No, I am not protesting anything.
No, I don't have any particular issues with the 2013 Michigan Wolverines. (But please don't make me call them "Team 134", or 133, or whatever number they are up to.) It's been an unusally frustrating football season. But I don't play the games, or coach the team. I just watch, and get whatever enjoyment I can from the experience.
And yes, of course, I want Michigan to win. That would be nice. Uphold the honor of the Conference, make a good showing on national late-night tv, etc.
And oh yes I think it will be very interesting to see how Shane Morris performs. I hope he actually has a dazzling night, and makes all of our rivals shudder with fear for the future. I hope all of the guys on the team play well and have fun and end the year with a win.
But the reason I will not be watching the game is that at about 10 pm, I plan to pick out a nice cigar, open a bottle of Glenrothes that I have been saving, lower the lights, turn off the television, and turn on the radio, to listen to Frank Beckmann's final Michigan football broadcast.
The time-lag with television nowadays is always way out of sync with the radio broadcasts; and that's too bad. It's not that I can't bear to watch the video of this game; I just don't want any distractions from the word-picture. I'll let Beckmann and Brandstatter be my camera. Nothing but sound, and my mind's eye.
I'll no doubt see the entire game on video later, just like when I see them play live. I don't feel like I am missing anything, now. What I won't ever have again, is the opportunity to savor the live broadcast of a Frank Beckmann call of Michigan football.
MICHIGAN SPORTS NETWORK
Following is a list of radio affiliates (list is tentative and subject to change; last updated 8/27/13):
City Station Dial Alma WQBX-FM 104.9 Alpena WATZ-AM 1450 Ann Arbor WTKA-AM 1050 Battle Creek WBXX-FM 104.9 Benton Harbor WSJM-AM 94.9, 1400 Cadillac WKAD-FM 93.7 Cassopolis WGTO-AM 910 Charlevoix WMKT-AM 102.3, 1270 Cleveland, Ohio WHKW-AM 1220 Detroit WWJ-AM 950 Escanaba WDBC-AM 680 Flint WTRX-AM 1330 Frankfort WBNZ-FM 92.3 Grand Haven WGHN-AM 1370 Grand Rapids WOOD-AM 1300 Grayling WQON 100.3 Ishpeming WIAN-AM 1240 Jackson WKHM-AM 970 Kalamazoo WQLR-AM 1660 Lansing WQTX-FM 92.1 Ludington WKZC-FM 94.9 Marine City WHLX-AM 1590 Marquette WDMJ-AM 1320 Muskegon WOOD-FM 106.9 Newberry WNBY-AM 1450 Niles WNIL-AM 1290 Oscoda WWTH-FM 100.7 Petoskey WMBN-AM 1340 Port Huron WHLS-AM 1450 Reed City WBRN-FM 95.1 Rogers City WHAK-FM 99.9, 980 Saginaw WSGW-AM 790 Sault Ste. Marie WKNW-AM 1400 Sirius XM Satellite Radio (home games only) Sturgis WBET-AM 1230 Toledo, Ohio W264AK-FM 100.7 Traverse City WTCM-AM 580 Youngstown, Ohio WHKZ-AM 1440
In addition, U-M football can also be heard on American Armed Forces Radio and is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio. Frank Beckmann (play-by-play) and Jim Brandstatter (color) bring the action to you from the booth, with Doug Karsch providing sideline reports and analysis.