I think everyone here was generally in favor of a night game
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I think everyone here was generally in favor of a night game
Not being able to eat all because of the anticipation....then in turn causing my empty stomach to make me a light wieght in the beer department....I freaking love em
They put the lights in, they're obviously going to use them. I think the real discussion here is which of the home games on next years schedule do they make the night game. I promise you that they don't do State the curtesy. Probably not a late season game because of weather.
There may not be one next year. Air Force + 1AA will not be night worthy, Illinois is homecoming, and we won't play MSU at night. Northwestern and Iowa are in November.
The next night game may be Under the Lights II vs. Notre Dame.
I dunno. The idea that an opponent has to be big-time for a night game to work seems to prevail, but given Brandon's penchant for dragging Michigan into the commercialized era whether or not it's a good idea, I can very easily see Air Force being big-time enough for these purposes. And why shouldn't they be? I actually don't even think night games have to be against Notre Dame (or an opponent of that caliber) all the time or they'll get stale. It shouldn't be Delaware State or whoever (and if Brandon makes Appy State a night game I'll break something) but what's wrong with Air Force? The point of a night game isn't always to play a mega-opponent. It's for the atmosphere on campus, which is nothing but fantastic for night games no matter where you are.
DB is a businessman first. While Air Force would be worthy for a night game from a fan's experience, would ABC/ESPN push other games off their primetime schedule to show it? It will be a commercialized patriotfest anyway, and DB will sell that as a day game. DB wants exposure, and a night game against Air Force would not carry the hype to make it worthwhile.
The point of the night game isn't to play a mega opponent: but let's face it, DB isn't scheduling BTN night games. And to do that, it would have to be a game against ND, Iowa, Wisconsin, MSU, Ohio, Penn St. or Nebraska. Iowa and Nebraska are out because they are November games thru 2014. We don't play Wisconsin until at least then, and only play Penn St. at home in Oct. 2014. DB has said that we won't play Ohio or MSU at night. That pretty much leaves ND in 2013.
I would love to see an Air Force night game. I just don't see it happening.
I'm sure DB thinks AF would make a great Thursday night game on ESPN2. Night games really shouldn't be a big deal, anyway, especially the first few weeks of September, when it can even get hot in Michigan.
However, the "down in front" crowd are very vocal and don't like being kept up past their bedtimes. Since many of them are probably longtime donors, I would imagine that their "vote" counts a lot more than that of Joe Fan.
I would imagine that ESPN would be happy to "sweeten the pot" a little bit for a Michigan Thursday night game.
makes for good TV and isn't that the driver. Let's be realistic.
DB said no Ohio or MSU at night.
I think, frankly, we don't want to deal with two fanbases that hate our guts being in town and drinking all day (and the return trip could be a nightmare for our traveling fans). ND fans have a reputation for better behavior.
Depends... will there be more Michigan Football Facebook page ads?
Yeah, and did anyone notice that the Goodyear blimp flying overhead the entire game was a huge loophole in the "no ads in Michigan Stadium" rule?
I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
That keeps posting this everywhere? Same statement everywhere.
/not sure if trolling
It was posted a while back genuinely, but the original poster posted it like 8 times on accident. It was epic. So now it's kind of like an inside joke. I'm probably not explaining this well. Guess you had to be there. It's funny though.
I missed it. I have seen the light. I just kept seeing it over and over and now I see the humor.
It was me that posted it 8 times on accident because my droid phone kept freezing up so I thought it was not being posted everytime. I have seen many people post my quote around on different threads. I think its funny. You had to be there to understand it.
Was there really a large opposition to night games? If so, they were pretty quiet about it.
Before: Thought it was a good idea
Michigan should do a night game for all big opponents now, even in November.
they can't because of big ten rules
Once a year is enough. It was an awesome experience, but I don't want to be driving home in the middle of the night on a regular basis.
i really like night games.
i love last minute wins against notre dame.
It was one of the top 5 experiences of my life along with the birth of my son, getting married, graduating from Michigan and being able to spend time with my parents. My heart is looking forward to chilling at the EMU game. Lol.
One home night game a year. Don't want it to be too common. Tailgating all day long and then the game took a toll on me; no way I can do that multiple times a season.
Agree (one game/year max).
There aren't a lot of good candidates for night games on next year's schedule. My best guess is Iowa.
I think the most important part about this whole night game hocus pocus is that we must maintain the integrity of the whole thing. There is nothing that would bother me more than playing someone like Indiana at home in a night game. Honestly, while it is an awesome atmosphere. It could be really great if they didn't even do 1 per year, but saved it for incredibly big games.
Definitely this imo. It was a tremendous experience but we don't need to feel obligated to do one a year.
Did we do good?
I like them as long as we win.
The campus atmosphere was electric! I was so jealous that I never got to experience a night game when I was in school in A2. Having the whole day to hang out, party, watch football, walk the campus and take in the spectacle was amazing. It is definitely a must-do once a year in September.
Exciting, but I think Michigan would have performed better without all the distraction and hoopla.
A once a year thing... loses its specialness if we have more than one. For next year, I would love it to be Little Brother. On a youtube video some nebraska fan commented "please don't have a night game against us" haha
Never want a UM/MSU night game. Yesterday featured little/no problems and is the model moving forward. MSU would devolve into utter bs everywhere you look, specifically people coming solely to drink all day and be assholes
I agree with you 100% there... but what other bigger game next year do we have besides that one? If we do the once a year thing like Brandon plans on.
Everyone take a look at this. One of the reasons I first came to mgoblog back in early 2009 was to try and convince people we should play a night game. People thought I was a fucking idiot (as shown in these two threads below this). (Keep in mind I was a freshman back then and I'm a senior now).
Cool, you want a cookie?
Actually, I think more people thought you were an idiot for starting an online petition than because you wanted a night game. The next time an online petition changes anyone's mind (who matters) will be the first.
I think if this happens every time we play a night game we should schedule a lot more!
I'd be shocked if DB and the big cheeses in the university administration weren't totally in favor of one per year from now on, assuming that home schedules warrant it. You wouldn't want to do it for a MAC opponent or an Indiana or Minnesota... it needs to be a top-shelf opponent, whether non-conference or in-conference.
I would guess that they will tend to be earlier in the season rather than later due to weather considerations. Day games in late November can be pretty damn cold or miserable if it's raining; doing it at night would just accentuate the weather negatives. We got damn lucky with the weather last night, considering how shitty the forecasts had been.
Yep. They'll probably try to squeeze one in every year, however if you take weather into consideration that cuts it down to the first 1/2 of the season. Don't think we'll play tsio at night.
However didn't DB say something about not scheduling big opponents early in the year (other than ND?) if so that means the night game choices would be limited to ND or MSU (assuming we play MSU at least by mid October before the weather really turns.
Perhaps Minnesota? Battle for the Jug at night?
double post fail
Like MSU's Friday night night game last week vs. YSU? Lol it's like h.s. football.
MOAR NIGHTGAMEZ PLZ
yearly night games against ND, MSU and ohio
a night game against msu would cause a mess with all those alcholics tailgating
But seriously, Sparty is too immature of a fanbase to have them at night - last year they tore up the campus, and damaged personal property. I don't expect it to be any different if they come around for a night game - win or lose, they destroy where they're at.
Ohio fans are loud and violent, and I have similar concerns as I do with MSU. Additionally, the cold weather would make the travel of 115k people dangerous from the stadium afterwards. It's moot anyway though since the B1G bans November night games.
ND would be cool - but I'd like it if it was done every 3/4 years for major, non-con opponents. I know that may limit us to Notre Dame from here on out, but if we have a night game it should be against a competitive program. I'd be ok with it against AFA - except that next year would be too soon. And the first one being a rivalry game against one of the most storied programs in college football - it would fall flat to do it next year against Air Force.
Fwiw it seemed to me that getting out of Ann Arbor took longer than the couple games I've been to in the past couple of years but not by enough to be against night games in the future. The line up from M14 to 275 was epic. No one let me in late (I don't blame them) so I continued on 96 and turned around. I probably save15 minutes and a lot of aggregation
It'll never be this good again. Hell, you could live a long, long time and never see another game like that.
FWIW, it was really cool at first, but I think it would have been a minor flop if Michigan didn't come back to at least make it competitive. I was miserable for most of the first half.
as miserable at noon or 3:30
I would have no problem with having an air force night game next season.
With every 2 or 3 years. It will get to be a bit routine every year but every student and player should get to play in at least 1 night game.
I agree. 1 per year max. would be even better if it only happened every few years to keep it special.
was electric. I had a great time and it was very exciting. I think once a season, maybe twice if there is a big game worthy of it might be OK.
Having good weather helped a lot. If it was 55* and raining, I don't think as many would have had such a good time. Having a night game when it's in the 60s is one thing, when it's 45 or less I don't think it would be as popular. Hint: NO November night games.
I think they should be reserved for big time opponents or rivals and should be no more than one or max of two per season.
Having said that, parking is becoming a problem with the additions to Crisler Arena and the golf course and Pioneer's potential unavailability due to rain, I can see problems if/when they expand the stadium again.
Overall, it was fun, but I like it as a novelty not as a regular happening and getting home at 1 am or later can be a bit much when you have to drive an hour or more to get home.
I believe the Big Ten doesn't even allow November night games, presumably for that very reason..
We tailgated with our group until 1:45am and got home at 4am. It wasn't too bad of a drive, as we were still jacked about the game. If we'd have lost, it would have seemed like an 8 hour drive home. Sunday, we were all worthless.
Off topic because it's not home, but we're safe to assume next year's game vs. Alabama at Jerryworld will be a night game, correct? And that Gameday will most likely be there? Because we're 1-0 in night games when Gameday is present (AFAIK).
is that the flyovers are less spectacular at night.
Unless they can bring a V-22 Osprey and have it hover over mid-field.
I'm gonna be honest it might be better if we don't do it every year.
I feel like they make my throat hurt.
And they are awesome.
I would be cool with once/yr after attending the game, whereas before I would've said once every few years at most probably.
The electricity on State and Hoover where I was tailgating was incredible. I don't know if I remember campus being so fired up for a game.
I would be totally in favor of 1 per year as long as it's not MSU. I had a jackass sitting next to me wearing a State shirt who wouldn't shut his pie hole the entire night. I can't imagine what level of assholishness Sparty would attain if his team was actually playing in the night game.
Sold a ticket to this game to a Spartan?
2012 night game against Air Force ONLY if their entire team particpates in a pregame flyover with parachute people. That was awesome.
Teams in the other big conferences figured this out long ago. Night games are just so much more exciting than sleepy nooners, when half the students don't show up till the second quarter. The players love night games. The fans love them. And these games give the home team a bigger advantage because the home crowd at night tends to be louder and wilder. This is a no-brainer.
I know it may happen on the road but what if we go for our potential 900th win at night?
An Iowa or Air Force game still gives a great chance for recruits to see that atmosphere. I hope they do ND again in 2 years, but they need to do this again next year. I see absolutely no downside, but love the upside. What kid wouldn't want to play under the lights in a great environment?
I really like what Dave Brandon is doing for Michigan. It will help recruiting for football and basketball. The future looks very bright.
I wouldnt mind doing an early season game against a decent opponent at night every year.
Looking at the schedules, it would have to be Air Force next year if we did one. ND in 2013 would work well. Not much opportunity in 2014 unless one of the nonconference TBA's is a real opponent. Otherwise, you are looking at Penn State on Oct. 25th (sounds really cold) or Appalachian State.
Interestingly enough, we have the B1G Championship game on our schedule in 2011, 2013 and 2014 but not 2012. Apparently Brandon only thinks we are going to win the Legends 3 of the next 4 years!