I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Let me start off by saying, I’m not that old. I’m 24 (it feels really old compared to 2 years ago when I was graduating). Some of you might read the title and think “Get Off My Lawn” but that’s not what I’m going for. The more and more I’ve thought about the Notre Dame game this year, the more upset I get. I’ve got tickets, I’m going, I’ll love it… but it won’t feel like Michigan Football. I don’t care at all if we have a Fullback, or play a 4-3, that’s not what I mean. What I mean is the Game-day Experience. Yes, this will be the first night game, yes everyone else has night games, and yes, Prime Time exposure, etc. etc. this really seems like a net positive. But part of me thinks that with the whole thing we’ve sold out. I’m a 3rd Generation Michigan Grad, and I love that when I went to games from 2005-2009, it started just like when my mom and dad when to games in the late 70s, and when my grandparents went in the late 40s/early 50s. The Marching Band formed their block M,
the Fanfare M, they played the Victors, the team came out the Tunnel, and they looked like this:
- is that Henne? Devin? Leach?
- is that Arthur Walker, Paul Seymour, Jon Jansen, Jake Long, or Lewan?
Their seats looked like this:
Now, I can’t help but feel that we’re all of a sudden every other team in college football. We’ve got skyboxes (granted, the construction ended up looking great, and I’ve taken the tour, and they’re amazing). We’ve got Lights. We’ve got Special K and we’ve got (allegedly) Maize alternate/throwbacky/cash-grab Jerseys.
So, all the things that I (we?) have claimed to hate throughout the past few seasons we now embody.
Michigan will Take the Field and it will be OMG MAIZE JERZEYS! I CAN BUY JERZEYS?
After Michigan takes the field “I Got a Feelin’“ I know what Special K will play (I feel like every time they went to commercial in this game the damn Black Eyed Peas song played, I know that the movie has AC/DC) - Dunno if embedding is working, but Iowa 2009, when Iowa took the field: (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsHF31w8-sU&feature=related)
The Fatcats in their Skyboxes will see the numbers, the ratings, the jersey sales and think that this was successful. And what’s next? Our old scoreboards looked like this
Will our new ones look like this?
Again, I’m excited for the night game, I’m going, I’ll love it, and I hope Denard gets 503 yards and we beat ND 77-0 (with at least 1 Mike Martin Pick 6). But part of me really likes that we’re (we were?) different. I hope to really enjoy the Night Game, but come November, on a Gray Saturday afternoon I’ll bundle up, trudge through snow and slush to my seat which looks like this
to see Michigan play in The Game, hoping the sun peeks through the clouds, and our team will look like this:
And the band will play the Victors and it’ll just feel… right
First, a checklist of things that are pure awesome we would like to see at games: RAWK music? check
Night game? check
HYP-P-P-P-PE VIDEOOOOOOOOS!!!(with annoying announcer guy)? check
A GIANT WOLVERINE HEAD TO RUN OUT OF?
We look to the Chicago Bears introductions for inspiration:
As for the Wolverine to run out of, we have two choices for the "style":
First Example: The full snarling/attack position wolverine. In this configuration, the players run out from underneath the wolverine. This type of wolverine intro would imply the players are protected by it, like, "Don't mess with us...we've got this ANGRY wolverine backing us up." Which...ok, it looks frightening from the front, but from the sides or back, not so much. This is a big issue for me considering the position of the tunnel at Michigan Stadium. See picture below. Note: Maize jerseys provide maximum intimidation factor (like the Orange jerseys pictured definitely achieve.)
Second Example: The head of the Wolverine appears to be coming out of the ground. In this configuration, the players run out of the mouth of the Wolverine. This implies, "We're so TUFF even this scary-ass wolverine couldn't eat us. We're gonna destroy you!". I prefer this method, as the visual is better from all angles, the giant teeth would be pretty scary, and it would achieve maximum intimidation for opposing players and fans.
Stay tuned: In the next issue of RAWK&RULE, we'll discuss the awesome power of intimidation with eye black....
I really enjoyed watching the 1950 Michigan - Ohio State Snow Bowl put on Youtube by Wolverine Historian. I would really love to see this happen again some day, maybe in Ann Arbor. I'm going to the game in Columbus next year, which is later than usual (Nov. 28, 2 days after Thanksgiving.) It could happen. However, reading about the game, with 9 plus inches of snow, temps near zero, and more snow falling, several questions came to mind:
1) With the nanny state mentality (frost bite, exposure to players, parking, difficulty driving, etc., etc.) would the University allow a game to be played in such conditions today?
2) As much as ABC loves a marquee matchup Saturday night, what would conditions like this do to a night game? Especially blizzard conditions and temps even lower at night? Let me put this another way. While I'm open to night games, it seems dubious to schedule one that late in November.
3) If a night game was scheduled, but it was clear that a blizzard and cold temps were going to happen, could they shift the game to a 11am or 12noon start? If they could shift, how much notice would need to happen? I'm assuming that under certain conditions, they shut down the golf course for parking too. Where do people park? What a nightmare for all but students.
I try to explain why Michigan doesn't have night games but, this guy 'promote richrod' thinks he knows everything. Well Bud, Facts are better than fiction.
" Martin went on to talk about how the athletic department
doesn’t want to play night games, and about the greater
responsibility that a night game puts on him and his cohorts. A concern for Martin was public safety following a night game — making sure that parking lots were well lit, police were in place,etc. "
Now we know why we don't have them. Saftey Hazard AKA Public saftey.