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01/20/2018 - 11:45am Greenbush, Tapistry and Silver Harbor

Some of SW Michigan's best

05/13/2016 - 8:58pm Greenbush

A visit to the Greenbush brewery in Sawyer with Grimalkin Belgian Ale and Contempt Stout. Now at home with a 3Floyd's Zombie Dust chaser

05/13/2016 - 8:43pm Moment of Zen

I listened to the Ufer call live (no TV) - I hit my head on the ceiling listening to the call - obviously not the highest ceiling, but still, what a great memory

05/05/2016 - 10:17pm The Piano

Worst ever

04/28/2016 - 1:26pm Stetson Derby

I have the Stetson Derby that my grandfather wore to the first game played in the Big House. It is proudly displayed in an enclosure in my Michigan man cave.

04/16/2016 - 12:00am St. Joseph - Silver Harbor Brewery

New brewery - Sunrise Reakfast Stout was outstanding. Wife liked the Ginger Ale and their brown ale was pretty good too

11/27/2015 - 8:11pm 31 - 10 Michigan

31 - 10 Michigan

11/27/2015 - 10:36am Ufer

Ufer was absolutely the best If you were a Michigan fan. Back in the day, you could not get all the games on tv. Ufer was our conduit to Michigan football. He is at least partially responsible for a very passionate fan base. His influence on the program obviously continues to run deep, up to the top of the program.

11/26/2015 - 12:43pm Happy Thanksgiving - Congratulations

And God bless her cotton pickin' maize and blue heart

11/24/2015 - 8:57pm First Ohio State game

This was my first time at a Michigan vs. Ohio State game. I was living in West Virginia and planning to come back to Michigan the next week for Thanksgiving when I get a call about Thursday that my aunt had 2 tickets for me. No way I was not coming back for that game. Great memory and have not missed a home Ohio State game from that time forward.

11/21/2015 - 4:01pm Section 36

I will be there with no plans to actually use the seat - except maybe at half time - maybe

10/29/2015 - 6:11pm 24 - 0 Michigan

24 - 0 Michigan

09/18/2015 - 9:12pm Greenbush

Just got home from Greenbush Brewery

Race car Love nut brown ale and Demeter at the brewery

Growlers of Penitence and Racecar Love for tomorrow's tailgate

09/05/2014 - 5:30pm Wedding Bells

I moved from Ann Arbor to southwest Michigan in the early 70's. No Internet.  No ESPN.   All you heard about was ND and Chicago sports.   It was nearly impossible to get any info on Michigan, Tigers, Lions, etc.   As such I hated ND almost as much as OSU (which came natural by birth).

In 1988 I had the opportunity to attend the game in South Bend by way of a mutual aquaintance knowing I would want to go to the game and him knowing someone who had two tickets.   So the woman I sat next to I ended up marrying.   Tomorrow our son and I will sit in the very same seats as my wife and I sat in that day in 1988.  By the way, I say Gillette's field goal was good that day and will never watch a replay of it as I would not like to have fact get in the way of my superior opinion on that kick.

So my wife is an ND fan (though slowly through the years has migrated to Michigan, just need to get her over that final hurdle of this game).   When our son was about 10 she asked him, "Why do you hate ND so much?".   His response was priceless.  "Because it is what Dad taught me to do".   Gotta love that kid.

So I have been fortunate enough to be at evey Michigan-ND game since 1988 (home and away).   So many great memories.  UTL I was unbelievable, especially an hour after the game and so many people still in the stands.

I will miss this great game.  Is it The Game, absolutely not.  But it is a game that by ending the series is a loss for college football.

 

 

10/03/2012 - 6:26pm hamilKKKton

Three K's today

 

One threat down.  One to go.

 

05/14/2012 - 1:43pm Novak

4 year starter and a 3 time captain.  That is HoF worthy. 

03/15/2012 - 8:03pm 38 - 0 Tradition

It became tradition for the last two ND coaches to lose 38 - 0 to Michigan in their 2nd year (Willingham and Weiss).  Kelly could not even get that right.  But now he can make up for it this year and hang his own 38 - 0 loss on the wall.  May the new ND tradition continue. 

03/10/2012 - 9:57pm Meeeecheeegan Wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 -1 final

 

03/10/2012 - 9:52pm Good thing

We can wing it down to the empty net and no icing

03/10/2012 - 9:50pm Irish empty net - Hunwick

Irish empty net - Hunwick save 1:50 to go

 

03/10/2012 - 9:50pm Under 3 to go

2:30 to go - still 3 -1

03/04/2012 - 8:56pm Co-Champs!

I would rather be Co than No.

Great job all season by the team and coaches.

Remember 4 years ago when we sat on the edge of our seats just to see if we were in.  What a great progression for this program over the last few years.

 

 

 

02/18/2012 - 11:23pm The Pride of Columbus

Came through for the Maize and Blue

 

 

02/18/2012 - 11:12pm Whooo Hooooo seconded, thirded and fourthed

Great day.  Great wins. Great commits.

Smiles all around all week

 

11/27/2011 - 7:43pm Thanks to Fitz's Mom

Michigan would like to thank Fitz's mom for the birth of her son.

11/25/2011 - 8:19pm Be Loud Tomorrow

I have been to evey home version of The Game since '85 and seen some amazing games.  I will be so ready tomorrow (already am and have been).  I was thinking about should or should not the field be stormed.  These current UM students have never experienced a victory over Ohio.  So that swayed me.  I say yes and will enjoy watching them pour over the wall and onto the field tomorrow.  I hope security is instructed to just let's it happen.

 

 

11/24/2011 - 10:20am OK to think ahead, but save your VOICE

All week all I have been thinking abuot is beating Ohio.  No that will not help the team on Saturday, so yes it is ok to think ahead and post your thoughts to the blog.  But your voice, your voice needs to come with you on Saturday (for those of us at the game).  Your voice will not make a tackle, a catch, a great cut back or a coaching adjustment.  We will leave those things to Martin, Koger, Fitz, Hoke (and Staff) and the rest of the TEAM that is running under the banner on Saturday.  But your voice can and should create an atmosphere that disrupts Ohio's thoughts and causes them to make mistake after mistake.   

Go Blue!  Beat Ohio and see you in New Orleans, Miami, Glendale, Tampa, Orlando or wherever we need to go to follow our beloved Wolverines.

 

 

 

11/24/2011 - 9:59am Never too Young

My wife works for Notre Dame and comes from a family that roots for Notre Dame.  When my son was born she kept telling me that I had to let him choose, Michigan or Notre Dame.  Well when I returned from the 1994 Colorado game my brother-in-law was there having my 4 year old son saying "Michigan stinks".  It was at that moment that the gloves came off and his destiny was set to be a Michigan fan.  He learned about Fielding Yost, Willie Heston, Germany Schultz, Bennie Oosterbaan, Fritz Crisler, Tommy Harmon, Ron Kramer, Bo Schembechler, Bob Ufer, etc, etc. He learned to call the Big House home.  17 years later he will be in the student section one last time and is on target to walk into the Big House this spring a student and walk out a graduate. 

When he was about 10 or 11 he was asked at a family gathering why he hated Notre Dame so much.  His response, "that is what Dad taught me to do".  Brought a tear to my eye.  And his dislike for Ohio runs much deeper as it should.

Go Blue! 

 

 

 

11/17/2011 - 10:18pm Blocking Foul

2nd bad call against Morgan in the last couple minutes.  At worst, that should be a no call.  If a call, Morgan looked set.

 

11/17/2011 - 10:10pm 1 down

Announcers are right.  We need to take it inside.  Get an advantage by getting the 4 foul guys out of the game.  Got a break on the D end getting the first one out of the game

 

10/28/2011 - 5:50pm 1056

1056

10/07/2011 - 7:22pm 904

Go Blue

09/18/2011 - 6:36pm The Wolverines - by Will Perry - 1974

You will read about a lot of the history of Michigan football including:

Yost, Willie Heston and the first Rose Bowl

Germany Schultz creating the linebacker position by playing a couple yards off the line of scrimmage to ge a better view of what was going on

A water jug becoming a trophy

Tom Harmon getting a standing-O in his last game in the snake pit

The "snow" bowl

The hiring of Schembechler, his heart attack on the eve of his first Rose Bowl, the 10 - 10 tie in 1973

An so, so much more.  I was given this book as a kid, read about all the history and still have the book 35+ years later.

09/14/2011 - 1:35pm Took my 5 Year Old - 16 years ago

Took my 5 year old to his first game in 1995.  From that time on he bled Maize and Blue and has been to almost all games since he was 7 (1997 - What a year to be 7 (or any age and an M fan).  After the ND game last Saturday he told me that this ranked as his #2 moment in the stadium behind only the 97 OSU game.  He will now graduate from U of M this next spring.  Take the time.  Make these memories for you and your kids.

Here is what I did to make the experience the best (also did it with my daughter 2 years later):

1.  Monitor their fluid intake before the game so you are not running to the rest room every 5 minutes.

2. Explain to them before the game that you will take them out at half time for a treat, but not before.  Good time to hit the rest room and get a lemon chill (keeps them busy for a period of time in the 3rd quarter)

3. Explain to them what is going on.  Will keep their interest.  Explain to them what we want to happen.  For instance, when on offense point out the yard markers and explain we want them to get past a certain point.  Get excited when we do and give them high-5's.  Keep their excitement up as well as you can. 

4. Point out other things going on.  The Band.  The Cheerleaders, etc.

5. Sing the Victors or Let's Go Blue when the band plays it

6. It gets easier every game you take them too especially if you set the expectations, be consistent game to game and stick to the expectations you laid out.  My kids learned what to expect by being consistent.  They ALWAYS wanted to go.

Good luck.  You are starting the process of creating a die hard MGoFan

 

 

09/13/2011 - 6:23pm God Bless

Roy Roundtree and Denard Robinson's maize and blue heart

 

 

09/02/2011 - 6:16pm Go Blue

You captured the essence of being a die hard, passionate Michigan fan.  Good description of your journey.  Could see the path you walked today as you described it in your writing.

Tomorrow we will be amongst 100,000 of our closest friends!

09/02/2011 - 8:40am Happy Game Day Eve everybody

Finally here (well almost). 

08/26/2011 - 11:08pm Iowa 2002 - Train Wreck - MGoLesson

I have been to many of the great victories, PSU OT, PSU last second, 1997 Season, MSU 3 OT, etc.  But what may not be the most memorable moment in the stadium at the time is now one I am most proud of.  Iowa crushed us in the 2nd half and won 34 - 9.  Midway through the 4th my son (12 years old) wanted to leave but I refused telling him you never turn your back on your team.  It was about a year ago (he is now an MGoSenior) he told me what an impression that moment made on him and how it taught him to be a true fan.

Looking forward to the Purdue game this year (Oct. 29) when my brother and I wil celebrate the 40th anniversary of our first game in the Big House (Oct 30, 1971 vs. Indiana).  Going to try to trade my seats for the seats we sat in for that game.  Still have the ticket stub.  Sec. 19, Row 67, Seat 25 & 26

 

 

06/22/2011 - 10:55pm Rain, Sleet, Snow, Wind

I remember sitting in every part of the stadium as the wind changed.  The stadium was half full at best.  I remember seeing a mom (not dressed for the weather) sitting with her young (probably 10 - 12 year old) son.  Looked like it was his first game and he was really into the game.  She looked totally miserable, but as a good MGoMom, she sat there and let him have his day.   Seems like I was around section 26 at that time.   We ended the game sitting in section 1 (on the 50).  With a couple minutes to go in the game Michigan had the ball right in front of us and I was thinking the only thing that could go wrong was a pick-6.   On the next play the QB rolled out, turned back and threw a swing pass to the other side.  A Purdue defender stepped in front of it and had a sure pick-6, but dropped the pass.   I also remember the D being all over Mike Alstott of Purdue.  He really had no room to run that day.

In remembering other bad weather games (though no where near the Purdue game or some of the others mentioned) was one against Boston College in like 96 or so.  Driving rain coming in sideways.   It was in September though, so the temp was not near what it was in this Purdue game

05/16/2011 - 8:24pm Keep - Players celebrating in North Endzone with Students

After a win (something we home to see say, 8 times this year)

05/16/2011 - 8:17pm Congrats on becoming a MGoDad

I am now a MGoTuitionPayingDad - son is a senior now.  When I read this, I went and found the book that we used religiously the first year.  It is entitled "What to Expect the First Year" by Arlene Eisenberg.  It became our Bible the first year.  Also, your parents and in-laws do know a thing or two - listen to them, especially when it comes to things like settling an upset stomach, what that rash may be, etc.

Take the time to make memories.  Some of my son's fondest memories are being with me at the 97 OSU game (he was 7), me coaching him in sports, or if I was not coaching a particular sport, being there to root him on.   And my daughter was totally into horses, so I learned more about them.

Take to heart the points made by Six Zero.  He did a nice job.   I particularly emphasize to be consistent in the rules you set.  Those rules need to be what you and your spouse are comfortable with.

 

 

 

05/12/2011 - 11:10am 1997 Ohio State

Take nothing away from the Brock Mealer moment.  It was truly special.

From a football moment it was the last seconds and post-game celebration of the 1997 Ohio State game.  I was able to share it in the stands with my then 7 year old, now Michigan Senior, son.  

 

05/01/2011 - 10:45am Seat Changes

A2Mike,

I few years back I had 2 in the Southern End Zone and two in the Northern.  When I renewed my tickets I just wrote a note asking if it was possible to get all 4 together.  I did not make any additional donation.   When my tickets arrived in August I had 4 in section 36 (Northern end zone).

 

 

 

04/30/2011 - 9:54pm Don't be so negative

Boren will make it in the NFL. Their parking lots need to be plowed too.

03/13/2011 - 6:42pm Congrats to the Players

Who got it done this year.  We did not get the most favorable venue, but this team will fight to the end and make us proud.

It is Great to be a Michigan Wolverine!!!!!

 

 

03/08/2011 - 8:46pm Tressel will be gone

After watching that press conference the only logical conclusion that can be drawn is that Tressel is guilty, tried to cover up and will be dismissed before kickoff in September.  Anything less would be unbelievable.

I loved the fact that the backdrop was plain, not OSU backdrop.   This shows that they want to distance the association of the University from this press conference.

 

 

03/04/2011 - 10:04pm MGofan in the background

Long time reader, first time poster, but I had to on this one.

The young MGofan just above the ball is now a junior at Michigan.

His dad, me, is the bearded guy just to the left of MGofan.

Go Blue - Beat State