school symbols, both the brass one and the ubiquitous one, no one but me seems to mention the fact that they don't match. So.... which came first?
*For example, a colleague in my program who had spent her undergraduate years at U-M had no idea what I was talking about.
So, we've heard plenty about 'this guy looked great, this guy looked terrible'. I just had myself a boatload of fun, and I have some questions about it.
I went to the spring game by myself, (and later met up with my cousin), because nobody else wanted to go and it presented a good opportunity to go walk through campus and do the things I've always read about but never done. It generated some questions though, so I'm bringing them to you.
I parked in the Red Lot on State, which was a nice change, because I always park on AA-Saline. I walked north on State, past Newsterban, Yost, and the buildings along there. Along the way, I noted all of the brick wall sections outside of Newsterban and Yost had chalk block M's scrawled on them. I've been down there before but never noticed it. Question one: Is this always a game day tradition? Who does it?
I continued past BOX, which had a monster party going on as usual, up past law and the Quadrangle, eventually arriving at Blimpy Burger where I got my first ever. I was even first in line! A big line formed right after me, including some people who had NO idea it was the spring game. WTF people?! Question the second: the old woman who did the grilling, has she been there since they opened in 1953? She's so awesome. Also: Why, for the love of God, was there a Sparty inside BEFORE they opened up? He reached behind the counter for the tip cup while I was there! Tell me a Sparty doesn't own Blimpy Burger.
After that, I walked into south downtown, and purchased a shirt at Underground Printing. The 'No Mascot' shirt, to be specific. They have too nice a storefront. With that name, it should be some rat hole in the wall or something.
I left there, and returned to the stadium, going down through where the Social Work building is, and then past the Ross Business building. Hot dang, that is a seriously awesome looking building. But it does bring up one more critical question. Does attending school at U of M ensure you have rock hard calves? That was a bit of a hike!
A buddy of mine told me a couple days ago that the Block M in the Diag was missing. Turns out someone tried to pry it out of the ground, but only managed to make minor damage. The M was removed for repairs, and should be back soon.
The question seems to be - Sparty or drunken M Frat boys?
Ladies and gentlemen,
If you are a Twitter user and a Michigan fan, I have created a "Twibbon" which is a small icon which can be overlaid over your current avatar to show your support for a cause, in this case, the University of Michigan.
Anyway, if you would like to use the Block M twibbon (I really don't like that name, but whatever...) the link can be found at:
Thanks for your read and Go Blue!