MGoTailgate and Marlin Jackson Q&A, This Time With Free Beer and Outside and Stuff Comment Count

Seth September 5th, 2013 at 6:01 PM


Why is this thing back on top? First: logistics. Those in town tomorrow (Friday) evening are welcome to join us at MGoPatio, 312 Berkley Ave, Ann Arbor, MI for the first-ever MGoTailgate. All the MGoStaff (except Coach Brown) will be there, as well as Marlin Jackson and some other former Wolverines you remember. There is free beer from Wolverine State Brewing; they're bringing the Amber Lager. Festivities begin at 7pm, Marlin arriving at 8pm.

Parking is available on the SOUTH side of the street (opposite the house). Note that the street will be closed the following day for the game so don't leave your car there expecting a Jedi parking spot on Saturday.

Second, there will be a Raffle at this thing. Tickets are $5 and giveaways are a signed Lamar Woodley Steelers Throwback jersey, a mini Colts helmet with "Hart" and "Marlin" written on it by Marlin and Hart, plus some t-shirts and Adidas backpacks. And I think Marlin is bringing something else to hand out.

Second-Second: Expecting between 50-80 people. If it's more than 80 we'll have to start grilling people on Michigan trivia and turning away those who don't have the roster memorized. Don't think it'll be a problem given turnout in the past but just putting that out there.

Third-Second, the bolded guy has an announcement.

Dude I got you food.


You're going to ask if it's leftovers or something...


C'mon you act casual them I blow you away with the TRUTH. That's how this works.

I know but I am expecting big things now. What do you got?

Free food.

And it is...

You're no fun. It's HOLIDAY'S!

That's...wait seriously? I LOVE THAT PLACE!!! Tell me you got the Tat-o-Skins.

I got the Tat-o-Skins!

Also the BBQ sliders and Quesadillas.

Dude, you are the best imaginary rhetorical narrative mechanism since the bolded subconscious that Plato was always arguing with.

I'll take that as a compliment.

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That's MY JOB!


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What this is

So after the spring game this year we had a little get-together of MGoReaders to benefit Marlin Jackson's excellent Fight for Life Foundation, which gives underprivileged kids educational opportunities, afterschool programs, access to athletic teams, and can help get them back on track when circumstances cause them to fall behind. Former players Donovan Warren and John Duerr, and a couple of current players also came. At the end we were universally like "Let's do this again!" Except with a date that a lot more people can come…

What about the night before the Notre Dame game?

You mean on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, 7pm to 10pm (Marlin will arrive at 8)? Perfect.  But this time we ought to have more former players come…

CHRIS PERRY and BRANDON WILLIAMS said they'd be there.

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(Still reaching out to some other guys about it.)

And we should do it outside, you know, at like the most the most Jedi tailgate spot ever. I mean like the kind of place that comes fully loaded and which you'd usually book to impress the hell out of your biggest client—we should do it there.

MGOPATIO is donating the use of their Jedi Tailgate House and Patio!



(which is at 312 Berkley Ave., the second house on Berkeley from Main, two blocks north of Stadium. You know what's on the other side of Main, don't you?)

Okay…wow…you are good at this, bolded subconscious genie. What about…free beer?

Don't push.



Piss beer I bet.

No I mean BEER-flavored beer! WOLVERINE STATE BREWING CO. beer!




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Thank the Beer Wench.

Okay what's the catch?

No catch.

What do I gotta pay to come?

It's free.


Okay so we suggest you give a donation to Marlin Jackson's FIGHT FOR LIFE FOUNDATION:


The Foundation


Fight for Life runs three programs: Field of Dreams (link) is an in-school and after school program that basically helps get the kids back up to speed with their classmates. Seal the Deal (hyperlink) is a series of leagues and football camps for youth through high school with an educational/character-building component. R.A.P. (reach out and access your peers – url) is an SEL* program that gets kids to open up through, e.g. a discussion of their future aspirations or by presenting a paper on their favorite song lyrics. They need to raise about $200k per year to fund these programs and are about a quarter of the way there.

* Social and Emotional Learning, the spread offense of education. Full context is linked above but you may cognate as learning that's the opposite of 'Another Brick in the Wall.'

Fight For Life Foundation Inc.
1427 W. 86th St. Suite 216
Indianapolis, IN 46260

P: 317-578-5499 Ext. 1

The Venue: MGoPatio


Owner Martin (who in his day job is one of the best photographers to ever point a lens at a Michigan athlete, according to both of our photographers) built the MGoPatio to be an epic rental space for tailgates (Akron, Minnesota, Nebraska, OSU, and Winter Classic dates all still open as of this writing). The two-level (garage downstairs, studio-kitchen upstairs) indoor space is heated/air conditioned, has multiple HDTV flat-screens, and half the garage is a sound system. It has grills, coolers, tables & chairs, and will let you store stuff the night before.

Second house on the right on Berkley Ave. Park on the street, come behind the house.

Visit the MGoPatio Facebook page for info and photos

The Lager Revolution

Wolverine State Brewing Co. are a local microbrew who go against the typical micro-grain by focusing on Lagers.


Read up on them at and vote your beer selection in the comments.

Wanna Help?

We're still talking to some folks about food, if you have a place that can offer food. Also I'm not thrilled with our speaker/microphone (as of now we're doing it from the garage from his system) if you have access to band equipment and want to bring a speaker and mic setup. And we have a few things (including a signed LaMarr Woodley jersey) to give away in a raffle or online auction next week if you know how to organize that.



August 28th, 2013 at 6:18 PM ^

I wish I could. I'll gladly make a donation today for a Blimpy's on Tuesday.

Oh, wait. I got Wimpy's line all wrong.

Screw it. I'll just donate.

Have fun!


August 31st, 2013 at 3:34 PM ^

my buddy's step-mother makes $85/hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for six months but last month her paycheck was $17025 just working on the computer for a few hours. her response


M Wolve

August 28th, 2013 at 6:24 PM ^

For those of you who have not partaken in the lager revolution, I strongly suggest in doing so ASAP. Wolverine State makes some quality brews. Wish they were located closer to campus.

Yinka Double Dare

September 5th, 2013 at 6:47 PM ^

I think it's not so much that breweries don't make them as it is that some (many?) bars tend to stock the hop bombs and XXXXTREME BEER on their taps.  My wife doesn't like really hoppy beers and we have been places where there's hardly anything available for her on tap because it's almost all APAs, IPAs, DIPAs, and the dreaded "(insert normally non-hoppy style) but HOPPY" 

You don't run into that at truly good beer bars, but as craft has started taking more and more market share and bars start stocking their taps with more craft options, those bars seemingly tend to have mostly hoppy stuff.  And Oberon.  Or 312 (as I'm in Chicago).


August 28th, 2013 at 6:29 PM ^

2 years ago fo UTL I, my friends and I rentd a condo near the stadium for the weekend and it was going to be the most epic weekend ever.  Except my dad had heart problems and I had to stay with him and missed the entire thing.  (Glad he's okay though).

Now this amazingly cool sounding event comes up for UTL II, but we're expecting our first kid on 9/10, so even though I have tickets I can't go.  (Excited about first kiddo though).

Anyways, this is a fantastic event and I'm sure it will be wildly successful.

Go Blue!


August 28th, 2013 at 10:30 PM ^

i can so empathize with that predicament.  son number 2 was 12 days late, costing me games against miami and houston.  no way i could travel with junior on the way.  as it was, he ended up being born only 2 days before the game against LA, so i barely made that one.  


Wisconsin Wolverine

August 28th, 2013 at 8:22 PM ^

I, too, am curious.  I would gladly donate and make an appearance ... although I'm going to be with (cringe) a Notre Dame fan and a Nebraska fan.  I apologize to everybody, this is what happens when you leave the Wolverine State for grad school.  I can leave them at a nearby family member's tailgate while I moonlight at the true party spot.


August 29th, 2013 at 6:55 AM ^

Capacity is about 80. Judging from previous MGoEvents my highest expectation is 30-50. If it fills up we'll turn people away but not expecting that to be problem. We don't really attract the frat parties; too many charts.


August 28th, 2013 at 6:47 PM ^

I'll be there I feel like we should all wear name tags with our user names.. 

Marlin was my favorite player growing up as a kid can't miss that

also feel free to ask any aviation related questions you have and lecture me about how my english skillzzzz suck


August 29th, 2013 at 10:08 AM ^

Is there anything planned for Saturday gameday? I am flying in from South Carolina and meeting my older brother, but we don't have plans during the day. Would love to come by a tailgate and meet the MGoCrew.


August 28th, 2013 at 6:57 PM ^

I have to work and wasn't going to try to switch shifts, until you mentioned Chris Perry. My favorite in person Michigan memory, him vs Msu in east Lansing, 2003. Now I have to make some calls...


August 28th, 2013 at 8:11 PM ^

I can't imagine a more enticing opportunity for reality blogging reality with beer and Wolverine celebrities and beer. And Michigan appreciation and beer. 

Too bad I will only be able to celebrate.......and appreciate this remarkable happening from afar while secretly wishing I could be there. Please, take notes. And post highlights. 


August 28th, 2013 at 9:22 PM ^

My wife is traveling for work and won't be back until Saturday afternoon.  That means I'm home with my daughter on the day of the event.  Which is worse?

1) Try to put her to bed early, request a webcam live feed, and sit by myself drinking beer listening to indiscernible noise on my speakers trying to see what Chris Perry is saying?


2) Bring a 4 year old to a beer-drinking event with a bunch of people I somewhat know from the internet?


Nevermind... I think I have my answer.