We Really Need a Maize-Out for This Game

Submitted by blue_shift on November 21st, 2009 at 4:05 PM

I have been to The Game several times in the Big House, and I don't ever remember seeing as much red there as I did today. With the exception of the student section, it looked bad from the start, and the Big House still looked bad even when the stadium was full.

The color blue just doesn't stick out enough to be visible. Frankly, to see so much red there today was an absolute disgrace. I don't care if it's cold weather; I don't care if people don't have maize gear - the university needs to make this game a Maize-Out from now on. Actually, I think every game should be a Maize-Out, since the color maize sticks out much better, but I don't know if that will happen.

Oh, and we need something in place to lower the number of opposing fans who can get tickets to this game. It pisses me off to see our home field advantage being thrown away like it is.

The team played with heart today - I can't really find major fault anyone except Tate. We were tough, and we showed the true potential this offensive system has. Brandon Graham, thank you - you have great things ahead of you in the NFL, as sad as I am to see you leave Michigan.

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Thatguy2525

November 21st, 2009 at 4:10 PM ^

I totally agree with you about the Maize out. There should be no reason when I'm watching the game on TV that I should see that much red. Quit letting all the away teams have all those tix. There should be a designated area where the away team should sit. When you watch osu and psu and even Iowa at home, they do that all the time. Small section of away fans. That's why no is afraid to play at the Big House. We make them feel way to much at home.

imdwalrus

November 21st, 2009 at 4:17 PM ^

I don't care if it's cold weather; I don't care if people don't have maize gear - the university needs to make this game a Maize-Out from now on.

And how do you propose we do that? Most people don't have maize clothing for cold weather, and you can't expect them all to run out and buy something specifically for football. I've got one piece (a maize sweatshirt from the late, beloved Steve and Barry's), and even that made me an exception among my friends.

I think it's better to stick the maize-outs early in the season, when it's much easier to ensure they'll actually work. I'd rather have them early in the season than have a "maize-out" that wasn't actually maize.

Oh, and we need something in place to lower the number of opposing fans who can get tickets to this game. It pisses me off to see our home field advantage being thrown away like it is.

Again, how do you propose we do that? Even if they were hypothetically going to do something dumb like, say, restricting ticket sales to alumni and residents of Michigan, eBay, Craigslist, and who knows how many other websites make it easy for tickets to change hands. There's also the question of enforcement, because there is no practical way to try and police the distribution and usage of 100,000+ tickets for a football game.

Like it or not, they've got just as much right to be in the stadium as anyone else.

The Barwis Effect

November 21st, 2009 at 4:50 PM ^

And how do you propose we do that? Most people don't have maize clothing for cold weather, and you can't expect them all to run out and buy something specifically for football. I've got one piece (a maize sweatshirt from the late, beloved Steve and Barry's), and even that made me an exception among my friends.

JMO, but this statement is an indictment on U-M fans. Most people don't have white clothing for cold weather either, yet Penn State packs in 100,000+ white clad fans into Beaver Stadium.

imdwalrus

November 21st, 2009 at 5:03 PM ^

Before I went to Michigan I don't think I owned any maize or yellow clothing, and even now it's still restricted to student t-shirts and a few odd items.

White's a much easier color to find than maize is, and even if you don't have a full-on white outfit I'd imagine most people would have something white that they already own and could wear to the game.

blue_shift

November 21st, 2009 at 11:19 PM ^

There isn't a lot of bright red cold weather gear, but it never seems to hinder the majority of Wisconsin and OSU fans from sporting it. It's not actually that easy to find pure white gear, either, but PSU fans manage to get by pretty well, and if you've ever experienced a White Out in person, you know that they take it seriously.

Shit, Iowa manages to have Black Outs, which requires a hell of a lot more fan cooperation than almost any other color would, and they still pull it off.

If people can afford tickets to the game, then they can afford maize gear for cold weather. A bright maize sweatshirt is under $50, and if people are cheap bastards, then they can utilize a wonderful thing called "layers" when they go to the game.

The Barwis Effect

November 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 AM ^

The red comment doesn't really apply to this argument.

Unlike blue clothes -- a color of clothing that a majority of U-M fans (obviously) own -- red clothes naturally stand out in a crowd.

The only reason Wisconsin's and OSU's fans have a lot of it is because, well, that's their team's color. It's not like anybody has to go out and buy anything special just to have a "red out."

The Penn State point still stands however.