(Complete and utter theft. Thanks Jon.)
Favorite UM Football Moment
I was a freshman living in Markley and my roommate and I decided to take a trip to Columbus for the last game of the season. Michigan was coming off two straight losses and the shmuckeyes were still undefeated. Despite the cold weather, my roommate and I were determined to go the entire game shirtless boasting painting chests and faces. Despite a drunk fan putting out a cigar in my face, we had the last laugh as Michigan triumphed to a 13-9 victory.
woodson int vs msu in 97. i was in east lansing this night and i don't think i slept for 2 weeks.
2005. Shitty season. We hadn't lost at home for years, I come in, all excited, and we're not good. Penn State - undefeated. Lloyd lobbied for more time on the clock. I was depressed and walked down from my seat in row 97 (yeah freshman year!) when I stopped just before exiting the bowl and watched the final play from the tunnel.
The new math was born, the stadium exploded, and it was a great day to be a Michigan Wolverine
When the clock hit 0.00 at the 1997/8 Rose Bowl and the team came roaring off the sidelines and ran into the stands right right where i was sitting (lower endzone). Then the band set up in front of us and played the Victors over and over and over again while we sang with them.
That was pretty damn good moment.
I was playing baseball in PR over Xmas break. My Gpa was taping the game for me back in the states. So everyone in my family was gna make me wait until we flew back to NY for me to find out what the score was. My poor mom couldnt contain herself, that night after my game when we got back to the hotel her beaming smile in the elevator gave it away! great moment even though i didtnt see the game live.
Honestly, I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
You son of a b****. Beat me to the punch.
this happens quite a bit, i am never sure how. unless that other post was your favorite moment...
Uh oh, that thread is leaking.
The time Hoke changed the tide on the rivalry.
Really? THAT is your favorite memory of Michigan football? C'mon. That's crazy talk.
Maybe he is only 1 year old? Then it would make sense. If you are older than 1 year old, though, I can't see how the new coach (who, as everyone knows I love a hell of a lot more than the old coach) being hired and talking up the rivalry is your "best memory."
I don't know if you guys understand the point. I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
Right. Great. I agree. Hoke has, in fact, changed the tide. It's awesome. It was certainly unexpected.
But BEST EVER michigan football memory? National championship, Heisman winners, thrilling wins over OSU, the Capital One Bowl send off to Lloyd, Desmond's Heisman? Hoke getting people pumped up to beat OSU (note, we still have to actually go out and play the game and hopefully win) is the BEST EVER Michigan football memort?
Sorry, I don't get it.
I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
I think you might be missing the point of the thread itself. It is soliciting favorite MEMORIES. Not only that, but do you think Brandon/Hoke selling jerseys to the UTL game is better than some of the amazing memories from the past 20 years? If so, that's kind of sad, actually.
Nope, sorry. It's all about turning the tide on the rivalry and selling night jerseys in Ohio:
That makes absolutely no sense. Its non-sensical. Crazy talk. Your verbs are all present tense - memories are not present tense.
I was wondering how long people would keep biting.
Damn you, M-Wolverine. Well played, guys.
Here is the joke.
And here are your heads.
That'll teach me to no skip any posts on the Board! I hate being out of the "know" - dammit.
It's ok. Things will be different now, what with Hoke changing the tide of the rivalry and all. Hell, he's started selling jerseys in Ohio!
I totally missed the joke - see what happens when works gets in the way of reading every single thread and comment?!?!
And here I was thinking that I was totally winning this debate - I suck.
In my mind, we still won, my friend. We still won. Things only happen if you believe they happen.
Mine was the exact same moment.
My senior year. Night before The Game, with a chance to play for a National Championship in the Rose Bowl on the line, my friends and I had tix to see Adam Sandler (who was really popular on college campuses at the time) live at Hill. Sandler is running late, and for the 45 minutes until he showed up, the crowd is just chanting The Victors over and over and over. It was insane.
Finally, the lights go down and you hear Sandler over the microphone to the tune of his Thanksgiving Turkey song say, "Love to eat turkey, 'cause it's great. Hope you kick the shit out of Ohio State."
The place exploded and the crowd sang the Victors for a solid 5 minutes before Sandler was able to get a word in to start the show.
Second greatest - rushing the fiend the next day when we beat Ohio.
Damn, this season can't come quick enough . . . I get pumped just writing those stories.
That has to be the best two back-to-back days in my Michigan college experience. The Auditorium was SO loud and crazy. It was almost like the Sandler concert was an afterthought. And then the game to end a perfect regular season with a Woodson touchdown, a hurting put on David Boston, and getting down onto the field for my first time ever. That was a good two days. No doubt about it.
I was at that show, too! Great time.
The Game the next day would probably be my favorite live moment, but I was a little "over-served" and they're actually kind of a blur.
Instead, the game I remember most vividly from that season is the ND game, where our defense came up huge time and time again to preserve the 21-14 lead.
My favorite U of M football moment came at our darkest hour.
After our improbable comback against Wisconsin in 2007, chants of "rush the field!" were being shouted all over the student section. Me and a buddy of mine got the front right as the final seconds ticked off, and when the game was sealed, people started hoping over the rail. The guy in front of me wouldn't go, and after some proding on my part, he finally jumped. And was immediately nabbed by a security guard.
With the guard occupied, I jumped myself. "HEY YOU!" he shouted, and pointed at me. I ran towards the tunnel and hung out there for a second. After it was clear he lost track of me, I went to the corner of the field, where the team was celebrating near the student section. It was surreal.
When they were done, I followed them into the tunnel. But instead of leaving, I followed them into the locker room. I had a student shirt on and clearly looked like I didn't belong, but nobody questioned me. I watched RichRod talk to the team after the game. Michael Phelps showed up briefly, said "hi" to a few players, and was about to leave the locker when I shoved my hand towards him and said "Michael Phelps!". He robotically shook my hand.
My favorite part was when everybody got down on one knee for a prayer, something that was obviously routine to everyone in the room. Slowly and awkwardly, I got on one knee myself. I just looked so out of place, but nobody cared. Once RichRod was done talking, I conspiciously walked around with my flip phone out taking video of the locker room, took a gatorade out of the fridge, and hung for a bit. Then I left. And that's my story.
Not trying to be critical, but:
1. following the team into the locker room is sort of not cool - that's their private place
2. your memory took place in 2008, not 2007
3. anyone chanting "rush the field" when we beat Wisco in a 3-9 season should go root for the team down in East Lansing. Very Spart to rush the field after a win like that.
You're right; it was 2008! And if the space was so private, they would have just kicked me out. You can't honestly say that as an undergrad high off our only decent win of the year, hanging out on the field with a chance to check out the locker room, that you wouldn't do it. You'd stop and say, "NOPE! THAT'S PRIVATE!" and walk away.
Ahh so many to choose from...
Let's see...I would have to say Wiscy in 2008 just cause this is so outrageous. Ok I've been working security at the Big House for many years now and I swear I've never seen something like this before. So we're all down at this point in the season because of how it had gone so far. Must say it hadn't lived up to expectations. I thought that this game would be much of the same after dropping behind 19-0 after half. Then a miracle happened as we all know.
But the funny thing is is at the the end of the game some small freshman looking kid runs to the front of the student section screaming "Rush The Field!". I'm standing there thinking why would we do that? We're not Sparty...But anyways, get this. He actually does it. He pushes the kid in front of him over the rail. The poor kid has a broken leg and now everybody is just staring in disbelief. He jumps over the railing and immediately starts running like a maniac, thinking we're chasing him. But in reality none of us really cared because we had just beaten a top 10 team in midst of this gut-wrenching season so we were all pretty happy. So meanwhile, this kid is now sprinting towards the tunnel and we're just thinking that we will let him have his fun. We had more problems trying to tend to the kid he pushed.
I saw him moments later celebrating with the team so I though all of his shenaigans were done. But no, I guess not. He then follows the team in to the locker room acting like he's one of them. I couldn't believe my eyes. Who is he to think he can do this? So a few of us follow him and were going to peacefully escort him out. But no he's up there standing right behind Coach Rod as he's giving a speech so we couldn't get to him. Then they were all starting to do the Lord's Prayer and here he is shouting it over everyone else and everyone is just staring at this loser. No one has a clue whats going on. After he's done he nearly attack Michael Phelps, so we decide to ambush him. The kid grabs a case full of Gatorade and runs past us out of the locker room.
Weirdest thing ever....
None of these are really football related or terribly uplifting, but they are vivid memories that have stuck with me.
2002 Iowa game: This game turned into a total suckfest after (I'm pretty sure it was) Markus Curry dropped a punt and the wheels came off. About 10-15 rows down from me in the student section sat a douchey guy wearing shorts and an ND sweatshirt. He was listening to ND beat FSU during the Willingham "Return to Glory" and repeatedly dancing like a jackass whenever good news came over the airwaves. With him was a demure beauty in an Iowa sweatshirt who had apparently dusted off a fifth of Tanqueray during the first three quarters. As people sullenly filed out of the stadium, she drunkenly and profanely berated all of them. In order to protect the honor of the Big House and put a stop to this, myself and a few brave others began pelting her with ice, loose change, and other debris until her and the dude left. Not going to lie, it took some of the sting out of the loss.
2003 ND game: I just remember strolling down State St. and passing one of the fraternity houses (not sure which one) when out of nowhere a shirtless, buff black dude came flying across the lawn to dunk an entire trash can full of water over the head of an unsuspecting, middle aged ND fan. Sucked for that guy. Also kind of a metaphor for the entire game.
2006 OSU game: Flew in to Detroit from the west coast, drove basically overnight from Ann Arbor to Columbus. My buddy and I got the usual disturbing introduction to the cesspool that is Ohio State athletics. Then we met Amadou Ba (see photo). Drank a few hundred beers only to have our entrance to the stadium blocked by the OSU band (entering through the same gate/tunnel where our seats were). Nearly pissed myself until an OSU fan let me slip into an employee/staff bathroom. Felt a moment of shared humanity and began to think we are all one as human beings until I got to my seat and had to listen to the two mouthbreathers next to me shout "Break his ankle!" every time Mike Hart carried the ball.
My freshman year, Braylon vs MSU in 2004. I remember it starting as a warm fall sat, then as it got darker, it started to get real cold. My buddy and I had painted our chests, and even with the game seemingly out of reach and our bodies shivering, we refused to put our shirt on. We said that as long as we still had a chance, we werent going to put a shirt on. It was the most exciting game I ever saw live, and well worth how sick we both got the next week for staying out in the cold.
That was my #2 moment (and awfully close to #1 posted earlier). I remember the place freaking SHAKING with noise and it was the first time in my 30+ years of attending games that the place was insanely loud. The best part of that game for me were the two ahole MSU fans sitting behind me giving me shit all game long. When they went up 27-10 they started dancing and high-fiving and lauging. All i said was "not dead yet". And i kept saying it and them started yelling it throughout the end of regulation and through the most exciting three overtimes i've ever seen.
After the first overtime, the entire student section had to sit down to catch its breath. It is the only time I can remember everyone hopping up and down on the seats for more than a few seconds. Hell, even the Really Old Person section was on its feet. Craziest half-hour of football I have ever seen. Highly recommend.
It was cold...i was dressed for the noon start of our tailgate and not 6:30pm in an autumn Michigan afternoon. And i KNEW, back at our tailgate, would be literally hundreds of those Sparty's just waiting to pounce. At our tailgate they come out of the wood for the MSU game (wives, gf's, kids, friends, etc) who never show up otherwise. And I have a 3 hour + drive back to Cleveland so when the score reached 27-10 i wanted to go...i mean i really wanted to go.
But i said to my 17 year old son.....let's just stay for one more possesion and see what happens.......
I also have two.
The first one is from the 1991 game against Notre Dame. I was 13, and at the game with my dad. Our seats were at about the 20 yard line with Michigan driving left-to-right when they lined up practically in front of us for that famous 4th and 1. I turned to my dad and asked, "We're going to run it, right?"
"Of course," he said. Then they snapped the ball.
I saw Desmond go up, but didn't actually see the catch because I was short and everyone in front of us jumped up cheering. Still, what a moment.
The second is the end of the 1998 Rose Bowl. I was a sophomore in the student section at the game, and when time ran out and the team rushed towards us... well, it still gives me goosebumps.
I'll never forget that crazy game back in 1996(?). It was so f-ing cold and half the stadium was gone by halftime. But the few that remained were extremely loud and it was so much fun staying and watching the game in the sh-tty weather. Those kind of extreme conditions seem to heighten the viewing satisfaction for some reason.
I think that I am still trying to warm up from that mess of a game. I really felt bad for mercury Hayes body surfing through the large mud puddle/lake just off of the sideline in front of sections43 -- 40.
cold as hell, wet, and sleet for about half the game. My buddy and I stuck it out, but sheesh, what a boring game. Nobody could do shit on offense 'cuz of the conditions.
I was there to see AC split the Indiana secodary and score on the last play of the game in 1979.
I was there to see Harbaugh and Kolesar stick a dagger in OSU's heart with a 77 yard bomb late in the fourth quarter in 1985.
I saw the first ever overtime game in Michigan stadium as Michigan came back to tie Penn State and force overtime. Chris Perry ran in the winning touchdown. I took my daughter to that game and it certainly affected her. She bled maize and blue after that day and always wanted to go to Michigan. She's a sophomore this year.
I was there for the first one, and it's on my list also. I will go with the psu game with the last second td instead. I was at that game with the stepD/lucky charm; her comment at half time is priceless -- this is boring (it was something like 6-3 at halftime). Her opinion change in the second half.
No, her mom isn't allowed to go to those games anymore; her record at msu tsio psu ND isn't very good while her daughter was nearly perfect -- the last three years are not counted against her.
This is still the number one football memory for me. The bonus was seeing Lee Corso go ballistic on the Indiana sideline.
Braylonfest is my #1... but I'd like to throw in a vote Washington 2002. Phil Brabbs, FTW.
It wasn't just that he made a long field goal on the last snap; it was that the kicking had been SO horrible all game that there was absolutely no way he was going to make that kick. And he drilled that sumbitch.
I still remember the resigned silence when Washington took it's time out to ice him.
Brabbs' FG happening right in front of the student section is up there for me too. Just remember thinking it was over when Braylon, still wearing #80, dropped Navarre's pass on 4th down only to have it ruled a fumble by the officials. The good ole days of no booth review.
Like so many of you I was there too. My Grandfather, Dad and Brother. When the clock hit zeros we just stood there cheering and in awe for at least 10 minutes. Great UofM memory and family memory.
Watching Chris Perry score the winning touchdown, against PSU, in the first overtime game at the Big House. Being there with my Dad was extra special. He's the reason I have this affliction. I thought the Stadium was super-loud that day. I'm hoping it's louder this season, especially in late November.
Another favorite memory is all the fun we had in the student section throwing marshmallows (when they were still allowed). Those damn things provided so much entertainment. I used to practice my throws during the week so I was able to pick my victims out and specifically hit them. It was so much fun throwing those things. So much so for everyone that the cameramen finally got a plexiglass guard put around their little cart to block the marshmallow pelting they got when the cart moved in front of the student section.
I think throwing marshmallows replaced throwing toilet paper, which the students did in the 70's through the mid-80's.
I don't think they can throw anything now.
Throwing toilet paper wasn't as fun though. It was harder to hit people without intending to hurt them with toilet paper. Marshmallows, on the other hand, were easier on the conscience.
The last marshmallow I threw ended up getting stuck in the hair of some girl in the band. I have been haunted by the memory ever since.
My seats in 1998 were the third row up of the corner of the end zone and I hit him in the helmet with a marshmellow right after he scored on us. Didn't make up for the fact that we lost the game, but it sure felt good at the time.
I was a U-M junior sitting with my future wife and a bunch of fraternity brothers. The game pretty much stunk. The weather was dreary and everyone was really dreading tieing Lee Corso's Indiana team, as we'd never hear the end of it. On the 2nd to last play, a Michigan RB or FB (can't remember who it was) basically fakes a fumble out of bounds to kill the clock right near Corso. Of course, he goes apeshit to the refs. The next play is legendary as Wangler throws the long TD pass to Anthony Carter. After being almost dead quiet in the Big House for much of the game, the crowd goes absolutely nuts, making as much or more noise as I've ever heard there. The funny part is my future wife, Liz, left the game a little while before to go back to study. Part way back to the sorority, she hears this enormous roar and runs into some store to find out what happened. To this day, I've never let her hear the end of it!
I went to the 04 MSU game (triple overtime) and the 05 Penn State game (Henne to Manningham). I was also at last year's triple overtime against Illinois. But in the last several years, the happiest I have been after a win was 06 Notre Dame....which I watched alone. Afterwards, I went screaming down my street giving high fives to my neighbors. I could not stop smiling the rest of the day. Smiling that long gets to be very painful but I did it anyway. Nothing could kill that happy mood the rest of the weekend.
1997 feels like a separate category. I was still in high school and I only went to one game that year against Minnesota. But I still remember being excited all week for every game. Listening to every post game on the radio. Waiting to watch the news just to see highlights. It was a really special time. Judgment Day against Penn State was pretty special too. I couldn't wait for the defense to get out there and dominate. Boy, it feels weird typing that now.
Desmond's catch versus ND in '91.
Does anyone remember watching the 1994 Notre Dame game on television and then running into the streets after the victory? South Quad emptied and we all ran over to the President's house on South U. and sang The Victors. I think he actually came out and sang with us all.
I was at GVSU hanging with some friends that weekend.... watched the game at their apartment. Good times.
all the airborne, God blessed Michigan beer
2) Woodsons sideline interception against MSU. What made it great was the shock with everyone thinking, "did that just happen?!"
1) Manningham TD against PSU. Just extending Joe Pa's misery against Michigan in a glorious way.
The 3 years I had student tickets. 2008, 2009 and 2010.
to have all your great Michigan memories get sucked into the vortex / RichRod era. I had high hopes for RR too, but you're more bitter than a girl whose beau just started fucking her sister. Even she gets over it eventually.
My moment is 1997 Penn State game. Total domination on the road, both teams in the top five, and IIRC, we came out #1 and never let go of it.
Those were the years I was a student. Do you want me to be more happy about the time I was in my dad's basement with orange and brown shag carpet and lime green wallpaper and we lost the Rose Bowl to Washington?
The moments I am happiest in my fan-hood are the moments I spent with friends in the stadium, not some bullshit win or some National Championship that happened when I was in 8th grade and worried more about seeing a boob than a football game. Jesus, man. Was this a thread where I was supposed to write MY happiest moments as a fan or a thread where I was supposed to write about the best moments in Michigan Football history in my lifetime?
Your comment is stupid.
but excuse me for being skeptical when your three years just happen to be the entire RR era, and almost every post you make on this board since January is a rant about those 'glory days'. Maybe I was harsh, but I bet I could find dozens of others who thought you were just ranting again.
I honestly hope you ARE being sincere, and that it means you're coming out of your funk. I mean that 100% because you used to be one of my favorite posters here.
One of them is definitely Brabbs kicking the game winner against Washington in '02. I was in my future wife's apartment. When it went through, I went nuts, jumped up from the couch, and slammed my head into the ceiling (those were the days when I still had mad hops). And after that scene, my wife still agreed to marry me, with the understanding I would try to dial it down a notch during Michigan games. No such luck there!
I have seen over 100 games in the Big house in 30 years. Tough to pick one. Here are my top 5.
1. OSU 1997-An undefeated season and eventual NC
2.MSU 2004-Roller coaster of emotions and so many sparty fans talkin shit in the 4th quarter
3.ND 1991- The Catch
4. OSU 1985-Harbaugh to Kolesar...I was ten years old and pretty much remember peeing myself I was so excited.
5.OSU 2003-Loved this team, Loved this game, I bet every OSU fan I know that UM would beat them by two touchdowns...Love it when a plan comes through!!
Hart came into camp with high expectations for himself. Nobody else gave him a chance. 3rd or 4th team O vs 1st team D. im standing at the goal line on the state st side of the practice field. The 3rd team O - line gets blown up, Hart is pushed back 10 yds and evryone thinks hes gonna get smashed, he stiff arms a defender and breaks free and dives over the goal line! vs 1st team D. Wow, still gives me chills
My first Michigan vs OSU game seen live at the stadium as a sophomore....We had finally put an end to way too many consecutive last minute field goal miss losses to OSU the year before when we went down to Columbus and beat OSU 22-0 WITHOUT COMPLETING A SINGLE PASS!!! (REAL MANBALL!).
OSU and Cornelius Green ran all up and down the field that day, but they could not get into the end zone and kept turning the ball over inside our 20 and we beat the nasty Buckeyes 14-6 while watching Woody tear up the sideline markers in utter frustration!
Great game. The OSU QB for that game was Rod Gerald. Greene's last season was 1975.
Woody's tantrum in '77 was punching the ABC cameraman after OSU's last fumble. OSU had first and goal from the Michigan 8 with 4 minutes left. John Anderson blew up an option play and forced Gerald to fumble before he could make a pitch. One of ABC's cameramen got too close to Woody as we was throwing down his headphones in anger, and Woody took him out.
The fumble and Woody's punch are at the 4:45 mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVx0s8JdE7c&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1
Cooper could have settled for a 13-13 tie in Columbus. He went for it on fourth down late in the game, to his credit. Oddly, OSU ran their slow-footed QB (Greg Frey?) on the fourth down play. About eight Wolverines engulfed him. Michigan then moved the ball into FG territory, and JD Carlson kicked the game-winning field goal.
#1: 1995 Pigskin Classic vs. UVA... I was going into my senior year in high school sitting in the south end zone. Final play TD pass from Dreisback to Mercury Hayes for the win was ridiculous. Probably the best UM comeback I've seen in person and was the perfect motivation for our opening HS football game against Flint Powers.
#2. My first ever experience in the big house, 1988, #4 UM vs #1 U Miami, getting to the stadium early to watch the defense warm up with my father and uncle. Despite the total letdown in the 4th quarter, those first 10 minutes left an indelible impression as a lifelong Michigan fan.
The comeback win against UVA was also my #1 moment. I had seats in the north end zone, but they were pretty high up so all I really remember seeing was the ball descent into the corner to my left, disappear behind the crowd, and then the stadium erupt in jubilation.
Also unforgettable was the '94 Kordell Stewart play. But that's on a different type of #1 list.
16 years ago today. Time flies.
bust the punt return to clinch the win over tosu, and then striking the Heisman pose in the end zone. Desmond's TD catch in the ND game, Woodson's INT against MSU, Tim B. running roughshod over tosu, and Braylon's game against MSU are all right up there. As for an overall game, the defensive domination of Woody's '69 team still ranks as the most satisfying experience.
1. Desmond's Heisman pose. Remember watching it on TV as a kid, and it became a staple in our playground football games.
2. Woodson's one handed INT versus MSU. I'm from Lansing and had just taken my ACT on MSU's campus that day. We were stuck in Wells Hall right next to the football stadium/tailgating and it was so hard to focus on the test with the noise and game day atmosphere.
After completing the test, I carpooled with my friend whose family was BIG MSU fans and I went to their house to watch the game. During that play, you could FEEL the air get sucked from the room. You could hear a pin drop for about a minute before my friend muttered a "no way". The shock and awe was fantastic.
There are 2 moments in Michigan football that stick out to me, and that I will pass down to my son eventually. My first was when Desmond did the Heisman, I was at that game, about 10 rows up from the 50 on the OSU side, and at the time I was partially a Michigan fan and partially a ND fan (I went to a Catholic school when I was young) after the crowd exploded and my Uncle and Sister who had gone to the game with me went berzerk I knew that Michigan was my team. The other moment was the interception that Woodson had against state. I wrote an essay about CW while in highschool, and at the end of my essay I had a soundbite/video I played for the class to the class, and everyone who knew football agreed it was one of the best defensive plays they'd ever seen, Michigan fan or not. Go Blue!
My favorite is how I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
But in all honesty, I'm still pretty young and I've only been to 1 game myself, which was last years Wisconsin game. But despite then getting thrashed, being at the Big House for the first time is probably my favorite UofM memory ever. However, I believe I'll be going to the Ohio game this year, and that by far will be the single greatest moment for me since becoming a fan.
Only been to one game, but already calling it "Ohio". This kid "gets it".
I hope there are several hundred Big House visits in your future.
You and me both! Soon to be member of the student section in a few years hopefully!
and I'd be way envious. I went to a decent school, but couldn't really afford Michigan. Student tickets would be an absolute blast, I'm sure. I love watching the student section during the game, even though I'm not part of it. The students and the band are just awesome.
Best football game I ever saw in person: the 10-10 tie my first year in Ann Arbor, 1973. Like many of you, I attended many of the games with my future wife, who was a fellow student, although for that one she gave up her ticket so I could go with my Dad.
She was somewhat less technical than I was about what was happening; what she knew was that the game didn't really start until Bo threw his hat down and stomped on it a few times.
Best play I didn't see: AC's catch/run against Indiana.
So instead of pick just one, I'll list my favorites in no particular order:
1) Watching the 2005 last second touchdown by Manningham to beat PSU from the first row and hugging random strangers while I enjoyed the sweet taste of Nittany Lions fan tears.
2) First time in the Big House ever my freshman year when I walked into the stands and a tear came to my eye. I knew I was home.
3) Watching Robot Henne's motherboard knock back into place in East Lansing when we beat a stunned MSU in the 4th quarter on a sick corner endzone pass to Manningham. I was in the MSU student section.
4) Meeting Lloyd Carr unexpectedly in the stands in 2009 when I was walking back to my seat. I was so stunned, all I could muster was "Lloyd Carr?!" and hugged him.
5) Watching Brock Mealer walk down the field to touch the banner with his family at the Michigan Stadium rededication game last year.
2002 Iowa Michigan game in Iowa City. Sitting in the south end zone. Michigan is driving and Navarre throws to the back of the end zone. Marquis Walker with a one handed circus grab for the score. Stadium becomes dead silent. People looking at each other trying to figure out if what they just witnessed actually happened. Michigan goes on to win as it often did against Iowa up until Rich Rod. First tailgate experience. It was awesome.
But wasn't the 2002 game between Iowa and Michigan played in the Big House?
Yes, he's thinking of the 2001 game. The 2002 game was the 34-9 train wreck in Ann Arbor.
My best moment was my first game, in 1976. I went with a friend, who had gone to many games before. We stopped at a nearby grocery store, where my buddy bought a six-pack of Stroh's. "What are we going to do with that?" I asked. "We're taking it into the game," he said. And we did, no questions asked. We had three fire-breweds apiece and watched Huckleby, Lytle and company dismantle Stanford 51-0. Ahhhh, memories.
trip to the Big House was Northwestern in 1991. Michigan ended up rolling them but it didn't matter. As I am sure was the case for most of you, the first time is unforgetable.
After the game there was an open basketball scrimmage for the basketball team. The team included a group of five talented freshmen. You might have heard of them.
This was fall of my senior year in high school. That day firmed up my decision to apply to U of M.
That was my first game too. Still have the ticket stubs. We sat right next to the tunnel. Got to see a young Tyrone Wheatley that day in addition to all the great upperclassmen. As I recall, NW didn't even cross midfield until the end of hte 3rd quarter.
Every time Brandon talks about mascots to capture young fans, I remember that game. All they need to do is put a kid next to the tunnel where he can "high 5" players like Desmond and Grbac and they will be sold for life, just like I was.
It was my first home game as a Freshman in '91 and I had never seen anything like that atmosphere in my entire life. I was sitting in the student section in the end sone, and when Grbac launched that ball, all I could see from my seat was Desmond's feet go out when he streched to grab it. I couldn't tell if he caught it or not, until everyone went nuts...
Also the Dadrian Taylor hit vs. Penn State (the whole game actually). I was at work that afternoon, and we had a TV in the back. I had one person keep lookout for our boss and I pretty much sat there and was glued to the TV.
The ATrain fumble versus Northwestern...I was only 19 and in Windsor drinking with buddies. We were in the hotel room about to go out, but the game kept dragging on. He fumbled that ball and we were pissed. I don't remember the rest of that night thanks to the alcohol, but I do remember that fumble in the hotel room. #$@^%
1. 1997 UM v. tOSU: I'll never forget that day for more than one reason but the one that really sticks out is when the "Go Blue" chant started (the one in which one side says Go and other says Blue), the entire stadium was shaking. It was unreal.
2. 2005 PSU: I was sitting next to two of my friends who were PSU fans, when the clock showed zero, I unleashed my drunken celebration and then continued to sip my flask.
3. 1995?: Mercury Hayes, corner of the end zone to beat Virginia.
2005 psu game. the i didnt wanna go becuz we were 3-3 and my wife didnt want me to spend the money becuz we just got married....the drive by 6-0 psu to go up with like 1 minute left on 3-3 us tht wld surely b the nail in the seasons coughin....the adding seconds back to the clock...the super clutch heads up drop by breaston that allowed for 1 final play...4th and 10 ball on the 10 final timeout...the me sitting between 2 psu students in row 92 hovering above the endzone tht wld host the final play....the snap...the throw...the manningham...the 2 psu fans sprinting for the exit...the mass chaos of hugging and loving michigan fb...the forgetting we were now only 4-3 and feeling invincible and then taughnting psu fans on the way to the car.....ahhhh...tht memory will last a lifetime
Hmm, tough. I have a few really good ones that I like to remember.
First game ever - 1994 opener against Illinois. Dreisbach went on a long scamper of ~80 yards or so. I couldn't believe a slow white quarterback could actually do that!
1995 Virginia game - I never saw my dad jump so high as when Mercury Hayes caught that touchdown. What a comeback!
1997 Iowa game - I had 50 yard line seats and was getting pretty ancy until our 4th quarter comeback. Great football game!
2002 Washington game - I had never heard the stadium get so loud! Watching that kick go through the uprights was like watching a miracle right before my eyes.
2004 Braylonfest - I was actually on my way home after my own football game (D2 school, played a noon game) and listened on the radio until I got back in time to watch the end of the game. I have never watched one player completely take over a game like that in football. It was even better that this was against MSU... couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch.
I love this thread for so many reasons:
1. It has been done so many times, but unlike other threads, a topic like this will never draw the ire of the board-police who flip out over SIAP.
2. What better way to pass a friday while waiting for my house to be flooded and my power to go out than to remember these awesome memories; and
3. When we get threads like these, it means that the season is getting REALLY close.
I know the thread has been done to death. But being 8 days away just put me in a nostalgic mood. Like you, I figured what better way to pass the day away at work than ready some of the greatest Michigan fan's greatest moments.
Just took the bar in 1991. Saw the game at BC then the home game vs ND. So seeing Desmond's 4 TD v BC was awesome, but....
#1. Elvis to Desmond on 4th down.
The very first time I saw Anthony Carter on the turf at Mihcigan Stadium when he returned a punt against Northwestern in 1979......Knew then we had a great one!
Just mayhem. I think that was the game I grabbed a blue paint chip off the goal post
Aug 30, 2014. Or not.
Actual favorite moment - Michigan beating ohio state on our home turf in 1997 to go undefeated in the regular season. South U was jam-packed with students and it was awesome. Until that guy fell out of the tree.
'69 OSU, AC's TD '79 Indiana, Woodson's catch, any game announced by Bob Ufer.
Even though I wasn't in Michigan at the time, that was the game that put the Michigan football program on the map and made possible all the good things that followed
Haven't been to a Michigan game yet (hope to change that pretty soon)
My favorite three moments are:
1. Braylon's domination of State in 04
2. Mario Manningham's TD vs Penn St at 0:00
3. The 47-21 shellacking we gave Notre Dame in 06. My mom is a Notre Dame fan so that one was pretty sweet.
i was only in 1st grade at the time of the '97 Michigan-OSU game, but i'm still pissed my mom took a friend instead of me. come on, mom, you knew i was a michigan fan. we had friends over for the wisconsin game the week before (my dad is a wisconsin alum, as are some of my mom's friends) and i kept on harrassing anyone cheering for bucky. my dad put window decals of the W and i kept on turning them upside down.
my dad always complains that my mom brainwashed me, but clearly he just didn't try hard enough.
Penn State 2002: I was a student worker for Waste Management at the stadium. I'd finished my work and the usher let me take an open seat with about 2 minutes left in regulation. Got to see the final 5 minutes of regulation and overtime. I remember the talking with the maintenance guys who were having a heluva time fixing all the divots in the grass field.
Ohio State 2003: I had season tickets this year. Until UConn last year, this was the last game I'd been to upon graduating. Seeing us stop OSU from going to the title game was awesome.
This one is easy for me. Senior year - Harbaugh TD pass to Kolesar against OSU that sealed the W. Under the temporary lights (brought in for the TV cameras). Freezing cold; slipped with other fans on the frozen beer on the ground during the TD celebration. Crowd went crazy.
Watching Touchdown Tim
was my favorite until RR bestowed his most talented 'son' upon us. Didn't mean to make RR sound like GOD there but Denard is my savior!
Cop out time but I can't choose one. For me it's a tie. Two walks. One pre-game, one post-game.
Had a bowl game pool at work. Florida was a HUGE favorite. I was the only person who picked Michigan to win in the entire pool. I still have that sheet hanging in my office with my pick highlighted. I think Tebow still has bruises from that game.
I have been to a lot of away games but this was easily most memorable because I almost didn't get into the game. Went to South Bend - could not find anyone selling a ticket. NOTHING to be found. M ranked #6 and ND #3 in AP poll - they only had 59,075 capacity then. Had to bribe the kids selling ND game day programs with food from tailgate and $20. Got a couple of their passes and canvas bags with programs, 2 kids stayed at tailgate...Sold programs with them through the gate and in the concourse -gave them everything back in bathroom, snuck up during kickoff, couldn't get into student (always standing) section b/c ushers were watching like hawks -finally got into entrance in end zone - NO seats -stuck walking all the way to top of stadium in the endzone. found two local kids who didn't like ND but their family had season tix. Paid for all they wanted food and drink - sat dead center in the endzone top of stadium in front of NBC peacock and proceeded to watch Collins march us down the field straight toward my end zone and Hamilton kicked the game winner - if you youtube the game the camera was where I was sitting. I so loved beating ND at South Bend but even sweeter beating Lou Holtz
first M game on TV while watching it with my dad on a large screen (19" Black and White) It was the 1969 M/osu game. I remember it like it was yesterday.
My dad said that the Lions couldnt beat those rednecks, certainly not a first year coach. Boy was he wrong.
1. Sneaking onto the Big House field at 2 AM. Me and some friends threw a football around, we recreated the Henne to Manningham play (I got to be Manningham). I also struck the pose right where Howard did it. This was a few nights before I graduated.
2. Michigan-Penn State 2005. I was one of the last people to leave the Big House that night. Unforgettable.
I have been to many of the great victories, PSU OT, PSU last second, 1997 Season, MSU 3 OT, etc. But what may not be the most memorable moment in the stadium at the time is now one I am most proud of. Iowa crushed us in the 2nd half and won 34 - 9. Midway through the 4th my son (12 years old) wanted to leave but I refused telling him you never turn your back on your team. It was about a year ago (he is now an MGoSenior) he told me what an impression that moment made on him and how it taught him to be a true fan.
Looking forward to the Purdue game this year (Oct. 29) when my brother and I wil celebrate the 40th anniversary of our first game in the Big House (Oct 30, 1971 vs. Indiana). Going to try to trade my seats for the seats we sat in for that game. Still have the ticket stub. Sec. 19, Row 67, Seat 25 & 26
UM/OSU 1989 was the last game I attended with my dad before he passed. The tailgate was great and the game incredible. We would find later that we attended Bo's last home game.
Purdue 2007 was the first Michigan game I attended since that game and I took my kids to it. We hung out with the UMTAILGATE guys and then watched the game. Yeah, we lost, but watching my kids eyes as they came out of the tunnel into the stadium was awesome.
Michigan beat Purdue in 07, maybe you meant '09 we lost that one.
notre dame in 2009. that was my freshman year and my 3rd game ever in the big house. so great.
1.) The 1995 UM/osu game, driving home from work on Saturday, screaming and pounding the steering wheel with each Tim Biakabutuka run. At home, screaming and laughing with my wife as the Michigan offensive line and Tim continued to dominate the bugeyes.
2.) The 2004 UM/MSU 3 overtime game: At the stadium getting harassed by the MSU fans sitting in front of me until Braylon and Chad starting putting on their show. With each Henne to Edwards TD pass those MSU fans shrinking down in their seats with head in hands. Then with the final MSU incompletion, those MSU fans were gone. How the hell they got out of their seats and disappeared so fast is beyond me.
3.) The 2009 ND game: Leaving the stadium on a cloud, I couldn’t stop smiling and every few steps towards the bus screaming “Go Blue”.
Here’s hoping for a few more of these feelings during this upcoming season! I hope all you UM supporters have a great season of health, happiness, and victories on field and in your lives!
My first post on here.
1. Born in chicago my mom was a great hs athlete. Her whole side of the fam are ND fans. My dad wasnt a very big sports fan EXCEPT for michigan football tought me and my twin older brothers how to play hail to the victors on the piano when I was five. Always will remember that day. So thankfull my dads from kzoo.
2. First time I stepped in the big house. Never will forget that chill in my spine
1975 - first game I attended, UM - Mizzo
circa 1979-1982 I was in high school, went to games with my brother who was a UM student. Their frat all had tickets in one part of the student section, and in those days there were no rules. I swear they had a keg in the stands.
1983-1989 as a UM student myself. The wave was first done in the stadium my freshman year (I think it originated at Washington or WSU who we played that year). 1985 on a whim drove out to Iowa City for the game #1 vs #2 (we lost 12-10).