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|13 hours 20 min ago||Those were good times when||
Those were good times when they used to keep one gate open year round.
I remember a few times during the summer, going in there on the field and standing in the end zone spots where so many game winning plays happened. It was such a weird yet epic feeling to have the stadium all to yourself.
While I miss those days, I can understand why they started locking everything up because it's too easy to go in there and vandalize something. Someone cut out half of the block M at mid field during one of the RichRod years.
|15 hours 47 min ago||Moment of Zen was very||
Moment of Zen was very memorable. Drew Brees already with a ton of hype from the year before (when he didn't have to play us or OSU). Rainy homecoming. Lloyd Carr wondering why we were playing a Brees led Purdue team when the homecoming game is SUPPOSED to be an easy opponent.
Half of Purdue's points were thanks to 2 fumbles by A-Train deep in our own territory that they turned into field goals. Brees played OK. Boiler receivers dropped a ton of passes.
Lloyd was still doing the quarterback survey thing. Brady starts the 1st quarter, Henson starts the 2nd quarter and then coaches meet at halftime to decide who plays the rest of the game.
|2 days 9 hours ago||(No subject)|
|2 days 17 hours ago||Indeed. The same goes for||
Indeed. The same goes for Air Force. When we played them at the Big House in 2012, that was the first time I can remember there being no boos for the opponent during pregame. The crowd cheered, understandably.
Booing would have been very bad.
|2 days 17 hours ago||I don't think a lackluster||
I don't think a lackluster program is as big an issue for attendance compared to overpriced tickets, weak schedules and the fact that we are blessed with HD TV's now.
Alabama was having attendance problems the last few years desipte Nick Saban being able to buy a national championship whenever he wants.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I wasn't at 95 Purdue but I||
I wasn't at 95 Purdue but I have the full game in my collection. The ESPN camera shows a full view of the stadium and there is definitely 100,000 at kickoff. But the 2nd quarter is a completely different story. People made it because the morning started out warmer but the weather took a nosedive really quickly. I don't think the fans expected it to get that bad so fast and they, understandably weren't going to stick around. By the start of the second quarter, there were at least 30,000 that had already left.
I know Michigan's attendance numbers have been suspect at times but I don't think 95 Purdue should count. They showed up and they were on time. They just left really early. Now the 2011 Purdue and Minnesota games I went to with the almost empty student sections is a different story. I didn't believe those numbers when they were announced.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Not pumped. I'm stressed and||
Not pumped. I'm stressed and nervous. I despise the fact that the B1G scheduling quirk has us playing all three rivals on the road.
Last season sucked so much life out of me. I'm still feeling the hangover.
|6 days 15 hours ago||The what if scenario.||
The what if scenario. Oregon's trip to the big house was originally scheduled for the 2002 season. But with a trip to Notre Dame and a home game against Washington already on the non-conference slate, the schedule was considered too difficult. So Bill Martin rescheduled our home game with the Ducks to 2007.
No PAC Ten team had won at the big house in 23 years when Oregon came in 2007. I'm sure we would have done much better against them in 02 with Braylon, Perry and Navarre.
|1 week 4 hours ago||First time I ever saw someone||
First time I ever saw someone spike a baseball.
|1 week 1 day ago||OSU has an official office of||
OSU has an official office of compliance and integrity? That's the most shocking thing mentioned in that link.
|1 week 2 days ago||I went to Miami (Florida) for||
I went to Miami (Florida) for a wedding back in January and had a great time. We stayed in down town and I was very impressed with the city. The restaurants were amazing. We saw the Everglades and drove through Coral Gables and Biscayne Bay. I loved it.
I was in the elevator of my hotel the night we beat Sparty at Breslin. I checked the final score on my cell phone and screamed, "YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!" just as the elevator doors were opening and I scared the hell out of a Cuban family.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bob Bowlsby||
Bob Bowlsby speaks the truth. And the fact that he can say it publicly and the NCAA won't give a crap or put in the energy to deny it is pretty sad.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We struggled to stop mobile||
We struggled to stop mobile quarterbacks in the following years. Although we also had our fair share of wins against them as well, it was a problem that never seemed to go away. Jim Herrman eventually got on my shit list. In the 2005 season opener, I remember being pissed that Northern Illinois was able to score 17 on us which included a 70 yard TD run by their QB.
Boy did I feel like a moron 3 years later when we started seeing the defenses on RichRod's teams. I never missed Jim Herrman more at that point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Keith was used to saying "No||
Keith was used to saying "No flags!" so many times over the years I think it just became habit. It took Dan Fouts just as long to notice the flags on the Braylon catch because he and Keith, after an eternity, said, "Yes there is!" simultaneously. Keith struggled with names that day and he was not his vintage self. It was kind of depressing to hear.
The most confused Keith ever sounded, however, was during WSU's last drive against us in the 98 Rose Bowl when they got 50 yards on a blatant pushoff on Woodson who would have easily intercepted the pass to end the game. Keith's call on that was...
"And there is goes. It's...inference? No. Intercepted? Yes. Woodson inter...did Taylor catch it? Did he really?"
I think that's when it started.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm going to be angry if it's||
I'm going to be angry if it's 'Back to the Future.' My favorite movie in my favorite stadium. But not a season ticket holder.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nice! Even if it will be a||
Nice! Even if it will be a while.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not unless the game goes into||
Not unless the game goes into 10 overtimes. Yeah, I'm not understanding fireworks for the Miami-Ohio game. They're no fun if it's not dark enough. We don't set our clocks back until late October so it should still be pretty light out.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Last summer, I went to the||
Last summer, I went to the movie theatre which is across the street from the Horseshoe. That's the closest I've ever been to that stadium and it will remain that way. I have no desire to see ANY game there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My thoughts: WIDE RECEIVERS||
WIDE RECEIVERS - Perfect. Those 4 were truly the best. There's no way to argue with those picks.
QUARTERBACKS - This is where it could get messy. Leach and Harbaugh belong on there, no questions asked. Brady is given bonus points because of the NFL career (which really shouldn't count) but I'd take the 99 version of him being the comeback king. As far as college career goes, I would take Elvis Grbac over Brady. We played brutally tough schedules in his day - Notre Dame was an elite program at the time, Florida State, Boston College, Washington teams in the Rose Bowl led by QB Mark Brunell, plus we won big ten titles every year he was here and we never lost to Ohio State.
I think I like Chad Henne being on there with Denard just off the list. Please don't shoot me. Denard was likable, electric, and ran for an insane amount of yards. But the 40 interceptions keeps him down. I was scared to death every time he passed the ball.
If Drew Henson came back in 2001 and continued doing the kind of stuff he did the previous year, I would have to put him on there. I still maintain that he's the most all around talented QB we have had in my lifetime.
RUNNING BACKS: Wasn't alive to see Lytle and Johnson but their stats speak for themselves. Wheatley had to be on there. With the record, I have no problem with Hart being on there but I think Jamie Morris had some qualities that were more pleasing to watch. He was about the same size as Hart but with more speed. Whenever he got tackled, he almost always seemed to fall forward and get a couple extra yards. He ran the "long ball" more often while Hart had a ton of 10-15 yard runs through his career. They all added up in the end but Jamie's style was more fun to watch.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||2005 Penn State was pretty||
2005 Penn State was pretty sweet as well. I was back in the north end zone but the game winning play was on the other side. I could not see the ball after it left Henne's hands. I had to watch the crowd reaction to know we won. It was pure madness.
After the game, my dad and I were walking down Hoover and we passed a frat house. A guy was on the balcony with a bullhorn telling people that Joe Paterno was dead.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Memories of being at||
Memories of being at Braylonfest 2004.
*The game was a 4:30 kickoff. At the time, that was the latest start ever for a Michigan home game and I felt kind honored to be (what I thought would be) the closest thing to a night game the big house would ever see.
*Walking to the stadium, I made note of how windy it was and it immediately made me nervous for the kicking game. Sure enough, the wind never stopped and the stadium was dead silent for almost every PAT and field goal attempt.
*MSU was a horrible team but played waaaaaay beyond what was expected of them. I sat in the south end zone so I had to listen to MSU's band play that damn fight song so many times, I thought I was going to lose my mind.
*All the drama happened in the OPPOSITE end zone. Only a Mike Hart TD was scored in front of us in the 1st quarter.
*Lloyd was always extra stubborn when it came to the running game. The fans everywhere were screaming all day to throw the damn ball.
*I lost all hope once we were down 27-10. I didn't leave early. I just sat in my seat like a zombie. I debated ripping my ticket stub. Thank GOD I didn't. MSU fans started taunting us.
*Tim Massaquoi's 2 point conversion catch I couldn't see. I had to watch the crowd's reaction to know whether he caught it.
*I tried to scream in the overtimes whenever MSU was on offense but I was so nervous, I could barely make a sound. I sounded kind of like Peter Brady on that episode of the Brady Bunch where his voice changed.
*After MSU's last offensive attempt and the game was over, I could finally scream again. Then I turned around and hugged some random dude sitting behind me. He probably thought I was a nut but he was so happy he hugged me back. Then while the rest of the stadium was going nuts, I had to sit down because I felt like I was going to pass out.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Sounds kind of like my trip||
Sounds kind of like my trip there when I watched them play Western in 1998 (Antwan Randle-El's debut).
Saw Assembly Hall. The fans were very nice. It was easy to get in and out of the stadium parking lot. Really the only annoying thing was listening to their marching band announcer. He is no Carl Grapentine. His blowhard voice is like thousands of nails on a chalkboard. IU brought their band to the big house last year and I was displeased to hear that awful voice again after 14 years.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think the majority of us||
I think the majority of us who have followed the modern history of this rivalry are well aware that the outcome of this game has had little to do with the success (or lack of success) on the rest of the season. But we still obviously want to win it because...you know, FUCK Notre Dame.
As for your other points, I don't doubt that this rivalry has put together so many fantastic finishes the last 35 years. And yes, we probably SHOULD play every year. But that doen't mean I want us to anymore.
This goes beyond our painful memories with them like the ref in South Bend using an index card to see if Michigan got a first down or Carlyle Holiday leaving the ball behind on the 2 yard line and getting rewarded a touchdown.
It's the endless undeserved hype. The underserved NBC TV contract that continues to get renewed despite the fact that they are 24th in winning percentage since they got it. And then my personal breaking point came when after decades and decades of dodging conference invites, they figured out that they MUST be in one in this day and age but still make their own terms by saying they want to be a part time member. And then the ACC sacrifices their balls and agrees to it. That's not how it should be. You're either a full fledged conference member or you're not. I had always been annoyed at the special treatment ND got but once this "membership" happened with the ACC, I was done. When we stop playing them after this season, I will have a much easier time trying to stop getting mad over all the shit they get away with.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||While technically true of||
While technically true of those 3 games, only the Penn State game was a disaster for the defense. At least they showed up in the other 2.
The non-existent offense did us in against Iowa. And one of the (many) low points in the season for me was seeing our weak ass offense make Nebraska's 116th ranked defense look like world beaters.
The defense was painfully bad against Akron, Penn State, Indiana, OSU and Kansas State. Many times almost Gerg like with giving up big play after big play through shocking futility. I think we were so busy pulling our hair out over the offensive line that we overlooked how often the defense could not get the job done. We beat OSU and don't even have to settle for the 2 point conversion attempt if they just play a D+ to C- game. And giving up over 500 yards to Indiana is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I was at the Horror. My seat||
I was at the Horror. My seat was in row B (technically the 2nd row) of the north end zone....right where the field goal was blocked on the last play.
I understand all the complaints and arguments for scheduling this opponent again. And I know beating them 100-0 won't change history. But speaking as someone who basically had front row seats to witness this insanely painful moment in sports history, I still want to see us pound those guys into the ground. And if we don't win by AT LEAST 50 points, I think I will lose my mind.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I changed the channel when it||
I changed the channel when it was 4-1 in the 8th.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Driving down S. Main, when I||
Driving down S. Main, when I see the big house in the distance, I feel excited....kind of like the way it felt at 6 years old whenever your mom would drive you to McDonalds and you would see the golden arches, only better.
Walking inside the stadium, I hear choirs singing in my head.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I remember someone posting||
I remember someone posting the full game a couple years back but it might have been removed.
I have the game in my collection but it's my least favorite win over Notre Dame and not a game I revisit very often. Other than John Carney missing the last second field goal and some nice plays by Jamie Morris, there's not much about that game that's fun to remember. ND was unranked and finished the season unranked. That game should NOT have been close and ND never punted. Lou Holtz had them playing light years ahead of their talent in just his first game and they were sooooo close to knocking us off.
The best highlight reel for that game would cover 6 plays. The rest of that game, not so much.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)|
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Three straight meetings||
Three straight meetings Indiana has torched our defense, no matter who their QB is. It's gotten old.