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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FOOTBALL SATURDAY SILENCE, by Al Slote

One of the joys of living in Ann Arbor and within a mile or two of the U-M Stadium is hearing on a football Saturday afternoon the noise of the crowd. You knew Michigan had just scored. And prolonged silence meant things weren't going well.

Well, those days are gone forever. There was always a twofer in the construction of the corporate sky boxes: added revenue and keeping the crowd noise in the stadium to disrupt the timing of the play calling of the visiting teams. Michigan stadium had always been, unlike Ohio State's horseshoe, a neutral if not downright friendly environment for visiting teams. No longer. And it's less friendly for townies, too: no longer does the roar of the crowd and the music of the band mark another football Saturday in Ann Arbor for those not inside the walls.

posted by John Hilton at 7:05 p.m. | 2 comments


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sentimental, Al! I would welcome one fall in which I didn't have to hear "Hail to the Victors" two miles away, courtesy of our Marching band! Eve

September 23, 2009, 7:56 p.m.

Anonymous said...

It's all big business now. How about when they had band day?That's been gone for a long time as well as the boy scouts and letting the kids in after the 4th quarter started.

October 21, 2009, 2:02 a.m.

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