This year, I was able to take my 14 year old son to his first game in Ann Arbor. We went to the Oregon State game, and had an awesome experience. The seats were better than any I've ever had, around the 45 yard line, about 35 some rows up. It was obviously a fun game to watch. It was a beautiful day, neither cold nor hot. My son really enjoyed riding around campus on our bicycles, getting some Michigan swag from the MDen, having awesome sandwiches and food from Maize and Blue, seeing students before and after the game, just the whole day.
I'm sure there are hundreds of you who have similar stories, both as sons, and as fathers. There is little unique about this story . . . except for one thing. I was able to go to the game because of the generosity of a fellow mgoblogger. Between my user name and some posts, he tracked me down several years ago. We enjoy having breakfast in the western burbs of Chicago every now and then, living within 10 or so minutes of each other. My fellow blogger graciously and generously made his pair of season tickets available gratis, and just gave them to me, knowing my son would have an experience he'd never forget.
I know that Michigan tickets are like gold to most of you. I know that most of you have family and friends you can give tickets to. I know that you can make a pretty penny for your tickets on stubhub and the like. But it would be great if there was a mechanism to help more of you give your unused tickets to fellow fans, on those occasions when you can't go, and you don't have fam or friends who want to go, and you don't really need the money.
I want to be clear: I don't want any more tickets for myself. If I go to a game or two a year, that's enough for me. But I want to encourage those of you who have done well in life, who have season tickets, who love Michigan football, to use your tickets in a way that creates wonderful memories for boys and girls somewhere near you. I was touched by someone's kindness, and want to see it happen for others.