Repressed Sports Memories

Submitted by Michigan Philosophy on July 8th, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Hey guys, I am curious if this is something that is unique to me or common in fandom. I feel like I repress especially poainful sports memories. I have wanted to post this for some time but didn't have the points. 

I realized that I had completely forgotten how that game went, however as soon as I read one bad detail, the entire game came flooding back. Every play, every detail, and all the emotions associated. Does anyone else experience this? I thought it was from drinking, but I went through the last few seasons and realized that every win I could talk about almost every touchdown and how we got to the score, but all the losses it was a little foggy until I looked at the box score. Then the details came flooding back, filling me with a mixture of pain, anger, and what ifs. 

Am I just a weirdo or is this common?


Michigan Philosophy

July 8th, 2017 at 1:16 PM ^

going through the Rich Rod years to test how badly I do this and at first blush I didn't remember hardly anything. Start looking through the details...all came back. I think I have a tiny bit more appreciation for what PTSD is and how painful it must be.


July 9th, 2017 at 1:41 AM ^

1993 was the Ricky Powers fumble trying to close out a home win vs. Illinois.  The next week, he fumbled in the red zone as we gifted Wisconsin a win.  Those two 3-point losses kept us out of the Rose Bowl.

1994 was the Hail Mary and a tough loss to Penn State.  

I guess that after five straight B1G titles, we were due for some disappointment. 



July 8th, 2017 at 1:24 PM ^

This happens to me as well. Though my trigger is pictures from the game(s). Actually talking about this year's OSU game or last year's MSU game doesn't do it for me, but when I look at pictures of our all-white road unis going up against Ohio State's alternate jerseys, my stomach sinks and I get really depressed. All the highlights and memorable moments play through my head. Only escape is to look away.


July 8th, 2017 at 1:30 PM ^

Actually, the striking thing to me is how much we forget about all games we've experienced. There are games that I know I attended that I couldn't tell you a single significant moment from, and others for which my only real memory is one play or event. 

Try to remember, for example, the Michigan-Penn State game in 2000. It was an easy win--Penn State was terrible that season with Rashard Casey at QB and basically nobody else. What were the significant plays? What do you remember? 

If I read a story or watch highlights, these things come back. But without that the memories just aren't readily accessible.

FWIW I feel like recent memories are easier to access, both due to recency and due to reading UFRs and in-depth play analysis here, which tends to ingrain certain things in memory.


July 8th, 2017 at 1:35 PM ^

Stealing the inbound pass, turned basket, via a rushed attempt from Isiah Thomas Pistons/Celtics 1986.

Harry Oliver hurt for a second then went home and played Atari.

Yeah, I'm getting old!


July 8th, 2017 at 1:41 PM ^

I batted 24th one game - my buddy told me it was ok bc I was the 6th cleanup hitter.

Wait, Michigan repressed memories?  Wisconsin sinking a near half court shot to beat us at the buzzer.

Mocha Cub

July 8th, 2017 at 1:49 PM ^

Not really for sports that I've watched. I do from sports that I've played though. When I reminisce, a lot of times I can actually smell the environment. I've played competitive tennis my entire life and on hot summer days when I'm walking in a parking lost, the smell of the baking asphalt will bring back memories as well.

Goggles Paisano

July 8th, 2017 at 1:53 PM ^

I've repressed the entire RR/Hoke era and don't like to remember it or talk about it.  I also feel a bit of guilt in doing so as Denard was my favorite Michigan player to ever watch - and I go back to the mid 70's as my first recollection of Michigan football.    


July 8th, 2017 at 2:02 PM ^

I feel like it's the opposite for me in the sense that I very clearly remember the demise moment/ending, but can't remember anything else about the game beforehand. 


I was at OSU 2016 and MSU 2015 and I can vividly remember my feelings during the horrible endings, but it's hard to remember things from the first half or early second half. 


I guess Notre Dame 2014 would be the one exception where it was so bad I truly remember nothing. 


OSU 2016 was interesting though in that my ability to feel anything about the game was completely shut down in the moment and for the entire drive home afterwards. I didn't feel sad/disappointed/upset until I got home about 5 hours later. It was very much just put two feet in front of the other and get out of there. Mental self defense mechanism, I guess. 


July 9th, 2017 at 1:11 PM ^

I was at a loss for words on the ride home after that msu game 2 years ago but after a day I was good. I don't let games ruin my day. It sucks when they lose, but I handle it well. No offense to people that get more upset about it, but I just don't understand why/how a loss can ruin your mood for anything over a couple days.


July 8th, 2017 at 2:29 PM ^

Of games I've attended and wish I could repress...

  • M @ OSU 2006
  • M @ ND last time we played
  • Red Wings @ Blackhawks game 7 in 2013
  • M @ UMD frozen four championship
  • M vs. Louisville final four championship


July 8th, 2017 at 4:05 PM ^

My First Michigan FB game..I was 10 ...1973..Michigan Ohio St the famous 10-10 tie..It rained the whole way down and was miserable cold..The rain stopped at Kickoff somehow and after the game we left thinking we were going to the Rose Bowl...We all know the rest of the story


July 8th, 2017 at 5:36 PM ^

Whites fumble in the Rose Bowl.Talk about a bad call.

M beating the crap out of Jimmie Johnsons Cains most of the game to end up losing.

16-0 Minn Ricky Fogey game maybe.

Lots of others.


July 8th, 2017 at 6:00 PM ^

Missed most of The Horror and MSU 2015 because of work. I wouldn't rewatch the end of Colorado game for years.  For sheer repression, though, best candidate was the RR era, particularly 2009.  I honestly couldn't give you a single football memory that I'm confident was from that year.

Nominee, Non-UM category:  Curtis Granderson slipping on the turf in Game 4 on the 2006 World Series.


July 8th, 2017 at 6:20 PM ^

Got up at 4am to catch Mclub bus in Dearborn. Buckeyes scored 3 unassisted points in regulation time and still got the win. I won't live long enough to get over that game. Longest ride home ever. More beers consumed than I can count. Did not help mood. Still severely pissed about that game.

Perkis-Size Me

July 8th, 2017 at 7:39 PM ^

2006 OSU, 2009 OSU, 2013 OSU - games we could've legitimately won but either shot ourselves in the foot over and over, or told OSU exactly what we were going to do on the game-deciding play.

2016 OSU - for the first time in a LONG time, we were the better team, and we just pissed it away. Yeah yeah the refs, but we couldn't pick up a first down in the entire fourth quarter and had three costly turnovers. We beat ourselves. Win that game and the Iowa loss is moot. We probably beat Wisconsin and head to the playoff.

2015 MSU - never been so speechless and enraged after a game. The only time where after a sports game my wife told me I had a problem and legitimately needed to get my shit together.

2013 Louisville - we lost to a better team, I'll concede that. But that horrific call that won't be named sealed our fate at a time where Burke was a one man army. Had that call not happened, I think he would've willed us to a championship.


July 8th, 2017 at 9:25 PM ^

2003 @Oregon. buddy and I made the trip. I sprang for front row, 48 yard line tickets behind the Michigan bench.

I can't recall much from that game, and have never brought myself to watch a telecast of it to see if I was on it.

Mr. Yost

July 9th, 2017 at 2:44 AM ^

I've repressed them...meaning I can't share them here. Michigan is undefeated in my mind. Some seasons are just shorter than others.