The following are all just my personal opinions on certain pre- and post-game practices witnessed around Ann Arbor on the day of The Game this year.
Boren Listens to Creed:
(five saturn-punting zoltans out of five) I know you guys are on here. The awesome of your house continues.
You Honk, We Embarrass Our English Program (click for larger)
We played this game on East William, with legendary results. One of the reasons our parties were the shit, as opposed to, say, a handful of dudes standing outside, one half-falling into the street, was that we actually got the tense right. Starting a "U Honk; We Drink" site makes you part of a long-standing and great Michigan tradition. But this sign doesn't say that. It says "You Honk, We Drank". Fail. Take it from a UHWD veteran: make the sign before you start the game. Also: a keg works better than Natty Light or Beast. Your hearts are in the right places, but the execution is sorely lacking fellas. I'm expecting big strides next year. For now, you get one Saturn-punting Zoltan.
(Side note: how long was that girl dancing on the porch across the street from you guys? -- you can see the neighbors staring at her on the right side of the photo above. I kept getting punched by Misopogal, staring straight ahead for awhile, then looking back and she was still up there...)
Your song options are the following: something that is purely Michigan, or two things that are pop songs everyone knows the words to. You get to text your decision. How the fuck did we get "Sweet Caroline" instead of "The Hawaiian War Chant?" I'm fine with texting-based marketing campaigns by the Athletic Department, but c'mon, people, rig the vote and give us the War Chant. And then play "Temptation" because you can't have one without the other.
Seven Nation Army
Every sports venue now plays this. Ohio State fans got all excited when we piped it in. This was after their band had played the song like eight times already. I've come over: piped in music at the Big House when the Michigan Marching Band makes as much sense as having Creed playing from the loudspeakers during a Phish concert.
"Pryor Has Swine Flu"
Michigan is known for having really clever t-shirts, e.g. "Zoltan: Space Emperor (of Space)," "Charlie Weiss Tried to Eat Me," (suggestion: child-size t-shirt that says "Jim Tressel Tried to Touch Me.") But I don't get this: Swine Flu isn't funny. I had Swine Flu a couple of weeks ago. People die from Swine Flu. But that has nothing to do with this t-shirt. Because really, what does Pryor and Swine Flu have in common? Do people stay away from Pryor for fear of getting Pryor diseases or something? I don't get it. If there's something more interesting about this t-shirt than a 2nd grade non sequitur insult, please inform me.