Whenever I hear people talking about Michigan football I hear the word "tradition" mentioned a lot. Given that I've only been a student here for the past year, I'm wondering what traditions define Michigan football. Perhaps they are obvious and I just haven't been here long enough to comprehend them as traditions. So, please enlighten me. Which traditions define Michigan football? And which ones are most important to you?
What are your favorite Michigan traditions?
Winning is my favorite tradition of Michigan football.
Kicking Notre Lame's ass!
Throwing marshmallows on the field
running under the michigan banner :)
Gotta be the piped in music.
The number 1 jersey
Peeing in troughs
Oh how I long for the days when it only took 2 minutes to pee....
Now you miss damn near half a quarter.
The best thing was the moment of realization as you come around that first corner and see that the walls go almost all the way around and you've just crammed in uncomfortably close to somebody because you thought that's as far as it went. Right? Guys?
My favorite Michigan traditions are winning Rose Bowls and making and winning BCS National Championship games.
I had to pick two. They beat out, but in close second, to:
Aggressive Play Calling, Awesome Offense, and Beating Ohio State Most Years.
making Tom Hammond cry!
harder to pull off lately, though.
not this year though
every November is like a 2nd Xmas in my house. Half of my family lives in Columbus & its very heated between us. I really would like to get back to the tradition of beating the life out of those classless sons a bitches so I can make their phone blow up instead of mine. Its getting really really really really really really really really really really really really OLD.
winning was always a favorite...hopefully to return after this brief interruption
A well-executed wave in the third quarter of a beatdown (us winning, hopefully) is pretty sweet.
The Victors is a decent fight song. Also, our helmets got wings.
decent??? little bit of an understatement...
Willy the Wolverine; Go <- -> Blue; mudbowl; homecoming cheerleaders trying to do backtucks at 50 years old; bringing roses to The Game.
The breaking out of the wine and cheese during games.
that box of Franzia into the stadium?
nothing is better than a last min./last drive come back win over our opponents. Resilience and toughness are the tradition I like. This is what bucknuts don't have. I think we will come back next year.
You can't have one without the other!
Nice call on Temptation.
...but you can't have one without the other...
Wangler to Carter.
Brady to Terrell.
Henne to Manningham.
Forcier to Roundtree. :)
Touching the banner and Hail To The Victors.
Booze cruzin' in the country, early mourning Steelhead fishing, and tokkin' the sheeba on the golf course. Only pick two of the three to participate in per game day, trust me.
Standing up just to make the blue hairs (or Section 1) yell "down in front".
take the field
bitching about how our coach sucks on online message boards after a loss that really wasn't his fault. wait....
you see what i did there?
but really, just the entire gameday experience. from finding parking in the maze of streets between hill and washtenaw, walking down, grabbing a hot dog (or 2) and water from the radio supply booth, slowly filing in through the student gates, finding someone standing in my seat, squeezing in, watching the band come out, watching a game, grabbing apple cider from the wiards booth, watching the band at halftime, filing out after the game, grabbing a hungry howie's pizza on the way out, and knowing the loopholes through traffic to make the speediest exit.
-chearing on the team
-bragging to friends and wife (hell, even my 13 month old son)about our freshman and the upcoming recruiting class and how we will be a serious force in college football when these players develop
-screaming with happiness with every second half touchdown we score in a close game
New tradition with Wisconsin - wife started having contractions the morning of the Wisconsin game last year (2008). She watched the first half but then needed a nap. I continued to yell as loud as I could with pride with the comback that Michigan made (somehow forgetting that my wife was having contraction and was trying to rest up before going to the hospital). Nonetheless, she only got a 10 minute nap in and then watched the end of the game. About 5 hours after the victory we had to head to the hospital - but I was so excited that I forgot to bring some extra cloths for myself - so I was wearing my Michigan Ring-T throughout the 14 hour labor, and all pictures from the hospital with my wife and new son with me were in this shirt. Needless to say, it was the best 3-9 season ever.
The shirt will be worn tomorrow with pride!
i like those free programs that used to get handed out on gameday, with punt / counterpunt in the back.
Besides the banner touch, the band music (all of it), the wave....
all the stuff Mary Sue and the A2 police don't want you to do. The great front yard parties all day all the way from the edge of the Union down to the stadium, throwing MM, batting beachballs and blowup sex dolls, scalping student tickets so you can keep drinking at the front yard parties.
Winning Records, Bowl Games, No NCAA Violations
Winning is bar none the greatest tradition. I long for the days where it isn't a thing of the past.
Winning is bar done the greatest tradition. I long for the days where it isn't a thing of the past.