Alrighty, first period and bored. I want to know how all you have became Wolverines and why you stuck with it, i became a Wolverine because my dad loved them and was never able to attend the University so i'll try to be the first. Discuss & Go Blue!
How did YOU become a Wolverine?
into a superior life form . . . like all Wolverines.
Yep, it's genetic. Looks like we share a common ancestor...
Games use to be on after Saturday morning cartoons, they grew on me :).
Fab Five got me
Grew up 30 min north of ann arbor, I was a sponge at age 12 when 97 happened, and Woodson made me a die hard.
I grew up 45 minutes from Ann Arbor so Michigan football is what was on TV. My Dad is about as casual as fans come and my Mom went to Ohio State but couldn't care less about sports. Most of my friends growing up were Michigan fans too.
I actually have pictures of me in an OSU shirt when I was about three and a Michigan State shirt when I was about six or seven. I'm guessing they were gifts because I don't ever remember being a fan of either.
My grandfather was part of a small vote behind closed doors that determined that Fritz Crisler would be the next head coach. That coaching search was very different than what we see today. My grandfather and great uncle also ran track with Don Canham. My father and his brother also graduated undergrad.
Yup. Born in University of Michigan Hospital to an alum and a prof. Hail to the Victors was sung to me in the cradle. Spent my Saturdays before we moved to Florida running around with my brother and cousins as my dad and uncles would scream at the TV.
Got into sports on my own when I was older, late teens or so, mostly as a bonding thing with my dad, so teams of interest were obviously Michigan and Detroit teams. But it turned into actual interest somewhere along the line.
I'm a fifth generation grad, born of a fourth generation grad and a second generation grad.
My crib had a Michigan pennant over it. It was really never a consideration that I'd be anything other than a Wolverine.
Same here -- also born in UM Hospital to alumni parents.
was bitten by an infecrted wolverine fan as a kid, been stuck with the insatiable thirst ever since.
Will most likely stay this way until someone digs Yost out of his native earth and puts a stake through his heart.
Although I grew up primarily a ND fan, I always liked Michigan. I think the helmets did it the most. Once I decided to attend UM it was all over. I became a huge Michigan fan because of school pride, obviously, and because it's impossible to go to the Big House and leave unamazed. Go Blue!
this is my story exactly, except i didn't care one way or another about michigan until my first game in the big house freshman year. i was hooked instantly.
Wait, this question implies I could have become something else. I didn't know that was an option.
Love at first sight. Also, watching Grbac in the Rose Bowl against Washington is my first memory of the Maize and Blue.
my mom tells the story: i was about 6 or 7 years old and we were at a garage sale. i saw a michigan hat on the .25 table and liked the colors. when i asked my mom if i could get it, she said 'your dad isn't going to like that, he roots for ohio state'.
when i found that out, i didn't take the hat off the entire summer.
i kinda remember that, but my mom remembers it well.
what if my son, when he's 6 or 7 sees an OSU hat for $0.25 and likes them? How can I prevent this?
They have ugly colors.
Because I was born in Michigan. Duh. Was Sparty even an option? I seriously didn't even know they existed until 6th grade.
hard to tell whether I love Michigan because of who I am or if I am who I am because I love Michigan (or something close to that.)
---- Brian, Eleven Swans, 2006
Grew up in Canada (Toronto) until the age of 12, after which my father picked up the family and moved us to Ann Arbor of all places. Grew up a Baseball (the Blue Jays were going through their hey-day) and Hockey (Toronto is the REAL Hockeytown, don't get it twisted) fan, but football and to a lesser extent Basketball (pre-Raptor era) were somewhat foreign to me. College Sports were an absolute unknown.
My first night living in America was spent at Joe Louis watching Michigan beat MSU in the Championship of the GLI. Great experience - it was there that I saw what this whole Michigan thing was about.
Then, when football season came around....it was over. My whole family fell in love with Michigan and football was king. Not I can't stand baseball and still follow Hockey a bit, but professional sports are not really my cup of tea. College is where it's at and from there on out I was a Michigan Man.
when my dad took me to my first game. My dad and uncle are both alumni and my dad had season tickets since 1956. My first game was 1968 and I haven't looked back since.
My allegiance has never waivered and my hatred for Sparty, ND and Ohio grows every day.
My parents had season tickets when I was a kid. My dad took me to my first game the day Woodson and the gang beat ohio to go to the natty. It was a wrap after that. Plus all the spartan kids at school played with dolls. Shit was weird.
My Mom was working on her PhD and met Dad. Mom and Dad's first date was a football game. All four of us kids went to Michigan and I met my husband at Michigan. I'm actually the loser in the fam who did not go to Mich. for grad school, only undergrad. (Which, for the record, I would like to blame on Rick's and my various sorority parties.)
I grew up in Massachusetts and I remember seeing the winged helmet on TV. College football wasn't big there, so I watched the national games as a kid and loved the helmets. The fab five intrigued me in middle school.
I guess it may have started then, but I really jumped in when I went to Ann Arbor for grad school. My plan was to get me degree and move back east. That was 10 years ago. I'm still in AA and an avid MGoBlog disciple.
In 1965 and on a Saturday in the winter the Big Ten game of the week came on TV. Michigan was playing someone and it was the first time I saw Cazzie Russell play. I fell in love with Michigan then and there. How ironic you ask this question because yesterday at the Michigan BB game they brought back some players from the past and honored Cazzie. I was fortunate to get a picture with him and I told him how I watched those games and his battles with the Van Arsdale twins from Duke. Got a big smile from him and he told me "Their aren't 5 people in this gym that remember those guys". Thanks for this thread. Made my day (twice).
The Van Arsdale twins played at Indiana.
Jim Harbaugh roll out of the pocket, winged helmet shining in the sun, and squeeze in the corner for the TD. I don't know what game it was, what the final score was or anything like that, but that single moment was the start of something strange and inexplicable that would hunt me down in life until I submitted to its will a few years later...
Wolverines are not made, they, like most exceptional people, are born the way they are. I was valedictorian of my HS class and could've gone to pretty much any school I chose. I applied to only one place because going anyplace else would've been settling. I'll give you 3 guesses what school that was, but you only need one.
University of Phoenix, right? After all, what other school has its own pro football stadium?
Was introduced to College Football by a good friend and his dad when I was about 8 or 9. They were huge Michigan fans and his dad often got tickets through his work. He took both of us to watch the 1986 Iowa game at the Big House. I was 10 at the time and I have been a fan ever since. Was the best and most surreal moment I have can remember as a kid sitting in that stadium. The taligating was awesome. My buddy and I were actually playing catch with a football when he over threw me and it bounced into the front seat of a Porsche 911. I was not about to go get it. The guy who owned the car called us over, we both thought we were dead, then promptly gave us the ball and let us sit in the car. We both thought we were the $hit at that age. Graduated from high school and was accepted into U of M undergrad. Then was accepted in grad school 1998. Graduated 2002 from U of M Dental School and bleed Maize and Blue. Have a son named Braylon, and a daughter who was nicknamed Denard by a very close friend and also an alumnus.
Members of my family had gone to Michigan (my brother and uncle), so I did apply, but in the 11th hour, my boyfriend talked me into following him somewhere else. Of course, then four days before we left for school, he broke up with me. I ended up transferring to Michigan my sophomore year. I love Ann Arbor more now than when I was there, and go every chance I get.
It's Michigan forgodsakes!
I wanted to go to the best university in the state (since I didn't want to be too far away from family). Obviously that was Michigan. I actually didn't care about football at all when I got there, and now I'm as diehard as the rest of you poor schmucks. Dad was actually an ND fan, but I like to think I'd have converted him.
My grandma is a diehard fan and I kinda got it from her. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. Now, there is no one in my family that is a bigger fan of the Wolverines.
Both parents went to Michigan... grandpa taught my older sister all about Michigan football, she taught me and the rest is history!
Technically, for me, it started at birth. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor to 2 U of M grads. But it truly took off in the beginning of the 90's, thanks to the Michigan Women's basketball team, believe or not.
My mom was a member of the Women's Basketball team booster club, and when I and one of my sisters were old enough, we came became permanent ball boy/girl for the team, along with Lisa Mattison (Greg Mattison's daughter). That eventually led to me becoming a regular ball boy for the men's team during the sophomore year of the fab five. While I didn't appreciate the situation as much back then, I got to basically be around those guys whenever I wanted (Juwan was hands down my favorite, but I recall Jalen not being so nice...).
My true fanaticism came about after that year, when my other sister became old enough and good enough to start being recruited for college basketball. Because of NCAA rules, my family had to sever all personal ties with the athletic department. To fill that void, I became the obsessive U of M fan that I am today and haven't looked back.
I went to Catholic schools. I can't recall the game. However, they won a bowl and and jumped quite a few positions in the polls to be top rated. This appeared to be very biased and I never followed them again.
Around the same time the Michigan - Sparty game was playing in the car while driving with my Dad. I asked who we were rooting for and he said. "Michigan". The rest is history including attending The University of Michigan.
10 year war in the mid-70's. Add to that the great Michigan basketball teams of 1976, 1977 and I was hooked for life. But when college came, I had two choices due to the type of major I wanted to pursue (Naval Architecture): Michigan and a small school on Long Island. Fortunately, I was accepted to the former and not the latter. The rest is history. I went to Michigan, - watched some great sports teams (not basketball unfortunately), met my future wife, and got a great job when I graduated.
The degree program brought me to Michigan. I received the acceptance letter, and the football season ticket order form. I either became a Wolvering on the day we sent the deposit and ticket order back, or September 10th, 1983. All I know is college football has been my favorite sport since then.
it was and still is my favorite color. lol
I went to a football game when i was just starting to get into sports, i was 6 or 7 years old (i wish i remember more about the game) and the the Big House just amazed me! I noticed that pro stadiums looked bigger on tv, but was told the Big House held a hell of a lot more.
And the color green disgusted me...it really did.
I became a Wolverine by applying and/or offering Mary Sue certain favors.
I'm not saying which.
James Duderstadt was president when I went to Michigan, so I definately APPLIED. (NTTAWWT)
Yes, there is something wrong with that. Not because he's a dude. But because he was Dude....ewwwww. Not an attractive man. (And not just physically).
Never was really a college football fan, I was a basketball player (and soccer) in highschool, so I was always a Tom Izzo fan, and I remember rooting for Drew Stanton in the game went he got injured.
But then as I started becoming a college football junkie, I realized I liked Michigan, a lot. About three years ago, I went to East Lansing for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, and repped the Maize and Blue colors, like Sting ripping off the white and black nWo shirt and revealing a wolfpack shirt underneath it.
Now today, I am over the top go blue in every sport, I need to find something else I can talk about ha.
God told me to go to Michigan
I grew up in CT but fell in love with the helmet watching the annual game with Ohio. It was always on in the east and that was the first helmet without a letter on it.
Frankly I feel a little superior about it. I was born in AA, in 1969 no less, while Dad was in law school. Didnt grow up in Michigan but we always watched them on TV. This year was a little special as the Sugar Bowl against Auburn is the first game I can really remember watching (and being pissed/heartbroken about). Went back to visit in 86, saw us beat Fla St, started as freshman in 87, went to law school in the 90s, brother went to undergrad, my wife too. Its in the blood.
My dad and uncle played under Bo, so
I didn't have a choice growing up (not that I needed one).
Like many people who have already posted, I grew up not terribly far from Ann Arbor (about a ten-minute drive from downtown actually), so if there was a game on, it was a Michigan game. I also had a neighbor who was an alum, as well as a mother who was an alum (dad is a Hoosier - we don't talk about it), so I was innudated with many things "Michigan" from day one. I grew up watching games and just growing to love the school and teams.
I explored a lot of colleges and universities at the tail end of high school, even being accepted into places as diverse as USC (which would have been advantageous because most of my family in the US is in Los Angeles, so free lodging basically), and Fordham, but because Ann Arbor was home to not only myself literally but this world-class university that provided a great education to many, not to mention my fear of being too far from the Big House, I stayed and I have never regretted getting my degrees there.
My kids are only 4 and 5, but I would be very, very proud to see another generation of my family end up there.
wolverine mascot that first got my attention.
I was born on the day Desmond Howard made that an unbelievable catch vs. nd in '91.
For making them miss the game? Or did your mom cross her legs tight until the game was done?
(I know, I know...I just liked the wording...)
My Dad never forced me but by osmosis of being around him I am a UM fan. He had a shirt when I was little that had the phrase: "OhowIhateOhioState" on it. He loved UM and never thought we couldn't beat who they were playing. His stories of being at '69 OSU and '79 Indiana games were the best.
lots of my aunts/uncles and some extended family attended Michigan and I grew up 40 mins from Ann Arbor. I also remember going to my first game against Syracuse (not sure which year) but I think it was 12 or 13 years ago and having an awesome time with the whole experience
It was in 98 and to date, it's been the ONLY Michigan game I left early. It was a shit show. Donovan McNabb embarrassed us in our own house.
Glad you had a good time, though. :big_grin:
Steve Everrit, Ricky Powers, Tyrone Wheatley, Elvis Grbac, Amani Toomer and
a hatred of Jerome Bettis, Rick Mirer and Lou Holtz at a young age.
My dad took me to games when I was in grade school and we paid $1 to set in the end zone.
I remember being 8 years old when we beat Notre Dame in '97, and my dad almost crying because he was such a ND fan. I thought it would be cool to root against my dad, and have been bleeding maize and blue ever since
Born in 1970, first real memories of Michigan football were Rick Leach and Butch Woolfolk. John Wangler to Anthony Carter hooked me for life. I was the first in my family to actually attend UM. I chose it partly because it's a great academic institution, but mostly because I could not envision attending a college football game anywhere else.
I wonder what if my 7 year old son will vividly remember Denard as much as I remember Leach, Woolfolk, and Carter in my formative years? He better, 'cuz I dropped some coin to buy him a Denard jersey when he attended his first game earlier this year.
I moved from Michigan to Mississippi in 1968 and found about the only thing I could count on in terms of getting much news from my former home state was the Michigan football team. Watched the game vs OSU in 1969 on tv, and was permanently hooked. Moved back to Detroit suburb in 1972, and only place I applied to was Michigan were I got an academic scholarship, so became not only a fan but an alumnus as well. LUCKY ME!!!
Sometime in the mid-70s I was on a Boy Scout hike, and one of the assistant leaders had the game on. I completely fell in love with Ufer's enthusiasm and word pictures, don't think I missed more than a couple broadcasts after that. One of the few times per year they were on TV, I would turn down the volume and turn up the Ufer. RIP, you marvelous maniac.
Sparty fans even turn off people born into that mess. Lol!
I've got family out there. you go to Everett?
But all of brothers went to Eastern
I grew up in metro Detroit and my Dad went to U of M. I've always loved sports and the winged helmets were undeniable. I'm pretty sure I was like 6 when I decided I was going to Michigan. My sister went there, I went there.. we were brainwashed. We never had a choice... not that I wanted a choice.
Despite attendending MSU during college, right around the Magic Johnson years, and spending a good chunk of his youth living in Lansing; my dad was a lifelong Wolverine fan. My brother and going through 97' and 06' seasons as kids and being around our fathers superfandom easily fell in love with the Wolverines ourselves.
My dad and some of his family went there. I attended grad school in AA. Go blue!
My grandfather has worked at the stadium for 66 years. Every game he stands at the tunnel in Section 1. For quite some time he was even in charge of the Univ's snow plow team.
I was born on campus as well but always love making it more about my grandfather than me.
Adamantium. Before that I was just Logan.
A strong essay also helped.
I was once bitten by a wolverine......
I grew up in Crystal which is about 50 miles northwest of Lansing. In the late 70's, we used to watch the Michigan games on TV, then go out and beat the snot out of each other playing sandlot tackle football (i.e. no pads).. When I watch Michigan football, I feel at home.
For my sons and daughter, however, they got it by osmosis. Now, my daughter is a UM grad and my son is a senior at UM; my other son wants to go to UM (and I would think about UM for grad school if I didn't already own my own company).
My hero growing up--my grandfather--went to Michigan (BBA and MBA) after his discharge from the Army Air Corps as a Lt. Col. after WW2. If the greatest man I ever knew went to Michigan, then there was no question where my loyalties would lie. He's gone now, but I taught my son, who is named after him, "The Victors" while he was in utero (it works! highly recommended). I hope he has something similar to say about me when he is asked 20 years from now how he became a Wolverine.
It was in Jr. High. My science teacher was a huge Ohio fan, and my math teacher was a Michigan fan. The science teacher used to always play pranks on the math teacher around The Game time. I think I became a fan because I felt bad for my math teacher and wanted to be different from all my other friends. While I love Michigan (I helped talk my brother into going to school there over Ohio and ND), I have also grown to really hate Ohio. This has never been popular with my family (my grandpa retired from Ohio's print shop and several family members graduated there) or friends living outside Columbus. The Cooper years were easy, the Tressel years not so much, but I would rather root for a Michigan team that goes 0-12 than a Buckeye team that wins the NC.
dad went to UM for undergrad and law, so grew up rooting for the wolverintes. went to UM for one year before transferring to georgetown. no football at georgetown so my wolverine rooting intersts were never challenged. would be very conflicted if gtown were ever to play michigan in basketball though.
IT'S ALL TEBOW'S FAULT
My grandfather attended UM as an undergrad during Yost's first four seasons (1901-1904) and then got a masters here. He taught for a while at the old Ann Arbor High School, and during that time (early 1920s) his family (including my dad) lived on Wells and on Packard. My dad would have attended UM, but by the time he was college-aged they had moved to Columbia, Missouri where my granddad had become a professor at Mizzou. It was the beginning of the Depression and there was no money to send him to Ann Arbor, so he went to Missouri and lived at home. However, Michigan was always #1A in the family.
but grew up just outside of Cleveland. Being surrounded by obnoxious Ohio fans since birth probably had more than a little something to do with my devotion, which started in earnest around Harbaugh to Kolesar.
(well, that season at least)
1. My doctor and athletic hero, Dr. Barry Dehlin, played at Michigan in the 1960s.
2. I played football as an undergraduate at a liberal arts college in central Ohio, which is where I learned to hate the Buckeyes.
3. Grad school at Michigan.
Both parents went to Michigan (met there), and we've had season tickets as long as I can remember. My grandfather was a diehard fan. My older brother went there, too. I remember going to U-M games as a little kid--all the winning made it easy to be a fan. Although I do remember a couple of sour losses on my birthday (mid-September) to Florida State and ND. Never have considered another team to root for seriously. I'll always be Blue.
I spent lots of time at U of M hospital as a kids. I had lots of issues. I loved visiting Ann Arbor in spite of the many medical tests I experienced there.
Watching Bo, AC, and Butch Woolfolk also made me want to be a Wolverine.
I applied to two colleges, Michigan and Notre Dame (only because my dad wanted me to go to ND).
Thankfully Michigan accepted me and my dream came true.
My high school in Akron Ohio used the Michigan single wing. We were the only team that did not use the T formation in the 1950s. Our quarterback never touched the ball. It was strictly a blocking position.
Growing up in Ohio, I began to note how many players from northern Ohio played for Michigan. I must admit that I never attended a game while I was working on my Ph.D. at Michigan. It was a great day to get a boat at the sailing club. I hate crowds but I love watching the games on TV.
is that you Bill?
is that you Bill?
I was born on the kickoff of Woody Hayes's last feeble attempt to defeat the mighty Wolverines, instrumental in both the OB and my dad (both grads) watching TV as opposed to catching the baby (it's cool, I made it.) The hospital was the Big Pink Elephant of San Diego, where 9 months prior Dhani Jones was brought into the world. (I did not have to Google stalk that... we enjoyed lunch together at the Spanish tables of East Quad... dude could eat!) Obviously, he had devoured most of the Michigan linebacker lifeforce from the realm, leaving just enough mojo in the air to create a Michigan fan for life. Being a Michigan fan was not a choice; I was born into it.
I was always a die-hard Sooner. After deciding to attend Michigan because of the Engineering program, I initially didn't even care to get season football tickets but somehow hot convinced to get them to sell them and make some money. I decided to attend the second game of the season since I couldn't sell my ticket and just fell in love with the atmosphere, the team, an the big house. This was in 2006, when we ended up going undefeated until the Ohio State game, making for a storybook season that forever engraved the wolverines in my heart
Don't remember when it really crystallized. Grew up in Southfield and remember that my friend Tim's mom really liked Sparty. She kinda sucked so between that and my dad liking them, it was easy to get started. He'd go get his haircut at Bruce the barber every other saturday. Afterward, we'd go to the Varsity Store in Birmingham and look at all the stuff. It always seemed like they had WAY more UM gear than anything else.
Then, back in '86, at 10 yrs old, I moved to southern PA. I was the new kid in school and for some reason, college football was bigger than pro around me. EVERYBODY rooted for PSU....well, except me. Looking back on it, I guess I probably felt like it was one way I could hold on to my Michigan identity in a wierd small farm town. It grew from there.
Trying to bring my 2 year old son into the fold, but gotta say...all these "my dad liked ND/MSU/O so I rooted for M to root against him" comments scare the shit out of me. I can honestly say that he wouldn't be allowed in the house on Saturdays during football season if he made the call to root for ND or OSU.
Grew up in inner city DC it was pretty rough...
I excelled in track and was on the football team. I left high school after 11th grade to attend college early. A kid I competed with in track and football (Walter Cross) went to M my 11th grade year so I started to watch games.
In DC we don't have a public university so you get in-state tuition at any public university in the country, thus UCLA and U of M were my two choices. I loved LA and needless to say AA was a culture shock but with the help of women from Detroit and Flint I made it through lol
I actually was waitlisted at M and thought I wouldn't get in but I eventually did and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
No going back.
Mad props to you for Phi Beta Kappa. Now I'd like to do the secret handshake with you but I seem to have forgotten it.
I'm pretty sure I started liking Michigan because a kid I didn't like in 2nd grade was a Spartan fan. Yeah, that says quite a bit about my personality actually.
I did end up doing my undergrad at UofM which doesn't hurt either.
Never had a choice, nor did I need one.
Parents both attended and our season tickets date to the late 1950s, although they're in my name now. Went to my first game before I was 1 - interestingly, you didn't need a ticket for babies and small kids back then, so I was able to go to a lot of big games in the 70s, though I don't really remember anything before Leach.
Dad passed away unexpectedly just before Christmas, but his love and pride for all things Michigan will never die. We celebrated his life with a party yesterday and 2 of my childhood friends said they bleed maize and blue to this day solely because of him and one his friends who was a state grad wore a Michigan shirt to the party in his honor. I'm in the process of teaching my little guy what I learned from the master.
The first game I can remember watching was the 91 Notre Dame game, and while I didn't understand the risk of throwing to the endzone on 4th and 1, I still thought Desmond's catch was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Most of my dad's side of the family went to/live in Minnesota, and are huge gopher fans, and I when I was six I apparently asked why they all 'root for that team who always loses to Michigan'. My dad said I should spare myself a life of grief and just root for Michigan instead. Haven't stopped since.
Funny enough, I did not follow football prior to attending Michigan (not even professional football). I was a big baseball fan growing up (even though my team never did anything) and never really followed any other sport, except for soccer during the WC and hockey during the olympics. Needless to say, after four years at Michigan....What's baseball again? =)
My stepfather is an alumni and we watched every bball and football game since I was 5. We live in NC and stood by them during Mens bball championship game loses to Duke and UNC in the face of everyone I knew at the time . .. ... I never attended school there nor have I ever been to a game, but I have been a die hard fan for 25 years now. .
My dad went to Michigan State and I grew up a Spartan. I couldn't stand Michigan and the "arrogant" fans. I hated the Fab Five. But when it came time to apply to different colleges, Michigan was the only in-state school I considered. Even as a Spartan I couldn't deny the superiority of Michigan's engineering school. Still, I considered it my "safety school" and only decided to go there after considering the costs of going out-of-state and realizing I couldn't find a better place for the money. Even after moving into the dorms I still planned on rooting for Michigan State. I went to the first football game with the intention of being a casual observer, and that didn't change as I walked through campus toward the stadium. I even remember being unimpressed by the size of the stadium as I showed my ticket and went through the gates.
The moment I walked into the stadium, everything changed. I think the band was playing - I'm not sure. I don't really have words to describe the awe I felt as that tiny-looking stadium was opened up to me and I saw 100,000 fans. I thought to myself, "Oh, shit, this 'staying a Spartan' thing isn't going to work..." That was it. I've been a die-hard Wolverine ever since.
Father UM law '66. Step father LSA'58. I'd go to games with both. Although I live between UNC and Duke, my son, like me will not have a choice for his undergrad and he's ok with that.
I became a Michigan fan when they offered me a research fellowship.
I remember listening to the OSU Game in 1974 while visiting someone in Ohio. That pushed me to Michigan, and I aimed toward attending, coming as a Freshman 3 years later.
From Grand Blanc, first Rick Leach goes to Michigan and thrives and then Steve Smith goes and has modest success.
Leach from Flint Southwestern but close enough
Raised in A2, watched the games every saturday, loved the uni's, also appreciated the tradition at an early age.
Snuck into the stadium during my trip home from AZ this past summer, and got goosebumps being back inside (also ran out on the field which was a highlight of my life).
Dad went to MSU, so growing up in Michigan, I rooted for them, even though my mom was UM and my first cfb experiences were all at Michigan Stadium. Then we moved to Texas, and one of my few connections to home was M games (MSU not on national TV). I guess I officially switched with the 89 Rose Bowl. Then it came time to pick a school, M said yes, Dad said yes, Desmond caught that pass, and it was over.
I'm from Connecticut, but my dad is from a small town in southeast Michigan (Morenci, it has about 2000 people in it). He moved to New England for work, and I remember watching Michigan football games with him every Saturday...you know how little boys tend to copy their dads, especially when it comes to sports.
Even though I didn't became a die-hard fan until about 8th grade, my 5th-grade teacher knew UM was where I wanted to go to college, so I was indoctrinated at an early age. It was a reach/dream school for me, but I was blessed to be accepted and have a wonderful four years in AA...I'm long overdue for a visit, I haven't been back since I graduated in May 2010.
My whole family is Michigan fans and it was something that I was raised on. I can remember my Dad taking me to at least 1 game a year since the age of 7. In 7th grade we took a trip to see our states capitol and on the trip our teacher took us to see Michigan States campus and I was the only kid in the whole group to wear a Michigan sweatshirt! There has never been another school for me.
I feel like this is a great post haha. Of course, memories of Michigan football stay with me daily, but reading the responses here have really put a smile on my face all day. Well done!
My dad is an Ohio State fan and my older brother is (possibly was now) a Penn State fan. Youngest sibling be trollin. Then I kinda just kept rooting for them and here I am.
I bought a slightly off-centered MIchigan sweatshirt in Connecticut in 2006 for $5. So that got me to start watching Michigan football and as you all know it's very hard to watch this team without becoming hopelessly devoted. Over time, I've also started following other Michigan sports because of the excellent coverage on this blog.
Grew up in KC and Michigan is one of the first teams I remember watching as a kid. Desmond, Elvis, Wheatley, etc. It just stuck with me even when I was at KState, I always watched the Michigan games on Saturdays along with the Cats. I usually make it to 1 game in AA a year and a couple trips to Manhattan (a lot closer to KC). Wear Michigan gear and have to have the awkward conversation with strangers once or twice a month in KC when someone asked if I went to UM.
Never had a choice, my dad went for undergrad and grad, same with his brother and sisters, hes had season tickets for about 30-40 years now so my some of my earliest memories were at Michigan Stadium.
The earliest game I remember vividly is 97 OSU when I was 10, though i probably went to a few others that season. My older brothers went to michigan and then I did as well. But i was already a fan, my dad is a diehard, i was a michigan fan since birth. Quite honestly, the idea that I could not be a michigan fan never really occurred to me, its part of who I am.
-Born to two U-M alums in '80
-Graduated in '03
Blue through and through.
My sister told me I was a follower and the worst so I transferred to Michigan to change things.
The advent of the Fab 5 combined with the copy of US News and World Report I picked up at a supermarket in Northern Michigan.
In the 60's when the Big House was rarely full. High school band day was a big deal to make the stadium more full. Could leave the stadium a half-time to guzzle more grub.
Then normal attendance was about 75,000 per game.
The Bo appeared for my last year and changed things in a very large way.
i became a wolverine becausebof rich rod. i was a state fan. married to a state fan but was a fan of rich rods offense. but as i started to follow rr, i started to see and learn about the history and the tradition of Michigan football and bo. i saw the truth and the light and joined the good guys. so now I'm true blue and hate the green n white. my msu wife n i argue all the time. i had to throw away my msu clothes and now sport all michigan gear. go blue!
I suspect that there are a lot of people who became fans during the Rich Rod era but you might be the only one who became a fan because of the Rich Rod era. Hey, whatever it takes.
The same high school that has produced Desmond Howard, Elvis Grbac, Andy Cannavino, Al Sincich, and Eric Riley.
My father and uncle were good friends with Cannavino and Sincich, who were told that they were too small to play for Ohio State. Throw in the fact that my Grandpa absolutely hated Woody Hayes, and that has produced a whole family of die hard Michigan fans.
I am from Iowa. Which means Michigan fans are about as plentiful as corn is scarce. My dad however grew up in Ann Arbor, and always would tell me stories of playing football in the Big House on Christmas with a bunch of friends and going to basketball games and all that fun stuff. I was wearing Michigan colors before I understood what Maize and Blue was. One of my mom's favorite stories to tell about me is how I would watch a Michigan Marching band video over and over again and then have her call out "Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand take the field!" and then I would come out high stepping from the next room. We didn't have cable for quite a few years, so my ardent fanhood started about my 8th grade year when we finally got it, and while I hadn't been an ardent fan like all my Iowa fan friends were, you could find me in some sort of shade of maize and blue almost every day. I grew up in enemy country, but I bleed blue.
My mom went to U-M. When I was a little kid, I could never understand why she got so upset at the football games. I mean, it wasn't the PROS! (Especially since she went to school the LAST time Michigan wasn't any good in football). But as I grew up, I really began to love Bo, and what he stood for. Read his book and followed them. In high school, it already seemed those who were headed to State were very "little brother", before anyone even knew the term. I applied to Michigan, and Michigan only. My back-up plan was if I wasn't going to get into Michigan I was going to apply to U of Hawaii, get a 4.0 and hang with hot island chicks on the beach all day long. But I was accepted. And once you've been to Michigan Stadium, you never want to leave. Basketball was pretty darn good back then too.
So thanks, mom.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor. I went to games at the Big House growing up, including Bo's last home game, the Colorado Hail Mary debacle, and Carr's first game as head coach. I got my undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan. I literally met my wife there; we first met in Angell Hall and I proposed to her in the Media Union (long story). I probably couldn't stop loving the University of Michigan even if I wanted to.
I cried that night. That's when I knew I was a Michigan fan.
Grandpa was an alum and diehard Mich fan, therefore my dad and uncle were Mich fans. Ergo, I was a Mich fan ever since I can remember (I mean that VERY literally).
Later on, I attended and still do attend Mich, finishing up my 3rd Michigan degree (BSE '07, MSE '09, Ph.D. '12).
Grandpa just passed away last winter, wish I could've finished my dissertation sooner so he could've been there. My dissertation will be dedicated to him.
I was raised one. It came as naturally as being a Tigers or a Lions fan.
...to Bob Ufer's radio broadcasts. His enthusiasm and excitement were contagious and caused a kid from Bay City to grow up a rabid fan.
Besides, my parents were MSU fans (mom is a sparty) and I could not stand their colors.
The wing tip helmet! Growning up I always looked for that team with the funny looking helmet on T.V.
Plus I have a long time friend who played for Moeller and Carr. Also another who ran track and my wife graduated from there.
Grew up in California so it was always awesome waking up to watch some winged helmets flying around. Also, visited the engineering campus summer between Junior and Senior year of HS and didn't want to go anywhere else. Graduated '11, wouldn't have changed it for anything!
I grew up in a neighborhood off of Pauline Blvd. in Ann Arbor. I could go outside during games and hear the crowd roar. My first game was in 1963, when I was 6. I walked with a neighbor and his son to the stadium after halftime (in those non sellout days they opened the gates after halftime). I saw Navy (with Roger Staubach at QB) beat Michigan. I remember both the Michigan winged helmets and the shiny gold Navy helmets. The stadium seemed huge! Somehow I liked the winged helmets better.
When I was a freshman in H.S. in the fall of 1970. A buddy of mine came by with a 12 pack of beer and asked, if I was watching the game? I answered , what game? Then he explained a little about Michigan and Ohio State. Up until then I didn't follow college football, except for Notre Dame(Irish Catholic family). I didn't know anything about Michigan football. But being from Mich. I got into the game. They lost(Bo's second year) but I was hooked on Michigan football ever since.
Applied to two schools, Michigan and Penn State, got in to both, and chose Michigan because it was close to home (only an hour away) and...well, because a Michigan education is top-notch. Kinda dodged a bullet with that one...
I was an ultra-ambitious high school kid who thought he could double-major in music and engineering...but i couldn't get in the music school, so I decided the Michigan Marching Band was a good backup plan. Oh boy, I am sure glad my backup plan happened. Because the 4 years of MMB were what completely transferred me from some high school kid with a mild interest in Michigan to a full-fledged bleed-maize-and-blue Wolverine (and, consequently, an obsessive college football fan).
That started in 2004. Imagine the amount of angst you release when you're a Michigan fan starting in year 1 of most-hated-rival's 7-year winning streak. I went to the OSU game this year...and holy hell, so much pent-up frustration released all in one moment.
My dad was a Michigan fan and I grew up in Detroit. The first game I watched was the NC game when I was 3. I heard "The Victors" and "It's Great to be a Michigan Wolverine" and I've been a die-hard fan ever since.
I was living in Hawaii in 88 and my father was tired of answering all of our childish questions about football. So he sat us down and made us choose teams and since I loved Wolverine it only made sense.
My parents were Michigan fans; I was fortunate enough to go to Michigan for college; my wife went to Michigan; my kids went to Michigan; my family went to Michigania each summer; I guest lecture at Michigan.
I was born Blue and stayed that way my whole life.
Growing up I couldn't understand how someone could dislike Michigan.
I still don't understand how.
Each recruit that chooses another school leaves me scratching my head.
That is all.
My dad grew up in Ohio and loved Woody Hayes. My mom is from Michigan. My oldest brother went to Michigan. My older brother went to ohio. I was 11 when the 10 year war started. At that time, my family was living in Akron. My dad rubbed the 1968 50-14 ohio drubbing of Michigan into my oldest brother pretty well. He was a pretty rabid buckeye fan. I watched the 1969 game rooting for the underdog Wolverines to win. After that game, I bled maize and blue.
Actually applied on a whim my senior year, mostly because my dad (who's from Ann Arbor) convinced me too. Came here to visit with my parents, but before I came up, I was between Tulane and Boston U. But visiting the campus, getting to feel the Midwest atmosphere (from Tampa), but most especially see the Big House, made me realize that by the time I got off the plane after visiting, I knew Michigan was where I wanted to be. I haven't looked back since.
I enrolled at U-M because the grad program I applied to was top-notch and had therefore scored some sweet federal grants than enabled them to throw $$ at grad students. Michigan had not been my first choice, but the financing was sweet.
Once I got here I realized it was destined to be, and Michigan should have been my preferred destination from the get-go. I quickly embraced the Fab Five, the football team, the hockey experience (although it wasn't what it is today). Then I met a local with several family U-M ties, and married him. BOOM I'm a lifer.
Growing up I used to cheer for michigan and the spartans but as I got older michigan just used to be better at everything. Basketball, football, I liked the fight song, the helmet and the school colors had my favorite color in them. You had the fab five and charles woodson. What wasn't to like. It just stuck with me over the years even though I didn't attend.
What sport did you play and when? (Just curious.)
As a Detroit high school senior in 1964 U of M was the ONLY logical choice. I've had season football tickets ever since.
My brother, 13 yrs. my senior, was watching a game around the age of 6-7 and thought the helmets were cool. As he got older and "learned" the game, he liked the Bo style of play. Living in SEC country all of his friends were Bama, Aub, UF, FSU fans and he didn't want to be one of the sheep, so he adopted UM as "his" team. So I was born into it, following in my big brother's footsteps. The Sugar Bowl was our first game and now are even more rabid about getting up to AA for our first real game.
Non-game day? Now that WOULD be a loyal pilgrimage.
1) I grew up in a Catholic family, so my entire family loves ND. They had me at an early age, but I grew wise to their brain washing.
2) I also grew up in Ohio, and I had obnoxious friends who loved osu. I always hated osu.
3) In Ohio, high school football is God. My high school wore blue and gold.
So in about the 9th grade, I put this all together and went Blue.
I didn't choose to be a Wolverine, the gods chose it for me. I am fortunate.
Aunt was the first All American softball player and for my entire family it's history from there. I am currently not attending the school (got in but had scholarship elsewhere) but love it more than any school I would ever attend.
When I was a little kid It was near Christmas time, and I had family visiting from Tennesse, We went to Dominos Farms, to look at the lights, and My Uncle wanted to see the Famed "Big House" we parked nearby and snuck in thru the fence, and Moments later I saw the Big House for the first time...We snuck down on the field and were playin catch for what seemed like hours...Soon after a security guard came by and kicked us all out...lol, but my love was cemented then!
I grew up in the beautiful city of Flint, so when Rick Leach started as a freshman in 1975 it created quite a lot of interest. My 5th grade teacher that year had some connections to UM and got tickets for the entire class - my first game at the Big House was UM-Missouri. This was also the during the 10-year war and I was hooked.
My older brother went to UM as a student in 1979 and a few years later I joined him in Ann Arbor. Six years there and two degrees from UM, I'll forever be a Wolverine.
No I didn't go to UM, hell I barely got into college, my family is not from Michigan and I know noone personally who went to UM, but growing up in Greensboro, NC I grew up next to a family from suburban Detroit and every Saturday I found myself sitting next to my friends Dad watching the Maize and Blue, Mercury Morris's touchdown catch against Virginia, Woodson's one hand pick against Sparty and that magical 1997 squad. I learned about how proud the Wolverine tradition is, listening to my neighbor's father talk about meeting Bob Ufer and how magical it was to hear him call a game. So in the heart of Tarheel country surrounded by Carolina blue, I started wearing the Maize and Blue. Most people want to know why I'm a fan and I tell the story of my youth, and when I heard the Victors for this first time in Jacksonville last year at the Gator Bowl, I felt at home. There have been some dark times as many of my friends went to Appalachian State, but the moment I knew I was Maize and Blue for life was when Coach Carr walked in to my high school English class while on a recruiting trip for Jamar Adams, the man I had watched walk the Michigan sidelines as a kid was real and in front of me. So every Saturday in the fall when Carolina fans put on their sweatervests and drink wine waiting for basketball season, I sit in a sea of Carolina blue wearing the Maize and Blue rooting for everything and anything Michigan.
I actually was raised an Ohio fan, mom still has pictures of me in Ohio gear. I come from a mixed home, my dad and I are for MIchigan and the rest of the family is all Ohio (even some members live in that shit hole city down south).
When i was five or six i saw the light and turned Blue, i think the main reason was my best friend was a Michigan fan. I started as just a kid fan, into an adult that loves the University of Michigan and the tradition and values that they stand for.
this sexy personality cocked his head at me.
because Michigan stands for all that is right with the world, plus a 30 year student loan!
I was born at UM hospital, I grew up in Ann Arbor, I worked the gates at Michigan Stadium on Saturday mornings when I was a kid, I went to school in Ann Arbor, I worked at UM hospital, I met my wife at UM, most of my family went to UM. UM was ingrained in my life literally from the very begining.
2008 Capital One Bowl.
My mom went to UofM and my dad went to EMU. They both played tennis and met at the UofM tennis club and the rest you say is history. I was born in Livonia, MI and was raised in Farmington Hills. My parents took me, my brother and sister to many home games and I fell in love. Everytime I went, the fans around me were sooo freakin cool, best experiences of my childhood. At a very early age I hated anyone who was an Ohio State, Michigan State or Notre Dame fan.
When they lose, my dad, my mom and all their college buddies get super pissed and when they win they are the happiest people ever. I grew up around that so naturally I am the same way.
We moved to Washington state when I was 14 and I was not happy, its nice here though, but I bleed Maize and Blue and that will never change. I met my wife at Washington State University and she is now a UofM fan also. People didnt get my love for them when I was at college and people got really mad but I didnt care. I love the Cougs too I but I constantly get asked the question, who would you cheer for? All I say is Go Blue!
Now that the new B1G and Pac 12 contract is signed, I think I will be seeing the Wolverines play a lot more often....and it makes me happy.
Maize and Blue for life
I was the first person in my family to get a degree from a four year school. My mother had a 2 year nursing degree. Shortly after he returned from WWII, Michigan's alumi association crossed something up and sent my father an offer to subscribe for alumni football tickets. He was happy to obilge them and he and his future wife used to go to the games with his sister and his future brother in law.
I grew up on the shore of Lake Michigan about 35 miles north of ND, who the entire family hated with a passion. When I got interested in football the Michigan football team was pretty feeble, but I rooted for them and for State pretty indescriminately, although when they played I aways pulled for the Blue. My parents were Michigan fans, my mother never missed a game either listening on the radio or watching on the tube. Then this guy Bo (from Ohiono less) shows up and suddenly Michigan has football team that is for real. In 71 I was accepted to a number of schools including MIT, but when Michigan said yes, I knew that there was no finer school and the tuiition difference made going there a no brainer.
Then there was that first home football game. I sat there with 101,000+ fans to watch Michigan destroy Virginia 56-0. I also learned the program was more than just football, that it was about aspiring and striving for greatness. We expected it of the team, and we expected it of ourselves, and that frequently falling short of that expectation was only more reason to try again.
I've bled maize and blue ever since. One brother went to Michigan as well and played in the MMB. The other, because of his major, went to MSU and is a committed MSU fan. So family football discussion are always spirited.
I was always a ND fan. I applied to only two schools - ND and MI. Got into both. I couldn't afford ND but I played the lottery every week to try.
One day at dinner, my Dad said, "Oh. I sent in your acceptance to Michigan today."
A Wolverine for life after that.