Everyone's a Critic
The Observer's culture blogWednesday, September 23, 2009
FOOTBALL SATURDAY SILENCE, by Al Slote
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.
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.
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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