Did anyone else find the strip club advertisements behind the planes flying overhead slightly strange? (they may or may not have sparked an argument between the couple that was next to me)
Stories/Impressions from the Big House 5-0 Big Chill Victory
100s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones was a favorite between me and my dad. Until it got awkward that we both knew the other had been there.
They actually haven't allowed personal aircraft to fly above the stadium for football games for several years (probably since 9/11). I'm surprised they let it go yesterday.
Do you think they worded the regulation just for football games, which would make hockey games exempt (till they change it)? Has anyone been to any recent graduations (other than Obama or other President-types, which would have been on lockdown at any time), did they let flyovers go? Because I can't figure out how all of a sudden there are planes and helicopters everywhere.
Which gives you 20,000 mgopoints.
Which begs the question, do people with 20,000+ mgopoints even care about mgopoints?
My fiancee got kind of angry at me because I know where Landing Strip is.
We live in Plymouth 10 minutes from the airport, how could you not know where it is?
*hangs head in shame*
Because before 9/11, those types of planes used to fly around all the games. People who started attending after that, it's a new experience.
The Deja Vu banner flew over the stadium my freshman year (2001) and after 9/11, planes couldn't fly over the stadium during games so you saw it less and less.
i was certain that the stadium would be 80-90% full and the student section would be half full. i was so wrong. it was awesome, the stadium was pretty well packed.
it was beautiful to hear 113,000 people yelling "SIEVE SIEVE SIEVE SIEVE"
EDIT: did anyone see wholbergs FG kick celebration after he made it 5-0? maybe he should kick in the gator bowl
the attempt at the Spartans post penalty chants were amusing. I did think the crowd got into it hard. Louder and more synchronized than some football games. At the end, the whole stadium got the Sieve chant after goals.
Wholbergs field goal kick was awesome. Priceless. I am dying to see that again on youtube.
I barely caught that and need to see it again. Thought the Sparty to his right was going to clock him. Been going to hockey games for a decade now and never seen a goal celebration like that.
I would have wound up on my ass just trying it.
used to make the rounds of the stadium a lot in the 80's.
I have looked at several Big Chill threads and haven't read anything about problems with the TV feed. I'm in Arizona, and with about 7 mins left in the game, the screen froze and went black until 10 minutes past the hour (football postseason show was on). Good thing was I got to see all of the goals. I know there are other Arizonians here....did your feed cut out as well?
Great atmosphere, didn't think views were that bad at all (Sec 10, Row 54). All in all it was a great time and it was nice to send the Sparties home pouting.
they had to have made a mint off this.
from what i understand, hockey about breaks even. (which is far better than most sports on campus)
I think the argument that claims they should do it once, or it will become less significant going forward, is bunk.
It's worth trying.
Could be a yearly holiday tradition.
They could schedule ND, Wisky, OSU or even BC next time.
But you had a lot of people buying tickets because it was going to be the biggest EVAR, which would normally. If you do it every year, you'll probably have more empty seats.
It would become a lot less meaningful to do this every year. We'd end up with Spring game-sized crowds.
I live in Colorado, but bleed blue. It's great to hear the first-hand accounts. I was really glad to have a quality feed from FSN (or something?.. not really sure). Lots of fun to watch, especially when we win so convincingly.
From faceoff to fireworks, it was just so much fun!
I'm saving most of my thoughts for tomorrow's dear diary column, but there was a moment when up 5-0 that I leaned back against the back section 44, turned to my sister's boyfriend, and was like "Mike, tonight, life is good."
I went to all three outdoor games Michigan has played.
The Cold War was cool because it was the first, but the lighting and sightlines were pretty awful.
Madison was dismally cold and hopelessly boring, not to mention just atrocious ice.
This had the best mix of everything. Fun atmosphere that made you forget you were freezing your ass off at a hockey game, an obviously good ice surface, good weather, good sightlines, it was just flat-out fun. Also helps that we finally won one of these damn things... Really, though, a top-class event. Amazing.
The only complaint I can lobby is the absurdly insane amount of advertising. If this is a taste of things to come in Michigan Stadium, not interested.
We left MSU with a tie at THEIRS, and left 'em with an ass-whipping at OURS. Wanted to win the biggest hockey game ever. Much like how nice it was that (somehow) MSU this year didn't have more people than U-Conn (*wink wink*). now we just have to hold off on widening the seats till Nebraska/OSU come next year.
My favorite part of the game was the celebration after the 5th goal... The simulated field goal kick! Pure awesome. I hope a video of this gets posted. My second favorite part was the "0" under the visitors on the scoreboard... i can dream right?
"Guys, don't cash it in yet. State's only down by a field goal."
"Holy hell! We've held them to zero yards of offense!!!"
We didn't make it in quite on time because of how packed our enterance was, but that allowed me to snap a picture of Denard Robinson who just happened to pass by from about 5 feet away, riding a golf cart, big smile, dreadlocks flowing. Then we get in and see the amazing setup. And the game. And the chants. And the dancing in the 2nd period (what is that song called anyways?) And the stadium at night. It was a surreal experience. The guy sitting next to me, when flashbulbs were popping late in the night setting, turned and said "I could just die right now and be happy."
Denard was riding in a golf cart? I hope it wasn't being driven by an NFLPA certified agent.
Not to mention the danger golf carts present to a player's health:
How could Denard take such a risk just days before the bowl game?
he must be hurt.
Sombody start a rumor quick.
To be out smiling with his peeps instead of watching himself on TV being named to whatever All-American team ESPN was broadcasting at the very same time as your sighting. (It's posted elsewhere, but they invented a new category for him: "Offensive Back.")
I Can't Turn You Loose is the song. Longest I've ever seen it played, around 8 times total, whereas it is usually at most 4 times.
A ball. As a bonus, I met Obi and Mouton, up in the club seats. Told them congrats, great that they led M back to a bowl game as seniors.
Also met John Beilein up there. You know in person he looks about 10 years younger than he does on TV? Great day all around
Michigan is a very special place, as 113,411 found out today. When we play a hockey game outside, we break the previous record. Break is the wrong term....we obliterated the old record by about 35,000.
I almost had the feeling someone wanted to throw a winter party. If so, they succeeded admirably.
I also think we are seeing a slightly different direction in how the "Michigan product" will be marketed.
As for the lights...very cool. I counted them during the Wiscy pre-game. 72 at each of the four corners...288 in total. I thought the way the lighting was done was unusual and should be effective. It seems much better than light towers and should reduce shadowing.
And we crushed little brother. Always a cause to celebrate.
Man, just reading these stories make me sad that I couldn't go. I missed out on great history and a great environment. Hopefully they will do this again.
Overall it was perfect! the game itself, the morning, the stadium, the fans, the music, the band, the fireworks, having a video board to actually watch replays....it all was amazing!
big props to the athletic department for knocking this one out of the park...this will be a day I will always remember
I was 10 feet from GERG, RichRod, Denard, Fred Jackson, and all the recruits (I may or may not have yelled to Anthony Zettel to Go Blue). They all looked to be having a good time; I was surprised by how many "bodyguards" they had around the group. Additionally, they had all-you-can-drink Tim Hortons coming down the entire time, and I was extremely jealous.
I have pictures, but unfortunately I can't upload them straight from my computer to mgoblog...and I don't have a flickr or similar account.
Of course, great game and atmosphere as well!
I had an absolutely wonderful day. The weather was about as perfect as you could ask for. We had a nice tailgate with friends before our walk across the empty golf course. (It's kinda creepy when it's empty....especially in the dark.) We were a little later getting to the game than we wanted (gosh it gets crowded over on the side) so we missed the teams coming out but we saw the B-2. The game was a lot of fun. We had students who knew the hockey cheers and dances right by us, which was great. Even the people who aren't hockey die-hards did pick up the cheers. The "Goal count Ready" video was a little weird, but it did work. Just now watching the replay on Big Ten, and you can REALLY hear the croud giving it to Palmisano. The fireworks were fun with most people around us singing and dancing along. (Brian was sitting 2 rows in front of us, but he left before the fireworks and missed out on the good show.) As I said earlier, the walk back across the empty golf course was a little creepy, but the post game tailgate was fun and more than made up for it.
To another Michigan victory! Go Blue!!!
Not enough Morrissey played to the beat of the explosions, I guess.
Yeah, sorry about the non-energetic goal count video. The athletic department was pretty picky about what "looked okay" in the video, which meant the normal 'screaming really loud' method wasn't kosher, so by the time we got one that was "calm and clear" enough it felt a little awkward.
Oh well. At least I got to hang out on the screen at the Big House 5 times.
Just wait until you walk around on campus on Monday. You'll have more tail comin' at you than you ever could imagine!
Like the OP, I was surprised at the ability to watch the game. We were row 54 in the corner and I saw 3 of the goals go in the net without the benefit of replay. So, that part was great.
The entire production was also first class (minus the advertisements), so that was also an A+. The flyover, the fireworks, the introductions during intermissions, etc were all great.
However, I was extremely disappointed in the game itself. At almost no point during the event did I feel involved in the game. I don't know if it was the lack of noise, the distance from the ice, or the lack of a pure hockey crowd, but the atmosphere made it a "meh" sort of event for me. It seemed to me like it was a have-to-be-there-to-say-I-was-there-and-oh-yeah-there-is-a-hockey-game-too sort of thing. Almost an event for the sake of an event.
I'm sure being in control most of the game helped, but it just didn't have that overriding tension/worry that being at a football game does. At no point did I feel like puking. Can't say the same about the nervousness of football games.
the crowd reception when Nard-Dawg hoisted the the Silver Football. Great day all around
As a college hockey fan, ignoring my association with UofM, the event jsut keeps getting better the more I think about it. While I was there it was just another hockey game except it was cold and I was with people who tried to "you suck" temptation. But now a few hours later while I sit and try to write my final papers, I can't stop reading the coverage and smiling about what an event it was for college hockey.
is the most common rumor I've heard, to try to keep it special and to use in recruiting, if you play for UM Hockey for 4 years you will get to do this once.
Not so often that it just becomes a regular game, but still regularly.
Those who stay will play in The Big House.
Wow, the corner glare shadows in the middle thing talked about in the open thread is NOT how it looked in person. It was all glaringly lit. Bad camera adjustment (at least on FSD).
(Note: I went to the game much more for the opportunity to bring my son to the big house for an event rather than watching hockey. So, not much related to the actual game in the following)
I brought my two year old son to the game, and we had a blast. We were in line to get in our seats as the flyover happened, so that was a bummer, but otherwise everything went as well as I could have hoped for. We were in Section 21, row 51, but could pretty clearly see what was happening on the ice:
The first set of fireworks scared my son a little, but the second and third (we left right before the 4th goal as it was getting darker and colder) had him really excited and clapping.
I'd say we spent about 60% of the time in our seats and 40% of the time running around the concourse. My son really liked the band and anytime people were cheering, especially the goal count chant. He also thought the eagle statue was the best thing ever made, and was staring at it so intently my mom had to tell him she had treats in order to get a picture.
As we were leaving our seats and all the way to the car he was yelling "Go Blue Hockey Game" to anyone nearby, and got a lot of go blue's in return. Overall it was a great experience and I can't wait for another fun/cheap opportunity to take him back (football games can wait until he is old enough to care).
+1 for cuteness...him, not you.
I'd say my feelings were hurt if I didn't agree so wholeheartedly.