for some reason I thought that the Nebraska game was being pushed to the second to last game since we are in the same division (and the two traditional powers in the division). not correct about that, and it seems the November thing was debunked earlier as well.
Petition for MSU night game next season
With annual back to back finishes of Nebraska and OSU. Particularly on years where they're both on the road. Not liking that concept so much. (Though it didn't work out too bady this last year).
Night games vs. PAC teams is a smart move, increases ratings as people are able to tune in from the West Coast. Musch smarter than giving Sparties a whole day to work themselves into a drunken frenzy. If the most recent home game vs MSU is any indication, we need to keep them where we can see them, with the lights on.
If we are going to play OSU at noon for the rest of eternity, and only get ND every other year, why not add a couple of games to the night slate? MSU would be the best candidate. Next in line would be Wisconsin and Nebraska-- I would love these games under the lights. I mean, its not like people are going to demand a night game for the UMass rematch or the crummy directional Michigan schools.
N seems like the least vandalous fanbase, and it's a two-day trip for them anyway, is it not?
RE user name: Is IhatSEC "hate" or "heart" as in the old "I heart dog-head" bumper stickers?
I would like to see a Penn State night game.
I think he means he hats them, like he goes around putting hats on SEC fans.
I actually meant to put "Hate" but typed to fast and submitted it. I asked Brian to change it, but in never happened. I decided not to care too much, since this is kind of funny and the original was pretty lame anyway.
them play! Let them play! Let them play!
DB essentially said a night game would never happen vs MSU because of crowd control and public safety. That said, I wouldn't mind seeing Wisconsin, Nebraska, or Iowa over the next few years
Agree. Since MSU and Ohio are out for the obvious reasons, I don't think we should limit the discussion to "rivals only" - which means we will only have night games against ND. In the past few years, Penn State, Iowa, and Northwestern have scheduled us for night games. I wouldn't be against returning the favor against any of them.
I don't think anyone could stand it if there were 5-10 thousand Sparty brahs walking around campus after having a 12ish hours to get wasted before the game. It sounds like a terrible idea.
MSU is the fanbase I'd least like to have in town for a night game
I love the smell of Axe Body Spray/Tear Gas/Vomit in the morning, it smells like victory.
Bro i would definitely like to see the situation there at night bro.. Im 99% certain that bro is as gay as the day is long bro. I would definitely have him at the tailgate, get him super wasted bro, then film him blowing guys in the porta potty bro. Carson Daly maybe? All good bro! Bring on their bro's bro.
I don't understand the anti-night game crowd. It would be a great atmosphere and a spotlight night for the program. Recruits are still talking about the ND game and the energy of the crowd. Hoke might prefer noon games, but they don't move the needle the same way. I just don't see the downside of playing Sparty under the lights. Hoke has ended quite a few streaks already and done things we haven't done in years. This should be the year we return to form against State, and this game is probably the most important one to get to Indy and finally return to the top of the conference.
The game itself against State under the lights would be great. But whatever the outcome, there seems to be more bad blood between Sparty and UM fans which, given a whole day to drink, puts a lot of pressure on the police force and the city itself to maintain peace between both fanbases. I am not saying ND fans aren't passionate, but it's a different kind of passion when it comes to MSU-UM.
it's not like rival SEC fanbases are very polite with each other, yet they play at night all the time. I bet our new friend RDT would back me up on that. I can see that I'm outnumbered on this in these parts, but I still don't understand why Sparty fans will be so much more bearable at 3:30 than 7 or 8. Doesn't seem worth skipping a night game next year to me.
This. Right here. There's no way the AAPD or DPS can cope with the shitstorm STAEE and Ohio fans bring to town for night game.
Based on my impressions, Nebraska fans carried themselves as well as any opposing fans I've ever seen in AA this past year. I suspect PAC fans would be ok - I remember UCLA fans as tolerable in '96.
I like the idea for the game itself. It's going to be a huge game next year, could basically determine the Big Ten champion, and would be an amazing environment under the lights.
The problem, as has been said above, is that Ann Arbor might not survive an all day into the night visit from drunken STAEE fans. It would be a disaster, with tons of property damage, drunk driving, and fighting. Horrible idea. Have the game at noon or 3:30 and get them the hell out of Ann Arbor asap.
Were you there, weren't ya watching? 2004 had pretty much a full half of football under the lights -- with tears of Sparty fallen!
A night game against Sparty would be awesome. Anyone that is worried about it being to cold is a pussy. I bet Hoke would still wear a short sleeved shirt.
Why elevate the Sparty game? It's just Sparty, for crissake. Play it at 9:45 AM on a Tuesday.
There will not be a night game against MSU because Dave Brandon said so. Don't listen to all those blog rumors being spread.
I love how the MSU/Ohio fans are essentially being described as a bunch of wild dogs that when get let lose, upheavel ensues. It's very true though and these folks need to be kept in check. No night game for them.
And if anyone has any good ideas on how to sabotage and/or otherwise undermine this petition/campaign, I'd like to hear them.
Looks like we'll have maybe one night game from 2012 to 2014. Brandon continues to disappoint recently. His resistance to a 4-team playoff, night games, and scheduling home-and-homes is irritating. As interesting as the one-off in Dallas will be, our 2013-2016 schedules up until the Pac-12 relationship begins in 2017 are probably going to be very bland. I hope we don't just play unranked ND teams at night every two years. That is exactly what night games should not be used for.
I don't see how you can be disappointed in his resistance to night games when he was responsible for scheduling one up in the first place. He just wants the night games to be special. Brandon is not the only AD in the country, either, who schedules neutral site games (LSU-Oregon last year).
Let alone the couches.
Ann Arbor does not want to wake up to this on Sunday morning...
I'm the only guy that starts petitions around these parts...
to be fair, i didn't start the petition simply found it and started the thread. you can continue being the petition-master.
When I first game here, my first post was a petition to play night games and everyone thought I was a complete moron (I was a little carried away with the maize jersey thing though, I don't want one of those anymore).
yeah i think i vaguely remember that. i wasn't being a dick or anytying (i was also making a joke ha ha)
I don't care what time of day the game is scheduled. I'll watch it no matter when.
My preference for MSU is a day game, but my preference isn't strong enough that I would sign a petition against a night game.
There is one thing being forgotten . . . Michigan plays in numerous night games, they just aren't all in Ann Arbor. This year, ND, Northwestern, and the Sugar Bowl were all at night, and Illinois could half be called a night game. In past years, Michigan has played at ND at night, as well as Penn State.
I still track with a night game being kind of special. More than that, I'd like to hear the opinion of anyone in public safety or law enforcement regarding a night game against Ohio or Michigan State. Just a bad idea. The violence, fueled and exacerbated by alcohol excess, isn't worth it.
The darkness and the sheer amount of partying time would practially be begging Sparty "fans" to engage in various felonies, misdemeanors, and acts of thuggery. The fire department doesn't have enough extra people for all of the furniture burning that would take place.
No X 1,000.
You should really go easy on the ellipses; this is not MGoSteamofConciousness here.
I think the problem next year is that we really don't have any games to choose from if we don't make the STAEE game a UTL affair. Air Force at night? That's not exactly awe-inspiring. So MSU might be a bad choice, but I'm not sure there's a better one if Brandon is committed to playing a UTL game in 2012
As amazing as a night game atmosphere against State or Ohio would be, its definitely not the best idea, and Brandon will never let it happen. Ohio's for obvious reasons, in November, but I feel like the campus would be absolutely trashed after a full day and night of drinking and fighting between UM and MSU fans. I do support Brandon's decision on that one.
However, I hope Brandon is smart enough to not only schedule Notre Dame for night games. Nebraska would be great, maybe Iowa (if they're good that year), Wisconsin, and USC/Stanford/Oregon when we start playing the PAC-12.
Maybe throw in an SEC home-and-home in there somewhere. Just saying.....
I'd do a night game vs. ND, and Iowa, and Nebraska, and Penn State, and also against the Pac 10 teams. I'm not as sure about Wisconsin . . . I know they put away their beer. I'm also not sure I'd do a night game vs. Illinois. They really don't like Michigan, even if they're not rivals on the same level as Ohio or MSU. Oh, and until we convincingly win against MSU, for say, 10 years, can we put away the "MSU isn't a rival" meme? I don't like them, and they're not on the same level as Ohio, but the fact they've beat us four years in a row certainly makes them a rival.
STOP TAKING SHOTS AT THE D a-hole
HELL TO THA NAW!!!!!
I don't see it really being about the rowdy fan issue.
A night game at Michigan is going to get a lot of coverage and national TV attention. It's an edge for recruiting. When kids see a game like that, they get fired up to go Blue.
I don't think Dave Brandon will EVER share that spotlight with our in-state rival.He'd never even consider it. There's no upside, and plenty of downside.