The latest installment of Brandon's Blog at posted at MGoBlue.com. As ever, when Dave speaks, all the Michigan Faithful bend their ears and point their mice accordingly.
Everyone is focused on making sure we have everything in place for Saturday. From the pregame activities with Lawrence Kasdan, the U-M grad who, along with Barbara Benedek, who wrote the movie "The Big Chill," to a flyover by the United States' Air Force stealth bomber, to the special videos, fireworks and the many other presentations, I sometimes have to remind myself that the focus of this event is the hockey game itself.
Coach Red Berenson and his Wolverines have played outside before, but this event is special to all of our student-athletes since it's their game in their (big) house.
Yet, this event means so much more to the entire community than just the game. Youth hockey, high school hockey, Division III college teams and the U-M men's and women's club teams have been able to play in the Big House.
And when Saturday comes, our business community will benefit too. Hotels will be filled, restaurants will have overflow crowds, and the economic impact will be equal to a football weekend.
Oh, he's good. He's damn good.