Choose any game in the history of Michigan Football.
I would go with the 1997 Rose Bowl or 2006 @ ND.
Also, you can trade one game you wish you had not been.
The Horror is an obvious choice.
2001, 2005, and 2009 OSU are strong contenders though.
I would not want to have been at app state...
to some friend for $30...best decision I've ever made
I remember I wasn't going to be able to see it because I didn't have btn yet so I got a ticket on the Wednesday before. Worst decision I'd ever made.
Maybe even worse: I held the M-club GO BLUE banner for that game. In 4 years I held the banner 4 times and our record for those games was 1-3. Needless to say I didn't hold the banner my senior year even though we ended up going 2-5 at home anyway.
That was my first game in the Big House. Ever. The second, you ask? Oregon.
I got the news from one of my best buddies who is a Nebraska fan. He was gentle, which was helpful but I refused to believe him until i got home and checked the score myself (the game was on BTN and at the time I didn't get it).
want to be at: 2005 PSU
wish I hadn't been at: 2008 Northwestern. Stayed for that whole thing, coldest I've ever been. Nothing but bragging rights now.
'08 Northwestern was definitely the most miserable game I've ever sat through. I was back in Mich for a wedding Saturday night and they organized a whole bus thing for wedding guests to go back and forth from the hotel in Bloomfield to the game.
There were only 2 couples on the bus, one of whom didn't go to the game. My wife and I were the only people in like the 250 person+ wedding that went to that misery fest.
But I'm glad I did. Go Blue.
of one of Fearless Leader's memorable posts.
As bad as the Northwestern game was, I watched the last ten minutes from center field (3rd or fourth row), right behind our players. It's the closest I've ever been to the players and the field during a game. It was an amazing experience to an otherwise miserable game (and season).
As far as the game I wish I had been at: Wisconsin 2008. It was one of the only games I missed that year, and it turned out to be the best one.
going for 300+ versus OSU.
He just kept running and running and running, and at the end of the game, few people in the stands knew exactly how many yards he'd gathered up. When the public address announced the total, the Big House blew up. Definitely memorable. Good call.
Wish I was at: MSU 2004
Wish I was in a hole crying: 07 Oregon
You do realize that you would have had to struggle through three and a half quarters of totally inept football before you got to the white meat, right? It was painful.
But GOD was it worth it. As soon as they recovered the onside kick, you could feel half the stadium saying, "wait just a minute here..." and the other half muttering "Oh, Sparty Noooooo..."
There better not have been 55,000 Sparty's at the Big House.
Wish I was at: Sparty 2004. Sophomore year, was on a rowing trip watching it in a high school cafeteria. Stadium looked like a madhouse.
Glad I wasn't at: OSU 2005. Sold that guy for a chunk. Normally, I would not have sold it, as I attend as many Michigan functions as possible, but I was in an incredibly bad way financially and it helped me out. That game epitomized the year and I would've wanted to cry, as my stomach was ripped out of my throat.
It's not that we were totally inept for all that time. Hart actually was having a monster game. We just kept making drive-killing mistakes. On one play, I remember Braylon needlessly stretching for an extra yard when he already had the first down and fumbling. Thankfully, he made up for it.
I wish I was at the app. state game so I know what dying feels like...
Since I was lucky enough to be at the 05 PSU game, I would say the 3 OT game with MSU would be the one I would pick. I watched that game at a house full of Spartan fans that day, so I would say that was just as good! Stupid Spartan fans!
Well, they're two games I really wish I had attended. The first is the 1969 OSU game, probably the biggest upset win in Michigan's history. The second is the 2004 MSU 2004. I sold my ticket to a friend; one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
I wish I was at Penn State 05. Wish I wasn't at Toledo 08 or tOSU this year. It's too bad I have to remember my first tOSU game as the game Forcier threw 4 picks and fumbled once, and a third of the stadium was red. I really thought we were going to win it too. I mean, 40 years ago we were huge underdogs, we were huge underdogs again, we were at home! WHY COULDN'T IT HAVE GONE BY THE SCRIPT?!
I hate to say it, but that script that was so overplayed on campus that week really set us up for a harder fall...we had such a good shot at winning that game, and looking back on all of the The Games we've lost recently, we've always been a sliver away from winning...except for 2008 (and 07, but c'mon, Hart and Henne were wrecked).
I still think we could've won in 04 if we hadn't been freak-stopped on our way to Columbus...2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009...those are five games that could've easily gone our way but for a few back breaking mistakes (and usually one glaringly decisive one).
I wish I was at the App. St. game so I could have streaked onto the field right before the last second field goal attempt... it would of caused a delay and given Crable the time needed to realize he wasn't lined up correctly. He then would of made the block when play resumed after I was tackled, cuffed, and taken to jail.
I have only been to 4 Michigan games but only one in the big house. Man I wish I lived in Michigan. It was this year Purdue at home and WTF happened there? I still can't believe we lost that f*in game. But if I had to pick the one that I wish I hadn't gone to it was the year we played TN in the Citrus bowl. If I never hear Rocky Top again in my life I will die a happy man.
The one game that stands out that I wish I had gone to has to be the 3OT Braylon fest. That is one of the most amazing comebacks of all time.
My favorite games that I have attended were the 2001 Washington game and the 100th edition of The Game (2003).
The one I wished I had missed was the 01? Iowa game. 9 hr drive in, cold, rainy day, and a 38-9 beat down. I hated to drive the 9hrs home after that.
I would have loved to have seen one of the ND beat-downs or 07 PSU game.
And while I was at the Horror, I wouldn't trade it. It is a badge of honor. I watched my beloved alma mater lose to a Division 1-AA school, and I came back for more. I've watched them go 8-16 in the last 2 years, and I keep coming back for more. We have thinned the ranks of the uncommitted fans, which will make the success of future years that much sweeter.
The '07 Ohio State game, however, you can have. Curse you, Angry Henne Shoulder Nerve Hating God...
I'll expand mine a bit.
Game I wish I was at: PSU '05.
Game I wish I wasn't at: PSU '09 (At least I got to move down 70 rows at the end).
Game I would not give up: Notre Dame '09.
game would have been cool.
Was at CU Kordell to Westbrook "oh nohs, did that just happen?" game against CU and the Rocket Kick Off return fest ... those blew.
i would of love to been at the capital one bowl to michigan shut down tim tebow and percy harvin also braylon edwards game against msu and this years notre dame game
i would of love to seen you learn to capitalize punctuate and use proper grammar
The Capital One Bowl was a great game, but Florida put up 35 points. Not exactly my definition of shutting anyone down.
Also, punctuation is our friend.
After graduating in '06, I go to one game a year.
I went to the Oregon debacle in '07 instead of the PSU win.
I went to Illinois '08 game instead of the Wisky comeback game
I went to the WMU game in '09 instead of the ND game the following week.
i think it was washington 02 where brabbs kicked the game winner. just watching the highlights on youtube is awesome.
also, i'd like to go the alternate-universe game where we beat OSU 30-0 in the shoe back in 06 to become undisputed #1
Bo vs. Woody Game 1
I wish i didn't go to opening day 08, lost to utah hurt me...although they did go 13-0.
I wish i went to ND game last year, stupid cousins wedding
I lucked out big time, as my '08 game was Wisky. Wish I had been able to make ND last year.
Game I wish I had not been at:
UM at OSU, 2008. After the quick interception to start the game, it was pretty much 60 minutes of pure torture. Brandon Minor was the only player on the Michigan offense that looked worthy of being on the field. To top things off, the weather was cold and miserable.
Games (among many) I wish I attended:
Capital One Bowl on 1/1/2008. It would have been a thrill to watch Lloyd Carr go out the right way in person with a heck of a win.
UM-OSU 1997. #1 UM vs. #3 OSU. Woodson & Boston going at each other. It was one hell of a game and one of the best versions of The Game that has gone in UM's favor in recent memory.
That was a good day.
...and it was awesome!
Glad I didnt go to App State or Toledo
any fan not wanting to have been at michigan ohio state any year disgusts me
I never turn down a opportunity to go to a Michigan football game. I'll go every year, and I've been to the past two tOSU games. The 2008 game was pure misery, and almost everyone would tell you going into the game we were going to watch a massacre. Despite that, I was still there, which I'm sure you were not.
I'd like to see Yost get his jug back.
HA! Well, If I can't get the year right, I guess I NEED to be there.
Good games mentioned already. I'll give a shout to...
Wish I'd been there: Bo's first Rose Bowl win in 1981.
Wish I'd stayed home with my fingers in my ears and my eyes shut, except I had good pizza that night: 1996 Northwestern game.
I'd happily trade the 2005 Minnesota game for the 2009 Notre Dame game.
Between the Colorado Hail Mary and the '05 Minnesota game, I'd have to give back the Minnesota game. Seeing the Gophers running around our field with the jug raised over their heads sickened me.
However, I now have a much greater respect for The Jug because of that...we don't actually own it after all
I'm too young to really remember beating OSU. I have zero memories of beating OSU, even though it has happened a few times in my lifetime.
My first game in attendance. I thought I was going to claw my own eyes out at halftime. God that was the worst half of football that whole season. Watching the second half obviously made up for it.
I would like to have been at the '06 OSU game, in an alternate universe whereby Crable does not hit Smith out of bounds.
I wish I would have skipped the '99 game against Syracuse. "Boy this McNabb guy is pretty good"
I hear you about wanting to claw your eyes out. We were getting our butts kicked. The second half was sweet though, and it was one of my favorite games of that great season.
i declined to buy a ticket to the 2005 PSU game after going and seeing them lose to Minnesota the week before. i was pretty low on funds and the whole losing to Minnesota made me believe i was going to be spending my money on something i didn't want to see. i have been kicking myself ever since then.
my friends were all down by the field after the game when all the players were jumping up into the stands to celebrate too.
...and of course, i was at the app state game.
Games I was fortunate to be at:
- 2000 Orange Bowl
- 1979 Indiana (Wangler to Carter)
Games I wish I had been at:
- 1997 @ Penn State
- 2008 Capital One Bowl
- 2005 Penn State
Most miserable game in my life
- 2008 Toledo! I drove from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada all the way to Ann Arbor to a game I was 99% sure we'd win... you know the story...
Was that damn Indiana game in '79.
I've been to almost all the games mentioned in this thread except for:
1969 -- Michigan vs. Ohio State
Wish I could have seen that one.
There isn't a single game I've attended that I wish I hadn't. My worst day at a Michigan football game is better than my best day at work (and I'm self-employed). Although the 1998 Syracuse game comes close. Donovan McNabb beat the hell out of us.
My first game in the Big House. Very frustrating as a young fan, but there were some great quarterbacks on the field that day. (Brady vs. McNabb. Wow. Henson looked tremendous at the end of the game too).
Games I've been lucky enough to attend: 2003 vs. tOSU, 2004 vs. MSU, 2005 vs. PSU, 2006 at PSU, 2007 Rose Bowl (Game was disappointing but the experience will stay with me forever. My student manager friend got me a ticket on the 50 yard line.), 2008 vs. Wisc, 2009 vs. ND
Game I was fortunate to miss: App State
Game I wanted to attend: 2008 Citrus
Hit: 1969 OSU. Not born yet.
Miss: 1994 Colorado. Senior year.
What an eerie feeling that game was. The stadium was incredibly quiet during the two minutes of silence. There was no noise anyway near the stadium due to the no fly zone around the stadium. The two bands playing the national anthem was moving. The only thing we didn't plan for was the bank machines were removed from the stadium and we ran out of cash. I also remember it took 3 hours to cross the Ambassador Bridge that Friday afternoon.
I remember that game. During the moment of silence for 9/11, it was so quiet that you could hear the wind blowing. I remember thinking that you'll never, ever be surrounded by 110k people and have it be that quiet. That memory will always stick with me.
And it was much better than the MSU game the same year (though I don't regret going, so I could see it with my own eyes, not a tv camera view), because there was this plane that flew WAY too close to the stadium up there...!
Bo's near-perfect season ends with a showdown win over Nebraska.
Nobody mentioned it yet, so maybe this isn't overkill:
PSU '97 is the one I would have wanted to be at.
Either bookend of the '07 regular season I wish I hadn't gone to.
that PSU game is the signature win of the Carr era. Maybe Cooper spoiled me RE OSU; until Cooper came, Bo only broke even against OSU.
That PSU game remains the most dominant UM performance of my 20+ year fandom.
Game to trade?... '95 Purdue. I think I'm still defrosting.
First and only time I was ever in awe of my own team . . . who the hell are those guys? (The Cap One Bowl comes close . . . who the hell are those caoches?)
Game I wish I was at: '91 OSU - Howard Hiesman pose. Had tickets, but got cocky and stayed home. Took the OSU game a little bit for granted back then.
Game I wish I was not at: '94 Colorado - Stewart to Westbrook. So quiet at 0:00 you could hear the breeze.
Those people talking the Northwestern game don't know what they speak of. That was a sauna compared to Purdue. It took a week for my nuts to fall again.
This is easily the first game that came to my mind. An absolutely stunning performance from top to bottom on both sides of the ball. Carrot Top was almost tripping over his own feet by the end of the game.
As Archie Bunker liked to say....Those were the days.
To this day, I continue to kick myself. I didn't have full season tix at that point, but I shoulda just spent the buc...uh... money to get a ticket and go. One of my current gameday buds takes every opportunity to remind me that he was there and I was not.
That is the only one, though.
There are many I would like to have been at.
1940 Michigan vs OSU - Ol 98 destroys the Buckeyes and the whole crowd gives him a standing ovation as he walks off the Horseshoe field
1998 Rose Bowl
But the winner would be:
had season tickets for '69. He gave my OSU ticket to a navy buddy (OSU fan), and I sat home and watched on the couch with the navy buddy's two daughters (had crush). I wasn't sure at the time that I hadn't broke even; I know I caught more of the actual play this way. But, you know, geez.
Just one? Seriously? Can't I list, like, forty?
OK, just to set an artificial limit on it, then, I'll pick two that I've actually been alive for and actually knowing what's going on (that is, being four year old doesn't count.)
1997 vs. Penn State, and the Orange Bowl vs. Alabama.
The second because of the combination of Big Game and Dramatic Finish, and the first because of the major-league hype that surrounded that game and the really rare and awesome feeling of facing a clash of the titans and thoroughly dominating it.
At the big house: 2005 Penn State; 2009 ND
Away from the big hosue: 2005 Rose Bowl vs. Texas (I know we lost, but that was probably one of the best college football games ever played)
Wish I could trade away: I2007 Ohio State. Probably the most boring game ever. I don't remember us getting a first down the entire second half, or something like that. Also, the 2002 Iowa game sucked too.
Games I'm glad I was at: Almost all of them, but particularly, 2002 Washington, 2002 Penn State, 2003 Ohio State, 2004 Michigan State.
When Rod Gerald fumbled on that last drive I often wonder how loud the place got.
I still can't believe Rich Rod's final play call of having Tate hit Gardner on the screen, who then passed it to a streaking Denard 50 yards downfield... best game I ever missed!
Either Braylonfest or the Capital One Bowl in 07, few things in sports beats watching Tebow lose.
Why would you want to have seen OSU beat ASU?
97 OSU would have been sweet.
98 Rose Bowl
89 Rose Bowl - we beat USC 22-14.
the Cap 1 Bowl.
Wish I'd missed the 07 Oregon dong stomping.
Trade out the HORROR with Braylon Edwards Touchdown Party 2004
from 1969 through 1978.
My favorite game that I attended was a UM win at home over OSU in 1983. My first UM vs OSU game they lost at home in 1981.
Worse game. I drove from Lawrence, KS to Ann Arbor to see UM lose to Toledo in 2008! The worse game I ever seen UM play period! But got to see the family in MI, so not a total loss of a trip. It was the first home game my wife got to attend.
mine is yet to come.
Michigan takes an underrated and under appreciated squad of men who want it more to Columbus and beats the hell out of the Buckeyes...leaving their fans speechless.
why wont i be there? i dont plan on going to any OSU/Mich games in Columbus for fear of my life. their fans are insane.
way back when we would routinely shutout teams, I would accelerate the rivalry.
I've been super lucky to be at almost every game, good and bad, on this board. I was lucky enough to grow up with parents with tickets and a mom who was too crotchety to go to many of them...thank you, 95 Virginia. I was young, and put up my finger in a "#1" sign, and my dad turns to me and goes: "We're FAR from #1". Burned into my mind.
I would love to go to the 69 game if I could, but I would honestly take Bo's first Rose Bowl over almost every game I've seen.
If I could, I would trade the 07 Oregon game. That was a rough one...I don't remember ever feeling that outplayed in any game. I was just numb the entire game.
Two of my favorites, though, have to be the 03 Notre Dame game (sentimental reasons: first big game as a Freshman with a trouncing put to their cocky asses - 38-0) and 05 Penn State.
Michigan beats Washington after getting whooped the previous year. Tyrone Wheatley runs for 235 yards on 15 (!) carries and 3 TDs as a sophomore. Wasn't he hurt, too?
Undefeated season. (sort of)
All-time best performance by one of my all-time favorite wolverines. Wish I could've been there.
First time I ever saw Michigan win a big Bowl game in an all out shoot-out. They scored a lot, and we matched them each time.
Up till then, we had to rely on the D to keep the opponent to under 20 points for us to stay close.
1997 OSU--that was a great game that I missed due to high school playoffs (we lost).
...and I was lucky enough to be at many of them. Favorites: '89 Rose (win over USC, it was cathartic) and '98 Rose (of course!). If I had to pick one I didn't attend, it would be the '86 Fiesta because it was the closest Bo ever came to the MNC, and this coming right after his worst year.
Worst game I wish I hadn't attended: Colorado. I felt sick to my stomach for nearly two weeks afterward whenever I thought about it.
re: The Horror. I completely missed the game coverage because I was traveling. Saw the score flashed in an airport sportsbar and instantly realized it would have taken years off my life if I had seen the game.
One I didn't see mentioned was the Dreisbach-to-Mercury Hayes game winning TD game against Virginia. If I remember right at one point that was our biggest fourth quarter comeback ever.
It feels good to see all the great games I've been to in this list. Ones I most regret missing?
69 OSU. I would have had to been born, but technicalities.
97 PSU - what point is there making the trip if you couldn't be there for that one?
97 Wisky - not a great game, and cold as hell, but it was the one that season I could have realistically gone to that I didn't.
00 Orange - one of the few recent bowls I haven't been to, due to Millenium rates, and some dumb Tom Goss policies.
06 ND - another missed opportunity, just couldn't get the trip to work out. But after putting up with a lot of losses, Remy seemed like a long time in the past, and I wanted to see another win down there.
1902 Rose Bowl.
I don't get to many games because I live in Indianapolis and I'm a poor college student. But, I was able to attend the Notre Dame game last year with some Michigan fan friends and a Notre Dame fan. It was great being able to rub it in after he talked shit for 2 days leading up to the game. That was one of the most exciting games I've seen.
I also went to the Oregon game the week after THE HORROR. That was a terrible experience. The whole game I told my the old geezers behind me to sit down. They didn't appreciate it when I told them to go home and watch it at home if they wanted to sit down the whole time.
Hope you were less of an asshole than at the Oregon game.
Tough to pick anything other than '69 OSU. Think about it: we had gone through two decades of almost continual mediocrity (interrupted by one good year in '64), and here we were facing a team that was called the best ever, on a 22-game winning streak - a team that had humiliated us the year before. And we took it to them and launched a new era of Michigan football.
'97 PSU is definitely a strong runner-up. Not only were both teams undefeated, but we had a three-game losing streak to them to pay back. We did and then some.
As for what I'd give up, I'll gladly dispense with Syracuse '98. App State led to a horrible fallout, but it actually was an exciting game. Syracuse was just a gamelong embarassment, made worse by the fact that it was our first home game after the national title (and my first home game as a student).
I'd have loved to have been at that game.
I wouldn't give up... my first game in The Big House (back when it was just big). My junior high school football team benefited from one of Canham's promotions. November 16, 1968 was a cold, nasty day. The sleet did not make it any more pleasant. I sat in the shadow of the press box trying to stay warm while Ron Johnson stayed warm by rushing for 347 yards on the grass against Wisconsin.
I hate Toledo.
3OT against MSU
and the Cap1 against UF
I was at both The Horror and Oregon games. My son was seven at the Horror and he made me leave, he said "dad, I want to go. I can't stand to watch Michigan play like this."
If nothing else I know I am raising him right on one front. We left at halftime and caught thew fourth qtr at home. My temper was getting the best of me at the stadium.
Ah yes, leave because Michigan is playing poorly. He'll excel at being a bandwagon fan. Congrats!
EDIT: Comment retracted due to additional information being provided. 100,000 crazy people can be intimidating/annoying for a youngster.
was bothering him more. He admitted that to me later on. I would have stayed, but it was obvious he was not happy.
We don't do bandwagoneering A-HOLE.
Now that is a logical reason to leave the game. Large crowds bother many people. I retract the bandwagonneering comment.
So noted. We're good here.
EDIT: I gave you back the point I negbanged earlier, in retrospect the "a-hole" comment was out of line.
The scars build character. And the chicks dig them.
Now, there were a few dozen opposing fans I'd like to kill...
...the 05 Penn State win (which I was at) for a win against App (for which I was also at).
Trading "Henne to Manningham!!!" for "and the kick is good"
is that sacrilegious?