I, for one, would support bringing THAT one back.
I, for one, would support bringing THAT one back.
That is not true. I guarantee everyone that goes to the game still loves the M fanfare, The Victors and Lets Go Blue one after another more than the piped in stuff. It's just easier to get the crowd loud during 3rd downs with piped in stuff.
While I'm willing to keep an open mind, I really don't see why the band doesn't just play louder and/or eliminate the woodwinds that nobody can hear in a stadium anyways. Turn in your clarinet, pick up a trumpet.
Why not also pipe in band music if it's clear that large sections of the stadium cannot hear the band at all.... /sarc
We'd love the band's Trio of Songs even more if we could here them in the Southwest corner of the Stadium!!
We can beat the music debate into the ground but for the record, you can't hear the band all over the stadium. I hate the Jock Jams as much as you do, but it's more disappointing that the band is quieter/ill-positioned/lacking family values, or whatever the reason is that you can't hear them. Clearly, piped-in music cannot replace the band, but it does offer something that the MMB has been lacking in recent years: volume.
the tradition of not hearing the black eyed peas is one that i hope is brought back soon.
that and throwing toilet paper.
pissing in a trough
My first year at UofM, we would throw out TP after the first Michigan score.... Stopping the game for 5 min to clean up the field was kind of a downer. The best part was, the dorms would stop handing out TP on game week on Tues/Wed. Duh...so we would just stock up on Mondays.....Then they started searching you when you enter the stadium to stop the TP tradition in 88' or 89'. That did bring on the rise of an even better tradition in my opinion....MARSHMALLOWS!!! I still remember throwing them at the Minnesota tuba player as they lined up on the sidelines getting ready to march.... that was awsome...
We got to piss into a damn waterfall. I really hope that survives the renovations.
The waterfall in the bathroom under the Press Box has survived the recent renovations. Somethings should never die - and this is one of those.
Pissing in a trough. 1929-2008. RIP.
How did people relieve themselves in the first two years of the stadium's existence?
Although this wasn't just UM -- it was the going thing late 60's-early 70's. Dad and I had season tickets to '69, and he finally let me bring a roll, maybe it was for Purdue. Unfortunately, my arm wasn't of the best and it only went 10-15 rows. Must have been hell for the cleanup crew in those days.
edit: Tripp beat me to it.
I remember the back-flips. Did the wall height change since '69? I wonder if that was the reason for the demise of that tradition?
The wall height can't be the issue, as male cheerleader alums flip off them like nobody's business, and they risk having their bones turn to dust upon landing (and are thus extraordinarily awesome).
the field was lowered when they switched from astroturf to real turf. that wall is pretty tall now and i am sure that liability insurance is more expensive as well.
When they lowered the field prior to the 1991 season, the field was dropped about 5 or so feet. Now, especially in the end zones, it's a LONG way down to the field. Doing flips off that wall could get a tad dicey.
To quote Mike Ditka, "The past is for cowards and losers." Seriously, I respect and appreciate the traditions of Michigan Stadium. But a topic like that only ignites the haters. Just like Lloyd said, "Appreciate what you had AND WHAT YOU WILL HAVE HERE."
what would ditka say about your 1990 avatar of Desmond being tripped or your quote from not the previous coach, but the one before the previous coach? :)
he would probably say something about the 85 Bears is what he would probably say.
What would mini-Ditka say vs. God in a debate, and who would win?
Tradition has always made M different and, well, better. When Bo came to shake up the Crisler-Oosterbaan-Elliott succession, he stressed tradition. Tradition isn't for haters -- those are called fair-weather fans. Real haters don't last long. Go Blue!
Edit: Maybe if the thread title were called "Bygone traditions," it would neutralize the impression some have that it rallies malcontents and haters.
Well, until recently, Michigan hadn't had a male cheerleader on the field in years which would probably contribute to the lack of back flips as well as the notable absence of the awesome twirling ninja knives that we're treated to at homecoming. Also, the M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N locomotive cheer has been "lost" or at least homecoming only.
I do seem to remember Goldy getting crotched on the goalpost as recently as 2005 (or possibly even 2007), as well as Purdue's creepy mascot being screwed around with, so I don't know that that's really lost, just less uncommon.
I was in the middle of writing "less common," then I thought to myself, "there's a word that means that, it's 'uncommon.'"
And there you have it.
For extra credit conjugate the verb "to crotch."
I really just miss the random squirrels that would sneak into the stadium and run rampant to the crowds delight... let those critters back onto the field!
the tradition i miss is the four years when i would get up at 7am and drink beers until stumbling into Michigan stadium to watch football games.
now i live 2500 miles from dear Ann Arbor town; though, i've tried to keep up this tradition by replacing "Michigan stadium" with "my unsuspecting neighbor's living room."
Yeah, I've tried not to let it bother me, but I'm with you on this one. Especially because it seems like a distinctly adidas-brand addition, though I can't really put my finger on why, as there's no three stripes. It's too Nike Pro Combat for me. Ah well, I'm sure I'll get over it.
Those sleeves look odd.
The Frisbee catching dog (cmon I was a kid)
Miller Lite's Less Filling, Tastes Great, routine.
The crowd would go nuts when he approached the goal line. Anybody remember his name?
Also, "To kick off for Michigan" ((crowd joins in))
Passing the girls up was a hallowed tradition.
Hot coeds? Sorry, you must be thinking of Michigan State.
When did passing around hot coeds stop being just good clean fun and start being assault and battery?
It's not, my avatar is me getting lifted 16 times for Miami (NTM) in 2008. I assure you no charges were filed :]
It's hard to see with a small avatar, but if that's you getting lifted up and down, like a push-up as seen at ND and such, that's not what they were talking about, though glad to see it happening, legally.
They're talking about where a girl would get picked up (hopefully willingly) in like row 5, and be carried over the crowd, crowd surfing up to say row 88. Or sooner if she got dropped or tired of people copping feels.
Oh ok, I've never seen that, just the one for each point, which security heckles us for anyway.
use to "row" where they'd all sit down and grab the person's shoulders in front of them and rock back and forth?
It seems vaguely familiar but I numbed enough braincells during that time that I certainly could be remembering something that never was.
That effect looked great... as did the popcorn(?) when the student section would alternately jump and sit down.
I assumed the marshmallow thing was over (i was there for some of the more vicious frozen marshmallow incidents) but i had no idea the Bullwinkle song and slamming the opposing mascot into the goal post was extinct as well. I have to say the piped in music made me cringe but i accepted it, the lack of Bullwinkle time is anathema to me.
Yeah, in 2003 when they installed the field turf, there was an email sent out from "Lloyd Carr" (wink wink) that "he" thought it wasn't a good idea to ruin the new investment by throwing marshmallows on it. They SOMETIMES play Bullwinkle, but it seems to be nearly an exclusivity of hockey (basketball?) now...
The other challenge was that people were pushing pennies into the marshmallows to make them propel further. It became an "issue" when people tried to hit the reporters on the field and/or the opposing players after they scored a touchdown.
The instruction "Recycle!" would be shouted out mid-4th quarter, and all of the wine and beer bottles would be passed down. There was about one wine bottle per person in the whole section. Amazing amount of drinking. I remember guys getting pony kegs into games. Those were fun games. Somebody brought a keg to the Navy game my freshman year. We won, 52-0. It seemed like such a good idea, somebody did it again for Purdue. We won, 51-0.
btw, the marshmallows and TP were what really pissed off Bo. He hated that stuff. And I think Bo asked Don Canham to really crack down on letting people in with stuff to throw. And that was what led to a bigger crackdown on stuff brought in to drink.
The bit about slamming the opposing mascot into the goalposts; about 90% of the time it was staged, and the mascots cooperated. Otherwise, it is, uh, sort of an assault and battery.
By far, one of the greatest off-field spectacles in the modern history of Michigan Stadium was when, in the middle of a horrific pummeling of Norhtwestern, our cheerleaders (all men, gymnasts and divers, mostly, and incredibly talented at doing flips and tumbling and trampoline stunts and stuff NO cheerleaders do now) did the usual schtick of running the Wildcat mascot into the South goalposts. Whereupon our guys would usually run back to the student section, waving triumphantly at having posted the opposing mascot. But the Wildcat got up, and in the only known display of public sadomasochism I can think of at Michigan Stadium, he waved the Michigan cheerleaders back, and had them ram him again. Then, after that, one more time. The whole Stadium just went crazy. One of the funniest things I've ever seen there.
The other mascot episode that made me cry was in '80 or '81 when the Cal Golden Bear began wildly humping the goal post after being crotched.
the crowd would chant "Boone's Farm," "Boone's Farm."
Yes, we used to row in the student section. We also used to do popcorn, where students would simply jump up and down randomly. I can remember one game where the entire stadium was doing popcorn!
I also miss the days when you could actually bring coolers into the stadium. They banned this after my freshman. While alcohol was technically not allowed security never checked. Can you imagine bringing in coolers of beer today? Damn, that was f-ing awesome.
I second "WINS!!" Straight, to the point, and really the most important tradition there is.
Students NOT chanting "Youuuuuuuu suuuuuuuuuck" during Temptation.
Someone actually referred to it here as the "You Suck Song." That's just sad. Please, if we're going to chant something, let's at least come up with something remotely original.
Also, when the other team is punting, but still up by three scores, chanting "Yooouuuuu suuuuuck" is just plain stupid.
That chant just needs to die.
What's the subtext? "We suck worse?" I mean, there were a couple of kids (probably high school) in my section this last year at the end of the game yelling "We own! Penn State!". I was just...not anymore son, let it go...
Did "the claw" really only last one season?
one season too long, then yes it did.
I already miss chanting "Who Cares!?" at the opposing team roster announcements. You can have AC/DC or whatever back in it's place, thanks.
I, for one, got pegged with many a mallow while on that field during the 3rd quarter. And this was while conducting and playing "Rocky the Flying Squirrel (Bullwinkle)." However, if they've gotten rid of the mallow tradition, they should bring back the tune.
On the plus side, those mallows that were stuffed with coins definitely hurt, but, they did allow me some change to do some laundry. :)
Talk about taking Marshmallow and making...uh...lemonade..........forget it...
I miss Michigan Replay. If for nothing else, Across 110th Street. The new show is not quite as good.
And as for either...it's 2010...think someone could pop for an HD home video camera?
All too often tradition turns into nostalgia--and no one knows the difference, and before long people are waxing poetical over shit they can't even remember or never knew.
Tradition is for sentimentalist arseholes who hate change.
LONG LIVE BARAK OBAMA!
if this was a political statement, a football statement, or just an attempt at being contrarian. In any case, I feel comfortable in declaring it:
This is not a snarky reference to our recent win-lose record.
I don't recall the goal posts being torn down since the field was lowered. Before that, it happened every few years. It was very fun to watch, but very horrifying to be in that mass of people.
Supposedly they've put in un-tearable goal posts. At any rate, with the field now six feet below the wall instead of three, not as many fans want to brave the jump down to the field. The '97 and '03 OSU games are just about the only games I can recall over the past 15-20 years that our students stormed the field.
I hate field turf. Football players should have grass stains and dirt on them after a game. Nothing is better then a muddy field in November.
Nike! It seems like they put out more clothing options for us to buy. Addias has not really made that much original items since they took over.
Problem is, we didn't have a grass field. We had a mud field, painted green, with intermittent patches of sod on it. It was not a very safe surface on which to play. Field Turf may not be traditional but it offers consistent footing that we were not getting from the mud field.
But we've only beat OSU once since installing that stupid turf.
absopure used to set up a little tent and hand out FREE water! this was before people used to drink water, i guess, but i remember getting crazy looks carrying around a cup of free water. also, the ground directly in front of the tent was about an inch thick of waxy paper cups that people just chucked on the ground and got trampled.
They still do this in the far corner of the stadium.
I know because I drank about ten free cups at the WMU game.
Back in 'ought six, we used to go to a game and smuggle in a spear or harpoon.
Long about the third quarter, when the games get kind of boring, we'd spot some fat broad and take her down with the harpoon, drag her out to our camper, and roast her.
Now you can't get into the stadium with a harpoon or spear anymore. Fuckin' Kampus Kops.
Hot dog guy wasn't likely enduring enough to make it as a tradition, but that was fun.
I think the glory days were when my parents and grandparents went to games. My dad told me the Big House used to be empty enough that security would let you bring in coolers and you could kind of claim a little area and camp out. They'd show up hours before the game and tailgate IN the Big House and drink for the entire length of the game while watching Bo coached teams. Those sound like the glory days right there.
hahaha i do remember hot dog guy. didn't he get thrown out?
Yes. They even threatend to take waya his student tickets/ban him from future purchases if he kept doing it. Lame.
Does the band still eat apples in the 3rd quarter? I remember seeing that at my first game in the late 70s and don't think I have seen it in the last few years. Of course, beverages play a much larger part of my day now than when I was 7.
Yep. They also provide apples to the opposing band during the third quarter. Best apple ever.
Michigan State does the same thing, and they have different varieties to choose from. The apple I got there in '05 could have been the biggest apple I'd ever seen. Gotta give it to the agriculture kids, they can grow an apple.
The on campus cable channel used to show the same show over and over at 2am when I got back after drinking and was trying to water up to avoid a huge hangover.
It was stadium highlights from the 50s (I think) and the baton people were all men in marching band uniforms.
Those guys were good. No dancing, just marching, but they worked their batons like masters. Some of them could be marching, twirl throw the baton out 10 feet in front of them, and have it bounce back right into their hands as they kept marching.
I would love to see that come back to the Big House.
The 50's were a golden era for baton twirlers, male and female. There were some twirlers in the 50's and 60's that I've seen on film that would just blow your mind. In the MMB, the drum major wasn't voted on by the band, as is done today, but rather recruited from twirling and drum major camps, brought on as a twirler, and then brought up to DM when someone graduated.
And, yes, the uniforms for the twirlers up until about 1974 or 1975 were marching band uniform-styled outfits. It wasn't until female twirlers became the norm in the late 70's that the spandex suit stuff started at Michigan.