Let me first say that I would be thrilled if you chose a vet or someone from Motts.
But if you'd care to hear another unlikely Michigan fan story. I was very young when my older cousin tried to sell his authentic Michigan basketball shorts (Fab 5 era) on the rummage sale. I acquired them and fell in love. Once I got older and started watching Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Tishmunga, A Train, Woodson, I was hooked. You can't not get caught up in the tradition.
A pair of gold shorts sounds trivial when compared to the lucky people who live in Michigan, as part of Michigan families, and spent time in the Big House sharing games with Dad. But for me that pair of shorts was my only real connection to program because I grew up in the land of football desolation, South Dakota. No major program to cheer for so the people are divided into Iowa, Minnesota, and God help us Nebraska fans. It may not compare to the hostility of living in Ohio, but it is not a friendly area to Michigan fans. I even dated a girl from a Notre Dame/Nebraska family, which was nauseating.
My brother and I recently had the opportunity to cross something off our bucket list: attend a Michigan football game. We saw them at Minnesota, and although we were bummed to miss out on seeing Denard before his career is over, we couldn't have been more excited for the game. I have to say it was really surreal to see the uniforms in person, watch them warm up, and talk to OTHER MICHiGAN FANS for a change. Truly magical. I hope you can all remember fondly your first game experience.
Obviously the next logical step on the bucket list is to make a journey to the Big House for a game and No. 1 on the list of course is to see The Game.
That's my cool story, and I hope it didn't sound too pathetic to all you seasoned Michigan Men and Women. Good luck with the pick. Cheers and Go Blue.
Andrew at brennifresh dot com
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."