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OT: What's the best Non-Michigan game you have ever been to???
I went to that Notre Dame @ Michigan State game in the rain that featured the big Brady Quinn-Szjmklrtygmardzia (Cubs pitcher) comeback. I believe that was 2006. I hate seeing ND come back and win anything, but I love seeing Sparty crushed. I got my ticket free, for those that might want to question me.
then you must've heard Valenti when he WAS BUSY FIRING UP HIS SECTION!
I was at the same game, and had the same basic experience.
I had been at the Wisconsin game earlier, so I had all of my Michigan gear on. On the way out of the stadium, all of the ND fans that saw me looked just slightly glum (the week previous was the week Lamarr Woodley crushed the hopes and dreams of ND Nation in South Bend).
Also great about the game: we were under the overhang, so we were bone dry the whole game.
What a spectacle...
Hahah you got to observe Drew Stanton running the option in Hurricane Katrina??
Can we come up with a scenario for our game vs. Michigan State that will lead to an even more epic Mikey V rant? I feel left out, Notre Dame brought one on and we haven't
I went to the BGSU / OSU game at Cleveland Browns Stadium back in 2006, I think that's when it was. I got free tickets to the game so I went and cheered on the Falcons to no avail obviously.
Other than that, I haven't gone to any non-UM college football games.
I have never been to a non-Michigan game, it would be like trying to get a buzz off non-alcoholic beer.
I went to the 2006 Illinois-MSU game in East Lansing. Illinois (who at the time hadn't won a Big Ten game -- let alone one on the road -- in God knows how long) pulled off the upset that basically put the last nail in John L's coffin. I was laughing my freaking ass off most of that game.
Had I known the Illini would be kicking the crap out of us in back-to-back years in the not-too-distant future, I might have had a different attitude that day.
I remember watching the end of that game on TV. After it was over, a brawl started between the two teams when Illinois players planted their school flag on the 50 yard line at Spartan Stadium.
I was laughing over how hypocritical the MSU players looked getting all angry and fighting since they were the ones who planted their flag at Notre Dame Stadium the year before.
Classic Sparty. They can dish it out but they can't take it.
NC State and South Carolina last years season opener...huge DUD. A large number of Cock fans showed up and EVERYONE was bored...almost no cheering for either team the entire game.
Easily the worst game ever. Went with all of my buddies that were students at Western, sad part was that I had to pay $10 for my ticket while they got to go for free since they were students. Awful....just awful!
Never been to a non-Michigan college football game...
If we expand it to hockey, though, Holy Cross-Minnesota, NCAA West Regional, '06. Hands-down probably the most exciting sporting event I've ever seen. Period.
(Edited to add video with the HC student broadcast audio)
Knew it would show up soon. My most exciting non-Michigan game is easy. March 26, 1997 at Joe Louis. Fight Night At The Joe. Mike Vernon fighting Patrick Roy. Brendan Shanahan and Adam Foote twice. And the main event: Darren McCarty wiping the ice with Claude Lemieux. Simply the loudest crowd I've ever heard.
I was at this game as well. I remember everything that you mentioned. I also remember Shanny clotheslining Roy as Roy skated out towards the melee near center ice. I went away from that thinking that with all of the bad blood between the two teams it took Igor Larionov and Peter Forsberg to get things rolling. To me, this is the night that the Wings won the Stanley Cup. Sure there were many more games to be played but that team really came together that night.
I also remember commenting to my buddy that it was great that McCarty beat the crap out of Lemieux and then scored the game winner in overtime. I was even thinking that he was lucky to be in the game at the time because he very possibly could have been kicked out earlier because his fight with LePuke was not the original fight and the NHL has a rule stating that players involved in secondary fights should be ejected from the game.
Oh what a night! Definitely worth the $100 dollars that I paid for the tickets. That was a lot of money for me in those days - I was right in the middle of my starving student days.
Miami vs Pitt in 2003. I was attending with some friends who went to Pitt. in the second quarter of the game I noticed the Pitt kids were basically sitting on their hands and made Mich's alumni section look lively ny contrast. I drunkenly rose up to my feet, turned to berate the students and lead them in the school's fight song. Only I had no clue what Pitt's fight song was so I led them in a rousing chorus of "Hail to the Victors". Miami meanwhile was driving for a score.
Then as the game went on I noticed Pitt looked like crap but Miami actually looked decent so i secretly began rooting for Miami. I still kept leading cheers though because all the Pitt students were moaning about how it was cold (in the 30s).
I managed to achieve minor celebrity status due to my attempts to rally the crowd and was later approached by some girls at a party who remember me from my rabble rousing attempts. Oh and was wearing Michigan colors throughout all this. I'm told I'm actually on TV in one of the crowd shots, but the only way you can tell it is me is because of the Michigan hoodie.
I was at this game as well!
The final score of 28-14 really does not do justice to how bad Pitt was during that game!
Any time you can get Pitt fans to sing Hail to the Victors, that is impressive.
I went to the Notre Dame/UCLA game in 2006 and it was a great atmosphere and the game was really good actually with Notre Dame pulling it out on the final drive. Stadium went crazy thinking they were actually relevant again.
I went to a NY Rangers hockey game in 2006 against Ovechkin and the Caps. The game went into a 15 round shootout that was ended by Marek Malik doing this:
Me as well. One of the greatest moments of my life. The 48 year old father of 3 who had been trying to pump up the section all game finally sat down. Priceless
of much heartbreak on their faces. Most of them coming from us.
I was in Auburn for the 2007 USF vs. Auburn game. Was glad to see USF pull the upset (my Alma Mater). Great game atmosphere until the drunk Auburn fan chucked a table at my wife and I from the third floor of an apartment building as we walked back to our car. Great game that went into overtime.
Texas/OU the year Texas won the NC. OU had won the last 3 or 4.
VaTech came to WMU once. They were ranked like #5 at the time so that was pretty cool. They eventually choked against some shit ACC team and ended up fucking up their whole season (I know right? That never happens), but it was fun when they were there. I don't remember much of it to tell the truth. I was time traveling in BO-town.
I was at this game too.
What i actually remember most about that day was after we left the game we watched Iowa/PSU in the game where JoePa ran off the field like he was shitting his pants. That and those stupid inflatable "bats" that you smack together...thank god you don't see those stupid things much anymore.
Wasnt a good game or anything, but I went to Barry Sanders last game of his career at Baltimore. He was my idol and it was cool to see his last game even though he didnt put up any good numbers.
Any sport? When I was very young (like 6 or 7), my Dad took me to a playoff game between the Pistons and Bulls during the height of the Jordan Rules. Detroit won, and even at that age I realized just how good Jordan was and how my Pistons had a way to combat that. Just a great atmosphere and a fun rivalry, back when basketball games were not video games with little bits of action mixed in.
(no ones going to watch them are they?)
Such a painful ending
2008 AFC Championship game. I think it was 2008. It was awesome, the crowd was great, game was great. I'm not a big NFL guy but it was a great time.
Saw a Phillip Rivers led NC State team take Ohio St into triple OT before losing and watched Chad Pennington drive down the field to beat Clemson in Death Valley on Tommy Bowden's first game as head coach
every lions game ever.
forward down the field...
Michigan State vs Western Michigan in 2003. Too bad Western couldn't pull it out. Only went because a friend had a free ticket.
For non college football I would have to say Pistons vs Nets game 7 Eastern Conference Semi's Pistons blew em out of the palace. I think Ben Wallace had 20 points (or maybe it was rebounds but I swear it was points)
... saw the Red Wings clinch the Stanley Cup against the Flyers in '97 and the 'Canes in '02.
The first was the best, for this reason (dental work Photoshopped):
My best live sporting event memory ever.
Second place would be the 1999 Harvard-Yale game, in which Yale scored on a last-minute touchdown in which Eric Johnson somehow managed to catch a ball that appeared to have skimmed the top of the blades of grass in the end zone, giving Yale the Ivy League championship. (Eric Johnson went on to catch 240 passes for 2,178 yards in the NFL, and is the current boyfriend of Jessica Simpson [!!!])
In the early 90's when I was going to Central we beat them 20-3 (pretty sure that was the final score) and came back to Sparty town the next year and beat their ass again. This point in my life was when I discovered the dickfaceness of the Sparty tard fans.
Caught a Notre Dame/Tennessee game at night in Knoxville my sophomore year of college. Had no rooting interest but Casey Clausen separated his shoulder on a QB kneel. The night before I was at a party at a UT Lacrosse house and I met some guy on the porch wearing a Germaine Crowell jersey. I gave him shit. He said he was from Detroit. We started chatting. He mentioned he went to Bishop Borgess. I asked him if he knew Braylon Edwards. Then he showed me his Big Ten championship ring. It was Darnell Hood. I looked over and saw his buddy with his arm in a sling. He looked familiar. The duo then left with a bunch of honies in a Lincoln Town Car. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. The guy with his arm in the sling was Matt Guitterez. It was Michigan's bye week.
A week later I attended an MSU/Wisconsin game where MSU beat No.5 Wisconsin to help Michigan go to the Rose Bowl (eventually). This was two weeks after the 2004 Braylonfest in Ann Arbor.
So in three weeks I was able to see five different ranked teams play in three different stadiums in two states. It was pretty cool.
I also went to the BC AT CMU game a few years back. LeFevour's first game. He almost pulled off the comeback. Would have been nice.
Bishop Borgess or Gallagher, it's all the same. Good story though. no /s.
Ohio U beating Pitt in 2005. Was one of the first non-football people on the field, ran right past a clearly devastated Tyler Palko (guy played for like 10 years). Peden was jammed pack that night. It was awesome.
2008 LSU at Florida for a night game in the Swamp. I believe LSU was a top 10 team that year and Florida won 51-21. I must say, it was an electric atmosphere.
Great rivalry and almost always competitive back in the day (90s). My friend's Dad was an A&M alumni and significant donor so the tickets were sweet.
Texas and Texas A&M have never played each other in the Cotton Bowl (neither at the bowl itself nor at the stadium).
My bad, it was at Kyle Field. It was 15 years ago so don't be too hard on me.
The first Rose Bowl I ever went to was Ohio State vs. USC. Keith Bryers (sp?) for tOSU vs. Rodney Pete at SoCal. I was about 10 years old and was in San Diego for New Years, I was able to convince my uncle (an SC grad) to go up and scalp tickets. This was my first experience with the USC Song Girls, it was, "Very Niiiice"
I was also at a Duke vs. UNC hoops game at Chappel Hill. That was an awesome event.
BGSU @ MIZZOU 2001:
We pulled off the big time upset in the season opener. Action packed from the kick-off to the final whistle we ended up going going on a game winning scoring drive in the final minutes. That was an awesome feeling!
Texas Bowl 2009: Mizzou vs Navy. Navy fans were awesome. Golden Girls of Mizzou were awesome.
Runner up: TCU @ SMU last week. SMU was leading in the 2nd half. TCU fans were on the edge all the way to the last 4 minutes up only 2 scores. Great fans on both sides.
Also awesome: Rice @ UH in 2009, Baylor @ Texas in 2008, UMASS @ Texas Tech in 2008. The TT game was weak because of FCS opponent on parents weekend, but was still cool to see Tech during one of their good years.
I'm hoping to catch a game at Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, or TCU sometime this season. Just a function of timing out the trip/cash.
That's impressive geographical coverage. If you go to Ruston you could maybe do a double-header (with LA-Monroe).
I spent a half-year in DFW for work and got a decent grasp of SMU, but there weren't any TCU types in the office and, except for a quick visit to their campus, I wasn't able to get much of a feel for it or the students. The local "Mustangs" told me that it had a socially conservative, land-that-time-forgot atmosphere. Is that your impression?
Not really. There was definitely some upper-class type feel to it, but the campus has a very modern area around it. The campus is a nice little oasis tucked between the freeway and what has to be some of the most expensive houses in Dallas. The tailgate area on campus was tremendous. Definitely gets a "++" in my book. Definitely had the wine-and-cheese mixed in with the Texas BBQ style, if that makes any sense.
As far as LT/UL-M, I've given thought to it. It's just hard to get it all sorted out as I like to get on campus a few hours early and stay through the post-game to watch different teams sing the school songs with the fans, etc. Not to mention tour campus a little bit before the game if possible. Makes for a long time at any campus I make it to.
Ohio State at Wisconsin. Night game. Tied 10-10 at the end of 3 quarters. They play "Jump Around" by House of Pain, as is tradition in Camp Randall. The Buckeyes, led by Malcolm Jenkins, go absolutely nuts, jumping around on the sideline. And they smoke the Badgers in the 4th quarter to win. I think the final was like 24-20. From the time of "Jump Around" onward, Badgers were very much in the mode of, wtf?
It must have been 2006- both teams were decent, but that wasn't why it was so amazing. For Maryland fans, they didn't really get that football is a different cheering environment than basketball. They were shouting specific insults at specific players even though they were in row 30 or whatever. It was truly a basketball crowd in a football stadium- very funny to watch, and though Wake won (and in doing so, crushed Maryland's hopes of winning the ACC that year), it was a surreal fan experience.
Coming from a place where all the cheers are carefully orchestrated and all done together, the basketball crowd was just hilarious. At the time it was louder at that stadium than it was at Michigan games, which, well, at least they were enthusiastic.
The best game I have been to that is non-Michigan was hands down Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals when the Pistons destroyed the Lakers to win the NBA Championship.
The crowd was going nuts the entire time because the Pistons jumped out to such a big lead and coasted to the championship. It was quite a site to see and the celebration was awesome.
I always consider that game, and the 3OT UM-MSU games the 2 best games I've ever been to.
Florida at Florida State. The game featured Spurrier coaching and Heisman winner Chris Weinke playing. Doak Campbell was crazy.
Pass interference.... I had just moved out there and cheered my ass off for the U.
19-17 at Northwestern in 1997. What made it truly spectacular was the last play of the game. Michigan State lined up for a game-winning 28 yds FG on the final play of the game. It was blocked!! The look on Saban's face was priceless (see Brian Kelly 2010).
Sparty was 5-0 before the upset against the Wildcats and things didn't get any better for them the following week at home against Michigan, the game featuring 6 interceptions by Michigan including Woodson's iconic leaping one-hander near the sideline.
Ah, good times.
Later the 1997 season, I watched OSU hand it to Sparty in a game that was typical Sparty meltdown. After a blocked field goal, which was the latest in a number of screwups, a student stood up in front of us and yelled, "We suck!" Yes, you do, Sparty.
Luckily my Dad scored some tickets through work for game 4 of the ALCS. That atmosphere was amazing, never seen a more excited crowd for a baseball game. Best game I've ever been able to attend.
I was at this game in 1968:
and this one in 1971:
and this one in 1984:
You win for non-CFB, especially for '68. Lolich was my favorite player as a kid -- three wins in that World Series.
there wasn't a whole lot for Detroit fans to see at Tiger Stadium. The game I saw (Game 3), Ray Washburn threw junkballs and beat Earl Wilson, 7-3 on a Saturday afternoon. I sat with my dad in the centerfield bleachers and watched the movement on Washburn's pitches. The next day (Game 4), Bob Gibson pitched, and the Tigers never even saw the ball. We lost, 10-1.
The whole Series was riding on Game 5, played on a weekday afternoon in Detroit. That was the one where Michigan's tight end (and also a pretty good catcher in baseball) Bill Freehan blocked the plate as Lou Brock tried to score and we won. I was in school.
The 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit is enough to make a real baseball fan hallucinate. The starting outfield for the National League was Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Willie Stargell. Roberto Clemente pinch-hit. (He got a single off Mickey Lolich.) Johnny Bench was the National League catcher, and he hit a home run. Joe Torre was the third baseman. Sparky Anderson (from the Reds) was the manager.
For the American League, the lineup was Rod Carew, Bobby Murcer, Carl Yaztrzemski, Frank Robinson, Norm Cash, Brooks Robinson, Bill Freehan, Luis Aparicio, with Vida Blue as the starting (and winning) pitcher. Reggie Jackson pinch-hit, and blasted the most famous home run in the history of Tiger Stadium, off the right-field lights. The manger was Earl Weaver and he had his old coach Billy Hunter with him. Billy Martin of the Tigers was the other coach.
It was the greatest baseball game of my lifetime.
I can actually think of one other glorious experience I had at Tiger Stadium that actually rivlals the '71 All-Star game, but I was really young at the time, and my memory is hazier. It was seeing Gayle Sayers play for the Bears against the Lions when their defense included Dick LeBeau, Joe Schmidt, Alex Karras, Roger Brown, Mike Lucci, etc.
It's awfully hard to say one runner is better than all the rest. How do you compare Walter Payton and Barry Sanders, say? There are so many amazing runners. For me, having seen all of those guys after Jim Brown, who I never saw, I would not hesitate a second in saying that no one ran with the ball better than Gayle Sayers did in his short career.
When I was a little kid in 1984 my dad got tickets to game 4 of the ALCS. Needless to say, I was very excited. Problem was, back then the ALCS was a best-of-five, and the Tigers swept the Royals. Game 3 of that ALCS is the only time I have ever rooted against the Tigers in my life.
during the early 2000s. Both teams were ranked in the top ten. Michael Bennett had 3 TD runs of 50+ yards and Joey Harrington, in a moment of foreshadowing, sealed the loss with an interception to Jamar Fletcher on the potentially winning drive.
The 04 game was when Aaron Rodgers started the game by completing his first 23 passes and ended up going 29 of 31. Cal drove down to 1st and goal at the 9 yard line and couldn't get the winning score, losing 23-17.
In 05 it was Maurice Jones Drew leading the way in a 47-40 UCLA win. He had 5 TD's that game 3 rushing, 1 receiving and 1 on a punt return. That Cal team had DeSean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett on it.
Harvard beat Yale 1976
2007: Number One Appalachian State was undefeated and had defeated a highly-regarded I-A team earlier in the year. They trekked to Spartanburg, SC to take on the Wofford Terriers, who defeated them 42-31. According to Wikipedia:
The Terriers outgained the Mountaineers 431 to 320 in total yardage with running back Kevious Johnson accounting for 104 rushing yards.
It was a fun day.
Mets-Diamondbacks in the '99 NLDS game. Todd Pratt hit a pinch hit, series winning home run in the bottom of the 10th, just beyond the reach of a climbing Findley.
High 5's all around for the 3 other mets fans on this board.
2007 Wake Forest @ UVA. UVA won the game on a last second field goal. I was sitting on the lawn, so I had a pretty cool view of the game-winning kick.
Too many to choose from (non football - Stars/Red Wings or Rangers and Cliff Lee sweeping Yankees) but for football...
Midland Lee Rebels (Cedric Bensen's high school) vs Odessa Permian Panthers (Roy Williams High school) Think Friday Night Lights and imagine 22,000+ at a regular season high school football game in west Texas. phenomenal atmosphere and incredible game. It really is a religion out there.
I went to a the UGA v. UF game at Jacksonville in 2002 with some friends. Since I had no rooting interest it was fun to see the Florida rednecks (or necks as they are called in JAX) have verbal battles with the preppy Georgia fans. Keep in mind most of the Fans had been there since the Weds. before the game when the RV's were allowed to park at the stadium, so everyone was extremely drunk. I never thought that many overalls had been sold, but apparently they had.
I just realized that, if the list is restricted to college football, I've seen almost nothing. That would be Ball State vs. EMU at Rynearson many years ago. With the exception of the players, the atmosphere was depressingly minor-league. (I mentioned the players specially because if you're good enough to play football at the MAC level, that's still really good.)
Outside college football?
* This game: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL1163948/22/22... (Kobe vs. Antwan, basically ... statistically significant.)
* In the early '90s I saw Glen Rice (in the Miami Heat years) beat the Stockton/Malone Jazz on a buzzer-beater.
Bedford vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer
Could go undefeated going into the Monroe game. The Trojans have a tough running back.
I can't remember the exact year or the exact score but we had a great time. This game occured a week or two after Wisc beat Michigan and there was a stampede that crushed a few students. Of course I was rooting against OSU.
My friend was going to school at marquette in milluakee (i know its spelled wrong) and he was not planning to go to the game but I like to go to games whenever I can, so when he got in the car to go to dinner, I drove him to Madison.
We got loaded and lost our tickets so we went to the ticket taker with $40 folded up about the size of the ticket and got in the game. Ticket takers were more fun then. I got into the michigan vs boston college game in boston this way also but have not had much luck recently with this method.
Anyway we both wore michigan hats and sweat shirts which was even funnier because I am 6' 180 and my buddy was 6'2 240. He had to wear my clothes it was so f*&n cold. I had on 2 pairs of long underwear, jeans and sweat pants. People in the section we sat in hollered "wrong game" at us for a while but then we broke out the jack we brought to the game and everyone was cool.
As you can imagine, we woke up in a strangers living room sleeping on couches. Then we hopped in the car and drive back to milluakee (i know damit).
St Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals....2000, I think...maybe 99...... Was supposed to be a bengals win against some terrible team in st louis that had a qb starting cause the starter just got hurt in preseason. Yeah, some qb named Kurt Warner was starting who the yr before was playing for the iowa barnstormers in arena league.......
That to this day is the best offense I have ever seen in the nfl games I have went to. They shredded the bengals defense (hey back then lots of teams did) but they could have scored 70pts with ease if they wanted to.....it was flat out ugly for me as a bengals fan but man stlouis was fun to watch......
Yale-Harvard in 2005 at the Yale Bowl. Harvard won in triple OT. It was intense.
Yale-Harvard games are the only non-Michigan football games I've ever been to. This is what I get for growing up in Connecticut with no big time college football around...if only this was the 1890s...
I went to the 03 Motor City Bowl to watch Northwestern take on Bowling Green. The matchup didn't sound very interesting but it was something to do with the family the day after Christmas so we went to root for the Big Ten. We easily got great seats too.
It was actually an interesting back and forth game with Bowling Green winning 28-24.
I attended my college's semi final playoff game in 2004 when Linfield (the small college I attended in Oregon) beat Rowan 52 - 0 and the following week we went on to win the DIII National Championship. During the Rowan game the Linfield QB set the all time NCAA record for most TD passes by a QB in one season. If memory serves me correctly our QB threw for 63 TDs that year.
Linfield also holds the record for most consecutive winning seasons at 54.
You went to Linfield? I went to Whitworth. The best non-Michigan game I've been to was the Rose Bowl (Oregon/OSU) last year, but the second best was a Whitworth/Linfield game when we beat you guys for the first time in like 60 years or something. I think that was 2006 or so. You guys were always so good (and continue to be) at football among D3 schools.
Aaron Brooks led Virginia to a 21-0 lead in the first half, but Quincy Carter, Champ Bailey, and the Georgia Bulldogs came back to take a 35-27 lead late in the game. Then Brooks breaks off a 30+ yard scramble for a TD. UVA couldn't convert the 2 point attempt but recovered the onside kick and had a shot to win the game with a 50 yard FG that missed wide by maybe two or three feet.
nothing compares to being on the field at The Stadium last year, congratulating hideki matsui the moment the yankees clinched the world series. nothing.
Best non-Michigan football game: last year's Iowa/Penn State game in State College. I went to Michigan undergrad and Iowa for graduate school (and live in Iowa). The game itself was okay but was well punctuated by Claiborne's blocked punt/touchdown.
Non-CFB: Game 3 (the clincher, back then) of the Royals/Tigers ALCS -- the crowd chanting afterwards "Bring on the Cubs," who were up 2-0 on the Padres at the time. Never made it to the World Series but drove downtown from Ann Arbor for the celebration after Game 5 (and didn't turn over any cars).
I'm from East Lansing, so I've been to a few MSU football games. A good one there was the ND game at home with Charles Rogers with all the late action, I was around 12 years old. The Northwestern game just a few years back where, needing a touchdown in overtime, MSU threw incomplete passes on 4 consecutive downs instead of giving the ball to Javon Ringer was pretty damn hilarious.
Stanford @ Notre Dame. I can't even tell you how gratifying it was to watch the Irish get spanked into submission.
The pain on the Irish fans faces.... Priceless
Army-Tulane at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army scored on a last second 36-yd passing play to push the game to overtime, then the Tulane Kicker missed a FG to give Army the win.
Incredible game, great atmosphere, perfect fall day. If you ever have a chance to see a game at Michie, take it. It's one of college football's must see events.
Bearcats won 45-44 on a last second TD, after Pitt botched an extra point attempt with 1:30 to go, to complete an undefeated regular season. It was the first Saturday in December and was snowy and cold in Pittsburgh -- great football weather.
Went to my second game at the Goatshoe (my first was the 2006 THE GAME OF THE CENTURY which was a double dong punch, God bless Bo's heart) at the 2008 OSU-PSU game where PSU basically won the Big Ten right there.. I think PSU was ranked #3 and OSU was ranked #9, but Pryor fumbled the game away right at the end which was nice. Schadenfreudtastic.
1985 NFC Championship game da Bears v. Rams (I think). yeah Ditka, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, and the "Fridge".
College - my old college roommate grew up in South Bend ... so I got to see Penn State (w/ Curt Warner) beat ND (1982 ish) and saw Pitt beat ND too (don't have a clue when that was ... ok - I'm old)
However - nothing is remotely close to a football Saturday in Ann Arbor !!!
Go Blue !
The greatest comback in the history of the NFL. 92-93 Buffalo Bills vs Houston Oilers playoff game. Bills trailed 35-3 early in the third quarter. Tons of fans left early, but thankfully my father and uncle were too intoxicated to leave and decided to stick around to sober up only to witness the greatest comback in the history of sports IME with as much on the line that there was. I've never seen anything like that since then and I don't think I ever will.
Close second Buffalo Sabres against the Ottawa Senators brawl on ice game on february 22nd 2007. After a cheap hit on Sabres captain Chris Drury early the retaliation included an entire team on ice brawl that included both goaltenders which is something not seen very often in this day and age. Incredible game that ended in a shootout where the Sabres won 6-5. Incredible!!
But nothing, will ever trump a Michigan game to me.
Not only the greatest comeback, but one accomplished with the backup QB - Frank Reich.
I think the best non-mich football game I've been to would be either the MSU-ND game this year (free tix as well) or back in 1992 (?) HS regional playoff game of Arthur Hill vs. Grand Ledge.
I've been to a couple decent Tigers/Pistons/Lions game (MNF vs. Atlanta in late 90s), but nothing really too outstanding.
For me it was last years Purdue - OSU game where Purdue beat then #7 OSU. We rushed the field and it was pretty amazing. Always great to see OSU get beat, but especially when they bring so many fans to West Lafiesta and they act like they own the place with all the red and O-H-I-O chants.
OSU- Washington in Seattle. Huskies rolled 40-7. Nice to see the Buckeyes get smoked, by anyone, doesn't matter who.
2000 Red River Shootout game Oklahoma-Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. If you haven't heard the details: Game takes place in the middle of the fair grounds during the Texas state fair. 50-50 ticked split. A few hundred thousand people packed into a few square miles, drunk, and downing fried everything until they burst. Put it on your to do list for college rivalry games.
Upstart Oklahoma hung 63 on pre-season top 10 Texas on their way to a perfect season and a National Championship. I ate a corn dog 5 feet from Bob Stoops and his staff post game, before he became BOB STOOPS. Oklahoma cancelled class the following Monday for an extra day of celebration.
The National Title was a quantum leap for a team that was around .500 the prior year. hmmmmm.
First off it was pouring all day and game...my buddy lived at Indian Village right behind the stadium. Brutal fights busted out between Miami and FSU fans...blood was every where... it was crazy. Never seen anything like it. Miami won the game but lost the tailgate!
The game was awesome as well. ROSCO PARRISH HIT! BOOM! awesome!
I've been to several Purdue/Notre Dame games that were a pre and post game blast, but none of the games really stand out.
I obviously went to a ton of IU games in the early 1990s, but none of the games were classics or memorable.
But I have seen something awesome. I saw Ohio State lose on the final play of the game in the Horseshoe. So, that's my final answer. The Buks were hosting Iowa in 1987, and the Hawks hit TE Marv Cook in the end zone from 25 yards or so out on the final play.
For me its the 2009 Georgia-LSU game in Athens. That place was rockin'.
cc vs brother rice 2 years ago was insane. br kicker made a 51 yard fg with 1 second left after br erased a 10 point deficit in the final 2 minutes. it was unreal
best hs game iv ever seen
I went to two Grand Valley State University Div. 2 national title games because I knew some guys on the team and had a lot of fun.
It was Alvarez's 3rd year at Wisconsin. They'd finish 5-6 that year and got the Rose Bowl the following season, but they beat OSU in this game 20-16 and nobody saw it coming. It was a huge upset at the time.
Both before and after a win like that, well, in my opinion Madison can be a great place to party.
Oregon beating Oklahoma in Eugene. Was in the end zone club with Heffeweizen on tap and Outback food at the buffet. Okie may have gotten screwed but game was amazing. Side note: I missed my house warming party because of the game length. Had to buy the Newfoundland in my avatar to get back in my wife's good graces. I'd do it all over again if given the option.
I was at Georgia's drubbing of Arizona State in Tempe a few years back. Stafford and Moreno were on fire. Sat with Georgia fans. They were a blast.
around the turn of the millenium. Almost positive it wasn't 2003, so fairly sure it was a Stanford win and thus a good game to see. (My brother lived in the Bay Area then; his wife was a Stanford alumna and they had season tickets.)
I've actually only seen one game in the Big House. We left Ann Arbor in '75 and I don't get back that often. I've seen a lot of college games, though, so as a result, I've seen a lot of bad football: IU in the late '70s and early '80s, Purdue in the '80s and early '90s, random games here and there.
I was at the triple overtime Arky-LSU game in 2007. McFadden went all over the field and LSU lost.
Went to the bama south Carolina game last year where Ingram went nuts on them. Also went to the auburn south Carolina game this past weekend. Both tickets were free.
they all tie for last
was there section 9 row 17, at halftime I was walking up to hit the restroom and I hear someone yelling my name when I get by the tunnel to exit. Turns out, my cousin married an appst grad and he was there all decked out, appst gear calling me to come up and meet his friends while they all give me 2 tons of shyte!!!!!! Yep, my cousin, our family is from NKY and meet up in Michigan Stadium...
and imo, this counts as a non michigan football moment cause that was not michigan football!
Been to a handful of cfb stadiums around the southeast. Best game I've been to was Miami @ Clemson in 2005. Clemson lost in 3OT.
Most memorable non-Michigan moment I've ever witnessed in person was Knowshown Moreno hurdling a CMU defender a few years ago...truly jaw dropping moment. My brother (CMU alum) and I did represent pretty well in Athens though. We got there around 7am, had all of my tailgating gear and flew both a M and CMU flag on my 16 ft telescoping flagpole. We were the first to set up in the lot we were in, and the looks on the faces of UGA fans as they arrived were absolutely priceless.
I would have to say UCLA 13, USC 9 in the Rosebowl on 12/4/06, a common thread these days with UCLA, "no one saw that one coming" and its always good to see the evil west coast empire lose. Other than the New Years Bowl Game the only game (USC at the Rosebowl) that is actually sold out in the Rosebowl with UCLA playing. Not the best game seen but the most shocking and interesting, at least out here on the Left Coast.
Iowa vs. San Diego State. Incredible game. Unfortunately I also went to the 1987 Rose Bowl the next day.
I went to Game 5 of the '05 NBA Finals between the Pistons and the Spurs. We lost in OT when Rasheed Wallace left Robert Horry wide open to double-team Tim Duncan, letting Horry hit a game-winning 3-pointer. Exciting game, crappy outcome.
I've never been to a non-Michigan college football game. I might try to go to a Cal or Stanford football game sometime.
43 seconds, pass from Bruce Gradkowski to Lance Moore into the end zone to win it for Toledo.
I can't remember what year it was, but I went to the Wings game where Brett Hull scored the game winner in OT against the Kings when he moved to second all-time in goals scored. Sat right behind the goal he scored in. Absolutely awesome!
The best non-Michigan football game I've been to was the Slippery Rock - Shippensburg game played at the Big House in '79. If you can't watch Michigan, the next best thing is being at the Big House.
Growing up in East Lansing (I know, I know) I did sell coke (the soda) at MSU football games one season. I made about $20 a game. So, in effect, someone did pay me to watch Spartan football. Spartan fans were really obnoxious about getting their straws. I've never understood that and it has stuck with me to this day.
Since moving to LA in '97, I've been to a handful of UCLA games. It's such a letdown. The crowd is lame, the stadium is half full, some cheerleader guy with a microphone instructs the fans when to cheer. The team is usually not very good. The band is mediocre. It's just not the same. I have never been to the Coliseum to see USC. They are pure evil.
Do you remember that?
The Lions played an NFL exhibition game versus the Colts at Michigan Stadium. It was around the time that they were releasing the movie, "Paper Lion." That was a hot August day in the Big House!
I had never been to an Army-Navy game. This experience was up there with the Michigan-ND games in the late 80's when we were both in the top 5. The amazing thing is that between the teams they had 1 win in the entire season coming into the game.
The pregame, the parachute guys, the flyovers, the mids and the cadets, the last-second win on a field goal by Navy, and the singing of the alma maters after the game are something I will never forget.
I have been fortunate to see a number of other non-Michigan games (TN @ UGA 1998, Clemson @ VT on a Thursday night in Lane Stadium in 2006, Miami @ Florida in a night game in the Swamp), but this topped all experiences other than Michigan football.
If you are a college football fan, you need to see an Army-Navy game.
UVA-Georgia Tech, 2001. Actually the first three quarters were about the lamest three quarters in football history. It was like, 14-9 or some crap like that after three. The fourth quarter: seven touchdowns. Seven. I wish I knew what the record was, that might be it. And every single time, the teams both went for two and every single time, they failed. UVA won the game on a hook-and-ladder play for the last score of the game.
1998 NCAA Hockey West Regional Final. Perennial doormat Ohio State upsets #1 overall seed Michigan State in overtime at Yost to go to the Frozen Four.
You'll never hear an Ohio State team cheered louder by Michigan fans again.
A friend of mine, whose family had a long-standing relation with OSU, invited me to see the game because his father wasn't going (just buried his wife). OSU had not beaten USC in 35 years, but ended up getting out to a huge lead. USC roared back, but lost on the last play when it couldn't convert on a two-point conversion to tie. My friend started crying, everyone around us started crying, and we stormed the field. Couldn't help it, even though I was rooting for my friend more than the Beavers. Probably the most powerful sporting event I've ever been to.
I saw Cal crush Tennessee. It was nice to see the SEC get taken down. I also went ND at Stanford in 2005. Stanford nearly pulled off the upset. How times have changed!
How can you use "best" and "non-Michigan" as adjectives for one and the same game? For me, does not compute.
If forced to choose, however, I would say, the first game my 9 year old's team won.
2001 Holiday Bowl - Washington/Texas.
The Holiday Bowls are often good games and this one ended with Washington scoring a TD with less than two minutes left, and then Texas scoring their own TD with about 30 seconds left. Texas won 47-43.
Second best was the 2000 Holiday Bowl in which Oregon beat Texas 35-30. Part of my affinity for the Holiday Bowl is probably due to the fact that I was living in San Diego and knew someone on the Holiday Bowl committee. I was able to get VIP tickets that gave me great seats and access to the official pre-game BBQ. For the Oregon/Texas BBQ they had like 15 different kinds of duck and beef and lots of free drinks. The game was not too shabby either.
I have lived all over the country, so I try to go to games if Michigan isnt on at the same time.
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I was in AIT at Ft Jackson in Columbia and we actually had a weekend pass. This was right after 9/11 and we werent thinking we were getting a pass. Well we did, and one of my friends from back in Michigan was at school at South Carolina, she ended up getting me a ticket to sit in the student section with her. This place was incredible, and the game was incredible.Then I got to party with the chick, who was an ex-girlfriend of mine JR year of HS, lets just say that the whole campus was buzzing that night! I came back after my weekend pass and I told my Sgts that I went to the game, they said they were there too. One Sgts kid was the RB, the other was the QB. I had no idea.
2nd best game was the NCAA Basketball game between Kansas and Northern Iowa. I live in Las Vegas now and went to Oklahoma City with the UNLV Rebels for the tournament. Well they lost to No. Iowa on that Ali Farokhmanesh three. Well most of the UNLV fans changed their flights to leave town, and I still had tickets to the session so I figured I might as well see a Final Four team up close again. I had 3rd row seats, so I was just in awe of how good they were. I had them for all the sessions and instead of selling, I just stayed. Well if No. Iowa didnt do it again! That game was nuts, half of the stands were Kansas State fans, half were Kansas fans, so when No. Iowa was leading, the KSU fans were going nuts. That place went crazy when Farokhmanesh hit another three to put Kansas away for good. I couldnt believe that Kansas lost, I had them winning my brackets, haha! Oklahoma City sucks though, I got arrested the night before for being drunk in public. Coming from Las Vegas, I didnt get why it was such a big deal :)
Louisiana Tech over Michigan State 20-19. Michigan State had a 19-7 lead with 1:30 to play. Hilarity ensued.
The only non Michigan game I ever attended was Eastern Michigan v. Miami OH in Oxford OH. I've tried to erase my two years living in Ohio so I can't recall if it was 1994 or 1995. It was awful but Charlie Batch was the Huron QB. I vowed to only attend Michigan games after that experience.
Went to an early regular season Pistons/Wizards game once. Can't really remember who won but there was some dunking and dribbling. And nobody sat in the row in front of me or behind me so I got to kick back and relax. Great game.
We won tickets in the Rose Bowl lottery, but since Moeller went for 2 against Iowa and blew plus combined with Eddie Brown getting away with P.I. on Desmond in the MSU game, I was stuck watching Iowa-Washington. It was entertaining though. Was the highest scoring game in Rose Bowl history and Iowa almost completed an epic comeback.
VT Miami 2003
Still the first and only time I have ever rushed a field
- ND v USC at the Coliseum back in the mid-70s when I was a kid.
- MSU play some crap-stain back in 82 when my sister was a freshman at Misdemeanor State.
- UConn beat ND last year in South Bend.
None of them stand out as being great games or fantastic experiences. Watching a college football game which you have no vested interest in is a strange phenomena, imo.
What woke me was someone reading from MGoBlog about someone asking other fans about the best non-Michigan game they've ever been to.
I remember my heart racing, my fists flailing wildly, and this desire to yell at the person reading this dastardly message. This is the moment I woke up to ask, "There are other games other than the one Michigan is playing?!! If so, for what purpose? A lame attempt to copy the best I imagine."
Auburn 36, Florida 33. Terry Dean throws 4 interceptions and is replaced by Danny Wuerffel who plays exceptionally until a late game interception of his own gives Auburn the ball back with enough time to score the winning TD to knock off the then #1ranked Gators. Great game. Great atmosphere sitting in the student section in The Swamp.
The Florida faithful was pretty miserable the evening after the game which I could unfortunately relate to. I was in my third year at U of M in 1994 and that season was also the year of the Colorado game that will remain unforgotten. Also, after the Florida game we went to the bar and watched Michigan lose epically to Penn State in PSU's first ever trip to Ann Arbor. For those of you putting 2 and 2 together, yes, I did give up the PSU game in order to road trip to Florida. After Colorado, my heart wasn't all that into Michigan football for a few weeks.
Probably some great high school games that would be meaningless to everyone else. Went to a Lions game on Thanksgiving where the Lions made a comeback vs. Cleveland...after our Uncle made us leave to get home for dinner.
But outside of football, I was at a Pistons game in 1989-90 season against the Sixers where the Pistons were down like 6 with under ten seconds left, and Isiah score like 3 times to take the lead. Also was at Game 3 of the 2004 and 2005 NBA Finals. The championship year was better, though neither game was close. Obviously the series end was better, but it was the best basketball environment I had been in. It was super loud, and crazy (though Michigan vs. Duke and MSU in 89-90 was a more exciting finish). Plus, I had an incredibly hot date for it. It's amazing what NBA Finals tickets will get you.
Not best as in BEST, but best as in INFAMOUS.
UM vs. Colo. Kordell Stewart's last second 70 yard hail mary. I've never imagined the Big House could become so quiet. Incredible.