Just wanted to say thanks to the fans at the game Saturday. You guys (& gals) really got it rockin' and were loud as h*ll! I thought my speakers were going to blow. It's usually hard to tell on TV how loud a crowd is, but this week it sounded like you stepped it up a notch. It was good to hear it, especially late in the game when we needed it the most. Thanks. Go Blue!!
Thanks 12th Man!
I was at the game and it was the loudest I ever heard...even in the 4th after some of the doubters bailed and left for their cars.....i just wish I knew how to do a kickoff because I would go to Coach Rich Rod and tryout....
I was suprised at how manyold-guy-complainers infiltrated the student section where I sit. I actually think the doubters leaving at the end of the 3rd quarter made it much louder. Since we didn't have people next to us arms folded griping after every play.
That's exactly what happened during Braylonfest. All the fair-weather types headed home, the real fans packed down closer to the field, and to this day it remains the loudest place I've ever been.
(my usual objection to sweeping generalizations and assertion that plenty of GDIs are seat-leaving douchenozzles, too, goes here)
I figured they'd be full of old fuddy-duddies, but I was sitting just a couple rows in front of them in section 41 and loved that the folks in front were banging hard on the old maize "halo" on key plays. The banging on the metal made a helluva racket.
I think I saw you there! Were you the guy wearing the dark green raincoat?
Not loud at all in 1st half
It is called "looking for positives"
Not loud at all in 1st half
Too bad you missed the fourth. Those who stay indeed...
it was great how everyone got behind the team when they started making their run; we all know how the first half and the third quarter were quite frustrating. My friend, who has season tickets, remarked that it was the loudest he'd ever heard it. I have to hand it to Iowa, there weren't phased by the noise in the least and just took care of business.
crowds in general suck.
But the 4th Q was pretty exciting and the crowd was definately a factor, and was noticeably louder. I rewatched the game last night and could not believe how loud the crowd sounded on the series when Iowa had to punt before Michigan's last TD.
I think the crowd is one of the best parts about going to a game. That and tailgating at least.
Got the message that 110,000 people can be loud and help their team at home?
I was in the front row in Section 43 -- visitor's side, around the 25 yard line across from the student section -- it was awesome. Perfect weather, and the crowd was so loud on a regular basis that I couldn't hear myself talk. Totally different from the pre-renovation days. My girlfriend, who (like me) lives in NYC and wasn't into football (prior to attending the Communist Football Reeducation Camp), loved it too.
Even though we lost, I was proud of how our team fought back and how the crowd stayed in it until the end. Bizarrely, I left the stadium happy.
If the crowd and the atmosphere are this good now, what will it be like when our defense matures and we are firing on all cylinders?
hurts. I'm only 32, but don't blame the blue hairs for taking it easy on some plays, but they were also loud!
I would say the MSU game from 2004 was louder (in the 4th), but this was up there.
The student section looked fairly empty in the upper rows. Was this the weekend that students were out on fall break? I was a little disappointed to see those open seats on television. Of course, I wasn't there either, so I can't really complain. But I sure as hell didn't miss a game when I was in school!
Yes, it was fall break weekend.
This was my first game I went to in years and I was very dissapointed in the crowd. Especially my section (35, behind the endzone to the left of the student section). My buddy and I were two of very few in our sorrounding rows doing the cheers and screaming at all throughout the game. I couldn't believe nobody would sing hail to the victors or follow along with any chants. The most people around me would do is clap a little bit here and there. I was screaming the whole game. My friend actually saw me on TV because I was the only one jumping around at one point in my section. The ONLY time it got legitimatley loud was near the end of the game. At that point it was awesome. Other than that I was disappointed in the crowd.
edit: I shouldn't say I was dissappointed in the crowd. I'll just say my section. We just seemed more quiet than the rest of the stadium.
Jesus, I can't believe how pampered UM students—and perhaps professors and staff—are these days. When I was in school back in the early 70s the only "fall break" was Thanksgiving. All of them need to get off my lawn.
Fall break was implemented because that was the weekend that statistically held the highest suicide rate for students trying to deal with pressure, etc. It also breaks up the longest stretch of uninterrupted schooling (Labor Day to Thanksgiving). Additionally, it's only two days off to serve as study days as it also falls right before before most midterm exams.
Wait seriously? So there was a suicide epidemic and they decided the best option was a couple days off school?
I'm just going to go ahead and assume that you never went to a serious university like M.
I graduated from U of M with a BA in Economics and English a couple years ago so your assumption is incorrect. I know getting a BA from anywhere isn't terribly difficult but I have attended a "serious" university, as you put it.
The point of my post is this: if you're so stressed out about school you're ready to kill yourself then you probably have problems for which a long weekend isn't the cure. I was shocked that a fall break would be seen as a solution to this problem. Based on the posts below, this is likely not at all the motivation.
On a side note re: the suicide problem: the university would do better to have CAPS be a system that doesn't have a months long wait so that kids who are already feeling down and have low motivation don't have an excuse to not get help. The current system doesn't work.
That's just sad and crazy. I can't imagine spending close to 1/4th of my life trying to set up a career, just to fail...
this is a rumor that's passed on every year to explain away any sort of scheduling. it's why "the library closes when it does," it's why "UM has Spring break earlier than other schools," etc. it's false.
Doesn't just happen at Michigan. Virginia Tech has the same. Other schools around me don't seem to have it though.
The crowd was seriously up for it in the late 3rd and 4th. Other than that it was pretty dead, but honestly there wasn't terribly much to cheer for early in the game after the first touchdown.
On a side note, I really love the old school cheerleaders and twirlers. You'd swear they live for these weekends. Still in such good shape!
love the old school locomotion cheer
I'm still having trouble talking. Stupid sore throat. That last Iowa drive when we had to keep from scoring was a rocking time.
That was one of the most electric moments I've had at the Big House. The music was firing everyone up.
I'll admit it in retrospect that it was a bit comical that we used about 4 different "3rd down" songs because we couldn't get off the field on that drive. But regardless, it was unbelievable atmosphere and when finally do get a decent defense that will be one tough place to play once again.
Freaking great time during the 4th quarter - mistakes and all. Crowd noise was loud for the D, and once when Iowa was having trouble communicating between themselves at the line of scrimmage, the place took it up another notch. I was impressed.
Hopefully many of those that left early at the end of the 3rd have season tickets they are going to drop after this seaon and we'll get some real fans to snatch them up.
25,000 people quit on the team, but the team didn't quit on anyone.
I don't care how pissed you are at the losses right now, I double dog dare anyone that has season tickets to drop them right now. Just say F-it and walk away, you've had enough - more than you can stomache. If you're a man, you'll stand by all your whining and complaining and do the manly thing and drop your season tickets.
"All In For Michigan - as long as we're winning" - cry me a river and go find another team for your fair weather support.
Kudos to everyone who stayed.
Im with you. I will gladly snatch up any fair-weather fans season tickets.