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.
Bygone Traditions at Michigan Stadium
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.