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Monday, October 9, 2017

Travel Diaries: College Football in Ann Arbor

College football runs DEEP in the McInerney family. Spanning over three generations, I have been been lucky enough to sit in Section 34, Row 29, Seat 11 since I was 5 years old. My family has traveled to Pasadena, Orlando, South Bend, and Columbus just to name a few to wear our Maize and Blue and cheer on our Michigan Wolverines.

This family 'tradition' per say started when my grandfather accepted admission to the University of Michigan in the 1950s. While raising 5 children he and my grandmother taught my aunts and uncles that, in this family, we support one team- University of Michigan. While I was not able to be a student at the university...yet (I have have a doctorate I could take on), this is the team that I am loyal to; this is the team I grew up loving.
It's hard to describe the game day atmosphere in Ann Arbor because there's nothing quite like it anywhere in the country. I mean how many schools can say they attract more than 115,000 people into their stadium every Saturday. And that doesn't even begin to include the people who just come for the tailgate. I have some of the best memories with my family from these Saturday's in the fall and it's truly something special that we share together.

I have said it before and I will say it until the day I die: there is no greater place to watch a college football game anywhere in America. Every school has its unique traditions, but those at Michigan are unmatched. To accompany Heisman Trophy winners, National Championships, and the Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry, Michigan Football has won more games than any other college football team in the country. Do I really need to explain it further than that? Nah, I don't think so.
While the outcome of the game on this particular Saturday was not what we wanted, that has never stopped me or anyone in my family from waking up the next Saturday ready for another game day. I think that's pretty rare in college football day. You do see loyalty to an athletic program, but you see just as much fair weather support for programs. 

Just writing this post gives me chills and I hear the Entrance Candace for the band and think of singing The Victors with 112,000 of my closest friends and family just six weeks from now! Go Blue!

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