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EMU at Michigan open thread

September 17, 2011

Today looks as though it will be an absolutely beautiful fall day — a perfect day to spend outside watching football! The forecast is for a clear, sunny day, with temperatures in the mid-50s before the game, the lower- to mid-60s during the game, and peaking between 63 and 67 as the game finishes. No ponchos needed!

Marching bands are part of the pageantry that makes college football great; fortunately the Pride of the Peninsula will be at Michigan Stadium! (Photo by Kenneth Bailey)

There will be an EMU tailgate, starting at 9 AM, behind the University of Michigan Golf Course clubhouse (on the south side of Stadium Blvd, just west of the crumbling bridges), hosted by the Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD). Here’s the Facebook event link. But make sure you get into the stadium early, because the Pride of the Peninsula, the EMU Marching Band, will be giving a pre-game performance (before the Michigan Marching Band’s performance, I’m guessing), as well as playing at halftime and post-game.

Like so much else about the University of Michigan, parking and traffic are a nightmare. If you want to save a few bucks (like about $17), consider doing a park & ride from the Plymouth Road lot (south of Plymouth Road, just west of US-23); the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority offers shuttles at $1.50 one-way, running from 10 AM to 11:30 and then for about an hour after the end of the game. You could also consider riding a normal bus route, but be warned: the buses normally pass closest to Michigan Stadium get diverted (still within a walkable distance, though) to avoid the traffic.

If you’re not able to make it to the game this afternoon, there are several other ways to keep up to date.

  • This game is actually really going to be honest-to-God televised. OK, so it’s just the Big (12) Ten Network, but still…
  • According to U-M, “…all games will be streamed free of charge in Window [sic] Media format. Links will be provided on the front page and the football page.”
  • Listen to the game on WEMU, 89.1 FM. Or, if you’re out of the area, listen online for free. You can also listen to the U-M broadcast on WWJ, 950 AM, but why would you?
  • Get game updates through Twitter by following @EMUFB11 and @eagletotemblog.
  • If you hunt around online, you’ll find several websites claiming to have free streaming video of the game. I’m dubious, and some of the sites seem sketchy, so I won’t link them here, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you look. But really, with U-M supposedly offering it for free why would you bother with these other sites?

You could also talk about it in the comments here. And if you can’t wait until noon to talk about football, feel free to get a head start this morning. It’s an open thread, so comments on any topic are legit.

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