When Michigan beat ND in the night game, and everyone was still there singing. My best friend was standing right next to me, and was moving to North Carolina the next day. It was just wierd because I haven't seen him since then. But I didn't cry or anything, but I took a second to realize how awesome of a moment I just witnessed.
Experiencing the Big House
Don't lie...you made out.
I was so depressed in the third quarter and distinctly remember how pissed I was that I spent $300 for myself and girlfriend to watch such an abominable performace. Then, the rise to elation as we took the lead near the end of the game, back to hopelessness when we went back down, followed by the final moments were biggest emotional rollercoaster I have ever experienced. I will never forget the atmosphere that night for as long as I live.
have a few of my own personally, in addition to my original story. I was also at the night game. I went by myself. Spent 300 bucks for 4 games and went to all 4 on my own. That Notre Dame game was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen live. I can picture myself in my head after the game. I remember screaming at the top of my lungs randomly about 10 mins after the game. I also went to the OSU game. I went with my cousin. It was pretty special to be on the field celebrating after exercising years of frustration. We have watched all the M-OSU games of the past 7 or 8 years together, and that was our first time doing that live.
Also, The Big Chill. I remember leaving that game just looking around thinking, this is what God envisioned when he made heaven for a die hard M fan. It was just a perfect night.
Most recently for me, last year's OSU game too. It felt like it had been forever since we got the best of those guys, & I had almost forgotten what victory over Ohio felt like. When that final interception sealed the game, I just started shouting at the sky. I felt so free, like I could do anything I wanted for no reason & feel great about it. Just being alive became so amazing. Then everyone went down on the field to dissipate all their built up energy & ended up laying on their backs in the grass of the Big House, listening to the brand new sound system pump out tunes like it was a giant dance party. I have never seen such a care-free moment in Michigan Stadium.
Brock Mealer. Not ashamed to admit that I got dusty during that.
That and the celebration after PSU '05. UNREAL.
you should be ashamed if you didn't get choked up from seeing that live. I know I sure did.
Nothing too interesting, but I remember during the Wisconsin game in 2008 after the pick 6, I started laughing and tearing up from being so happy. I teared up after beating Ohio State this year too.
Definitely UTL for me. The whole night had just been a crazy confluence of football induced mood swings. However, when it was all said and done and we scored the last touchdown me and the rest of my friends in my section (we have a group of about 16 friends in the student section) all dove nto a giant dogpile/hug. Then hugged and bro-hugged all the random people around me.
I've always been insanely jealous of people who got to witness live events such as 1995 Virginia, 2004 MSU, 2005 PSU, 1995 and 1997 OSU...Then I got to be at 2011 ND. It's a night I'll never forget. I have vivid memories of that entire weekend that I will never ever forget.
I was at all of those games.
What's the difference between a hug and a bro-hug?
a Bro-hug is totally NOT gay
Oh my goodness... This thread is making me relive some of my favorite memories in Michigan Stadium...
1. Is definitely Notre Dame at night. That game was absolutely amazing, and I was hugging random students during the Roundtree catch, and again once the clock hit zero. That WAS the most electric crowd I have ever witnessed. Also, how the stands were full after the game singing was a lot of fun.
2 for me would be Manninghams game winner over Penn State. I was lucky enough to be in that end zone so it was really exciting.
3 would have to be Braylonfest vs. MSU. U was getting ragged by my Sparty family and friends when they were up 17 and my friends who I was with wanted to leave with 8 minutes left. Great game and memories...
getting razzed by MSU students. I was being badgered by a ND fan on the golf course before the game. He would not stop going off about how bad they were going to crush us. Wish I could have seen that clown's face after the game.
The ND student section chanted "It sucks to be a Michigan Wolverine" at the conclusion of the 3rd quarter of the UTL game. At the conclusion of the 4th quarter, much of the southwest corner of the stadium chanted "It's GREAT to be a Michigan Wolverine" back at them. Pretty awesome moment.
I forgot about that! I was fairly close to their section (the other side of the corner I was in), and I remember being so mad about that.
I was in that endzone. I was super pissed when I heard them chanting it, but we couldn't really do anything about it. I don't remember if we all started chanting back after Vincent Smith's TD or Roundtree's, but it was definitely one of my favorite moments of that game.
I was in that southwest corner chanting back at them as well! Greatest sporting event I've ever attended!
Not taking anything away from being at the 2010 game in South Bend when Denard went all Heisman tho!
a million posts on UTL, and they're all correct. It was simply sublime.
Illinois 2010 was bananas. I saw quite a few tears, but I think part of that was tension release. Similar to Wiscy '08.
And I will never forget the look on my nephew's face when he walked into the stadium for the first time.
I almost forgot, I mentioned UConn, Big Chill, ND, OSU from the past two years. But Nebraska. That was the first time my sister ever got to see the Big House. I couldn't believe how wide her eyes got upon her first glimpse inside. I imagine that's how I looked too.
In the 2011 season anyway, I would have to say that the top two were UTL and the end of the Ohio game.
Definitely, if nothing else, UTL was a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but when Gallon caught that catch with no Irish player even in the same ZIP code, myself and everyone around jumped right up and started cheering at the top of our lungs. The very next play, of course, well....it was even louder and more jubilant. That was awesome.
Similar thing for the Ohio game last year - when Avery caught the INT and we realized it was over and this was our day, the whole section just erupted, and this normally somewhat introverted ex-programmer jumped onto the field with thousands of others and hugged random Wolverines.
For misty-eyed times, I would have to say, as someone else mentioned, Brock Mealer. Incredibly moving moment.
else ever hear the song Dynamite by Taio Cruz and automatically flash back to the end of Notre Dame?
that is the only reason I like that song. I hated it before UTL and every time I hear it, it brings me back.
i'm glad that i'm not the only one. everytime i hear that song i think of how awesome that night was. without a doubt the best time i've ever had at Michigan Stadium.
But I rember that Taio Cruz song and of course the Seven Army Nation song. But anyways, I remember I was watching the game with about 15 other friends in a living room, and when we heard the crowd doing the Seven Army Nations chant on TV, we would all go outside and chant that on the top of our lungs so probably the whole neighborhood could hear us (was a blast being drunk as well).
My daughter was listening to that song shortly after that game and it hit me! I had to immediatly download it! HA! Now whenever that song plays, I can hear the crowd in unison singing- "AAAAAA-O, Gotta Let Go!" What a night!
1992 against Houston. Tyrone Wheatley retuned the opening kickoff 99 yards. That was the day I was hooked on going to The Big House. I still have the newspaper article about the game.
Everytime I hear that Dynomite song I think of the ND night game.
MSU overtime, overtime, overtime, PSU Mario, OSU 100th game & Sept. 1, 2007.
Literally had trouble breathing after the comeback vs Wiscy in 08'. Used every ounce of breath screaming my head off I had to stop and take a deep breath.
I graduated 3 years ago, attended every home game in my 4 years, the Penn State night game with Manningham was great but...
I will be attending the final home game of Denard Robinson this year, and I anticipate that I may get choked up when he gets introduced.
Maybe i am older than some of you but Desmonds punt return for a touchdown was the most electric the stadium had been since denard arrived. Also Biaktabutukas performence vs. OSU.
Both from last year, UTL and beating TSIO, with storming the field outranking UTL. At UTL I had a better tailgating, and it's one of the best days I've had in my life, but I was by myself for the actual game (me and my $300 seat), and it took forever to find my friends after the game who were at a restaurant. And since I'm junior-soon to be-senior college aged kid, I hadn't seen us beat TSIO since 7th grade. So winning, storming the field, then celebrating with my friends on the field was just flat out amazing.
Other great moments: Brock Mealer, The Big Chill, my first ever game (2000, Indiana), '08 Northwestern (well that game sucked, but it's still a vivid memory), and 2011 WMU
I want to buy a picture on the Mgoblue photo store of the field being swarmed by fans after the Ohio game (I was on that field). Maybe even have Denard sign it one day to hang up on my Michigan wall.
Also, here are two videos to help remember that day:
Funny how they play Dynamite after the Ohio game too, but I still remember it as the Notre Dame song. The song after that, Good Life, is the one I remember. It really was the good life that day.
And for the choatic video from that day:
I was fortunate to be a student from the '02 to '05 seasons, never missing a home game, and have been back a few times since. But Braylonfest and UTL stand out the most.
Braylonfest was just incredible. Everyone knew who the ball was going to, hell MSU knew who it was going to, but it kept working. I was freezing my ass off because the game started at 3:30 and was roasting but once the sun set, the t-shirt was a terrible move. None of it mattered after it was over.
UTL was nothing like I've ever seen in my life. The whole day was unlike anything I've ever been a part of as a fan, starting from the all day tailgating (especially important since I was visiting from out of town) to the final TD. It's the only time I can remember having that big of a smile on my face and being speechless for so long.
Close #3 is Manningham vs. Penn State in '05. Not in the top 2 because it was fall break for students and I was missing many of my friends who went home. The phone calls afterwards were awesome though.
Equally close #4 is my first home game as a student, 2002 vs. Washington. Brabbs redeeming himself was something none of us thought we'd see that day.
right about the Notre Dame game being an all day experience. Instead of tailgating, however, I stayed about 3 miles outside of Ann Arbor in my friend's apartment. She lived in the middle of nothing. You wouldn't even have known a major University was only 3 miles away. Watched the Tigers game there (went to it the night before on the way to AA), hung out, watched other football games, ect. Then the game. Then going back to that middle of nowhere apartment to fire up Mgoblog, check my voice messages (lots of them), watch the highlights on ESPN, listen to Denard's WHAAAAAAT interview, and drink a few beers. Unforgetable day. I get a little nostalgic just thinking about it.
I was in school the same time frame... I'd actually put OSU 2003 as #3 just cause rushing the field was awesome.
Otherwise, agree with every word you say. Doubly so for UTL.
But then, I never do cry unless I'm really, really angry. Like Hulk angry. I have an extremely sissy super power. :(
I tried to lead the AA BWW in The Victors after UTL, but nobody would follow my lead.
Late last year, my wife and I moved back to A2 after living in Arizona for 5 years. Our car, with trailer in tow, entered Ann Arbor city limits Thursday evening, September 1. With most of our things still in boxes, we headed down to the stadium for the opening game against WMU on the morning of the 3rd. After almost 6 years of not being in the Big House, you bet your ass I started tearing up the moment the first few guys out of the tunnel touched the banner.
a small MAC opponent, I'll never forget that game either. The start of Hoke, the horribly hot weather followed by vicious downpours (that made me freeze), and the weather delay. Also, getting back to the car in the golf course to find out the Tigers were actually PLAYING still only a few miles to our north. Don't forget that. They had an EPIC comeback win over the White Sox from way behind that day. Kinda like they did today!
I could be wrong, but didn't Inge hit a walk off home run that day?
No, that was actually the same day as UTL. I remember because I was at the Tigers game with my wife, her sister, and her sister's fiance. We were DVRing the M game so that we wouldn't miss any of it, and as the Tigers' game was getting close to heading into extra innings, we were debating whether or not the stay. Inge made the decision for us, and after a quick celebration, we raced out of Comerica and headed back to GR. We must have been the first ones out :)
I was fortunate to be at both the Ohio and UTL games last season, and there's not much more I can add to everyone's amazing memories of those games. To this day I still get chills thinking about both, very thankful I was able to be there.
But the season opener was really special too--Brady's first game back at Michigan. I had a $1 poncho from Meijer, and pulled it over my head when it started raining. And it just kept raining harder and harder. I distinctly remember the crowd generating a giant roar when it was pouring the hardest. I was having a fantastic time. I stayed in the stadium during the first delay, and waited near the concession stands until they called it. I waited a few more minutes and began walking home -- shortly after I walked in the door, the next big storm cell came roaring through. Crazy day.
Every time the team takes the field. Every time.
the first time you ever went to a game, when the band emerged in that tunnel, and you heard those magical words from Carl Grapentine. "Ladies and gentlemen..."
At one crucial point late in the 4th quarter (can't remember exactly what drive), when the whole stadium was chanting to '7 Nation Army' and pumping the maize pom-poms in unison, my brother turned to face the crowd (we were 3rd row endzone). He looked up, looked to both sides, then looked forward again. He said, "this is what college football is about", then opened his arms and closed his eyes to just take in and embrace the moment. I'll never forget it.
tweeted my after that game with the message "you are the luckiest son of a bitch i know"
My little sister and cousin also said the visual created in the Notre Dame game was breathtaking to see on tv even.
My father and I decide to sell our tickets for 325 each. I was trying to find a ticket to replace the one I sold. I found one for 150 and bought it. Before I could get to the gate a guy offered me 200 for the ticket. I looked on my phone and the score was 14-0 ND so I sold it. Regret is the only word to describe that decision to this day.
Missing it for $50 and a lack of faith....ouch.
only been to one game. at the time i was not overwhelmed by the size of the stadium. now i look back and realize just how big it was.
The good, Michigan vs Ohio 97. The bad, Rickey Powers fumbling the game away in 93 against Illinois. I was an eighth grader and had never felt so heartbroken before.
It was the home opener against western. It was a blowout but the second i walked into the stadium and saw 110,000+ people wearing maize and blue. I just stared for a good 30 seconds in shock at how awesome it was.
I've been to 25 home games in the last 15 years, the most notable ones being Braylonfest and 2005-Penn State. I also went to the first home game that had to be rescheduled post-9/11 with the moment of silence. But an easy emotional experience I had at the big house that is most memorable didn't happen during a game.
Up until a couple years ago, they used to keep one gate open at the stadium during the summer. Several years ago, I walked inside and had the entire stadium to myself. I sat in different spots in the stands and then walked on the field. I walked and stood in all the exact spots in both end zones of the most memorable plays. Mercury Hayes catch against Virginia, Howard's 4th down diving catch against Notre Dame, Chris Perry's rushing TD in overtime against Penn State, Anthony Carter's game winning catch against Indiana, Billy Taylor's game winning run against Ohio State and of course I did the Howard Heisman pose against OSU.
Yes, I'm a dork. But I was simply following the advice Keith Jackson gave to all fans on the Michigan football CD Rom that was released in 1995. In the offseason or the night before the first home game, go to the stadium while it's empty and soak up all the history that is everywhere you look. Stand in the spots of memorable plays that led to victory and listen to the crowd cheering in your head. It was a really cool feeling that unfortunately is not allowed anymore as the stadium is now completely locked when it's not football season. It was great while it lasted, though.
And so ends my cheesy post.
I also used to jog to Michigan Stadium from my dorm (Markley Hall: 5th Blagdon FTW) and just enjoy the stadium. I did the Mercury Hayes. I did the Desmond Howard. I did Hello Heisman. Man I loved that
I'd also forgotten about the first game after 9/11. It was my freshman year, and I don't mind admitting I got pretty damn dusty during that moment of silence and the playing of God Bless America.
Yep. It was a powerful moment.
47 seconds in...
Maybe that's why some sell their tickets and don't value what they have access to. I've been to 25 games in less than 4 years. Your post helps me realize I should never take that for granted.
I remember the national anthem the first game after 9/11 really got to me - think it was Western, but doesn't really matter. Brock Mealer was another for non-football reasons. Projecting ahead to this fall, it will my first season without my dad by my side. If you see a guy in Section 7 crying for no apparent reason, that will be me.
I lost mine two years ago and can honestly say I haven't and won't ever get over it. There isn't a more special bond than that of a father and son IMHE. My condolences to you.
The immediate memories that come to me:
1991 - I was sitting right by the goaline when I saw Howard lay out absolutely flat in the air to catch the 4th and 1 pass from Grbac. The time just kinda stood still as ball was in the air and I remember saying to myself "Holy SH(T Desmond is perfectly parallel with the ground!!!" as he was catching it. Still the best single football play I have ever seen
Also at my first Ohio game at the big house, I remember towards the end of the game, there was a guy with Ohio jersey on lying on the floor in a fetal position in the student section surrounded by about 30 people who were pelting him with marshmallows. The guy was absolutely covered head to toe in it. That was awesome...
If watching Mealer get up and walk and touch the banner didn't make you cry I duno what will. Only time I ever teared up
Game at the Big House and was very emotional!!
that was a real emotional moment...
I graduated in '88 and the first game I was able to make it back to was the Herbie KO in '91. What a glorious day that was!
1997 row A student section, vs OSU! Woodson was awsome. Anthony Thomas was pretty damn good in that game too!
Bourbon Street pretty much defeated me, so I felt shitty the entire game. But when Gibbons kicked the winning field goal...pure bliss. Michigan had just won a BCS game, and I was finally able to run to the bathroom to throw up. UTL was okay too.
Living a couple states away and working weekends kept me away until the Illinois game in 2010. Triple overtime and an emotional roller coaster ride of a game. Got chills seeing the stadium and feeling like I finally belonged wearing Michigan gear. I didn't have to defend my hat to SEC fans. It was like finally being home. The chills stayed as we walked around the stadium. Then the band started and we walked to our seats to watch warmups. I had to stop and delete pictures to make sure I had room for pictures of the actual game. Now every time don't stop believing comes on the radio I get chills. I left that day unable to talk, legs hurting and physically exhausted. But never been happier. There is not a better place on earth.
this past year was an awesome moment. Rushing the field....you felt redemption. The universe was as it should be....
I was a little to intoxicated for UTL! But on a emotional roller coaster from 10 min before kickoff until the field rush against Ohio! I live in Ohio and listen to these mouth breathers everyday! I have been to 20+ games at the Big House but 2011 Ohio felt electric from 11:45 until they kicked people off the field!
We were spoiled last season with UTL and the Ohio game and I still get chills when I think of being there for those games. The only moments that can match those games for me was Penn State 2005 and Ohio 2003 (The 100th game in the rivalry). I live in the next town over from The Mealer's and have a lot of friends who know them, so the UCONN game in 2010 was a very special moment for me as well. Man, I love the Big House!
Braylonfest '04: During the TV timout after the first OT, the entire student section collapsed onto the bleachers for a breather; we'd been hopping up and down for a solid 30-45 minutes straight at that point.
Brock Mealer: Because... yeah.
UTL: I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying "HOLY-SHIT-GALLON-IS-INVISIBLE-RUN-GODDAMNIT-WHAT-THE-HELL-WAS-THAT-DID-THAT-JUST-HAPPEN-IS-THIS-REAL-LIFE-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
EDIT: Also, Ohio '03 and '11, and Notre Dame '03 (Houston's better... Clap. Clap. Clap clap clap)
We were on row 5, on the end zone line where the final touchdown was caught. The Notre Dame fan that was sitting next to us was being a real tool the whole game...my wife's cousin gave him a wrestling style chest slap when time expired asking him "how do you like that buddy"...the entire stadium just stayed in place for the next half hour...we couldn't bring ourselves to leave. It was, for lack of a better word, epic.
Conversely, 2007 Oregon made me quite angry.
I'll take "Understatements of the year" for 400, Alex.
I was originally very pissed that I had to go to a wedding that day instead of going to the game. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because (a) I didn't have to be there for... that, and (b) open bars heal all wounds.
I vividly remember screaming as Westbrook came down with the ball.. It was my Grandfathers 50 year reunion that game, and the alumni had already all begun their exit from the stadium, totally unaware of what had just transpired.
Was only 14, but remember it like it was yesterday.,
First post since the Haloscan days i think, but you guys have made me nostalgic.
Good: my first game as a student. We were a little late to our seats. One of my floor mates was from a really small town, and when we walked in, he said "there are more people in here right now than in my entire county!"
Bad: the Kordell Stewart game. Followed closely by the Ricky Powers fumble game.
For me, 2011 Ohio. I was class of '09, and wasn't really an M fan growing up despite hailing from southeast Michigan. After losing to them in '06, and watching the team implode the next couple years, not only had I never experienced a win over Ohio during my fandom, I was starting to doubt it was even possible to beat them.
That seems to me to be the game where we really put all the anguish of the mid-late 00's into the rearview so we can finally move on. Not only that, it was an objectively very exciting and hard-fought game, with lots of offense. Would have stood out without any symbolism...
Too many great moments to cover, but the top three for me:
Wangler to Carter, Grbac to Howard, UTL
(With due respect to Braylon, Carter will always be #1.)
The worst? Well, I won't mention The Horror by name.
I was sitting in the Ohio fan section at this past years Game (mom got tickets through work) and to see the look on all of the Ohio fan's faces after the INT was great. They talked shit all game and they were dead silent following that, as i was screaming at the top of my lungs.
It was such a large relief, knowing i wouldn't have to spend another year of being bashed by Ohio fans (I live in Ohio by the way). Maybe the happiest moment i have ever had in Michigan Stadium.
On the other side of emotion was The Horror. I took my dad to that game expecting him to see a great Michigan dominat win, but he said the look in my face following the blocked FG was just pure shock and frustration. I drank very heavily that night. The same can be said about the Toledo loss, being that i live i the Toledo area.
I cry at the games because I'm 6'4"and the stadium was sized for little baby girls.
My wife and I took our two sons with us to the Nebraska game last year, and we talked a couple into going with us. They were lukewarm VT fans......that is until they walked into the stadium. They couldn't speak for a couple minutes. It was our youngest son's first game as well. We went in early so they could walk around and get plenty of pictures of the team warming up. Ended up being an awesome day, great football weather and a lopsided victory.
We converted our friends to Michigan fans and my wife and I got to spend the day at the game with our boys. I laughed and teared up a little when my oldest put his hand on my shoulder and asked, "dad, can I go to college here when I grow up?"
At the Big House, during commencement, while singing The Victors one last time. Manly tears were shed.
My youngest son spent six years at Michigan and earned two degrees. He left Ann Arbor in 2011 to go to med school. We decided to go to two games together this past year. What were the two? ND and Ohio. We had seen a lot of games together at the stadium, Tate's ND win, Wiscy in 08, Manningham's last second TD against PSU, and dozens of others, but I think we both realized that ND and Ohio in 2011 were games for the ages. To have shared them together made it very special.
Then there was Brock's walk...still get emotional even thinking about it.
The season opener when Brock Mealer walked out and touched the banner was amazing. I was so proud of him I couldn't help but cry.
Thought this quote was appropriate:
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” - Washington Irving
Unspeakable love indeed. I am not one to shed tears over a bad loss... that doesnt seem right at the big house. Usually when we lose we should tip our hats to those that beat us... the horror included.
I would say I had a few tears during the Brock walk... A little watery during the Desmond pre-game at UTL... and certainly just a bit of a joy tear as relief hit and we beat OHIO this year.
Well I am a Michigan fan from Ohio and my wife and I made the 4 and a half hour journey to Michigan the night before the spring game. Got to the Big House about 7:45 that morning. But at about 9:15 or so it was like I stepped into the greatest place in the world. Walked up the ramp and through the little tunnel and you could see the field down below. It was better than I ever imagined. It was just plain awesome. Craziest thing was we were sitting right in front of a couple from Columbus who were also Michigan fans. Cannot wait to get up to A2 for a real game.
There have been several, most of mine have already been mentioned and I realize how lucky I am to have been at so many of the previous posted games.
The earliest truly nutso win I remember being there for was when Phil Brabb's kicked the game winner at the end to beat Washington. I was in the end zone row 6 and felt like I could have caught the ball if the net handn't been raised. I was jumping up and down hugging some guy next to me before I realized my Dad had been siting on the OTHER side of me. The guy hugged back, it was weird, in retrosepct.
Also I truly believe UTL could arguably one of the best experiences ever in the big house. No matter if a fan at that game was there for their frist game or 100th, everyone tells me that's their best experience.
Also, seeing the 80 year old fans dancing to dynamite was just icing on the cake
as I've been there at Michigan Stadium for almost every one mentioned in this thread.
First game I went to was in 1974 against Navy, I'l never forget the feeling of walking up to the southwest corner outside the stadium fence and remarking to my friend how I expected something bigger. Then the shock and awe of entering the stadium itself from below the south scoreboard and being amaized at how huge Michigan Stadium really was!
Took in 2 home games each of the next 2 seasons, then got our season tickets in 1977 and have only missed about 15-20 home games in the 34 years since.
Most memorable single play I've ever seen had to be the AC catch to win the IU game...or was it the Woodson punt return TD vs. ohio...or was it Grbac to Howard vs. ND for the win...or Mario's winning catch vs. PSU in '05 (or was the Chris Perry TD to beat PSU in '03 better)...or was it one of Harlan H-Bomb Huckleby's many TD's? Impossible to choose from so many...
Anyway, the most memorable games as a group for me have been the odd-year finales---I haven't missed any Ohio @ U of M home games since '77 (we're 11-7 in those games) and we're1-0 in my only U of M @ Ohio game, in '96.
Who knows what's in store in '12? Season can't get here soon enough!
Unfortunately, I graduated in 2011 and therefore missed UTL. Talk about a disappointment. I wish I could have been there! The 2009 ND game probably pales in comparison to those who were at UTL, but it was probably the craziest the stadium ever got while I was a student at Michigan. I remember losing my voice from screaming so loudly and everyone just going absolutely insane when Tate made that final TD pass. Such an awesome moment. So 2009 ND, 2010 triple OT Illinois, or 2008 Wisconsin were definitely some crazy, crazy moments.
The dreaded double post. I appologize.
UTL will be hard to top. I remember very well just screaming "TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN!" when Roy Roundtree hauled in that final pass. And how nobody wanted to leave after the game was over. Even Pop Evil sounded good.
Another really emotional moment was Bo's last win over OSU in 1989. Not as exciting a game, but we all knew the man was retiring and seeing him go out a winner was bittersweet.
My dad and a lot of the people from his side of the family are from Michigan. Although I never lived there (dad was in the military and we moved around), I was raised a die hard Michigan Wolverine fan and am to this day. We finally settled in TX and I never left. I look forward to each season but I was only ever able to watch them play on TV. Finally, last year, I was able to make the trip to the Big House to see them in person. My wife and I came up for The Game. We flew into Detroit the night before and stayed in AA that night. We got to the golf course early in the morning and tailgated with a bunch of really cool Michigan fans, and of course the game was awesome. The entire experience was totally mind blowing and is something I will never ever forget. We made this sign that my wife carried around proudly, and especially loved showing it to OSU fans before and after the game. I can't wait to make it back!
It looks a lot bigger on TV.
The Game, 2009
I went with my best friend, who had terminal cancer to the game. We talked about all sorts of game day memories on the way to the game. I dropped him off at the game so he could sit in the pressbox (lots of people pulled lots of strings so he could see that game - its tough for a cancer survivor who is very weak to sit in the stands).
We all know the outcome of the game. I just couldn't leave the stadium. I walked around the bowl alone looking at the field from different perspectives both figuratively and literally, thinking about how we were kids watching the team, being in the marching band together and running out of the tunnel, him taking his wife to a "first date" there just six years earlier. It's like everything I had known had crumbled and the pittiful nature of the team was the personification of the last few years. I was so mixed up emotionally I can't say what I felt but somewhere in there were parts of absolute sorrow and rage. I stayed until the stadium staff threw me out.
That was the last day I saw him or spoke to him. We lost him three weeks later and the world hasn't been the same for me since.
That game has had a special place for me for lots of reasons (I haven't missed being at The Game since 1992 other than 2008 when I watched it with my friend from the cancer ward) and that day sealed it.
God Bless you Matt.
Very much for sharing that. This was the type of emotional response (along with a few others in this thread) that I was hoping to get. Plus one.
Final seconds of the 97 OSU game with my grandfather (last game he attended before passing away) it was so loud you couldn’t hear the person next to you.
Beating OSU in 2003 was emotional for me. Michigan looked like they were going to blow a second-half lead and lose, yet again, to Ohio. But they held on and clinched a berth in Pasadena for the first time since 1998. After 4 years of undergrad and 1+ of grad school, I never thought I'd see a Rose Bowl. The way the game played out, the up and down of it, plus the result led to tears.
I will always remember the first ever OT game at the BIG HOUSE. My 2 year old son sat in my lap, pumped his fist on cue for "The Victors", and was fast asleep by the OT and didn't even flinch when the crowd exploded at the moment of victory!! Will remember that day until i die...
Also, am man enough to admit I cry every time the team comes down the tunnel and touches that banner.
I live in Nova Scotia Canada and have never had the opportunity to get to a live game at UM. It is my dream to make it for a OSU/UM matchup in the next few years and god willing I will.
My uncle went to UM in the 70's and shares many stories about the various games he attended while there. All I can say is I hope you all realize how lucky you are to be able to go to the Big House and see the games live. I envy the lot of you!
I moved away from Michigan the Monday after I went to the '08 Wisconsin game. Remember how everyone thought everything would be okay after that?
I had not made a trip back to the Big House until UTL. My oldest brother is a huuuuuge ND fan, and I took him for his 30th birthday. We sat row 1 right on the goal line near where Roundtree caught the game winner. My brother had razzed me the whole game until that and a brief moment after Vincent Smith's TD, screaming in my ear the whole way. After the game, We were all the way down the aisles and after about 5 minutes with a sour look on his face, he said, "let's get the fuck out of here". I looked at him, looked around at the scene,saw no one moving, laughed, and said, "To Hell with Notre Dame".
After the game he said even though his team lost he was still grateful to witness such a historic event first hand, and said it wasnhis best college football experience ever. It was great for me as well because I do not see my brother very often, and we were able to spend a great day together, in the greatest place in the world.
I'd point to the games everyone else has listed...especially UTL and Ohio.
At this point in my life, I get misty eyed almost every time the team comes out of the tunnel.
My now ten year old son become very passionate about Michigan sports at the beginning of the RichRod era...and experiencing the games with him has made it much more meaningful for me.
We go to almost every home football and basketball game...and I'm sure some of his most vivid childhood memories will involve U-M football and basketball games with his dad. Realizing this makes each game that much more of a moving experience.
Interestingly, some of the games I remember most vividly (but certainly not in a positive way) involve losses...Kordell (had left early to get to a dinner), the Horror (was in the car on my way back from Camp Michigania), and FSU in 1991.
Other than some off-field happenings (Mealer, 9/11, etc) I can't say I was particularly moved, other than by extreme excitement (the many examples given UTL, OSU '97, etc). So only time the football actually kinda put me in an altered emotional state (almost all wins get me excited..it's just the level changing) was after the Rose Bowl in '98. I don't know if before or since I've ever been so...content? Satisfied? It's like I was walking around the Stadium, and wasn't even jump up and down excited anymore. It was a feeling of just for once, all was right with the world.
I cried 3 times during UTL, once when we took the lead after Smith broke free on the screen, once when ND took the lead on the broken coverage and finally when we Roundtree came down with the final throw. Only comparable moment was being there when Brock touched the banner. That was a whole different kind of emotion. Still get shivers thinking about it.
Took my kid to fan day event and watched him run around on the field. Just thinking about what a big fan he already was, what a neat tradition he was becoming a part of, and here he was having a blast on the same field. Choked me up.
I'm a big ol' wuss so there are many other times I've had to rummage for a kleenex. Brock Mealer for sure, Desmond's speech at UTL, the end of UTL when I was there with my son & husband jumping up and down and hollering incoherently for the sheer joy and incredulity of that ending.
Flyovers get me too, I admit it.
The first time I was at the Big House I cried real man tears when the team took the field. It is something I always wanted to see live and when I finally did it eclipsed my expectations to the point where some weird liquid came out of my eyes. It was unforgettable.
Bruce Kimball milling about the field before the game sneaks out and tackles Brutus at the ankles. She starts beating him with bent flag pole before it's broken up. That was my first Ohio game.
UTL with my daughter was awesome as was The Game 2011, especially after treking to Columbus the year before and seeing the Viva Rodriguez banner unfurled.
I graduated from Michigan undergrad in 96, my wife from grad school in 98. We are both from the Metro Detroit area. Careers/life have taken us away from Michigan, but we have kept our season tickets. My parents seats are next to mine. I go back for about 2 games a year, doling the rest to friends and family, but since they are my tickets, I get to cherry pick the best games.
I went to 2 games last year. I was at the ND game, and it was amazing. However, the OSU game that will go down as the greatest I have ever attended. My 9 y.o. son, who I have brainwashed since he was in the womb to be a Michigan fan, made the trip with me for his first OSU game. He was standing between my parents, enthralled as Michigan defeated our arch rivals for the first time in his memory. It was one of the best moments of my life, and the true reason I have kept my tickets even though I live a thousand miles away. After the game, I asked him if he wanted to go down on the field with everyone else, and he said, "No, I just want to sit here with Grandma and Grandpa and watch." So for the next 30 minutes the 4 of us just hung out in the stands and took it all in. I will never see Michigan Stadium again without thinking about that game.
We got on the sideline with like two minutes to go, towards the north end zone. Some dude in a monkey suit climbed up the goal post while the game was still going and UM got a penalty. When the game ended we stormed the field and took the goal posts down. I was a freshman and thought the chaos and energy was the greatest thing in the world. I was so pumped that I had decided to go to UM!
Saw Grbac make that pump fake and launch that bomb to Desmond for The Catch against ND. (Guess we got a couple of those now!)
First truly spectacular Wolverine play I saw in person, and a moment where you knew something special was brewing.