We all know that the most pandemonium inducing, all out nuts with awesomeness moment last year was the UTL victory, which was of course the greatest single Michigan moment any of us has ever witnessed. However, I don't think it was really the BEST moment from last season. After all, we've been kicking ND's tail pretty well recently, with several of the games featuring ND style Yakety Sax. Had we LOST to ND, it would've been very sad that we lost our first night game in Michigan stadium. It also would've been our first loss in four years, the first year of Brady Hoke's tenure, and not a lasting pain. It would'e been a very "can't win them all" loss.
Conversely, though The Game 2011 certianly had a dramatic ending, it's drama did not even sniff UTL's level. There were several palys that made everyone's heart skip, but there was no one single, "It's this or it's nothing" play. Despite that, The Game 2011 was undoubtedly the best moment of the 2011 season. No other game had me pacing holes in my floor for the last quarter. No other game had my father visibly bemused at my nerves and consternation. And when we won, well, King Kong ain't adust mite compared to the Mutant Space Monkey that climbed off every true fan's back at that moment. A loss there would've crossed the line from soul dong punching to soul eunuch making. I would've wilted and died right there in the middle of the living room, leaving only a baren, dust gray talk hinting that once there had been a beautiful fan in bloom there. I may have honestly convinced myself that we would never win The Game again.
But win we did.
So now I ask you,do you think Bama, or any other game of the 2012 season can possibly eclipse that moment? Beating the defending National Championship to open the season would be huge, huge, but again, I think it would fall into the category of "Can't win them all", should the good guys lose.
Or how about MSU? It's been a while now. But after last year's loss, I realized something. I just didn't care as much as I do about OSU, and maybe even the bowl game. Oh, it sucked to lose, but I didn't lose any sleep over it. It's Sparty! They will ALWAYS be little brother. Maybe OSU? Go 1-0 against the new regime?
So what game, if any this season, do you think can bring that same sense of jubilation?
My brother put together this pretty sweet highlight video for the 2011 UTL game. Fans of Explosions of the Sky or Friday Night Lights (the movie) will probably enjoy this.
I recently got a new computer and needed to get used to FCP X (can't buy 7 anymore...) so I put this together. If you've got any opinions, let me know.
Also: Watching UTLs again, from start to finish, and I again realized that it was the most exciting game of football I'd ever seen.
I was watching the UTL highlights last night and then immediately watched 'The Game' again.
My first thoughts were that Miller was essentially a Denard against ND. He burned us for big plays in which his receivers came good. Otherwise we controlled the game for long stretches.
Unfortunately for Miller, he's not Denard and couldn't orchestrate a comeback with more than 1 minute on the clock (Denard did it in less than 30!)
What are the chances that we play ND again in a bowl game this year? ND will likely be 9-3 and we'll be sitting at 10-2 or 9-3. UTL was a great, great game and the tickets would sell themselves. If we did play, any predictions on what bowl game we'd play them in?
And have we ever played ND in a bowl game before? If we did, how'd that game go?