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|7 hours 40 min ago||Love those B1G Road Trips!||
I did make it to all eleven B1G stadiums before Nebraska joined and I've seen Michigan play as Far East as Boston (BC in '95) and as far west as Honolulu ( Hawaii in '86). Believe it or not I can even boast 17 late November trips to Columbus fergodssakes! Now with the new stadium in Minnesota plus Rutgers and Maryland coming in and not making it to Lincoln in 2012 it looks like I have some work to do. I am planning to go to Rutgers this year and have high hopes. We are spending the weekend in NYC and taking the train out to the game. It's hard to believe that will be an every other year trip from now on and the old tried and true trips to Chicago will be becoming few and far between. My top B1G road trips would be:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Tuesday August 5, 1969||
You are so right-- this is definitely a momentous occasion. My first game sure left a lasting impression. I had been begging to go to a game since watching the World Series on TV the year before. We finally made it down to Michigan and Trumbull on Tuesday night August 5,1969 to see the Tigers take on the Twins. I was eight years old and I can attest to the feeling of walking from out of the dark concourse through the tunnel into what seemed like another world. The green field and the crisp white uniforms and seeing all of my boyhood heroes out there under the bright lights on a perfect summer evening left an indelible impression. Denny McClain was the starter and I remember Gates Brown hitting a solo blast in the seventh inning to tie it up at 3. The game went on and on but for me the time just flew by. The Tigers finally came through in the wee hours of Wednesday morning when Don Wert drove in Willie Horton with the game winning run with a ground ball up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the 13th. John Hiller was the winning pitcher in the 4-3 Tiger victory. Treasured memories to last a lifetime for sure --especially getting to share it with my late parents. As a sidebar years later I became aware of the infamous Billy Martin - Dave Boswell fight that took place in the alley behind the Lindell AC. Oddly enough that fight occurred shortly after my very first game. For an eight year old I was aware of a lot of things but I really didn't know much about the wiry, hot tempered guy who was managing the Twins that night. Little did we know.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Well said.||
Frank Beckmann's first game was the 1981 upset loss at Wisconsin. We rode into that one ranked #1 in the country coming off of Bo's first Rose Bowl victory. That day was also the occasion of the last Band Day in Michigan history which was a game between Slippery Rock and Wayne State played at the Big House. I was in the MMB at the time and I remember sitting in the stands that day and listening in on the broadcast with a transistor radio and was surprised to not hear Bob Ufer doing the play by play. Back home the next week vs ND Ufer did come back to do a pregame show and right before kickoff turned the microphone over to Frank Beckmann. They always say that it's never easy replacing a legend but looking back I think Mr. Beckmann acquitted himself very well over the last 32 years. I sure enjoyed listening to his broadcasts of all the games I didn't make it to in person and hearing his descriptions on highlight films and at Football Busts. Needless to say I will definitely be tuned in tonight. It occurred to me recently that Ufer and Beckmann have broadcast all of the games played since 1945 which would be 760 games including tonight's game. That is right around 60% of all games played in the 134 year history of "man's inhumanity to man" (1,267 games). Those two leave a tremendous legacy. The new guy will definitely have some big shoes to fill.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||6 Starters Graduate||
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|32 weeks 2 days ago||I’m lucky enough to be||
I’m lucky enough to be attending The game for the 35thconsecutive year this Saturday. My streak goes back to my freshman year in 1979 – the first Game after the Ten Year War. I’ve seen Michigan go 10-8 at Michigan Stadium and 6-9-1 at Ohio Stadium over that span. Tough to pick a favorite game in that span but seeing “Touchdown Tim” Biakabutuka unexpectedly rush for 313 yards and Chuck Woodson intercepting to seal the win in 1995 is probably my all time favorite. A close second would be the four second half lead changes capped by Demetrius Brown’s 41 yard bomb to John Kolesar into the south end zone of the Snake Pit in 1988. I’ll be cheering on the Maize and Blue from high up in Section 35 on Saturday after another awesome tailgate over on Pauline Ave. I’m looking forward to getting out there on last time this year with all my tailgate friends. My advice to the newbies: Cheer hard, leave hoarse and don’t act like a Buckeye! Go Blue!
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Alaska||
I’m planning to Mgovacation on the banks of the Upper Kenai River around Cooper Landing, AK , spend some time enjoying the beautiful surroundings and hopefully FedEx some freshly caught Silver (Coho) salmon back to Michigan to treat my fellow tailgaters over on Pauline Blvd to “Maple Rosemary Planked Salmon” before the Central game. That should be a nice way to kick off the season.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Dallas Trip Costs||
RT Airfare from Flint on Delta with one stop each way $325, suite at the Holiday Inn on Wet n Wild Way (apparently closest hotel to Jerry World?) for $135 and game ticket for $175. I'm sharing the hotel room with friends so I'll be in for about $550 plus cab fares and beer money. I booked air fare and hotel right after New Year's. Can hardly wait!
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Nemo's||
Nemo's at Michigan and Eighth is always a fun place to stop especially on Opening Day. They will have a tent set up in the parking lot and I'm sure they will be open first thing in the morning. From Nemo's you can catch the shuttle to Comerica or you could hike it and do a pub crawl on the way....Lager House, one hand of blackjack at MGM, one round on the deck at Bookie's and one at the Filmore right before game time. There's plenty of parking on the streets behind Nemo's and you could hit up Slow's for some bbq after the game.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||1995 Ohio||
Very difficult to choose one but I'd have to say the 1995 Ohio game. Biakabutuka’s performance that day was so spectacular and so unexpected that it elevates the game to all time favorite status in my eyes. His 313 rushing yards was just about triple Ohio’s output and it’s still our second best rushing performance in 132 years of football. I also loved the way future Heisman winner Chuck Woodson emerged in that game with two interceptions including one with a minute to go to ice the victory. The entire coaching staff, which included first year DC Greg Mattison were all trying to get Woodson to take a knee after making the final interception but Woodson ran it back around the right end before finally being pushed out of bounds into a wildly celebrating Michigan bench. After that it was victory formation and a 31-23 win.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||PSU 1993||
My ealiest recollection of the team singing the victors with the MMB and the fans was after the first game against Penn State in 1993 -- the 20-13 win at State College. I was lucky enough to be sitting in row 3 that day. That was awesome! It happened occasionally from then on but only after really big wins. If you aked me doing it after every win as has been done the last three years diminishes the significance ot it. I'd like to see it go back to the old way.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||My Story||
My discovery of the sports section of the newspaper when I was about 8 years old just happened to coinside with the arrival of Bo and I couldn't believe the excellent records Michigan was coming up with year after year while I was growing up in Detroit. I remember watching the 1972 Rose Bowl on TV and even though there were no Michigan fans in my family while watching that game I decided then and there that Michigan would be my team. A few years later when I was in high school I was lucky enough to go to the '76 Wake Forest Band Day game and I was blown away by my first visit to the Big House. The next year I got my driver's license and started driving to a couple of games a year and then I finally made it to campus in the fall of 1979 and spent four years studying engineering and playing in the MMB. Now looking back my whole family and most of my friends are all Michigan fans, I've hardly ever missed a game in the last 31 years and I can hardly believe all of the great experiences I have had following the Maize and Blue. I've even been to every Michigan vs tSIO game since 1979 which I feel is one of my greatest accomplishments as a fan. I could go on and on but basically that is my story.
I also have to mention the effect Bob Ufer had on turning me on to Michigan. For all of you fans who are too young to know about "Old Man Ufer" be sure to check out some of the recordings of his broadcasts. There was never a a more enthusiastic, knowledgeable and True Blue supporter of "Michigan athletics in general of football in particular". Be sure to take some time and learn more about him.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Oldest Building on Campus||
Thanks for posting the pictures. Being an architecture buff I really enjoyed the tour. To answer your question the oldest building on campus is the President's House on South U. It’s the big white house next to the Clements Library. It ‘s the only surviving building that dates back to when the University moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837. Apparently there were originally four buildings just like it that were built to house faculty-- two facing South U and two facing North U. The President's House on South U is the only one remaining. I would guess that the Observatory is the second oldest building on campus. There was another early building that unfortunately burned down when I was in school back in 1981. The Old Economics Building used to be just north of the UGLI and just west of West Engineering and it dated to 1856.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Good Road Trip||
I would agree that Iowa is the better of the two destinations for a road trip. I tailgated there in ’09 and found the tailgating crowd to be very friendly and a lot of fun. Somehow we ended up parking next to a couple of big groups who were a mix of Iowa and Michigan fans so that definitely helped the situation. We parked at the north end of campus in the big parking lot by the Hancher Auditorium. That location had easy access to the I-80 so we were able to beat the rush out of town after D-Rob’s disappointing last minute interception. We also crossed the river and hit a few of the campus bars on the way to the stadium right before getting to our seats in time to see Warren’s pick 6. The stadium is not huge but the crowd is packed in pretty tight to the field and the crowd does tend to make some noise. Cool place to see a game. The quad cities area – Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline and Rock Island -- about an hour’s drive east of Iowa City has plenty of hotels and restaurants for an overnight stay on the way out or back. On top of all this we should have a decent chance this year with Clayborn, Ballard, Sash and Greenwood gone from the D and what with the Hawks breaking in a new QB. Maybe I’ll run into you out there. Go Blue!
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Do an analysis of the 2008||
Do an analysis of the 2008 offense and you will see that your so called "myth" was actually the stone cold truth.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Silent Commits.....||
....hopefully these two don't go the way of Grimes and Murphy.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||My 32nd Straight M-OSU Game||
My nephew and I will be there decked out in our Maize and Blue. It will the 32nd straight M-OSU game (16th in Columbus) that I've been lucky enough to attend going back to the 18-15 loss at the Big House in 1979 -- Anthony Carter's (and my own) freshman year. Looking back the wins at the 'shoe in '80, '86, '88, '90, '96 and '00 provide some of my best Michigan Football memories -- Bobby Thompson sacking Schlichter in '80, Matt Frantz wide left in '86, D. Brown to Kolesar in '88, Greg Frey stuffed on the option keeper in '90, Tai Streets to the house in '96 and Drew Hensen's bootleg touchdown to ice the game in '00. I'd really like to see more Michigan fans at the games down there. Lately even our own section is heavily infiltrated with Buckeyes. Come in Michigan fans! This will be a great opportunity to leave the gripers, groaners and complainers behind. I am looking forward to watching a game with true fans.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||A Message from Ike||
Here's a message that i sent to my tailgating friends yesterday. Maybe this would be appropriate. Let me know what you think..............
Soldiers, Sailors and Tailgaters of the Grey Lot!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of Ann Arbor are upon you. The hopes and prayers of civilized and liberty-loving people from around the state of Michigan march with you. In company with our brave fans and brothers-in-arms on the playing field, you will bring about the destruction of the Penn State war machine, the elimination of Nittany Lion tyranny over the oppressed teams of the Big Ten Conference, bowl eligibility and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 2010! Much has happened since the Nittany Lion triumphs of 2008 and 2009. Alabama and other conference teams have inflicted upon Penn State great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Other teams have seriously reduced their strength in the passing game and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Rich Rod and the coaching staff have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained and skilled football players.
The tide has turned! The Wolverines of Michigan are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Go Blue! And let us beseech the blessings of Old Man Yost and General Bo upon this great and noble undertaking.
-Commander of the Grey Lot Allied Expeditionary Force
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Michigan Section at Ross Ade||
At Ross Ade Stadium the Michigan Section is usually the south stands sections 130-134 and also the first few sections on the eastern side like 101 and 102. I just got my tickets for the game yesterday through the Michigan Ticket Office and they're in 130.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Welcome to the Big Ten ChicagoRed!||
Welcome to the Big Ten Chicago Red! We had some great running QB's when Bo was coach -- Dennis Franklin, Rick Leach, Steve Smith, Mike Taylor and Demetrius Brown could all run the ball effectively. We went to a more pro style offense over the next 18 years or so and as you probably know developed some great pro style QB's -- Elvis Grbac, Brian Griese, Tom Brady, John Navarre and Chad Henne all played or are playing professional football. That said we have had nothing to compare with what we're seeing right now with Denard. He's easily the fastest player I have ever seen (at any position) and what has really impressed me about him this season is his grasp of the offense and his passing ability. The way I see it is we are looking at the combination of a great talent and a coach who understands how to use that talent for maximum results. It will be fun to watch what happens over the next few years. I'm looking forward to going to a game at Lincoln in a few years. I'll have to start following your team a more closely this year to get ready for it. Good luck this season!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I Hate to Brag but.....||
I really hate to brag too much but it looks like I called it right at around 8:10 yesterday morning. I must have been channeling the ghost of Fielding Yost himself when I made that prediction. What a great trip to South Bend -- the game had a little of everything and even though I've been going to games for well over thirty years I've never seen a player like Denard. We are in for a treat watching this young man over the next few years.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||28-24 M||
28-24 Michigan. I'm heading to South Bend. Go Blue!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I'll be in South Bend||
I plan to be in South Bend tomorrow. Traditional pregame walk around campus to check out the sights -- Fair Catch Moses, Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto, the Golden Dome, the concert on the steps the players walking out of the chapel and the band concert on the steps. Then the Joyce Center for a pregame brats and beers and finally off to the Stadium to watch D-Rob shred the Irish D. Should be a great day. I am Pumped!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Purdue Travel Tips||
I have made the trip to Purdue many times and have always had a great time there. There's always a strong Michigan contingent in the south stands at Ross-Ade Stadium so I know you'll have a great time at this year's Danny Hope Revenge Bowl. Let's hope the shoelaces to snake oil combo has a big day on Nov 13.
As far as the drive there I like to take I-94 west, I-69 south, US-24 west just past Fort Wayne and then Indiana 25 southwest from Logansport. This route is about 35 miles shorter (although probably about the same amount of time) as the I-94 to I-65 route. When you are coming into Lafayette on Indiana 25 you will notice that all of the football traffice heads west on US-52. I avoid a ton of traffic by heading toward downtown Lafayette and taking the Fowler Ave bridge over the river and heading west on Fowler toward campus. There's a church parking lot on the right just before you get to Northwestern Ave. There always seems to be more than average number of Michigan fans parking there. I was lucky enough to park next to Zoltan the Space Emperor's family when I went down for the '08 game. I think the vast majority of people come in from the north and park in the big fields north and west of the stadium so coming in from downtown Lafayette seems to work very well.
If your looking for a place to eat on the way there Don Hall's factory in Fort Wayne is a great place to stop. Its just off I-69 at exit 112A.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Let's Go Blue!||
Let's Go Blue!
|3 years 44 weeks ago||7-5||
|3 years 45 weeks ago||It did happen. @ND in 1990||
I do remember the index card incident. It was Moeller's first game -- 1990 in South Bend. I actually thought Jarrod Bunch had it the first down by at least a yard. It appeared to be a bad spot and the nose of the ball was right there. Never say the index card used for measuring for a first down before or since.