I'll show up if you can charter me a flight every Saturday morning.
MGoCommunities, an idea.
I would love this. I just moved to Stamford CT and have no Michigan fans to watch games with.
I just moved to Stamford CT
Yeah, it's no Chicago where I spent the last 7 years after graduation. :(
Beating Alabama would cheer me up.
Is that from the first chapter of Civil War?
And I guess Nitro blowing up a school isn't GOOD excitment...but hey, at least there's another Wolverine there...
Stamford actually has a vibrant downtown scene and great restaurants. Its no Chicago but a 30m train ride to Grand Central and the UM club there has good events. There are a lot of UM alums in the immediate area, but generally are older (outside of Stamford proper) given the high cost of living.
if you're in stamford, you can definitely join up with the NY club, Westchester County club or Fairfield County club... :-) you might want to sign up for the relevant email lists (can do so from each club's website, link here) to hear about events that arent too far away.
as a NYC heads up, the club is holding a preseason football event next wed aug 15th w/ Brian and TomVH... if you can make the the ~40 min trek on metronorth should be a fun one...
My idea would be to get the "head" of each cities chapter together, and then once there is a list, give it to Brian to post under MGoBoard or Useful Stuff, whichever is more appropriate.
I've noticed you're from the midwest from pevious post. What area are you in?
I just moved to Okemos from Ann Arbor...I would love to take over the area as well.
I'm also in Okemos, at least for another year. Surely there must be a decent number of us in the Lansing area.
The problem is you need to have a large group and find a place willing to give you the space and piss off the Sparty fans around you. I have wanted to put this together for a while, I know there are enough people in the area, but most watch the games at home because it is such a miserable experience watching them at any good sports bar in town. I might know a bar in the area that would do this, if enough people were interested.
You could always make Facebook or LinkedIn groups, or something.
So we are starting a motorcycle club? I'm down with that.
Dibs on being a 1%er.
Sons of Brian.
They're surprising diverse and everywhere. I was even to find a local in a midsized Chinese city to hang with for a game. Even if you aren't an alum, you're typically welcome at the Michigan friendly bars where people meet to watch games. Having us set up a parallel community seems like an odd balkanization. Although maybe we need a secret handshake or something to mark we're from MGoBlog.
Otherwise just do a Google Doc al la our ticket exchange program, only one for local meetups. Alpha by state and then sublists of cities.
I agree that a mirroring effort would be kind of dumb, however, the alumni list and association does not have any listings for my city, and I am sure they may not for many other mid-sized cities. I'd like to get something going here...where I live.
I wish you the best, but if our massive alumni association can't get you an active group in your city, I'm not sure if MGoBlog which contains only a subset of diehard Michigan fans can do it.
I'd email the alumni group at the nearest city to you and ask. It could be they're a more of a regional force and they can pass you on to a local guy. Ex: PA has a Philly Regional Club and for the big events everyone on the east side drives to Philly, but there are local gatherings at bars in Lancaster, Harrisburg, etc.
FWIW, the alumni association has what they call 'spirit groups' for areas without large enough populations to support a full club structure - you might want to reach out to them... not sure the process necessary to get it going, but the advantage for doing it is you get the support/resources of AAUM.
GR is a huge area, yes...but I'd be more than willing to set up a MGoGrandRapids location.
I'm on board if we can put something together in grand rapids
I'm in for GR. I bet we could get a big enough group that a bar could help us out. Making sure we have audio would be key but with a good size group that shows up every Saturday, maybe we could get some deals.
I find a large portion of the alumni association to be poorly informed on football, and I blame it on MLive, the DetNews, Freep and Bleacher Reports. You can wear yourself out and grit the enamel right offf of your teeth in a conversation with some of these people. I'll still be at the kick-off dinner, though. I just won't talk to anyone.
Nail meet hammer.
Boy did you ever express that correctly. Living here in the Cleveland area I've gone to few functions (none lately) but the general understanding of the game seemingly consisted of "Woo...we scored....woo!" and "Do you like RichRod? I think he might suck. Would you like some more wine?"
It reminded of the scene in "The Big Chill" where the Michigan game was on........
after being an MGoAddict for a decent amount of time, I feel like this even if I'm talking to an Ohio or ND fan or something (about their own team). There are a ton of people here more versed in ND's depth chart and off-field issues than a lot of season ticket holders in South Bend. Here, it's normal and accepted behavior, in the outside world, apparently it's "obsessive" or some stupid term like that.
at the one and only Alumni Association tailgate I ever attended. It's not my thing. I would rather haul a grill and a case a beer to every away game, than sit through other one of those.
some of the Alumni association crowd are completly non-informed - they don't even read MLive, et al. There were these olden days when if you lived somewhere other than Michigan, you were only going to get a snapshot in an issue or two of SI.
Thank God I live in the information age ... and thank Brian for creating MGoBlog
Wait . . . you're saying there's a difference?
I know we have the map of Michigan-friendly bars, but it kind of neglects the metro-detroit area. Anyone know of any good bars outside of Ann Arbor for Michigan games? Obviously all bars in the area will be showing the game, but I'm wondering if there is a Duffys-type Michigan bar around.
I'm on the North Shore, but I'd be down for a more general Boston MGoClub.
I wouldn't mind an MGoGroup which, in my case, roughly mirrors the boundaries of the University Of Michigan Club Of Downriver (defined as south of I-94 and north of the Monroe county line, between the Washtenaw county line and the Detroit River). As others have mentioned, it ends up being difficult to hold a conversation about really any of the varsity sports at the alumni functions because of where a majority of people get their information, so watching games with them can sometimes be a rough experience if you actually want to talk about the plays and the players. I would actually be willing to help facilitate this for, say, western and southern Wayne county.
count me in. I'd imagine there's a lot of MGoBloggers in this area.
You should start a local alumni club, since they have all kinds of infrastructure ready to go, and then host MGoEvents through it. People who are unhappy with their local alumni clubs should just ask the people in charge to host an MGoEvent. I think Brian said he was giving talks at a couple of alumni clubs, so you could try to get them to bring him in to get people interested in the blog, too. This seems like a more feasible longterm strategy than founding competing groups.
Sorry, I was trying to post a reply to someone else.
Any Mgobloggers in Bburg/VT? There's no alumni group here that I know of.
My kid is only 18 months but I taught him "earmuffs" last fall.
After lurking on the board for a while, I finally decided to create an account and post.
I'm a student at U-M in Ann Arbor and could use your guys' input on a project I'm working on with a few other students. We're building a platform that would enable sports fans, their friends and others to connect online to watch games and shoot the sh*t together. It'll be accessible on computer, tablet and smartphone. Our goal is to create the kind of fun, familiar environment you might normally find at a neighborhood sports bar or tailgate.
We're largely building this platform for passionate, committed fans who, like many of you, may be scattered across the country or "out of market" and who would enjoy watching and discussing their favorite teams with others--virtually.
Anyway, I'm sure you guys have tons of ideas about what might work/not work about this. We're going to be focusing much of our attention this fall on serving Michigan football fans.
I don't want to hijack this thread, so if you could contact me offline, that'd be great.
[email protected] or 314.827.4126
Thanks in advance!
You should contact Brian, as he's looking for a way to do the livechat on here with the CiL. Even if you can't get it up and running by this season, he may not want to do the twitter thing or whatever they choose permanently, and would probably love their own set up. If you think you can really do it, you might get some backing from the blog.
A few of you have already reached out and emailed me today. I've got a running spreadsheet going. When we get a few more regions and "heads" to lead them, I'll pass the info on.
I think its a noble idea. As I just moved to Pittsburgh, and am not an Alumni I have often wondered where to go on gameday. There will only be four games that I will not be attending and I need to be surrounded by wolverines. Any insight as to further progress please keep me updated. [email protected]
regional sites, I'll throw in Oneonta/Cooperstown region of upstate NY; I'd be happy to head.