Thursday, December 11, 2008

500! Greatest Comback ever

It was my junior year at Michigan and I had football season tickets just like every year. I mean who does want to buy tickets for Michigan Football - it is like gold. It was the Maize out game - meaning the Big House is colored maize, not literally but every one wears maize and when 110,000 people wear maize, it definitely looks colored.

Michigan vs Wisconsin at The Big House and I was and I am really privileged to be a part of the 500th game at The Big House. A lot of people would agree here that it was the most electrifying Big House I had ever been a part of. We were 1-2 before this and the season did not start as most of us had expected. We definitely had a growing team, and with a man like Rich Rod there is a great potential in this up and coming Michigan team. Our team was not playing quite the Michigan football as expected from the team. We were having troubles with kick return, not being able to hold ball and just about everything. You could see the frustration on Coach Rod's face and the silence in the Big House. Probably there were more people shouting "Let's go Badgers", who indeed were a minority at The Big House. It was 19-0 Wisconsin, and every one was passing sarcastic comments. People gave hope and a lot of my friends left at half time with sad faces.

But no one knew what was in store - the biggest comeback ever at Michigan Stadium. So, right after half time, we got the first first-down of the game and also positive yardage. I had sworn that if we did fumble or turned the ball over, I would leave the stadium as it was frustrating. But, that never happened. What we experienced was some football frenzy. We never stopped after the first touchdown Threet threw to Koger. Once we seemed like gaining some momentum thanks to Threet, Thomson, Minor and McGuffie and it was a green light all the way. The dead-stuck Big House came back to life and it was roaring. This electrifying ambience was someting I had never experienced as most of the games were one-sided usually. It was the most insane thing happening which probably the entire town could hear. It was the loudest thing ever.

We ended with winning the game 27-25. Not only did it mark the greatest comeback in Michigan Football stadium history, it also marked a great way to end the 500th game which probably will be remembered the most down the line!


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