Having attended a men's and women's track and field event today, I've achieved a personal goal: I've gone to an event for all 25 of Michigan's varsity sports. This is my tenth year at Michigan and my goal was to make it before I graduate (well, graduate for the third time) which will happen this spring/summer.
A couple of my favorite memories from those:
- My very first Michigan event was Lloyd Carr's first game as head coach when I was still in middle school. We came back from 17 down against Virginia. I was sitting on the near side of the Dreisbach to Hayes pass as time expired; I saw it arc through the air and, as it disappeared behind the crowd, I knew there was no way it was coming down inbounds--until, all of the sudden, my fellow 100,000 fans went wild!
- Sitting three seats down from Michael Phelps at the Big Ten men's swimming championships.
- Sitting in front of the ice hockey team at a field hockey game (I think it was against UConn). They started going crazy when it was announced that, since the game was still tied after overtime, the winner would be decided by a "stroke off."
- Seeing an opposing batter get hit by the ball twice and called out. He first gets hit by a pitch but the ump called him back to the plate--since he had started to swing it was a strike. A pitch or two later, the same batter just barely hits it and it drops right in front of the plate, he takes off to first. The catcher picks it up and throws to first but hits the batter in the back. The batter's called out since he's running on the inside of the baseline.
- As much as I loved the other sports (most of them, at least), by far the best moment of the whole time was Braylonfest.