in town for free camps
Even by the lofty standards set by South American soccer fans, this display from San Lorenzo supporters is pretty damn groovy.
It would be nice to think something similar could happen at the Big House. Except in AA, there'd probably be thousands of complaints from people who, on the whole, would rather wave their car keys...
The Aggies won the contest today, but the story line is Michigan is back. The edge is back. Tate is the real deal.
and...Spartans what is your profession...lose, lose, lose.
I was vocal for 5 f'n quarters at the game and the spartan fans were weak as shit. Only when they thought it was over (at 20-6), they got loud with that weak ass, go green can't write chant.
But the Maize section in 106, 107 brought it for 5 f'n quarters. And with 6 minutes left to go, those slightly confident spartans fell quiet like a skanky spartan sitting in a Michigan lecture hall not knowing which side of bluebook to write her name on.
Many times already this season we have heard references of the lack of noise coming from the MMB.
Of all years when the increased crowd noise from the enclosed new buildings is heralded as the glorious new savior of our elder fan woes, how can we now be talking about how softly the band is playing? Would not the sound emanating from the band also be reverberating back down to the field?
I may have an answer.
Has anyone noticed that this year's introduction of the band from Carl Grapentine is, "Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Michigan Marching Band. Band take the field." Did you notice anything missing? Correct! Give the guy wearing the block M in the front a cookie.
Answer: The number of members in the band.
Perhaps no longer announcing the total members of the band is because they have fewer members in the band this year. Fewer members would equal quieter band!
As an alum living in Tampa, I'm curious to hear mgonation's account of its experience at The New Big House (TNBH) from Saturday.
I understand that construction is not yet completed, but figure that most of us will probably never take in a game from a luxury box anyway. Accordingly, now is a good time to compare experiences from years past, which are still fresh in our heads, to those at TNBH.
Of course, all experiences from TNBH are welcomed/encouraged, but a few questions on which I'd be interested to hear feedback are as follows:
- How was the flow of fans around the exterior of the stadium with the new towers in place?
- Is it any easier/harder to get into your gate?
- Is it any easier to get to/through concession lines?
- Is it any quicker to get through the bathroom lines?
- Aesthetically, how do the towers look in person from inside and outside of the stadium?
- Do the towers make the stadium look more imposing, or do they look at all too big and/or out of place?
- And most importantly, was there a noticable difference in volume inside the stadium? It sounded pretty loud on TV, but of course the fans had more to cheer about at this game than most games from last year. If you were positioned at or near field level, I am particularly interested to hear your feedback.
Thanks. Go Blue!
On Aug 3, 2009
Dear Professors Haithcock and Boerma,
As a fellow musician and student at the University of Michigan, let me first
congratulate you on putting a product out in the U of M marching band year-in and year-out that is entertaining, classy, and above all else, skilled. However, something must be done about a glaring problem at the University of Michigan football games : the student section cannot hear much sound from the marching band as a whole, except for the mobile percussion. As a result, students are unable to appreciate the excellent and fun music that is being performed; they are also hindered from cheering as loudly and intimidating opposing teams on the football field.
Increased fan/band participation should be something that is striven towards as part of an integral "game-day experience", giving a two-fold effect: fans (and especially students) are much more able to appreciate the workmanship of the musicians, and by creating a louder, more intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams, the student athletes will benefit as well.
Please try anything possible to maximize our game-day experience.
Thanks for your note and the polished expression of your concerns. I will leave the details to Prof. Boerma going forward. In short, the situation you describe is due to the Athletic Department's decision regarding where to seat the band and the fact that each band student seat within the student section makes other seats available at a more expensive price. This is a recent move after more than a decade of the MMB sitting across the field from the student section.
You are not alone in your concern but understand that the band has limited options as electronic support of the sound is against NCAA rules. In that large space, acoustics can only do so much.
This is basically what everyone has hinted at, but I just thought I'd like to give some solid proof as to where things stand, right from the horse's mouth.