I was sitting around a few alums in their mid-30s, such as myself, and we were loving the noise coming from the student section. Awesome job.
The Student Section Yesterday Was Fantastic - Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
The place was deafening all around. I had to resort to an elaborate series of hand gestures to communicate at various points. Since I was not stopped for questioning by security, it seems that none were misinterpreted as being perverse at least.
The students definitely brought it yesterday. Loudest I have ever heard. Not sure if they started the Beat Ohio chant while the ohio band was playing but that was awesome. I'm torn on how I feel about them rushing the field. I hate that ohio will feel a sense of pride that we rushed the field after beating them, but I think after 7 LONG years, we all felt like we had won that game and all 114,000 deserved to be celebrating together at midfield after that win.
Prior to The Game, I had posted on here about not rushing the field.
I think the way it unfolded, though, was appropriate. The Game was dramatic (too dramatic IMHO) and the students waited until after the players had a chance to celebrate. It wasn't mayhem, or "OMG I can't believe we won and I'm running onto the field and tearing down the goal posts". It was just a celebration on the field after the game.
Ohio State fans rushed the field both times they beat us in the 90's. They rushed the field when they beat our 3-9 team in 2008. That was the worst squad in school history.
People make too much out of this issue. We rushed the field every time we beat OSU in the 70's and we were one of the most dominant teams in college football that decade. We rushed the field after beating an awful Purdue team in 1982 because it got us the Rose Bowl bid. Let's put this issue to rest. It's no big deal.
I was worried about the student section since it sounded like not many people were going to come back to Ann Arbor during Thanksgiving break. Glad I was wrong.
When you think how many students started at and graduated from Michigan without a win over Ohio, rushing the field was totally appropriate.
definitely celebrate on the field. Some crotchety bitches were purposefully impeding progress towards the field - lighten up! Probably the same people who dont cheer. All in all, some of the most fun I've at at Michigan Stadium in years and end-to-end the most electric since '97 for me.
Dont forget the Brown Jug...we kept that also..i just like the jug so im saying
What was the inside story about rushing the field? I have not seen that in a looong time.
Was it "taken by force", or did they just let everyone come down since it was the last game?
They have been pretty militant about not letting anyone on the field since they lowered it and essentially fenced it off in '91. No arrests, injuries, that kind of thing, I hope?
Good job, BTW.
Maybe it's the fuzzy memories of childhood many years later, but i started going in the late 70's (first game was vs. Indiana in 1979 at the age of five) and it seems like field rushing was fairly common. I remember lots of mayhem on the field after games ... then again, i remember playing pick-up football in the stadium on basketball game days too so maybe i'm just old.
It's tough for me to tell since I am usually up in row 85 and all of the noise is projected down, but for those closer to the field and across from the student section, was that louder than ND?
Notre Dame was definitely louder.
I had the same seats for both games, and while the UTL crowd was probably louder toward the end (after the V Smith touchdown and Roundtree touchdown), I'd say the crowd yesterday was louder for longer stretches on D throughout the game.
I definitely agree that this game was much louder over the course of the game than UTL. I think it was also the case that UTL was slightly louder near the end of the game (btw I was in the same seats for both games). Two reasons for this:
1. We were playing from behind a lot of the game against Notre Dame, and the comeback at the end made it even more significant to yell. ND did a good job of keeping the crowd out of it for many parts of UTL.
2. But even more significant, because of the constant battle thoughout the game yesterday, people (including myself in the student section) were beginning to lose their voices near the end. I already lost my upper range of voice by halftime. This still didn't stop me from screaming as hard as I could after the Avery interception, but I doubt much sound came out of my mouth. I know others around me were yelling as hard as they could in the last few minutes of the game, but people's voices were already lacking by then.
Not to say the game wasn't loud at the end of the game yesterday, because it was absolutely insane. I just think the noise factor was more consistent yesterday, and slightly louder at the end for UTL.
I love da3mite's second point. Reminds me of when my buddy used to do the goalie-sieve chant at hockey games (MILLLLLER . . . SIEVE) until he could basically no longer speak.
And I also think the back-and-forth nature of the game made for a consistently loud stadium, but the ending was one in which we celebrated a win that we sealed at the end and not a come from behind win. I think the intensity of the noise is different in those two scenarios. Maybe it's a function of the change in your expectations. In a come from behind scenario, you feel really low and then you're suddenly brought up really high. In the winning but seal the victory scenario, you feel pretty good (though are still tense); the sealing play brings you up to the same level of happiness, but you didn't climb as far on the way.
I still remember exactly what the stadium sounded like when Manningham caught the TD against PSU in 2005. That was the loudest I remember it. Runner-up was Phill Brabbs FG against Washington. (I was not at ND this year though - I don't doubt that it was louder then). But I was happiest after this game and OSU in 2003, because nothing feels better than beating the very essence of evil.
The student section looked awesome on tv. And it was full when the game started. Good work, particularly for a game on thanksgiving weekend. I'm sure that makes it harder for a substantial number of the students to make it back for the game.
The OP changed it from his wife kissing him on Kelly's Island to a pic of his wife in her new MIchigan bikini. Same girl - same family. But thanks for noticing.
Dibs....ah crap you called it first
So . . . let me get this straight. Your wife endorses your infantile following of a college sports team. So much so that she actually buys clothing for herself with the logo of said team. Not just any clothing, but a skimpy bikini. She then proceeds to let you take suggestive pictures of her wearing the bikini. Then, she lets you post these exploitative pictures of her . . . on the internet?
You sir, are a lucky man.
Back to the future. That was a student section yesterday. "Beat Ohio" is a bit PC. Another four letter word rhymes better with Bucks, but that's probably too old school for today.
And the goalposts are still standing.
But, practice will make perfect.
We had some of those four letter chants going on throughout the game. But i've never promoted taking down the goalposts. The whole "don't trash the big house" kind of thing.
and the student section looked awesome. It would have been nice to get the wave forms running.
Wave is for 3-possession leads. Tight games like this demand non-stop yelling.
It was so packed in that my feet were pointed to the Ohio sideline. There wasn't even enough room for me to sit down at halftime.
I did see two two signs that made me laugh- The Sistine Chapel "Creation of Adam" with Denard and Hoke's faces and a block O strategically placed. The other probably in bad taste was Tressel/Sandusky 2012.
They stepped up when needed most. Yesterdays atmosphere felt just line UTL. I even caught myself enjoying pop evil for a second. What has happened to me? Go Blue.
Funny you mention Pop Evil. To the everlasting shame of the rest of the board it seems I kinda like it. BUT....only when played at the proper time which is not when the team is running out on the field at the beginning of a game. No...the proper time is after a thrilling, last second win (after the Victors of course) like they did yesterday and after UTL. When I watch the You Tube of the end of UTL with the that song blasting and the pom poms flying and it still gives me major chills. Just like it did when i was there. And just like it did yesterday!
An angry MGoMob is on their way to your place of residence as of right now
I was in section 20 too, what row were you in?
Those fourth down plays in the fourth quarter when Braxton was pretty close to the student section is as loud as the big house gets. Overall I think UTL was a bit louder, but yesterday at the beginning and end up the game was deafening. I also put our comeback vs. Wisconsin in 09 up there in terms of noise.
Student section was fantastic. I just want to point out that once again the red sections weren't really in the student section. Especially considering it was Thanksgiving break, the students did a great job in avoiding selling to Buckeyes and bringing the noise.
Heck, even the alumni did good yesterday, but I think this is a perfect example for why people need to stop hating on the student section. When they are needed they get up and the "seas of red" are in the rest of the stadium (though there wasn't much red saturday).
This game was a lot louder throughout the game than Under the Lights. The last two touchdowns against ND were probably a little louder, but the whole game wasn't close. The student section was out for blood yesterday.
I was really impressed that "Beat Ohio" drowned out the script Ohio song 25 minutes before kickoff.
It's probably because I brought my dad into the student section with me and he knows how to do that crazy loud finger-whistle thing.
No one's surprised, but everyone gives the student section crap when they don't "perform to expectations," so it's nice when someone acknowledges that when the stakes are high it comes through.
The heck with giving them credit. Give them seats between the 40's.
I was one of the ones "giving crap" last week so I though it was only fair to acknowledge the fact that this game, despite the holiday, was dramatically better and worthy of praise.
I think a big part of why some students were late the last few weeks is because of how long it actually takes to get into the Big House. I got to the gates at 11:30 like usual and it took 35 minutes to get into the stadium. I feel like at a different sporting event it would take 15 minutes or less (obviously the Big House is bigger). How are the south entrances? I've only ever gone in through the North
It took 30 seconds!
I find that the Northwest entrance is usually the quickest moving.
What a game. Student section (and whole stadium) was on fire. The fact the stadium gets loud adds a whole new dynamic. UTL was louder at the end, but OSU was loud the whole way through. "Beat Ohio" chant during OSU band was incredible. Favorite part for me was when "Don't Stop Believing" was playing and fans were aggressively shaking their yellow pom-poms to the song while singing loudly. Fearsome!
"F*** Ohio" chant after personal fouls :P
was had by all.
glad the fans finally got a chance to rush the field.
good stuff, maynard.
Look what beating ohio has done for this board, no more bickering or infighting, just lots of love, they really are the source of evil. sports are awesome.
As a student I thank you for this. Trust me we wanted that win just as bad as everyone else after these past few years of suffering. This team and this school deserved it so much. Just doing our part.
Kinda off topic, but student section related: they kept showing on TV, next to Lloyd Brady, a guy who looked like a shrubbery painted maize. What the heck was that guy supposed to be? Haha
One used by snipers to camouflage themselves. He painted it maize and blue. We used to have a guy on campus who took that suit pretty seriously and you would find him hiding all over campus scaring people.
The Big House absolutely rocked on TV. I watched a bunch of CFB games Saturday and Friday, and it sounded louder and more intense than such vaunted venues as the Swamp, Autzen, and LSU stadium.
Can we put this theme to bed now about the Big House never being loud and intense?
About the maize pom-poms: They looked awesome, both in The Game and in UTL. The ocean of pulsating maize pom-poms really adds to the intesity and passion of the crowd. I'm sure on paper it might have originally seemed like kind of a lame idea for a place like the Big House in B1G country, but they pass the test. They need to be added to our arsenal for big games.