Oh how I hate…

Until I went to Michigan, I never really thought about Ohio State. I knew the school existed, of course, but I never cared about it or considered it much. It was just any other school, like Texas or Northwestern or Gonzaga (well, not like Gonzaga, because that school has an awesome name. Consequently, I pick them to win my March Madness bracket every single year. Also, I know nothing about college basketball.)

Anyway. The moment you come to Michigan, you hate Ohio State. You may have known OSU alums, you may have once had a fun time in Ohio while visiting Cedar Point, and you may have never considered our neighbors to the south particularly offensive before. But, once you get here, you suddenly realize it: you hate Ohio State. You just do. Irrationally and absolutely.

One thing I enjoy about the entire week leading up to this game is that there’s so much trash-talking and making fun of Ohio State among friends, on Facebook, on Twitter, in blogs, etc. And, I have to admit, it is endlessly amusing to me. Here are a few things I found this year that made me laugh:

  • The picture above. Spelling is tough!
  • Ah, the rigorous academic life of an Ohio State football player. (“Even if you’re giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail.”)
  • OSU students celebrate rivalry week by jumping into a cesspool. Gross.

While I fully realize that sometimes Michigan has to make fun of Ohio St. about academics because we haven’t been bringing it so much with the football lately, I still find it terribly funny. Hopefully, today we change our recent losing trend. But even if we don’t, at the end of the day, I’ll still be 100% proud to be a Michigan Wolverine.

GO BLUE!

Football Saturdays

When I was a freshman (cough cough, SEVEN years ago. How did that happen?), I ordered football tickets because it basically seemed like the thing to do. I did not have any particular interest in football. But, it was part of attending college at Michigan, right?

Over the next four years, I totally fell in love with football Saturdays. To me, there is almost nothing that more perfectly encapsulates the college experience at U of M. They are a big, big deal.

Now I’m back, and I’m older. I still have season tickets, though I’ve been to far fewer games than normal this year and don’t tend to go all out for games anymore. But, it’s still Michigan football. And it’s still wonderful.

What are the things I love about Michigan football? The fight song. The hot dogs (a pre-game tradition for Manna and me. I don’t think we ever skipped this). All the different chants you do at various points during the game (jangling keys, “you suck,” etc). The walk to the big house, where you’re buoyed along in a sea of maize and blue. Bongo man. Befriending random people who have seats near yours. Halftime shows from the marching band. Doing the wave (once at normal speed, once super fast, once super slow). Always being “part of the largest crowd watching a football game in America today.” Hating OSU/Notre Dame/MSU. And tradition, tradition, tradition.

Here’s  a look back at my history with the awesomeness that is Michigan football.

2004: At the Michigan/Michigan State game. It was FREEZING (yes, the all-caps are merited here – we arrived in t-shirts and tanks, and by the time the game finished it had gotten cold and miserable). Most people left, but we stayed, and Michigan staged an awesome comeback victory. One of my favorite football memories.

2005: With our seating group (Team Toastman for the win!). Love these guys.

2006: In which we take the most epic series of football pictures ever. We really loved the free pom poms.

2007: With Manna and Sara. We spent significant amounts of time each game taking random self portraits of ourselves from different angles.

2009: Returning as an alum for the first time, and reunited with so many of my favorite people.

2011: Last week, at the Purdue game. My seats are really excellent this year – so close to the field! Row 4, baby.

GO BLUE! Always.

October in Instagrams

Ever since I finally got an iPhone last spring, I have been obsessed with the Instagram app. It’s a fun way to take photos and feel “artsy” even if you’re really not a talented/professional photographer at all. Here’s a look at some snippets of my October, via Instagram.

Beautiful leaves around campus + peaceful mornings at the coffee shop:

Football smack talk + red velvet yogurt (who knew there was such a thing??):

Getting my hair done – in the chair + afterward:

Tons of reading + tons of to-do lists:

Seeing the Ides of March + eating at Eataly in NYC:

Chubby squirrels becoming chubbier + lovely mums:

A very good fortune + a new plant (which I have since managed to almost kill, per usual):

Flowers at the Michigan Union:

Lots of coffee:

(sidenote: I once went to a financial aid presentation at UVA Law where the financial aid counselor told us that as grad students on a limited budget we should not be drinking fancy Starbucks coffee. Though I obviously didn’t end up going to UVA, I still feel guilty every.single.time I order a coffee.)

Strongbow cider + fun times with friends at the Blue Leprechaun on a football Saturday:

Enjoying Big House hotdogs + silly times at the Purdue game: