I have already said that I think this was our best win in a long time. However, I am truly confused about the half time show. Everything about it just didn't seem right. The whole idea I thought was pretty bad, but I feel that the execution was just as bad (not the actual playing from the band members). The timing of the videos seemed haphazard and nothing really seemed to flow. I am curious as to what you all thought about the performance, because I know the people around me were thinking the same thing that I was.
Worst half-time show ever?
The theme was the Michigan Marching Band was going viral, so they showed a bunch of youtube videos and tried to play songs with the ones they could. But they showed a bunch of clips that I don't think were that popular and the songs made no sense that the band was playing. Also, I still the band isn't loud enough for everyone to hear.
I'm sorry, I should have added that to my post. They showed many different viral videos(many of which were REALLY old) and then played music from some of them. The videos though seemed to just be randomly thrown up on the screen with no real purpose behind it.
I wish the scoreboards had not started working until after the halftime show. Perhaps they would of done a different show entirely.
I was wishing the same thing, but I'm not sure what the would have done. The halftime show was so dependent on the scoreboard screens it would have been a massive improvisation.
They would have done postgame instead. There was no plan B.
Someone playing theme to "Scarecrow And Mrs. King" on crystal goblets. That would blow.
I didn't understand what was going on? Why were there videos of squirrels and such on the big screens? And the band's music was being played in such a haphazard manner! Really an obnoxious racket was all that was. I really think Dave Brandon should think about this, and the fact that the VAST majority of the fanbase DOES NOT want a mascot..
I don't know if this is sarcastic or not, but I'll take it as "not." Dave Brandon has nothing to do with the marching band's halftime show. There was absolutely nothing suggesting a mascot during the entire presentation. Save the criticism of our AD for when it's actually warranted please.
What's it like in 1920?
I think this is a very clever way to troll the board, and I would like to know your usual username.
had to apologize to the Nebraska fans in our row, surrounding area. That says it all.
I completely agree. I felt embarrassed that the first time Nebraska fans were in the Big House that is what they saw for the half-time show.
It was like a bad attempt to do something the Stanford band would do.
I sit in a section of older alums and for once I felt like them. I had no idea what any of hat crp was.
Get on YouTube. It is not our fault you are a n00b.
I would agree it was horrible. The band wasn't playing half the time and I'm fairly young (26) and I didn't know what half of those videos were. For a big game like that, it was actually embarassing. Everyone around me was saying WTF and couldn't figure out what was suppose to be going on.
I loved sexy sax guy and Leroy Jenkins.
Everyone in my section was baffled as well. That was an awful performance. Everything from the idea to the execution was terrible.
I still love the band though and applaud their creativeness, but that was not one of their best half time shows.
My wife was alarmed when we first spotted that half naked man with the trumpet, at first I believe he was some sort of streaker, like that fake referee of a few weeks ago.
Trumpet? It was quite obviously a saxophone.
And it references this, which is funny.
I'm not sure, but I have to wonder if the boards were actually 100% during the halftime show. The haphazard jumping between videos and cutting out of the audio from the videos seemed to imply technical difficulties to me. Maybe that is just faith that such a poorly edited video would never have been intended for use during halftime. :/
we all loved it. Neg away my friends but that wont change anything, it was awesome.
Also in student section and everyone around me was complete embarrassed and confused. Terrible performance.
i was in the student section myself, and i understood maybe half of it. i asked the undergrads near me if they understood it and they said maybe 80%. that said, i thought it was kind of funny, but definitely in poor taste and disrespectful of a storied program that should've been welcomed to the big ten with a traditional experience. also, i understand that my students don't actually do very much work, but there's no need to emphasize it with a halftime show that celebrates youtube procrastination.
So let me get this straight. It's Hate Week, when the whole Michigan family should be focused on one thing and one thing only...and we're on MGoBlog bitching about the halftime show from a 45-17 stomping of a ranked Big Ten team?
Does this happen at any other school?
What? I actually have 0 complaints about the football team. As I stated in my post it was the most satisfying victory in a long time. This discussion doesn't pertain to football but the half time show. I normally never complain about these types of things, but it was so bad (IMO) that I had to see what others were thinking about it.
The videos were terrible and juvenille. There was no coninuity to any of it and the unicorn video was stupid. I can't explain what happened because it was so bizarre there is no words that can describe it. A PB&J with a baseball bat video would have been more appropriate.
I kewpt waiting for the cartton video about "My Horse is Amazing" to play. The videos were of that quality and just plain stupid. Whosever idea it was should be fired immediately. What would they have done if the video screens weren't working by halftime. Was the whole thing so kind of engineering prank and the timing of the power outtage ending a "coincidence'?
All they had to do was play some patriotic music and the songs for the branches of the military and everyone would have been happy. How could they fail so badly.
Like I said in Brian's thread, I hate to be negative about it, but it was underwhelming at best. Good on the MMB for trying something new, and the kids did a great job with what they were given. But it was definitely below MMB standards, as far as I was concerned.
I'm not gonna lie, I found it way more entertaining than any halftime show this year...but I really can't stand how quiet the band plays.
I typically like the more creative shows. A great example of this was the wizard of oz last year. I thought that it was very entertaining, but I can't say the same for the viral video one.
*Facepalm*. Then join it.
This thread might be a good place to point this out.
Will this be the first year since its inception that the Blues Brothers Cake formation will not be performed? I mean, it figures, since just about every game had an opposing/alumni band performance that took up the pregame time it would have required, but that's something a lot of people look forward to every year.
The Cake was nixed this past weekend because of the time needed to do the pregame military tributes, as well as honor Lloyd Carr. Nebraska's band didn't influence this decision. The Cake is making its glorious return next weekend. If need be, Ohio's band doesn't need field time, am I right or am I right?
We were wondering about that as well. There have been weeks when its been done with a visiting band so maybe they will force OSU to go earlier than usual next week in order to do it.
I and all my friends absolutely loved it. I guess the band was out of sync with the videos somewhat and the execution could have been better, but I thought the concept was great. I think that there must be a real cultural disconnect between my generation and other generations on this, but I was super excited that they played not one, not two, but THREE Gregory Brothers auto-tune songs. It was actually my favorite half-time show that I've ever seen, with the Guitar Hero halftime show of 2007 a close second. Maybe I'm just immature or maybe you guys are just too old.
I'm currently a student and all of my friends agreed with me (including the few people that were around me that I talked too) so I don't think its a generational thing.
I am a student and the ones around me loved it. Maybe you are just complete level 12 blood elf paladin n00b.
The halftime show probably made Revelli roll over in his grave.
However, the postgame show made up for it. Being able to just listen to the MMB play the songs without all the other hoopla going on was enjoyable.
I can't help but wonder if the band put less time into Saturday's show and instead got a head start on the OSU show during this past week. Just a guess.
Sometimes you hit a home run sometimes you whiff. What is the big deal?
The student section was pretty excited about a halftime show of perusing Youtube videos
in the row in front of me thought it was all in good fun and enjoyed it. Also a few of the Nebraska band members were "dancing along" with the band / videos. All in all - I was fine with it. The MMB works very hard and are a great representive of the University of Michigan.
Was this as good as the parody of all the B1G mascots (no way) or the Ferris Bueller w/ DM Cody (not hardly) ... but to say it was the worst in 40 years, is simply PATHETIC !
This does nothing but take a big dump on the MMB who spent 3 weeks putting this show together. Even if it was a bad show, there is no need for the "Worst half-time show ever?" title. It was very cheesy at times but the music and marching was excellent, like always. The timing of the videos is obviously not the bands fault. Be thankful you have one of the best marching bands in the country.
This was by no means a knock on the MMB. They played great (as I stated in my post). It was the person who put this show together.
As a senior member of the MMB, you and other people that have posted here have done an A+ job of making me feel like shit. We spent the last three weeks putting together this totally unconventional show in hopes that it would appeal to the student section (and by the cheers I heard during the Nyan Cat and Double Dream Hands songs, I thought we had done a good job), and here you are dumping on all of us because you didn't like it.
Do you realize how hard it is to please 113,000+ people at once? It's impossible. Just because you didn't like one halftime performance doesn't mean you need to inslut the entire band and rally other people to hate on us as well.
You and the rest of the mmb did a great job on Saturday, especially under the technical difficulties you faced. The student section loved it. Don't let a bunch of old fart n00bs get you down.
You're a senior. Why are you still listening to assholes on the internet? You should know by now that people will find a way to bitch about the band no matter what. It happens literally every year. And with this show in particular, you had to know going in that it wasn't going to appeal to a large segment of the audience. I, and the people around me, thought it was a fun, if somewhat disjointed show (and a hell of a lot more entertaining than the usual blue-hair targeted stuff). Remember:
I did not like the halftime show at all. I was so happy when it ended and I was embarrassed at the show the band decided to do for our B1G home game versus Nebraska. My favorite shoe of all time is the Monty Python and the holy grail halftime show from a couple years ago.
I was excited to see a great half time show for military appreciation day and couldn't believe what I saw and heard.
One of the greatest college bands in the country had a major FAIL! I was embarassed for them and also found myself apologizing to the Wisconsin fans around me that were at the Big House for the first time.
I kept waiting for the show to make sense and it never did. It would have been much better if the the scoredboards weren't working and they just played the National Anthem a few times...
Dave Brandon can't be happy about what happened and will probably now review every show before it is presented since this hurts the Michigan "brand". He will probably review the contingency plans for electrical fail as well.
Looking forward to a great halftime show next week on what will be an epic day.
I wouldn't have apologized to any Wisconsin fans around me for nothing. those idiots were at the wrong game, lol.
Agreed though, next week will be an EPIC day! Those Hoosier fans are in for a treat!
Honestly, I don't generally care for the halftime MMB performances. This is one of the few areas of life where I'd consider myself traditional.
For all the talent and discipline the band clearly has, it's often (IMO) squandered in dorky shows.
Have you ever seen a Caucasian person deploy slang (especially of the inner-city variety) awkwardly? That's what came to mind as I was watching Saturday's halftime show.
medley of patriotic songs, I'm sure the band that has to have people call them the best in the land will oblige Saturday. MMB rocks and at least tries some creative things.
That's a college band pro move when you've got an away trip scheduled. They can't boo America, right?
The student section thought it was awesome. Speaking as a former member, over half of our shows cater exclusively to the bluehairs who donate lots of money. It's rather nice that one or two a year can actually be for the students.
I was in the student section and I can say that I did not see anyone who thought it was awesome. I did love the Wizard of Oz and Monty Python shows though.
This was just another attempt at a different form of a 'skit' show and utilizing technology more. The previous skit shows (Monty Python and Wizard of Oz) went over very well as did the Guitar Hero show which used a lot of the video board. Can't blame them for trying something a little different.
I heard that they didnt know until a minute before they were going out that the video boards were going to work for it. Also, if the boards were out of commission the half time show was possibly going to be the normal Post Game Show.
Personally, I don't understand how this idea got any further than...
"Let's try doing viral videos as a theme!"
"Cool! What songs are the band going to play?"
The MMB does a good job of appealign to different generations on a week by week basis. This week, they appealed to a younger generation. They have done the same in the past, see: Ferris Bueller's Day Off Halftime Show
Most of the people in the stands are probably too old to know what "viral video" even means, hence the lack of success.
I do concede that the strucutre was ... disorganized, to say the least. Felt very haphazzard but it was an interesting concept at worst.
Shows matter. \S
You were paying attention to the band at halftime?
It was hilarious. Everyone around me in the student section was digging it. I mean, sexy sax man? Are you kidding me?! I LOVE sexy sax man!
Carl Grapentine's announcing. I can't believe he had any idea what he was talking about, but he really got into the double rainbow.
This wasn't my favorite half time show ever either, but that doesn't mean I felt a need to come on MGoBlog and start up this hornets nest again. Every time the band tries something new or makes an obvious appeal to the student section everyone here gets up in arms about it, and every time we do boring traditional shows for a few games in a row everyone finds some other excuse to hate on the band.
You can enjoy marching band or not, but if all you do is slander it on the Internet you basically rubber stamp an approval on switching out the band for a piped in version of "The Victors." Hey, maybe we can get a t-shirt gun at half time instead, wielded by our new furry mascot? The band has been doing its thing for a lot longer than you've been alive, much less had an ill-informed opinion on what a halftime show should be like.
A lot of the students around me liked it. It was a tough show to put together I'm sure. All of you profess a profound disinterest in the band anyway when you aren't busy writing about how they're all pointless dorks, so why do you even care? It's not like we spend time out of our day talking about how you guys are all no-life middle-aged men with nothing better to do but obsess over stalking the Facebook posts of high school football players.
Look, the MMB isn't "for" the MGoBlog, football obsessed crowd. But for older people, young kids, and (for a few shows per year) the students, the MMB really generate a lot of stadium atmosphere and excitement. If you have some suggestions or concerns over the way the band works, send an email to Dr. Boerma or Dr. Haithcock, don't try and start some Internet circlejerk about how "these kids don't do things how I want!"
All I'm saying is, it's fine to have your opinion. But you don't have to make 300 people feel like shit because you want to be an asshole about it.
This members of the MMB did great. With that said, there is no reason the members should get offended by fans saying they didn't like 1 show. Do you realize how often people criticize the coaches of the football team and the football players on their performance? Do you see them "feeling like shit" because of what the spectators said? No.
Please. This is far from an isolated incident and the boards dislike for the band is well documented. These threads show up at least once per season. Just take a look at OMG Shirtless' comment below. Everyone needs to come on here and be an expert on the stadium reaction to a show because the two people they were with didn't like it either.
As a former band member, it's at best annoying and at worst demoralizing to see something you put a huge amount of work into derided because it's not to the particular tastes of this board, which like it or not, is one of the most visible faces of Michigan football fandom on the Internet. Especially on a board which is so heavily regulated when it comes to shitting on student athletes.
I'm not saying you can't have a negative opinion about the band. But it seems unnecessary that the board has to have their regularly scheduled "Gosh the band sure is annoying and terrible huh?!" thread. Why is it that deriding student athletes at Michigan or other schools is so verboten here, but calling a bunch of 18-21 year old kids who have no real choice in what they're doing an embarrassment to the University is acceptable?
The cheerleaders, dance team and band all do this because they're Michigan traditions and they want to provide entertainment for the stadium. They don't get scholarships, (in fact, at least for the band, they pay for the privilege of being there in addition to paying the cost of the credits of the class. If you wanted to take a full 18 credits in addition to marching band, it would cost an in-state student around $1,000,) and they sacrifice a lot of time, and they work hard to provide part of Michigan Stadium atmosphere. If they do one show a year that doesn't tickle your fancy, maybe they've earned the right to a free pass now and then.
"Deriding student athletes at Michigan or other schools is so verboten here" is wrong. People criticize football players all the time. If they aren't playing to their potential i'm sure you will see it here. For example a few weeks back Denard had an off game and people were not afraid to talk about it. Did you see Denard get all sad because people were saying he played poorly? No.
That isn't the point though. No one here is criticizing the band members. They just did what they were told to do. People are criticizing the people who put the show together. This is much like criticizing the OC because of the play calls or something else related to coaching, which happens a lot. (just look at GERG for a easy example)
Where questioning players and coaches is not allowed around here? Even after a big win, there's a half dozen threads complaining about something. Denard vs. Devin. J.T. Floyd, who had one bad PLAY getting heat. These guys are students, and take far more heat than the band does for their one bad performance per year. Imagine people saying "wow, that was a great show by the band...but you know, the tuba section kinda sucked today." They work far harder than the band, and take endless crap on what they do. The band made some mistakes...even if you liked the content, the performance was obviously disjointed. If you don't want any crticism over it, then don't perform in front of other people.
its so crazy that michigan sports in general are so anti-michigan artists.
give me the white stripes...eminem...kid rock...bob seger...motown artists...so many great choices for half time shows of big games and we always screw it up.
You do know that the band played Eminem & Aretha Franklin during commercial breaks right? Add that to the mandatory 5+ times Seven Nation Army must be played over the loudspeakers every game and there are plenty of Michigan artists being represented.
I personally thought the show was pretty terrible, even though I like the Gregory Brothers and knew several of the clips that were used. The biggest problem IMO was that everything was a giant inside joke that 85%-90% of the stadium was not in on. And even being in on the joke I couldn't tell what the hell they were actually playing outside of the George Michael song. Not a very good recepie for success.
That being said, complaining that the band doesn't play enough Michigan artists is a pretty silly criticism IMO.
What else is new?
The Michigan Marching Band has to do 9 halftime shows this year (8 home games and a trip to East Lansing). If they want to do a silly show, more power to them.
I wasn't there, unfortunately. But I kind of like the idea. Only problem for me is, I only got a couple of those viral videos. The rest, I was completely lost. I had to google Nyan Cat to find out what that was all about.
I love the band. It's part of the game day experience. To all MMB members, you guys rock. Show up OSU's band (the so called best in the land) this Saturday.
If I'm not mistaken, that's a nickname they gave themselves. Lame.
Reading this threads greatly confuses me. I am a student and up until I read these posts, I thought everybody absolutely loved the show. Every student I spoke to said how amazing and hilarious the show was and it was awesome to just see something different. Something the marching band ENJOYED doing. However, I absolutely believe it is a generational thing, and most of the show was based on internet jokes so I can see how many people thought it was outrageous.
I am all for the band and tradition, but it was great to see the student section so aroused by a show. The halftime shows have been generally solid this year, but bringing some of that youthful flare and creativity made it thoroughly enjoyable.
Furthermore, there were definitely some issues with the scoreboards/audio. Many times the PA announcer spoke and half the sentence was cut off, which makes me think that some of the video audio was also a little troubled.
>> I thought everybody absolutely loved the show
>>I absolutely believe it is a generational thing
I understood the theme, but hadn't seen 3/4 of those videos. When the nyan cat came on, I was just like WTF.
Damn kids and their yahootubes and electronic mail, and google this and that all the time...
The sexy sax guy video is funny as hell. I wasn't at the game, but it didn't look that bad. You definitely can't hear the band though in that video.
Well seeing as I don't really give a fuck! I'd say it was okay!
P.s. I was there and it wasn't that bad
Our group spent the entire halftime show trying to describe to the Nebraska fans what we normally do for halftime. I know that scoreboard issues hurt the performance but it was a overall poor attempt.
Not surprising that some people aren't happy unless they are complaining about something. I imagine the thought line is something like this: "Well, we shitcanned Nebraska by 28; I'd better post about how much I disliked the marching band's halftime performance because I'm a humorless douchebag."
I loved it. Whatever haters gonna hate.
I think everyone of those videos has made it onto the MGOBLOG many times. I loved every second of it!
I watch the game while listening to Branstetter and Beckman.
I was dismayed to be distracted by the background rawk from the stadium loudspeakers which I could hear over the radio.
I missed the entire halftime show due to a bathroom break. I literally just sat down as the ball was getting kicked to start the second half. The amount of just zero movement was ridiculous. I've never went to the bathroom before because I try to avoid this very thing. I'm hoping I never have to again because my god. I was hoping I made it back by the 4th quarter the way things were going for a second.
"I literally just sat down as the ball was getting kicked to start the second half. The amount of just zero movement was ridiculous."
Not the kind of details we need about your foray to the bathroom...
Generally, our band does a great job, but that show was an embarassment. I actually apologized to the Nebraska fans who we were tailgating with us, saying usually we do a much better show. Oh well, hopefully they'll get up, dust themselves off, and do a great show for the game on Saturday.
For some team that's come and seen Michigan 50 times, but for Nebraska's first appearance as a member,it wasn't a good choice. Only works if it's more "funny", and less "weird". Ferris Bueller was funny. This was just kinda "oh, I know that".
when you get a 100 posts after the game only complaining about the band's performance.
Opera was worse.
Maybe the MMB director needs to get himself an armadillo and bring it to the next practice. There's some mighty thin-skinned MMB members around these parts . . . .
I'm ancient, but we played WAY too many versions of El Cid and St. Louis Blues in my day. The current Band leadership should be applauded for trying to be creative and thinking outside the box. MMB is a very hardworking group of men and women who represent the University well.