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|12 hours 7 min ago||Too Much Love||
I hate Musberger and everything about him.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Good and Bad||
Overall, it was a great day.
On the RAWK front, it wasn't too bad because there was actually some variety.
I sit in the West Side Chairbacks so we have very easy access to the upper concourse on the West side. The food service was abysmal today. I waited almost ten minutes and never advanced in line; I finally gave up so I wouldn't miss pre-game. My wife was with my daughters a couple of minutes behind my son and I. By the time she got to the front of the line, still before kickoff..., they had already run out of hot dogs. And I didn't like the new hot dogs at all. Too fat and not, well, hot.
A HUGE positive is that at either end of the upper concourse they had about a dozen push faucets. So once you bought one bottle of water, you could refill them at those stations. My wife and I were commenting that all 5 of us drank a lot more water because of it. Nice to not feel like you have to spend fifty dollars to keep the family hydrated.
Cell service seemed better. Still spotty at times, but I got on the WiFi and it was decent. Eventually. Still bad at busy times (like half time or between quarters).
|3 days 7 hours ago||Yeah, but...||
Yeah, but that's a HUGE problem. I'm the "pathetic" section right next to you and am pretty into the wave if done right. If the team's on O, I am just completely disengaged.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Yes||
Right on the steps in front of Revelli Hall on Hoover. The full band will form up right there as well.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Agreed||
Like so many other things, unless you've been in it, it is hard to understand how the final product comes together. Visualization is the culmination of that preparation.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Or the First Blowout||
Because with a 1 year old that could happen any time.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Shared Before||
I've shared this before, but I will again because it fits here:
My oldest daughter was born 12/12/97 in the wee hours of the morning.
Later that day we went on to beat Duke in basketball (watched from the hospital). Oh, and Woodson won the Heisman. And then we went to the Rose Bowl. She had on her Michigan stuff and we were visiting some Michigan friends as we watched the team win the National Championship.
At that point in time, I thought we might never lose again and that my daughter was the blue and golden child.
|1 week 1 day ago||MMB||
There will be the "Step Show" which is a performance by the drumline in front of Revelli Hall on Hoover Street about an hour before the game. They perform while the rest of the band finalizes their preparations. Then the full band will come outside and form up for inspection.
After inspection, the band will step off for the stadiume and you can follow the band as they march down Hoover and turn left on Greene. The cheerleaders will be ahead of the band and will do a very short performance at the intersection of Hoover and Greene before continuing on; it isn't a bad intersection to wait for the cheerleaders and band to pass and then follow them in if you don't make it to Revelli hall in time for the step show.
The band will publish their gameday schedule later this week. If you're truly interested, you can watch morning rehearsal (for a noon game I'm guessing about 8:00) on Elbel field, which is the fieldturf at the intersection of Hill and Division.
If you want even more band, there is a post game show on the field as well.
|1 week 1 day ago||Make it an Option||
For us it was simple. If my wife went and felt like she wanted to accommodate one of the kids taking a walk, that was up to her.
If I was going solo, we would offer a ticket to one of my kids, but they understood that it was not a right and that my expectation was that we'd stay and watch the whole game. Of course if it were an emergency I would have taken care of them, but by both setting the expectation and making it not about "me sharing the experience with them" but rather them "choosing to experience it with me" we were all on the same page.
All three of my kids (16yo daughter, 13yo daughter, and 9yo son) love going to football, basketball, and hockey games with us and are all big Michigan fans now. For us, it worked. Now we have 5 tickets for football and can take as many as are available to go that week. Sometimes it is all five of us; sometimes due to other commitments it is zero. We love having the option and love being able to share our love of the University with them.
The downside is that they all know I'm a sucker for buying them something at the M-Den...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Tickets||
The tickets got those with them in at 6:30 instead of 7:00 when they opened the gates to all.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not Sure||
I think a few blue mixed with a sea of maize, especially on TV isn't terrible.
A sea of dark blue with even a bit of maize and it will be really obvious.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||TiVo||
TiVo is another option.
You can get one and use a CableCard from TWC.
They are expensive and sometimes frustrating (especially setting up a CableCard), but the features are awesome. You could TiVo the game, then stream over WiFi and/or download to your device wherever you are.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Tony Boles||
Tony has been mentioned in a few comments. Too bad that the Metrodome turf monster ended his (and Tripp's) careers.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||My Kids are Spoiled||
I do identify with the John U. Bacon position that Michigan isn't doing a good job of creating the next generation of fans.
For a long time we had two tickets but often had access to two more right next to ours from my buddy and former roommate who lives in Rochester NY. But for the kids, they never got to go to "big" games. My oldest started complaining about it and we're fortunate to now have five tickets so when all of us are available we can go as a family.
All three of my kids are huge Michigan fans, but the only constraint my 9 YO son has is whether or not he has a soccer game. Otherwise he can go to most games. I guess I'm spoiling them. :)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
I agree. We tried to make a game of it, but not until after it was over...
Michigan's first play from scrimmage was a pick-6 by Tyrelle Buckley.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||My First Game as Well||
I was a freshman in the Michigan Marching Band. Everything about the game you said is true. Going on to win every other regular season game that season didn't suck, though.
Technically, my first time in Michigan Stadium was to play the Victors for the football team, hear Bo speak to us, and then have a practice in the stadium. Regardless, until the fall after my graduation, I never entered Michigan Stadiume any way other than through the tunnel.
The tunnel, more than anything else, is my most enduring memory of Michigan football (and one of my favorite places on earth). Standing at attention ingnoring the opposing players as they went by and then screaming our fool heads off for the team as they went by. Then, "Presenting the [back then] 225 member Michigan Marching band. Baaaaand take the field."
|4 weeks 5 days ago||*FIELDTurf||
Important distinction. Just about everyone uses FieldTurf now. This is the synthetic fibers with the black rubber pebbles in it.
The reason they went [back] to natural grass in the early '90s was the problems with the old-style artificial turf, like AstroTurf. AstroTurf eats ACLs for lunch; FieldTurf does not. AstroTurf is green plastic on top of concrete; FieldTurf is long synthetic fibers which are held in place with the pebbles.
The reason so many teams have gone to FieldTurf is that it is cheaper to maintain than natural turf without the injury risks.
On a tangent: there was much discussion at the time about the use of natural turf at Michigan Stadium. Michigan installed a system called P.A.T. (prescription athletic turf) which put a layer of dirt and grass over a perforated base with vacuum pumps that allowed rain to be drained from the field very quckly, as in: real time 1"/hour of rain or something like that.
To manage PAT though, you need to treat the grass differently than a regular grass field. Some accused the Michigan staff of NOT doing this and blamed those choices for the fact that the PAT had a tendency to come up in big chunks, die as a result, and which resulted in the field being resodded numerous times, in some cases multiple times per season.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||1990 MSU||
Michigan hat a TON of preseason hype after a Rose Bowl season the year before. Ranked #4 to start the season, they went to ND and lost by 4 to the number one ranked team (stupid Michael Stonebreaker interception of Grbac in the North Endzone). Michigan then managed to claw their way to the #1 ranking over the next few weeks.
Against MSU in the second half Michigan was in trouble, I believe down 14. They scored, but got BACK in trouble by allowing MSU to return the ensuing kickoff for a TD. Michigan answered with a KO TD return of their own by Derrick Alexander on the next play. The stadium was NUTS.
Late in the game, Michigan was down seven and drove for a touchdown. This was before the overtime rule and was Moeller's first season. With the number one ranking on the line, they didn't want the tie and went for 2. MSU's defender was so badly beaten by Desmond that th grabbed Desmond's ankle and pulled him to the ground. Desmond almost made the catch anyway, but couldn't reel it in. The ref refused to call the obvious pass interference penalty, and Michigan lost by 1.
I was a sophomore and had never experienced something so exciting in my life.
From there a depressed Michgan team also managed to lose at Iowa.
Despite those losses, the team rallied for an excellent season including an OSU win and capped off with the offensive line being named the MVP of the Gator Bowl in which Ole Miss was blown off the field.
Best. 9-3 team. Ever.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||sigh||
More than anything else, the games should be about the students. The student-athletes who compete and their classmates who cheer them on.
Us old farts may enjoy the experience because we're trying to relive the past and that's why we should (within reason) be a bigger part of footing the bill. But when the events stop being about the students, the entire thing is just about worthless.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||A Long Time Ago||
It goes back a long time, but when I was in the MMB, we had pretty awful versions of all the Big Ten fight songs. And Notre Dame.
To me the distinction is in choice. When you make this sort of thing obligatory to all members of the band, then you have a problem. Outside of the formal organization, 18-22 year olds are going to do raunchy childish stuff. It is part of being 18-22.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||BIOYA||
Just after that time, on a band trip, the busses were stopped and several cases of adult beverages were found and removed from bus 6. After that the Glocks were still Glocks, but there was no longer an official Glock Bus. And things were toned down quite a bit.
I marched in the '89 through '92 seasons.
I suspect the Glocks have faded into memory.
A couple times, between the OSU game and the end of the semester, when we knew it would be inside rehearsal only, a few of us went to Dominic's before rehearsal. But thinking about a full rehearsal drunk makes me think about throwing up... :)
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Ha!||
I was just thinking something similar...
How many times would I have had to try to find a place to fill up the 30-gallon tank on my 22' pontoon boat? Very different world. My cousin used to work at the marina in Tawas. Hearing how much gas some boats take is eye-opening.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Deeply Moved||
I am deeply moved by this piece. It is a testament to your writing and what you choose to do with your talents that these responses are what they are.
By itself, this would be a situation where this community comes together to express our condolences in this difficult time.
What you've done, though, is to take your own tragedy and use it as a way to make others realize the blessings in their lives and cause them to remember their own journeys. I know I'll hug my parents a little tighter the next time I see them. I'm truly sorry for your loss and truly appreciative that you chose this way to share with us. God bless you and your family.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Judgment Day||
For the 1997 season I was in grad school at Carnegie-Mellon and my wife was pregnant, expecting our first in early December. We still had tickets, but I couldn't go to many games that year.
My dad had a guy that worked for him that couldn't use his PSU alumni tickets. So a week before Judgment Day I was calling my buddy to see if he could swing through Pittsburgh on the way to Happy Valley.
By the end of the game, it was obvious to me that we were the best team in the country. Woodson was electric; the entire game was spectacular. Late in the fourth quarter, every so often my friend would shout, "WE ARE" to which I'd reply "NOT GOOD".
Also in the running for me: 1991 Michigan-ND, Braylonfest, and the 1993 Rose Bowl. UTL will also always hold a special place in my heart, particularly because my wife and oldest daughter were with me that night.
Not asked but I'll answer anyway: What was the best game you attended in which Michigan lost? Answer: 1990 Michigan-Michigan State, no Pass Interferance Desmond Mugged on the 2Pt conversion game.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think so...||
I'm pretty sure there's a trap door in the stage. Like you said the head moves as he's sitting on it. I don't think it is big enough to hold her.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||My Comments||
I think the Hoover Street Rag article sums it up very well.
It is pretty important to me that the wave not be done unless it is a comfortable lead. Also, I like very late Q3, maybe Q4 even. This highlights the fact that it is *not* an attempt to make noise or affect play -- it is for the entertainment of the crowd.
One of the big reasons to not do it when M has the ball is that a big play will often kill the wave.
Side note: the Michigan Marching Band does not do the wave. The band should not be bood for not doing the wave. That is reserved for old alumni not doing the wave.
With pratice, it should become second nature, much like the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby have a conversation while they appropriately join the wave without interrupting their talk.
Also, the wave should stop for any injury.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Long Running Joke||
Not Safe for Mrs. Stephen R. Kass
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Indeed||
Yes, it was 1991. Desmond made the catch on a long pass on 4th and short, made the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when print mattered), and kicked off the campaign that ended with "Hellllllo Heisman!" by Keith Jackson on the punt return against OSU.
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||Agree and Disagree||
I agree with you about the XBox roll-out and how Microsoft negatively impacted PC gaming. But PC Gaming is far from dead.
I'm no longer a hard-core gamer because I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and a job. But my experience with Steam has been amazing. There are so many good titles to play and if you're willing to be patient, you can get them inexpensively on Steam. The longer you're willing to wait, the more you save.
I disagree that only small and indie games are out there. There are tons and tons of A-List titles out there, and MMORPGs are still best on a PC. Between high quality multi player experiences, top games in the genres I want to play, and TONS of variety, the PC is, in my opinion, the best gaming value.
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||Not Sure Where I Fit||
The Wii was near death and so we bought a Wii U, mostly for my son, the first Christmas it was available (18 months ago). The big problem is the self-fulfilling prophecy. Launch was bad so 3rd party game companies stopped supporting, so console sales didn't grow, so more companies stopped supporting.
I do think the problem is a bit more subtle than it is made out to be, though. The problem is that there is no XBox or PS equivalent for the two screen experience. Playing Pikmin or Lego City Undercover, it is cool because you can have the full screen on the game but look down and see the map. But playing Madden it really shines... While you're about to snap the ball, you can touch a reciever and draw a new route for him on the screen -- my son LOVES that feature.
It has to be really expensive, though, for EA to develop a fundamentally different version of their games to take advantage of the gamepad. So they're just not doing it. My son's true sporting love is soccer and he can't get the new FIFA for the Wii U. It won't be long before he truly starts jonesing for the XBox One or PS4.
And as the poster above me noted, Mario Kart 8 is great. A couple of bizarre programming choices, but in general, new tracks, new features, new powerups, 12 racers, and same old Mario Kart fun. My son pulled money out of his bank, collected old games to trade, and started negotiating with me for how much I would chip in to get it. And, to be fair, I should chip in because after I put him to bed Saturday night, i poured a Scotch and went back to racing!
Regardless, for a serious gamer and the best value -- buy a decent gaming PC, set up a Steam account, and add all the games you're interested in to your wish-list. Then wait for the sales to come. If you're willing to wait a bit to play the games, you can get tremendous value.