We left our seats after the 3rd down conversion (review play). Hit the john, next thing you they are punting to us. We watched the rest on the TVs by the concession stand...with a LOT of other fans in the same boat.
Have You Ever Regretted Leaving A Game Early?
I made him leave the Michigan State triple overtime when we were down 27-17. At the time, my baby was 1, with my parents, I knew she would be crying for me, I had never left her with anyone before, blah, blah, blah.......
She was screaming her little head off when we got there, if it helps. And we got to watch the end on TV! Yay!!
My dad and I were so close to leaving that game with about 8 minutes left. We told ourselves that if it got any worse we would book it out of there to beat traffic, but then Braylon took over the game and the rest was history. I still think this game was better than UTL, mainly because it was so exciting that one player could dominate the DB's like Braylon did. I will never forget the faces of the sparty fans after that game.
I will never forget the faces of the sparty fans after that game.
I was there with one of my old college pals and we were suffering some obnoxious 10 year old Spartan fan behind us the whole game. As the adults, we probably shouldn't have let some kids enthusiasm bother us, but it did, mea culpa. Anyway, Braylon goes ham, Michigan wins and I turn around to see this kid with his head buried in his fathers chest sobbing. I nudge my buddy and point behind me, he turns and looks, turns back to me and we both high five and giggle like 7 year olds. Not my proudest moment, but still on the schadenfruede scale, VERY satisfying.
That was my freshman year and I sold my ticket because I wasn't a huge football fan yet. I was in my dorm with a couple other friends watching the game, and a couple doors down there was a guy with three of his MSU friends. The entire time, they were cheering obnoxiously and came over regularly to rub it in our faces whenever Sparty scored. After we pulled off that win, going over to that room and letting them have it was one of the most satisfying feelings ever.
I just got so excited about it that I had to look at the film again.
Go to the 3:44 mark to see the game with 8:43 left with Michigan down 27-10.
All of the touchdown catches were in our corner. Just unbelievable.
*Also this is my first time embedding so hopefully I did this right.
One of my cousins is an alum of MSU and a huge Sparty fan. After this game, I sent him an email asking him when he felt the game was lost. I'm expecting some turn of events in the 4th Quarter or something. His reply? "At the opening kick-off". LOL. Sparty.
7:22 on the first video - there I am, jumping like a maniac and screaming my head off.
My husband was on the field too - in the Spartan Marching Band. Needless to say our memories of that wonderful game differ quite a bit.
The Spartan fans were so obnoxious I thought I was going to slug someone, so each time I would say "ok, if we don't score here, I'm out of here"...and we'd score..."ok, if we don't get the onside kick, I'm out of here"...get the onside kic k...."Ok...." then..."OK...I think everyone needs to stick around for this one." After having that feeling, and fighting it off, I never leave early.
Funny, I had a similar experience. I was at that game with my now wife who I had just started dating at the time. I remember it being pretty warm during the day and the temperature just plummeted the minute the sun went down and neither of us were really dressed for it. She was cold and wanted to leave in the third quarter. I gave her my sweatshirt and told her she could go home but I was staying. I ended up freezing my nuts off in a t-shirt but man was I happy I stayed.
Definitely left this one in the third quarter with my future spouse. I remember signing up for a credit card to get a tshirt that didn't help at all. Kind of regret leaving...
The stadium was mostly empty by the end of the fourth quarter for that game. I think it was a combination of the 17-point deficit and a sharp drop in temperature when the sun went down.
I'm glad I never left a game early, especially that one.
When ND scored in the last minute I was so pissed that I stormed out - actually got outside of the Big House when I heard the screams and cheers telling me that something was up. I turned around and watched the last play of the game through one of the big screens that was still visible over the fence.
It was still a fun experience though, especially since I was actually watching with some ND fans who left a bit early beat the rush, feeling that victory was secured. :)
I was seconds away from walking out of the UTL game. ND was driving and I told my buddy, "If the Irish score here, I'm gone", two plays later Rees got sacked, fumbled the ball, and the rest is history.
I've left several games early. I have never regretted it. I left the RichRod/Wisconsin experience early. Still don't regret it. I was in the bar with a fantastic seat for the end of the game and the rest of the night.
It's ok to admit you made a mistake.
As stupid does.
No because I don't leave games early no matter what.
It has to be a really big lead for me to leave early. At least three-four touchdowns, and not much time left. I've seen too much crazy stuff happen in football over the years, and to not be in the stadium for those moments would be some of my greatest regrets.
Because you NEVER leave a game early. A rule I have...because you never know...Plus win or lose I want to soak up every moment I can in The Big House
I left 1999 Illinois either at halftime or shortly into the second half.
Had a ton of projects to work on. By the time I stopped to get a pizza and got back to my dorm room, the terror had struck. I was dumbfounded.
Kinda glad I did stay for that though...
I left that one too. It was really cold and windy and I was hungover as hell. M was up 3 touchdowns and had pretty much dominated the whole game. Plus there was still the let down from the week prior when Plaxico went crazy in EL that had taken the luster off the season at that point. Left at halftime and actually was paying more attention to the Northwestern/OSU (maybe it was Minnesota not NW) game IIRC because NW was on the verge of upsetting them.
I had just moved to Ann Arbor, and we left the game early. Tremendous regret. Never again!
Same here, but I didn't wanna go. I was only 11 and with my dad. He sometimes wanted to leave early when it looked like someone was pulling away and I had to complain about it to keep us there. At halftime, he wanted to go and I gave in.
I wouldn't say that experience changed me because I never wanted to leave early anyway, but it may have made me more resolute. Don't think I've ever left early any other time, except maybe with a few minutes left in the 4th with Michigan up 30 or whatever on some MAC team. I'd actually be more likely to leave when Michigan is up than when losing. I didn't leave the 2007 game against Oregon or Ohio or 2002 against Iowa (was sprinkling too, never seen the stadium so empty). God, those were awful though lol. I know Iowa was the worst home loss ever at that point, which I think wasn't topped until 2007 against Oregon. But the 2007 Ohio game was the most depressing I've ever been to.
We left the Wisconsin game at halftime in Rich Rod's first year, down 20-0. I vowed after that game to never leave early if there's even a remote chance.
One of my friends left after NW converted that 4th down, while the rest of us decided to stay since we figured there'd be 20-30 seconds for us to do something. I think some people just need that one experience to make them realize that a game can almost always be within reach.
I also left this game at halftime because the 19 points by Wisconsin was more than the total offensive yards by M. The five turnovers didn't help the cause either. My buddies still remind me of this game all the time, but I can't say that I wouldn't do it again considering the entire situation... those were some frustrating times
Unless the deficit is absolutely insurmountable (19-0 is not), don't leave at halftime. Give it a chance to see what halftime adjustments the staff will make.
Do you recall anything about the offense from 2008? It was practically incapable of doing anything productive, and getting a first down against that Wisconsin team was hard enough (did we have any in the first half?). That game was won by Brandon Graham and the defense. I agree that 19 points isn't out of the question in almost any game, but the lack of talent and competency did not provide any reassurance that there was a chance at a comeback.
It was the fourth game of the season. At that point we didn't know if we had a terrible offense or just were going through some early-season kinks. We actually had moved the ball well the week earlier (ND) but killed ourselves with turnovers.
Anyhow, if you ever approach a game thinking we've got no shot, why even come to the stadium? Once you're there you may as well stick it out and help cheer the team on.
Not saying that I went into the game with that mindset, but after seeing 6 turnovers against ND and then 5 more in the next 2 quarters against Wisconsin, the offense didn't look promising enough to play mistake-free and put points on the board in the second half. I've sat through plenty of blowouts from start to finish across all levels of sports, but this game felt like it was over at the half. I regret leaving, but I can completely understand why I left at the time I did, and always look back at this game as a reason not to leave games early now
I regret leaving, but I still understand why I left and stand by it. That first half was as brutal as it comes and I needed a beer regardless of what was yet to come.
had a wedding to go to...did the same. Was shocked...SHOCKED, I tells ya, when the guys at the reception told me Michigan won.
High fives all around the reception hall....and free drinks at the open bar!
My buddy was getting honored at half-time that Wisconsin game for being in the Olympics. As a result his family got 2nd row 40yd line tickets. They took off early and gave me their ticket stubs as they were walking out (I was up a ways behind them) and I watched the end of the game next to John Beilein, who at the time no one really knew who he was except me! ha.
And by the way - this past game (NW vs. UofM) our entire suite emptied out and there were only me and 2 other guys in it to watch the end of the game. We were jumping around like little kids! haha
My brother was home on leave after Marine boot camp in 94. Lucky for him he had tickets to the Colorado game that year. He took his future wife and with Michigan up 2 scores with just a few minutes left, he took off for home. Obviously, it wasn't a game we won, but it still taught me to not leave early unless its Baby Seal U and we are up by 3 scores with 5 minutes left to play.
left a game early - at least one that Michigan was behind in. However, I really wish I HAD left that Northwestern game here a few years ago when there was that awful freezing, cold rain all day. I had borderline hypothermia by the end of the game when most other fans had left. Just me, my wife, and the equally nutty guy next to me were the only ones left in our section.
I come for the experience and to support the team. Why would I leave early?
I was 17 and that was my first game at the Big House. The Navy SEALS could not have uprooted me from my seat that day.
We were not dressed appropriately and it was freezing (and kind of rainy?). I was drunk before the game and the weather was sunny and it was a beautiful day. Went to the game and the temp dropped, I was freezing, had to pee really bad and Mich was getting handled. We left the game in the 4th quarter and caught the end at a warm home with cold beer and no line for the bathroom.
Did I feel bad that I wasn't personally at hand to witness history? Yes.
Was I mad that I was watching the game in total comfort with much better TV views, cold beer and an empty bladder? Not even a little bit.
I think the game just went soooo long, and it was dark out by the end that the temperature just dropped drastically when the sun went down. Because I remember being cold at the end of the game too.
Colts fan here. I was in the 6th grade when the Colts were trailing the Bucs by 21 late in the 4th quarter... I went to bed mainly because I was pissed off... Go to school the next day and my teacher asked me if I saw the game.. Damn it.
I was at that Colts-Patriots game where Belichick went for it on fourth down late in the game. Everyone bailed a few minutes before that, but they came back and won that one.
Against Miss State, no regrets except I wish I did not go at all. Did enjoy Orlando!
i was at that fiasco too and stayed for the whole bell ringing bullshit not because i was holding out any hope of coming back but because i was in a suite and the beer and food was free and i wasn't going anywhere until i was drunk enough to completely black it out. unfortunately my blackout only began later in the evening so the memories of those redneck hillbillies verbally abusing me and ridiculing my football team will be with me forever. it's the reason i hope richrod never wins another football game. he and his seed should be wiped from the earth.
Either way, don't look now but Arizona beat USC and AZ's running back set a single game PAC-12 rushing record of 366yds last game...
And at Michigan, RR couldn't even beat Toledo.
5 minutes into the third quarter as well. I am not proud to admit that I walked out of the Gator Bowl, because I NEVER thought I would ever walk out of a Michigan Football game, and never will again, however I do not have any regrets about leaving that debacle. I just could not take the RR buffoonery any longer, and apparently, neither could about 10,000 of my closest Maize and Blue wearing brothers and sisters that were walking down the exit ramps with me.
I will also say that my determination to stay in my seat until the clock reads 0:00 to see Michigan come from behind for improbable wins has suited me well over the years.
Took a buddy to his first ever Michigan game in 2005 against Penn State and watched Super Mario score the winning TD right in front of us. Last year at UTL, my girlfriend wanted to leave as she had been to 3 games prior to that one, all losses, and she felt she was cursed when ND scored with 0:30 remaining... I told her we HAD to stay because you never know what is going to happen in 30 seconds and I cited the Penn State game. (I was trying to convince myself that a miracle could happen just as much I was trying to convince her) "28 seconds" later, Roundtree caught the winning TD, again, right in front of us.
LOVE Michigan Football. GO BLUE!!!
The only game I can remember where the weather was worse than that NW game was the 1995 Purdue game. It was colder, rainier, sleetier, snowier than the Northwestern game, it was MISERABLE. Michigan won 5-0 and all I can remember is my buddy and I sitting there shivering and hoping Michigan could score a touchdown, go up by more than one score and we could get out of there and get warm. Alas, we were forced to stick it out to the bitter end.
[EDIT: Intended to be posted as reply to True Blue Grit above]
I wasn't at the 95 Purdue game so I can't comment on it's coldness/suckiness, but the '08 NW game was miserable, and ended with a dong punch out of bounds call on a pick 6 that wasn't reviewable. I'm still convinced we would have won had that play not been stopped.
So perhaps the weather wasn't quite as miserable, but the outcome surely made it more miserable.
Wow, the weather was dreadful that day. I remember walking to the stadium and I couldn't even look up because the rain/ice felt like frozen razor blades being thrown against my face. Myself and a friend did tough it out and stay for the whole game and I'm still kind of proud of that.
And as a side note, I'm pretty sure that game was not 100,000 people that day. Michigan Stadium only looked about 3/4 full at kickoff and was probably less than half by the end.
I would say way less than half by the end, and closer to 1/3. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember that as the only time I've ever seen a team (Michigan) defer to the second half and then opt to kick off again to try and gain the field position advantage. Worst weather I've ever been outside for.
I was also at the '95 purdue game. Rain, snow, sleet, hail....miserable!!! I was 8 years old and my parents still say that they would ask me if we should leave and I wouldnt let us.
At '04 MSU- didnt leave
At '07 MSU didnt leave
At '08 Wisc - didnt leave
At UTL- didnt leave
After that '04 MSU game i will always have hope when i am in the stadium. Watching sparty obnoxiousness turn to tears in just a matter of an hour was something i will never forget!
I don't regret leaving UM vs. Colorado early back in the 90's. As far as my memory serves, we won that game. YES!
I lied. I stayed and it crushed me. Still does.
My wife made us leave the Colorado game early. Need I say MOAR?
We won on a last-second field goal. My ride "had" to leave the game (I was in high school at the time). I'm still bitter.
I quit my job to go to that game. Where is their dedication?
Only once... The Horror. No regrets, although I got myself to sit through every home game in 2008
Left the Penn State game in 2009 early. Left the Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State game in 2010 early. Don't regret any of those because I knew Rich Rod's teams were not coming back from 21 pt deficits against these teams.
I'm not sure the RichRod years should be included in this topic. We knew we were losing certain games before they were even played.
Didn't stop me and a lot of people from staying the whole time...
Two people in front of me left the game on Saturday after Northwestern scored to make it 31-28 in the 4th. But everyone else in my section stayed. I never planned on leaving. I just stayed in my seat and sulked until Roundtree caught the hail mary and then I lost my mind with excitement.
I didn't leave the triple overtime game against Sparty either when it was 27-10. I just looked like a zombie. As crazy as that game was, I still had some hope we could come back if Lloyd would let Henne start throwing the damn ball.
I really don't like it when fans leave early when WE are blowing a team out either. But it's always been like that since the beginning of time. The 2000 Indiana game (where Antwan Randle-El was their QB) was a 58-0 win. We were up 45-0 at the half and a good 25,000ish people left in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Why not stay and root for the backups? They finally get some time to shine. Plus, when you're up that big, there's no stress. You can enjoy yourself so much more.
Interesting. We always seem to both be at the OT games.
I don't understand leaving in blowouts either. If anything, I cheer twice as harder for the guys that don't get as much playing time/young guys getting some time in.
I was strangely calm going into that final drive in regulation, and I don't know why. I just felt we got a pretty decent punt return and I felt good that Devin would be able to complete a couple passes to give us a shot at a long field goal. I never imagined he'd connect on a 50+ yard bomb, but hey that was pretty good too.
That was the one game I left early for in my 5 years as a student. I left sometime in the fourth quarter. If my memory serves me right, it was a very cold day, and the game went a long time (3:30 start), and I ended up bailing with around 5 or 6 minutes in the half to get back to Markely to catch the last of dinner.
I did miss the Washington and Penn State games when I visited my girlfriend (now wife) in Boston in 2002. I really wish that we had a bye that fall break weekend.
And my only story about the leaving early, is that my friends and wife and I were at the alumni bar (our side east) in Boston watching the MSU game in 2004. The bar emptied out with 8 minutes left and 27-10. We stayed, and ended up getting to watch an amazing game. I always wanted to see the looks on peoples faces after they had gotten home, since most would have taken the T and would have no knowledge of how the game transpired.
When I was attending CMU I left a Central/Western game that turned into an epic CMU comeback after a girl I had been seeing gave me the "let's go back to my place" line.
I'm lying. I'd do that all over again, no regrets.
It was brutally hot, the game was terrible, Michigan did absolutely nothing through three quarters, so we left with them down 17-0.
Walking back to the parking lot, we hear a big roar from the stadium. Cool, probably not a shutout.
Almost to the car, roar #2. Beginning to get sinking feeling.
Listened to the winning score with a bunch of other rueful fans. Oh well, at least we had beer.
I had never left a game early, but I was burnt to a crisp and feeling pretty dehydrated (not enough Absopure), and Michigan had never overcome that large of a 4th quarter deficit. The worst part is that I convinced my then-girlfriend and best friend to leave with me. Pretty sure they both still hate me for that.
(To a poster above, I skipped that 5-0 Purdue game because I was sick as a dog and convinced I would get pneumonia if I went. Only game I missed in 4 years, but I think I made the right call that time.)
Fuck that shit. I stay until the MMB plays the Yellow and Blue and is done playing It's final verse of The Victors in the postgame show.
The dirtiest words I ever hear in regards to going to games are "beat traffic". Seriously. Don't come if you think your Saturday night plans are more important than the team. Give them to someone who really wants to be there.
Don't leave early to beat traffic, and also don't get there half way through the 1st quarter and try to get through everyone in my row.
I left the 2009 osu game early I believe. I was crushed.
I left early for the msu game in 2010 when rich decided to punt instead of going for it on 4th down to at least try to comeback. I thought that was a bitch move and it really pissed me off.
I may have left the 2010 wisconsin game early also. Can't remember. I try not to.
I left Braylonfest early. I was surrounded by Spartan fans who were getting more and more obnoxious as Michigan's odds of victory got smaller and smaller, and the odds that I was going to wind up in a fistfight with one or all of them was approaching 100%. So I left. On the way out I passed two spartan fans posing for pictures next to a puddle of burning... something... on Main Street. I walked the five miles back to my parent's house and was just coming in the front door when my dad called to tell me that Michigan had won in triple overtime.
I can't say for sure whether I "regret" leaving the game or not. I honestly was about to kill a sparty - they probably don't put the game on in lockup.
I was there for the beatdown we took fom Syracuse in '98. It was painful, but I did get to see McNabb vs. Brady, and got to see Drew Henson make his freshman debut. Michigan made it somewhat exciting toward the end, so that helped somewhat. I was also there at the end of the UTL game, which was going the same way as Syracuse till the last ten minutes. As you may have heard, the game turned out somewhat interesting.
I never leave early, because I couldn't live with myself if I left a game like UTL and heard how it ended from my car radio.
I rarely ever leave any game early, but if I do I never leave if there is any chance. There are a whole bunch of people who have no idea when a game is actually over. There are so many things that can and do happen, I always keep watching.
I left the 2011 Minn game early. I got so despondant after they marched down the field in the 4th quarter and looked like they were going to score. I couldn't take it anymore. And then, I hear a roar as Avery returns an 85 yard fumble for a TD. I vowed never again to leave early.
I've turned off the TV prematurely on more than one occasion, though.
... I learned that lesson when I was 12, and my dad took me to the Michigan Indiana game in 1979. Once Indiana scored (on a cold wet day), my dad wanted to leave. I persuaded him to stay since there were only a few more minutes and it wouldn't make that much difference - we were already cold and wet, right?
I am still somewhat amazed I managed to survive the day, since I don't think I stopped talking once on the way back to the car, nearly deaf and hoarse, covered in rain and stinking of beer (our neighbors beverage control failed when AC stumbled into the endzone) ... and all I could say to my dad was "You wanted to leave! I can't believe you wanted to go home!" ...
... anyway, I've never left a game early since then. I've sat through major blowouts both ways (1981, Michigan Illinois) and a couple of 14-inning baseball games and a 16-inning game in the rain. The one time I was ready to leave an extra-inning baseball game, the Giants scored and won in the bottom of the 14th and allowed us to escape hypothermia :)
2002 Washington game. I was with my girlfriend and her parents - they got the tickets for us so I didn't have as much "say" in the matter on if we stayed or not. The Dad got tired and wanted to leave at the end of the third quarter. So we get back to the Brown Jug and I end up seeing the replay... talk about a FML moment. Small consolation - I got a few free beers out of the deal.
I've never left a game early while actually in the stadium. My biggest regret, however, and what keeps me going every Michigan game no matter the deficit, was letting my college girlfriend convince me to stop watching the 2003 Minnesota game right before the 3rd quarter ended. When I saw that they won later, I was PISSED at myself for my lack of faith. Luckily for me, it made ESPN Instant Classic, so I had the opportunity to watch it again. Lesson learned. It is that memory that makes me never leave a game early.
I left the Illinois game after the 3rd quarter - I normally stay for for some time after the end, and I have never regretted it. I get to hear the band, see people enjoying themselves, and it makes for a leisurely walk to the truck, not to mention a stress-free exit from A2.
Auto correct doesn't lie. Even if he wasn't tainted this time. He must have been before.
This has become a superstition in my house. When the game is really tight (like it was Saturday or the Notre Dame game last year), I leave the room. Inevitably, and I really think statistically significantly, we come back to win. I go upstairs and wait. I hear the footsteps of my husband and I know he's going to say, "You're not going to believe this but...." or I hear him scream "Touchdown!!" I was at the Ohio State game last year, and at the end of the game, I sat there, my head down, my fingers in my ears, as everyone around me stood. My son would tap me and tell me what was going on or I would just wait to hear the crowd.
This did not work for the Alabama game.
And, I think you needed to be on international travel for that Bama game.
Your superstitions sound a lot like ours. But I'm glad you found one that worked!
Our mom used to leave the room and go in the kitchen when things got ugly, and many a comeback was the result. Last I remember was the Orange Bowl.
It's like watching my sons play. Thats what it feels like.
You didn't have to see the Alabama game.
I had to leave the Penn State-Michigan game early because of a prior commitment and had to hear about "TOUCHDOWN MANNINGHAM!" later that evening. My wife, who taught at a high school at the time, was working homecoming and I foolishly agreed to help her there, not making the Saturday / typical day for homecoming AND Michigan football connection in a moment of inexplicable forgetfulness.
I have improved my time organization since then, of course - that was the first time I had left early actually, and thanks to improved communication about my relative unavailability on several Saturdays in the fall, it has been the only instance.
I also left this game early with my dad but mostly out of his frustration... We heard the crowd erupt as we got back to the car and we knew we had missed something special.
I have never left a game early since then.
... my wife persuaded me to leave it on for the last play, 'cause what's the worst that can happen - they'll lose anyway, right? So we watched "Touchdown - Manningham!" as the only play from the game we saw.
i have made it a personal rule, when I got to a game, I stay for the whole game. 0:00 is a necessity for my departure.
I don't know if 'regretted' is the right word, but I left the famous Michigan/Colorado game with the Kordell Stewart hail mary earlier.
Almost drove off the road when the final play was announced on the radio.
My husband left that one early. This was before we met; the girl he was with who made him leave early? Yeah, he didn't marry her.
We came super close to leaving UTL at the half last year. We were behind the obnoxious ND band, my son couldn't see very well, and what we could see wasn't too promising. Fortunately we were able to swap seats with family members elsewhere and stayed through the glorious, wonderful, electric end.
I've never left a Michigan game early. I'm irrationally optimistic 99% of the time.
But, I did once leave a Georgia-Georgia Tech game in 2008. GaTech was down big late, and came back to win 45-42.
1994 Mich v Colorado. Of course I was 12 at the time so it was really my parents decision. Even though it turned out the way it did, I still wish I could have seen it with my own eyes
I almost left with my dad. I was 16. But at the last minute I said I wanted to watch from one of the gates and saw Westbrook come down with it in the end zone. I was in shock, but I'm glad I was part of such an amazing game.
This year I got to see my first game winning field goal (MSU) and overtime game ever. What a great year!
You don't. You really, really don't. It was brutal.
I will admit that I left Saturday when northwestern got the first down with about 3 minutes left. I made it to pioneer to hear a roar, and quickly found a tv to watch the replay of roundtree's catch. I then called my dad to give me play by play until we got back to our car. Just as I was getting in, I heard a roar from the stadium, an told him we just won, before he knew (due to the delay in the broadcast).
My seats are front row, section 20 (5 yard line, sw corner). I left when Michigan had the lead, Colorado had the ball in their own territory and there were 8 seconds left. As I stepped into the intersection of Stadium and Main, I heard the roar of the crowd turn into a moan. A guy next to me had a radio/headset and just said he caught it.
That stupid Hail Mary friggin pass....now I get to see it, over and over and over. Classic, but on the wrong end.
Nope, but then again I have never left a game early. I always feel like I owe it to the players to stick it out with them, fan support can have a huge impact in a close game at the end. In fact I think people leaving early from MSU when they were playing Nebraska was played a role in them losing that game.
When watching on TV though I have probably shut off a game early, although I can't remember any specific game that I regretted. I almost turned stopped watching the ND game last year and I am SO glad that I stuck it out.
So I have a story for this. Without looking it up I am fairly confident it was 2005 vs PSU...yes the 1 second game.
I had extended family in town and seeing them was a big priority. My girlfriend at the time was also going to go with. She hadn't spent time with any of the extended family and had only started to know the parents. So we needed to get out of AA and to Novi/Northville fairly quickly. My family (who went to small colleges) questioned why going to a football game was a priority. My girlfriend left early in the 4th to get ready (yes she was able to watch it on TV). I did stay but time was rolling (not according to Lloyd Carr thank you very much). So I badly needed to leave but (obviously) the game was at a point where one HAD to stay and watch. I was in the teens rows (student sec) and so I made my way up to the exit. I stood with the ushers and a few other fans to watch the last play. I didn't have a great view of it but when I saw the reaction of the fans in the endzone I knew the result. I RAN (literally) the entire way out of the stadium to my gf house to go meet family...most of it yelling in joy. Just to fully paint the picture for you at halftime I had signed up for a credit card with a fake name to get a Michigan Stadium field beach towel. I carried this over my head (the easiest thing to see on this is the block M) in celebration for close to the whole run.
Cool story bro...I know but I think of it as a fond memory worth telling. This is my very long winded way of saying that (as a student) I never left the game early. I did leave and return to the CMU game (thunderstorm). But I saw the final play every game for 4 years.
2008 Wisconsin, my friend left at halftime down 16-0. Poor bastard.
In the same game, I had to run down for a piss and the ushers wouldn't let me back in the seats. Had to watch from the TVs at the concession stands. It was that or murder an usher and I wouldn't have been able to see the game if I did that.
I learned a little while back that my parents left the '79 Indiana game early and missed Carter's TD. I wish that I hadn't.
Season opener, 1995 vs Virginia. M was down by 17 and had never had a comeback in school history that size. Mercury Hayes caught the game winner about 30 feet from where we had been sitting.
I was there with my two older brothers and a brother in law. Was humid and about 100 degrees and my oldest brother started feeling sick, so we left. I haven't left one early ever since.
Turn tv games off until it is done. Think of the worst michigan games ever and I even make it through
But I confess I was paying more attention to MGoBlog than the game during the 2nd half of the Gator Bowl a couple of years ago.
1988 vs Miami (YTM) UM had just scored to go up 10 in the 4th Q and my girlfriend wanted to go because we had a long drive. Ended up listening to the meltdown on the radio.
2007 Oregon- Left in the middle of the 3rd Q. Couldn't handle being surrounded by Oregon fans just having a party in our section.
2009 @ Illinois. After Illinois took the lead n the second half UM was turning the ball over every other down (remember we ended up losing by 25). My drunk buzz was wearing off and in need of immediate attention.
No, I do not regret leaving any of those games early. I stayed for Indiana in 79, 2 late Iowa wins in the 80's, Virginia in 95, WA in 02, Penn State in 05, ND in 09 & 11 and MSU in 12 (among many other late wins).
I left the Alamo Bowl before the final pitch and was in the concourse when PITCH IT TO BREASTON took place, because the Nebraska fans was so obnoxious the night before (yes, Nebraska fans) that I didn't want to have to walk back to the hotel area with them (everyone walks to the Alamo Bowl). And that night they were bad, so I stayed in my hotel room. Could have been bad, but dodged it.
I watched the final play of McNabb Syracuse from the tv at the concession stand, because I wanted to be in front of the crowd leaving that day...but watched the whole thing there.
And didn't think 2009 EMU would make this list twice, but I left that early because I had a cousin's wedding to go to in Chicago. I was late because it took us a lot longer than I thought to put them away, so I kept staying around till it was pretty much salted.
But didn't actually regret any of those.
Had a couple of Pro ones. There was a Thanksgiving Day Lions-Browns game that my Uncle drove us too and made us leave early to get back for the family dinner that the Lions came back and won. I didn't really regret it that much, and got a lot of "I told you so's" out of it. And there was a Monday Night Jets-Dolphins game with a big comeback that I shut off because I thought it was over with that I regret not watching (I ended up winning some money off that win, and didn't know till the next morning). Had to miss the Bills-Oilers game in it's entirity, so I didn't leave early.
But generally no, why would you want to maybe miss a miracle? The amount of times it's been a complete party atmosphere at Michigan Stadium at the end of the game just the last couple of years makes it worth the potential to stick through a loss.
Not a big deal, but I left a Spring Training game between the Tigers and Indians in Lakeland in about the 5th inning. The Tigers were down 8-2 maybe, and I had to drive back to West Palm, so I left. My aunt (an Indians fan) called me that evening to ask what I thought of the game. I told her to shut up. She said asked why I was upset, and I replied, "Ha, ha." She then asked me if I had stayed until the end. I told her that I left in the 5th and she laughed and told me that the Tigers came back and won. I checked the box score, and she was right. Luckily, it was just spring training, but I learned a valuable lesson.
When YTM scored 17 points in the last 5:23 to beat Michigan 31-30, I had left early to go catch a meal and then go to the EMU game. IIRC, it was the Charlie Batch era. Whoever the QB was, EMU was a competitive team that year. When I made the decision to leave, my rationale was that if anything significant happened, I wasn't going to want to watch it.
As I listened on the radio, I was really, really happy that I wasn't there watching the fourth quarter collapse.
Sounds to me like it's your fault that happened!
But in my defense I was sick and bleeding from a drunken injury sustained on the way to the stadium. I put the game on promptly after I got home, wasn't giving up on them at all. I earned my fandom endurance badges and sat through The Horror and Toledo, so I think I was warranted one half of sick leave.
I left the Colorado game with about 5 minutes left in 1994 b/c I had to go to work. I thought the game was in hand and, more importantly, my boss was a stickler for not being late (and it was an internship I really need on my resume), so I thought I was safe. Ooops.
Since this was before cell phones, I walked in the door to see people huddling around a TV and I just saw the very end of the Hail Mary to Westbrook. I haven't decided if it was better for me not to be there in person and be scarred for life or if it was worse to miss one of the most (in)famous plays in the history of Michigan Stadium. In the end, I just pretend it didn't happen.
No. I made the decisons not to leave at a few big games though:
2008 vs Wisconsin - Stuck around even though things looked as shitty as they could
2011 vs Notre Dame - You couldn't have gotten me to leave early. Win or lose I needed to see it with my own two eyes.
2012 vs Michigan State - Brunettes, that is all.
Games I have left early:
2005 vs NIU - Assumed we had it in the bag
2010 vs Wisconsin - Headed to Ashley's after the first half. Couldn't take watching Wisconsin run all over us like we were a high school team. Sort of got worried when we started scoring points but with that D there was no doubt we were toast.
Game I should have left early but didnt:
2009 vs Purdue - Even know it's close...we really aren't going to lose to Purdue are we? Good lord...
2012 Alabama, I wasn't at the game but I was watching it with some friends and after the first drive I was like 'hey, maybe we can compete.' well that thought didn't last. They changed it to Bridesmaids because I was getting so mad(that game + i got stood up), I never even saw the long play by Gallon. I went into their kitchen and watched the Gardner TD but I turned it off when it was 41-14.
The game was ugly and Bridesmaids is really funny but I still wouldn't have allowed them to turn the channel. I may have gone home.
literally hundreds of people left the game early on Saturday. Its ridiculous that they refuse to watch the last three minutes when we still had a chance of winning. We gave our friends tickets to the App State game at halftime, complete waste.
never left early. I hope that this Saturday versus Iowa, I will be able to say that I did.
Yes. MSU. I was there by myself, parked on campus, down by too many too late, IMHO. Incorrectly, of course. I did make it home to see the last two overtimes. I have never left early since then. Except, if we were blowing someone out. I did sit through Northwestern to the end years ago.
after all that has happened at Michigan games this past decade people still leave early.
Reading these posts I'm shocked to learn people leave at halftime. Whats the f'ing point?
Turn in your man card and fan badge that is ridiculous.
The closest I got was Wisconsin in 2008 when we were listening to the game on the radio in the car. We were on vacation in Door County WI, of all places and I turned off the game around halftime to be a good boyfriend spend some non-football time with my now wife. I didn't find out until her sister, who is a WI alum, later texted her to congratulate her.
Considered leaving Braylonfest early, strongly considered leaving the UTL game early, urged my friends to leave the NW game this weekend early.
Ended up staying for all three. I probably will never leave another game early.
my dad and I left the Palace Brawl game early. The Pistons were getting crushed and my dad is a "beat the traffic" guy when games are blow outs. We were out in the concourse area when we heard the crowd erupt. We ran back to our section but the usher would not let us go back down to our seats.
I left the 2005 Penn State game at halftime to go study. What a mistake. Not only did I not get to see that classic Henne to Manningham game winner in person, I also didn't get any work done watching the game on TV. In retrospect, I learned a lot that day. Never give up on the Team.
No way. I drive 2 and half hours to all the games. I stay for the whole thing. I sat through Oregon 2007 and took it like a man.
We left early and heard the cheers as we walked and knew we made a mistake. Watched the ending on a small television in our van where we parked.
Never again. NEVER.
I left at halftime. I went to the bathroom in the 2Q and couldn't get back into the student section the line was so long to get in. This was even back in the days when the student section was full prior the game.
After about 15 minutes of standing there like a sucker I ran back to my apartment to watch the end on the teevee. Glad I wasn't there for that, so I do not regret leaving early.
Only time I ever did was 1999 Illinois, when they scored to go up 35-27. I wasn't thinking straight there. That score actually helped us (they could have just taken a knee up 28-27) by giving us the ball back but for some reason I was thinking that was the clincher. I was outside the stadium when I heard cheering. We drove into their territory and threw an interception but forced the DB into being safetied, so we actually had a chance to win in regulation. We didn't, but I regretted not seeing the end. I've stayed to the bitter end ever since.
No. Almost left Penn State my freshman year but didn't. My Dad happened to also go to the game and left early much to his chagrin. I called him after, he was pretty bummed.
i was at the infamous colorado kordell stewart to westbrook miracle. my brother was an undergraduate at um, and i was in high school. we watched a dismayed colorado fan seated three seats from us who went from loud and obnoxious to sullen leave at the end of the third quarter. when colorado pulled out the miracle, not only did i feel sick to my stomach, but i also thought about how stupid and shitty that guy must have felt having traveled all the way from colorado and missing an ubelievable and classic (from a colorado fan's perspective) finish.
that moment has kep me in michigan stadium until the end of games no matter what. ironically i was with my brother for braylonfest (this time i was a med student at michigan) and he wanted to leave early when we were down 27-10. he had brought his friend to the game, who had never seen anything other than half empty ucla football games in the rosebowl. i convinced them to stay, using the colorado game from over a decade before as evidence that anything can happen. he owes me big time for that, and i always remind him of it when michigan pulls out the improbable victory like against northwestern this past weekend.
Yes. I can't bear to tell which one. My wife's fault really, why didn't she bring a warmer clothes.
After reading through all of these stories, it's quite clear that girlfriends and parents are a major problem for lots of people.
I can honestly say I have never left a game early. It's a shame that I couldn't be at the game last weekend. It would have been a great one to be in the student section!
I left early only twice; back as as student in '93 at the Illinois game because the friend that was with me had to get back to CMU for work that night and the '08 Northwestern game because the cold rain was very unbearable and since I was leaving in a few days to go visit family for Thanksgiving, I didn't want to be sick for trip. I left the Illinois game with about five minutes left and the NU game at halftime; needless to ay Michigan was winning when I left both times, and wound up losing each game. Moral of the story: if I leave early and Michigan is winning, they will not be ahead when the clock says 0:00!
Cool story bro -- as folks were leaving early a guy a few rows up yells "Don't leave, you're going to miss an great ending." I think I may sit near The_knowledge.
Didn't leave early but sold my ticket to Michigan state for braylonfest...watched it from my dorm with my gf at the time. Still pisses me off to this day and probably will forever
The only Michigan game I haven't watched every 60 minutes of in recent years is the Gator Bowl game vs Mississippi State and I do not regret for a second turning that mess off. I made it into the early 3rd quarter and then just couldn't bare to watch that garbage which is saying something considering I watched every other second of the richrod era
08 Northwestern. Only game I ever left early for. I didn't dress warm enough, and my shoes were soaked. By that token, my feet were numb, and I just couldn't stand standing up anymore. I left just before halftime. I sat in Quickie Burger for an hour letting my feet warm up.
Unless some big-time, real-life stuff is going on.
This is just something you do not ever do.
Never left any sporting event early. Regardless of score you never know when an amazing play or comeback could happen. It's not like I've got anything better to do since I've already planned on staying the whole time anyway. Experiencing 2002 Washington, 2004 MSU, 2005 PSU, 2008 Wisconsin and 2011 ND are worth every 2008 Northwestern or 1998 Syracuse game in between.
Just kidding, I never leave early.
northwestern, 2008. we stuck it out until there were 3 minutes left, but it was such a colossally shitty day, and i couldn't feel my feet.
but i still regret it - i didn't earn the fandom endurance badge.
i promise - it'll never happen again. i'm sorry.
Nope, I don't leave early. The way I see it is that I paid to see 60 minutes (or more) of football so leaving early is a waste of money. Well, that and every once in a while some crazy stuff happens.
When masses of people started leaving leaving after the 4th down conversion, I turned to my gf, her sister, and her father and said "Man, these people are going to be pissed when we come back". Sure am glad I was right.
And I didn't leave Saturday either. I can never recall missing kickoff in my life and I have only left early the time IL crushed us with Juice, I think 2008?
I had to leave both the 1995 Virginia and 2002 Washington games for legitimate family reasons, one of those go-for-a-half/3-quarters vs. don't-go-at-all things...
Just about the only two games I've ever had to leave early. Lucky me.
I left about 15 seconds of game clock before the brawl with Ron Artest running into the stands and fighting the wrong guy. I was with 3 other guys and they all wanted to stay to the end. I was pushing hard to leave and get to a bar as I was married at the time and it was a free night so I wanted to make the most of a night out. Needless to say my friends were pissed at me and I was a bit disappointed myself for missing a historic scene.
Wasn't there, but got pissed with 10 mins left in the Darius Morris Duke game. Tuned in to see the last play and missed all the build up. Did the same thing with 2009 MSU
Only game I left early was against Wisconsin my freshman year in 1983. Temperature was about 100F and of course I hadn't applied any sunblock. I roasted throughout the game but finally couldn't take it anymore, so left for shelter. No regrets (we won handily I recall).
Saw AC. Late 80's Minnesota game that rained and was dark. 5-0 Purdue game. Cordell Stewart. Why would you spend hours of your day getting there and getting ready and leave early. To go to what?
I left MSU 04 just before halftime. I think we were only down 17-10 at the time and Stanton had just gotten injured, so I didn't leave due to the score. It was a combination of being in front of a group of really drunk MSU students, practically standing in the puke that one of them had let loose in the second quarter, listening to the constant fighting between them and the students, and my girlfriend at the time waiting for me in my dorm room. But the thing that really made me leave was the student section cheering when Stanton got injured. Everything else had already put me in a bad mood, but that put it over the edge. I went back to my dorm to spend time with my girlfriend and I haven't regretted it since.
Most of the games I saw before I was a student were with my dad, who is a beat-traffic kind of guy, and doesn't get emotionally wrapped up in the action. Since he knows I'll fight him he always wants to leave a little earlier than last time so that the compromise will be before the midpoint of the 4th quarter.
The worst was vs. Virginia in 1995. It was a beautiful day, and the first game of the season so I was determined not to go, but then by the end of the 3rd quarter we were playing like shit and Dad offered to let me drive his Audi all the way home (I'd just gotten my permit over the summer).
So Mercury Hayes, yadda yadda, all heard on the radio in the car, which I didn't get to drive after all because there were so many other early departures he (smartly) didn't trust me to maneuver through them all.