Indiana stadium experience?

Indiana stadium experience?

Submitted by Jon06 on November 3rd, 2014 at 5:57 PM

You guys can kill me if we've been over it, but were there any noticeable differences to the stadium experience this past Saturday? 

h/t MGoN00b Sternrudder:

Great to hear he got his press credentials back. It would also be nice to learn that the loud music is now gone from the stadium PA system. I wasn't at the Indiana game-- can anyone report on the status of the amplified "music?"

IU releases new "We Are IU" rawk music video

IU releases new "We Are IU" rawk music video

Submitted by FabFiver5 on September 24th, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Maybe it's a State of Indiana thing? Not to be outdone by terrible ND and Purdue videos, the Indiana Athletic Department has released it's own RAWK MUSIC video highlighting a half empty stadium and a bunch of white kids rapping.



Music suggestions

Music suggestions

Submitted by ppToilet on September 17th, 2011 at 8:38 PM

So, I have been going to Michigan games for a bit over three decades.  I like tradition but am amenable to change, including the Rawk music blaring in the stadium.  Rather than be a naysayer, I'd like to make the thing better.  Here are some thoughts:

1. Use volume more effectively.  Not everything needs to be played at eleven.

2. I like hearing the band - today was pretty good that way.  Especially percussion section.

3. No Rawk music at all when the team is coming on the field.  Not even a peep.  Just hear Brady Hoke say "This is Michigan for godsakes", then the team runs on the field to the band playing.

Okay, with that said, now comes the part for audience participation:  music selection.  What would people actually want to hear?  I think the following should make the cut:

1. Seven Nation Army - just because it was awesome during the ND game and the White Stripes came from Detroit.

2. Howlin' for you (The Black Keys) - because the chant would be cool in the stadium and I don't know anyone else using it yet.

3. Rocky & Bullwinkle (The Michigan Marching Band) - Yes, I like the Blues Brothers thing, but I grew up making moose ears at the stadium

What thinks the Board?

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Where is South Detroit?

Where is South Detroit?

Submitted by meddler on August 6th, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Question for the folks out there:

Where is "South Detroit?"

I was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs. I have never lived more than 30 miles from the Detroit border yet I have never wandered into this elusive part of Detroit. I can easily identify the east side, west side, and the southwest corner of the city. One would suppose from the way thousands of Detroit area fanatics belt out the lyrics from the classic rawk hit that the region is famous or populated or exists.

I hope someone can fill this gap for me. If not, well, I will forever endure the apprehensive shudder that courses through my soul each time the first note of the Journey song pierces the gameday sanctity of Michigan Stadium.

One Man's Throwback Proposal (M and ND)

One Man's Throwback Proposal (M and ND)

Submitted by justingoblue on June 5th, 2011 at 2:03 PM

In September 2011, Michigan should wear 1948 jerseys, including matching numbers corresponding to each position. Notre Dame should do the same, but their year should be 1949. Each won a MNC in their respective years (M's was a controversial vote with ND on top of that), and each jersey is somewhat different from today's model.

Michigan would wear long sleeved jerseys with different style numbers, and could even go back to the more yellow Maize for the numbers and pants:



Notre Dame could wear long sleeve green with gold pants, as shown in this 1950 magazine:


Michigan would require one tackle to change their historically corresponding number away from 11, but no other retired numbers were used on the 1948 roster. Notre Dame would not have to change any because they have never retired a number. Long sleeves would not be much of an issue IMO, the average A2 temperature in September is somewhere between 58-(Edit:) 72 degrees and it will be a night game.

This is the best idea I can think of to bridge the gap between the RAWK music, as JeepinBen put it, and the "Get off my lawn" crowd. To put it in terms DB would understand, I think a lot of people would buy the 1948 jersey due to color changed, long sleeves and the intangibles that get fans to buy throwbacks.

Night Gamez, RAWK Music, and Maize Jerzeyz, yo

Night Gamez, RAWK Music, and Maize Jerzeyz, yo

Submitted by JeepinBen on June 5th, 2011 at 1:17 PM


Let me start off by saying, I’m not that old. I’m 24 (it feels really old compared to 2 years ago when I was graduating). Some of you might read the title and think “Get Off My Lawn” but that’s not what I’m going for. The more and more I’ve thought about the Notre Dame game this year, the more upset I get. I’ve got tickets, I’m going, I’ll love it… but it won’t feel like Michigan Football. I don’t care at all if we have a Fullback, or play a 4-3, that’s not what I mean. What I mean is the Game-day Experience. Yes, this will be the first night game, yes everyone else has night games, and yes, Prime Time exposure, etc. etc. this really seems like a net positive. But part of me thinks that with the whole thing we’ve sold out. I’m a 3rd Generation Michigan Grad, and I love that when I went to games from 2005-2009, it started just like when my mom and dad when to games in the late 70s, and when my grandparents went in the late 40s/early 50s. The Marching Band formed their block M,

the Fanfare M, they played the Victors, the team came out the Tunnel, and they looked like this:

 - is that Henne? Devin? Leach? 

 - is that Arthur Walker, Paul Seymour, Jon Jansen, Jake Long, or Lewan?

Their seats looked like this:


Now, I can’t help but feel that we’re all of a sudden every other team in college football. We’ve got skyboxes (granted, the construction ended up looking great, and I’ve taken the tour, and they’re amazing). We’ve got Lights. We’ve got Special K and we’ve got (allegedly) Maize alternate/throwbacky/cash-grab Jerseys.

So, all the things that I (we?) have claimed to hate throughout the past few seasons we now embody.

Michigan will Take the Field and it will be OMG MAIZE JERZEYS! I CAN BUY JERZEYS?


After Michigan takes the field “I Got a Feelin’“ I know what Special K will play (I feel like every time they went to commercial in this game the damn Black Eyed Peas song played, I know that the movie has AC/DC) - Dunno if embedding is working, but Iowa 2009, when Iowa took the field: (link:

The Fatcats in their Skyboxes will see the numbers, the ratings, the jersey sales and think that this was successful. And what’s next? Our old scoreboards looked like this

Will our new ones look like this?

Again, I’m excited for the night game, I’m going, I’ll love it, and I hope Denard gets 503 yards and we beat ND 77-0 (with at least 1 Mike Martin Pick 6). But part of me really likes that we’re (we were?) different.  I hope to really enjoy the Night Game, but come November, on a Gray Saturday afternoon I’ll bundle up, trudge through snow and slush to my seat which looks like this

to see Michigan play in The Game, hoping the sun peeks through the clouds, and our team will look like this:

And the band will play the Victors and it’ll just feel… right



MGoFiction: Inferno-Canto IV

MGoFiction: Inferno-Canto IV

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on July 8th, 2010 at 10:26 PM

In the loosely adapted ways of Dante, I present to you the fourth canto of Formerly's Football Inferno. I promise nothing when it comes to grammar, punctuation, logical plots, or anything that normally goes into story writing.

For those of you unfamiliar, Dante walks through each region of hell to learn the sins and punishment by talking to those souls trapped. In the third circle of Dante's hell, home to those committing Gluttony, the souls here must endure endless rain of sludge from the monster Cerberus.

Past Cantos:

Canto I Canto II Canto III

Canto IV

After another endless walk, we finally climbed down into the third circle of hell. In this circle of hell, the windstorms of the second circle turned to a freezing storm of black snow. Temperatures were easily below freezing. Luckily I took my jacket with me to the Michigan game I last left, oh so long ago. Michigan weather is tricky like that. It changes on a whim.

As we pushed on through the circle, we could see large hills all around us, however, people weren't to be seen. As we slid between hills, zigzagging through the valleys that channeled through, you'd occasionally hear a person yell, but not often. After a few yells, I had to ask Davy Crockett just what that horrid screaming was.

"Kid, this is the realm of hell for all those who never once made it to Michigan Stadium. It's a sacred pilgrimage that every Michigan fan must complete at least once in their life. For those that don't they are doomed to spend eternity sitting in a replica of Michigan Stadium, except there is no game.

"They must sit and endure the cold of a night game in December. A black snow blots out the light as their souls must freeze. Each of these hills are actually stadiums built into the ground, filled with twice the normal capacity so the damned will have to feel an even bigger squeeze on space.  On top of that, they blast RAWK MUZIK into their ears. It's diabolical."

"That's a harsh penalty," I replied. "Is there exemptions for poor people, those who never visit America, or otherwise?"

"Alas, they do not. If you never make a game, you are damned to hell. It used to be worse though. It used to be if you didn't make an Ohio State game. Hell eventually had to change that. The ADA got wind and claimed there just weren't enough handicapped seats in Michigan Stadium to get all the crippled people of the world into Ohio State games. So Hell sent their lawyer-types, of which there are plenty, and sent them to orchestrate a renovation of Michigan Stadium. The requirement to see an Ohio State game should be mandatory again by 2012."

"Huh," I shrugged. "I guess I take back all those nasty accusations I made about the handicapped ruining the Big House."

"Yeah," agreed Crockett. "They had nothing to do with it. Hell doesn't discriminate. The handicapped are just as worthy of punishment."

"So that screaming I heard, that was the RAWK MUZIK?" I asked.

"Yeah, that's the RAWK MUZIK. Horrible stuff."

"So is there a spirit around I can talk to?"

"Nah, most of the people in these stadiums are losers who never went to a game. You know, like that stereotypical Asian kid who went to the UgLi instead of games. That and ugly girls who are pasty. They have no interest in those around them in life, nor do they have any interest in each other in hell. You don't want to be associated with them do you?"

"Davy, you're a horrible soul. I don't even know if you'd made it into Christian heaven with views like that. That said, I don't want to be associated with those type of people at all. I find they normally smell funny, too. Let's hurry and get out of this damn cold. May we never play night games in November or December ever."

As we walked on, I caught a glimpse of the godzillatron in the sky. Michigan just came back against Wisconsin to win. Ha, what the hell did that Domer loving Grantland Rice know about Michigan's future. The Rodriguez Era has begun. Sucker.

(Special thanks to chunkums for the gif)

Old Time Rock and Roll

Old Time Rock and Roll

Submitted by Kilgore Trout on June 19th, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I have always been completely in Brian's camp of hating the piped in music at Michigan Stadium.  But, I was mowing my lawn today with my ipod on shuffle and Old Time Rock and Roll came on.  I couldn't help but laugh thinking of how out of place and odd it was last year when they played that between the third and fourth quarters at I think every game.  Really, they don't even play the piano intro.  It's just silent, and suddenly you hear, "Just take those old records off the shelf..." really, really loud.  Anyway, the more I thought about it, the more I kept chuckling and it got me to thinking that maybe it's so ridiculous that it's kind of cool and they should keep doing it.  Maybe it's a mind game to get the other team thinking, "what the hell is this?"  Anyway, just saying, I think I like Old Time Rock and Roll...