Part two in our introduction to the new crew here at Maize n Brew. Today we tackle the best Michigan sports memory or moment.
Remember to tell us about your own favorite Michigan sports moment in the comment section.
What is your best Michigan sports memory?
Dave Ryan - The Rose Bowl game against Washington State takes the cake in my book. I remember being at my house with a bunch of friends, outnumbered by more appetizers than we could ever eat and dozens of unnecessary Michigan-themed cookies that somebody made. I also think every last person that came might have been wearing the exact same Woodson jersey. Point is, it was just a special feeling, one that no Michigan team has been able to re-create for me personally since. It's hard to really put into words what it means for your team to be playing in a national championship game, but capping off that undefeated season with a Rose Bowl win over a supposed elite quarterback is about as good as it can get.
Alex Cook - This is a really tough question. My family used to have season tickets for football, so I've been to plenty of good games -- Navarre and Perry's win over Ohio State in the 100th game to get into the Rose Bowl and kick OSU out of the BCS Championship, Henne-to-Edwards against Michigan State in 3 OT back in 2004, Manningham's catch to deal Penn State its only loss in an otherwise forgettable 2005 season, two 38-0 wins over Notre Dame (in 2003 and 2007). This year has been particularly excellent: the Under the Lights game against Notre Dame, I'm still not sure how in the world we won that one, the long overdue win over Ohio State, and wins over Michigan State and Ohio State in basketball have all been great. If I had to pick my best memory, I'd say that it's the Ohio State game from this past year. I sat in the student section with my younger brother seven years after we watched the last win over Ohio State back when we were in elementary school, and we "rushed" -- more like "occupied" -- the field after the game after watching the students do so when we were kids.
Maize in Spartyland - My best Michigan sports memory was Michigan/Purdue football game from 1995. Those who were at the game will remember the weather - snow, sleet, wind, rain - you name it, it was there (except sun and warmth, of course). The game had multiple missed field goals; the game result was in doubt up until the scoreboard was all zeroes. To this day, when I hear fans say "Its going to be a cold one today", I just think about that 1995 game, knowing that was the worst weather game I had been to.
DGDestroys - It's hard to narrow this one down. I've been to a few really spectacular games (most recently 2008 vs. Wisconsin), but the one I'll pick is one I observed from my sister-in-law's couch. Going into the 2007 game vs. Sparty, I got a week full of hate calls and emails from my in-laws, since we'd all be together for the game. I remember the smug look on their faces when Sparty pulled back into that game, but I'll never forget the shock on each and every one of them when Manningham pulled in that catch. For a week after, my brother-in-law sported some article of my UM clothing to work, it was memorable.
Holdin the Rope - There are so many memories from which to choose that it's almost impossible to pick just one. As great as the 1997 season was, I have to say that possibly nothing will ever top being in attendance for this past season's night game against Notre Dame. After living in the South for a little while, everybody that knows me knows that I often annoyingly criticize the lack of crowd noise in the Big House and, most egregiously, the key-jingling virus that many still seem to be carrying. With that said, the Big House that night was as loud as any venue I've ever been in, and I've been to Ohio State, Penn State, and Auburn for football games. I truly feel bad for Michigan fans who for whatever reason did not go to that game. In the span of about 2 minutes, almost 115,000 people experienced almost every single human emotion possible. It was exciting and terrible and unbelievable and insane in quick succession. What a game.
Zach Travis - Braylonfest. I love a lot of games that I watched on TV when I was younger and a lot of games that I went to while at UofM, but Braylonfest was the greatest game experience I have ever had. It was warm all day but the temperature plunged as it got dark, and coupled with a seemingly insurmountable deficit a lot of people left early. I stayed and got to witness one of the best comebacks I have ever witnessed. I had always cheered loudly and fully for Michigan at other games, but there were times during that particular game when I absolutely lost my mind. By the end of the game we nearly rioted in the stands, jumping back and forth, indiscriminately hugging strangers, and screaming out the lyrics to The Victors. It wasn't just euphoria, it was a sense of community. We stayed. It didn't matter how bleak things looked, part of us never stopped believing enough to admit defeat and go home. It is hard to top that feeling.