Most unusual place you ran into a Michigan fan

Submitted by WindyCityBlue on April 23rd, 2011 at 8:44 PM

I was in small fishing village in Nicargua and was wearing a Michigan hat.  I got a loud "Go Blue" from a man who was apparently Costa Rican.

I also got a "Go Blue" in Ireland, which I thought was interesting since I assume they are big ND fans.

Anyone else?



April 24th, 2011 at 10:18 AM ^

Mosul, Iraq... There were a couple of contracters that always rocked the Michigan gear... Off subject but I also have seen this iraqie kid with a red wing shirt on


April 24th, 2011 at 11:44 AM ^

On the crowded Market streets nicknamed "Balad" (a district) of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia I once saw a kid wearing a University of Michigan shirt. I highly doubted that he knew what U of M was (or spoke English) but it made my day.


April 24th, 2011 at 11:40 AM ^

I was in a market getting harassed by a couple of locals for handouts and all of a sudden I hear a "Go Blue" and was saved. Turns out he and I were both treating patients abroad and was very ironic.


April 24th, 2011 at 11:42 AM ^

Great thread, I love the idea and it has been fun reading everyone's stories. I thought I'd post mine...

I worked at a bilingual school in Honduras for 6 months last year. I arrived to teach the second half of the year and found out that of the 6 other Americans teaching at this school, one of them was also a Michigan grad.

Later during a weekend trip to Honduras' largest lake, I was checking into the hotel and I came across a girl who was wearing a Michigan shirt. A hearty "Go Blue" was exchanged. Turned out she was not alum, she and her boyfriend had both gone to North Carolina, but she grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Pioneer, thus was a big fan. 

We are all over. Go Blue!



April 24th, 2011 at 11:55 AM ^

as a lot of the others, but I was in a bar in Seattle to watch the '92 Rose Bowl and sat next to four guys from Saginaw, my home town. Brutal during the game, but a lot of UW fans bought us drinks after the game.


April 24th, 2011 at 12:12 PM ^

I was wearing my M cap to a Napa Valley winery and I ran into another alum who was wearing a Michigan jacket.  We talked and both said we did not have to worry about Michigan this weekend since they were on a bye week.  The week before was that crushing loss to IA last season.  I found out he was Bo's original cardiologist before he retired in the late 90s. It was great to meet both him and his wife (his wife was a Michigan alum as well). They both are retired and live in AZ now.

It is always great to meet fellow wolverines on the road!


April 24th, 2011 at 1:07 PM ^

Ulan Bator, Mongolia.  One of the customs agents has a child going here for grad work.  He saw my hoodie and told me "Hail To the Victors".

My favorite experience was running into a tOSU fan in Seoul who was trash talking at the bar. The bar owner, who did not speak English, asked me what he was saying since the guy's mouth was moving pretty much constantly.  I told the owner the Bucknut was making rude comments about one of the girls there and Mr. Bucknut was promptly ejected.  


April 24th, 2011 at 4:07 PM ^

But it was an Xbox voice message from a fellow Black Op's player saying "Go Blue"...

Does that count?

P.S. my gamer account is 'M GO BLUE 90, and as I tell my wife, I only play to get quality time with my kids...  who sometimes also play.


April 24th, 2011 at 5:08 PM ^

Probably last Monday. I live in Seoul right now, and I'm applying for graduate schools here. I research all the people I needed to talk to, but no one had a Michigan connection.

I got an interview last Monday and afterwards, I got a call saying that a previous dean of the school wanted to meet me. 

He closes the door, and said, so... Michigan eh? I'm like yes sir... and he's like well, Go Blue. Turns out, his daughter and son are alumns there, and he guest-taught there for a year or so. And he introduced me to like 3-4 professors that were from Michigan and were pushing for me to get in. 


April 25th, 2011 at 8:26 PM ^

Actually the day I received my acceptance letter, I was wearing a Michigan shirt as I walked up to the front steps of the American Club in Singapore. As I walked in, a man and a little boy about the age of 8 walked past me and the Dad said, "see son, you should be proud that you're from Michigan, and it's a great school too." I responded with, "best school in the world, just received my acceptance letter today." He congratulated me and we parted ways.


April 25th, 2011 at 9:58 PM ^

While on a roadtrip we stopped in the small village of Pine Haven, Wyoming. I would guess 200 people live there tops. While camping one night it snowed around 16 inches (in May) so we visited the local bar/grocery/bait shop to stay warm and have a few. I had my usual M hat on and the couple who owned the bar were born and raised in Ann Arbor and were huge fans. We drank late into the night and they let us sleep in the bar (-5 and snowing outside), gave us bedding and cooked breakfest in the morning. I still talk about it to this day.

Blue in Yarmouth

April 26th, 2011 at 2:13 PM ^

I was at a medical conference in Digby Nova Scotia (a small fishing vilage with a beautiful golf resort for some reason) and after playing in a charity golf tournament that coincided with the conference.

As a charity event the prizes were quite small so as to keep the majoirty of the profits for the charity (local hospital foundation) and my team came in thrid place. One of the prizes in the basket was a hat and I had been sweating profusely and had a bad case of hat head so I took off my sweat soaked hat in favor of something more dry.

To my shagrin, the hat was an MSU hat, but I figured being where I was, no one would even know what team it was depicting nor that I was an M fan so I reluctantly decided to wear it back to my hotel room until I got a shower.

On my way there I passed an elderly couple out for an evening stroll and the lady looked at me as I walked by with a bit of an evil stare and shook her fist while saying "Go Blue". I was confused when she said it. I wondered "How did she know I was a UM fan, and why was she looking at me shaking her fist while saying go blue?". After wondering for a few seconds I realized she had seen the MSU hat and thought I was a fan of MSU.

I turned quickly and ran down the elderly couple. I explained what had happened and let them know that I was in fact a fan of UM, not MSU. After the two quized me on some UM hhistory and I came up aces, they finally believed me and made me promise to throw the hat away when I got to my room. I was so ashamed I went straight to the nearest trash can and threw it in, bad hair be damed.