On a painfully slow day on the blog, I thought I'd try to generate some discussion.
For me, I'd have to say the Under the Lights Game, but the Ohio basketball game from last year is close.
Hockey NCAA Championship, 1996
Anthony Carter1979 vs. Indiana
net and stuffed it? that was awesome!
In person: under the light vs ND. I was in the corner with the winning TD.
TV: Woodson return v Ohio or Henne strike to Manningham with zero in the clock.
So was I. Had to sit in the ND section. Unbelievable experience.
From my seat low in section 4. Thought the ball was headed to the stands.
^This. Hands down.^
and after that return, I went running through the halls of my fraternity house singing "The Victors". I got beat down by about 15 guys. I remember being at the bottom of a pile of people punching and kicking me, laughing my ass off because I had never been happier in my life. Also, Buckeye fans. Screw them. Because, Buckeye fans. Wasn't the first time I had been chased or beaten by a group of them.
I've never felt that amount of joy and happiness in my life
Courtney Avery's interception against Ohio.
I remember immediately turning to my dad, giving him an intimate man hug, and saying, "We finally beat those bastards."
96 Hockey would probably be it for me. But I was pretty young for that.
Navarre finally beating OSU in 03 and winning the conference was pretty cool too.
The CCHA tourney run a couple years ago when we pretty much had to win to extend the NCAA streak was great.
Softball national championship had me excited
Men's soccer run to the national semifinals with the Saad brothers and Meram was pretty magical
Alot to choose from
Hello Heisman and state game 04
I'm assuming you mean Ohio State. Normally Ohio is fine, but considering we played the Bobcats in the tourney last year...anyway, I'm with you on UTL. The Sugar Bowl was a good one also. Me personally, I was there for the triple overtime Illinois game at The Big House. That might be it for me.
I don't know what it was like in the student section for some of the previous moments mentioned as I wasn't a student, but I would have a hard time believing the student section was ever closer than after Roy's catch in UTL. That was a great moment.
85 game. After Chris Carter from Karsatos on 4th and 16 Harbaugh launched the dagger to Kolesar. Good view from section 4.
Was in the Big House for that one.
Of course, I was at the toilet seat for the '76 game, 22-0.
my first michigan sports memory
In person would definitely be the Sugar Bowl. The game was pretty awesome but the walk back to Bourbon Street chanting it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine was pretty sweet too. On TV would be between UTL amazing comeback against a bitter rival and beating Washington State in the Rose Bowl to clinch the National Title.
Sugar Bowl was definitely my favorite Michigan "event"
As far as strictly games, probably UTL or comeback vs Wisconsin in 2008 since I'm from Wisky and was getting crap at halftime from all my friends back home. Some pretty great memories representing M for the Club Baseball team too.
Woodson's dominance of MSU in 1997... Tied with Desmond Howard agaisnt ohio as my first great memory Michigan footabll at 8 years old..
After they ruled Ryan Leaf hadn't spiked it in time, realizing we did it; we finally did it.
Seconded. I was sitting down low in the lower corner of end zone (one row above the camera shot of Sir Charles interception FWIW.....and when the game was over the team and then the band rushed over to our section. I remember like it was yesterday high-fiving players as they waded into the stands and singing he Victors over and over and over and over as the band set up directly in front of us and started playing it.
A few years ago I had fairly major surgery. The last words I remember was being told to go to my "happy place." That's where I went.
Right where you could see Woodson get pushed down on the second to last play on the opposite side. People feel like it's been a long time (and it has), but they do not realize for those of us around before, it hadn't happened in most of our LIFETIMES. And we had so many years that were soooo close.
I've had all the emotions at games, excitement at UTL, jacked up (I think I could have made a tackle against OSU in '97), relief after a game like OSU in '11, happiness after things like the Sugar Bowl, and just overpowering emotion after the '08 Cap 1. And various others, as well as anger, sadness, shock and such after games not the point of this thread. But only once have I really felt...content. In the darkness outside the game in the lights of the Rose Bowl watching Corso et al talk after, having a drink, holding a Rose and an overpriced "M #1" sign, with my friends, as we enjoyed it before we went back to our trailer parked in the Rose lot. I'm not sure I've ever felt that level of contentment in my life before or since.
I'm looking forward to feeling that again.
2011 will always be a tie between UTL and the Ohio game
There are so many to choose from, and some of my favorites have been mentioned, but among games I was at, there is always this moment from Marquise Walker because it kept the Buckeyes from going to a bowl in 1999, as I recall...
Really weird vibe. Crowd was barely into it for most of the game, which is unusual vs OSU. They sucked that year and Michigan was on such a run vs Cooper that the entire fan base took it for granted that we would win the game. Michigan played like dog shit in the first half before Brady and crew rallied in the 2nd half to win it. I'll always remember that Walker TD as well, because that's when everyone in the stadium realized we weren't going to blow the game and our run against Cooper would continue. Funny thing is that the 01 and 99 games were very similar in terms of relative apathy by the fans at the game and a flat start by Michigan. The difference was at QB. 99 had senior year Tom Brady, 01 had sophomore year John Navarre - no contest. If only Henson hadn't bailed to play baseball, we could have squashed Tressel before he ever got started.
But in the end, I have to go with Roy Roundtree's TD catch with 2 seconds on the clock in the UTL game. I'll never forget that.
05.... On a relatively disappointing season... This just made me jump up and down for at least 20 minutes.
Not a specific sports-instance for one, but everything this symbolized and reflecting on it now is pretty cool.
Manningham's td against Penn State
After reading other comments, I thought I'd rephrase mine. The UTL was probably my favorite game, but as a whole experience, the '11 Ohio football game tops everything. I had tears in my eyes on the field.
I should also probably specify that I'm fairly young so I don't have as many to choose from.
sinking some foul shots, and--more vaguely--the Michigan D holding up against a Ryan Leaf onslaught in the waning fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl championship win.
I have that framed and hanging in my Man Cave.
I cursed in front of my dad foe the first time (I was 13) and he just looked at me and nodded.
2000 N'W game for me. I was watching it by myself, then my dad came in and A Train fumbled. He watched the rest of the game and we know how that went. I blamed my dad for the loss and went to my room and cried..
The '04 Braylonfest game, plus everything that the football team did in 1997 and that season's Rose Bowl.
That one is tied for second for me with the 1993 Final Four game against Kentucky. That was the finest game the Fab Five ever played IMO and they were up against a Kentucky team that was slaughtering anyone and anything they played until that night.
Braylonfest was amazing cause it was the first time (and i'm 53) I heard the big house get loud....REALLY loud....and it was so surprising given we were all but dead with 6 minutes to play down 27-10.
I can definitely vouch for the loudness. After one of Braylon's touchdowns it went from dead to loud so fast I got a ringing in my ear for a few seconds. Not even exaggerating. It was like the whole place held its collective breath while the ball was in the air, held it even more to see if it was actually a catch, and exploded at the touchdown signal. The only time I've ever heard anything like it was at the Joe for JoeVision during the Cup finals in 2002. It was triple OT or something and getting pretty late so the crowd was like blaaaaaaaaah until the Wings scored and made it sound like a bomb went off. That's what the Big House was like, at least as my memory recalls it.
I know I'm the third person who said it. Had front row seats in the endzone exactly where Manningham caught the ball. Still remember it in perfect details. Remember specifically seeing the dimples on the ball spinning into his gloves.
I was at UTL and Ohio in 11, ND in 09, and Wisconsin in 08, but for me Henne to Manningham still trumps everything.
I was in the corner endzone for UTL, and it was just an awesome experience. Henne to Manningham was probably the loudest I ever heard Michigan Stadium prior to the renovations. UTL was a great experience, and probably wins out.