August 15th, 2014 at 1:46 PM ^

Until we start seeing the Horror on Sportscenter and B1G continuously? This I'll say, when/if we get ahead of them, we may try and hang 70 on them...


August 15th, 2014 at 2:51 PM ^

This is the exact reason I won't be watching the game. This game should not have been scheduled.

Best case scenario: We bludgeon a baby seal that we should bludgeon while being subjected to highlights of a game in which we did not bludgeon the baby seal and the baby seal turned out to be a momma seal and bitch-slapped us.

Worst case scenario: We lose.

In my scenario where I don't watch the game, I get to not see Crable miss an assignment and watch a (hopefully) very entertaining highlight reel.


August 15th, 2014 at 3:01 PM ^

I will watch, if only because I love watching football and can maybe exorcise some demons from the first game (and subsequent season) of my senior year. My wife is a nurse so she will be on hand to administer a life-saving intervention if I suddenly go into trauma-related shock from being subjected to replays. But at least if we win we can say, "We have a .500 record vs. App State! HOT HOT HOT!"


August 15th, 2014 at 1:58 PM ^

This is quite possible, although Socrates would like to point out that ingesting drinks based on this particular plant can lead to some unfortunate side effects. That being said, I actually focused in on the "Discounted Horror" part and thought that this might mean "mildly jarring" for some reason. I am sure that the athletic department has emergency contingencies in the unlikely event that history laps itself, of course. 


August 15th, 2014 at 2:17 PM ^

I brought my wife (then girlfriend) to see the first App St. game and kept apologizing before the game that it was such a bad opponent for her first Big House experience.  What happened was truly a Horror, but I managed to keep my cool.  My wife says that I was visably upset, but she knew I was a keeper because I managed to be charming despite the results.   That was the only good thing to come out of that game.  I was thinking about bringing my three kids to this game, for thier first experience, but didn't want to jinx it.


August 15th, 2014 at 7:10 PM ^

Thank you for giving me a nugget of happiness out of that event. Congratulations and it shows that keeping one's compsure isn't just good manners.

We just have to accept the fact that nothing really positive will occur from playing Appalachian State again.

1. If we crush them convincingly it proves litte - that a huge school with a big pile of resources can crush a small school with lesser resources.

2. If we beat them but just barely - we'll just be fodder for all of the State trolls (both in state and down in Ohio) that the day of the Wolverines has past and we are facing another long period of mediocrity (see the years between Tom Harmon's last game and Bo's first game)

3. If we should lose - well, we'll hear cries and sobs of anguish and all of the anti UM football punditsand jackels will be out in force. It will be pure pain. All of the opponents of the current coaching and administrative regieme will be at their keyboards. We'll get a SI story and maybe even make the cover.

I saw the reference to the clubbing the baby seal and we just have to accept the fact that Appalachian State beating us in the Big House is one of the great upsets in college football (even though they were a several times a college division 1a champ). LIke the old joke about man biting the dog is a story, when the baby seal clubs the fur hunter, that will never be forgotten. We just have grit our teeth and bear up with the reruns and references.

Let's just get it over with. I hope the coaches and players take it seriously.


August 15th, 2014 at 2:30 PM ^

Wait, $65 is the DISCOUNTED price?  I expected it to be lower than that.  I know it includes a t-shirt and other fluff, but I just wish we could skip this game and move onto the next game, because I don't even want to hear or think about App. State EVER again in my lifetime.  


August 15th, 2014 at 2:49 PM ^

I was weirdly not pissed off about the first Horror for some reason.  During the game, at least.  I think that my brain just couldn't process it. 

Moonlight Graham

August 15th, 2014 at 2:56 PM ^

100k streak. There may be some positives if attendance were to end up below capacity. I wouldn't want it to dip below 100,000 so we can keep that going, but perhaps enough to make it clearly under 109.901 and even make them think twice about even announcing that "we are part of the largest crowd watching a college football game in America today" (although they'd probably do it anyway and apologize later).  

Would the perception of Michigan fans be better if we packed the house in support of Team 135 regardless of the opponent or backstory, or would it speak volumes that thousands of fans stayed home because they live and die with Michigan and they can't bear to re-live that moment again? That's one thought.

Another "sliver lining" would be to simply validate what a god-awful idea this was and perhaps create some level of course-correction in the AD when it comes to high-horse, stunt scheduling. This seemed to be DB's sole idea to "exorcise the demons," thinking that would make it an attractive matchup. Being a little embarrassed by having to announce a less-than-capacity crowd without breaking the 100k streak might be just the right medicine. 

I know, I know ... a dozen "But you're assuming that Dave Brandon gives a shit about any of this" comments forthcoming. 


August 15th, 2014 at 3:20 PM ^

(1) What sellout streak?  Michigan doesn't have anything resembling a "sellout streak".

(2) Scheduling this game was not to exorcise demons, but because it had "a lot of interest" and that "networks were fighting over" televising the game:


So once again, we should congratulate ESPN2 for beating all of those other networks in a fight.


August 15th, 2014 at 3:23 PM ^

with my entire family to see the game.  Looking forward to seeing team 135 play and coming back "home" to Ann Arbor, though I lived there for only 4 years.