October 4th, 2011 at 3:57 PM ^

As a Michigan grad with his college days a ways behind him, yeah that wouldn't be something I'd be excited about.

If I was one of the many 16-18 year old potential recruits who will be at that game deciding if I wanted to attend Michigan...well that wouldn't hurt their case.


October 4th, 2011 at 3:59 PM ^

Honestly, if the band director would just realize that having intricate sections of music with piccolos and flutes involved in your performance rather than trying to maximize your sound (think Notre Dame, their band was more audible and they were on the other corner of the field from me) is stupid. I know the band is very talented and using different sections to accentuate sound can be cool... but only in an auditorium, not in the Big House, the sound doesn't carry.

Monocle Smile

October 4th, 2011 at 4:17 PM ^

if you would just realize that not only does Notre Dame field every last member of their band regardless of how godawful they sound, but the band director has little to no control over the instrumentation of his ensemble, then you wouldn't make stupid-ass comments like this.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:49 PM ^

No need to be so ornery. My bad, it isn't the band director who dictates the instrumentation (i assumed it was). Whoever does it needs to rethink about how the sound carries within the Big House. Also, I love the Beatles as much as the next person, but like the above poster said selecting songs that just don't resonate just doesn't seem logical. I did not insult the band, I still stand by the fact that they're a very talented group, I just wish I could hear them.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:02 PM ^

It would be cool if accompanied by the MMB, but I doubt they would want to start arranging a bunch of music this far into the season that they weren't planning on. 

But it's not like Jay and Kanye have any sort of ties to Michigan, and I don't think Jay will want to come to Michigan after the Tigers knock the Yanks out of the playoffs.

One question: why not Eminem? He's from Michigan. He also has songs with Jay-Z (Renegade) and Kanye (Forever), though they might need to invite Lil Wayne and Drake if they wanted Forever.

Separately, they wouldn't want that sort of language in the stadium.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:04 PM ^

1) The band would never do it.

2) It will take away attention from The Game and The Rivalry

3) It will be too cold

The fact of the matter is, EMU brings big names (that appeal to young people) to their Convocation Center and UM doesn't really do a great job in that respect. This is not something to take up with the Athletic Department. This is something to take up with the Major Events Office in the Michigan Union that handles Hill Auditorium, Power Center, etc. The student who started this didn't really do his homework on the most realistic way to make this happen and is in all likelihood just doing this for attention for an upcoming election or something.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:38 PM ^

I think part of it is the fact that the weather felt like early November for some of those games against inferior opponents and all the kickoffs were at noon. Or everyone is just getting drunker. I'd be willing to bet that coming off 3 terrible seasons contributes to that effect as well.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:42 PM ^

Anything that diminishes the importance of the GAME, and the two best bands in the land, gets a "no way, jose" from me.

Over/under on likelihood of one of the petition writers wearing a neon Tri-Delt hat backwards?


October 4th, 2011 at 4:44 PM ^

Why would they care about halftime? I don't think they make it there until the 3rd quarter. I agree that this is likely started by students who have no real interest in football and would much rather see a concert with their ticket.

Just Maize

October 4th, 2011 at 5:36 PM ^

I'm starting to get sick of all the student-bashing that goes on here. Did you ever consider the fact that even students that show up early and scream their throats raw every game might listen to rap music too?

Crazy thought I know, but given the fact that the loudest most of the general fanbase gets during the games is yelling at people to sit down in front of them, maybe you should show a little appreciation for the students that make The Big House such a tough place to play.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:44 PM ^

I actually sit in the student section, I was referencing his joke about the sorority girls that don't actually care about football and are there because it is a social occasion and nothing more.


October 4th, 2011 at 4:58 PM ^


Yeah, REAAAALLLLL big downgrade.  OP, you are a fucking tool.  


October 4th, 2011 at 5:06 PM ^

Just the thought of this idea sickens me.  Any student who signs the facebook petition should immediately be expelled and their credits transferred to EMU. 


October 4th, 2011 at 5:15 PM ^

As long as the MMB accompanies it, don't you think the students in band would get a huge kick out of playing for these guys?  Maybe not the entire halftime show, but popping out for a surprise number or two.  I think it would just be fun...we're trying to break the streak of losing to Ohio, why not break the streak of traditional halftime shows for some good karma?


Plus, it'll be damn cold, and it might get the crowd even more pumped up for the second half (not that we're gonna need it, after all, it's Ohio).


I understand some of the concerns, but it's just music, and it would be cool for most people involved.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:21 PM ^

If the crowd isn't pumped for a game against OSU, having Jesus perform halftime miracles wouldn't make it happen, let alone Jay Z and Kanye. The alumni in the stands wouldn't have the slightest idea of who they are anyways.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:26 PM ^

For any of my friends still at UM. Sadly, I found one. She has already been thoroughly scolded and been put on friend-probation for her violation (although I guess it's not all too unexpected from her: she did transfer from Notre Dame).


October 4th, 2011 at 5:26 PM ^

Why? I want to know why someone who think this was necessary, and at the OSU game, no less? Will we not be stoked as it is (not that Kanye orJay-Z would get me stoked, for this is when I was choose to take an extended bathroom break)?


October 4th, 2011 at 5:31 PM ^

Anyone saying this is the worst idea ever clearly just does not understand how incredible this would be for recruiting.  Forget the players in the locker room all the recruits visiting would get to see the game plus a concert.  It would be incredible, will never happen but come on people i'd sacrifice the band at halftime for a commitment from dunn.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:40 PM ^

Have other college teams done this in the past?  I'm not sure how the older generation of uofm fans would feel listening to Jay-Z/Kanye at half-time.  It may be a little awkward...

Bando Calrissian

October 4th, 2011 at 5:50 PM ^

Maybe this is what is needed to get the first row of the student section to actually turn around for the halftime show instead of sitting with their backs turned to the field on the railings all the way from section 23 to 31.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:51 PM ^

Not saying I'm for this happening, but if those two wanted to perform at half time of the Ohio game, rejecting them would be the equivalent of rejecting The Beatles in 1969.

And HO-LY SHIT: Recruiting!


October 4th, 2011 at 7:50 PM ^

I don't like it any more than I liked this young whippersnappers on my lawn, but you raise a good point. That would be a huge recruiting boost. Add the "cool" factor of having these two megastars perform a halftime show - probably the Most hyped halftime show ever for a cfb game - to our academics, campus, tradition and the whole winningest program in college football (!!) and it would be pretty hard not to land just about any recruit willing to travel north.


October 4th, 2011 at 6:14 PM ^

There would be too much "yeah...uhhh....yeah....gnomewhutimsayin, yeah ugh.......".

Snoop Dogg on the other hand I would have no objections to.


October 4th, 2011 at 6:24 PM ^

Would it make us money? Ye....wait, hold on...

*is passed a note, puts reading glasses on*

This would be during the Ohio game. That game will be a sellout no matter what. We don't need this.


October 4th, 2011 at 7:58 PM ^

had their undergrad memories, why not let the students make some of their own?

Of course this will never happen, but if it did I think it would be an awesome thing to do on the part of the University. Hell, even if they invited them to the game and had them say "Go Blue" at halftime a la Patrick Stewart in '06, that would be pretty awesome and fun for students.


October 4th, 2011 at 8:05 PM ^

Did the 1950's alums have Paul Anka performing at halftime?

Did the 1960's alums have Elvis Presley performing at halftime?

Did the 1970's alums have The Who performing at halftime?

Did the 1980's alums have Duran Duran performing at halftime?

Did the 1990's alums have Nirvana performing at halftime?

It wasn't about those alums' preferences when they were students and its definitely not about you, man.  Each of those eras alums may have enjoyed something else but understood that the Michigan Marching Band was an essential part of game day.  Stop being selfish.  If you want to see Kanye West, buy a ticket whenever he's at the Palace or wherever. 


October 4th, 2011 at 7:54 PM ^

I would bet that if a petition was made against Kanye and Jay Z playing at halftime that more people would sign it.

When Snyder was announced as the commencement speak the UPetition petition had something like 10,000 signees.  This has 1,500.  The students don't care that much.