What's your best “Michigan Moment” not involving an actual game? Perhaps a great road trip with your buddies to another campus. Maybe a fantastic tailgate where old friends or even someone famous showed up unexpectedly. Or even a heated debate at a bar or party with an opposing fan where you were able to emerge victoriously. Something like that.
The reason I post this is because mine happened at the 1998 Rose Bowl and watching the game again today on BTN brought back a lot of great memories. My brother and I went out a few days early and were staying in Irving at the Embassy Suites. Embassy Suites for those of you who don’t travel have a free nightly cocktail hour and brother and I were taking full advantage of the free adult beverages when we noticed something odd. Everyone….and I mean everyone around us was in full Washington State Cougar gear and the place was packed. About that time a guy stood up on a little podium with a microphone and welcomed everyone to the official home of some alumnai group from WSU. Needless to say, we were completely surrounded and we were in full Michigan gear.
About this time the guy on the podium said they were going to kick off the festivities by singing whatever the hell the WSU fight song is called. So he then proceeds to pull out a little 3 x 5 index card and starts leading them in song. I realize he’s freaking READING the words (and I was a little drunk) so I stood up and yelled “Put down the card”. He didn’t stop so I yelled very loudly “You’re such a big Washington State fan….put down the God Damn card and sing your fight song from the heart!” He then stopped mid-song and pointed at me and said “oh right – like you guys can sing YOUR fight song without looking at the words” and laughed loudly into the microphone.
Before he could blink I grabbed my brother by the back of his shirt and literally lifted him up onto the table where I quickly joined him in singing the LOUDEST (and probably most off key) version of the Victors the world has ever heard. After we were done the room went completely quiet for about five seconds and then all the WSU fans burst into applause. And the guy on the microphone walked over with a sheepish look on his face and gave me a high five in front of the rest of the group.
Man did that ever start our national championship Rose Bowl week off great. What’s yours?