Favorite gameday traditions

Submitted by We'll be Champions on September 3rd, 2015 at 7:10 AM

So, today is finally game day. I know that I have a lot of gameday traditions, but I am wondering about yours to see if I am truly crazy or just a good fan:

1. I wake up at 6 am to take the dog out. I love getting up early and watching all the coverage from the night before

2. I fire up the michigan toaster that burns a block m into the toast and I have that with some scrambled eggs and a nice tall glass of whole milk. Not that candy ass 2% stuff

3. I go work out at my local gym and get back around 11 am

4. Raise my block m Meeechigan flag to the tune of the victors blasting over the speakers

5. Watch the last 45 minutes of game day.

6. Heat up some pigs in a blanket and watching some Michigan football.

Yours sincerely in football,


Ps in the thread you are only allowed to enjoy yourselves in a football fashion



September 3rd, 2015 at 7:20 AM ^

Did what I always do on the day of the season opener. Blasted "The Victors" and Varsity on my car on my way into work. If I don't have to work on season opener day then I'll blast both songs in the house. 

Generally there is some sort of smoked meat that my dad will make and I'll put together a side dish or two. And beer. And tequila. And a guarantee at some point my dad will channel his inner Bo and stomp around the living room yelling when something dumb happens. 

13 hours til gametime boys!


September 3rd, 2015 at 7:36 AM ^

My pre-kids traditions were much like yours: up fairly early, go to the gym, my wife and I made chocolate chip pancakes in our block M molds, the Victors playing in the house, core gameday and some great football food. Once we had our kids (now 8 and 4), that changed a bit:

With kids activities and the general impossibility of watching games live with my kids (at least not the way I want to watch them), we Dvr the games and go on complete media blackout so that we can watch them live when the kids go I bed. From the time of kickoff, we turn off our cell phones, televisions, car radios, etc. People who know us well enough know not to even try to get in touch. We also avoid places that have televisions (many restaurants). Then, when the kids are asleep, we make a big game day meal that can be eaten on the couch and watch the game live.

azul in NC

September 3rd, 2015 at 8:42 AM ^

My wife and family also had to go in the sub as Saturday pee wee football got in the way of our Michigan viewing experience. Now he is playing middle school ball so no Saturday conflicts. I can commence tailgating at 10 am again and not have to worry about slurring my words to the referee while I am on the chain crew.


September 3rd, 2015 at 7:39 AM ^

I always throw the ball around with my kids in the front yard on away game Saturday's. They have all their M gear on. I either make chile or fire up the grill around 11. It's the time of the year I really enjoy.


September 3rd, 2015 at 7:47 AM ^

I am blasting The Victors on Spotify right now.    Coincidentily I wear khakis, a Michigan shirt and my Michigan socks.     Someone said this on another thread, but I'm thinking about starting game days mornings by going door to door spreading the word of HARBAUGH!


(Just the one word "HARBAUGH!")


September 3rd, 2015 at 7:57 AM ^

This is the first time I've had to work during the day prior to a game, it's kinda messing up my traditions.

WolverineDevotee: When is the last time Michigan played a regular season game on a day other than Saturday? '03 Minnesota?


September 3rd, 2015 at 8:04 AM ^

Since I was about 17 I would go with my dad to our favorite coffee shop near my parents' house all decked out in our Michigan gear. Then we would either head to the game or to their house to watch the game. Not to sound corny but it was a nice little tradition that made it special. It also was likely that it directly contributed to my coffee addiction (since I now subconsciously associate great coffee with Michigan Football). Anyway that shop closed a few years ago after a Starbucks opened a few doors down but I have always been fond of that tradition.

Sauce Castillo

September 3rd, 2015 at 8:10 AM ^

No real traditions before the game but my buddies and I do have superstitions during the game, like tossing a football around in between plays, if we have a good play same guy holds it next play, bad play switch it up.

BlueSpiceIn SEC.hell

September 3rd, 2015 at 8:46 AM ^

Walking from SQuad to the  L'il Chef restaurant(no longer there) - Sunday morning after a WIN and having the L'il Chef special omelet and coffee and watching highlights and sportcenter basking in the victory


September 3rd, 2015 at 8:46 AM ^

I've had to alter it a bit as the game falls on a weekday this time around, but normally - before the first game - the pennants, glasses and other Michigan items are put out and placed on display throughout the house. The "M" flag normally goes up before each game, although because I was admittedly rushed and then distracted by a call this morning, I will have to do this when I get home. On the day before each game - noramlly Friday, of course - Michigan polo at work or some form of Michigan gear if those are in the wash. 

Sometime today, I will blare "The Victors" in my office too. I just can't at the moment as there is a conference call in the adjacent cubicle at the moment.