My Day Inside Michigan Football

When I started this blog in 2007, I had no idea where it would take me. One of the last places I thought I would end up would have been in the Michigan press box for a game. I mean, I'm just a fan who happends to run a blog. I'm not affiliated with a professional news organization.

When I first wrote to the athletic department in the summer of 08, inquiring about the possibility of a media pass, I really didn't know the response I would receive. On one hand bloggers are basically just glorified fans who have devoted the time and energy to write to a website on a regular basis. One the other hand, more and more people are reading blogs these days. And while newspapers are dropping like flies, blogs are popping up just as fast.

The letter I received back from the media relations office was pretty interesting. The athletic department is fully aware of the blogs out there that cover Michigan football, and they're starting to notice and pay attention to the unique voice that bloggers bring to the table. And the best thing of all is, they're embracing it.

I wasn't able to cover a game from the press box last season. But this year, Bruce Madej and Dave Ablauf, who run the media relations office for the athletic department, saw it fit to grant me a media pass to cover last weekend's Delaware State game.

The day was awesome. Aside from a huge 63-6 whooping over a totally inferior opponent, the whole day felt like a blur. I tried to experience as much as I could in the time I had there. There's really no way to just describe my first foray into the media world for a major college football event. So that's why I brought along my camera.

Instead of just posting all the pics here, I've created a slideshow. The caption of each photo will describe what's going on. You can also view the slideshow in full-resolution as well as full screen via this link.

All I can say is that this was an amazing experience. I've been to a couple dozen Michigan games, but this is my first time on the other side of the ropes. It was an experience I will never forget.

Many thanks to Bruce Madej and Dave Ablauf from the media relations office for giving me this experience. I hope that it won't be my last, but either way, I enjoyed it as much as possible.


  1. Great work getting pictures and describing in detail how your experience went. It provides a whole other side of college football not many people get to experience.

  2. Brad- great photo album, and great coverage. It was a true insider's look at the Big House, game day preparations, and everything else that happens from perspective of the press. I love what this says about journalism and covering the sports we love. For a century we've relied on journo's to be our eyes-and-ears, and as a former one myself, I strongly believe in the need for trained fact-gathers-and-reporters- be it for sports or more "serious' stuff. That said, let's face it, technology is changing the rules of the game and I'm glad that the Bruce Madej's of the world are allowing "non-traditionals" like a PROVEN blogger to gain some level of access and tell a unique story! Keep it up.

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