March 07, 2007
mblog due march 13-monument-michigan stadium
Kenneth Hunt says a fan is, " an enthusiastic devotee of some particular sports consumptive object. Thus, a fan is a consumer of organized sports"(http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/ViewContentServlet?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Articles/0750130601.html). The University of Michigan stadium holds thousands of sports fans every Saturday before a home game. The michigan stadium is a monument because it honors an event;a football game. A monument is a statue or building that honors an event or a person. An article discussing the role of monuments says that, “monuments and memorials are designed and created in various ways that seek to capture a moment from the past and sustain its influence in the present and on into the future” (http://www.clevelandart.org/educef/asianodyssey/pdf/MicMonMS.pdf).
I would never imagine myself, a girly LA chic who shops like it is her job to be into college football. When I arrived at michigan I put on my maize and blue and cheered for the University of Michigan like it was my new job. I went to all the tailgates and enjoyed this new school spirit thing that was lacking at my highschool in Los Angeles. I was frightened when I first entered the michigan stadium. The massive fans trying to squeeze themselves in, all hung over, intimidated me. For all I knew, I was just a highschool student who went to an artsy highschool where football was not allowed because it was too competitive. My group of friends did not know what was wrong with me when I was jumping up and cheering so loudly. I guess it was the amazing new hobby of sport watching and booze drinking that fascinated me. The crowd flocks in unison as we sing the fight song..."hail to the victors valiant.. hail..hail.. to Michigan....."The stadium is so powerful because almost the entire student body comes together on Saturday football games to cheer on Michigan. Michigan prides itself on its stadium and its football game. If I were to think of one thing that people love about michigan is its school spirit and its football games. Thus, this monument will always stick with me because of how much school spirit it holds and how the entire school comes together in harmony as we chant the Fight Song.
Posted by chloe at March 7, 2007 10:54 PM