Today, Michigan Stadium is without its PA announcer, and the MMB is without its voice, as Carl Grapentine is currently held up near his home in Chicago with serious injuries to both his legs that will require several months of guided rehabilitation. A voice known to Michigan fans for nearly five decades, Carl is a true Michigan Man who deserves our thoughts and good wishes in his recovery during the months to come.
Get well, Carl, and looking forward to hearing your voice again next season!
First game I can remember that Carl Grapentine wasn't behind the stadium mic for the MMB. A friend in the press box told me he has a non-life threatening illness that prevented him from traveling from Chicago this week. Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery and is back where he belongs for Wisconsin. He added to his duties as the MMB announcer when he took over the play-by-play announcing for Howard King several years ago.
If the play-by-play voice sounded familiar to you today, it was Bobb Vergiels who is the PA announcer for the Detroit Tigers. Kept waiting for him to announce that Curtis Granderson was taking over in centerfield.
I wanted to throw in an entry that would cause us to not debate or make fun of each other.
What is your single most favorite thing about a Michigan Football Saturday? Also, please back up your answer with reason...if applicable.
My favorite part of gameday is hands down when the Carl Grapentine says, "Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the 235 member Mmmichigan Marching Band, Baaaaaand Take the field!" That gives me chills just thinking about it. Here have a listen yourself.
My first game was when I was 5 and I remember hearing that. I am now 29 and every game it takes me back to that day vs. Long Beach State. Thanks Michigan Tradition!