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|2 days 4 hours ago||I like how you left a lot of||
I like how you left a lot of the banter with Braylon Edwards in, and the tribute video of him too.
|4 days 3 hours ago||If I'm reading the rules||
If I'm reading the rules right, ecstasy gets you a six game suspension. For heroin you have to write a three page paper on the dangers of sharp objects in the classroom. It makes sense the more you think about it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Then someone is really||
Then someone is really dropping the ball. Why are things posted at Rivals not being reposted here for us cheapskates?
|1 week 5 days ago||His dad looks so much taller||
His dad looks so much taller than him in that photo. Hard to believe junior is 6'5". How tall is his dad?
|1 week 5 days ago||"Like a penguin with a hot||
"Like a penguin with a hot herring in his cummerbund." -- Bob Ufer
You just don't hear that said enough these days! We lost him way too soon.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yep! I can still see Bo and||
Yep! I can still see Bo and Jim sitting back in those big soft chairs....Jim serving up softball questions....Bo making you want to run through a wall every time he said the word "tackling." Nothing could ever be as good as that. I remember one time when...just a second, I think someone is walking across my front lawn...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So desperate...||
So desperate for content I was thrilled to see this posted. Thanks, Brian, once again.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Screwdrivers in a little||
Screwdrivers in a little downtown Fort Myers tavern. Last time for three months. It's finally time to return to the sports bar (Leeroy Selmon's) for football season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Terrible call, great game||
I was there, too, and felt exactly the same way about that call. It would definitely have been overturned today. Edwards knew he never had it. We were sitting about four rows back right in front of that play. I felt a bit embarrassed that LC went into the visitors' locker room after the game to congratulate them on a "great game." I was glad for the win, but that was the biggest "homer" call I have ever seen at Michigan.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Purdue 1995||
Made it to the game, but I made the mistake of taking my stepson to his first game. Yes, the sleet was whipping around the stadium so bad it was painful to expose your face in order to watch the game, but come on! He begged and begged to leave, and I relented and took him home after halftime. Only time I've ever left a game early. Not that I'm still bitter...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||First we lose Genie, then||
First we lose Genie, then Ali. Oh, the humanities!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Ahhh.... That explains it. I||
Ahhh.... That explains it. I had heard rumors to that effect. RIP Glock bus. I think the Glock bus was a throwback to the days when the band was all-male (which it was into the early 70s, I believe). Apparently the tunnel before pregame was a bawdy place in those days, but no old-timers I ever spoke with were willing to divulge details. Amazing the Free Press never got hold of that story.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||And there was a lot expected||
And there was a lot expected of you if you were a Glock. Determining exactly the right amount of bags for everyone was a lot of responsibility for 18-20 year olds....
|7 weeks 5 days ago||zero tolerance in the band||
Yes, that's exactly how it was in the 80's, too. There was zero tolerance for anything remotely inappropriate being done anywhere it could be witnessed by a non-MMB member, and anyone who rode bus 6 was informed of its reputation before riding. We referred to ourselves as "The Gentlemen of Bus 6." And really, what happened on the bus was quite tame; just bar room silliness types of things. "The drinking age of the Michigan Marching Band is 65" was the official line the director told the whole band. Keeping any violations completely secret was part of the fun.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||MMB Bus 6||
Apparently the Glock Bus, bus 6 when traveling, was no longer an entity at Michigan by the 1990s. It was a guys-only bus. The motto was "what goes on the Glock Bus stays on the Glock Bus," long before Vegas started using that line in its marketing. We sang tasteless songs, did tasteless things, but it was all in good fun and as soon as we got off the bus we were excessively straight-faced about the whole thing. When Wisconsin's band came to Michigan in 1984 their whole band behaved publicly like we behaved privately on that one bus. We gave them an appropriate Michigan welcome into our practice facility -- we stood aloof. I was in the band from 83-87.
|1 year 1 week ago||The Victors needs woodwinds||
MMB will always need full woodwind instrumentation, because you can't play The Victors properly without a strong woodwind section -- I hate to admit it being a former trombone player, but clarinets are critical on that one. So MMB will always be quieter than bands that can load up on brass. MMB was a bit louder when they did more high step. It required greater conditioning, and you had a whole lot of extra air in your lungs you had to exhale quickly, and you exhaled through the horn. But they can do much more intricate stuff now than they could in the old days, so it's a wash, I suppose. Other bands, especially Wisconsin, do "death marches" where they just work on volume at the expense of everything else. Michigan has never done that, and probably never will.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Heading to the river||
Canoeing on the Au Sable. First time in ten years. First time with my daughter! Hoping for a break in the weather...
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Ridiculous...||
That's like saying the team is at its best the first game of the year because it's had all spring and summer to prepare for that opponent.
To a lesser extent, certainly, (but the analogy still holds) the band is a progressively better unit each week. You have kids of all different talent levels, from all different high school marching styles, many of whom are petrified to be in front of 100k+ for the first time, putting on a show after only a week and a half or so together. Many of them are still trying to learn how to high step eight-to-five and play at the same time when it's time for "entry lines at the mouth of the tunnel."
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I applaud...||
I applaud your tireless commitment to the band I love. But part of the M experience is exactly what we see here. No 5-star recruit is guaranteed a minute of playing time. No band member ( in a much lesser role, I'm not trying to equate a trombone player to Denard) is guaranteed anything either. Join the MMB, and you'll get an unbelievable, life-changing experience. You might, like me, have five unforgettable bowl trips in five years. Or you might endure the RR years. You might, like me, hear Harbaugh's leg break and have the whole season fall apart. But the M experience transcends all the crappy little details. You get the privilege of being part of the legacy if you join MMB. If an unprecedented extra trip materializes, fabulous. If it evaporates, like our trip to Australia, then fine, you put that on your T-shirts (like our percussionists did), you laugh about it, and you add it to the heritage. It's all OK.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Your point is well taken but...||
Your point is well taken, but this is business as usual at M. When I was in the band, we were promised a tour of Australia (I kid you not) that never materialized because one graduate assistant behaved unethically. All band travels, even those to minor bowl games, are tentative until you board the plane. That's always how it's been at M. That's part of what you get when you're part of the MMB. MMB is the best experience you'll ever have, but this is part of the ride.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||MMB funding||
The MMB has always been a part of the School of Music, unlike most colleges where the marching band is part of the athletic department. Of course, the athletic department transfers monies to the School of Music for bowl game expenses for the MMB, and other expenses where appropriate. But I think the separation of MMB from the athletic dept has always limited MMB funding vis-a-vis other schools.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I mean this graciously...||
I was on the MMB equipment staff for three years, and all the MMB equipment, from sousaphones to piccolos, fits nicely in an average Ryder truck. You're right on that account. But M just doesn't send the MMB on road trips. Never has, apparently never will. This is absolutely business as usual. The band goes to ND, MSU, Ohio, maybe one other gratuitous game, the bowl game, and that's it. Most every student involved is content with current arrangement.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Well put. There's more||
Well put. There's more contention than outsiders realize, but in the end we all just want success for all things Michigan.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I love your sentiment, I love||
I love your sentiment, I love the band, but....
Bo hired a professional band to play The Victors at the early rounds of basketball tournament games instead of bringing the M BB band. Bo would have done what made financial sense. He wasn't terribly nostalgic. I love watching the band play anywhere, but let's not appeal to Bo on this one.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Let's see... Does M ever play||
The band rarely travels anywhere else, except bowl games.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||What to do with the MMB||
Let's think this through....
At this point, M gets no additional revenue by bringing the band. It's just an expense. The benefit to UM comes through exposure of the band to a non-B10 audience. But is this the best venue? Let's face it, as band insiders, admit that the band is not very good the first few weeks of the season. They pretty much suck until week 3-4. All band officianados know this to be true. By Band-o-Rama the band is world class. Not in week 1.
That makes more sense than going to Dallas.
If it were up to me, I'd send the band to every game. But let's argue for the next realistic step in the right direction.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Well, in spite of the||
Well, in spite of the negbangs for sharing actual history: when a group of us went (at our own expense) to a road game, Bo was mad that we played within earshot of the team when the team was supposed to be "quietly reflecting" before the game. I'm not complaining about Bo, I revere the guy. But I was in the band for five years, on band staff for three years, and Bo always, consistently, merely seemed to tolerate us.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Agreed. I'd want to go if I||
Agreed. I'd want to go if I were still in the band. And I think it's the better move for Brandon. But he's following a decades old M precedence of not utilizing the band to the fullest, IMHO.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||There is no way Bo ever said||
There is no way Bo ever said that, unless it was in jest or playing to a particular audience. Bo was the one who hired a band instead of bringing the basketball band to early tournament games. I was in the MMB when Bo was coach. He was always cordial to us, but he obviously was NOT passionate about us going to the games.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Not unusual||
I was in the band 5 years (a slow engineering student), and we only went to one regular season away game besides MSU, ND, or Ohio. That one game was to beautiful Urbana, IL, and it was a very forgettable trip. Regular season road trips are nothing like bowl trips. They're actually a bit of a drag. They are done as quickly and cheaply as possible.