Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Fun - Ohio State vs Michigan

The Game is in Ann Arbor this year, thus robbing more than 100,000 fans of the experience of watching - and feeling - the Best Damn Band In The Land's stirring ramp entrance into Ohio Stadium.

At Ohio State games, the band is as much a part of the experience as the football. And no true fan would show up late enough to miss the band entrance. You literally feel it happening. The band gathers under the stands in the closed end of the horseshoe. Then you start to feel the rumble as the drums start pounding. The drum squad then marches down the ramp and assembles on the north end of the field as the thousands of fans clap in unison. Once they're in place, the rest of the band marches out to join them. As soon as all are in place, they begin to play "Buckeye Battle Cry." Then the drum major high steps onto the field, moves through the middle of the assemblage and takes his or her place in the front. The major slowly arches backward until the plume of his or her hat touches the ground. At that point the place goes wild and the band begins marching down the field with fight song blaring.

This sort of tradition is what makes college football sooooooo much better than the pro game. Being there and soaking in the spirit of these sorts of soul-stirring rituals gives me goose bumps and often brings a tear to my eyes. I've been to a few NFL games and the experience can't hold a candle to a college game. It's overly commercialized, overly sensational and at times approaches soft-porn. Give me a college game - any college game - anytime.

Michigan Jokes

I was delighted, but not amaized (pun intended), to see how many sites there are devoted to Michigan jokes. I've included links to the source of each one listed below. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Q: How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan?
A: 1-AA

Q: How do you make University of Michigan cookies?
A: Put them in a big Bowl and beat them for three hours.

I hear that Lloyd Carr is only dressing 25 players this Saturday. The rest can dress themselves.

A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, "Wanna hear a Michigan joke?" The guy next to him replies, "Well before you tell that joke, you should know something. I'm 6' tall, 200 lbs., and I am a Michigan alumnus. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2 tall, weighs 225, and he's a Michigan alumnus. The fella next to him is 6'5 tall, weighs 250, and he's a Michigan alumnus. Now, you still wanna tell that joke?" The first guy says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it 3 times."

Q: What did the Michigan grad say to the OSU grad?
A: "Welcome to McDonalds. May I take your order please?"

And there are so many more...

Beer Me

If you want an authentic Ohio beer to swig while watching the game, try to find an eight pack of Little Kings. These 7-ounce bottles of ale are brewed by Cincinnati's Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company. It's a cream ale, so it's not the lightest drink you'll find. But they go down dangerously easy and provide a decent kick after a few. So, if you're driving, surrender those keys before the first sip.

When I was in college, I worked as a bartender at a campus bar that, alas, is no longer there. Thursday nights we had a special deal of three Little Kings for $1.25. We kept the bottles in 30-gallon trash cans filled with ice and we must have sold thousands of them every Thursday. I still have calluses from opening those suckers with wet hands.

Enjoy your weekend and The Game!


peteej said...

Hey man, I'm right there with you on the college football scene. I love it. enjoy Saturday and good luck. I think I should mention that I'm a Gator...don't hate me for it. :P The beauty of college football is that you can be in the Fiesta Bowl one year and in the Toilet Bowl the next. Or you could be Michigan. ...shudder...

Sullicom said...

I don't hate you for being a Gator. I rationalize it by figuring we were a solid number two in both sports last year.

peteej said...

Lols, well, you can rationalize it this year by looking at the polls!