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BTN - 1998 Rose Bowl on now
Sigh.....you guys are so lucky you got to experience this.
I'm so jealous.
I was extremely hungover that day, and my brother kept knocking on my bedroom door to give me updates on the game. I wanted to kill him and kiss him at the same time each time he did so.
I wanted to go to Pasadena so bad but couldn't afford it. I should have taken out a loan to go. Given the circumstances of being a student with the rare opportunity to win the National Championship on top of going to the greatest bowl venue in the country, needless to say, I still regret not making the trip. Watching it with friends and family was still special too.
Glad I went. Been waiting a while for something to top that one.
I don't know who should go first overall in the draft - Leaf or Manning. They are basically neck and neck. I mean I really hate Manning and the TN fans, so my heart says Leaf!
I thought Leaf was really good. He could really throw the ball around. That being said:
Griese 45-38 as a starter. 19,440 yards passing, 62.7% with 119 TD's
Leaf 4-17 as starter. 3,666 yards passing, 48.4% with 14 TD's
Wow, Leaf actually threw for 14 TD's?
it was great hopefully we all see it again
Judging by how I celebrated the win over ohio in 2011 and the 2012 Sugar Bowl that season, I don't know how I'd react to Michigan winning the national championship in Football.
The thought of it gives me goosebumps and sends chills up my spine.
Then we need to win another NC, just for you.
It must be done.
offer to do me a solid and give me their directv/dish/comcast account info so I can stream btn and espn? I've been off directv for 8 months and loving it; now I'm reduced to begging to just get the 2 lousy channels I want. Pleeeease??? I promise I won't screw with your account...
Watching now. I remember watching it live and wondering if it was actually over?
I remember crying when it finally was. I hope I cry again one day for the same reason.
particularly in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line. Such a smart call to get the best athlete on the field.
Remembering Michigan's history of being screwed by refs in countless Rose Bowls and having read Bo's account of hearing Rose Bowl refs in the locker room saying "there's no way I was going to let that SOB win his last Rose Bowl" after the bogus holding call on the fake punt in 1990, I was waiting for another bogus call at the end of this game.
Needless to say, I was relieved and really happy that it didn't happen.
This time it was a bogus non-call - offensive pass interference by WSU against Woodson on their last drive - that almost cost us the game.
I moved from AA and bought a house on the hill overlooking the Rose Bowl earlier in the year. I had a big blue tarp painted with a maize Block M on the hill behind my house that was visiable from the stadium. We had at least a dozen friends visiting pregame. By the postgame, we were all so wipedout and happy that everyone simply wanted to crash. I remember a very contented snooze. Moved back to MI after the 2004 Rose Bowl. Pasadena is my second favorite city.....just sayin'.
I was already 34 by the time that game had rolled around, and I'd pretty much given up ever being able to experience the perfect season/national championship combo (a trifecta if you consider Woodson's Heisman).
My mother-in-law held an annual party on New Year's Day, and she didn't follow football at all, particularly college football. There I was, with a bunch of people, and only my wife could relate to the pins and needles in my stomach. Finally, around 2:30 p.m., I said, "I'm sorry, I have to go home and watch this by myself." Her cousin's husband looked at me and said, "Dude, where ya goin?" I responded as politely as I could that this game, which could mean a national championship, was one I had to watch by myself. It would have been different if I were surrounded by a ton of Michigan fans who knew the team's history, but there's no way that casual football observers could possibly relate.
Initially, when Wazzu took the lead, I thought, "here we go, again." But then Charles picked off that pass in the end zone, and I thought we might have a shot. Then Lloyd let Brian Griese air it out to Tai Streets, not once, but twice. The defense did its usual stellar job, and when Griese connected with Jerame Tuman in tne end zone, it was clear the good guys were in the driver's seat.
Still miffed that the refs didn't call offensive pass interference when the receiver pushed Charles down on that final defensive stand, and it sure looked like he picked off the pass on the play before that, but no matter. That was a once in a lifetime experience. I remember seeing Ian Gold lead the fans in chanting, "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine."
One mild complaint: My wife and I attended our first home game the next season at the home opener vs. Syracuse, and being the NY/NJ people that we are, we expected to see a ceremony where they raised the national championship banner, possibly with some players from the 1948 national championship team joining the captains from the '97 squad. Why didn't they put up the banner? It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience; it should be commemorated.
Anyway, GO BLUE! and thanks to the OP for putting this topic up there! I've been an avid Michigan fan since 1973, and that 1997 season was the high point.