Way to Go Blue!

How does it feel to get a 12-year Catholic monkey off your back? Good. What does this have to do with with DC? Little, unless you’re a Michigan expat like me—I’m sure I’m not alone. Irish fans are wankers.

For a road-opener against rivals Notre Dame, this was a huge win, a 47-21 rout. Now 3-0, it was the first time since 1994 that the Wolverines won in South Bend.

On the first drive of the game, deep in their own zone, an Irish receiver let a perfect pass bounce off his helmet and Prescott Burgess intercepted the ball to run it in for a touchdown.

It was all downhill after that, even though Notre Dame managed to score off an interception and a few offensive drives. Michigan was in control and quarterback Chad Henne dropped in three perfect passes for touchdowns. Meanwhile, they pounded the defensive line with great running plays by Mike Hart.

If they show the same heart against Ohio State later in the season, watch out. Michigan may just be up for another national title.

19 Comments so far

  1. maia (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    As a Badger fan, my only hope for a good season was this result, manifesting itself in a major letdown next week in Madison.

  2. Doug (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    Funny you should mention that, I am also a Wisconsin fan and they go against each other next weekend in Ann Arbor. I was watching the Badgers/SDSU game on the side this afternoon, boring! But they pulled it off. What was the final? 14-0 I think.

  3. Xian (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    Notre Dame’s loss alos really helped my alma mater… in the AP pole, that is. Now if only Oklahoma can figure out a way to win the Red River shoot out.

    War Eagle!

    Cheers, Michigan!

  4. Doug (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    Go Sooners!

  5. WFY (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 8:45 pm

    Both sets of fans are wankers.

  6. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:52 am

    Wait, let me guess…Penn State William?

  7. Stacey (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    I was SO EXCITED last night! My home town boys bringing it home for the blue and maze!!

    Alas, I had to watch it from DC…

  8. Mik (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Wait! What does this have to do with D.C.? As an aside, I’m going to the Badger homecoming on Oct 14th and also going to the Michigan/Ball State game on November 4th – I know absolutely nothing about American Football.

  9. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    The photo was a bit of a cheat on my part, it was taken in the Big House several years ago when I went to watch the Wolverines play Ohio State (great game and they won). Saturday’s game was actually played in South Bend.

  10. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    Madison is a great town and school, if you’ve never been there before you will love it. Ann Arbor is similar, though not as interesting overall in my opinion. But seeing a Michigan game at the Big House is something I recommend anyone that has the opportunity to experience, should jump at.

  11. Mik (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    The Madison game will see me in the student section with law student-y types, and the Michigan game will be me with alumni, I’m sure the respectable will be anything but. If either place is as cold as Maine, I may never return.

  12. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    Fall is by far the best time to visit the upper midwest. Do not go December through April, unless you like ice fishing and that sort of thing. It’s a toss-up if it was the winters or the economy in Michigan that drove me to the DC area, both actually.

  13. Stacey (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    Oh come on, it’s not that cold up there!! I managed to make it for 22 years with only one real case of frost bite:).

    Don is right – there is little like seeing a game in the Big House, a life experience you must have.

    Don’t worry about the types you’re going with – you’ll get sucked in almost immediately.

    I love Ann Arbor, I’m not sure it’s less interesting than Madison, although maybe a little less on the creative side. Hmm…

  14. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    I’m not dissing Ann Arbor, and UofM is a fantastic school. But atmosphere-wise, I think Madison is the superior. Have you ever been there Stacey?

  15. Don (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    I think you mean Doug, not Don. As a hockey and baseball watcher, I barely know how many innings there are in a game of football.

  16. Mik (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    Don – there are no innings in Football, just two halves…

  17. Don (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    Halves of what?

  18. Stacey (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    Oops!! Sorry – I have Monday space cadet-ness today.

    I have been to Madison but I wouldn’t consider it an extended stay enough to really get a good taste of the area – like a day and a half. I’d love to go back, though. I think just b/c I lived in A2 for years that knowing the ins and outs makes it more familiar, and probably hence, more likable to me.

  19. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Same for me Stacey, only in reverse. Before moving to Michigan, I graduated from HS in Green Bay, and then lived in Milwaukee for 10 years. Both my sisters and my brother graduated from UW@Madison, so I have been there many, many times. I’ve also been to Ann Arbor quite a few times, and liked it. But for me, Madison has always been a special place.

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