1) Windsor, ON
2) Watching the Braylon year (yes Im a youngin)
2) Dont worry, no one knows it
OT Your hometown and fandom origins
1) Windsor, ON
1) born in dearborn, mi. grew up in windosr, ontario
2) my mom and aunt both went to michigan. plus my dad grew up a huge michigan fan and that is how i was brought up. and have been going to games since i was 5.
3) vincent massey secondary school in windsor.
You went to massey? Fuck man, you guys OBLITERATED us when we played this year, both of the times :(
its 5:24am so the brain is working yet..... yeah i went there granted it was 11 years ago. what school are you at???
I was talking about football and I went to Riverside. Graduated 2 months ago :)
i didn't think massey was any good in football anymore. i would have thought it would have been basketball because they turned into a jugernaut(sp?) after i left.
They had probably the best QB in the conference this year, and he also started for the Essex Ravens. I dont really remember how they did in basketball this year though.
the ravens roster and i don't know the kid you are talking about. he must not have had a older brother or sister that went to school with me..... since you went to riverside, do you know anyone that would have been going there in 1997? reason why i ask is that massey and riverside played each other that year for the championship in football. during the game both stands emptied out and the fans from both schools nearly brawled in the south end zone at windsor stadium. i might have been leading the charge...LOL
Massey is also killer in track and XC there 4 counters beat my fantasy team that i had on a website sad Panda :(.
kennedy(the school).... and those aren't the helmets they had when i was in high school.
as for massey in track in XC. they were always decent in both while i was there. the were really good in girls track, they had 2 of the fastest girls in the province during my time.
I was born and raised in Detroit and moved to Omaha, NE in 1982.
I became a fan in the early '70s--the Denny Franklin years. The earliest memory I have is the Rose Bowl (71?) loss to Stanford 13-12 (how appropriate). The second memory is a 52-0 beating of Mighty Navy in or about 72-3-4.
The Ten Year War, the helmets, the fight song--and then the stunning realization that sleeping my way to a high school GPA of about 0.8 WASN'T "good enough" for Michigan. But I remained a fan even though UM had some sort of snobby "standards" that I didn't measure up to.
Couldn't you have at least invented a new backstory?
I kind of like the truth, dickhead.
And, are you and the kids at the WLA busy going though old posts to neg-bomb me again?
I can't speak for anybody but myself, but if I wanted to negbang you it would have happened ages ago. I'm personally not bothered as I don't know you at all and you've yet to do anything incredibly stupid... I'm just not sure what you stand to gain by openly flaunting the fact that you're a banned user.
It's common knowledge at this point that claiming to be a fan of Michigan and then bashing the school for being "snobby" is widely frowned upon.
What seems to NOT be "common knowledge" is how to interpret sarcasm.
I love how you take the time to imply everyone here claiming to didn't graduate from Michigan.
Seriously. I can think of better things to lie about. Like being accepted to Michigan, but choosing to go to MSU because of the selection of hot poon.
He's claimed in the past his proof for this is that only a select percentage of people "over 25" have a college degree... of course, never mind that "over 25" covers everyone born from, say, 1900 to 1984 or the tiny scope of this message board and the fact that the average user is likely in a much more compact age range that is far more likely to have gone to college or that Michigan is a massive university with more alumni than any other school.
And that ignores the fact that a Michigan degree buys you absolutely nothing on this site. Some of the best posters are open about not having gone to UM. I'd venture to say 50% of regulars on this bored are non-alums. About what one would expect.
I only "imply" it when an alleged graduate of Michigan displays absolutely NONE of the tendencies that show they are owed the VERY high esteem I hold them in. That's right: You graduate from Michigan, you're in my personal Hall of Fame. You've accomplished something I still have wet dreams over.
You act like a dolt who doesn't get sarcasm, I don't believe you.
I don't think you understand how sarcasm on the internet works.
Scratch that -- I don't think you understand how sarcasm works.
All I have to say is that as a Walmart Wolverine, the only thing I love more than retrospective sarcasm is the "random" use of "quotation" marks.
I am from the Youngstown-Warren Ohio area... Dad was a football fanatic (OSU) .. i was 6 yrs old and lived in a apartment across from the star of my hometown high School.
He use to let me play Bball with him and his brother and told my dad to bring me to see him play .. So my High school has the winged helmets and fight song is hail to the victors.
I went and seen those helmets and seen my neighbor who i looked at as like a Emmitt Smith (i was 6) .. and then my dad said "come watch the buckeyes" .. they were playing UM and i seen those helmets and thought it was where my neighbor would go to play when he got older because of the helmets .. I became a die-hard UM fan .. neighbor went on to set all the rushing records at Bucknell U .. and Dad was sick he did not better explain things to me (would not have mattered its in my blood to yell GO BLUE ! )
I'm also from the Youngstown area, worked there for several years and graduated from YSU. I live in Salem, Oh about 30 miles SW of Ytown. Salem is the hometown of Michigan kicker Bryan Wright.
I've liked Michigan since the early 80's & everyone asks me being from Ohio how did I start liking the enemy? I actually have no idea. Maybe it was the helmets or something as I was around 12 when I started rooting for the Maize N Blue.
I didn't start attending games until the mid 90's after I got out of the Air Force. I've been a season ticket holder for a few years now. My brother and I do the 3.5 hr drive every home game.
1) Lauderhill, FL (Random Fact: Vlad is from my home city and went to a rival high school.)
2) My Father is an M alum and it was always my dream to go to U-M. I've been a Wolverine since I was 7 and coming from a Florida boy that's saying something.
3) Random high school in SoFla (about an hour south of Pahokee).
I live in ATL now, but I graduated from Plantation. Where'd you go?
Nova Public. And I meant "Rival" as in every sport except football. As you probably know, Nova has never been known for it's football team...
Ha, yea. While I was there baseball was pretty hardcore between us and Nova. Usually you guys prevailed though, since baseball's pretty much your thing.
Yup, State champs 2 years in a row while I was there. Although, because I was always so focused on my Wolverines I never really got into being a "Titan." It's a lame mascot anyway.
1) Grand Rapids, MI
2) My parents have had tickets since before I was born
3) Rogers High School in Wyoming, MI
I was born in Ann Arbor in the sixties while my dad was in law school. At some point while I was growing up he bought season tickets, which we held onto while we moved around the metro Detroit area. Eventually we moved to Rochester, where I lived with one minor interruption until I graduated from high school (Rochester Adams).
I became a fan going to the games with my dad in the seventies. My brother and I would go to a game or two a year prior to the Rick Leach era, but '75 or '76 my dad bought two more season tickets and I went to nearly every game until I went away from college.
My great-grandfather was a publisher of an Ann Arbor newspaper back in the 1880s, and my grandfather spend much of his childhood in Ann Arbor. Granddad attended UM from 1901-04, getting a Lit degree '04 and a Masters soon after. Watching the first four years of Yost's tenure must have been an amazing thing.
For a short while my dad also lived in Ann Arbor during the early 1920s, on Wells and later on Packard. One of my prize possessions is a photo album of my grandfather's filled with photos from his time in Ann Arbor back then. One photo was taken right on the sidelines during the 1904 game against Chicago at Ferry Field, and Germany Schultz is clearly identifiable amidst the scrum of players. Don't know how grandpa got the photo, and the identical shot is in the Bentley archives.
My first football game at any level was a UM game in the late 50s, and I can clearly remember my dad suffering through radio broadcasts of UM getting pounded almost annually by Sparty during the late 50s and 60s. It's hard to imagine, but MSU's domination of us back then was every bit as thorough as Bo's domination of MSU turned out to be. My dad also completely loathed Woody Hayes, so I grew up more or less with the same attitude toward the Buckeyes.
Attending UM was sort of a foregone conclusion; I came here in '71 as a freshman from Grosse Pointe South, and never left. I got to see all but the first two years of Bo's reign.
You've seen quite a bit! Good to have you on this board.
a2; i grew up with campus minutes from my front door/i'm an alum; a2 huron.
What class from Huron? I student taught there in '97 and my wife is class of '88.
1. Maumee (Toledo), OH
2. Grandfather swam and Grandmother played field hockey at UM
3. Maumee High School
Currently reside in Portland, OR; any other UM fans here, let me know.
you Maumee bastards! ha I went to Anthony Wayne, I'd call Whitehouse my hometown, but live in Maumee/Monclova now. I went to University of Colorado because it took so long for Michigan to accept me, but I applied again and here I am! Not really sure when I "became" a fan. My parents are fair weather OSU fans. My earliest memory is Woodson's punt return in 1997... not a bad one eh?
have lived in Phoenix Ariz., L.A., Walled Lake Michigan, Folsom California, British Columbia, Washington State where I graduated high school. Attended Linfield college in Oregon and I currently reside in the Portland area. I became a fan when I lived in Walled Lake in late 60's. Parents had season tickets to the tigers- saw them win the series in 1968. Loved the winged helmets. Only got Michigan Ohio state games on t.v. when I lived in California- thus hated the suckeyes. Both of my sons are diehard Michigan fans as well. Plan to make our first trip to a Michigan game next October- can't wait!
Born and raised in Burns Park, Ann Arbor. Then moved to Perrysburg before High School. Attended a few community colleges, University of Toledo, OSU for three quarters, and Miami (NTM).
1. East Grand Rapids, MI
2. 5th generation graduate of UM. Family has had tix in Michigan Stadium since it was built. Michigan pennant hanging over my crib before I was born. Attended first UM game at the age of 2.5 in the 1974 season. Have attended at least one home game every season since then.
3. East Grand Rapids HS.
Richmond, Michigan. I started watching when I was 10 because I thought the uniforms looked cooler than Michigan States. I went to Richmond High School. We played Jake Long in 2002.
1. I was born in Detroit. I have lived in every part of SE Michigan possible (short list: Detroit, Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Warren, Harper Woods, Grosse Point Woods, Grosse Pointe Park, St. Clair Shores, Algonac, and a few others - currently A²). I have not lived in any other state.
2. I haven't been a fan of any other school. It's always been Michigan, as far as I can remember.
3. Algonac High School. Home of the maize & blue muskrats
dating a girl from Algonac haha. What year did you graduate there?
1. Bay City, MI
2. Grew up watching with my older brothers.
3. John Glenn HS, Home of Joe Denay, former UM Offensive Lineman from 99'-02'
I am from Watchung, NJ, but I was born a Wolverine.
My mom is from A2, and not only went to Michigan, but was a founding member and was the FIRST TEAM CAPTAIN in Michigan Varsity Women's Basketball history. Shes awesome.
Im now about to start my sophomore year in Ross School of Biz.
1. Livonia, MI
2. Grew up wanting to go to UM, rooted for UM as long as I can remember. Went to UM, graduated with my BA with distinction from LS&A in '07.
3. Dearborn Divine Child HS
You know what? I wholeheartedly agree that I deserved to be negged for this. Absolutely.
How dare you call LIVONIA your hometown. Tsk.
(set sarcasm detectors to "overwhelming")
Talk about faux pas. I lived in Livonia for about 15 years growing up and not even I made such a heinous mistake.
If I had to take a wild guess...and for once it wasn't me that negged you. I'd say it was one of those fucking Shamrocks from Dearborn Detroit Novi Northville Milford Redford Southfield Catholic Central.
I'm not even from Michigan but every one of those guys I have met has been a bit of a dbag about their school. Dudes need to calm down, it's effing high school.
My brother is a CC grad. It's kind of tempered by his time in the (comparatively) ghetto Livonia Public Schools, but he's a bag nonetheless.
Hell, I didn't go CC for two reasons:
1) All the kids I couldn't stand from grade school (Livonia St. Michael's) were going there.
2) Was afraid I'd turn gay.
He'd probably be angry to hear you say that, but luckily most dbags have not grown thumbs, and thus struggle to type on these here internets.
Filling out the application to State is somehow less difficult and does not require thumbs.
Born and raised in Scranton PA. Played baseball through high school. Same city as, and Illinois TE Hubie Graham, Penn State OL Eric Shrive. And Penn St. 3 rd string QB Matt Mcgloin. And Nebraska linebacker Sean Bodtmann. So you could probably guess that Penn St. fans infest my city, along with an equal number of wretched ND fans. I am the only UM fan i have come across. Everyone including my family wonders how i became a fan,and we get the regional broadcasts here of UM and I've loved Michigan since i started watching the games when i was 9.
1. Pittsburgh, PA
2. Moved to Michigan in 95'.. Friends had season tickets and my parents followed. Sister went to UM, then I did. Been blue forever.
3. Forest Hills Central HS, Grand Rapids
1. Born in California while my parents were there for a working vacation. I was almost immediately shuttled back to Metro Detroit. Growing up, I lived in Westland, Farmington Hills and, primarily, Livonia.
2. My dad was a super fan. No alums in my family, but my father was a season ticket holder for years and made sure everyone in our family were Michigan fans. Alum, 07.
3. Livonia Stevenson
1.) Grandville, MI.
2.) Parents are alums, season tix, et al.
1. Born and raised in Minnesota where my dad moved for a job (currently live in IA)
2. Mom and Dad both grew up in St. Claire Shores, all extended relatives live there, some UM grads,
Was born with maize and blue blood
2.)Picked Michigan in 1989 basketball bracket. Didn't know anything about the team. Everybody told me I was stupid and that 3 seed team couldn't win it all. The rest is history.
1) Cleveland, OH
2) Grandfather was a professor at UM. It trickled down.
First UM memory is when Biakabutuka ran wild against tOSU (was in early grade school). And being from Cleveland, '97 is the only title I've experienced in any sport. So it definitely goes down as one of the best years of my life, no doubt!
1. Nashville, TN
2. Before I was born, Mom and Dad lived in AA when Dad was getting his LLM at the Law School. Vanderbilt was my team as a kid, but Dad would always watch a Michigan football game when it was on. I went to UM (Residential College class of '91) in part to get out of the South and to go to a big university.
3. Just to see if anyone else is an alum, I went to The University School of Nashville k-12.
1.a) No, I don't own a gun or a snowmobile, because
2.) Moved to Ann Arbor at the age of 2. Grandpa was a Professor of Engineering and took me to every home game from about 1985 until 1997, when I
3.) Graduated from Pioneer and left for Evanston. Hence the handle, hence my relief that my two teams are on hiatus for a couple years.
I was born in Ann Arbor and have lived within 10 minutes of the Stadium for most of my life... I went to Pioneer. Some of my most distinct memories are related to UM football, although I can't say I became an earnest every-single-day-obsessive fan until '02, when I was twelve years old. My mom graduated from UM and took me to occasional games in the late 90s-early 00s. The first game I can remember watching was the Rose bowl in '98, and for the next 4 or 5 years I followed with increasing intensity. Until '02, I wasn't really able to comprehend why we ever lost a game; Syracuse was especially crushing to me. Following the team up and down the rankings, I felt proud that a team so close to where I lived was recognized as so good; during my formative years I got increasingly into sports, and football, especially Michigan football, was easily the most fun and most sentimental team to root for.
1. Born in Detroit, raised in Grosse Pointe Park.
3. High school is GP South
2. Because everyone growing up in Michigan is either a U-M fan or a State fan, and my dad's a U-M grad so I was raised correctly.
I actually knew one kid who was an Ohio State fan. It wasn't random, his parents were alums, but he was doubly annoying because he'd picked State as his number two team.
And what street in the Park? I lived on Notre Dame in GP City, then at the corner of Grayton and Kercheval, and then on Nottingham below Jefferson.
Graduated in 2000. I lived at the corner of Audubon and Vernor. Moved there when I was three - until then, we lived in a house on Outer Drive literally one house away from Mack.
The funny thing is, with the possible exception of Notre Dame because you didn't mention which block, all the places you mentioned are no more than a block away from people I know: my grandma used to live in those condos on Notre Dame next to the Village; a cousin of mine lived on Grayton between Kercheval and Vernor; and two of my best friends lived on Nottingham, just on the other side of Jefferson.
wooooooooooooo fellow GP homies, you know the struggle.
I didn't go to those ghetto GP Public Schools though.
Liggett: When South just isn't preppy enough.
(I don't know if you went to Liggett. You might have gone even further up the scale and hit up U-D. Who knows.)
haha...no Liggett for me...I went to the now closed Harper Woods Notre Dame.
I had no idea that Harper Woods ND closed. When did it close?
I saw a really, really, really bad show with a bunch of really, really bad local bands in the cafeteria there once.
It closed in 2003 I believe.
About four years ago.
I remember my mom threatening me with going to Notre Dame if I didn't pick my grades up in middle school. Glad I didn't go, mainly because I think it would suck if my high school was closed.
Edit - weird, I replied to the post above CGC's. I do assume an actual alum would know better than I would about it.
yup, it was rough on the mean streets of Grosse Pointe. You never knew when some guy in tassel loafers and a pink LaCoste shirt with a sweater knotted around his neck would come after you with his paddle tennis racquet if he thought you put a door ding in his Eldorado.
Wahoo, we lived on Notre Dame just a few houses from Vernor close to Maire School.
While now the Schembechler years have acquired the soft golden glow of unblemished happiness, I don't mind saying that there was a considerable amount of frustration that went along with all the victories. And, believe it or don't, there was no small amount of criticism directed at Bo himself during the early '70s because of the losses to OSU in '70, 72, the tie in '73 that felt like a loss, and '74. Because of the criminally stupid rule the Big Ten had back then limiting bowl game participation to the Rose Bowl and nothing else, all those losses to OSU meant Michigan got to stay home for the holidays. As bad as it felt last year to not go to a bowl game, nobody could claim it was somehow unfair, because we went 3-9 and truly earned that suckitude. Imagine going 50-4-1 over a five-year stretch and going to one fucking bowl game during those five years (and losing that one bowl game in the bargain, to Stanford).
At one point during the '73-'74 time period, there was graffiti written on the walls above the urinals in two or three bars in town that said, "Fire Bo and hire Linda Lovelace — she doesn't choke on the big one." If you young whippersnappers don't recognize the name, wikipedia has the story.
Goes to show that the grass is always greener.
2. Grew up supporting NW but stopped following college sports at about the age of 10. Rekindled the love when I decided to go to Michigan.
3. Big suburban high school no one here knows.
1. Grew up in Hancock, MI but currently living in Bellevue, NE.
2. Michigan Tech alum but UM football fan since birth.
3. Hancock High School.
Rockin Loud which Omaha high school did you go to?
Sweet, I live just down the road in LaVista/Ralston. Might be buying a house in Bellevue in the near future.
Just saw your high school question.
I went to Papillion-LaVista, class of '01 (when there was just one papillion high school)
1. Troy, MI
2. Both parents went to U-M, so I grew up with it. 1989 (when I was in the fourth grade) was the first season I paid attention to, although I didn't really understand what was going on. I have a distinct memory of watching the Rocket Ismail ND game with my dad. The next week I complained to my friends at school, "We shoulda never kicked it to him!" - not that I even knew what that meant.
I had the same experience. Anytime I see or hear about the Rocket I think of watching my dad's blood pressure rise as he was screaming "Why are you kicking to him?"
1. Beaumont, TX
2. Dad attended Southern Cal and Colorado, Mom went to Purdue. We moved to Cincinnati, OH when I was 6. Saying that there are a lot of Michigan fans in Ohio is an understatement. I went to a catholic school and you were either a Notre Dame fan or a Michigan fan. I fell in love with the helmets and uniforms as a kid and that was basically it. It didn't hurt that some of my best friends were Michigan fans.
1) I grew up in Shelby Twp. MI
2) I really just started getting into sports in 5th grade during the 1997 season. (Obviously it was a good year to be a young sports fan around Detroit.) But I don't think I'll ever forget when I became a hardcore Michigan fan though. A couple of days before Christmas 2004, we were having a big family party at my parents house and I got my acceptance letter in the mail, one of the happiest days of my life. Then I sealed it forever with a huge block M tattoo on my arm last summer.
1) myrtle beach SC
2) i didn't like michigan till i came here as a student
1. Sterling Heights, MI. Grew up in Michigan but moved to Chicago as a teenager. Now in NYC, but I kind of consider Ann Arbor my hometown, (home is where the heart is, no?) and someday I'd like to move back.
2. Third generation Michigan fan. It's encoded in my DNA. I was one those babys the parents deck out in U-M gear. First game was in '91 agasinst Northwestern. In third or fourth grade I did a book report on 'Bo.' Also an alum, class of '06.
3. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL.
1. Northville, MI
2. Parents are both alums, season ticket holders for football, basketball, and hockey, never really given the choice to do anything else. My sister has undergraduate and graduate degrees from UM. I'm also an alum, graduated in '08. Hoping on grad school as well.
3. Northville High School
So, yeah, I'm legit.
1. I was born in Beijing, China, but was raised in Windsor/LaSalle Ontario, just across the border. Live in Northville, MI now.
2. Wasn't really into football or anything until high school, but then I started watching and all my friends liked Michigan. I guess all my friends cheered for the Lions too so it was a good thing I didn't pick up on that. I think the turning point was the 2004 Michigan/Michigan State game. I remember watching a true freshman leading the Wolverines and Braylon being his usual dominant self (I played receiver in HS too). I was one of the only people from my high school to apply to American colleges, and I got into Michigan and ended up going here. I'll be a senior next year!
3. Went to Sandwich Secondary in LaSalle.
1) I was born in Highland Park, MI. It's in the middle of Detroit.
2) I was left alone at home by my parents at the age of nine. I turned on the television and began turning the channel selector (no remote). I settled on a football game that looked like it was pretty intense. The date was November 22, 1969. U-M 24 - OSU 12. I was hooked.
3) I grew up in various cities in the Downriver area. That's between Detroit and Monroe along I-75.
Garvie, you played really well that game...you should be proud.
Saw my first game in 1975 when I was 8 years old. We played Missouri. I was in Cub Scouts and my dad took our whole troop to the game without tickets. We paid, they let us in, we sat in the aisle facing the scoreboard. I remember it as if it wasn't quite that long ago! I was born in LaSalle, MI and went to Erie-Mason High School. Met Bo in 1989 while on a recruiting trip with my younger brother. They were recruiting him to grayshirt. Took a tour of the stadium and weight room with I believe Jerry Hanlon. Moved to SC in 1994. I get terribly nervous before every game and insanely angry after a loss! I really believe we should win every game we play!
Grew up in Bellevue (over by Battle Creek).
After 4 years in SEC purgatory in Augusta Ga now in Fort Wayne, In.
Became a Michigan fan when I was young, probably because they were the only Big 10 team on TV at the time.
Attended my first game in 1997 against Ohio State. I can still see Woodson make that punt return.
The best part is my second daughter a Michigan Fan and now we need to make our annual trip north for a game.
Of course that also means we saw the App State debacle and sat through the sleet at Northwestern one year - all the way to the end even though she was freezing she wanted to stay for the entire game.
1. Canton, Michigan
2. My dad and uncles were Michigan fans when I was growing up so I had a interest in them but really didn't understand what was going on. That changed when I was in the fourth grade in 2001, my teacher was a huge Michigan fan and I had always liked Michigan to that point so I really became a big fan that year and have been ever since.
3. Plymouth High School
1. Arcanum, OH
2. Mid 90's or so. My buddy's older brother was a big Michigan fan, and he got me hooked in Jr High. Oh the Cooper days...
3. Arcanum High School
Grew up in Wyandotte. Dad and uncle went to Michigan. Dad never graduated, but uncle got his BA, MA and PhD from U-M and taught there for a while.
I started going to games as a young'un. Dad had season tix. I grew up Catholic and HATING Notre Dame, which didn't go over well at our parish. My mom always said just because we were Catholic didn't mean we coudln't hate Notre Dame.
Theodore Roosevelt High School.
Did undergrad elsewhere, but working and going to grad school at U-M.
Wife also went to U-M, so I have chosen . . . wisely.
1. New Haven, CT.
2. Alumni - didn't follow the football team specifically before attending.
3. Snobby New England Prep School
3. Snobby New England Prep School
Never would've guessed. :)
1. Born in Lansing, lived in Detroit til I was 11 and moved to Florida. Now I'm back at U of M.
2. Honestly M was just on TV growin up and I never stopped watching. Stayed a fan through high school in Florida. Coming to U of M was pretty much my motivation to get good grades in high school and get out of Florida.
Where in Florida are you from? I'm from the Ft. Lauderdale area and my motivation was the same as yours: I had to get out of FL (in addition to always being a Wolverine).
I'm from Tampa. People don't seem to understand when I tell them I gotta get out of Florida cus I can't stand it but I"m sure you're in the same boat.
2. Received a UM football when I was young, been a fan ever since
3. De La Salle Collegiate
I've been reading this board for several months now so I guess it's about time to start posting.
1. Springfield, OH. Roughly 45 minutes from the Horseshoe.
2. Even though everyone around me is a buckeye, I never particularly liked them. I loved college sports but never had a favorite when I was younger. When I was about 11 I started watching Michigan football starring Charles Woodson. That was all I needed, been a huge fan since. I go to A2 so much I like to imagine that it's home for me instead of Ohio. I go to all the home games for football, try to get to 3 or 4 basketball games a year, and I throw in a hockey/baseball game every once in awhile.
1. Born in Indiana
2. My dad is a UM fan3
1)born in St. Paul Minnesota
2) My dad is an alum so I was brainwashed at a young age
3) Mounds Park Academy
1. Im from a tiny island in the Caribbean. I was a nerdy kid and with a limited exposure to American culture so my interest in sports was non existent as well as my knowledge of American universities. After giving serious thought to my future in High School I decided to pursue my life long dream of becoming an engineer and I knew I had to take a boat to the US for the best opportunities. I told my mom about this spectacular place called "Ann Harbor" that I wanted to go to for their elite engineering school and I convinced her to help me go after a year of begging(no joke).
2. My interest began on my first game in the big house against Miami but what sealed my love forever was Braylonfest 04'. Never Forget.
3. Catholic All-dudes High School.
1. A native of Livonia, Michigan
2. I blame my mother, and by conjecture, her mother, for being huge Michigan fans. Ironically, of my three siblings, I am the only one who picked up the Michigan fandom, as my siblings largely became Spartan fans just two tweak me. Since I was in fourth grade, I wanted to go to Michigan and worked at getting in to Michigan from that point on. Now a proud alumnus.
3. Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Livonia, Michigan, the alma mater of former Michigan quarterback David Hall.
Sparty City. At first I thought it was just in the Stevenson section of town... but I've come to find out the who city leans slightly to the Sparty side. It was a depressing realization.
Good to see another SHS Spartan on board, though.
I've never really noticed that (still live over there), but I guess that could be because I didn't actually go to Stevenson. Seems pretty even to me. Plus, my next door neighbor is a colossal, huge Michigan fan and his grandson is former blue chip LB recruit Jim Presley. Everything else seems to get overshadowed by that.
It's as evenly split as anywhere in Detroit... like 60/40. I think it's because more people from Livonia end up at State.
I'm not gonna lie -- I've always felt there was a bigger UM presence throughout most of Metro Detroit.
I do too, I guess I'm just phrasing this all wrong haha. I think in general it's 60/40 UM/MSU. And in Livonia it's the reverse.
Not sure about all of metro Detroit, but almost all of Oakland County is 80/20ish or better.
Yeah, when I was growing up (in Oakland Co.), it seemed like the only people who rooted for State were those who had family ties there. Most everyone else (aside from a small number of ND fans) rooted for U-M.
Glad to see SHS #47 this year, they were average at best when I graduated in 2000.
Stevenson grad here as well. I would say that Livonia residents tend to follow whatever program is having the better season. I am not including myself in that group, but did notice this. Most graduates who stayed local, definitey were more likely to head to State to party than A2. Yet all acknowledge the historical and academic superiority of UofM. Sorry for the generalizations, just my 2 cents.
1. Where you were born/hometown
New York City
2. How you became a UM fan
Enrolling at the university. (Last minute, my step dad recommended I apply to Michigan. He was from the midwest, and thought it was good for me to apply to some schools out there.)
3. (optional) high school you attended
Xavier HS (all boys, Jesuit). Notable alumni, Al Roker, Antonin Scalia.
I'm from Dayton, OH (and currently live there totally against my will).
I grew up AN Ohio state university well-wisher, not so much a fan, and senior year in high school I still didn't know where I wanted to go to college. I played trumpet, and when the MMB halftime show at the 1993 Rose Bowl was televised featuring a trumpet quartet, that's when I started having serious thoughts about Michigan.
And then later that year came the Fab Five's Final Four run, and the hockey team's Frozen Four run, and that was all she wrote.
I'm still riding on the roller coaster that is MGoFandom. Where else would you rather be?
I was born and raised in East Lansing (East Lansing High School) and grew up cheering for Michigan State (I was a kid...I didn't know any better). As soon as I made my decision to attend UM, I became a die-hard fan and haven't looked back since.
Started out in Grosse Ile and Wyandotte. Moved to Tampa area as a kid. M football was just my way of keeping a piece of home with me forever.
Not sure, mom and dad said I would watch in amazement and would run to my room crying when M would lose (some things never change). Whitmer, class of 89!
1) Born and raised in Seattle, WA, family moved to Spokane, WA between 7th and 8th grade
2) Two stories here. I have liked Michigan football since the early 90's when I saw my first live college football game. My parents are both U of Washington (UDUB) alums. They took me to the Rose Bowl games in '92 and '93. I had no particular fondness for the Huskies other than to please my parents but I knew the other team had cooler helmets so I rooted for them during both games (the rest of the UW alumni in those sections were not happy).
I attended USC for undergraduate, but always followed and rooted for UM whenever they weren't playing the Trojans. I'll call them my 1A and 1B teams.
Moved here to Ann Arbor for graduate school in 2006 and really started following the Wolverines like a true fanatic then.
3) Gonzaga Prep High School
Your mom is a wise, wise person.
Detroit. Attended Cass Tech for 9th and 10th grade, then family moved out to Westland (MI). Played two years for Chuck Gordon (Lloyd Carr's successor at Westland John Glenn).
I knew when I was six years old that I was going to go to the University of Michigan, and told anyone that asked. It was the only school that I applied to as a junior. Got in, and the rest is history. I now live in Chicago, but I am FROM Detroit.
Redwings, Tigers, Pistons and even the Lions.
But UM is number one in my heart.
1. I was born in Ann Arbor; the UM Hospital saved my life when I was born premature with Cerebal Palsy, and ever since then, have loved Michigan with a passion. My hometown is about an hour away, but I hate it, and consider A2 my hometown.
2. Most of my family went to MSU (my mother has two degrees from that horrid place), but as per my origin was at UM, my fandom began literally at birth. My Dad went to CMU, but took me to a lot of UM football games as a child in the early 90's. When I wasn't at the games, I adored watching them on television and spent a lot of time in Ann Arbor. I would go ballistic if we ever lost, which I still do. After high school, I applied to UM, got in, just graduated, and it has been THE love affair of my life ever since. Now I'm looking for a job, and the only sad part about leaving the State of Michigan for me will be missing Ann Arbor.
Born and raised in Saginaw
I've been a fan as long as I can remember (at least 3rd generation), but it really sunk in during Desmond Howard's heisman year (I was 11-12)
Went to Arhtur Hill HS in Saginaw - Same school as Shonte Peoples, Sam Sword (3 yrs ahead of me) and Jason Richardson (2yrs behind me)
1. Born in Manhattan, but I've spent my whole life in Brooklyn.
2. Lifelong fan (I have the baby pictures in Michigan gear to prove it). My dad is a Michigan alumnus who also grew up a Michigan fan in East Detroit. I've been watching Michigan football since before I remember. I vaguely remember the 1997 season, but can't remember any specific players and games until 1998 (Anthony Thomas, David Terrell, Tom Brady etc).
3. Stuyvesant High School (I'll be a senior this year).
represent. (MI transplant, but been here for 9 years so I'm kind of bklyn)
Anyway, I'm from Grand Rapids (moved there as a youth, I usually say I'm "from" the North Chicago suburbs).
My story of becoming a UM fan is pretty different from most, especially as someone who's diehard enough to become a blogger. My dad is an Ohio State alum, and both my parents are OSU fans from Ohio. They never really followed college football all that much (though they do have an unopened 6-pack of Coke in their house touting the 2002 National Championship). I was also not huge into sports until after high school. I probably watched 10 college football games in my whole life before... enrolling at UM. I became a fan during my first game in the Big House, and the '04 MSU game and the Rose Bowl loss to Texas really turned me into a serious fan.
I attended Forest Hills Central (C'04) in Grand Rapids.
1. Jackson, MI
2. Long line of family alumni groomed me. Went to all but a few football games here and there growing up. Now I'm the most recent alumnus.
1. Born in Troy, MI
2. My dad went to OSU, my mom went to State but it was my grandfather who converted me into a UM fan. First memory was watching Biakabutuka and thinking that was the sweetest last name ever.
3. Parents moved overseas so I graduated from international high school but now live in fl.
1. Born in Brazil and moved around a lot as a kid before eventually settling in Montclair, NJ.
3. Montclair High School (David Tyree)
2. Wasn't really a fan of Michigan until I decided on going to school there in early '06.
1. Born in '85, Madison, WI.
2. I'm not sure how I became a Michigan fan. My dad grew up in MN, went to Wisconsin. My mom grew up in Iowa. I lived around a bunch of Domers in Chicago. My Grandpa grew up an Ohio State fan. But despite a connection to just about every other Big Ten school, I somehow have been an obsessed Michigan fan for as long as I can remember. My mom doesn't even know how it started. Most likely the Fab Five, but I don't even remember watching them live.
1. Born in Toledo, OH but lived my entire life in Erie, MI.
2. Entire family are huge Michigan fans. My dad has 8 brothers and 5 sisters, all of whom are Michigan fans. My Uncle still holds 8 Season tickets in Section 7 at the big house. Being a Michigan fan has been ingrained in me since I was old enough to sing "The Victors".
3. Graduated from Erie Mason High School in 1998.
I was born in Sandusky, Ohio so I was a OSU fan by birth. I am catholic so I had to cheer for Notre Dame too...
I moved to Holland, Michigan in 1987 and continued to be a closet OSU fan until my wife went to Michigan for a PhD program. She was able to get student (and spouse) season ticket so the slow conversion began.(she was paid by the University and you have to follow the money trail) At the same time my two future sons-in-law were students at Michigan. (The daughters went to St. Mary's College and had season tickets for ND games) We would tailgate for all the Michigan games and about 7 years ago my future sons-in-law told me I had to get off the fence - I put on the Michigan hat and never looked back.
I moved to A2 4 years ago and have seen a lot of great action at the Big House but I think the best is yet to come - Go Blue!
Born in Lansing, quickly moved to East lansing, went to East Lansing HS. Luckily, my parents met at U of M in grad school and raised me right. Dad worked for Gov. Blanchard when I was born and a boss from his office sent a stuffed wolverine with a music box in its stomach to the hospital (it still plays The Victors, though a little slow and warbly now). With a big fuzzy music-playing block M-wearing wolverine in your crib from day 1, how could you stray? 18 years later we were off to Ann Arbor. Snuck him into the Big House for the 2003 OSU game and Breaston rubbed his belly after we rushed the field.
1. Born in Lapeer, MI..My Parents are from North Branch, and Clifford.....I was raised in the Public Schools of Flint. I guess I was born on the commute between my parents hometowns and their home in Flint. Hence, Lapeer.
2. My Mom, My Dad, My Aunt, My Uncle, all were UM Graduates. I was raised in Maize n Blue Diapers. My Father worked at my high school, so I was fortunate to know many of my High Schools great Football players under Coach Dar Christensen. Rick Leach, Gene Johnson, Brian Carpenter, Gary Lee, Rodney Feaster all played at my High School. The Leach family has always been great family friends. My Parents had my older sister, myself, and my brother all enrolled at UM. Greatest time of my life, Thanks Mom and Dad.
3. Flint Southwestern 1986........The Colts....School later closed and became Flint Southwestern Academy.....(MSU Charlie Bell)
life-long fan ever since I began watching games as a kid with my dad
#1/3> b. chapel hill nc, hometown valpo IN (vhs)
#2> b. 64 -- liked the vikings and fran the man/bud grant by age 6 and by about 10 I honed in on MI as favorite college team. The helmets and colors and rivalry with OSU were the deal back then. THough we were stealthy lutherans, my Dad in one of his most outstanding moves took me to S. Bend to see TD tony play (beat?) the Irish in the 70s (and eventually take the Heisman?).
-- not a huge M fan until I tranferred to um in early/mid eighties (morris harbaugh days) and not over the edge obsessed until a) 97, b) bo's passing and c) lloyd's farewell saga.
--(echoing other post) I picked UM to win the 89 NCAAs the only time I won a sizable bracket pool and I went all howard dean and shit.
Apparently, there is no hope for me now other than the promise of fall and the bottom of a glass.
Are you Cam Cameron?
1. Born and raised in Washington, DC.
2. Son of two Michigan graduates + Mom's post-graduate M degree in education. Now I'm a rising senior at Michigan.
3. St. Albans
1) Born in Flint (in the 70's)
2) Dad is UM alumn and current proffesor at UM-Flint. I grew up going to Michigan games and am still addicted to it. I went to college in Wisconsin for two years and then transferred to UM so I could finish my degree there. Currently living in Wisconsin.
3) Went to Michigan Lutheran Seminary (Saginaw) for high school.
1. Jakarta, Indonesia. Grew up all over the place, but mostly Sydney, Australia (I reside here now).
2. Dad went to UM Med School for PhD during Desmond years (and a little after), attended all home games while I was in AA. Have been a fan ever since and i still wake up at 3 in the morning just to watch M football games from the internet every week during the season.
3. Some high school in Jakarta. (Attended Northside ES and Clague MS while I was in AA.)
You deserve more than +1 for getting up in the middle of the night to watch us play (on the other side of the world, no less). THAT is a sign of being a true Michigan Man.
Did you by chance go to JIS? I went high school at Singapore American School and played basketball, volleyball and softball against JIS.
Parents both from Michigan, Dad moved us to Colorado about 3 years before I was born so that he could write for the Rocky and then Cheiftain (side note, he was a sports writer for the Detroit News (?) in the early 70's). They decided to take a road trip back to Michigan when my mom was 8.5 months pregnant with me, and I was born in Detroit on said road trip! Seriously, who takes a road trip when they are that pregnant?!?
Lived in Colorado (More or less) ever since!
My dad took me to a Michigan game when I was 5 with his "Press Pass" (they used to let anybody in with a Press Pass), and I have been hooked ever since!
Side note, because of his Press Pass, I was able to witness the highest scoring game in history Pistons vs Nuggets (1983)with the good guys winning, as well as the all-star game held in Denver in (1984). Too bad they have the strips on their passes now a days! Back then, those passes could get anybody in!
Haven't been to a Michigan game in 10+ years, wife and kid happened, but hoping to get out hopefully next year!
Rye High School, Colorado
1) Long Island, NY
2) Older sister and future brother-in-law were Music and LSA '71 respectively, so I was a UM fan since '68 and remember the '69 UM-OSU game.
3) East Islip HS (most famous football alumnus- Boomer Esiason was a year behind me)
1. Born in Somerset, KY, raised in London, KY...yeah, you probably have no idea where that is. I lived in Oakwood (Dayton), OH from the time I was 10 til I was 14.
2. I was first ensnared by "The Michigan Difference", when I first started getting into football, around the age of 9. I knew that they had the most wins, a bunch of national championships and were always good. A long while after, looking into more of the history of the school and football team, the town's and school's political ideals, the level of education the school provides, I became a die-hard fan of not only the team but the school. The 2008 season only strengthened my love for the program more.
3. North Laurel '08.
1. Belleville,MI (birthplace of techno. Ask somebody)
2. No choice (not that it would have been difficult). In my blood. A.C., Harbaugh, Bo, etc., etc.
3. Belleville High School.
4. Been repping bklyn since '00.
5. Also repped Paris for a while. 75009.
Deerfield, IL (Chicagoish); my dad went to ND and I thought it was fun to annoy him when I was younger... took it to the next level when touring campuses and fell in love with Ann Arbor and never looked back since...
My Grandma started betting a quarter with me on every UM OSU game since I was about six (1990). She was from Ohio so naturally she picked Ohio St. Have been a Michigan fan ever since (I won a lot of quarters those days, she died before I had to start paying up this decade). My great uncle was one of the founders and original dean of the RC at UM. I remember hearing Keith Jackson refer to Biakabatuka as "Touchdown Tim." Only been to one game and not even at Michigan Stadium...someday...
Nice. Do you still live in SB? I went to college there (Westmont) and knew a few people at SBCC and UCSB.
which for all of you office fans is 20 minutes south of Scranton.
I became a fan mostly because my aunt went to UofM and my earliest memory of Michigan was going to a PSU/ Michigan game where Michigan stopped PSU 4 times on the goal line and I was hooked on football.
I live in West Palm Beach, Florida now and it is great to see all of the Florida kids from my area on Michigan.I will add living in Gator country and the U that most of these fans respect Michigan down here and it is nice to talk smack to Gator fans over the bowl win.
showing all the hometowns and/or current residence locations. Truly an international fan base.
everywhere and if someone did it for Ohio St you would see the whole state of Ohio covered and South Carolina and maybe 10 dots scattered throughout the country.lol
That is not true at all. OSU is one of the most national-wide fan bases there is(but not as much as Michigan)
While this is true, most of the people I have met outside of the midwest that are OSU fans are not OSU alumni. I can only think of one person off the top of my head. I have met quite a few UM alumni all over. Hell I was at a grocery store in San Diego wearing my Michigan Hoodie and a guy all the way at the other end of the aisle yelled, "Go!" and pointed at me, to which I replied,"Blue," of course. We started talking and it turns out he flies to Ann Arbor for every home football game and sits in his season seats that he has had for more than two decades.
1) Born in Ft. Stewart, GA; raised in Cherry Hill, NJ
2) Was a fan of UM before I attended (Denis Franklin, Rick Leach years). But hey, I was also a fan of Notre Dame and Michigan State as well. What did I know, I was a kid back then.
3) Cherry Hill (NJ) High School East
Born in Evansville, IN, but moved a lot growing up (Japan, Philippines, Singapore). Inherited my UM fanhood from my dad who is an alum.
First became emotionally invested during the Fab Five days when I was 6 or 7 years old. During the 1993 NCAA Final against UNC I was too young to stay up and watch the game against UNC (the timeout game) so my parents left a note by my brothers' and my alarm clock that said UNC won and I woke up devastated.
At age 7 moved to Japan and a few years after that in 1997 while living in the Philippines my dad decided to order VHS tapes of all the Michigan football games from a service called Pontel which would tape NCAA football and NFL games for people living overseas. My brothers and I would avoid finding out the results of the games (not hard to do living in Manila in 1997) until the tapes came about a week late. It was great to watch that magical season while being able to fast forward through commercials (before TiVO!). I distinctly remember sitting in my humid family room in Manila watching that Woodson INT vs MSU.
By the time I was in high school I lived in Singapore and the internet was prevalent, so I would wake up at midnight (for noon games) or 3:30 am (for afternoon games) on Saturday night/Sunday morning to listen to the online radio stream live.
I was glad to be able to watch the games on TV live when I returned to the US for college in 2004. Now living in China though, so I'm back to waking up in the middle of the night for games.
So, how is the English in Singapore? I've heard it's good, but some people have also told me that most of the common people are pretty Engrish-y.
English in Singapore is very good, though there is a distinct Singapore accent. The locals do speak Singlish, an English/Mandarin hybrid, amongst friends. but just about everyone you meet can turn the Singlish off when they speak to foreigners.
In my case fandom didn't trickle down from my family but UP. My enthusiasm for the game really peaked my moms interest and now she wont miss a game, just don't ask her to explain the spread offense or any of the penalties.
This brings me to a very serious concern. If I ever have kids I need to introduce them to Michigan slowly and without pressure so that they don't become buckeyes just to spite me. That would kill me.
1. Wyoming, MI (just outside of Grand Rapids)
2. My parents have had season tickets since before I was born
3. Lee High School
I was born in Monroe, MI.
A friend in elementary school invited me to go to a Michigan game with his family in the late '80s. At the time, I don't even think I knew MSU existed. Michigan was the only college that mattered. It was the only college I applied to and, luckily, I got in.
Did you go to Monroe High?
1. Born in and still reside in Springfield, IL.
2. Never really followed a team when I was little. Dad not big into sports but went to U of I... 1st memory of college sports is the Fab 5 and I have been hooked ever since.
3. Sacred Heart- Griffin High School. Springfield, IL. Graduated from Illinois State University a few years back... hence the username.
1. Born in Battle Creek and grew up in that area.
2. In 5th grade, for a reading assignment I read "Rose Bowl All American" and I've been a Michigan fan since then.
3. Went to High School in Union City. Moved South in 1986 and lived in Florida for a few years before landing in South Carolina.
Born in Farmington Hills, MI born and raised in Wyandotte, MI except for my mistake of a freshman year of college....
My Uncle Mike is my closest non-immediate family member and he is a rabid M fan. I remember watching and imitating Tyrone Wheatley, Mercury Hayes, Elvis Grbac, and all the legends that played after. Favorite Michigan player ever was Tyrone Wheatley..somehow I remember that Rose Bowl against Washington where he FUCKD.SHIT.UP. even though I was only 7 and don't recall much else about my life from that time... After going to MTU for my freshman year (I never applied to M out of HS because I didn't think I could afford it...) transferred into M and graduated in December with a BA with distinction..
Theodore Roosevelt High School.
1. Born in Wilmington, NC, grew up in a little hole (that's as nice as I can be about it) called Laurinburg.
2. Moved to A2 to attend UM for grad school in 1986. Undergrad at East Carolina U, at a time when 3-9 would've been a welcome improvement (we went 2-9 two consecutive years that I was there). I'm ashamed to say I didn't know much about Michigan football (NC is a basketball state!) before moving to A2, but I was instantly hooked, not to mention thrilled that I had a team to root for that was gonna have a winning season every year. (Damn, why did I have to go and think that all those years ago.... ugh...2008.... siiiigh.) Anyway... been bleeding maize and blue for 23 years now. I pretty much schedule my fall life around the home games and the big away games. As I like to tell people, I don't pay these big bucks for my season tickets to NOT go to the games. :)
3. Scotland High School (Scotland County, NC)
Yes, I still live in Santa Barbara, what years where you at Westmont? Any other Californians? I run into a ton of Ohio St. people here...it sucks...
1.) I was born in Jackson, MI raised in Grand Rapids and I now live in Charlotte, NC.
2.)I have been a Michigan fan as long as I can remember. My Grandfather is a Michigan fan and would bring me to games when I was a kid. He took me to Fan Day one August when I was 10 but had the date wrong so we just walked around the sports complex. It was truly amazing walking into the stadium when it was completely empty. There was hardly anyone there so the staff let my Grandfather and I tour the locker room. I have a picture of me sitting in Elvis Grbac's locker and we met Derek Alexander on our way out. Ever since then my fandom only grew stronger. My Aunt has season tickets so before I moved I would go to at least three games year.
I grew up in Harrison Michigan and have always been a
Michigan fan. I am stuck living in Canton,Ohio with all
of these dreaded Ohio State Buckeye fans. I always wear
my Michigan hat and shirts when I'm not working. My
office is all full of Michigan Wolverines stuff. I always
tell them how great it is to be a Michigan fan. I can,t
wait until we start beating them again so I can shut them
up about their Buckeyes and their stupid mascot. I do get
to watch the Massillon football team (high school) play on
Friday nights thats kind of cool. Massillon is where Chris Speilman, Shawn Crable and incoming Justin Turner played
high school football. I am going to the Western game and the Ohio State game this year so I hope we win them both.
ITS GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE FAN !!!!!! Go Blue !!!!
1)born in Killeen TX, moved all around FL until i was 9, then moved to Dexter MI. Consider Panama City FL and Ann Arbor to be co-hometowns.(Dexter is useless)
2)my mom's family are all blue, so i got it from a young age. even wore a UM football uni halloween costume in Tallahassee one year. after we moved to MI and had the whole family around it was inevitable.
i went to dhs, too. when did you graduate? (i graduated in 2000)
1. Sanford, MI (right by midland)
2. Watching the GLI at the Joe with my dad when i was 5 or 6 ... the game was btw umich and tech and i didnt know either ... mich hockey scored like 12 goals and ive been obsessed ever since ... also didnt hurt that state played lssu (who i was cheering for) so i hated them immediatly
3. Meridian Mustang Class of '08 ... played football, basketball, and baseball
Born in East Grand Rapids (Blodgett, what!)
My mom was a HUGE Domer fan, she was Irish, Catholic, grew up in South Bend, had family who went there. For whatever reason I cheered for Michigan which pissed off everyone on that side of the family. Then I went to Michigan and my mom totally turned and talks shit to her relatives. It's interesting at Christmas.
Forest Hills Northern HS, '02.
back in my G-Raps days I referred to it as "Blood Gate"
1. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2. My grandfather became a huge Michigan fan when he came to America; his kids (including my mother) all went to Michigan. My dad also became a fan when he came to America. I didn't really have a choice in the matter. I just graduated with my BSE in Mechanical Engineering and I'm coming back for my MSE. I also did a 4-year stint in the Michigan Marching Band (clarinet).
3. Andover High School
1. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI.
2. However, I had the good luck to be the daughter of a U-M alum, and so instead of growing up a Sconnie fan like everyone around me, I got to spend Saturdays watching Michigan. (In the old days, before ESPN 2 and the BTN, sometimes the only way my dad could catch games was on AM radio. I remember him spending a lot of fall Saturdays out in the garage, "working.")
I went to school out East (I know, should have gone to A2 instead), but since my school didn't have any football team, I just stuck with Michigan. It is perhaps a pathetic commentary on the kind of fan I am that I once went - by myself - to see them play in the NIT championship at MSG. I did get to sit courtside, so that was kind of cool.
Now I live in SEC country. At least we get the BTN here.
3. Unless you're from MKE, you wouldn't know it.