And it's even worse when I have to listen to it on the radio... like this weekend. :0(
Any game, any sport. I need to be able to hear the TV, even if the announcers make me want to do evil things to innocent people.
I feel the same way. Which is why I can't watch games at the bar or at big parties.
I never sit but rather stand, kneel, pace in front of the TV at least until the game is out of hand..
My wife makes sure the Michigan gnome is out of the liquor cabinet and also 'watching' the game (but that doesn't count as it is her neurosis).
I'm the same, I cannot sit and usually rock side-to-side from one foot to the other as I watch the game. My wife is so happy she works Saturdays during college football season. Regardless of the score, halftime cannot pass quickly enough.
Yep, same here. And my dog usually heads for the furthest corner of the house away from me. Unfortunately she thinks I'm yelling at her.
Yep same here. Both of my dogs ball up in the corner with their ears back.
my fiancee's dog heads upstairs and UNDER THE BED! No shit.
Yelling during football games and Tiger's games doesn't help
I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum with the dogs. My two boxers immediately think any show of emotion equates to play time and begin running around the house and doing the patented "boxer jump and slap" towards my junk.
and if I'm not home for the game, I turn on the TV so he can watch it, and set him up on the coffee table.
Neurotic and superstitious? maybe, but Hans likes his football.
Since I have become a father, I tried very hard to not get too worked up. Sometimes I have to leave the room, turn the TV off. It happens. I usually have the DVR on, and watch it later.
My mom is coming in to babysit/protect my son. I told her I am just not sure how good of a parent I can be tomorrow.
unless we are up by at least 2 scores.
My wife claims that I did a "toe touch" during the ND game when Vincent Smith scored on the screen play.
I cuss. Alot. Especially over the past three years. That is just the way it goes. That is why I am on the lookout for either a (i) Michigan fan or (ii) some other major college program lady. She will understand. I think.
I still recall my Father screaming his head off at the screen when either MI scored or screwed up. My mom was generally elsewhere.
I don't plan to change. Maybe that's why there is no lady. ;)
standard ones don't seem up to the job. I am eerily quiet (when not at the Big House) when we are playing well or have a big lead.
I am adorned with 20+ year old maize and blue gear that looks quite shabby but has become like a second skin in Autumn. No alcohol during the game. No channel surfing.
My wife finds appropriate activities away from the house and the windows are closed to lower the possobility our neighbors children learn the aforementioned new lexicon phrases.
My wife has a hard time watching with me because I get too intense. She usually takes our 8 month old son out of the house to buy stuff we don't need. I pretty much watch alone other than the liveblog. I live in Upstate NY so there aren't many CFB fans that share my passion.
Upstate NY represent! Albany? I'll come over and help you put some holes in the wall!
and yes, I get very nervous and yell at the TV a TON! The wife is cool about it though.
Nope dang, I could use some more holes in the wall too. Rochester.
Thankfully I've got a Michigan neighbor here in Vermont to help as an outlet for gushing about all things Denard and Hoke poop... No holes in the wall, but I do have one in the ceiling?
Well I was pacing up and down the concourse at half time at Northwestern. Twirling my hat and pulling out my hair. I also couldn't stop shaking my leg until UM got a comfortable lead.
Also, like Hoke I don't like to eat before the game, but will drink quite a bit.
Ohh yea, I can't sit down when I watch the game a home or in a bar.
So I would say a modest 7 on a scale one to 10.
I have problems.
I'll be watching the game with my entire family. Normally, I would look forward to this. But for this one I am having anxiety problems knowing I'll need to reel in my nervous pacing and wild gesturing.
A few beers usually curbs my anxiety to the point where i'm tolerable to watch a game with.
I'm to the point where I can predict a Denard INT. I'm typically not too surprised when one happens and I let out a loud ironic laughter which channels my frustration and prevents me from throwing my half-full beer can through the plasma screen.
This is me....every game...out on my patio....staring through the window and pacing.
I am with youo there indeed. This year's ND game saw me open a fresh pack for kickoff and saw the last one get polished off after my run around my house to celebrate the win. I actually spent most of the second half watching the game through my living room windows as the GF refused to bend and let me smoke inside one time.
Ive found that any negative reaction I have towards the game are always yelled out at the top of my lungs and any positive reaction or comment I always whisper to myself. Not sure what this would diagnose as.
Right there with you.
I set up my road bike on an indoor trainer in front of the TV, and ride for some nearly 60 miles- I find pushing the nervous angst out thru pedals for nearly three hours is great for both my psyche and physique. I get to downshift and spin easily during commercials and halftime.
Pretty bad, and I will only admit this here, but my husband knows, because I involve him. During games that will be close, I watch the first five minutes, then I start getting neurotic. If the other team even has one good drive or one good stop, I leave the room. I go into another room with a televistion, and turn it on, along with Mgoblog liveblog. I put the computer up high in front of the TV screen so I can't see it. I turn off the TV sound, but always keep the picture on. If something good happens (I know this because I'm liveblogging), I will watch it on TV. If things start getting dicey (Notre Dame game is a good example), I turn off everything, and listen while my husband watches in the other room (He did not go to Mich but is a fan). I call in every minute or so to get the update, which he yells back to me. "FIRST DOWN!" gives me some relief, as does "TOUCHDOWN!!" of course. At the end of the Notre Dame game, I was in our office, curled up on the floor with my hands over my ears. There would be long periods of silence, and I would feel compelled to go back in and watch. But if anything happened in ND's favor, I would literally sprint out of the room and curl up again.
I am sort of convinced that when I leave the room, we score and win.
There, I said it.
I'm starting to worry about the Ohio State game because I'll be there. My 11 year-old son and I are going and I don't know how he'll feel about me, you know, acting crazy. He's seen it at home, but it gets multiplied by 100 for THAT game. We just went to the NW game and I really wanted to get into it with some NWestern fans, but held back.
....cures all anxieties. Unless you're a child who had to endure pregnancies gestating in the uber-anxious womb of a UM fan. Counseling will help, Wendyk5 (preferably among a throng of supportive UM fans). Be strong on Saturday.
It is good to get it out in the open Wendy, you can't bottle that up for too long. You may to seek counciling though (/s)
I often leave the room as well if it gets too bad.
or until we lose, please continue leaving the room and curling up on the floor because its worked thus far, thanks ;)
I am a real basket case during the games. Before I started watching with the alumni club here it was difficult for me to watch them in public. I can't shout obscenities with the alumni's silver foxes surrounding me and its probably better that way. My 10 year old will shout, "GAHHH, WHAT'S DENARD DOING UNDER CENTER?" when they set up in power. When Denard throw a high ball its, "OH NOES, TACOPANTS!" and "BACKFOOT!!!" Its hilarious, he sounds like a jr mgoblogger.
Sometimes, I call my ex to make sure she isn't watching, because whenever she is Michigan does poorly. Its funny, she'll answer the phone and won't even say hello, instead its, "I'll turn it off." Although to be fair we had to reverse roles during the '97 Rose Bowl.
I drink one beer per quarter. None before, and none after.
I always wear the home game shirt, even if I didn't wash it the week before.
I have a very visible nervous twitch when we are on defense where I push my leg down to stop the opposing offense. I also have an arm/elbow twitch when we have the ball.
Go Blue and beat State.
My mom couldn't watch a game all the way through, and used to go into the kitchen and just listen for our reaction.
And my wife will leave at the first sign of things going bad and hang out in the bedroom. Though that may just be because she doesn't want to be around me.
My wife does that too...
My hands literally tremble for the first 10 minutes or so. I operate on people all day and that doesn't make me nervous one bit. However when we are down and it is 3rd and 3, I am shaking. My priorities are fucked up.
If I ever have to have surgery, please do not be my surgeon.
Lots of Yelling. Lots of 4 letter words, Lots of reminders from my GF that during "that night game" I had the neighbor threaten to call the cops on us............(My dad was over...Like Father Like Son I guess lol)
^This w/out the cops part but my neighbors may be thinking about it....my wife does yell at me though to calm down.
I sit/stand/pace/kneel/cry/fetal position/jump up touch the ceiling/bounce my knee like crazy but some of those habits I have all the time so I wont blame it on just Michigan.
Sounds like me.
so much that even if I am quiet she whimpers while I watch a Michigan game. During last years Notre Dame game we had to put her in the garage due to the stress she could sense.
I have several "traditions" that border on neurosis...
1. Have to be wearing some sort of Michigan apparrel on game day and Sunday after a win. Preferably my Desmond Jersey.
2. I don't drink before the game unless I am tailgating it or it is a bowl game. I think that is so I can remember what happens with a clearer mind, I guess.
3. After the game the first thing I drink is two beers brewed in the state of Michigan if we win, or hard liquor/40s if we lose.
4. I will not watch the game with non-Michigan fans unless they don't talk til commercial breaks.
5. Corollary: which means I usually am watching in my apartment, or at home with my dad. I don't cuss when I'm with my dad but all manner of vileness spews from my mouth whenever I am in the apartment...
6. I do sit, but I never change where I am sitting during the game.
7. I only use my computer during tv timeouts, and then only to check stats or espn or mgoblog.
1. I always wear a Michigan shirt on game days, but not usually on the next day.
2. I normally don't sit with any drink or food in front of me. I just get up occasionally to drink from a water bottle or get some almonds or something.
3. After the game I go online to check the stats or watch the ends of other games if they're going down to the wire.
4. I prefer to watch the game at home and don't invite people over, so no else is around except sometimes my wife who has become a passive Michigan fan. During commercials I check out other games.
5. I cuss like a sailor when I'm alone and Michigan is losing a game they should win or getting blown out of a game they should be competing in. When my wife is around I cuss about half as much. Once it gets to the point where the game is either locked up (yay) or hopeless (boo) I chill out.
6. I prefer to sit in the same armchair.
7. I usually use the computer only at halftime.
One of my dogs is assigned to the offense, the other to the defense.
When our offense does something awesome, that dog gets rewarded.
When our defesne does something awesome, the other dog gets rewarded.
what happens when evil denard shoes up and he starts throwing to the other team? poor offense dog?
on another note, I think it was the minnisota vs lions game, I was pretty pissed the first half, at half time I wounderd, wear is the dog? i look around and its curled up in its cage shivering like a leaf....I felt bad...so I picked him up and gave him a treat and gave him some attention, Lions starting doing good, so I got superstisous and rubed his belly the rest of the game adn they one...yeah I know cool story bro
Man you must be on defense dog number 4 after these past few years. Poor little fellas probably hung in there half way through the big ten season before they finally died of starvation.
...But Offense dog got fat afetr last season and had to go on a diet.
Denard =/= Dieting
I just kick back in the recliner with a beer and my iPad. Watch the game, check other scores, flip between different games between commercials. Nothing too crazy, just chilling mostly.
I do a couple things. I always am playing around with a foam football I have. And I always clap after a big play, good or bad. And when I think it's getting out of hand, j always change the channel.
At the stadium - cheering with my fellow Wolverines - is totally different than watching on TV. I have learned that when watching on TV my choice in beer has a direct result on the outcome. I have to drink a beer that is made closer to AA than the location of our opponent. Usually this very easy. I can have a Canadian brew or a micro-brew from Michigan most games with no problem. This weekend I'll go with something from Arbor Brewing Co rather than Founders or Bells.
I take full responsibility for our loss to Wiscy last year as I forgot that Leinenkugel is made in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin.
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who goes through this shit every Saturday.
I thought I was weird and extreme while watching Michigan games. Thanks mgobloggers for making me feel sane again. Its nice to know we all share the same passion, albeit in different, weird ways. Go Blue.
pacing behind the couch, going in and out of the kitchen, going out on the deck thru the slider and pacing out there when things are going south.
I MUST control the remote during the game. Once the game is in hand I can relax and sit on the couch. I would rather watch it alone so I can flip channels during commercials, especially on BTN(their commercial breaks are soooo long).
I also have to hear the game, I can't watch a game in a bar. I have to be able to have my patent outburst at the refs or coaches or opposing players when piss me off(because I know they can hear me right?).
I like comfort food, pizza, popcorn and snacks and I want to be able to stretch out and put my feet up.
Watching a game with me probably isn't that much fun for anyone else, I clap loud and a tend to yell on occasion.
I lose awareness of anything and evrythign apart from the game. I go from wild jubilation to scathing wrath from one play to the next. If Michigan is not executing every facet of the game perfectly, I am a colassal prick. Any questions directed my way by anyone apart from a daily MGoBlog reader will be ignored or answered in two words or less.
My fiancee went to MSU, and during the game tomorrow I will look on her with different eyes (the enemy!) and wonder how I ever thought she was cool enough to date. It usually takes us a week to fully recover from my bad behavior.
i've got nothing on most of you guys, but my wife claims i scare the dog with all the shouting when we do something good. (what actually scares the dog, i assume, is all the memories of that shouting coming just before he, as a younger dog, was forced to stand on his back legs to signal the touchdown. as a dachshund, he maybe doesn't enjoy that as much as one would think.)
I smoke more during close games and also my gf leaves the house and her son turns his tv up loud so as not to hear my yelling. Also I have a 50 inch tv and during the game I periodically stand like a foot away. At the end of the ND game I was doinh that and when RR caught that ball my head hit the ceiling it hurt so good!!!!
Three years of subpar performance has left me with sudden and uncontrollable urges to call refs asshats and scream that this team is making an infinite number of mistakes (even when its just one).
I worked on that this weekend in the first half of the NW game. I would have brief moments of insanity when we would throw a pick, but I had a healthier action: take a long drink of my beer, sit, and wait for our next big play (which, this year it seems, always happens).
Other than that I am not too picky about how I watch it, just as long as I watch it. Missing the opening kickoff is a HUGE no-no, so I try to leave myself a half hour lead in time on Saturdays to break in my spot on the sofa and calm my nerves.
I used to record the game so I could ff the commercials, but now after every play I hit the reverse 10 sec button multiple times after every play to see how the oline, rb, fb, te, etc did on the play. Kind of my own UFR. I havent had to watch a commercial since I started doing that
I won't move my sitting or standing position. When we fall behind in a big game I always feel that the game is over and start imagining how awful it will feel when we've lost for real. If we drop a pass or especially a punt I inevitably scream "catch the fucking ball." Pretty basic neurotic stuff.
Try to keep myself from thinking the game is won and feeling good till it's obviously put away.
And don't forget - don't change the channel while we're rolling, but flip to the other games at breaks after the other team scores.
...that I have inadvertantly taught my kids thegame (or my version of it) through my constant obsessive analysis. There is also the language. My son came around the corner the other day (they were up for some of the NW game) and blurted out, "It's another damn option play...". My wife? Not amused....in public anyway.
I have to drink a single Founders Breakfast Stout for every game. I sip slowly, let it get warm, and savor the flavor. I reach for the beer each time something bad happens, smell it, swirl it in the glass, and curse profusely before taking a very bitter sip (my attitude is bitter, not the beer). I started this at the beginning of the Hoke era and so far it's working pretty well.
It would be really awesome if you did that while wearing a snuggie!
1. I can't pause the game, even though I have DVR. I'd can't handle the fact that I wouldn't be watching it live and thus being able to experience the thrills or anguish after everyone else.
2. I also have a stuffed pumpkin with eyes on it that comes out as part of the decorations in the fall. Thus far, it has only been positioned to 'watch' the second half of the NU game. It will be watching the MSU game start to finish.
3. I also generally can't sit still. I'm constantly shifting around. I also tend to lean in my seat one way or another depending on where I want the ball carrier to go. To be fair, I also do this when playing NCAA.
I used to be the same, didn't want to watch on the DVR, since it wasn't live and I was not experiencing it at the same time as others. Over time, after recording a ton of sporting events on the DVR, I've lost the need to watch live. Thus, I start the watching 1.5 hours after kick-off. If we are doing bad, I will fast forward between plays until something good happens...less suffering.
You're still watching it less "live" than those without dvrs, because all the dvr does is delay the broadcast a bit so you can stop or rewind "live" stuff. Those watching it without are seeing it quicker (I used to be able to flip from the dvr to analog and see the time difference). And of course different networks run things with more of a delay or not. And it's usually slower than the radio broadcast, which is closer. But, of course, the radio broadcast is behind at the Stadium, so those people are seeing it earlier too. So rest easy...everyone is seeing it at different times. Reality is fluid. Take the blue pill.
Don't anyone tell him the TV lag compared to radio.
the game then i need to be at home watching it so i can yell and scream at the TV and throw things, you can't do this at a bar or someones house....
last year during the bowl game my father inlaw and future brother inlaw left my basement to watch the game up stairs because i was getting so bad... my sister inlaw came down shortly after for reasons unknown, miss st. scored again and she nearly got hit with a half full beer can...
come to think about it RR still owes me 50 cents for the 5 beer cans that crushed during that game because i was so pissed...
When the game is on I'm fairly reserved. I try to save my reactions for really important moments of the game so as to not drive friends and family insane. If I catch myself pacing or getting too negative I'll take a step back.
I can''t tolerate the commercials or halftime though for some reason. The anticipation of the game coming back on is too much. So I go outside and chain smoke Camel Lights even worse than usual.
The company I view the game with very carefully. I've been known to express the following symptoms:
- Swearing profusely and unontrollably like Charlie Sheen with Tourettes.
- Hunched over with my hands in prayer position in front of my mouth while muttering things to myself as if there were voices in my head.
- Bouts of spontaneous joy partnered with jumping, dancing, whooping and screaming random people's names.
- Kicking inanimate objects that ultimtely hurt me (I'm looking at you, stove!).
- Pacing with periodic episodes of "leaving the room", merely to return seconds later to see "what happened".
I am extremely anxious throughout the entire game going through high and low mood swings depending on the score and play of Michigan. My wife doesn't help the neurosis when things are going bad with comments like "why do they suck so bad?" or "another interception? Why is he still playing". Does. Not. Help.
My kids are still young and have learned to just go play in another room.
like the fact my girl friend usually goes in the room and studies because my mood is based on the game.. she almost broke up with me last week during half time.. thank god michigan came back in the second half or else I would probably be single lol. I'm not usually to bad but last weeks first half was awful.
I need to watch this game alone so that my relentless sports tourettes does not upset anyone.
At least I'm better than when I was 5. At a loss I would throw a pretty good tantrum and cry a bunch. Now, it's a tantrum. Not so much on the crying.
My homemade UTL jersey, and do pushups for the score on the board after every Michigan score and quarter score.
I yell at the TV screen, but I can remain seated during most games.
I learned to tone down the language when the kids came along and it's a good thing I did. My daughter follows my tradition. She watches the game and yells at the screen. Tomorrow, she will be somewhere on campus in front of a TV sceeen, yelling.
We will be with friends who also went to Michigan and yell at the screen.
I'm pretty sure we will be able to hear my neighbor behind me that went to MSU yelling at his screen. I just want to be able to smirk over the fence and shut him up for the first time in 3 years. Please Denard, only throw the ball to the guys with white jerseys.
I had a superstition about flying my M flag, but the previous 3 years pretty much shot that one to hell. Nothing I could do seemed to matter for some reason. I did burn my flag after the 2008 season and got a new one. Too many negative vibes from the 2008 flag.
Dude, I hear ya, but please, in the future? Burn the barcas, but DON'T BURN THE FLAG.
In an ideal world, I would be watching all games in isolation in a small room with a flatscreen TV, fridge of beer, copious amounts of pillows, enough room for pacing, soundproofing, and a locking door.
I typically swear a lot, not understanding for example last wk why we call certain plays over and over sometimes..
Last wk against NW, i was swearing pretty heavily when borges had denard run right into the line on 3 straight plays..
I usually sit on the edge of my seat on my couch instead of staying relaxed.. Unless we get down big then i just lay back and accept it
I go bat shit crazy. Crazy mood swings. I don't hate on the team though - I clap like it matters, scream like they can hear me and drink for the emotional rollercoasters. I do a lot of pacing if the room is there. Im like a Drunken-blackedout Alpha Male Wolverine who thinks he's Superman of the woods - with a hard on and says "fuck the endangered species list." booyuh.
I have to hear the tv I hate watchingbwith others don't talk to me leave me alone the same said for red wings games
I'm a yeller. My dog starts off the game with me and leaves pretty quick. I drink a lot. If I have plans later on in the day, I try and limit myself to 3 beers a half max. I usually get through 3 the first quarter and get mad I can't have more the second quarter. Also, if someone calls, texts, emails during a close game, I lose it. Unless there is less than a minute left and UM is up by more than 3 possessions, THE GAME IS NOT OVER!!!
Other than that I am normal.
Lately I have become more than a little stitious. The last few years I would rotate out what jersey I was going to wear on a given day. This year I've wore my #1 jersey every game. Last week, after receiving my new Charles Woodson jersey, which I bought with my Moegocontest winnings, I decided to switch it up.....that lasted one quarter.
Generally I find myself hunched forward on a couch, cell phone on the table in front of my on the right side of my body with keys and cigarettes on the left side.
If we start losing, obscenities will loom in the room for a few hours, only to be replaced by gloating to Ohio fans after an eventual win.
I have crazy mood swings, from yelling every four letter word in the book to yelling and jumping and clapping and singing. Can't do this as much right now because my son is 11 months and is startled easily. I've slipped a few times, and gotten yelled at by my fiancée. I had to be muted for the end of the Notre Dame game and it didn't work too well.
I bet $100 we would lose to ND because I was sure if I did that we would win. I am an atheist who clasps his hands as if in prayer on every third down. I wear the same shirt every week if we win but if we lose that shirt doesn't appear on a gameday again. I believe my behavior can effect the outcome of a game I am miles away from. Its bad.
I scream a lot good or bad plays, run around when we/they score and smoke a unhealthy amount of cigarettes if it's close. I also found myself screaming for holding every play last week the first half.
Here's mine - a bit different from others:
Since my son was born, I don't watch live. I can't, because my Michigan game watching is way too instense to have a 4 year old around who wants to talk and play and who may think his father is insane based upon some of my reactions to the game.
So, we DVR the game. But, we go a step further - from the time of kickoff, all forms of communiations go dark - the phone is turned off, the cell phones are put away and the blackberries are put in drawers. We don't turn on the TV or go on the internet - we essentially go into a complete media blackout.
We avoid places with televisions (since most places have college football on TV), and we avoid wearing our Michigan gear.
Then, we try to get our son to bed even earlier than normal, and by 8:00, it is game time. We have a whole ritual: Dinner always consists of some awesome food that my wife makes that can be eaten in the den (favorites are beef empenadas or meatball pizza - basically, foods that don't require utensils). We save dessert for the second half (again, usually something awesome that my wife bakes - this week is homemade dark double chocolate brownies).
The one rule that we have is no fast forwarding through dead balls or commercials - we perfectly replicate the live game experience, with the one exception of fast-forwarding through halftime. When my son was born, I used to hate not being able to watch it live but this whole delayed watching experience has become something that I really enjoy - you get your entire day on Saturday and get to build up the anticipation all day.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I raised no wimpy kids, and you can find my spawn in major cities around the world screaming fits (with that 12-letter four-letter word in heavy rotation) at a nearby screen (which might be a streaming laptop) on any given game day.
i don't do this on purpose, but my kids have forced similar circumstances here lately. Maybe acceptance is key. I like your methods...
Yeah...it's bad. Tomorrow will probably be the worst it's been in a while too. Once the game starts though, talk about anything other than the game and people changing the channel during a commercial--even just to check the score of another game--are ridiculously annoying. I just hope we can come out and have a good first quarter to make the rest of the game a little easier.
I'm usually okay for the first three quarters, at least as long as the Wolverines are in the game. Fourth quarter of a close game can be pretty tense. If we're being blown out I'll change the channel -- I'm no masochist. But so far, nothing broken, dog's okay, family will probably not need therapy, at least not from football
Do not fucking touch my remote. Do not push the "pause" button for any reason whatsoever. You want to see that hit again? Someone was offsides? You swear there was a hold? Too fucking bad, this shit is live and if you fuck that up for me I will murder you and then kick you out.
Tell it, brah: this shit is live.
I don't even get that excited about good plays at this point. When I do it's kind of a giddy giggling. At times I scarcely breathe. I am constantly cursing up a storm under my breath and sometimes utterances come out from my soul that didn't even make it to my brain. Walks around the apartment, squatting in front of the tv, hands on knees, pulling hair, the works. Often have to go for a walk at half-time. No nails.
When we win I'm in a good mood the rest of the day. When we lose, honestly, I've gotten most of it out of my system and I just turn off the TV, shut down the computer, and go read a book or something, with a random curse word bubbling up here and there.
I watch it by myself. Don't call me unless it's halftime or they're winning by three scores.
This thread makes me realize my slight neverousness during games is far more sane than some of the MGoBlog faithful (not that there's anything wrong with that (idk maybe there is)). I don't really do anything during the game, just get anxious if the good guys are down. Hopefully I don't develop crazy habits in the future.
I am going to take the Fam and hit an orchard in the AM around 10 and be back sometime after the 1st QTR.... I will DVR but still check in and get updates. I hope this will let me calm myself down before the game and prepare me for a let down if need be.
Usually, I sit hunched over gripping a UM towel and rocking back and fourth... if something good happens I jump and shout. If something bad happens I lay back and cower and whisper four letter words and prdict a blowout. It is a vicious cycle.
Go Blue! No idea what to predict!
when Michigan succeeds have caused my seven-year-old daughter to burst into frightened tears on two occasions so far, and left me feeling like whoa, wondering should a grown man do this?
Oh yeah, and I now make it a routine practice to take a baby aspirin before games and one during if I am feeling a sublte lack of oxygen in ye old corpus. One day I wil be able to afford a defibrillator.
Just raising her right is all you're doing. And she will repay you by terrorizing your grandchildren someday. The circle of life. It's a beautiful thing, man, it's a beautiful thing.
I go crazy when both at the game and watching it on tv. However, I seem to get a little more paranoid and neurotic when I'm watching it on tv.
During the game, my wife doesn't let me drink anything that would severely stain the carpet, and I'm not allowed to use glass cups. Also, all the windows must be closed to prevent profanities (of joy as well as agony) from echoing throughout the neighborhood. Also, as of the past 2 years, I have started jersey switching. I always start with my Denard jersey. As soon as he makes a huge mistake (int, fumble, huge over/under throw on a would be TD), I switch to my #1 jersey, and don't switch back until he redeems himself. Nothing overly neurotic, just typical, over-emotionally invested fan type of stuff.
Switching jerseys is a good one.
Those of us who are married anyways.
I am out of hand on gameday! The Emotional roller coaster starts about 15 min. to gametime with a mixture of excitement and nervous laughter and legs bouncing around more than Micheal Shaw on a draw play. During the game I go from Jeckyll to Hyde and my wife tries to rationally explain to me that niether the players, coaches, or announcers can hear my incessive screaming of congratulations, criticism, play ideas or anything else. The most amazing thing to me is the results of the game actually affect my mood for at least the rest of the weekend and usually monday too.
Yeah, I know, right?
My gametime habits include a lot of pacing, changing clothes when the team is doing bad (just in case it's my fault we're losing), making sure certain things are in the right places around the room and a large amount of screaming and obscenities. One of my roommates this year said I could watch some of the games in the living room with her and I respectfully declined, telling her that she might think I was totally insane. On top of that, I had been watching games in my room up to that point and we were winning. I left out that second part though, so she wouldn't know for sure that I was crazy.
I've also said to my girlfriend "They were doing fine before you got home", which went over real well the first time. She now offers to leave the room every once in awhile when things are going bad, which makes me feel like an ass, but also pretty happy that she understands my craziness enough after 3 years to tolerate it.
into a sentence.
It's just bad.
My wife and kids leave the house and the dogs hide. Because I live in Washington and none of my friends/family are M fans, I won't let anyone in the house who might want to speak during the game.
It's a ritual for me. Plus, me and the kids do push-ups every time they score a touchdown.
and curse some more. Pace, and jump around all game. Scream so loud i'm sure neighbor's can hear me. And God help someone if they ever tell me to calm down
I have become way more relaxed when we're down. Maybe it's because we've been down a lot the last couple of years, or maybe it's because I've seen some comebacks lately (M and the Lions). This past weekend I wasn't watching the game and was getting score updates, and even at the half I wasn't worried. Then again, that was NW and this is MSU so that may change.
Physical exercise to the point of pain....and then beer to change the karmic direction if things aren't going well.
At kickoff I hit the couch and only shift if we are doing poorly. I drink mass quantities of beer but they are in a cooler with ice right next to the couch so I don't have to get up. Call and talk to my dad and brother during each quarter break, and if we are doing real bad I will call up my dad and have him turn it off...trust me it works!
Didn't you pay your phone bill? Couldn't you get a hold of your dad?
I watch alone and drink alone. My wife leaves 'cause she thinks I'm crazy.
That's enough of that shiat.
You garbage mouth.
I'm a shell of a man during most games.
I won't tell you because it will jinx it. if you put a superstition it is obvious what you have to do. put it again so it reverses it. trust me. its in the bible.
all this over 18-22 year old kids...
LEAVE THE PERSPECTIVE AT THE DOOR
i cant watch the game with anyone i'm such a mess
Step 1 - I have a problem
I'm dialed in and need to be alone or at a minimum, not spoken to, until a big play when I need to hug someone
Thanks for being here, Mgoblog. You suppose Brian should bill for therapeutic treatment?
My wife knows to not even try to talk to me during the game. I usually exhibit obsessive- compulsive behavior. Perhaps manic depressive episodes is the better term. But, when things go well I've done some strange things...winning TD against Notre Dame caused me to pick up our Pug (who was fast asleep) and plant a big kiss on his lips.
.. and I have to have the have the right gear ready to wear for me and my wife first, then the kids. Next, assemble game-day atmosphere with extra flags, banners, helmets, balloons, pom-poms (my daughters touch..) etc. staged around the flat screen. Make sure drinks and grub are in order and on standby.
Prior to kickoff we turn on the MMB on CD and listen to the game into, the Victors and Let'g Go Blue at max volume.
The system is set on Let'g Go Blue and put on pause just prior to starting. At every M touchdown, I immediately hit play and the entire family goes nuts around the house, dancing and shouting Let's Go Blue! (this usually includes whomever happens to be joining us to watch the game that day, but they don't always dance as much)
Lots of MGoInformed formation-calling and name-dropping and CELEBRATING, with as much nail-biting and high-fiving as appropriate.
some form of michigan gear must be worn the day of the game and the friday before. the fiancee usually leaves because of my yelling. theres also the phone rule, no texting or calling me during the game unless someone's in the hospital or dead. the game itself is an emotional rollercoaster. so many ups and downs that i feel physically drained afterward. if it's a bad loss i'm usually just quiet for the rest of the day and i can't enjoy much. it usually takes a couple days to get over a loss but usually by tuesday it'll sting but i'm ready to move on to the next one.