More pregame photos here.   All the postgame Tom Harmon/98 related thoughts & takes here.  

Passionately attacking you with miscellanea since 2001, here’s more:

Students:  The earliest started queuing up around 10:30PM Friday evening as I understand it and they were let in around 4:30PM yesterday.  Here they are filing in (on the left), and..

Michigan students enter Big House Michigan Scoreboard

…props to the athletic department for dropping the 4 pack of live games (right, above) on the big boards for a while.

The Ross Toss:  Love for Stephen Ross and his wallet saturated Ann Arbor all day Saturday, from Desmond leading off with a huge thank you to Ross on GameDay, to the story and full page ad in the game program, to the special break during the game to acknowledge the man, to the massive sign the students propped up (some fans were literally under the C).   The even dedicated the coin toss to #$teve which makes one ask, if they used a quarter for the coin toss and handed it to Ross when they were done…is it now technically a $199,999,999.75 donation?

Cease and Desist.  Still waiting for the bros who blew up my photo for their GameDay sign to reveal themselves and face the music.  And by music I mean 7 Nation Army on a loop.

Lasers.  I haven’t seen lasers like that since the Rush concert up in Saginaw back in the early 80s.  A couple below:

Halftime Laser show Block M laser

Apologies for the kickstand on the left.   The stadium looked pretty cool once everyone not in the student section figured out how use the little blinking bracelets they passed out:

THANK YOU STEVE!   Is a big game truly over if Steve Everitt hasn’t photobombed the camera?   Glad to see Everitt got a new shirt from the mgo-photostore:

Steve Everitt 2013 Notre Dame Game

He dropped the Big House Football maize tee, that thing must have been getting damn ratty, for the Worst State Ever.  Good move. 

The Crazy UnclePretty much.  But at this point we kind of need him down there for these big games, right?   Two quick things about the big man: he’s arguably one of the greatest Michigan lineman, if not players, of all-time and as I understand it he’s a talented artist.   Next year we need to put on the full court press on #1000SSS to commission Everitt to paint something for a game program cover.

Return of the Pink Wolverine – You thought Tom Harmon’s #98 jersey was the only iconic piece of Michigan apparel to grace the sidelines Saturday night?   Not even close:

Pink Shorts Guy - 1991 The Catch Pink Shorts Guy - 2013

One the left, that’s pink shorts guy celebrating Desmond’s 1991 “The Catch” vs. Notre Dame in the northeast corner of the end zone.  On the right from Saturday pregame, same endzone same spot..pink shorts guy reappeared.  No, they didn’t stop the game to recognize this moment but let’s just say there were a couple Legends honored on the field yesterday.

End zone cameras?  Kind of brutal for the folks seated behind this guy?

Michigan stadium endzone camera

Taylor Made:   Notre Dame guys putting on the Lewan arms during pregame:

Giant Blue Arms 

Press Box Visitors:   Before heading down to the locker room for halftime assistants Al Borges and Jeff Hecklinski (enjoying the cool drink) stopped in the press box to catch the final play of the half (the Hail Mary):

Al Borges, Jeff Hecklinski

“Need more brats outside Section 32… STAT!”  The Michigan Stadium EMS crew had a nice little pregame tailgate behind the gates.  Good for them:

Michigan Stadium EMS tailgate Good for them.  One medical tip: might want to slap a lid on that mayo and stow it, fellers.

Until next time:

Good Year blimp - Ann Arbor

 

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4 Comments

  1. Steve Everitt is awesome. There’s a great chapter in Steve Kornacki’s new book ( http://www.amazon.com/Go-Blue-Michigans-Greatest-Football/dp/1600788483 ) about how important he was to the team. The story about him and the 91′ ND game telling Les Miles (OL coach at the time) ‘I’ll be okay’ after getting a broken jaw with teeth knocked out and blood spewing on the field. He only missed one game and continued to play with it wired.

    PS-In his career, Michigan was 29-3-3 when he was in the lineup and 9-4 when he was injured. The team averaged 6.2 ypc in games he started and 4.4 when he did not.

    • Teddy, re: Everitt’s career– I’m aware and while he was certainly a late add, I put in him as one of the Top 25 all-time Wolverines: http://mvictors.com/?p=104714 He anchored one of the top lines in U-M history

      • “Michigan only lost a handful of games when Everitt was healthy”
        Yep, I remember your quote. I was also happy that you included Benny Friedman on the list.

        That Everitt chapter is must read. There was a story about how he broke his right thumb, had it casted and learned to snap left handed so he could play. I wish more people knew about him and that great o-line in the early 90’s.

  2. James F. Epperson

    Curiously, Musberger did not know that was Everitt, nor did Herbstreit. Everitt congratulated Hoke right after the TV interview, and both Musberger and Herbstreit did a “Who is that guy? We saw him two years ago!” And what’s really odd about that, Musberger called the Rose Bowl when we beat Washington and gushed all over Everitt, and recalled the horrific broken jaw he got against ND the year before.