We've made it. 100 Days to Football and 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor comes to a close today. I'll try to get the complete list up and available shortly, but right now I'm in shock we made it all the way through. I'd like to thank everyone who emailed ideas, photos, places, and compliments about the Countdown. Your emails kept the Countdown alive. So, without further ado, it's One Day 'Till Football and here's our Number 1 Reason to Love Ann Arbor.
#1 - Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium, as seen from Space, bitches, Space! via www.theonion.com
The Big House. Home to the Michigan Wolverines. The greatest college football program on the planet. The reason this little Michigan Football Blog exists. For seven glorious fall Saturdays every year, over 100,000 people storm through its gates to wathc Michigan play football and to cheer on the Wolverines. It's a key janglin', no-get-out-of-your-seatin', damn good time. Like every stadium, it has its quirks. I remember the first time I took my wife, a Notre Dame grad, to the Big House. As we walked up she said, "It looks like a high school stadium." But once we crossed the threshold into the stadium, the look on her face made it all worth while. The magnitude of the Stadium is hard to describe to people who haven't been there. I've made my share of trips around the country to various college venues, and Michigan is unique. Not just on size, but in design, layout and lack of adequate bathrooms. The seats are hard and small. You're shoulder to shoulder with people you barely know and once it hits November, it can quite possibly be the most miserable place to be on earth when it rains and you've got nothing to cover yourself with.
But its also the home of Tom, Desmond, and Woodson. It's seen championship teams and redemptions. It's seen upsets, beat downs and nail biters. It is the greatest place on God's green earth to watch a football game.
And tomorrow, we'll all be there to take it in.
Thanks for joining me on this wonderful tour of Ann Arbor. Our Countdown of 100 Days to Football and 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor is finished, but by no means complete. If you can think of places I've missed, Please, by all means, put them in the comments section or put them in a Fan Post! Thanks everyone and Go Blue!