What is everybody's worst experience in enemy territory, whether its an away game, a city visit, living somewhere etc etc. I personally grew up close to Columbus and am going to Ohio State so i get to put up with dumb fans and the lack of the ability to wear michigan on a daily basis. I just cant wait til i graduate and leave... but my luck it will be outside of big ten country and i'll be stuck trying to find a way to watch games every saturday.
OT: What's your worst experience in enemy territory
I've never had any problems, though I've only been to South Bend, Madison & Evanston.
at Penn State. Fans were walking up to my son and I talking smack with their chests sticking out and their women to the side totally oblivious that we have kicked their ass for a decade.
Penn State this year, after the game, we returned to our parking area and found that all of our tables and stuff and had been turned over and garbage bags emptied everywhere.
A lot of older Penn State fans were kind enough to come help us, though.
Notre Dame and OSU didn't really do anything other than say stuff like "you suck."
I was visiting a friend in Columbus and my Michigan bumper sticker was spray painted over with red paint... on my white car
When I was in Columbus last year I walked by this family while tailgating. The mother just looked away, the father scowled, and the two little ones (I'm guessing about 7 and 9) said "Fuck you wolverine!" and "Shit-head!". The parents ushered them away but said nothing.
who went to a game in columbus when he was 5 or 6 and was wearing a michigan sweatshirt .... a grown man walked up to this little kid and told him very seriously that because hes a wolverine's fan that god hates him and that hes going to hell ... needless to say his parents werent pleased
That sounds like Will Ferrell's kids in Talladega Nights.
"If we wanted us a pair of sissies, we would've named 'em Doctor Quinn and Medicine Woman!"
in the shoe. I was bleeding. Happened in '98, and vowed never to go back. Then I did in 2006, my experience was not better. I vowed to not go back...and I mean it this time.
Same thing happened to me at the 'shoe, I wasn't bleeding because it hit my hat.
At the rain drenched, Mario can't catch, game 2 years back I witnessed an OSU fan talk an entire beer and pour it on some old grandpa's head .... THIS WAS AT MICHIGAN ... He then took off and ran.
I was in Columbus in 2006 as well, with the band, and besides it being a tough loss to swallow, they tore up the field and were just hurling it at us, as we were the largest and most visible group of maize and blue, and we stayed through a while after the game got out. I didn't have the chance to go again last year, but I do hope to return in the future as a fan, outside of the band, and see how it goes.
and the MSU fans I know are respectful to U of M fans. U of M students are also respectful of MSU fans/students at Michigan Stadium, but I cannot say the same about the Walmart Wolverines (this should not be disrespectful to anyone on this board, since most here are not) that tailgate at the golf course. It is not that they are physical, but they do talk some major smack for never attending the University.
Same thing could be said for your silly Save-A-Lot Spartan fans.
there are a lot of hicks and rednecks in the outskirts of E.L. that are MSU fans.
Most Spartans know the best MSU swag is sold at S-mart.
fans not alumni. I personally get my MSU gear from the MSU Bookstore (online), but yeah, some of the hillbillies outside of E.L. probably do.
...if so, then you fooled me.
Someone should teach you a lesson with his BOOMSTICK.
The third installment of the Evil Dead trilogy, the brainchild of MSU alum Sam Raimi, starring the inimitable Bruce (If Chins Could Kill) Campbell.
Hilariously awful and a must-have for any decent DVD collection.
Contrary to the inane protestations of MSU fans, one does not have to attend a school to cheer for its athletic teams. Since the first time I heard "walmart wolverine," I have felt that MSU fans are jealous that so many who didn't attend UM cheer for them, while the only people who cheer for MSU are those who attended the school and feel obligated to, that they had to come up with a lame attempt at an abusive epithet.
Thankfully, the epithet is a lot more lame than it is abusive.
As for this ex-townie who cheers for UM, I grew up in Ann Arbor in the 50's and 60's. When the first song the music teacher teaches your class in kindergarten is "The Victors," it's sorta hard not to be a UM fan. When you attend your first game at eight years old, it's even harder not to be a UM fan.
Anyway, it's always great to hear from people who think they have the right to tell strangers what teams they are "allowed" to follow. I'm always quite impressed with their intellect and tolerance.
to be abusive or disrespectful. I have friends and family from the downriver Detroit and eastside areas, who cheer for Michigan harder than alumni. They are not smart enough to get into community college, but they make comments towards me bashing MSU. Contrary to remarks by some on this board, a MSU education is very good, and far from a Juco. That is why the "Walmart Wolverine" stigma exists in my mind.
A. If you're from Ann Arbor, you should be a Michigan fan.
B. If you're from the state of Michigan, you can be a fan of Michigan or Michigan State, and you need not apologize if you did not actually attend the institution.
C. If a family member is a Michigan alum/student/fan, and you were either raised a Michigan fan or became one transitively through their association with the school, then you can be a Michigan fan.
D. If you have some kind of connection to the state of Michigan, then you're allowed to be a Michigan fan. Or a State fan for that matter.
E. Just as long as you're not fair-weather about it, if at some point you decide for whatever reason you love Michigan football, then welcome aboard. Just don't be half-assed in your fandom, be full-assed. Through thick and thin.
It'd be pretty lame if cheering for Michigan (or any other school) was exclusive to students and alumni, no?
empty on game day if only students and alumni were allowed to cheer.
It being fairly empty. It wouldn't be full, but we both know alums do a damn good job of coming back to games.
the wrong way. I do not like when someone talks shit about my school or any other school for that matter, just because they are a fan of a rival school. I have no problem with people that did not attend tUniversity of Michigan being fans.
It's a commonly debated issue so I thought I'd try to give my opinion and maybe bring some clarity. I have no problem with people cheering for whichever sports team they wish. I grew up a huge Michigan fan because my dad is a huge Michigan fan-- but not an alum. He fell in love with it in the early 70s when he attended a game and sat in the aisles, and also, because he lived in Detroit, it was the home team. As for myself, it was 50/50 as to if I'd actually get in to U of M. Fortunately I did, but I know that even if I had attended a different college, my Michigan fandom was secure.
I am just trying to clarify my position too. +1
Just because someone didn't attend the University of Michigan does NOT mean they are a wal-mart wolverine. I did not go to UofM I go to a small college in southeast Ohio, which beat #1 ranked MSU in basketball in the late 90's, and I am in no way a wal-mart wolverine. I bought season tickets last year and drove 4 hours there and 4 hours back every single saturday ... including the Northwestern game in frozen rain when we were 3-7. I have been a Michigan fan since I can remember, don't think for a second I am a wal-mart wolverine because I did not go to school there.
but I'm about as big a Michigan fan as there is. When you start watching at 8, 9, 10 years old, you can't just stop when you go to a different school. I'm somewhat ashamed to say this, but I've actually memorized the entire depth chart by position and class standing. I've put lots of time into attempting to figure out this new defense and where players will line up too. So I get pissed when people bring up the Wal-Mart thing. Especially when other UM fans look down on non-students. We're ALL Michigan fans here. (Well, almost all haha)
of another school's program. You and Hammer are educated, so my comments do not apply to you. I don't appreciate being ridiculed about being a Sparty by Juco drop-outs that are superfans of tUniversity of Michigan.
I know you were not taking shots. I was responding to nobody in particular, just the fans who find it neccessary to take shots at people like me.
I agree, I hate it when I hear people go "MSU is such a shitty school!" or "You go to UofM! That school sucks!" because they are fans of the schools respective rival. Yet when asked what school they go to they end up going to CMU or a cummunity college or something. I understand being a fan of a sports team regardless of what college you go to. But saying someones school sucks when it is obviously far superior to your own is pretty dumb.
shot at CMU in there.
a real memrable college expierence yet thou I did get ass holed for wearing michigan sweats in the state student section during a state game i went to last yr (iowa i think?) and seeing as ill be at the michigan one this yr i bet that will be it ...
On the other hand in high school I do have to very memerable northern michigan moments wear the next town over hates ur guts ...
The first was as a fan, my sr yr i was at a GIRLS basketball game the day before my guys game against the same team, a few teammates and i sat alone and fairly quietly at the game, our team won, but as we were in the parking lot a group of like 8 GIRLS came over and tried to fight us (we didnt seeing as we r guys and didnt want to spend the night in jail)
The most memrable as a player was in an away basketball game in a lil piece of shit ole gym (the current one was under construction).. it was straight out of hosiers, small, loud, hot, and packed with fans close enough that they were touching us ... the game was intense including multiple Ts on both sides, i got punched in the balls, our solo black player got to deal witht he racial slurs, and we were peleted with coins, popcorn, etc. the whole 4th qt and after we escaped with a victory
I've never had a bad experience. Of course, I've never been to Columbus, so I've been spared that -- though my sister, who has the balls in our family, has been twice and has told me not to do it.
But if you recall the Wisconsin game in '01 was the one where it was tied 17-17 in the 4th, they missed a field goal, stoned our offense and forced a punt which ended up bouncing backwards and touching their guy. We recover, Epstein hits the chip shot, we win. The entire Wiscy crowd went from "WE WIN" to total deflation in about 5 minutes. Many were understandably pissed.
As we were leaving there was a guy bedecked in Michigan gear, holding his tow-headed boy on his shoulders. The kid was chanting, "go blue, go blue" over and over. I'm biased, but it was kinda cute. No lie, some Wisconsin fan points and screams: "look, they're brainwashing the boy, just like the goddamn Taliban!" Of course, this was only two months after 9/11, so that surely hit the spot.
Nothing terrible happened, mind. But, man, the quick change in fortune plus the afternoon start had that crowd a bit ugly.
...sitting in the student section with a group of friends that went to Wisconsin. I had a maize t-shirt on in a sea of red. My dad could pick me out from 4 sections over and 50 rows below me.
My sweatshirt was stolen in the first half of the game. I was standing on the bench and had the sweatshirt on the ground. Some guy came running through and grabbed it. I watched helplessly as it got passed through the crowd and tossed over the top of the stadium. After we lucked into getting the ball back on the punt in the 4th quarter, I spent the last minutes of the game getting pelted with ice, cups, etc. All in all, a pretty standard student section experience.
The first was in Ann Arbor, 1995. I was eleven years old, walking down State Street towards the soccer fields with my dad, where the OSU band was getting ready before the game. Being a cheeky eleven year old, as we came upon couple Buckeye band members, I gave a harmless "Go Blue" as we passed by. The reply? "Fuck you." Dad wasn't pleased, though I'm proud to say he did not respond in kind. We let Tim Biakabutuka do the talking for us that day, he cornily reminds me.
2004, Columbus. Second trip to the Snake Pit, this time as a U-M student. Walking to the game with my girlfriend, I noticed a gob of spit dribbling down the back of her Michigan jacket. Animals.
One more-- 2005 at State. This was funny, not bad. I went to say hello to some of my State friends before the game. It was real early, some hours before kickoff, and the State students were lined up at the game in the Southeast corner of their hideous stadium. As I round the corner in my Woodson jersey, I am the lone Michigan fan in sight, and am roundly greeted with a chorus of boos by some several thousand U-M rejects and their minions. Bottles were thrown but predictably fell well short of their intended target. To be the sole receptor of the virile hatred of a mob of thousands, well, it was a unique experience, certainly not one I anticipated ever incurring in my life.
Well my only away game thusfar was last season in South Bend, I have never been rained on so hard in my entire life. Surprisingly the ND fans were very nice and I actually didnt hear a single bad thing from them.
Notre Dame has been by far my best road experience, outside of the docile crowds in Evanston, Illinois, but that doesn't count because they are not as football obsessive as the rest of us. But yeah, South Bend, nice campus, pretty tame students (as far as obnoxious rowdiness), and a welcoming atmosphere. A great place to watch a game.
going into South Bend has been a pleasant experience, especially with the current dominance of ND at home.
I'm never going to Columbus unless:
1.) I want to spend the night in jail
2.) Michigan is for sure going to win
every michigan fan should go at least once.
Which brings me back to point two. I'll go when Tate, Denard, Devin whomever OWN SHIT!
I plan on going to Columbus until I see Michigan win there. At which point I will say good riddance and never return. Right now I'm 0-2, and probably going to be there in 2010.
This was their year, until Tai Streets ran past Springs. The crowd was particularly angry that day. I got flipped off by a seventy five year old woman (that was actually funny) and later I was shoved into a wall from behind. We got back to the car, it was keyed with a nice "fuck Michigan". I got a speeding ticket on the way home - 57 in a 55 zone.
A small price to pay for victory, but I haven't been back since.
1. Most recently, I went to this year's Final Four, which as you all know took place in Detroit and featured Michigan State as one of the four teams. I and all three of my companions wore U of M gear and we sat directly behind the State student section. Most State fans were jovial ("Hey, I think you're lost!" Standard, harmless, old white guy jokes). One MSU brah in the bathroom berated me for about ten seconds but when I came out of the stall he was waiting for me and said, "Hey, brah, sorry. That wasn't cool." Only one guy was really upset by us, but he wasn't belligerent or drunk; he was really sad. He saw our stuff and he muttered something like, "Why can't you support us, just this once?" He made us feel kind of bad.
2. Michigan State football, 2007. As was the case in Detroit, the vast majority of Spartans acknowledged our Michigan gear, but did so in a friendly way. I've always found that if you make an effort to put on a non-combative air people will respond in kind. We weren't stomping around East Lansing scowling and trying to intimidate people; we were just there to watch the football game and have fun. Also like Detroit, there was one isolated case of pure rage. My friend and I passed a frat house, and one of the brahs started screaming about how it might be OK to be one of The Fags in Ann Arbor, but GAYNESS is NOT FUCKING COOL in EL. He wanted to fight us. But he was just one guy.
Also, this was a home game, but I went to my MSU graduate uncle's tailgate for the 06 State game, and it was totally pleasant. Too much Natty, but pleasant.
So I was either 6, 8 , or 10. I'd need Wolverine Historians help to determine which year exactly. (was most likely 86,88, or 90)
What I can tell you:
I was a small child attending my first OSU Michigan game. I had on a michigan sweatshirt and as we approached the Horseshoe on Lane Avenue beer bottles landed a few feed from us as we walked by the bars. Many vulgarities were directed towards my dad and I. I didn't really get what was going on. My grandad was a huge Michigan fan, and my Dad loved Michigan. I liked football, but wasnt old enough to be a fan of either school.
We were losing late the game. We had seats on the east side of the stadium and were five rows from the track. I was too short to see anything going on.
With a few minutes left in the game, the OSU fans who had condescended to me the whole game became so magnanimous that they told me I was cute when I told them the game was not over until it was over.
With moments left in the game Michigan attempted a field goal at the south end of the (then open) horseshoe. Unable to see anything, the stadium fell silent. I asked my dad what happened and he told me we made the field goal, but we had to be quiet and leave quickly.
I looked to the fans next to me and told them that the game wasnt over till the end.
On the way out more cans were thrown at us. As we arrived at my Dad's car, the michigan flag he had attached had been bent down. As we tried to leave, our car was surrounded by a group of OSU fans who circled our chevette and rocked the car back and forth.
We made it home safely and I knew at that moment I could never be a buckeye fan.
Hahahaha serves them right.
We won that one on a field goal in the final minute. (The '86 game ended with an missed OSU field goal attempt, and I don't believe there was a late attempt in '88.)
Wisky Ron Dayne's senior year I'm walking towards the stadium holding hands with my girlfriend. I'm wearing a maize/blue shirt with no writing on it. I had guys get literally right in my face and yell "FUCK YOU!" and flipping me off. It was literally just my girlfriend and I. There wasn't much I could do and to be honest I was pretty shocked at what was going on. Later I walked up to two guys that were drinking beers at a party while we were standing on the sidewalk. I was trying to start a normal conversation and they started being assholes. After a few minutes of not taking the bait one of them said that I was the first Michigan fan they had ever met that was cool and didn't try to argue back. They invited us in for beers.
One year at MSU we were at a house party and there were maybe 8 of us in the front yard just standing around drinking beers. Four of us had our feet on the sidewalk and the other four did not. The four of us on the sidewalk got open intox tickets $150.
At Northwestern when we lost 53-50 after ATrain fumbled the ball trying to run the clock out. I had just got killed in my Kellogg B school interiew the day before. As I'm walking out of the stadium some kid walked over to me and said, "we're smarter than you AND better at football". I could only smile and walk back to the purple line.
I forgot to add my lone ND story. Up in the stands there was a total dbag behind me mouthing off anti-Michigan shit the whole game. At one point there was a horrrid pass interference call against us when our dback, don't remember who, was shielding the WR but never touched him. So I yelled something in disagreement about the call. This dickhead then said, "go read the rule book. Oh that's righ, you went to a PUBLIC school". I wanted to rip that smug fucker's head off. What is funny about that is that most Michigan majors are ranked higher than at ND.
Apparently, their BBA program is #1. They want you to know that.
But I have had similar experiences and have even seen those t-shirts where a michigan alumnus is serving food at a driveway. Of the few things to knock Michigan for, academics is not one of them. Some ND alumni mistake % Accepted as a metric of academic superiority.
I was at the game last year and overall, ND is not a bad experience. I've been to a few ND/Michigan games in South Bend and haven't really had many problems. But at the most recent game, I got into a pseudo-argument with a d-bag who asked "why are you called blue again? You're more yellow than anything else." So I said, "This is a road game, this is our road jersey. And it's actually not yellow." Of course he asked what color it was, so I replied "Maize" and he said "What the hell is maize?!" So I replied "You know, like the Spanish word for corn...Maiz." I wanted to ask "Do they teach Spanish here?" but I didn't want to go there.
January 2003 - I went to Heinz field in my Browns jersey for our first playoff game since the expansion.
Before the game fans were cordial where we parked, even offered us free drinks as we played cornhole with them.
As we made our way closer to the stadium in became increasingly hostile, snowballs constantly flying at us. For safety we headed into the stadium.
Having possibly some of the worst seats possible, we found there was an open area at the end of one of the end zones where you could stand and have a clear view of the field. We decided to wait there.
About 10 minutes before the game a large crowd of steeler fans were all around us. While many fans had been docile, they were easily overcome by the beligerent.
The chant of 'get the brownies out' started and the next thing we knew, they lifted us up and we were crowd surfed out of the area. My buddy could take just about anyone in a fight, but even he was intimidated.
We went to our seats. The browns had the game in hand until the fourth quarter when when of the worst implosions by a prevent defense in the history of playoff football occured.
As we walked out of the stadium every cup that had any beer left in it was thrown/poured out on us. Once we left the stadium we took off our jerseys and made our way to the car for the miserable drive back home.
i had a few girls saying we sucked as we walked to predrink with the students, and a douche blow thru my fiance on the sidewalk thinking he owns the place
but nothing more than drunken slurs which can be heard if your home or away
I went to East Lansing for the 2007 Manningham/Henne ownage of State.
Before the game one inebriated spartan fan wanted to fight my friend (MSU student who I was visiting) and I because I was wearing a Henne jersey.
After the game a spartan fan threw a cup at my face as I walked past him.
Talk about losing with class
I was sitting in a mostly empty bar in the hotel when I realized I we were sitting right next to Doug Woog (retired Minnesota hockey coach). He started complaining about Michigan hosting the NCAA regional games in previous years. Talking about how unfair it was, the Michigan fans are jerks, etc... He didn't seem get it when we pointed out that Michigan was about to play Minnesota that night in Minneapolis. Somehow that was more fair because it was not the home arena for Minnesota. He was a completely drunk dick head. Total lack of class for an ex-coach.
i haven't been to an away game yet but i might in a couple years when we turn it around.
but my uncle lives in gahanna, ohio (suburb of Columbus) and when my cousin was like 6 or 7 he was playing catch with his brother in the yard and some asshole drove off the road and tried to hit him.
i've never had a problem at state. I'd just tailgate with friends who went there and there were never any problems. Actually, the State games were always a lot of fun.
But PSU '07; My friend got a knife pulled at him outside the stadium before the game. I got a beer poured on me at a bar on the Friday night.
OSU '07; It was bad before the game but even worse after. There were fans who ran up to us and got within only inches of our faces and were screaming at the top of their lungs. I looked over to see what the cops would do and I saw 2 of them look the other way. I hate c'bus.
I think you mean 2008? Or 2006?
2006 for both. i got my years mixed up.
In Buckeye territory they messed up my order at a McDonalds, when I was very clear on what I wanted. In Happy Valley last year many fans gave us crap and some would be very in our face about it.
the McDonald's in Michigan screw my orders up all the time no matter how clear I am.
that would be impressive.
I drove to State College with some fellow Michiganders on the Thursday prior to the game.
Thursday night and Friday were great on campus and in the bars. Penn State fans were very nice, outside of a couple of general playful insults which would turn into a round of beers and an interesting intellectual conversation about sports and football. At one bar on Friday, a girl asked, "You're from Michigan?" We nodded and she bought nine shots and walked away.
Saturday. However. Wow. The intelligence and kindness quickly diminished into us being scum and horrible and laughter at our loss to Toledo (and I had to kindly remind them of 2000 when they were run off the field 24-6 by Toledo). The fans were absolutely brutal towards anything Maize that walked in front of them. I had drinks spilled on my sweatshirt twice in the stadium during the game, which was great, considering how cold it was at the end of the game, and a wet sweatshirt was not helpful.
After our defeat, I thought it was quite humorous at the amount of jeering to fans of a team that had beat them 9 consecutive times! Unbelieveable. Congrats boys and girls, you just beat a 2-7 team! Be excited to have the chip off you shoulder for now. We obviously just wanted to watch Michigan Football and enjoy the game, considering it was hard to have high expectations for the team's performance last year.
To parallel this from my perspective: When we beat Ohio State, I'm just happy to win. People finding happiness in making fun of others at their down points rather than just finding happiness in their own moment of victory is always saddening.
When we beat OSU, I'm just going to be happy for the victory. The scoreboard says enough, and especially for our next win, I won't have much ground to say much more, considering the record over the last 8 years.
Win. Be happy. Be excited for the prospect of the future.
The fans I encountered at Penn State on game day in 2008 were fairly nice for the most part. Got a lot of the usual flak from PSU students as we walked around the stadium, but nothing beyond "Michigan sucks!", "Go Toledo!", or "Fuck you," which, big deal.
At Sparty in 2007 a group of middle-aged guys wanted to fight me after about 10 seconds of me sitting down in my seat. Shortly after sitting down a woman in their group turns and asks me if I think MSU is a hated rival, and I say I do not. I elaborate a little on Michigan's dominance over MSU traditionally (and recently) and how that did not constitute a rivalry. Suddenly a guy who looked to be in his 30s and a guy in his 40s are asking me in a very specific manner if I "have a frickin' problem," which, no, I do not.
Also: I got my share of "ASSHOLE! ASSHOLE!" chants and many middle fingers and "Hey fuck you!" from Natty Light swillers.
Also also: After Manningham + Henne = SUCCESS and we stop Sparty's last ditch effort, one of the aforementioned MSU dolts turns to me as he's sulking away and says, "Enjoy the trip back to New Jersey," which, um, I have no idea what you are talking about, ugly, fat man. But really, huh? Then I drove back to Grand Rapids and got stupid drunk at a Halloween party. Everyone loves Quailman!
I've never had a particularly nasty experience in many, many stays in Columbus. One guy yelled "Fuck Michigan" at me, that was about it. On the whole, I like to joke about it... I once asked a cop if he had pulled me over just because of my Michigan plates and we got into a funny conversation. People are people... I'm sorry so many of you have run into people who let 18-22 year old football players control their lives.
I marched in the Michigan Band for 4 years, 1992 was my Senior year. As we marched to the stadium, some drunk fans thought about cutting through the band, a big no-no. The rank leader in front of me (a girl, about 110 pounds) told them they couldn't cut through and one of them punched her in the face! And not a nudge or a shove either -- a serious blow.
I guess the guy realized what he had done was bad and made a break for it. I handed my instrument off, and gave chase. Got him on the ground until a band staffer, and ultimately campus security got there.
We headed into the stadium for the game. A woman, couldn't have been younger than 75 years old, sat in the front row, right behind us. She spent the ENTIRE GAME yelling at us. "Take your F!@#ing band the f!@# back to Michigan!" etc., etc. I'm pretty sure she was plastered, too.
I guess I sort of expected the drunk 20 year old guy making a fool of himself; I just never thought I'd see the same kind of idiocy from a grandma!
I don't ever want to go back to Columbus. Which is a shame. I don't mind being in hostile territory. I've had great experiences (both winning and losing) in East Lansing, South Bend, and Happy Valley. But, I don't even want to try again at OSU.
A group of about 7 of us went to the UM/tOSU hockey game at the Columbus Fairgrounds in either '96 or '97. We were behind OSU's goalie the first and third periods, doing the usual obnoxious Yost things without the cussing.
After we scored (with a goal count of course), someone behind us threw Skittles at us. After another goal we got hit with some substance that felt like raw sugar(!), which wouldn't have surprised me at all.
The piece-de-resistance was after Michigan scored late in the 3rd to put the game away. My roommate, who was standing right next to me, got hit from behind with a diaper. Open and fully loaded. Thankfully before any of us knew how to react (shouting match? ass kicking?), security escorted the guy out.
The prevailing question in our group wasn't how much of a douche was he to throw that at us, but how much of a douche do you have to be to act like that in front of your kid?
Of course, Dad is probably still regaling Junior with stories about the creative way he put those evil Michigan fans in their place that day.
2. Columbus, Ohio
Ever been to Easton Center? The first two are the same.
Easton Center is to Columbus as The Mog is to Somalia. I wouldn't recommend visiting either without a high-powered rifle.
I was in Columbus for the 1987 game with my roommates (that was the year we went to the Rose Bowl with Harbaugh at QB), and after the game, some OSU fan came up to us - a group of senior girls - and kicked one of my friends in the ass. Hard. Then he ran. What a coward.
BUT - I will say this. I was at the OSU game two years ago at the Big House (Lloyd's last year). I was with my 8 year old son and we got tickets in the student section (I know - that was stupid on my part). So, my son couldn't see a thing over the standing fans. The guy next to us was an OSU fan, and he let my son have his seat on the aisle so my son could see. Not that you wanted to see that game. But this was a decent guy and an OSU fan. Sometimes the two things actually do go together.
sometimes the kids are involved. That's where I draw the line. If it's simply trash talk between two adults, big deal. Leave the kids alone though.
That being said, the worst thing that has ever really happened to me was getting dirty looks from people in Cleveland for wearing a Tigers hat (this is like 3 weeks ago and the Tigers weren't even in Cleveland)
The only real thing I ever did was taunt Clevelanders about the Indians. When I was in Cedar Point about a month ago, me and my cousin went on the Gemini just to race people in the other car and yell things about Cleveland sucking while we were racing. One guy even said "Detroit blows" to which my cousin responded simply "Hey, how's last place feel"...This is all while going up and down the hills. Good times.
P.S. If you ever get a chance to do the Dragster from the front row, it's worth the extra 15 minutes to get that seat. Freaking incredible.
I got a lot of semi-good natured ribbing for wearing a Michigan shirt at Cedar Point. I just laughed it off.
I was at Cedar Point just 2 weeks ago and wore a Michigan football shirt both days I was there. I got a few "Heh, Michigan sucks" but that was about it.
Oh, and the lady that guesses your weight/birthday/age saw my maize Michigan shirt and launched into a diatribe over her mic about how her job was so easy even a Wolverine could do it (because, like, LOL, it takes no skill!).
Top Thrill at nite (~9:15) is some serious shit. Everything was a fricking blur at 120mph. It. Was. Awesome.
It was probably a little bit before 9 p.m., so dusk. Then we hit the Gemini two more times and ended the day with a night time ride on the Millenium! It was wonderful.
I am red with anger after reading this thread.
Sort of like Bo and Moeller(?) (Lloyd?) in your avatar.
And no, not that pissed.
nothing to see here.