2600 miles and 11 states. Worth every minute.
The game. Never really was too upset. Didn't expect much going in just wanted a "game". A bit closer would have helped to silence the media and typical haters. Also, seems like at this point Denard could be used much better. Seemed like 'Bama played the run. All we had was Denard throwing the BOMB. Where is the ball control, short passing attack? Lets have some steady improvement and beat all the rivals this year.
Trip highlights (very high-level):
Springfield, IL - Land of Lincoln overview
Route 66 - Partial ride to St. Louis. Nice lunch at the Ariston Cafe.
St. Louis - Arch and tram ride
Kansas City - Great BBQ and Tiger game. Very nice people and town. Nice ballpark.
Kansas - Beautiful ride. No Isaac.
Oklahoma - Didn't really stop. Big country.
Texas - Great times in the Stockyards. Rodeo, TexMex, Billy Bobs, nice UM tailgate in Lincoln Square
Cowboy Stadium - Huge, very cool
Arkansas - So, So. Scary people
Tenn - Stopped in Memphis for some Beale Street and food at the Flying Fish. Saw Elvis
Kentucky - Mammoth Cave, Jim Beam Distillery.
Ohio - Just the most terrible drive ever. Worst state - roads and everything. sad.
What a great way to see some of the country. Many other interesting stops we just had to pass on but I will return to many.
This is being sent out by the Michigan Alumni Association, intended for all alum, not just associattioni members:
With less than a week to the Alabama game, the prices and offerings of tickets on the secondary market are getting interesting. I've been watching StubHub the past few days, and it is starting to get interesting; There are more tickets available now than there were 14 hours ago (many of these seem to be the SRO tickets). There are now more SRO tickets for sale than there were last night, but the cost for the cheapest ones has crept up. I suspect there will be more offerings at lower prices as we get closer to the game.
Also, there are more seats priced less than $200 now than last night. There are still several hundred seats in the $900 and up range, but I have to believe they will start coming down now too. Everyone was predicting huge demand and therefore high prices. I do see the demand being quite high, but the sale of all those SRO tickets increased supply so much at the low end, that it seems that supply may outstrip demand.
Here's an earlier thread on tickets for the Alabama game:
Here's a link to StubHub for those interested in checking out the ticket availability:
I suspect prices will continue to come down as we get closer to the game, but who knows for sure? Anybody else paying attention to these prices? Do you think prices will go down as the days go by?
Well, that was quick...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Due to an extremely high level of demand, the University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Office announced today (Tuesday, Feb. 7) that the University's allotment of tickets to the Cowboys Classic against Alabama is sold out. Michigan received just less than 25,000 tickets for the football team's 2012 season opener and sold out before a public sale could take place.
"We have received unprecedented interest in tickets for the Cowboys Classic game with Alabama," said chief marketing officer Hunter Lochmann. "The demand is on par or greater than our athletic department has ever seen."
If the athletic department receives standing room tickets, those will be offered in the following order:
- Victors Club members with 1-49 priority points without previous Cowboys Classic orders
- Michigan football season ticket holders with no priority points
- General public
Standing room ticket availability will not be known until late April. All individuals within the aforementioned groups will receive M-mail communication if and when standing room only tickets become available.
I sit next to a Texas A&M grad and I mentioned to him that they, seemingly, finalized the deal for Michigan to play 'Bama at Jerry World in 2012. Suffice it to say he's very, very unhappy.
He said they need to make a rule that you can't play a neutral site game in any state not represented by a conference because all they are doing is using the game as a recruiting tool and that upsets him, a lot (at which point I told him he can blame Jerry but he didn't seem to grasp that one). Beyond that, apparently Oklahoma State used to have a camp in Houston and they passed a rule that said you can't have an out of state camp (don't know if that's a Big 12 thing or a NCAA thing) and he was very upset with OK State doing that because they are just mooching off of Texas. I asked him, well, what's wrong with that? OK State is closer to Houston than Texas Tech is so should you ban them from Houston as well? What if you were an LSU fan and they had a camp in Houston, would you still support the ban? He then said that he thinks no team from outside of Texas should be able to even play in Texas unless it's against a Texas team because, get this, the state of Texas is spending it's money to educate these kids and build the stadiums so they shouldn't be supporting anyone from another state doing anything to get those kids outside of playing a Texas team...
Yeah, Texas really is its own nation...
So obviously David Brandon has been publicly supportive of RichRod and everything, but I think his actions speak much louder than his words when it comes to his faith in RR to get the job done. He has scheduled a prime-time Big House night game under the lights against Brian Kelley's ND in 2011 and a season-opening neutral site game against Alabama and Saban for 2012, on top of our Big Ten schedule which is tough every year.
To me, this is a sign that Brandon really thinks RR's gonna have things rolling soon, otherwise he wouldn't open M up to such national exposure only to get wrecked in front of the whole nation. It looks like he thinks the team is going to get very good, good enough to show off on the national stage.
Just a thought, on that note, get pumped for M-Bama...