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8 Days to Football and Reasons #21, #20, and #19 to Love Ann Arbor

There are just 8 Days Left Till Kick-off, but we're running a little behind on the Countdown. So with 8 Days Left, you’re gonna get three reasons a post to Love Ann Arbor! So, here's #21, #20, #19 in our continuing Series of 100 Days to Football and 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.

#21 – Maize Rage



Over the last ten years, anybody who can cheer what’s been going on at Crisler deserves a medal. And by that rationale these guys and girls deserve a monument. Whether Michigan’s up 15 or down 30, usually the latter, they’re still jumping around, screaming, and being as supportive as possible. Anyone with that kind of dedication and that level of support deserves to be recognized and deserves to be #21 in our Countdown and Reason #21 to Love Ann Arbor.

#20 – Moe’s Sports Shop



Whether you’re looking for a Michigan pacifier for a new nephew, a Braylon jersey for yourself, or a skin tight Michigan t-shirt for your wife who just happened to go to Notre Dame, Moe’s is your place. With a couple of different locations around Ann Arbor, you can satisfy your need to spend gobs and gobs of money on Michigan related paraphernalia at any one of their stores. Moe’s is #20 in our Countdown and Reason #20 to Love Ann Arbor.

#19 - The Hockey Pep Band


Picture courtesy Hoover Street Rag

Nothing beats a hockey game at Yost and nothing beats the sound the Hockey Pep Band puts out every game. I'll let reader Luke do the honors:

"Yost could provide dozens of entries, from the Pep Band to the Deker's 50-50 Raffle, to Shovel Guy, to "Molly's Easy!" to the unintentionally hilarious figure skating demos, and those aren't even counting the C-Ya! and GOAL COUT cheers. The Hockey Pep Band is something truly unique to Ann Arbor. The Pep Band not only instigates my favorite sporting cheer of all time (just narrowly topping C-Ya), the "GOAL COUNT," but plays the fight song and Let's Go Blue at all the appropriate times.  Then of course, there is the wonderful second intermission, where they belt out "Respect" and "Just Can't Turn You Loose" with the same consumate professionalism and enthusiasm regardless of whether the game is tight, left-wing-lock trap-fest with Michigan State or an 8-1 laugher against Western.  During my four years at UM, I kept season hockey tickets, and would go over and stand under the band every game at the second intermission, so that I could hear the rotating solists blast out their sections from "Can't Turn You Loose."  Then, there were the days back in the late 90-s when they would send six or so trombones off to some random corner of Yost and have them play the marching theme from Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail, and have the band answer back, and the more recent development of "Dancer, sieve!  Dancer, sieve!"

Couldn't have said it better. It's #19 in our Countdown and Reason #19 to Love Ann Arbor.

If you've got suggestions on places you'd like to see, email me with a photo or a description and we'll get your favorite hangouts in the countdown as well. I'll also try to get a link on the sidebar in the coming days that allows you to see all 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.