I'm bored and thought I'd see if anyone would share how they became a Michigan fan. I became a fan on September 13th,1988. I was 10 years old and flipping thru the channels and I saw Michigan vs. Noter Dame. Even tho Michigan lost that day I was hooked for life.
How did you become a Michigan fan?
My dad's a Michigan grad and raised me right. It's not any more complicated than that.
Wow! I moved to Detroit from Alabama in '69 and caught the Bo-Woody brawl that year. Before that I knew nothing about Michigan, but now I'm a Maize and Blue lifer. I wanted to go to school there but ended up at U of Detroit instead. Go Blue.
My mom went to State. Dad went to Western.
I grew up in the south but my parents met at Michigan while they were students there. Both have undergrad and post-grad degrees from UM, I was born in Ann Arbor while my dad was a resident at the university hospital.
My grandfather went to Michigan too, as did 2 of my older cousins, and I followed the tradition and got my undergrad degree. Unfortunately, I was too much of a dumbass and didn't get good enough grades for Michigan's law school.
Now I'm saving up so if my baby girl decides she wants to go to Michigan in 18 years, I won't have to tell her that I can't afford it. She does seem to have freakishly long thumbs for a newborn, so maybe she'll be able to put wicked spin on a softball and get a scholarship and save me the trouble, but judging by UM's softball success, she's gonna be a longshot...
Both of my parents are grads and have raised me right.
I moved to a new school that year and noticed that everybody was obsessed with Ohio State... once November came along they all started talking about this team they hated, Michigan. Anyway I decided to watch The Game, and was completely enamored by the awesomeness of the helmets. And, as fate would have it, Michigan beat OSU that year.
I've been a huge fan ever since
Went to Michigan, graduated 2010 magna cum laude. Football season tickets 2008 and 2009. I also spent a lot of time watching the men's tennis matches--they're free AND awesome to watch! Great way to kill a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Saw Michigan beat OSU at Crisler in 2009, went to a few hockey games but got more into hockey after I graduated. I discovered Mgoblog in 2008 but didn't set up my own account until 2010.
Hey BlueD, I have a guy that has bashed us for the last time and his name is Paul Finbaum. Do you know this fellow?
I majored in music, but I'm not going on in the field--way too competitive for my blood and I wanted more out of my professional life than teaching lessons, taking auditions, and wood-shedding excerpts. I'm taking an intensive science curriculum right now at a school whose name I'd prefer not to mention. My plan is to matriculate in med school in the fall of 2012.
I'm currently a second year student in medical school. If you have any questions about the application process, interviewing, etc. I would be happy to answer any questions. Good luck!
Are you required to take the second semester of organic chem lab? I've heard from some current residents that it isn't necessary and that Biochem is an acceptable substitute. I'm trying to get in touch with the Michigan pre-med advisors to ask them as well.
Yeah, they usually want two credits of organic chemistry. You usually only need one semester of organic lab, though, especially if you have biochem as well.
but most do want a full year of organic plus lab. I would suggest looking at the websites of schools you are interested in to check their prereqs.
How do you pm on this site(I should know cause I've been here long enough)? I've tried to figure it out but I just can't find it.
but you have enough time to watch men's tennis.
Sounds to me like you can make it on Wall Street!
Bo was coach. Enough said
I got a letter saying "Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Michigan"
in '84. Unfortunately moved away at 4 but have loved UM and Ann Arbor ever since. Wish I could have went to UM but was an ass in high school and didn't have the grades. Maybe grad school one day...
Both my parents are Michigan grads and my sister is currently a senior there. Their fandom finally rubbed off on me in 7th grade. Now, 4 or so years later, I'd dare say I'm the biggest fan of the family and certainly the most well informed.
I grew up on the west coast where the Rose Bowl is a big deal. I saw Michigan in the Rose Bowl and admired the team and the uniforms. When it came time to go to college, I wanted to go to Michigan for the Engineering school and to watch Michigan football. I was accepted and I left home with 2 bags and not knowing anyone there. Michigan fan for life!
Loves hearing how i became a Fan/Alumn...but it is kinda gross to be honest. My mom went into Labor on 2-16-82 in her dorm room and a Female Grad Student delievered me. It is funny when me and my mom head back to her dorm room and my place of birth....it scares the hell out of the current women that stay there. I mean, i know that they cleaned it up in 29 years.
I was born. It was in my genetics
At the age of 5 my brother and grandfather sat me down in Marshall, MI and I watched my first Michigan game. September 14th 1985 vs. Notre Dame in which UM won 20-12. Since that day i have bled Maize n Blue. I have been through good times and bad with the team. I got drunk at 17 yrs old when they won the Rose Bowl in '97 and came to the brink of insanity when Crable got flagged for the illegal hit on Troy Smith in 06 essentially (not entirely) costing a chance at the national title game. Over the past 3-4 years i have watched in agony as our beloved Wolverines have been criticized and put down for the poor play on defense and on offense at times as well. I hope that Coach Hoke can reinstill the prominence known as Michigan Football. Never went to school at UM...wish i had.
I'm actually born and raised Marshall, MI. However my first memories of Michigan took place in Fort Meyers, Florida with the Fab 5's tournament run that ended with a Timeout..... Fortunately I've been hooked ever since!
One of the best things about sports is the way they enhance the bond between sons and fathers/grandfathers. I became a Wolverine by way of the admissions department (BA 82). But I know all the fight songs for Army, where my father and grandfather graduated. Meanwhile, my 13 year old son has no tolerance for anyone who wears Ohio State gear and declares himself a Michigan Man. Good times.
I was never a college sports fan, even though college. My liberal arts college football team won only a couple games while I was there, and no one watched.
I went to Michigan for grad school and rented an apartment at Hill and Forrest. Even from that distance, you could hear the announcer on Saturdays, and you could feel the energy and excitement in the air.
It was like an infection that spread. Quickly. I was hooked.
Honestly, I'm not sure why I became a Michigan fan, but I did. Wanted to go to the University but my counseler screwed up my application and I ended up getting a conditional acceptance but I got accepted at Eastern and went there instead. I intended to transfer to Michigan in my sophomore year but intertia kind of took over. I'm still a fan though.
My Aunt got her undergrad degree from Notre Dame and her Law Degree from Michigan, so I got clothes of them both all the time when I was young.
Then, Touchdown Jesus came to me and told me that Notre Dame was for pussies and to root for Michigan, so here we are.
born then graduated.
I'm pretty sure she watched sports with me as a little kid because she figured that's what little boys needed. She admired Bo a lot and I think she hoped that his influence would rub off through the TV or something because one of my earliest memories is watching the 89 Rose Bowl as a 5-year-old and her talking to me about him as well as explaining that if I studied hard I'd go to Michigan.
She eventually married a Michigan Man and my new step dad had season tickets in the south end zone, which pretty much sealed the deal.
Graduated in 2006.
Then I realized the touching part took place when I was getting ready to GO to Michigan. Sigh.
My grandmother went to Michigan and so did both my parents. They raised me right -- we had huge parties every year for the Michigan-OSU game and we went to Camp Michigania East every year until I was 18 (we moved from Michigan to CT about 3 months before I was born).
Then I went myself for grad school -- the 15th person in my extended family to go to Michigan.
It's been a part of me for so long that I simply don't remember life without being a Michigan fan...
Camp Michigania is definitely on my To Do list if and when I get around to starting a family. I was sold when I saw that unicorn picture.
It was the highlight of my summer every year, spending a week with this whole extended family of Michigan alumni.
Now that I'm a little older and have two boys of my own, we're considering going again. They're five and seven and, naturally, both are already huge Michigan fans.
I've already decided that I'm only going to marry into the Michigan family. No Spartans or Buckeyes in my house!
My parents are alums, met through mutual dorm friends their freshman year. Got married right after school, now in their 35th year of football season tickets, 40 if you count student tickets.
Then I filled out exactly one application for undergrad, no backup plan, and it worked out.
in 1988 and was (almost) all in. I had a HS buddy in Texas who also applied at MSU -- if we had both gotten in, we probably would have gone there, but he didn't. That was my only moment of wavering.
To quote Robert Frost, "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
First time in Michigan Stadium was as part of the MMB, through the Tunnel, for the 1989 M-ND season opener. Despite the outcome, I was beyond hooked. Until the graduation ceremony in 1993, I never entered or exited Michigan Stadium any way *other* than the Tunnel. Actually, that graduation was the first time I was even on the concourse.
I grew up in Okemos, MI about a 10 minute drive to MSU's campus, raised by two MSU masters' grads. My older brother, by 7 years, turned down the Naval Academy for Big Blue in AA, Aerospace Eng. These were the days of Tripp Welborne and Desmond Howard, D Alexander, Grbac, et al. Secretly initiated into the Order of the Wolverine, I was steadfast in my commitment to hold it down in Spartanville. I'll never forget as a seventh grader, crying when that D Bag MSU putz clearly tripped Desmond Howard to ruin our National Championship dreams, and our #1 ranking. Hell would be a kind description of that next monday in school. Then came the Fab 5...nuff said! In the fall of 96' I moved in to South Quad to follow in my brother's footsteps. That next year Chuck Woodson and crew took the title! Man, it was sure great to be a Wolverine then. If I have any darn say in anything, my nephew will hit campus in the fall of 2018. Go Blue!!
The spring game hasn't even happened yet and we're already on to middle of summer questions. I'm not bashing the OP, mind you, and understand boredom, but the past couple days I've seen the open minded OT inquiries that usually don't hit until mid-summer. We're gonna run out of these types of questions too fast, then think how much longer the summer is going to feel!
Still, we have that mysterious scandal story brewing that's supposed to hit during the summer, so we'll probably get to talk about that ad nauseum when it comes. Plus we'll have lots and lots of spring game video in 34 hours :-)
My father was finishing his MBA at Ross in 1994 and he got 2 student tickets that season because he was married. He took me (5 years old) to the Colorado game and ever since then my family has been crazy for Michigan Football. I got accepted to the COE in '07 and am graduating in 2 weeks. My brother got accepted to the COE in '08 and my sister wants to do nursing at umich when she graduates high school.
I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. I really didn't care about football until the fifth grade. Chris Perry, watching him was absolutely incredible! with that said we need to beat the 'skers this year!
I was an MSU fan until the day an envelope that looks just like this showed up in the mail. All of the Michigan State apparel I accumulated up until that point was thrown away the same day.
Oh, so the whole "OMG Shirtless" isn't just a repeat of the Tebow meme then...
Best letter I've ever gotten.
In a mirror too?
(though that was hardly the first thing I noticed in that pic....)
My first memory of any sort of football was in 2000 against Michigan State. Didn't know anything about football, or the two schools, but for some reason I just had to root for Michigan. Destined I guess.
the 1995 season i was seven and i got hooked for life after that.
moved from south africa to Michigan in 96; latched onto Mich as my first US sports team. graduated 07 and moved around a bit. biggest Mich fan in Taiwan to date, its official.
When I was four my family moved to Grand Rapids and I'm sure like many of you, those early days of the kindergarden-ish age is when I became a huge sports fan. This was during the Fab Five era, so naturally I became hooked on Michigan basketball (and then football). I think I was six when the C-Webb timeout happened...and I know I shed a tear. Okay, I shed a lot of tears. I remember I had a Michigan basketball hoop set up in my garage and practiced on it for hours imitating Jalen, Chris, et al. My family then moved back to eastern Washington (during the Drew Bledsoe days) so I grew up a fan of both Michigan and Washington State. To this day, those are the two teams I follow very closely/borderline religiously.
took the season tickets in the divorce and i was a year old when that happened... so starting when i was around 5 years old my dad started taking me to michigan football games and i've been hooked ever since...
Before I was born my family lived in Dearborn and my brother became a fan, after that we moved to San Dimas, California where I was born and then to Columbus. Long story short I grew up rooting for Michigan because my brother did but was too young to really understand the problem of being a Michigan fan in Columbus. The kids at school didnt take too long to enlighten me.
and I guess my older cousins were worried about which way I might go when I was younger, so they were sure to beat the right choice in to me. I remeber one holiday gathering where my cousin had me by the collar and pant leg, dangling me over Aunt Gayle's big stone hearth in her living room, asking me "WHO YOU GONNA ROOT FOR?!?!" as my eyebrows were singed from the heat. My father and my uncle watched from the "bar" while laughing and joking about how it reminded them of themselves growing up. Ahhhhh....good times
When I was eight we moved from a Lansing suburb to a Columbus suburb. The idiots in Ohio immediately gave me shit about Michigan. I liked how badly it pissed them off so I asked my mom to buy me a michigan shirt and a fanatic was born.
everybody in my family was a michigan fan and i've always hated the color green
everybody in my family was a michigan fan and i've always hated the color green
Football specific: My dad started taking me to some home games before I could walk. Then I learned all of the players names before I could form actual sentences. Then I started going to ALL of the home games, for about a decade. Then I started going to some of the away games too. Then I moved away for college and started coming back for games once a year. Somewhere in there I started reading MGoBlog.
My dad came to the US and got his masters and phd from Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor, applied to one school out of high school and graduated from the COE.
Oh, and it helps that I was in high school during '89 and fab five runs and had season tix to hockey in '96 and football in '97. How bout that timing?
My son has gone blue but my daughter likes Bucky. She's 2 so she gets a pass, but thats why I tell my Bucky friends Wisconsin has a mascot-to hook the children!
The full page picture of him in the newspaper with the rose in his mouth went up on my wall when I was 13 and lines were drawn for eternity.
My dad was a UofM fan and he always watched the games. Now I follow the teams much more closely then my father, and he comes to me for information about the teams.
Like many others on the blog, I was born a Michigan. GO BLUE!
My parents are the main reason. I grew up in Chicago and I will never forget my first football game when I was in 2nd grade. Parents brought me to Champaign to see Michigan play. I loved how spirited all the Michigan fans were even though we were outnumbered. Been a fan ever since. Sealed it will my acceptance letter to the University. My dad said he had never been more proud than when I burned my MSU acceptance letter infront of all of his MSU buddies.
I've lived near Columbus for 15 years but my whole family lives up in Michigan... my dad raised me right, I remember using the bunny ears to dial in some fuzzy Michigan games when I was younger... that was during the stretch in the 90's when we dominated.
Thankfully I found the one girl around here who doesn't care for tSiO.. there will be no "house divded."
My discovery of the sports section of the newspaper when I was about 8 years old just happened to coinside with the arrival of Bo and I couldn't believe the excellent records Michigan was coming up with year after year while I was growing up in Detroit. I remember watching the 1972 Rose Bowl on TV and even though there were no Michigan fans in my family while watching that game I decided then and there that Michigan would be my team. A few years later when I was in high school I was lucky enough to go to the '76 Wake Forest Band Day game and I was blown away by my first visit to the Big House. The next year I got my driver's license and started driving to a couple of games a year and then I finally made it to campus in the fall of 1979 and spent four years studying engineering and playing in the MMB. Now looking back my whole family and most of my friends are all Michigan fans, I've hardly ever missed a game in the last 31 years and I can hardly believe all of the great experiences I have had following the Maize and Blue. I've even been to every Michigan vs tSIO game since 1979 which I feel is one of my greatest accomplishments as a fan. I could go on and on but basically that is my story.
I also have to mention the effect Bob Ufer had on turning me on to Michigan. For all of you fans who are too young to know about "Old Man Ufer" be sure to check out some of the recordings of his broadcasts. There was never a a more enthusiastic, knowledgeable and True Blue supporter of "Michigan athletics in general of football in particular". Be sure to take some time and learn more about him.
I was born.
My dad left me no other option
I'm following the same model, having been indoctrinated by my own dad. So far, so good -- oldest kid is at Michigan now, next in line is a huge fan (despite the efforts of his mom, an MSU grad -- but, to be fair, what's she got to work with?)
In a Notre Dame family because my grandparents went there. We had season tickets in South Bend and I had been to every ND/UM game since I was about 5 years old. When it came time to go to college, I picked UM for its science programs and I wanted to do genetics/health professions (which I did 8 years at UM, so it was worth it!). I always rooted for UM when they didn't play ND, but I was never a fanatic about them to be honest.
Then came August 31, 2002. I just had moved into West Quad, went in blind and met my now best friend, went to my first raging house party for Welcome Week, and Gameday was in town for the game.
The day was scorching hot, we were playing Washington as top 10 teams, and it was my first experience in the student section at UM.
Needless to say, Phil Brabbs kicked that last second field goal, I was going nuts, lost my voice, went back to my dorm room and we watched the other football games for the rest of the day with a few beers, and then enjoyed my 2nd raging house party for the victory.
From that day my blood turned Maize and Blue for life.
The first major sporting event my dad took me to was 1987 Rose Bowl. My dad was a pro baseball player and got the tickets from one of his teammates and took me to the game when I was 3 years old. There was a guy sitting next to us who was a Michigan fan and after the game he gave me his hat (that I still own to this day) and he said "Now you are rooting for the right team." I've been a Michigan fan ever since.
When I was being recruited to play football in college my dream was to play in Ann Arbor unfortunately when I went on my recruiting trip it was too cold me there (growing up in San Diego and taking my trip in cold of January was not a good idea). So I didn't commit to Michigan but Coach Carr point me in the direction of Coach Miles at OSU and I decided if I couldn't play at Michigan I'd play for a Michigan Man. I then went on to get injured never played a down and flamed out. Guess I should have sucked it up went to Michigan
I wish I could tell Chris Webber that his infamous time-out call wasn't all negative - it made me a Michigan man and eventual alumnus for life. I was only 5 and wasn't born into a sports watching family, but that incident and potential outcome was enough to stir a debate between my Dad and brother on a car trip. When they gave me a quick background on the importance of the game/incident, I knew I had to learn more about a school that boasted such national relevance.
From there, I watched and followed everything pertaining to Michigan, particularly Tyrone Wheatley and the residual Fab 5. I was determined to do anything necessary to get accepted into the school in 13 yrs.
I was 7 years old and met the guy who cradled the puck against BC in the hotel later that night and thought it was the coolest thing as a kid learning the game of hockey. Then Marty Turco is the love of my life as well.
I am not from Michigan, have never been to Michigan, have never been to a game live, and don't have any ties to the school or the program, but i am fanatical about Michigan Football. People ask me all the time why I like Michigan so much, and all I can explain is that when I started watching college football games on Saturdays (around 9 or 10 years old), Michigan was always on and always doing well. I think I liked the uniforms first, then as I learned more about the players and storylines I really began to love the team. I remember Charles Woodson being the most amazing athlete I had ever seen, the Tom Brady/Drew Henson QB battle, and winning the National Championship (I didn't realize how big that was at the time). I think really, I'm just a fan of college football and it was too hard not to love Michigan when you watched them in the 90's.
I was born with a soul....with an aptitude toward scholastic pursuits...and denied the disadvantage of EVER having to live in Ohio. Fandom was inevitable when you think about it, really...
That and my dad took me to my first Michigan game when I was seven and I was hooked.
I popped out with a winged hairline... singing the victors.
I signed my letter of intent
Wishing I could be outside on a sunny November day just after a snowstorm, when my Mom looked at the TV guide and said "Michigan is playing Ohio today" She turned on the game for me and I watched Michigan upset Ohio State 42 years ago.
I have bled Maize and Blue ever since.
Some of my earliest memories are of riding in the car with Dad listening to that crazy SOB on the AM radio. Then went to 1st game in 1981, watched Michigan go down by like 21 points in the first quarter to Illinios, only to watch them come back and win 70-21. It was epic, Anthony Carter & Butch Woolfolk running wild. I was sharing an AM transistor radio with Dad listening to Ufer just go crazy. Got to shake hands with AC, Wolf & Bo himself that day.
AC is my earliest Michigan football memory. I remember other kids talking about AC and wearing the #1 jersey on the playground when I was in 4th grade in the fall of 1980. The 1980 Ohio State and 1981 Rose Bowl wins are my earliest game memories.
For Michigan fans, like me, who are now around 40 yeard old, I bet AC high stepping into the endzone is one of their earliest memories of Michigan football.
Michigan pennant over my crib put there by my great grandfather (1908 BS Engineering) and grandfather (1934 BS Astronomy, 1935 MS Astrophysics, 1937 PhD Astrophysics). My parents (1964 BS MechE and 1968 BA English) brought me home from the hospital and put me in the crib under the pennant.
My great great grandfather (1883 Law) was not present for the beginning of the indoctrination.
In 2010, my own infant son returned from the hospital to a crib with a Michigan pennant hanging over it, placed there by his dad (1995 BA History, 2002 MBA). His mom (1995 BA Communications) did not object and continues to dress him in Michigan paraphernalia.
Thus the cycle continues.
There's a Michigan pennant in my 22 month old son's room. Whenever he sees a pennant--no matter the colors or the school--he says, "Michigan . . . . Hail!"
The "Michigan...Hail" on seeing any pennant is excellent.
I'm hoping the little one will start generation #6 in Ann Arbor. I won't force it down his throat and, since there are many good options competing for his interest out here in SoCal, I'll understand if he goes to UCLA or Berkeley or Stanford, but I'll be damned if he's going to USC.
My secret shame: my paternal grandmother was a Northwestern Wildcat, and my dad's paternal grandmother was...sniff...an Aggie, from Michigan Agricultural College (now known as Michigan State University).
1988, I was 7 and my mother was watching football with a friend. I asked her which team we were and she informed me that both teams were from Michigan but she was cheering for the team in blue and her friend was cheering for the team in white and green. From then on it was all blue for me. Two words that I remember from that game. Mike Gilette
Growing up in Fremont, OH I was an OSU fan like most other people. That was until 1987 when I went to my first game, OSU Vs Iowa. I was 8 and apparently very fickle because OSU lost the game and the next week was OSU Vs Michigan and rooted for Michigan. They lost the game, but I've been a diehard fan ever since. Watching my hometown hero Charles Woodson have an incredible career against OSU was awesome as well.
A friend of mine invited me to a game. His family had season tickets behind the north end zone. I don't even remember what team we played, but I remember the first play from scrimmage for Michigan was BJ Askew running for a first down. Then later in the game the student section was doing all kinds of interesting stuff, including marshmallow throwing at the cameraman. Great experience, and it hooked me.
My Dad raised me right from the beginning, went to CMU (from Mt Pleasant), wore my Michigan shirt to the CMU/M rain delay game while getting paid to watch the game by CMU and then things have went to a whole new level after I found mgoblog/actually have disposable income to *blow* on sports tickets, tailgating accessories etc etc.
Also, stole my cousins (M Alumni) tickets when he was in school as often as possible to both hockey and football until I was finally able to grab a pair of season tickets last year. Currently waiting on info for tickets to M/'Bama and hoping that Jerryworld doesnt jack up the prices to much, but am definately going.
Oh and my wife thinks I am insane because of all the above stuff.....I dont listen to her...she roots for OSU.
Grad school, got stuck in the line outside of our section forever. Literally, less than a minute after seeing the inside of the BH for the first time, UM ran out, touching the banner to record sized crowd.
3 hours later, Desmond made the 4th down catch in the corner and it was over....(watching the Fab 5 v Duke would have put me over the top if I wasn't already 100% hooked.)
I don't actually have a specific memory that caused my fandom to click on, I can just always remember rooting hard for the Maize and Blue, and aspiring to go to school in Ann Arbor. My first MIchigan memory though is going to the Big House with my dad to watch the MSU game. We won 40-20 and Tyrone Wheatley will forever be my favorite MIchigan player.
I only sent out one application for undergrad... glad I got accepted.
I began taking the Football Flyer train from Detroit to A2 for games with my parents in the 50s, when I was a little kid. There was no I-94 or M-14 expressway from Detroit to Ann Arbor then. It took forever to drive the back roads. So the most fun thing was to make a day of it, drive to Detroit's Central Station (it's a bombed-out shell now, but it was gorgeous then), get on the train, and have fun on the way.
The Football Flyer was kind of a mid-20th Century version of this blog; people on it were huge Michigan fans, and talked of nothing but Michigan coming and going. In that era, men wore jacket and tie to the games, and women wore dresses. You could tell who the Michigan fans were by their neckties or team buttons. Opposing fans were teased gently; it was exactly like a cocktail party, as there was a dining/bar car! You could have lunch and a few drinks on the way!
The train stopped right in front of the stadium, you got out in front of one of the gates, and walked right into the stadium.
My father would explain the game and tell me about the players. I'd eat as many hot dogs as I could cram into my gullet and bug him for pennants and other souvenirs. I would get the team pennant for opposing teams when we played them, but the Michigan one was always over the head of my bed.
On the way home from the game, the adults would drink, sing The Victors and The Yellow and the Blue, and after my first game I was beyond hooked. I had to go to Michigan. I considered no other school.
When I saw those winged helmets, I'll never see something so majestic as long as I live
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, so I had no connection whatsoever with the school. However, I liked professional wrestling, and also liked the Steiner Brothers. They used to come down to the ring wearing their Varsity jackets to "The Victors" and I thought that was cool. That was actually the first time UM was ever on my radar (and the first UM shirt I ever had--the Steiner Brothers in front of a big Block M). Fast forward to my junior/senior years in HS, when I started getting a bit more serious and started to like Government and History as subjects. One of my brother's friends graduated from UM and told me how good the Poli Sci program was. I applied, somehow got in, and made one of the best decisions of my life.
I was 11 years old in Texas watching and realized hey man, I was born there might as well root for them. When they won I was sold on UM basketball. In 91' I just happened to walk in the house while I was playing outside and turned the TV on to see Desmond Howard making an amazing catch for a touchdown. I was then sold on Michigan football and haven't missed a season since!
Grew up in Niles, Michigan. Dad was a fan...it was just natural progression.
in East Lansing....nuff said!!!
Seriously though, I got sick of everyone always pounding the Michigan fans. I became one at 9 years old in 1979. No looking back after that...stupid sparty!!!!!!!
as a youngster in Indiana. Moving to Detroit in '83 for art school only cemented my love for Michigan.
..but that really has nothing to do with my fandom.
Just always been a Michigan fan. Dad went to Michigan and Mom went to State. I've lived about 20 minutes from MSU my whole life, most of my friends growing up were State fans, and I remember going to MSU spring games when I was little. I've just always had a hatred of everything MSU and a love for everything Michigan.
Was raised a Michigan fan living in the Detroit area.
My first two games were against Long Beach State and Wisconsin in 1987. Both were 49-0 victories.
Parents went to U-M med/grad school, so I was born a maize and blue blood. Also an aunt and uncle were profs. I remember going to Camp Michigania. Got into football in the early 70s in the days of Big 2, Little 8. I'm also an alumnus.
Tim Biakabutuka vs. tOSU
Had a Michigan driver's license while in college in Chicago, but parents had moved to da UP after I'd started college so it wasn't really my "home" state. Youngest brother ended up going to U of M, though, and got me hooked; he also made sure to get our kids appropriate gifts - maize and blue hats/shirts, Bo bobble heads, stuffed wolverines. Getting transferred to Cbus, though, and having to live around the rabid folks here is what drove me to being a big time fan in a strange land.
So it was always around. And saw the passion for the games, and was told how college is the best time of your life. Who was I to argue?