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10/25/2018 - 1:28pm M alum Mike O'Brien was a…

M alum Mike O'Brien was a writer for 7 seasons starting in '09 and was a featured player in '13-14.  He went on to create the NBC show "AP Bio" 

09/25/2018 - 12:18pm At a very minimum, they'd…

At a very minimum, they'd have to announce the M/MSU gametime on Monday the 15th, which only gives them 2 games of NLCS to know.

09/01/2018 - 11:47am Home/away are backwards for…

Home/away are backwards for Neb/NW/Maryland, should be Neb, @NW, MD

05/27/2018 - 9:54pm Nice, but expensive

I've been here for about 10 years now after growing up near Ann Arbor. It's a great area. Weather-wise it's basically like Michigan. Public schools go from pretty good to best-in-the-nation, depending how much you want to spend on a house. Like, Lexington is the highest achieving dot on this graph:…, but many of the "less desirable" districts are still way above the national average, it's all relative. 

It's an exciting place to live and work, with the downsides being expense and traffic. Really compare how far your dollar would go

03/11/2018 - 10:16am Because that's all that's left

The top 16 seeds (4 1-4's) are placed closest to home starting with #1. So by the time they get to the 4 seeds, there's nothing close to home left. The individual locations are not tied to a certain seed at all.

12/09/2017 - 8:34am Agreed

When did SNA become associated as a Michigan thing? There's a million other traditions they could've said. Who wrote that copy? Ugh

10/31/2017 - 11:26am Boston Christmas Tree

Interesting fact: The Christmas Tree in Boston Common is donated by Nova Scotia every year in honor of Boston's help in the Halifax explosion as mentioned in the excerpt

Edit: Article about this year's tree just came out:

10/01/2017 - 9:13pm ABC nationwide

College football is on so many channels now that it seems like they don't really do regional coverage anymore.  M/MSU is ABC's only primetime game on Sat. So if you get an ABC affiliate, and they're showing college football, it will be M/MSU.

09/18/2017 - 12:38pm This season

Bowl is still this season. So he can't play the bowl game and still get a medical redshirt

09/04/2017 - 11:07am Drumline Step Show

The Drumline performs on the steps of Revelli Hall at about 10:30, followed by the band coming out to march to the stadium. Always lots of kids around for that

03/07/2016 - 4:56pm Horses

They say that the Rose Parade was never on Sundays in the early days because the horses could be spooked by the church bells.

08/02/2015 - 4:42pm How about this one?

08/02/2015 - 4:41pm Sir Patrick

Greatest Sir Patrick S. to come to Michigan Stadium since this guy:


08/01/2015 - 2:43pm Yes and yes

See some other posts in this thread, but yes, there's tryouts for every game, and yes, there's people who might not march a pregame all season (everybody gets to do homecoming halftime). The majority of upperclassmen would march most shows, along with a handful of underclassmen (depended on section a lot) And even if you struggled with the marching (there's no initial marching audition to join the band), I think for the most part, everybody who stuck with the band for all 4 years would at least get one pregame.

08/01/2015 - 2:26pm Everything but the halftime/pregame show

Yep. If you didn't make the "performance block", you still dress in uniform, still march to the stadium, still play in the stands, still play the postgame concert.  The "tryouts" for a given week's game were a week or two ahead, sometimes as late as the Friday before the previous game.  Then the marching block would be posted Monday morning and might have as little as 5 days to learn a new halftime show and rehearse the pregame. If you didn't make the marching block, you'd be a "reserve" for the week. Reserves still did all the music rehearsals (you're still playing in the stands and the postgame after all), but then would go work on marching skills during the rest of practice to prep for the next tryout.  Many larger sections could have up to about 1/3 of their overall members as reserves each week. 

Source: In the band 03-06.

08/01/2015 - 2:16pm Band 03-06

I was in the band 03-06. The pregame size never changed and that was 235. I still don't think that's changed (think about the block M, it's always the same). Halftime would vary from week to week, usually a few dozen more people than pregame.  The "travel squad" would be the halftime block plus another dozen or so to help out with equipment, be there in case someone got hurt/ill, etc.  Everyone else who wasn't in the block for a given home game would still march to the stadium, play in the stands, and do the postgame concert.

At some point after my time I think they realized it was a bit of misnomer to announce "the 235 member Michigan Marching Band"... because the band is always more than 235.

06/29/2015 - 10:55pm MI SOS absolutely calls it Driver's license,4670,7-127-1627_8669---,00.html

11/22/2014 - 5:20pm go hornets

geez Pete, no need to out anybody's online profiles.

2003 and can't believe saline even makes the playoffs. didn't happen once during my entire 12 years of school

08/23/2014 - 4:05pm Boston new bar

Sweet Caroline's didn't renew, so the official UM Club of Greater Boston location starting in 2014 is:

911 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Tavern in the Square (Porter Square) is still the spot in Cambridge

05/17/2014 - 10:51am Yahoo

Much like MSU basketball, Yahoo also peaked during the 99-00 season.

04/17/2014 - 1:45pm How will they scan early students?

Think they'll actually scan MCards at the gate to see which students are there early? If so, will my 7+ years-expired MCard no longer get me in without validation? Maybe they'll just use the scanned ticket data? 

12/08/2013 - 7:10pm 8:15 local time!

8:15 MST, that's 10:15 EST

A late one!

12/13/2012 - 4:42pm Lunardi has a day job

He's Assistant Vice President of Marketing Communications at Saint Joseph's University

Edit: forgot the "Assistant". It is "Assistant" and not "Assistant to the" fyi

11/07/2012 - 2:04pm 34-23 M

34-23 M

11/07/2012 - 2:04pm 34-23 M

34-23 M

10/31/2012 - 10:47am 41-17 Michigan

41-17 Michigan

10/24/2012 - 11:41am 34-24 M, 213 Rushing

34-24 M, 213 Rushing

10/10/2012 - 10:00am 45-13 Michigan

45-13 Michigan

09/21/2012 - 1:22pm Pretty sure it's on NBC

not BTN

08/23/2012 - 9:10pm Sounds like it's a saturday morning trip

According to some comments on that article purporting to be from MMB parents, they're flying down early Saturday morning and then right back after the game. That's a long day...

04/21/2012 - 1:18pm Signed

Signed. It's better than doing nothing. 

The worst part to me is how they've reframed the game. When they signed the contract, it was a "preseason bowl trip": with the band's seats in the contract and on the official seating chart on Mgoblue:

And then as soon as they're done selling the $125+ tickets, it's just "a regular road game" and they have to cut costs everywhere. Really?

03/22/2012 - 10:40am Coaches poll

That's the season ending Coaches poll Top 10

09/15/2011 - 5:08pm Attendance

NW v Illini attendance actually went up in the Wrigley game.

The last time they played at NW, 32k people came. At Wrigley, they had 41k. That's over 25% larger attendance WHEN THEY MOVED THE GAME TO A BASEBALL FIELD.

Find me a baseball stadium that seats 150k and we'll talk.

also, it was ridiculous when they could only play in one direction

09/05/2011 - 8:39pm and the uni's too?

I rewound to the video from warmups. They had the white tortoise shell helmets and the uniforms were a more basic white design with red and yellow piping. Then they came out with the Maryland flag design on the jersey AND the helmet. I think they changed both after warmups!


08/16/2011 - 10:58am Boston Alumni Club Game Watchings

Are you precluded from watching at a bar? The M alumni club of Boston has 2 game watching sites that are very popular. It's a lot more fun than streaming at home.

Tavern in the Square - Porter Square, Cambridge (sit down sports bar/restaurant feel, family-friendly)
The Place - 2 Broad Street, Boston, near Faneuil Hall (crowded bar feel)

08/08/2011 - 1:18pm Full list has A2 FM station

There's still an FM affiliate in A2:

102.9 WWWW (W4 Country)

That should be able to be picked up by the FM ear radios right?

06/23/2011 - 8:24am Jeopardy archive


Scroll down to double jeopardy for the Michigan Football category

10/22/2010 - 11:34am Rent

If every Mgoblog reader sends a dollar to Hidden Valley Club Apartments in a envelope marked "Explictly not related to Kenny Demen's rent", think they'd just drop the issue?

That would definitely not be an NCAA violation......heh

10/19/2010 - 5:33pm Sure

Obviously the comeback got the fans back into it, but I'm just saying I could hear some of the echoing that you only get when the sound is reflecting around the stadium.

Empty stands reflect the sound a lot, people absorb it.

10/19/2010 - 5:12pm Crowd noise

I noticed the 4th quarter noise seemed like it was bouncing around in the stadium, making it even louder. Perhaps due to 10+% of the crowd heading out when it was 28-7? It reminded me a bit of 04 MSU.

I propose Michigan Stadium at 80% full would be 50% louder than at 100% full.

09/13/2010 - 10:20pm Bit of background blur

Guess it's a bit better

09/13/2010 - 8:40pm airs the whole show

09/08/2010 - 5:04pm That was the 5th time

According to

Student Block M Formation: For just the fifth time, the student section will feature a block M formation. The athletic department is providing 1,000 blue t-shirts to students whose seats are within the M.

07/21/2010 - 12:15pm They are available to the public

It's an Adidas slogan that they've associated with many of their teams' apparel lines:

I think I've seen it at MDen actually, but couldn't find it on their website now.…

03/27/2010 - 4:09pm No HD on espnu

I have ESPNU HD and the Miami game just started, and it's in lo-def. So unless they magically find some HD cameras in the next 3 hours, our game won't be available in HD on any channel at any point.

03/26/2010 - 8:19am Fair Use

Why is the amount taken a factor? Copyright Law.

One of the factors of determining Fair Use is "amount taken":…

"In terms of quantity, did you simply quote one paragraph of someone's eight paragraph blog post(likely fair use), or are you reproducing their rss feed in its entirety, with no commentary, on your website(likely not fair use). Qualitatively important? Amount and substantiality of portion used in relation to copyrighted work as a whole. "

Fair use is a bit wishy-washy in all definitions. But you get the point.

03/26/2010 - 12:22am It's reposted in full!

This isn't like Brian quoting a sentence or paragraph in a yellow quote box with a prominent link. It's the entire post! Today's hockey post was 3,200+ words!

And it doesn't say where it's from! There's a link, but nothing says MGoBlog. CopyPaste 3200 words and they couldn't add 7 more characters to say MGoBlog?

Illegal? probably not, it's the blogosphere, and Brian's providing the full RSS feed. Douchey? Yeah.

03/21/2010 - 12:16pm Our game

ESPNU-Tape Delay (Sat. 3/27 - 11:30 PM) / ESPN Syndication-Live / ESPN360-Live

So it's possible a Comcast local or FSD could pick it up for live syndication.

03/21/2010 - 12:12pm ESPNU

Saturday's game won't air live on ESPNU (will be on ESPN360 and perhaps syndicated to Comcast Local or FSD it might), but will be on ESPNU tape delayed at 11:30pm
Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ (ESPNU tape delay – Saturday, March 27, 11:30 p.m. Eastern time)
No. 2 Bemidji State (23-9-4) vs. No. 3 Michigan (25-17-1)

03/21/2010 - 12:05pm bracket