Me and some friends are going to the Michigan-Illinois game in Champagne this year. Has anyone been to a game there? If so, whats it like?
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Other than that that's all I've heard...
I've never been but I can imagine what it's like. Dealing with Illinois fans for games in Ann Arbor is bad enough.. good luck.
... people were actually pretty cool. I can't suspect they'll be worse than other schools (OSU). The city, though, is pretty lame. Not a good social scene, and that came from students whom we were visiting.
very clever! ;-)
I remember seeing a lot of those shirts during the broadcast of the '07 game.
Well iuck fllinois!!!
Really, do any Michigan fans EVER go to games in other states or on other capuses, or do you guys just generally run around complaining that other teams' fans are d-bags that are out to get poor, unsuspecting, wholly sportsmanlike Wolverine fans?
I can guarantee that if any of you ever DO venture out to other games at other locales, if you seek a good time and are friendly, you will be rewarded with same. Even if you are rocking the Michigan gear (although I can't say for certain that this whole new Adidas thing hasn't generated an army of violent Nike-clad enemies who ARE out to kill the newly three-striped Wolverine fan).
And for advice, be cool, rock your M gear, and stay closer to The Ladies, who are generally out to have alot more fun than their more testosterone-stuffed counterparts.
And lastly, stay the HELL away from fans who go shirtless ad paint themselves. Flying barf and all that, asthey drink themselves into a frostbite-proof stupor.
I have no idea what team you are a fan of, but our three big rivals (OSU, MSU, and ND) tend to have very douchey fans that are real loud before the game and not so much after the game if they lose. The majority of Michigan fans I see at games (which is all I can go by, but I'm sure we have some of the same types of fans, although I would say in less magnitude) don't get involved with the other fans. I also usually try to congratulate opposing fans after a Michigan win, but not during a loss because most of the other teams' fans are pretty rowdy at that point. I really can't speak for any other fans of teams other than our rivals, because I haven't been to as many of those games not against our rivals. IIRC, though, I remember an Illinois game and those fans seemed pretty cool. I guarantee that you are wrong on the fact that we will always be respected by other fans. OSU may be an exception, but they will heckle you to death if you go there for a game. I would have to assume MSU fans wouldn't be very nice, either. I'm sure most Michigan fans (again I say most) would try to not be "dicks" when at an opposing game, though. I do hope to get out to an away game at some point in the near future, and I look forward to that.
i went to the game in 07. It was a fantastic environment. great night game and a better victory. For the most part i thought their fans were pretty good and respectable. We tailgated outside the stadium and there were other Michigan fans and Illini fans just having a good time.
Once game time started thou they turned into little babies, whining and spewing out conspiracies. One guy from behind us a couple rows up thought he was funny and taunted my group so my dad turned around and threw it right back out them. he then followed with personal attacks, but that was one douche bag.
Your gonna have a great time and for the most part of what i saw they just want to have a good time too. They aren't OSU fans after all so you got that going for you
I've been to a couple games there. It is very loud. I believe they have the most sideline seats of any college stadium. The fans are indeed not a terribly polite crowd -- more like OSU and MSU than PSU.
The only time I ever heard the place completely silent was when the announcer said, "Now in at quarterback for Michigan, Drew Henson." That remains one of my favorite UM moments.
I'm looking forward to my first experience at Memorial Stadium.
In 2007, it wasn't pretty but Michigan got it done. I'm thinking along those lines again.
Don't worry, he went to Michigan for undergrad and kept his alma mater as #1. I've been to Champaign many times. The town is actually quite fun and the fans actually think there is a rivalry between them and Michigan. I went to the 2007 night game and it had a great atmosphere for a smaller stadium. We ran some undergrads at Beer Pong, deep-fried turkeys and had a great time. Fans were fun except for one over-fed guy who had to be restrained by his wife when we were singing Hail to the Victors on the way out.
Apply the Golden Rule and you're sure to have fun.
Truer words ...
Champagne: Region in France.
Champaign: City in Illinois.
The French do not like football, and actually surrender quite easily...
You get all the intensity of a rivalry game, only without the heart stopping fear of losing because you don't really care. It's been some time since I went, it was the mid-90's actually, but it was definitely one of the cooler experiences I've had outside of Michigan Stadium.
My dad has a friend who has one of the suite boxes at the game so he invited my dad and i for it. In the box im sure it will be nice and quite becasue we all know each other but I am almost 17 and talking trash is what i do (especially if UM is winning)...so maybe I will take a few trips out of the box and work my magic. (I am going to be possibly painted up and will not be afraid to confront any obnoxious illinois fan i see)