2014 Winter Classic: Wings vs. Leafs preview

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The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

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Michigan Stadium, Red Wings Should Host Next NHL Winter Classic

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How has “Hockeytown U.S.A.” never hosted a NHL Winter Classic? The Detroit Red Wings are one of the game’s most legendary brands and franchises. With the exception of the Montreal Canadiens, no team has a richer history and more iconic logo on their sweater.

Of course, Montreal hasn’t hosted the game either, but first things first. The Wings have the perfect venue with a track record of success for hosting outdoor hockey, exactly what the January 1 NHL event.

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Michigan Wolverines Night Game Parachuters! (Videos)

Saturday night’s attendance in the Big House: 114,804, a new record for college football. Population of Ann Arbor, Michigan: 113,934. The first night game in the 133 year history of UM football, and it drew the biggest crowd ever.

And what a show they saw. Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31.

In a finish that was so fantastic, you would doubt its believability if you saw it in a movie. But if you want the game recap go here

This post is for the bread and circuses surrounding the game

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Michigan Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting 31: INSTANT CLASSIC and Rapid Reaction

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Tonight’s attendance in the Big House: 114,804, a new record for college football. Population of Ann Arbor, Michigan: 113,934. The first night game in the 133 year history of UM football, and it drew the biggest crowd ever.

And what a show they saw. Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31.

In a finish that was so fantastic, you would doubt its believability if you saw it in a movie.

Three marches down the field for lead changing touchdowns in the final 1:12. A lot happened all at once, so I’ll break it down for you again, key play by key play.

Like this year’s program marketing slogan states: “This is Michigan.”

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Notre Dame vs. Michigan: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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ESPN College Football Game Day will make a return trip to Ann Arbor for the first time since the 2007 season as the Michigan Wolverines host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the “Under the Lights” matchup kicking off at 8 p.m. EDT and will be televised on ESPN. That’s right the first night game in the 133 year history of UM football. Have to quote Kanye West and Rihanna here: “turn up the lights in here baby. Extra bright I want y’all to see this.”

It’s just too bad neither team is ranked; it would give the contest more oomph. At least there’s loads of tradition, as both schools are top 5 in all time wins and winning percentage.

Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football Game Day analyst, Desmond Howard, will be honored in conjunction with the game.

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#16 Notre Dame Loses Long and Bizarre Opener to South Florida

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Murphy’s law is an epigram typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” And it pretty much summed up the season opener for the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as they dropped a 23-20 decision to the South Florida Bulls. USF came in ten point underdogs, despite being a Big East conference favorite by many college football experts.

I guess it’s fitting that a law with an Irish name was in effect for a team nicknamed the Irish. Here are just a few things that went wrong for ND: they turned it over three times inside the USF five yard line; finished the game -5 in turnover differential, had -2 punt return yards, entered the red zone six times, but scored just twice, their kicker who had a perfect season last fall missed a chip shot field goal, and the loss came despite perfectly doubling their opponent yardage (508-254).

However, in spite of all that; the weather was the real story.

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(Update) Notre Dame, Michigan Home Openers Delayed by Electrical Storms

“Thunderstruck” may be the Chicago White Sox theme song, but it applies to both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines today. Both of the very storied national college football programs saw their home openers delayed by severe storms and dangerous lightning.

As I write this from inside the Notre Dame press box (which I’m pretty sure is the safest place to be) the stadium has been completely evacuated. The halftime show is cancelled. All the fans are gone, and both the Irish and the USF Bulls are in the locker room awaiting the decision to resume play.

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Now you can get Married at the University of Michigan’s BIG HOUSE

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The University of Michigan’s “Big House” officially known as Michigan Stadium, has had a huge couple of years. They renovated, added seats/lights. The home of the Wolverines is hosting their first ever night game versus Notre Dame in a couple months. And of course the UM needs to pay for all this. And that’s where you the maize and blue fan comes in.

Want to have a corporate event at the Big House or other athletic venues? Do you want to take special photos at the stadium? Have your wedding there?

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Notre Dame to Play Michigan in Big House’s 1st Ever Night Game

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ESPN announced Thursday the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Michigan Wolverines contest on September 10 at Michigan Stadium will be telecast in primetime on ESPN, 8 p.m. (ET) kickoff.

This marks the first-ever night contest in Michigan Stadium.  The game will not appear on ABC due to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, which will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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Rosters for Michigan Wolverines Alumni Flag Football Game

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The University of Michigan Wolverines announced the teams for the third annual alumni flag football game; which precedes the Mott Spring Game at Michigan Stadium Saturday. The Victors Classic alumni game will begin at 10 a.m. and features over 85 players from five different decades of Michigan football.

Following are the two tentative team rosters for the game:

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Your Guide to the Michigan Wolverines Spring Football Game

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The 2011 Mott Spring Game featuring the University of Michigan Wolverines football team and its alumni is less than three days away and the program hopes to exceed the estimated crowd of 50,000 fans that watched last year’s final practice at Michigan Stadium.

The spring game is free to the public, but the football team and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have partnered in a fund raiser for the new hospital scheduled to open in Fall 2012.

The 132nd team in school history will take the Big House field for warm-ups at approximately 11:20 am. The final spring practice will start at noon EDT and will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.

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Michigan Football, Basketball Facilities to Receive Major Upgrades

The University of Michigan voted unanimously Thursday to install new high definition (HD) video scoreboards at Michigan Stadium “The Big House”, Crisler Arena, the Michigan Wolverines college basketball home and Yost Ice Arena. The boards will be installed at each venue prior to the 2011-12 season.

Due to the construction at Crisler Arena, the Michigan Sports Television Production Studio, which manages and controls the video boards, will be relocated to Michigan Stadium until the arena is completed in 2012-13. The athletic department will convert to high-definition equipment with the installation of the new video boards.

The estimated cost of the project is $20 million. The athletic department will be funding the project through internal resources. The board also approved the second phase of renovations and an expansion of Crisler Arena.

“The renovations will take our classic facility and make it a first-class, modern venue that will be among the best in the country,” said Athletic Director Dave Brandon. “Our goal is to create a home court advantage for our teams while making the fan experience memorable from the moment they walk into the arena.”

The expansion will add approximately 63,000 gross square feet for new fan entrances, additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, as well as a private club space.

The renovation will improve seating for people with disabilities and provide expanded and renovated concourses to allow for an increase in restrooms, concessions and other fan amenities. All seats throughout the arena will be replaced.

Athletic resources and gifts will fund the $52 million project. The construction schedule for the second phase will be presented to the Regents when approval is sought for the schematic design.

TMP Architecture, assisted by Sink Combs Dethlefs, will begin the design work immediately. Those firms designed the new $23.2 million Basketball Player Development Center, which is scheduled to be completed later this year.

In October 2010, the Board of Regents approved the first phase of the Crisler renovation at a cost of $20 million. This first phase addresses the highest priority infrastructure needs such as repair of the roof, electrical, plumbing and air handling systems.

During the last decade, improvements to Crisler Arena (dedicated 1968) have included renovations to the men’s and women’s locker rooms, new lighting and sound systems, installation of courtside seating and updates to the strength and conditioning areas.