after watching some of the older highlights at the Big House, I noticed there are some traditions that are no longer seen at the Big House. One is the tossing of TP rolls. Another is the 20'+ flag poles that fans used to bring into the stadium and the marshmellow tosses. I understand the marshmellow tossing caused problems with the field. But I really do miss the other two traditions. I also miss the beach balls.
OT: Traditional TD fan celebrations
Teams can be penalized for throwing anything toward the field. It hardly happens but can. I think this is why TP isn't used as much.
wet toilet paper? I think it had more to do with the cleanup.... and people getting wacked by a full roll of TP.... then it did with it reaching the field, as marsh mallows were being tossed around for a while after TP was banned.
And people started putting coins in te marshmellows to gain some extra distance and that started to become dangerous.
More dangerous or more fun? Seriously though, the marshmallows were a lot of fun to throw and useful for pelting the sideline camera guy when he got in the way. Eventually they got smart though and put a marshmallow shield on his cart to protect him from the dangerous flying marshmallows.
I didn't think it was dangerous. I thought it was awesome. But that's not what the officials or highr ups thought.
Miss the beach balls? Those still happen
Beach balls, blow up dolls, the occasional condom, and other inflatable goodies still get batted around the student section. And instead of tp I saw some people throwing rolls of maize crepe paper at a few games too. For those unfamiliar with crepe paper:
Yes -- you'll still see plenty of these:
the reviews under that.
Wow, NSFW lol. Thanks. I probably should have guessed...
Yeah, I enjoyed explaining the inflatable penis to my son at the UTL game.
To his credit, he said he was going to pretend it was a carrot.
an inflatable penis over in the student section from my club seat on the east side. Of course, my wife spotted it first....hmmm....
Glad someone noticed our efforts with the maize and blue streamers. We went crazy for the ohio game. We had over 50 of them and our foreign friend wore a giant puffy coat to sneak all of them in. But most of us are graduating and I hope someone keeps it going for years to come!
Unacceptable!!! That is totally the wrong color of maize! Oh, wrong thread.....please continue!
Everything was better at Ferry Field before that noob Yost decided to dig into the water table to show everyone how big his shovel is. Get off my lawn, Jesse Owens.
Thankfully, the old tradition of passing up coeds has been abolished.
but where was it (years ago) someone took a blow up doll and passed it up the crowd like a coed and then tossed it over the edge of the stadium? Anybody who saw it but didn't know it was a blow up just screamed. Anybody recall that?
lol that is awesome.
Maybe if they were actually sacrificed and thrown over the top we would never lose in the Big House again. It may or may not apease the gods, but I think it's worth a shot.
Couldn't have fit your avatar any better.
I'm the one who has probably uploaded the majority of those clips you have watched. And since I don't include the PAT's in my vids, I should mention that the game was delayed big time after touchdowns. Stadium workers had to clear a ton of toilet paper out of the end zones before the extra point could be kicked. And if the opponent was Notre Dame, Ohio State or some other top 10 team, all that toilet paper seemed to be multiplied by 100.
It's surprising how long this tradition was allowed to happen. The transition to marshmellows didn't happen until the very early 90's, I believe.
Nah, we were doin' the mallow toss back in "83 FWIW...
Marshmallows were being tossed as early as 1989, I have the marshmallow stains on my M hat to prove it.
Throwing "wipe Woody" toilet paper at the '77 Ohio game. Wish I had saved a roll to prove that stuff really existed back in the day. Wipe Urban just doesn't have the same ring to it.
I remember fondly the days of TP being thrown, the passing up of the coed or the smallest "Frosh". I also remember throwing marshmallows. I also remember people putting them in their mouths and then throwing them. That was pretty gross. I also remember people putting pennies into their marshmallows and then throwing them. You would get a lot more distance and it could hurt quite a bit, not fun. I do remember one game during the Moeller years when there was a big snow storm and everytime the cameraman would come around on his crane into the corner it would be a blitzkrieg of snowballs. I also remember throwing a ton of snowballs at a former woman ESPN sideline reporter by the name of Andrea Kramer. She was not very attractive if I remember correctly, but I remember this one guy yelling for her saying how much he loved her. The next thing you knew about a hundred snowballs were heading directly at the guy. That was a fun day. Sadly I don't remember who we playing against.
I definitely remember the old penny-in-the-marshmallow trick. It absolutely made for a longer toss. When it was hot they would start melting on the old astroturf and get caught in the players cleats; hilarious to see. I also remember the "Fuck Michigan State" and "I'm Fucking Cold"- Winter Term '88 tees. Ah, the good old days.
Before the field was lowered in 1991 the all male (!) cheerleading squad performed backflips off the wall to match the score. There were only 7 or 8 men so they got pretty wobbly whenever the score exceeded 50 and each had to do multiple flips in rapid succession.
but please see Yost for proper execution, esp. the back-front, up-down, and left-right during the clapping which would look great if everyone did.
I miss the flags for sure. I understand viewing issues, but it reminded me slightly of old rome where each legion had its own flag/symbol. Felt more like the coliseum to me. Im probably just a tool but i liked them alot.
I do miss the flags too. It was cool seeing them waved during games. Then again I never had one block my view so I see why they are not allowed.
"bringing in a giant stick" issue.
Though really, they looked best when they were in the top row anyway, where there was no viewing problem, so it is a shame.
Y U NO LIKE SHISH KABOBS?
The other thing I miss a lot is when they used to kick FGs and PATs at the student end, before there were nets. As soon as the ball hit the section people would toss it back as far as possible, before the ushers could retrieve it. On a good day we could get 5-6 balls out of the stadium; man, those ushers worked hard for their money.
People still do that if the ball misses the net, it's fun.
I always hated the a--hole that tried to throw it over himself without passing it around a bit. F-er.
they still do that for the missed FGS
I would enjoy Hot Dog Man throwing hot dogs in the student section. Many a starving student was satiated on gameday thanks to Hot Dog Man.
i believe there's still a group of people who have a big flag they wave on the visitor side near the tunnel unless they stopped bringing it and i just didn't notice
Beach Balls are definitely still bouncing around the stadium. I love it when a young kid gets ahold of one and spikes it right in some 60 year old womans face 2 rows down..awesome.