There are many things I associate with game day in Ann Arbor from my youth:
1) Waking up to my uncle BLARING The Victors at first light
2) Little old ladies waving pom poms while they sit on lawn chairs trying to herd potential parkers into front lawns on Main St.
3) The Mud Bowl on Homecoming weekend (yes my parents took me to this annual event even when I was a little tot)
4) Buying Michigan apparel at Steve and Barry’s like we’d never have the opportunity to purchase a Michigan shirt again…
The list could continue for awhile, but you get the idea.
Despite my random memories, there was one game day tradition that I was adamant about never missing (well, until pre-gaming took priority) and goes above and beyond all other schools in the realm of pwnage:
THE INCREDIBLE FLEXIBILITY OF THE MICHIGAN MARCHING BAND’S DRUM MAJOR!
In these pictures from the OSU pregame show, Michigan’s Man Up Front, Cody Martin from Plano, TX, continues the Michigan tradition* of bending backwards to touch his head to the ground.
One of the most infuriating things from tOSU’s current cough success cough is their self-proclaimed “Best Damn Band in the Land” bullshit. While the band from “that school down south” conducts a spelling lesson, our drum major does a back bend and puts his head, not plume, not hat, but HEAD on the motherfucking ground. Pwnage at its best!
This gets me so psyched for fall I can barely contain myself! At least the Big Ten Network is good for something!
*Apparently a Drum Major back in the day fell one week while attempting his back bend. The following week he returned, removed his hat and touched his head to the ground to the student’s surprise and delight, and set a new precedence for the future MMB Drum Majors. If any readers are band alumni, please feel free to add detail or clarification to this in the comments!