2006 vs. Ball State can't be on this list, if only because it featured Patrick Stewart at halftime. That elevates an otherwise awful game out of the "worst" category.
The Best/Worst game you witnessed at the Big House?
You must be a Trek fan.
Actually not at all, but it got the crowd temporarily fired up, what with his "Go forth boldly and beat the Buckeyes" shtick. Then Johnny Sears gave up about 8 touchdowns and the game became close again.
I wasn't trying to be a bag, for the record. I just wasn't all that amazed by that guy. I guess it was kind of funny at the time. It just didn't resonate with me, that's all.
You thought as late as the '98 PSU game that the shine was still on? For me, the 0-2 start killed it. I remember a lot of people looking that game with more of a "Where has this effort been all year?" attitude.
2003 OSU was indeed spectacular. Braylon's long TD that was called back was the loudest I've ever heard the stadium.
MSU '04 even though my buddy with a broken leg asked me to leave, I was a freshman that didn't know the team so well. I forgive myself
MSU '06 we literally just hurt their team that day
Favorite as a fan in general was PSU '06 what a ferocious effort. Never seen a butt whooping so bad in my life
Oregon '07 Worst game by far!
App '07 Couldn't understand all game how we couldn't blow 200 pound DTs off the line all day and run it down their throat
Best: 2002 Washington... that game was OVER until the 15 yard penalty put us in range for a desperation (44 yard?) FG by a kicker who had already missed two, seemed completely impossible. When he hit it the place went totally crazy.
Worst: 1986 Minnesota... Michigan was having a great year (ranked #2, towards the end of the season, beat Florida State and Notre Dame in the non-conference!), and a mediocre Minnesota team came and won on the road. The worst was the opening kickoff of the 2nd half (if I recall correctly), Minnesota pooch kicked it and caught it on the fly at like the Michigan 30. Were it not for this, Bo might have won his MNC that year? [edit, forgot, they lost to Arizona State in the Rose Bowl, sooo... no]
1) '05 Penn State
2) '08 Wisconsin
3) '97 Notre Dame
1) '07 Appalachian State/'07 Oregon
2) '07 Ohio State
3) '08 Northwestern
I only began attending M games with some regularity in 2006. Before that, it was generally once a year w/ my grandpa.
For AWAY games...
1) 07' Michigan State
1) 08' Purdue (God, it was so frustrating)
answers both questions simultaneously.
I didn't go to that game, watched at home, alone. I swear to god I thought I would have a heart attack or a stroke before it was over. And I'm only 30.
Best: tough call between MSU '04 and OSU '03. Honorable mention: ND '97, Iowa '97, ND '99, Washington '02, PSU '02, PSU '05.
Worst: also a tough call, between Syracuse '98 (our first home game as defending national champions and we were humiliated, in blistering hot weather) and the '01 and '07 OSU debacles. Maybe also NW '06 - we won, but it was so cold my extremities were totally numb.
Best - The last seven minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtimes of MSU '04 was the best hour of sports fandom I've experienced, but OSU '03 wins by a hair.
Worst - Iowa '02. The game sucked, the weather sucked, and I had about half a dozen annoying Iowa fans directly behind me.
(Five years of season tickets - '01 through '05 - and I missed three games, all because of vacations and a relative's wedding- Minnesota '01, Ohio State '01, and Minnesota '05. Didn't miss much in those games.)
As I mentioned above, that 77 yard bomb to Kolesar was outstanding. Early 4th quarter I believe and it was right after OSU had just scored a TD to get back w/in 3.
On TV - I was at a sports bar in Phoenix surrounded by Buffs fans when Kordell launched the pass that could only be caught against Michigan. That one hurt
03'? - I was at the Ducks game in Eugene just wishing the game could be played 5 quarters - we'd so pwn those quacks! I swear if we hadn't blocked that chip shot field goal in the 1st quarter and returned it for a TD, we would have won. Our D just couldn't get off the field in the first half and oddly enough, that TD had a bit to do with it. Autzen stadium for that game was far and away the loudest place I've ever been in my life. The crowd was really up for that game.
Best game 1979 homecoming vs Indiana - my parents were in row A in the South endzone Anthony Carter and the pileup basically ends up in their lap (unfortunately, I was in the student section with my sister)...
Worst 1994 Homecoming vs. Wisconsin - boring game, Todd Collins got hurt and Jason Carr was awful.
Saw every play but the last one.
The Heisman pose. Great to see all those OSU fans leaving early, too. I know it wasn't the greatest game competition-wise, but seeing OSU humiliated is always great.
The reason I was originally against lights for the Big House: Jim Harbaugh's #1 or 2 ranked team losing to Minnesota in a 3:30 game played under portable lights.
A friend commented in the first quarter that "Michigan is playing like they want to get out of the cold while Minnesota is playing to win. This could be trouble."
It certainly was.
Best: osu - 1997 (Only NC in my lifetime) Watched it with my youngest son while oldest son stormed the field from the student section.
Second Best: Missouri 1959 (First game I attended).
Worst: osu - 2007
Well, for anyone who forgot, here is my list of worst games:
1) App State -- First game I went to. For real. I went to A^2, too, but I had a band I practiced with every Saturday (which was more important to me at the time), so I never had time to go. Well, so much for that.
2) Toledo -- Second game I went to. Ended with a long drive and a field goal, the same way that App State did. I was there with the friend I had gone to App State with. We both looked at each other as they lined up for the field goal, did a double take, and said, "Oh fuck" just before KC abdicated the "kicking competency" nickname and muffed the field goal.
I'd give you good games, but there are none. Those are the only two.
I'm never going to a game again. I'm cursed. I figure maybe I can go to the spring game (since it's impossible for us to lose) and maybe that will break the curse.
Best home game: I'll go 2003 against OSU. The Big House, when circumstance dictates, can actually be a moderately loud stadium. Runners-up: '95 against OSU, '97 and '03 against ND, '02 and '05 against PSU, '04 against MSU.
Although, my favorite game ever was at Notre Dame 2006. Irish were #2, coming off a big opening win over Penn State, Brady was going to win the Heisman, Charlie had a Decided Schematic Advantage over all opponents, Michigan was coming off a 7-5 campaign, the point spread I think was Irish by 11, and beating Michigan was a mere formality. And we all know what happened after that. Woodley and Branch et al just killed the Irish up front, no one could cover Manningham, Henne hit every deep throw. Just an absolute class performance from Michigan.
Worst game: Hmmm... I was at Appalachian State, so that really should be it, but for some reason that didn't kill me like '05 against Notre Dame. We were just flat the whole game against an average opponent. There was absolutely no energy in the stadium that day.
I should also say I'm 0-2 on trips to Columbus ('02 and '04), and those were probably the two most miserable days of my life. Just the worst experience you can imagine-- at one point I noticed a wad of spit dribbling down the back of my girlfriend's Michigan jacket. However I'm going to keep trying until I witness a Michigan win in the Shoe, then I'm never going back there (that's what I tell myself, anyway).
Best: The OT win over PSU (Chris Perry scored the winning TD). I've never heard the Big House so loud.
Worst: The loss to Illinois when the Illini came back to win 31-29 (I think). That was a $hitty ride home.
best: msu braylon-fest
worst: osu 2007
best: 89 rose bowl
worst: nd '98
Best: 2003 OSU. The stadium was rocking like I have never heard before or since when Braylon made the entire OSU defensive backfield his bitch and then sold them to Rondell Biggs for a carton of Newports (or was it Alain Kashama for a carton of du Mauriers?).
Worst: 1988 Miami (that Miami). After losing yet another stomach punch game to ND in the opener, we had #1 Miami (that Miami) up like 30-17 late in the fourth and whoever was their QB (Steve Walsh maybe?) led them to two late tds for a 31-30 win. Or at least that's how I remember it. It was something like that, in the neighborhood at least. More or less.
Best in Big House: Ohio State 1971
Worst in Big House: Ohio State 1973 (the 10-10 tie)
Worst on TV: Ohio State 1974; losing meant 10-1 Michigan was staying home over the holidays due to the criminally stupid Big 10 rule back then that the Rose Bowl was the only bowl game a conference team could go to.
Best on TV: 1998 Rose Bowl against Wash St.
Best home game: 1983 OSU
There are so many choices, but for several reasons, this one stands out. It was the last home game with my undergraduate friends, and Michigan, led by Steve Smith, beats Mike Tomczac, Keith Byers and the Buckeyes, 24-21
Worse home game: 1979 Notre Dame game.
Michigan dominates play, but Bo refuses to waste a scholarship on a kicker; hence we have an awful kicker. Michigan's kicker Brian Virgil misses several short FG's and his 42 yard attempt in the last seconds of the game didn't get more than 5 feet off the ground. Notre Dame's kicker goes 4 for 4 and they win 12-10.
Michigan kickers go 3 for 18 in FG attempts for the year!
Best game, any sport, period: 1986 at OSU
Harbaugh's guaranteed win. OSU's kicker Matt Franz barely misses a 45 yard attempt wide left.
wasn't that 1979 ND game with the blocked kick at the end the catalyst for the NCAA to make it illegal for a special teams player to jump off a down lineman teammate's back?
I'm guessing you're right that it was Virgil, but for some reason I always remembered it as Ali Haji-Sheikh. Maybe that's what led Bo to get a real kicker like Haji.
I was 6 going on 7 at the time and watched it on tv.
but that lineman (according to the book Natural Enemies) Bob Crable stepped on the back of Michigan center Mike Trgovac. But the kick never had a chance even if it was uncontested.
The kicker was Bryan Virgil for that game; Haji-Sheikh was the kicker from 1980 on.
Didn't he have a hand in all four losses that year? The blocked kick against Notre Dame and the blocked punt for the winning touchdown against Ohio State were the big ones. I think he had another blocked punt or two against Purdue, and a missed extra point against North Carolina in the Gator Bowl (in a 2-point loss).
Best: MSU '04
Worst: The Horror...
Worst game: the first three quarters of MSU '04. Best game: the rest of it.
Best: Penn State '05
I nearly cried watching the PSU defender steal the ball from Henne's hands and run it in, but one of the best moments of my life was watching the last second pass standing at the exit of my section and getting mauled by a bunch of drunken middle aged men...
Worst: Appy State '07
'Nuff said, Appy State... c'mon
Also making a run for the worst game was Penn State thsis year. I was supposed to fly there from GR in my dad's plane and I got the tickets like 2 weeks before, but the day before my dad found out his plane got grounded so we had to wake up at 4 in the morning that day, because we weren't going to waste the tickets, and drive there 8 hours and drive back 8 hours. It was even worse that I had to a good 6 hours as a 15 year old while almost dozing off. The game wasn't much better watching Sheridan stand in the endzone and wait to get safetied and blowing a close halftime game. The stadium and the atmosphere was amazing though so it was still worth it.
2008 Capital One Bowl
2004 Michigan State
2003 Ohio State
2001 Ohio State
Let me preface this by saying I graduated in 2006.
Best Game I saw til the end:
2002 Washington - My first game. Unreal. Had me hooked from the beginning.
Best Game I left early:
2005 MSU - The Braylon game. Wow. Left the game early b/c I thought it was over and me and buddies needed to crash. Watched the rest of it on TV and went nuts - didn't crash. Runner up would be the Manningham from Henne game to beat PSU.
Best Game We Ever Lost:
Rose Bowl loss to Texas. Was at this game. Incredible game. They let you drink beer in the Rose Bowl, so me and my friends were pretty piss drunk. So I don't remember it too vividly. I just know after the game we wanted to beat the shit out of Texas fans. If the Tex kicker would have missed that last second FG, this would have been hands down the best game.
Best Game I ever Saw on TV:
2008 Wisconsin. Nothing else compares. In a season where we only won 3 games, I will replay this one in my head for the rest of my life. Unbelievable game. Runner up would be the year we came back against Minny at Minny in the fourth quarter. Biggest fourth quarter comeback in Michigan history.
Worst Game I ever Saw on TV:
App State. Easily. I was so drunk that at the end of the game I ended up hurting myself accidentally b/c of how hard i fell to the floor on that blocked FG. Runner up goes to the Alamo Bowl game against Nebraska. I also hurt myself accidentally falling to the floor after Mike Massey ran out of bounds......
Tyler Ecker was the TE ... hmm initials... who ran out of bounds and inexplicably gave up on the play without looking behind him to a wide open Stevie Breaston I think it was.
Ah well, easy enough for me to say it was inexplicable - maybe I would have done the same thing - but it sure as hell looked like he was confused and just ran out of bounds without even looking around.
Illinois jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Michigan fought back with one or two touchdown catches by Anthony Carter. The game was tied just before the half. Steve Smith went back to pass, then ran up the middle for a 40+ yard touchdown and a 28-21 lead. Pandemonium.
Illinois completely laid down in the second half, though, and the final was 70-21 (!). However, the first half was great.
After Illinois fired Gary Moeller and hired Mike White after the 1979 season, Bo held a deep grudge against Illinois. He also did not like Mike White at all; I always got the impression that Bo thought White did not run a squeeky clean program.
So yeah, I am not so sure Bo ever really ran up the score on anyone, but if he did, this is the one game I would first consider.
My worst: '89 Notre Dame--so frustrating because we largely outplayed them except for two plays, but those two plays were kick returns for TDs by Raghib Ismail.
'90 MSU was otherwise a great game, but the ending was so awful that it overshadowed the rest of the game. We scored a touchdown at the very end of the game, and went for two to win instead of tie. Desmond had his man beat on a slant, but the corner reached out as he was falling and tripped Desmond. No call.
Best: '91 Notre Dame: late in the fourth quarter we are facing fourth and very short. Shockingly, instead of Grbac sneaking it, he lobs a pass to the endzone that seems overthrown, but Desmond stretches out and finds a way to get to it.
OSU - 2000
Appy State 08, Oregon 08, Iowa 03, Colorado 94.
Couldn't decide which was one was the most horrible.
App. st. and Oregon were in '07, not '08.
I have only been to two games and they were both bad. The first was Ball State 2006, which could have ended terribly. The other was Northwestern last year. The only positive about that was that I had great seats that I probably will never be able to get again. Of course, I was too cold and mad to really pay attention to the seats.
Best - Ohio State '03
Worst - Oregon '07... or Ohio State that year (the lack of any production on either side of the ball combined with the rain/sleet)
Best: Wisconsin 2008
Worst: OSU 2007. App state was exciting at least, and Oregon was nice weather. Northwestern's weather was worse, but it was so incredible awful that it my staying the entire duration is an excellent badge of fandom.
Unfortunately, I have more bad memories than good at the Stadium, though I do believe that RR will help improve on the better games.
Best game: I guess I should say Wisconsin '08, but I didn't really feel well that day, and it really prevented me from fully enjoying the game.
*Honorable Mention: I was in the Ann Arbor Buffalo Wild Wings for the '05 PSU game, and the place went absolutely NUTS when we heard the touchdown call on the last play. It might have even been better than being at the game because we could see the play and hear the call clearly. My single best Michigan Football memory.
Worst game: 2002 Iowa. I was about 12, and I went with my father and one of his friends, on homecoming, expecting a pretty easy win, but we ended up getting blown out. I think someone said the score was 34-9. It was the first time I ever saw Michigan lose live. OSU in '05 and '07 were pretty tough too. I'm considering skipping next year's OSU game because whenever I go Michigan loses. I know all the luck depends on me.
Best: Indiana '79, Carter's TD catch. Absolutely the loudest I have ever heard it in the stadium. Friends who missed the game said the windows rattled at South Quad.
Worst: Colorado. The silence was sickening.....
MSU 2004 OSU 2003 Wisconsin 2008 PSU 2007 PSU 2002 (missed 2005 shit) Washington 2002
App. St. 2007 Min. 2005 OSU 2007
The best would be our shut out of Notre Dame, and the first OT game at the Big House vs. Penn State.
Worst would have to be the Donovan McNabb game. Still have nightmares about him.