That will be interesting. The opening of old wounds won't be welcome.
Michigan to Face Appalachian State in 2014 Opener
Michigan will come out to play a FCS team as though they were playing Ohio. This will simultaneously be an exorcism and a lamb being sacrificed at the altar of all things Wolverine.
Appy State will not have the benefit of catching Michigan by surprise again; nobody on the staff or the field will be "asleep at the wheel" this time.
I don't see how any good can come from playing this game. First, Michigan clearly looks like its trying to get revenge and prove that the last game was a fluke. Second, if Michigan wins, everyone will say "great, big deal, you beat a team you should have beaten in the first place." And if they lose . . . well . . . <speechless>
No good can come from it except the change for App State to win another big game and/or make a lot of money.
idea ever. Even if we win big it brings bad a bad event. Absolutely no upside to this.
Let's not get over confident about "thrashing" App State. It could come back to bite us.....and they are a well coached team and we know they bring speed.
This is a joke right? Is it really April 1 and I my calendar is off? Or did someone hack MGoBlue.com?
What good can come from this?
Just like dealing with a hangover-- bite the snake that bit ya.
Bring on Appy and bury the horror.
are you serious? do you really think beating them will bury the horror??? unless app state is somehow ranked #5 in the nation and we get demoted to FCS status, no good can come of this.
No, that day will always be there. However, just because David takes down Golaith once, that doesn't mean Golaith should run and hide. Goliath should welcome them back, curb stomp them 99 times, and restore peace and order to the galaxy.
not if goliath has to watch reruns of the HORROR for weeks on end leading up to the season every time he turns on espn.
on that note, great time to open up a psychiatrist office or liquor store.
could not possibly agree more. we will be 8 years removed from that damn game, hopefully having turned the corner and left the sad times behind us. but wait! lets play app state to make sure that the college football world will do nothing but talk about the HORROR all week leading up the game.
why on earth would we do this? what is the upside?
And after all that, all anyone will want to talk about is the one time David took Goliath down.
And destroyed the Death Star, doesn't mean you shouldn't create another one to blow their asses to space dust.
Wait, that maybe wasn't the best example to make my point....
Yeah, definitely need to clean out the liquor store. I'm thinking a few cases of Rolling Rock and a gallon or 9 of vodka. Ugh....
The fact that we are playing them again is horror enough. I cringe every time I hear or see replays of that game (which was the first game of my senior year). I am dreading media coverage in the months leading up the the game rehashing everything that happened.
this needs a facepalm. I know you guys are out there ... but this is seriously the stupidest freaking scheduling move EVER. Hey, why doesn't DB go ask his former high school sweetheart over for dinner at his house and then fondle her (like he used to) in front of his wife ....
Bad bad bad bad bad bad idea ... DB. Maybe he'll have his new mascot at the game too!
I will list these on Ebay - for sale ... U of M 2014 home opener tickets
fuuuuuuuu .... Go Blue!
I know this isn't your fault, snoopblue, but I'm negging you anyway.
normally it's unacceptable to punish the messenger, but it's more than understandable in this case.
How can you un-ring THE HORROR bell?
I don't suppose that will be Lloyd Carr Day at the Big House, will it?
Yeah, they usually don't have commemorative games consecutively, and seeing how Rich Rodriguez day against Ohio State would have been the last game in the Big House it wouldn't make much sense to hold Lloyd Carr Day just then. They'll probably wait for the Rose Bowl to hold that.
Michigan has never played App State. Their current series is 0-0. I have never heard of Boone, NC.
LALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALA
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
It seems for every thing he does that I like he has to counter with something I abhor (or at least floats the idea).
I knew Michigan was going to schedule another one of these. Its just a terrible idea. Terrible. No good comes from it! WTF IS BRANDON THINKING?????
Yay for a chance to make up for the last time? I guess. I would prefer to not have to relive the horror in the weeks leading up to this game, not to mention all the crap rival fans will give us
this could set us up for something nasty.
Oh well, GO BLUE
what does michigan possibly have to gain by doing this??? there a ton of other fcs schools out there who would be willing to cash our check. DISLIKE.
What do you do when someone beats you that really shouldn't beat you? You play them again, and make sure you kick their bums. I cannot believe how many negative comments there are on this. I will be just as annoyed about the media coverage, but its time to put on our big boy pants and stop hiding from the game.
Tell me what good comes from beating App State. To show Michigan can win? That re-raises the issue that Michigan couldn't win the first time! That, and Michigan has to shell out cash to play a revenge game that should never be necessary. Its a terrible idea. Let bygones be bygones and move on with life. It is what it is. Let a sleeping dog lie. Etc.
We can even the score. It's shameful that they are 1-0 against us. Play them again - hell, play them two more times to regain the edge. The winningest program in history should not have a losing record against these punks.
(Besides, you can play the "What do we gain?" game with all the other FCS schools we're in the process of scheduling, not to mention all those thrilling MAC matchups.)
I really hope this hasn't been posted, I checked a couple times just so I don't get crushed.
On one hand, this could be the road to redemption. It could help flush the memories of that god awful day. On the other hand, why bring back the pain or take the risk? I have a feeling Dave Brandon said "We look forward to facing Appalachian State again," with a serious looking smirk on his face.
What redemption? Winning by 100 wont erase that we lost on a blocked field goal. There are ZERO positives as to why we are doing this.
I'm simultaneously happy to get the chance to kick the shit out of them, and disgusted that I will have to endure hearing about the Horror like 1500 times the few weeks before the season starts.
Oh well, let's just REALLY kick the shit out of them and have new highlights we can look at.
The Brandon/Hoke team has ginormous Manballz. Kudos to them for directly confronting our collective demons.
I just threw up.
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!
Isn't this the opposite of Positive Branding or whatever DB wants? Why let this get rehashed?!?!?!!
Well if anything it will be the most talked about opener of the college football season in a long time.
Not really happy about a 6 month build up to a game against an FCS school again...but hey screw it. Lets go out and hope Shane leads the charge.
Uhhh you do realize that Michigan is opening the season against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium next year, right?
yes, and this will STILL be more talked about. therein lies the problem.
However, lets hope DG is our starter and not Shane.
I think he is talking about outside the Mgoblogosphere. From a national perspective, if UM goes into next year unranked then the game basically becomes Penn State vs Bama of this year. Just not much hype going into the game. However, every media outlet and college football fans acroos the nation will take the opportunity to rip on Michigan leading up to the The Revenge of the Horror. I guarantee the week before that game we will see every media outlet come up with their version of "The Biggest Upsets in College Football" and guess what game will be on top. Page Hits, yo. Yea so most talked about.
named Devin Gardner! I'm not sure how many more times I am going to be able to read through peoples' posts disregarding his existence before I freak out!
OK, I think that last post qualifies as the freak out breaking point.
Let me clarify by saying I am assuming the fact that he doesn't get the Redshirt and therefore it would more than likely be Shane as our starting QB.
the only upside is that they might be an FBS school by then...
Why is this happening? Michigan could win 100-0 and it wouldn't make up for THE HORROR. Can't we just play Toledo or something...oh, right. Well then how about Eastern?
Bring in some other 1-AA team that has had recent success- Delaware, Richmond, Montana, Eastern Washington, Villanova come to mind. Nothing good can come of playing App State again. Even IF Michigan wins and wins big, the App State fans will still be taunting the hell out of Michigan fans because of that huge win. Deservedly so, I might add. But still, this is such a bad idea.
If we're going to play an FCS team, we've got to take on App State again. To schedule FCS teams but duck them would be pathetic. You want that school to be 1-0 against us forever?
This is dumb. What the hell is Michigan going to gain out of this? Nothing. Just when people were starting to forget about Michigan App. State its gonna come back around again. not a smart move Dave
I would rather have DB allow 11 fuzzy wolverine mascots dressed in nike pro-combat alternate uniforms come out to RAWK music on the Big House field than this. But this cant be serious right? RIGHT?!?!
As long as Oregon isn't also added, I'm cool.
I still have nightmares about the last time they played...........
revenge is great
I don't see how you can get much revenge from this. We will still always have this pain in our memory. Beating them erases nothing because we are supposed to beat them.
Why did they do this!?
*closes office door"
*cries silently for 2 minutes*
*reopens office door, resumes work*
I can't wait to hear about the 2007 game being brought up again and again and AGAIN!
Just when I thought it was safe to come out from underneath THE HORROR rock I have been hiding under.
why is this so bad if we smash them then maybe the msu fans will shut up
HA! We could win the next 20 NCs, and we would hear incessant whining. It's what they do.
Because we are supposed to smash them, that is what they'll say, and they will be right. It's like Bill asking Monica Lewinsky to come back and be his personal assistant. You know, give it another shot...no, no reason to retread over that soiled, desolate ground. Leave that corpse in the ground I say.
It wouldn't be the worst thing because that is what we are supposed to do.
Also Bret Bielema and Luke Fickell are also look like goblins.
We win, we call it a day, everyone moves on feeling somewhat vindicated. It's a wash and all is forgotten.
That's not how things work.
If we can't let go of this, it will never be forgotten. it's time we face it, embrace it, and erase it (sorry for the Jesse Jacksonism) by playing another game ans showing that it was an anomaly. And then we move on. Finally.
Beating them once isn't going to make up for the #5 ranked team in the country that was loaded with seniors losing to them in the Big House! We could beat them by 100 and it wouldn't make any difference as the series would then be tied 1-1.
"F-ck me running."
No mercy this time around. We better drop 100 on them. I still blame that loss on Gingell.
for every seemingly brilliant thing Brandon does (night games, firing RR, Scoreboards, etc) he does some totally asinine stuff (waiting to fire RR, considering mascots, App St., etc.)
He's like a monkey with a bazooka. He just closes his eyes and fires that 'ole marketing cannon at everything that moves.
Sometimes he scores a direct hit and lights up the sky, sometimes he wipes out his own guys with friendly fire.
The ays have it. Bad decision.
What is this, a revenge game?
Does Dave Brandon know how often ESPN is going to show the highights from THE HORROR during the week leading up to that game? I'm just glad I'll be out of Knoxville by that time.
The University of Michigan has announced its first "Old Wounds" game, which will take place Aug. 30, 2014, at Michigan Stadium during the Wolverines' season-opening game against Appalachian State. Each fan attending will be given a wooden stake commemorating the teams' first meeting in 2007 -- fans may use the stakes to create noise during the game, or stab each other in the heart if things go the same way they did last time.
Fans are encouraged to bring videos of their most embarrassing moments to be shown on the brand new scoreboards, so that they can share in re-living the most traumatizing events of their lives in front of 113,000 strangers.
"We are trying to tap into the unique experience of being a Michigan fan," said AD David Brandon. "We want to make sure every one of our fans who come here can experience something that to them is uniquely Michigan, whether that experience be singing a Journey song along with a hundred thousand other fans, or having their souls shredded into a thousand million tiny pieces when ultimate horror is wrought upon them right at the apogee of hope."
"We're Michigan," agreed head coach Brady Hoke.
For the half-time show, the university plans to honor 50 veterans by painstakingly reenacting the deaths of the vets' best buddies in combat.
The game, sponsored by Prozac, will be shown on the Big Ten Network, with the two weeks prior to the game dedicated to replaying Michigan's worst defeats.
The university also announced that the game will be the school's official "bring your ex-" day, with half-priced tickets to the person who broke your heart.
Kordell Stewart has been invited to perform the ceremonial coin toss.
Thank you for a good laugh! Ah, the horror, the horror, who will protect the innocent children?
Don't forget the 4th quarter final drive when the fans will each get to line up and be hit five yards out of bounds by Shawn Crable.
Winning won't wash away The Horror, of course. But this faces forward and acknowledges we're not some wounded sally who can't ever think of that wound again.
We invite them back. We should win big. It won't change anything, but the fact that we don't need it to is what we're reclaiming.
Meh, not worried. By then Hoke will have the machine in tip-top shape with top 5 recruiting classes for 3 years. I hope we kick their ass 63-7 and block every one of their field goal attempts.
nobody is worried that we're going to lose again, just that this is a terrible fucking idea where michigan has nothing to gain.
I hope we block one of their kickoffs
Tell me you didn't say "Top 5". Freudian slip?
I just won't watch or read any of the pre-game hype. I'll turn on the TV at kick-off time and watch UM stomp Appy State back to the stone age. It will remind everyone how Michigan is back in force and a college football powerhouse.
so what we live with the horror a week before the game then kalis, magnuson, wormley and co destroy them and we move on in life.
my stomach actually started churning after reading this. i would like to get some revenge for the horror but i'll be on pins and needles more for this then next years opener against alabama. i just hope the team has had some form of success by then, otherwise it's gonna be extra brutal leading up to the game.
This is a lose-lose situation. If you win, well, of course, you are supposed to win. If you lose, you will have double infamy. This makes no sense. I think we should never play a FCS team. There is nothing to gain. While I support playing strong opponents OOC, surely, there are some scrub FBS teams that want a big payday if you are looking for a cupcake team.
When RR blew the App State game, I knew, I just fucking knew, he wasn't a MMM, a Michigan Manball Man, that game told it all. Always fun to be ahead of the curve.
...you know Lloyd lost the App State game, right?
I wonder if MSU wants to schedule a game vs Louisiana Tech
They do keep scheduling Central.... granted we're an hour away and with the series at 4-3 State, it's actually a pretty fair
Win and we prove nothing. Lose and we all will want to die.
If we wanted revenge we should have invited them back in 2008.
what and lose twice in a row?
I think you meant 3008.
against a running qb by that time.
or d at all.
There is nothing good about this. Living out of state, I still have people that want to talk football come up to me, completely knowing that i an M fanatic, with some idiotic grin on their face, and bring up the horror and tell me what happened, like I don't friggin know.
Seriously Brandon.....this is stupid.
Revenge may be a reason for excitement or acceptance, but......
"this is michigan for god's sake......"
we don't need f'ing revenge against an FCS team.
ASU is currently investigating a move to the FBS subdivision.
I don't know how this is a lose lose situation. They have different players no armanti edwards and it appears that M will be strong by that time if you look at recruiting and mattison. It's a win-lose situation
Well last time we were ranked 5th in the country. We will not loose to them again but we have nothing to gain at all by playing them.
It's pretty sad all of you are freaking out because you will be reminded of the horror. Other than that we will win easy and move on, no big deal.
asses doing it.
A little kid kicks you in the balls at a wedding reception. It really fucking hurts, meanwhile everyone is laughing. You finally give into temptation for "revenge" and beat the crap out of him.
You wind up looking like an ass twice.
Why would we look bad in beating them? They agreed to play the game.
Why not Delaware St again
mmmmmmmmm now that's a good tasting cupcake
ugh. I was hoping to never see anything from that game ever again .
Queue the Micheal Scott "God NO" scene.
I don't understand this decision.
COME ON! We're acting like the pussies that everyone else thinks we are! Afraid of Appy State?? Lose to Appy State? Are we not Michigan Men? Bring it on, Dave Brandon. Bring on Appy State. And Toledo. And Oregon. And an entire season of Ohio State games. BRING IT ON!
That game makes sense. I'm excited to play Nebraska again after that putrid bowl game in 05. This game does nothign but make people talk about the Horror over and over again.
Is calling you all pussies, it's time for a sack check, gentlemen.
maybe msu or osu will lose to an fcs that same day
Amazed by the number of people who believe that Michigan should pout, and take its ball home after a loss. What are we, the bullied kid on the playground? We are supposed to hide from our tormentors?
Hell no! This is Michigan. We face our opponents head on. I feel bad for the people to whom App State is a tormentor.
The only thing I don't like about this matchup is that it is in the Big House. Dave Brandon should have packed up the team and sent it out to App State's stadium, lest we forget that it is not the size of a team's facilities that determines wins. App State earned that home game.
Exactly my sentiment. We got beat. It was bad. I cried for days (okay, it was a bit longer than that). We can hide our heads in shame, swear never to talk about it again, and pretend THE HORROR never occured. However, we will never truly escape it - everytime a Sparty or Buckeye want to rub some salt in the wound I hear the same lame joke, the one about how many batteries it takes to beat Michigan, and it brings all the memories back anyway. Might as well invite App State back, and show them, our rivals, and the world, that the Wolverines are Michigan Men who do not hide but pick themselves up and come back gunning for you.
I remember people saying the same thing after the Colorado Hail Mary loss. "Why relive that nightmare again?" Well, the next time CU came into the Big House, we stomped all over them, 27-3. We made a statement that our program had turned the page. We then ran the table.
With what people claimed started with the Horror, what better way to show we've turned the corner and are back?
If you have to beat up on an FCS team at home that you should have beaten the first time to prove that "you're back", then you're not really back, are you?
This is Michigan. We don't care about revenge against FCS teams. We care about revenge against OSU and USC.
No, it's that it was a stupid idea then and it is just as stupid now. Playing FCS teams is a waste of a game and we only get 13 of them.
I agree that playing FCS teams is annoying, but given that we're apparently going to do so regularly, we've got to play this school again. It's the only possible FCS matchup that's exciting.
Well that's one way to stir up interest in a DII game.
Holy fucking shit.......this simply cannot be real.
we take them down and 2007 is all forgotten
Certainly no Spartan or Buckeye will forget.
I haven't forgotten. Lists of "greatest upsets of all-time" haven't forgotten. Rivals don't forget. And you can be damn sure ESPN will find time to talk about The Horror all season long. We could make the NC game that year and in their lead-in they'd show clips of The Horror while talking about that game.
Which is all the more reason to play them again. If someone talks shit about that game, we can say "Yeah, but we stomped all over them the next time." Right now we can't even say that. App State leads the series 1-0.
To quote Bonecrusher: "I ain't never scared"
I have sincere respect for the App State people that agreed to this.
Of course they agreed. They made a million dollars last time they beat us at home. They're not afraid to come to the Big House and throw down after last time.
...some people quit while they're ahead.
...is welcome on the schedule in my book.
What the actual fuck? Who thinks this is a good idea?
This is a horrendous idea. Beating them means nothing because we're supposed to beat them. And my god, if we lose again? We'd never hear the end of it. This is legitimately ridiculous. No good can come of it.
so we lose if we win 77-6 then we still lose. It's a good idea to play them because Michigan's not gonna have mercy.
I can't wait. I want revenge. Michigan needs to run up the score, onside kicks. There will be no taking an FCS team lightly especially THIS one. The coaches need to make the 2014 guys watch the last time the two played, over and over. So it'll be fresh in their heads.
Uhhhh. No. All they're going to show is them beating us all week. Even if we beat them, it won't erase what happened. This is awful.
OK, then just don't watch the pregame stuff on TV. I'm sure the guys who actually played in the '07 game would have a very different opinion than you.
I bet those same guys would prefer a rematch against Oregon.
I hate seeing the replay of that field goal. Seeing it 700 times the week preceding that game will not be pleasant.
Du scheiBt mich an!
Only time (and BCS wins) will heal that s%^& day!
I always think of the horror as being the start of Lloyd's retirement party.....
You mean we can't blame the Horror on Rich Rodriguez too?
I've seen people try.
2014 should be a good year for Michigan, and i'd rather that we returned the favor than having to hear about the 2007 game.
It's part of college football history. We will be forever tied to them. So why not play again? I think everyone knows by now that App St wasnt your average sub-division team, and alot better than some FBS teams. I remember everyone making fun of us for playing them that year before the season started and i said i was worried about them from watching their national title game the year before. We overlooked them, big deal, they were legit. I see them as a FBS school in the years to come. The talent is there.
Ha! Yes, big deal, they were legit. You know who else was supposed to be legit? The 5th ranked team in the nation.
We overlooked them. Yes. But there is no fucking way any FBS team should ever beat a ranked team that had 5 starters on offense alone drafted into the NFL.
In 1921, Centre College in Danville, KY upset the then #1 team in the nation, undefeated Harvard University, 6-0.
To this day, Centre College has C6H0 all over their campus, from a wall in their athletic facility covered with pictures and images of newspaper articles from that game. They have C6H0 on their sidewalk, on their brochures, everything. It is and always will be a huge deal to them.
Would anyone care if Harvard had whooped them a thousand times after that? No, because tiny little Centre College took down the big man just once. It was later named by the New York Times as the upset of the century. Doing this does nothing to exorcise the demons of that first game, and will do nothing but remind fans, recruits, and the college football world of a day Michigan would rather forget.
Great job, Dave Brandon. Is this what you call "branding?"
And 90 years later I had never heard of that upset, until today. Hopefully with time most of us, and more importantly, our rival fans, will forget about the Horror, and we can all move on with our lives. ASU is going to be FBS sooner or later, and so then the loss will only look like an upset of a team that was overrated to begin with, not "the biggest in NCAA history."
I don't understand your logic. Using your example, the reason you had never heard of it is because it happened 90 years ago...so are you hoping that our rival fans forget about the Horror because all the ones who were around for it died of old age?
This is a great job by Brandon. He did the impossible - bring in an FCS opponent that actually interests Michigan fans. This might actually be a tough ticket.
There sure is a whole lot of whining about this topic... For a group of people who like to tote our "all time" win/loss against everyone else you want to set these records straight.
Personally, I think we should play them one more time after this to make sure the record is 2-1 all time then let it rest, a tie record would not sit much better than the 0-1 record we currently have against them.
If the worst thing we can say is we have to eat a bit of crow from ESPN the weeks before the game, then so be it... set it right after the game.
Stop whining, Go Blue!
I really hope DB isn't paying them to come play us!
This trumps the news of Barnett leaving. Why exactly does Dave Brandon want App State to come back? Does he feel like torturing himself and the fanbase to constant reminders on ESPN of what it was like losing to them in '07? Is he that self-depreciating of a human being? Come on now.
I am willing to bury this one in a revenge win. That's about all I have to say.
Shane Morris will be throwing it all over the lot and we will beat them by a lot. Doesn't seem like all that bad of a move..
so what espn replays the horror anyway and do you really have thin skin to get upset about espn talking about it a week before the game.
I witnessed the horror in person. I sat in the end zone, row 1, of where that last field goal was blocked. Nothing will ever, EVER take that pain away. (Especially since yours truly was complaining the entire car ride to the stadium that day over why Martin scheduled this game in the first place.)
People will always make their jokes. Beating the crap out of them will not erase the memory of that 2007 game. With that said, I don't mind playing them again and I would very much enjoy kicking their asses.
After watching the lowlights for weeks before the game the team will be so pissed off that they will destroy them by a rediculous score and that won't take away the bad taste in their mouths. They will still be pissed off and will take it out on every opponent they face. This could actually be a brilliant move leading us to an undefeated season and a National Championship. At least that is how I am going to look at it for now.
We better hang 70 on them!!
Always thought the Toledo game was THE HORROR, or can we just group the two together?
After cleaning up one of Lloyd's pratfalls, Michigan opens against Toledo in 2015 to clean up one of RR's. Dave B. has the vendetta (sp?) thing going.
Revenge! Bury their team and salt their fields afterwords...
I need to go spend some time in the Angry Dome.
no we arent ...2012 is approaching ....!!!!!
Revenge is a dish best served cold. - Khan
Too hot on Aug. 30. Move this to November, please, Dave B.
We have never played App State before. What you guys are thinking of was just a April Fools like joke ESPN played on us. IT NEVER HAPPENED!
Note that Goliath's friends never let him challenge the little Jewish king again.
That might have something to do with the state of Goliath's health!
can we just make toledo the other non-conference game for next year and get that loss back as well.
We might as well add Oregon, Toledo, and Utah to the schedule also.
Cleary we all still have wounds from this game, suffering from the memory of t-shirts arriving on the doorstep sent by friends all over the country just to rub salt in the wounds and years of anti Michigan people yapping in your ear about tis game.
This bit of scheduling genius shows that Brandon has faith in the program, belief in the coach and wants to restore the Michigan football world to order. This game will be so hyped and Hoke will have this team back to where it belongs, just in time to have the nation Michigan steamroll Appalachian State.
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
It will teach the players how to play in a pressure situation with the whole nation watching early in the season. Losing is not an option. I like this move on all fronts.
Would love to see those kittens again, but all grown up.
It was a bad loss but it's being made worse by all the weight we're giving it four years later. It was a different team, a different coach, and it's time to let it rest. Who cares what ESPN dredges up? They're going to dredge something up in virtually every game we play because non-Michigan fans love to see us down. They'll talk about MSU and OSU and Wisconsin and Toledo and our terrible defense and what a bad coaching choice RR was and whatever else they can find. Until we start winning, that's the story. So why not take the opportunity and beat Appy State and everyone else who has beaten us these past several years so we can finally shut them up.
Agreed. Hell a couple of months ago in the same week BTN showed MSU-UM from 1990, the App. St game, and I think the 06 OSU game.
Once was enough. We should win this one, but God help us (me) if we don't. I will need a new set of friends.
Here's hoping we haven't hired Ron English by then.
I had to sit idle in BAGHDAD two weeks from my 15 month deployment ended when that horror occured. Being one of the few proud Michigan fans (despite the outcome) in my entire 150 man company, I didn't get a break from the ASS/EAR menacing that ensued for MONTHS. It ruined my whole Homecoming. Not to mention the friggin pounding we took from Oregon the following week while waiting in Kuwait to come home. Lucky the Ex was there waiting for me when I got back so I could take 15 months of Iraq and 2 weeks of terror from my fellow grunts out on her little size 2 ass.
Fucking awesome man.
...I laughed at that one. That was brilliant.
Bring on a MACrifice or something.
I must say that every Michigan loss sucks. I have been a fan since I was old enough to know what football was. Parents were MSU fans, but I was attracted by the colors and helmets when I was around 4 or 5 years old. Had to go blue, and have stayed loyal ever since. Moved to NC when I was 12. Usually only was able to watch 3-4 Michigan games a year on TV. Had to watch shitty ACC football most of the time. Hell, I remember watching the entire Florida/Florida State game just to catch the 4 or 5 "In Game updates" where Touchdown Tim ran all over Ohio State for 313 yards. Big Ten Network is awesome as I now rarely miss a game.
The closest college football to where I lived was in a small little mountain town in Boone, NC. Appalachain State University. Without ASU, the town would probably not exist. As far as most alumni and students are concerned, Football is the only athletic event at ASU. Enrollment is around 15,000 students, but on gameday, over 30,000 fans fill up the stadium. Highest attendance of any FCS school in the country by far.
When I heard ASU was to play Michigan, it was bittersweet. I knew how important it would be for App, but I hated the thought of them getting crushed by Michigan. There was never any doubt about who I would root for on gameday - Michigan. I may have lived close to Boone since I was 12, but I had been a Wolverine fan for much longer than that. I remember thinking how it was great that App was holding up for so long, but eventually, Michigan would pull it out in the end. Probably the best scenario I could hope for. However, Michigan failed to block Appstate's all time leading field goal/extra point attempt blocker... and the rest is history.
To this day, more people know about and talk about the victory against U of M than about the 3 consective FCS Championships App won. You people crying like little girls about that game should consider what a compliment that is to the history, tradition, and excellence of the University of Michigan Football. Whenever I wear my Michigan hat or shirt in public people come up to me and make a smartass comment about Appstate. Fortunately for me, they almost always are dumbfounded when I tell them I graduated from Appalachain State University. While they stand in silence, I confess "Every game that Michigan loses hurts, but that game hurt the least of any Michigan loss I have ever experienced.
Think about this...What college football game involving a BCS vs. FCS is ever going to garner more national attention than Michigan vs. Appstate? That is what Brandon wants...National attention. Schedule a good warm up game for the team against a decent football team, and have everybody in the country watching and talking about it. Not stupid at all.
I am a diehard Michigan fan that just happens to have been born and raised in North Carolina. (I fell in love with the helmets and watching Desmond score TDs when I was 11). However, I attending App State from '98-'02 after earning a scholarship to attend there.
I would skip games at App State in order to go to the local sports bar and cheer on my Wolverines. When I attended the HORROR, I was in full Michigan gear and was in shock at the outcome.
That was App State's best team in school history, bar-none, and that win made football in Boone, NC explode. With that explosion, Appalachain just sent a committee recommendation to their chancellor to look at moving up to the FBS in football.
By 2014, they may be well on their way to moving up, but I think it is a good move to show that we are going to confront the darkest day of our tremendous program!
I dont think you will see the chicken-shit Hokies playing James Madison ever again!
9 More Days until Hoke and Co. move to 1-0!!!
Why is everyone being pussies and bitching about this? Oh my god, ESPN and everyone will replay the game and the blocked kick blah blah blah. They already do replay the shit out of it. I see it all the time, especially during football season. They just had the blocked kick replay on TV three months ago. I've also seen the Kordell Stewart Hail Mary play a gazillion times. Should we never play Colorado ever again because they'll show a highlight. Christ Sakes!
Whether we scheduled them again or not, that replay will be replayed over and over and over again forever. You say nothing good can come from it? Um, yeah there is, a fricking WIN! Maybe Miami should never play Boston College ever again either, so they don't have to see Flutie's hail mary. Or Penn State never play at the Big House again so they don't have to see the Manningham play. Maybe Va Tech should dodge James Madison forever too. It happened and it's never changing. Bought time somebody grew a pair and stopped crying about it. Bring em and kick their ass like you should.
I thought I was reading my post for a second time, but I realized it was Blue Hiker's post. I thought I was the only Michigan fan that graduated from Appalachian and now have to hear people make smartass comments when I wear my Michigan gear.
I will be looking forward to making the 10 hour trip again in 2014....wearing all my Michigan gear!!
You guys are looking at it the wrong way. The reason this is a terrible scheduling move is because it was also terrible the first time. What good comes out of beating a fcs team? Nothing. If you win and end up with 9 or 10 wins, one of them gets discredited because it was only an fcs team. If you lose, your season is down the drain. Plain and simple. Thus, the move is terrible in general. The fact that it is an fcs team we played before and beat us doesn't even matter. Granted it will bring up old wounds or Michigan could bury the horror forever, but either way, it doesnt help us.
This is a horrendous scheduling move. Scheduling ASU the first time was not so bad, because Michigan was desperate for an opponent that didn't demand a return visit, and time was running out. No Div-1 FBS teams were available, so Michigan played the best FCS team they could find.
However, that game was the equivelent a twlve-year-old girl walking up and kicking a college man in the balls. Joe College gets no sympathy by pointing out that he never expected her to do that. Now, Joe College is going to waylay the twelve-year-ol girl and beat the crap out of her. And some here think that that will not only settle something, but be enjoyable to watch!
There is no win here for Michigan. The victory margin will paint Michigan as either pussies (if they win by less than 4 TDs) or bullies (if they win by 4 TDs or more). And it isn't necessary; football is divided into different subdivisions and divisions precisely to make sure that this kind of game doesn't happen. DB should make openers like the one against Alabama the rule, not openers like Teh Horror.