Alpena High School debuted some new football helmets last night, along with a new Winged T offense that called to mind Fritz Crisler and the Mad Magicians. The result wasn't the same on the scoreboard, but it's a work in progress with a new head coach and a new system.
Bottom line: green and white never looked so good.
Alpena High for years has used "Varsity" as its fight song (duly substituting "Alpena" for "Michigan" and "green and white" for "maize and blue"), and last night the band played a scaled-down arrangement of "Temptation" as its first on-field number before the game, and on defensive stops.
Alpena players also ran under a banner between a tunnel of band members before the game.
It appears they're trying to make both sides of a fairly evenly split town (which has been trending toward MSU the last several years because obvs) pretty happy.
A big boost for U-M in town however: the locally owned hospital was just bought by MidMichigan Health, which is a U-M affiliate. There's now maize and blue and the Block M all over the hospital, which is the biggest employer in town.