"And boom goes the dynamite."
Great stuff all around. Great pics. What fancy DSLR do you have??
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The French Quarter was flooded with Michigan and Virginia Tech fans for most of game day. I walked down Bourbon Street to take some photos of the fanfare.
"Sugar Bowl Headquarters" on the corner of Bourbon and Canal. If true, would explain a lot.
These street musicians didn’t play jazz, but bluegrass is basically the blues. Right? No? The guy in the middle hails from Grand Rapids.
Michigan fans enjoying the view. Pretty sure that woman is/was a dude.
And for something completely familiar, Michigan sorority girls on their way to …
Rick’s (American) Cabaret.
(more after the jump)
After tasting alligator for the first time ever (it’s pretty good -- like rubbery chicken), I made my way to the Superdome at around 5 local time.
This is the view from
Canal Poydras Street, the main road to the stadium from the French Quarter and waterfront.
The Michigan Marching Band held a pregame pep rally in the plaza just outside the stadium. That’s them beneath the jumbotron. I assume Virginia Tech did the same, but I wasn’t there for them.
A frightening thought just occurred to me: Domino’s Big House.
I made it up to the press box to get set up. It’s located on the seventh level, and while it is high up, it wasn’t noticeably higher than the press box at Michigan Stadium. The cool thing is that it is open to the stadium, which provides a great access to crowd noise and other sounds from the stadium. No glass also meant there was no distortion to the view.
Then I made it onto the field. College Gameday was located near the media entrance, so here’s a shot of their set. More on them shortly.
Giant flag making its way past the MMB.
Cheerleaders. Note the massive hole in the VaTech balcony.
Pom poms of death. I’ve liked them more and more since their UTL debut. They accomplish what a maize out could never do, and that is drown out all the other random colors that might show up, e.g. red.
They also make the stands look a little less empty.
View from the Michigan end zone. As stupid as “Mercedes-Benz Superdome” sounds to me, the logo on the ceiling looks really sweet.
And away we go!
A couple minutes into the game I looked at the woman standing to my right, and I was like, “Huh. You look kind of familiar.” And then I turned to my left and saw Kirk Herbstreit.
Immediately I began to mentally compose text messages to my buddies.
“I am watching the game with Gameday.”
“I’m standing between Erin Andrews and Kirk Herbstreit.”
“Michigan just went three and out again, but that’s okay because I’m within oops-I-accidentally-tripped-into-you range of Erin Andrews!”
Curt Mallory and the secondary shortly after a heated talking to. Not a happy group here. BONUS: In the foreground to the right of this image you can see Holly Rowe studying what appears to be her postgame battle plan.
Michigan just died again on offense and Virginia Tech scored another field goal. Sad faces all around.
Offensive line having their own talking to. Khoury switched numbers. Used to be 63. Now 78. I have no idea whether that’s significant.
Anyway, this is where I decided to head back up to the press box.
I went down to the sideline again toward the end of the game. I held down the shutter button during the final kick.
I probably should have kept going until the ball went through the uprights, but the crowd behind me and the whole Michigan winning the game thing were too distracting.
Buried deep somewhere in there is Gibbons.
There he is.
We can has kicking game!
Molk is not looking at Doug Karsch.
That is a “shit-eating grin” if I’ve ever seen one.
Adam Rittenberg and Mike Martin.
And boom goes the dynamite.
Mike Martin and Tony Anderson heading into the locker room.
"And boom goes the dynamite."
Great stuff all around. Great pics. What fancy DSLR do you have??
Haha I was going to ask the same question.
My favs were the gibbons&molk celebration shot, and the team shot w/maize and blue confetti.
Great work all around Heiko!
I used my dad's fancy canon 5d mark ii. The thing is a brick.
But a very expensive and well-functioning brick!
Is that....no it can't be...Brendan Gibbons???
Great pics thank you for posting.
"GIBBONS YOU PUT IT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS *brunettes!* AHHHHHH!!!!!!????"
The best picture in my opinion is Martin + Anderson heading back to the locker room. They did what they set out to do at the beginning of the season. Just heading home after a long day's work.
I like how Martin without pads is bigger than the two players with shoulder pads on. His back is enormous.
That picture reminded me of the Stonum walking through the tunnel in the rain photo after Northwestern in 2008. So symbolic of the season. Martin and Anderson appear relieved. That is the emotion I feel right now about this whole season. Relieved that we didn't collapse again, relieved we finally beat Ohio, relieved that we won a BCS bowl for the first time in ages, relieved...just relieved that Michigan is Michigan.
As a side note, Heiko, I stole your picture of the maize/blue confetti for the background on my laptop. That picture just makes me so happy.
Disagree, the Erin Andrew's picture has got to be the best. Ahh if only she were a brunette...damn
I'm sure that could be arranged.
Great pictures. What kind of lens were you using on the first set of pics on Bourbon Street? I have a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle but I think it's finally time to buy another lens.
I'm using a Canon 24-70 mm lens. It's freaking huge but it takes really good pictures.
Before the 2006 game in Columbus, I was standing on the sidelines with the rest of the MMB watching Script Ohio before heading into the stands, looked to my right, and realized I was standing directly next to Chris Fowler.
Those Gameday folk are a bunch of sidlers.
I was hugging so many people during Gibbon's last kick.
I was impressed by how loud the VaTech fans were even though we almost out numbered them 2:1.
Did anyone else head to Molly's on the Market? It's a Michigan bar. Bartender had on a Scorekeeper's shirt on game day, sign says "a BLUE house." On Decatur, near the French Market.
Very, very nice work. Good story, great pictures.
Awesome pictures, is there any way we can get links to higher res versions?
No problem. I'll work on it and post a link in a day or two. I'm still in New Orleans so I won't have time until I get back tomorrow.
My love for you for posting these is almost negated by my burning resentment that you were still in N'Awlins while I am slaving away here on campus.
Great pics, clever captions. I forwarded to friends & relatives with no Michigan connection but lots of New Orleans and/or general college football interest.
Making good use of that fancy sideline pass. Nice pictures Heiko!
As good a place as any for this pic...
Ask and you shall receive! Greatest website ever! Thanks Wolvermarine!
Wow. He mentioned coming around and coming to terms with the whole thing, but to wear a t-shirt with his own likeness is pretty impressive. Glad he's embracing it and having fun!
I didn't see him down there, but I had multiple friends tell me that the best part of their trip was high fiving Lloyd Brady. He is awesome.
Now that is a beautiful sight.
I have never been to New Orleans. Was Lloyd Brady there???
just as I posted this, up popped L.B.
Ran into Lloyd the night before at 544 Somethin-or-Other on Bourbon St. May have creeped him out, but he seemed pretty cool about being a Michigan celebrity.
These guys were awesome. We stayed and watch them play at least two songs before tipping them. Had no idea the middle guy was from Michigan. Definitely digging this whole "bluegrass punk" movement.
Needs moAr cheerleaders. They sure have come a long way from the soccer-mom uniform debacle.
Great pics Heiko. Now please give me your sideline pass for next year.
Bringing back the tight yellow was an amaizing call.
Thank you for reflooding my mind with great memories. Been to three Rose Bowls (86, 97 & 04) but this was my first Sugar Bowl and boy did the avatar and me have a blast. Monday at Cooter Browns with MgoSoftball was a lot of fun and just about everyone we met and drank with were awfully nice.
Awesome pics! Love the picture of Molk - he always looks a little cooler than people around him.
I be like dang! Great work!
I just have one question: Is that sorority girl wearing a fannypack?
Actually, they were wearing all sorts of neon orange stuff with their sorority name on it. Can't remember which one. I hope Heiko was down the street when he got that pick, because otherwise they were really getting around.
Great memories. If I ever get my 500 pictures and video uploaded, I'll see about posting some.
It's Zeta (ZTA). I know those girls and when I saw this I laughed so hard. Yes, it's a fannypack. The hat likely says "zlampiece" and I really wanted to borrow one because it's ridiculous. I think they know this is on here and thought it was funny. @Abi
On the App the writing was too small to see, no more read. Funny that you know them. They were everywhere.
I'm fairly certain one of those sorority girls is my future sister-in-law. Sigh. I have a lot to teach her.
whoops, double post
M fans turned Lousiana Rick's into a maize and blue paradise to rival Ann Arbor Rick's?
btw, does Rittenberg realize he's turned into his father?
Great pics! The atmosphere in the Quarter and at the game was amazing. Such a good time!
Seriously Pollack, Nikes with your suit?!? Given that he went to Georgia I guess I should just be glad he was wearing pants.