Pat Forde & Michigan Night Games

Pat Forde & Michigan Night Games

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 6th, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Pat Forde has a snarky column over at ESPN that highlights this week's Michigan - ND night game. You can find it at

Among other things, Forde writes


(Brainstorm: Since Michigan does not have an actual wolverine mascot, The Dash suggests procuring a nine-banded armadillo as a fill-in. Who wouldn't want to see that armor-plated oddity on the sidelines in the Big House? Especially since, as Wikipedia puts it, "The armadillo can jump 3-4 feet straight in the air if sufficiently frightened." That beats rolling over and playing dead when sufficiently frightened, which is what Michigan has done for the last several years against Ohio State.)

By all accounts, the Michigan fan base is insanely excited about joining the 1980s and playing at home at night. Athletic director Dave Brandon said in the spring that the school "could probably sell 150,000 tickets" for the game. And Stephen Nesbitt, co-managing sports editor of the Michigan Daily, said he knows students who are getting more for their Notre Dame ticket than the cost of the entire season student pass.

That first comment about the defense . . . ouch. I'm looking forward to that no longer being true fairly soon.

I get the snark about "joining the 1980s and playing at home at night." But while I support the night game, we don't need Forde or anyone else goading us into getting with the program and doing things like . . . Rawk Music, Scrolling Advertising, Kid Friendly Mascots, etc., etc., etc.

Forde goes on to write about other locations (i.e., LSU) where night games are more common.

p.s.  The link to "basic html primer" at mgoblog disappeared again. I can't remember how to make a pretty link, instead of pasting in the website link as is. If one of you can enlighten me (again,) I'll edit this post appropriately.