Michigan football game tradition proposal

Submitted by WindyCityBlue on June 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 PM
So I wanted to get the mgoblogeratti opinion on a potential game day tradition. During the national anthem portion of "proudly we hailed", I always thought it would be great if the entire stadium would raise their hand and yelled "hail" a la Hail to the Victors.

Atalanta Braves do something similar for the word "brave".

What are everyone's thoughts on this? Defamation of our national anthem? Could it catch on? Stupid idea?



June 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 PM ^

This has been going on for a long time in the student section already. I know a good number of Maize Ragers do it too, and even have hats referencing it.

Jaqen H'ghar

June 22nd, 2013 at 8:59 PM ^

Yeah I would lean toward defamation of the national anthem on this one. I've never liked when anyone does anything to distract from the true meaning and purpose of our national anthem.


June 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

As many others have said, the student section has been doing this for a long time. You can usually hear it on tv, and can definitely hear it in person if you pay attention.


June 22nd, 2013 at 9:29 PM ^

In all the games I've been to, I've never heard it...and I'm almost always there for the anthem.

I was a student in 2008, never heard it

Now, my season tickets are in section 40, which isn't too far from the student section, still never heard it.


June 22nd, 2013 at 9:34 PM ^

I hate it, the Anthem is for honoring America, not Michigan (or really, any other entity) but it's nowhere near as bad as North Dakota's version.


June 22nd, 2013 at 9:36 PM ^

I first saw this at a hockey game a while ago and have been doing it ever since. I've never had anyone tell me it was disrespectful. I definitely think what Blackhawks fans do, albeit it's kinda cool (man it hurts to say that), is disrespectful.


June 22nd, 2013 at 10:06 PM ^

is a poor imitation of what they used to do at the old Chicago Stadium.  It was authentic, spontaneous and to the heart.  Now its just a bunch of people who overpaid for tickets trying to do something that they saw their parents do, feels plastic and contrived like that stupid song they play after goals.

Tim in Huntsville

June 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 PM ^

I think we should all 'Go Brady', i.e. short sleeves, for the entire fourth quarter of all home games regardless of weather..  I kicked off the tradition this year for Iowa; it was freezing at the end of the game but I BELIEVE!



June 22nd, 2013 at 10:36 PM ^

In my opinion traditions happen on their own.... they just take shape within the atmosphere of whatever group.  They don't get concocted by anyone.... especially not marketing think tanks.  I'm looking at you DB.  

With that said, I could definitly understand the argument that a grassroots type movement by the fans to create a tradition would be legitimate.


June 23rd, 2013 at 12:36 PM ^

DB isn't using marketing think tanks to build tradition. The tradition is there. His purpose it to try and make Michigan relevant to an increasingly younger market, and the betterment of the university. Trying to make the Michigan game day experience fun and entertaining is not changing tradition. When there are uniform changes it is done by the team not DB. Please try to think outside the box a little bit.

Bando Calrissian

June 23rd, 2013 at 2:28 PM ^

If by "done by the team," you mean "done by the team at Adidas, who then tells us what we're going to wear," right?

The fact that so many people are buying the corporate synergy-speak coming out of 1000SSS these days hook, line, and sinker seems to pretty much prove DB is even better than this than we thought he was. He's pretty much convinced the fanbase that Michigan spent over a century building a rabid fanbase of kids and adults alike out of sheer dumb luck. (How did we ever do that without a mascot and bumblebee unis?)

Now it's his time to reinvent the wheel, I guess.


June 23rd, 2013 at 4:04 PM ^

The team votes on the uniforms and makes decisions based on that. It's more a recruiting tool than anything. They are also trying to expand the Michigan brand. While I don't agree with everything they do. Look at the improvements that have been made and are coming in the future to all of the athletic facilities.

Chippewa Blue

June 22nd, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

Baltimore fans do this (rather impressively for the crowd sizes of games I've been at I might add) during the "O" of the anthem at O's games. They just love the anthem down there in general though. Been doing huge celebrations the last two years for the War of 1812 and anniversary of Key writing the anthem


June 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 AM ^

A tradition I've always wanted to start--though entirely impractical--is for every Michigan fan in the stadium to pay attention, turn away, and go dead silent for thirty seconds when the opposition enters the field before kickoff. I guarantee a mass of 110,000 expressing apathy in unison is way more memorable than a smattering of ineffectual boos that anyone can hear anywhere.


June 23rd, 2013 at 11:27 AM ^

Make it happen. Get a PT job giving prospective students tours of campus and tell them these are already traditions. During new student orientation when the new freshmen learn the victors for the first time, see if the U will introduce your suggestions as well.


June 23rd, 2013 at 8:07 PM ^

and I'd kind of have to agree. Lots of chances to say hail during Michigan games, we should probably show some respect for the national anthem