Sunday, September 27, 2009

UM vs. Notre Dame 12 Sept 2009

We are 1-0. Happy days are here again. Its been a while since we won a home opener. 2006 to be exact. Wow. Next up - Our Lady. Our former pupils of football, the Irish of Notre Dame. One of our most hated rivals. We hate everything about them - the school, the team, Jimmeh Clausen their QB and of course their coach - the one, the only Charlie Weis. The guru of the offensive scheme. Ha! I laugh at you.

We are short some of our tailgate crew this weekend. Bill is at his cousin's wedding and Laura and Chris are at Josh's wedding in Baltimore. Bonne plans on sending Chris score updates as often as possible and Bill is coming back to the tailgate after the wedding so he'll only miss a little of the game. However, we are joined by a friend from summer camp days at U of M - Anne is joining us - haven't seen her in a looong time! Looking forward to it.

3:30. Its game time. The little leprechaun and his team come out with their coach. We hate them. Have I mentioned that yet? To sum up the game, its back and forth, we have a lead, they have a lead. Back and forth. Back and forth. The team is looking better when Bonne is not in the stadium - so to take one for the team, she spends a lot of time out watching the game in the concession area. Also got to visit with the UM Wrestling Coach for whom Bonne had worked camps for in college. Bonne was actually stopped from coming back into the stadium as they kept doing well when she wasn't there! Taking one for the team, she obliged. The stadium was absolutely rocking. It was the loudest any of us had ever experienced! The structures add a whole new dimension making the stadium intimidating when 110,000 people are screaming as loud as they can! We finally have home field advantage!

Fast forward to the last 2 minutes of the game. Michigan is down and is on offense. Our Freshman QB Tate Forcier leads the team down the field and throws a game-winning TD pass with less than 20 seconds to go! We leave them 11 seconds on the board and it is sooooo loud there! Clausen has enough to get one play off after the kickoff. He throws the ball down the field - and the game is over. The game is over. Michigan has beaten Notre Dame 38-34 in the highest scoring game of their series. What an incredible feeling! We WON!! So wonderful! The fans in attendance probably won't be able to talk until later in the week - it was so loud!
A little game playing...
Dennis & Reggie
Anne and Brady

Group shot!

Beware of Wolverine!!!

Family time

Bonne & Anne

Here comes Michigan!
Honorary Captains

Go Blue!!

Koger in for the TD!!!

Another tiny crowd, LOL!

The team celebrates with the students



Saturday, September 26, 2009

UM Football Home Opener vs. Western Michigan 5 Sept 2009

Well, well, well. It is that time of year. For a football fan, welcome to Christmas Morning. 10:00am began our season with College GameDay. Love it! Now, if you asked a Michigan fan that morning how we were going to do (i.e. starting a frosh at QB) today, they would have to say they were cautiously optimistic. You see, the beginning of a new season is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful. The slate is clean, you're no longer 3-9, your coach is no longer a first year coach. Its beautiful. STUPENDOUS! Like putting the Halloween candy out when you're a kid and you can eat the whole damn thing. Wonderful!

Our day started in typical fashion - breakfast at Denney's at 6:30am. Sheryl had our drinks on the table and our food was out in short order. Then it was a quick stop for ice on our way to the house to change cars, meet Chris, Laura & crew and then we're off to tailgate!

We got our gear set up and our first (of many) Jaegerbombs was bright and early at 8:00am. Keep in mind that our gametime is 3:30. We have to go slow - this is not a sprint, its a marathon.
We were soon joined by our dear friend Dennis who always enjoys the "Call to Jaeger".

Game Time. Feeling giddy - have to meet John & Judy to do the ticket pickup. Football is upon us. We head inside The Big House. New this year - piped in music. LOVE IT! Guess what else we love? WINNING! We really enjoyed the game - what's not to love with a 31-7 victory. Guess what else we love? Our freshman quarterback duo of Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. In no way, shape or form last year could one of our QBs fumbled a snap and pick it up then run it - UNTOUCHED into the endzone. AMAZING!! Unfreakinbelievable. Looks like this year should be interesting to say the least.

Next up - our former pupils in Notre Dame. The second or third winningest program in NCAA history. You wanna guess who's numero uno? Yeah - Michigan. Stick it in your ear ND. We may have taught you how to play the game, but Rich Rod is getting ready to re-write the manuscript. Should be an interesting matchup. Love being the underdog I do.
Sunset after a perfect day
The Michigan Marching Band - they turn their hats around after a victory. How many years did we watch them and just recently learned that?

The first year Drum Major


Mary & Bonne. We love you Mary!!!

Sheriff Laura taking a picture of me while I take one of her

A little game we like the new people to play

Boyz 'n the hood

Bonne & Dennis

Dennis "helping" Reggie
Jason has his "Rally-Cap" on for a quick game

Jen tries to get Donnie's attention

Craftiness with the Jaegerbombs!

Laura & Jen

Jay is losing the game - apparently to Jen's delight!

Jen loses

Group Shot!

The Drum Major getting it done
Here come the Wolverines!

Honorary Captains:
Joe O'Donnell OL '61-3, Erick Anderson LB '88-92 and Mercury Hayes WR '92-5

Denard Robinson fumbles the snap and will run it in 43 yards for a TD!

Davis is so cute!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The defense steps up

Denard Robinson

Zoltan Mesko

Attendence for the afternoon

The team celebrates with the students.

#86 Koger makes a fantastic one-handed grab!