If you could hop in a time machine to attend one past M game which would it be? I realize this is a tough question but please limit your response to one game. Is it a bowl game or perhaps a great home game so you could experience the home crowd and take in the game day experience in A2? For me, I think I would have to settle on the 1998 Rose Bowl for reasons I am sure I need not explain.
Time machine to one M game
The 1997 Penn State game. It would be amazing to watch the d-bags in Happy Valley grow more and more silent as we mack-slapped the #1 team in the country.
This is exactly why I started this thread. I remember that game well but, I wouldn't have thought of it.
The PSU fans were yelling for us to sit down. They stopped when the score hit 24-0.
I would have loved to been at the 2006 ND game to watch the crushed Irish souls file out of the stadium.
And you can't have one without the other...
That would be my pick as well.
To be there live would've been an unending, ever increasing, orgasm of schadenfreude.
Carr arguing for 2 more seconds of time, Manningham catch on the last play of the game to wreck Penn State's perfect season and keep our win streak against them going in a down year. This set up his huge day against Notre Dame the next year where Super Mario was unstoppable.
I was at the PSu-UM game that year. Flew in from Omaha and sat with two friends (yes, I have them) who were very bitter anti-Lloyd guys (I'm ain't gonna lie--I was too).
Welp, PSU goes up with that TD with about what, 7 seconds to go? You figure NO WAY? Yep. My friends storm out, and I guess I didn't want to walk from Ann Arbor back to Warren. So we leave, but hear the roar of Breaston's kickoff return and stop to watch the end on one of the TV screens in some concourse. The rest is history, and I haven't talked to those guys since.
In fact, their bodies are buried in my back yard.
Similar situation happend to me for the Virginia game. Not sure what the rules are now but my senior year if you played football you could contact universities and they would just give you tickets. Anyway, there with a couple guys from my team who were not fans either way and they drag me out of the place. Ended up watching the end on some guys tv in his front yard and hearing the Big House go crazy. Haven't left a game early since. All of my girlfriends over the years have hated me for it.
I will be telling that story for years to come...
My friends and I left Ann Arbor Friday night in order to camp just inside the Michigan border so we could get to South Bend with plenty of time to tailgate. Unfortunately the campground was an alcohol free venue. We got caught having a beer and a bong at 3am by the overzealous Camp Ranger, who walked OUT OF THE WOODS to confront us (dude was spying on us). He promptly confiscated our 8 fifths of liquor and dual 30 racks of PBR, and told us to leave at 6am (in order to have time to sober up I suppose)
Fine by us, we got to Southbend extra early (after stopping at the first liquor store we saw to reload). We tailgated close enough to see the stadium, in a sea of green we were holding it down for Michigan. Before the game a group of ND fans next to us (ND fans in general are extremely nice people IMO), invited us to play a game of Beer Pong. We promptly destroyed them and ran their table for a couple hours before we retired and let them play again.
Anywho, the time finally arrived and the mass exodus from the parking area toward the stadium began. Lots of good natured taunting between the fans of both teams. The air was tense and electric, I felt like a kid on christmas. And of course we all know what happened in that stadium on that day.
On the way out, all that could be heard echoing around under the stands and throughout the walkways was "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine." alternating with the Victors over and over again. I can not stress enough how amazing that felt. I actually felt bad for the NOtre Dame fans, they looked so sad and dejected (the ones who watched til the bitter end anyway.)
Thanks for starting this thread and letting me relive that amazing moment.
That would be the game that I'd choose.
Monumental upset. Launched UM back into the national spotlight and validated the hiring of Bo.
Me too. My father was at the game (even though he was a student at Eastern at the time). I watch it every time it is on ESPN Classic/BTN the week before The Game.
Without that game, I don't think Bo vs. Woody is the same, I don't think The Game is anything special, and I don't think Michigan becomes the premier program we all know it is. If we had lost, we might just be some middle-of-the-road team. We'd still have the NCs and Rose Bowl history from the first half of the century, but we might not have continued that tradition, so to speak. Before Bo, Michigan Stadium wasn't ever sold out. Hard to imagine, now that we look back to that game on a basically unbroken chain of success. A year or two more, and Rodriguez will do the same thing, I'm confident.
This would be my choice also.
Ohio State, 1971 - TOUCHDOWN, BILLY TAYLOR!!!
I would go back to the 97 Ohio State game. It was just such a intense and hard fought game and Woodson put on a show.
I would love to see that Woodson/Boston matchup again, it was as fierce as it gets IME. I will never forget that game or the way he and Boston fought it out with Woodson getting the well deserved last laugh.
I would say the 1997 Michigan - Michigan State game, but I'd have to be at about the 30 yard line, so Woodson's one-handed interception was right in front of me.
A framed picture of that INT has been in the Laurel Village M-Den for about 3 years now, and it will come home with me in 3 weeks when I visit Michigan for the home opener.
I would like to have been in the Rose Bowl when UM finished off their perfect season by beating Washington St.
I was watching this game the other night on BTN and literally got chills. The crowd was amazing and the performance by Braylon was incredible.
Yes. That was the most exciting game I have ever watched. Too bad I wasn't there.
I was an usher at my cousin's wedding that day (yes, he's hopelessly whipped). I spent the bulk of the reception watching the 4th quarter and OT on a 13" TV plugged into the lighter of a Saturn during a rainstorm outside the Grand Ledge Opera House, surrounded by MSU fans. It was seriously one of the funnest times I've ever had watching a game.
Maybe my M fandom will be called into question here but I shut that game off halfway through the third or fourth quarter because i could not believe we were losing to effing sparty...one of my CHICK friends IMed me with "woo michigan" and i turned it back on just to see the last TD....
A lot of people at the stadium walked out when it got to 27-10 or even before (it was also getting really chilly after the sun went down). For those of us who stayed to the end(maybe 70,000), it was amazing.
I was the only person in my section wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt. Being a native Texan, that high in the upper 70s was cold, especially in the shade. Made staying to the end that much easier.
That was the biggest temperature change I've ever experienced at a football game (or any sporting event). For most of the game I thought I had been crazy to bring a windbreaker and then at the end I was shivering right through it. It was a good thing everyone in the stadium was standing up at that point.
i stayed because i was bitter, it was the last home game of the season, and i was not planning on getting tickets for the next year.
my favorite moment was just the murmur that ran through the crowd as little light bulbs flicked on over everyone's heads: "wait a second. we have braylon. they can't stop him. we're going to win this game." the best part is that this happened when we were down 14 with like 5 minutes to go. i've never witnessed anything like it.
It was when we recovered the onside kick down 27-13. Lots of people were pissed that we had attempted the FG just before, and few people even cheered when it went in (a surreal moment in itself). But then we recovered the kick and everyone knew it was a ballgame again.
I was in Phoenix at a Fantasy Baseball Conference and attending an Arizona Fall League game. Sitting near me was an ESPN.com writer, who went to Michigan; a Wall Street Journal reporter, who went to Michigan; and an LSA advisor. We were following the game on my Blackberry. Early in the third quarter, I had to leave to return a rental car before the next day clicked in. No one cared because of the score, but I continued to follow the game on the BBerry. I got to the airport and remember how pissed I was that Lloyd went for the field goal in the fourth quarter. Then I got back to my hotel where seminars were starting up. The speaker knew me and knew I was from Michigan and was ribbing me. Just at that point, Michigan scored to make it a 7 point game and I got up to leave. The speaker said what's up. I said 7 points, ran to the bar, and found the same three Michiganders sitting at the bar -- and the bartender was an MSU alum who was literally turning green. :>) Anyway, we watched the overtimes and imbibed generously. Notwithstanding that game, I'd love to watch the 69 game in person all over again. That was the day Michigan football returned to glory. As noted, before then, Michigan was lucky to get 60,000 for a game against anyone other than MSU or OSU. People forget that about a third of the tickets sold to the 69 OSU-UM game were sold to OSU fans.
... go forward in time to this season. Even just to the Western Game.
This waiting is getting ridiculous.
it other than highlight videos, I'd go to the 97 Michigan-OSU game.
michigan - O$U game. just watch tim tear them apart for 300+ and the chants of "Eddie who?" after the game was over.
I was thinking the same thing, had to go watch some clips on youtube.
best games i have ever been to. the whole day was crazy. my dad and i got to AA early to meet up with his buddy on the golf course, as we were walking over there i had this super wasted O$U female fan come up to me and say "SPELL IT" i asked spell what? she said "OHIO" i looked at her and said screw off...... as we walked away i asked my dad why she wanted me to spell ohio and he said because she couldn't because it more than 3 letters......
This is a tough one to answer, but I think I'd pick the 1993 Rose Bowl when we beat Washington 38-31. I was a student at Michigan at the time and SHOULD have taken advantage of the opportunity to go out there. But, as always seemed to be the case, funds were lacking.
I'd go way back - maybe something from the 1947 season with the Mad Magicians - perhaps the Rose Bowl thumping of USC, or even better, back to Regents Field to watch a Yost team.
I may change my vote. I dated a girl in high school whose grandfather played on and contributed to that team. I believe he scored TD's in the Rose Bowl. I have been to games with him and he doesn't like to toot his own horn but, I can tell you when an usher or stadium staffer catches a glimpse of his National Championship ring he gets the treatment. Jack Weisenburger is his name.
I looked him up. He was the starting fullback and the backup left halfback behind Michigan legend Bob Chappius. That was the first year that Michigan had a seperate offense and defense (though they'd done it before, it had only been used in certain games rather than for the whole season) but Chappius and Weisenburger still played both sides of the ball.
I looked up the stats from the 1948 Rose Bowl. Weisenburger scored three touchdowns in the game, each on 1-yard runs. He scored the first two touchdowns of the game as well as the first touchdown of the fourth quarter (which made it 34-0 at that point). He carried the ball 20 times against USC, racking up 91 yards to go with his 3 TDs (4.55 yards per rush). I think he certainly earned the treatment he gets from the stadium staff.
One other interesting note--he wore #48, just as Gerald Ford had a little over ten years before.
Here's the team photo from '47. He's smack in the front row, second from the left:
Yep that is him. In addition, I think he held the record for TD's in a single Rose Bowl game outright until recently. I think someone matched him in the past five or six years.
You would have had a great gene pool for the kids. Future All-Americans...
So since you didn't mention football: The 1996 hockey National Championship game.
I think I'm still hoarse from it.
i dream of seeing michigan win a hockey championship in person
this year in Detroit...
//a guy can hope!
We came from behind to beat USC, there was something completely cathartic about that game- a true RB win for Bo (the '81 Wash game really didn't compare- half the conference was on probation even though Wash was the true Pac-10 champ). Not even the '98 RB felt like this game...!
I'll go way outside the box. 1973 Michigan-Ohio State. It's a thrilling, piss your pants game even if it ends with a tie.
1997 Iowa. It's the game that saved the season. I remember being so angry, yet amazed, at Tim Dwight (four plays of more than 50 yards on special teams) and being down 21-7 going into halftime, I know I thought "Here it is, this is the inevitable crashing down of the season."
I tend to forget, but Iowa was #15 going in to that game and was really giving it to Michigan. It also would remind me of the magic of Jerame Tuman, one of Michigan's long line of great tight ends.
(Not that any of the above suggested would be bad choices. That Iowa game just always stands out in my mind.)
Amazed that no one has yet gone with OSU 1969.
My bad--missed that one. -7 points; you guys are ruthless! I'll have to keep on my toes =o)
For one that hasn't been chosen yet, I'll go with 1993 PSU. An underrated gem. It was the first-ever meeting between the schools and PSU's 1,000th game. We spoiled their festivities in an exciting game that featured one of the best goal-line stands ever:
Re: Penn State 1993...Whoa, check out the touchdown pass at 4:30; it's almost an exact replica of Brady's game-winning pass at Penn State in 1999 to Marcus Knight, same route, same receiver position (slot) to the same end zone. One difference is in 1993 the safety came over from in the end zone, in 1999 Derek Fox was manned up on Knight. Whoo!
Good catch - the two plays are remarkably similar.
Tyrone Wheatley is the reason I wore the number 6 in all 8 years of football I played....animal
miss hearing Keith Jackson calling the games.....I do.
The 1950 Snow Bowl game vs. OSU.
I thought of that, but then I'd have had to sit in the snow. ;>)
Yeah, I'd settle for watching that one on TV.
Easy, the 1940 Michigan/OSU game.
I would like to see a stadium full of Buckeyes so blown away by Tom Harmon that they actually give him a standing ovation after the game.
2006 Michigan Ohio State game. I'd go back just in time to inform Lloyd Carr to bench Shawn Crable before the late hit of doom.
I think that you really have to go back to the pre-tv era to make this the most worthwhile experience since all we have to remember those really old games by are statistics and newspaper clippings. Therefore, I would choose either the first Rose Bowl Game in 1902 (complete with an old-fashioned train trip across the country) or the 1898 game against the University of Chicago that inspired "The Victors" and gave Michigan its first Western Conference Championship.
That being said, I really like the suggestion of both the 1940 Tom Harmon standing ovation in Columbus as well as the '93 Michigan-Penn State game. That goal line stand was epic and the hype surrounding that game, Penn State's first big game since joining the conference would be unreal.
I remember a lot of people worrying that PSU would come into the Big Ten and dominate like they had previously as an independent, but except for that great '94 team, it really has never materialized as such.
1997 OSU because that weekend I was visiting my friend in *gasp* South Bend and I missed the game.
How do you live with yourself? You sit on a throne of lies.
well it was one of those things..I hadn't visited him yet and a bunch of us went down there for it.
If there were girls involved, then fine. But it being South Bend, that probably wasn't the case. (jokes!) I imagine that you at least watched the game!
You're definitely a much better person than an awful Alabama fan who, legend has it, skipped his own daughter's wedding just to see the game against ULM, which Alabama lost. I think that might have been the football gods punishing him.
If this isn't limited to football last season's win over Duke in bball. I was there and its still fresh in my memory but i wouldn't mind being there for the entire game again. It was the loudest Chrisler has been in more than a decade and the game launched the basketball team back into the national spotlight again hopefully for years to come.
I was at the 1997 Michigan-OSU game with a FAKE TICKET! If you were a freshman that year, you only got 1/2 the games with student season tickets. The thing is, they sent all the tickets but on 1/2 of them, instead of seats, it said *VOID VOID*. Well, my friend managed to figure out how to erase that part, and found the same font used on the tickets online and printed seat information on our tickets.
Needless to say, we showed up and went to "our" seats. It was amazing, and amazingly cold. We rushed the field afterwards and I cut out a piece of the grass from the M in the endzone and took it back to my dorm room and kept it for quite a while. Friends of mine got maced. It was an awesome game I will never forget.
But to answer the question, I wish I could've been at the Rose Bowl game that year, but I couldn't go. Damn.
I would have to go with Wangler to Carter. I still get goose bumps. Sadly, only home game I missed in 79.
I think I went to every home game from 1978 to the Iowa game in 1983 except for that one.
I loved seeing 24 Woolfolk running down into the endzone and also watching Corso's dumb ass bouncing around on the Indiana sideline.
...That was my choice for the longest time. (In reality, mom was pregnant with yours truly while this game was being played.) But many fans pointed out to me that the only thing great was Wangler to Carter at the end. The rest of the game was rather dull with 100,000+ pissed off Michigan fans that Indiana was battling them to a tie game in the 4th quarter.
I was at the 04 MSU and 05 PSU games. So I guess my choice would have to be 1994-Notre Dame. After all the times the field goal GOD's bailed ND's asses out against us before, I want to be in South Bend watching all those Irish fans go silent as Remy Hamilton's kick is good.
i thought this game was going to go unmentioned...
I had to leave early to go to some plans I couldn't break and missed overtime. I will never ever ever get over that. Had to listen on the car radio.
My neighbor at the time was a huge Ohio State fan and after the game we both agreed it was one of the best games we had seen!
I don't think I'd go to a game. Instead, I'd follow Brian's quest:
If you had stepped out of a time machine and told me that in four years Pat White would be governor of West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez would be head coach at Michigan, and Greg Robinson would win 25% of his games and then be under serious consideration for DC under Rodriguez, I would have punched you and stolen your time machine. But on the way towards a nondescript house in Mentor, Ohio, where Jim Tressel would conceived in approximately an hour, I would think to myself "wow, that's pretty far out."
Not sure if I missed it or not but I can't believe no one has mentioned "the catch". Desmond! Or random road game, Minny with Navarre rumbling down the sideling in the comeback.
I'd like to go back and see Harmon play. Probably '40 OSU. I mean, you gotta love a 40-0 performance against the Buckeyes...
..and it just doesn't get any better than that for me. There have been far more exciting games, but trouncing OSU so badly that their fans started leaving at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Howard's return as an exclamation point, is more than enough for me.
The 1948 Rose Bowl against USC. Watching the Mad Magicians carve up and humiliate the goddamn Trojans 49-0 would be balm for my USC-hating soul.
Fun fact. Back then the AP voted on the National Champion before the bowl games. After Michigan's dominating performance in the Rose they released another poll naming M national champs and taking it away from the previously crowned ND. I believe ND still recogonizes it as a NC season. Could be wrong.
In a special Associated Press poll following the 1948 game, Michigan replaced Notre Dame as the 1947 National Champion by a 226 to 119 margin. This game had the first television telecast of a bowl game in Los Angeles, by local station KTLA. It was also the first time a U.S. motion picture newsreel was taken in color.
I was actually there and had a great time. Be great to do it all over again.
That's so cool! It must have been absolutely amazing to see. My dad was actually a sophomore at OSU that season. One reason he hates Woody Hayes is because of his arrogance in this game.
Side note: Probably the main reason my parents can't stand Woody Hayes is because he sort of embarrassed their university. Although Hayes forced his players to study, he threw tantrums on the field, made outlandish comments particularly regarding his obsessive hatred of Michigan (made the rivalry better!), seemed to put football above everything else, and punched the Clemson player during the Gator Bowl. My parents were watching, and my dad was like, "Oh my God, Hayes just got himself fired. You simply cannot do that."
I was at a Halloween Party at a house full of Wolverines' fans. Braylon's performance made that night amazing.
2004 vs Michigan State
2006 vs Penn State
If you rushed the field AT State College, you've got some guts. Do you mean 2005?
Nice to see you here on the MgoBlog board. MAIZEandBLUE09 here, the ESPN board can get boring some times so it's nice to have a second outlet to talk about Michigan football. Like I said over there I would love to see the 1997 OSU game. Unfortunately I wasn't a Michigan fan until around 2001/2002 when I went to my first game - ever since then I was hooked. Also ever since then I have heard about the 97' year and wished I could have been a fan then.
Then I would have loved to be in Seattle as Rumeal sank those free throws.
2004 UM-MSU. What an insane game. I knew Michigan has always been a second half team, but I didn't even think it was possible going into halftime. Then I recall looking up at the clock around the 8 minute mark in the fourth quarter realizing that a victory was somewhat within reach.
The most clutch moment in my opinion was Garrett Rivas' field goal in OT. He was sometimes inconsistent that year...everyone collectively stopped breathing at the moment of the snap. When he put it through the place went nuts.
Oh yeah--I also remember a 50ish year old couple (Sparties, of course) telling my brother and I to sit down seconds prior to opening kickoff. We laughed at them. They left. Ha!