I attended the game Saturday at Iowa. For those who are in favor of the “preprogrammed disco music” and the incessant noise blaring from loudspeakers, please attend a game away from Michigan Stadium.
The Iowa game experience was one of the worst of my life (and, I have been told, Purdue is much worse!). I have attended several games at MSU and thought they were pure, crass commercialism. Man, was I wrong!
The Iowa band was hardly even given a chance to play – before, during the game, or at halftime (and, this was homecoming). Constant commercials and noise blaring on the jumbotron drowned out any chance of hearing the band or hearing anyone cheer. Why would anyone bother to cheer when no one could possibly hear you? At one point I completely lost it and yelled (in vain). “Please, dear god, make it stop. Where is the mute button? I use my DVR so I don’t have to listen to this crap. Please, make it stop, Please make it stop.”
My family has had University of Michigan season football tickets for 4 generations. Until this year, do you realize how privileged we are to have a university that values and upholds tradition and the college experience?
For me, some of the many joys of game day (until this year): spending 3-4 hours without any artificially enhanced noise; the joy of screaming along with tens of thousands of other fans knowing we could actually be heard; singing the Victors, hearing the band play, and hearing other fans sing along; clapping and yelling the “Let’s go blue cheer.
The artificial noise has already started to drown out the fans and the band. We have started down a path that will lead to evil incarnate unless it is stopped.