You forgot: boo very loudly when alumni sitting down aren't paying attention to the wave
Protocols of The Wave (Contribute to HTTV)
Former Daily writer Michael Florek contributed a great piece on the start of The Wave at Michigan. I have some extra space in that article to add a sidebar, and thought to collect some Wave Protocols--you know, the rules of the Wave and the different types of waves that roll around the Big House. Since every stadium does the wave I thought it would be nice to highlight some of the special things about ours.
Please add and correct me:
Protocols (to get us started):
- The wave is initiated in the student section.
- Students at the bottom of the section turn around and wave, and when all the students are waving, they turn in the direction the wave shall go (it always begins counter-clockwise).
- The students in the front rows then initiate it.
- The cheerleaders do not take part.
- Normal wave
- Speed wave (students wave their arms up to prep the stadium as the last wave is about to arrive)
- Super-slow wave (students wave their arms down to prep the stadium as the last wave is arriving)
- Reverse wave (students will point back the way the wave is coming from
- Double wave (students will poitn both ways)
Sit down during the wave have suffered through it for enough years and would rather just watch the game.
Are the high-strung students still there who freak out when the students boo the alumni because they "won't give us jobs" if the students boo them? Man, talk about stress cases.
This is the document that we (the students) sometimes litter the stands with to make sure everyone does it correctly:
...international amateur events?
It's appropriate everywhere, including funerals.
I heard that we invented the wave at a game against Iowa. Is this true?
Here is the story: (I posted this in a previous thread)
To my recollection, it's always been said that Washington invented it, but Michigan perfected it.
Yes. You can impress your friends with this useless trivia: The official Michigan name for the Wave was "Maize in Motion".
Washington invented it, we perfected it; just like the MMB invented the script Ohio, though they "perfected" it (as far as anything associated with Ohio can be perfected...).
Do you mean "concurrent", not "concentric"? What would a concentric wave look like if that's really what you mean?
Yes, concurrent is a better description. Two waves going in the opposite direction at the same time. We learned to do it that first day. The tricky part was to learn to stand right back up after your wave had gone through but the other wave was coming at you from the other direction.
I think the first time was the '83 Indiana game. We've become so accustomed to the wave that it's impossible to describe what it felt like for 100,000 people to do it without knowing what it was and all of them doing it for the first time. To a 10 year old it was like Close Encounters of the Third Kind when the humans used that Simon synthesizer thing to communicate with the mothership.
- When Michigan has the ball
- In the 3rd quarter
- When the game is already a blowout
I sure hope these conditions happen many times this season...I like the wave.
Too many times during the Richrod (and Hoke) years, the students would try to start the wave when Michigan was on defense and barely up at all. It completely took the crowd out of the game and several times the other team scored on that drive. IIRC this happened during the 2012 Northwestern game where Kenny Demens got the OT tackle for the win.
It absolutely has to be slow wave before fast wave. That allows for the biggest contrast and in my hey-day ('06-07), was when the wave was best and done this way.
That's the proper order and it's important that slow is before fast because often a if you do fast after regular, it will slow down eventually and be no different than a normal wave. The slow wave is obvious, takes time and the pace isn't messed up which allows for the really fun contrast of slow to fast.
This is the correct order
Fast before slow ensures the wave reaches it's zenith at concentric. Going into slow before fast lessens the pace and interest wanes quickly.
While mid2000s crews switched slow before fast the late 90s students went fast first. I just prefer the look of a slowdown after the speed cycle.
Agree 100% . . .
Including the 2 times around at normal speed.
And slow has to be before fast.
The other points below I agree with:
- Must be late in the 3rd quarter or early 4th
of a game with at least a substantial
lead (maybe 17 points).
- Should be when the opposition has the ball.
The noise of the wave can definitely be
additive to the general noise making,
and will not distract our offense.
In about 2002 or 2003, my cousin (a Purdue grad) came with my nephew. The wave was particularly well done, in the order mentioned above, and he came away very impressed. His wife tells me every once in a while, that he still tells friends/neighbors/co-workers about our wave. He was very disappointed when he came around 2008 or 2009, and there was NO wave. I hope the Students get this to work this year again.
Although it seems a relatively minor thing, it is one part of the gameday tradition that should not be replaced by rawk music or lasershows. The band, the wave, the 4th down stop chants and others like Let's Go Blue, Offense Like a Truck, and Defense Like a Rock, "key" plays, passing co-eds around, Hail to the Victors are all obvious parts of the college gameday experience that we should embrace.
I believe starting a wave while Michigan has the ball is considered bad form and is frowned upon.
It used to always be during a Michigan possession, because the fans don't need to be "involved" with the noisemaking and whatnot. A big play would often break up the wave.
I guess I never paid that much attention so I learned something tonight.
But hey-in MY day we didn't do the wave....we passed up coeds and drank beer from the pony kegs we were allowed to bring in.
Oh....and games almost always started at 1:00pm, cheerleaders did push-ups for every point we scored and we almost always won.
Don't forget the sight of the Boone's Farm bottles shimmering in the sunlight as they were passed up to the last row (along with the occassional coed).
Also don't forget the rolls of toilet paper that were thrown after Michigan TDs.
Game I was at last year, the student section had to try 15 times!
kept screwing everything up. They didn't start in section 31, they tried it in the 2nd quarter, they messed up the order, they tried starting it from the middle of the section instead of the first few rows...
They also tried doing it when Michigan was only up one score too. It was getting messed up a couple of years ago too, if I remember correctly.
Propose that we change the name to "Protocols of the Elders of the Wave"
I think the Hoover Street Rag article sums it up very well.
It is pretty important to me that the wave not be done unless it is a comfortable lead. Also, I like very late Q3, maybe Q4 even. This highlights the fact that it is *not* an attempt to make noise or affect play -- it is for the entertainment of the crowd.
One of the big reasons to not do it when M has the ball is that a big play will often kill the wave.
Side note: the Michigan Marching Band does not do the wave. The band should not be bood for not doing the wave. That is reserved for old alumni not doing the wave.
With pratice, it should become second nature, much like the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby have a conversation while they appropriately join the wave without interrupting their talk.
Also, the wave should stop for any injury.
Yes, don't do it when Michigan has the ball. Some noise can be too much for the offense if audibling, and big plays can kill the wave. Hoping we have lots of those big plays this year.
How has Brandon missed this opportunity???
But don't you realize what Brandon has done for UM's backgammon facilities?
I guess it will be the ripple this year? Reduced student section and what-not.
What is meant by concentric waves? I assume it means the rows from 1-50 go at a different rhythm and pace than the ones from 51-100. Is that true? Has it ever happened? It seems as difficult as it is original. "Exceptionally".
So long as we're just talking about any old traditions, the flag on the long pole. That lived until 2003 I believe.