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Michigan regents vote against fireworks at Michigan Stadium

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Michigan is one of the landmark college football programs. It plays in historic Michigan Stadium, has one of the most iconic helmet designs, a terrific fight song and owns the most wins in college football history. Of course, that has not stopped the program from dabbling in a break from tradition in recent years. Alternate uniforms and neutral site games in exchange for a big paycheck are perfectly fine, but the school’s regents apparently draw the line at fireworks.

A proposal to shoot off fireworks during a September 13 game against Miami (Ohio) and a primetime game against Penn State on October 11 were separately voted down, according to MLive.com. The vote is a bit of a surprise, because as MLive.com makes note, public dissention by the regents is a bit of a rarity.

“This fireworks proposal has sparked an important discussion,” Regent Mark Bernstein said. “This is, I believe, a huge symbolic issue I love fireworks, but not at a Michigan football game,” he said. “We are not Comerica Park or a Super Bowl or Disney World or a circus. Enough is enough. It should be an experience – a place that resists the excesses of our culture. The fact that it’s not (a pro sports spectacle) is what I love about our culture. The fireworks should be on the field, not above it.”

Are the regents just spoiling the fun for Michigan fans, or are they fair to say fireworks have no reason to be involved with Michigan football. As a traditionalist at heart, this is great to see. When a touchdown is scored by the home team, just let the band offer all the boom needed to celebrate.

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15 Responses to “Michigan regents vote against fireworks at Michigan Stadium”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2014 12:59 PM

    Michigan fans just want to see fireworks on the field… not sure if they really care about ones in the sky all that much…

  2. spreadthecheese says: Jul 18, 2014 1:09 PM

    The only fireworks you’ll see on the field with Brady Hoke at the helm will be courtesy of the visiting team.

  3. jkulha86 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:13 PM

    Schools are looking for ways to make the stadium experience more exciting, and this would certainly help. I can see having fireworks after a team victory, after a td? Maybe not that far. To me, it just sounds like some of the regents are old timers, who are stuck in their old traditional ways.

  4. michiganstillsucks says: Jul 18, 2014 1:28 PM

    and Michigan STILL SUCKS….

  5. pilot2011 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:35 PM

    Maybe they should take care of App State this time around and then worry about fireworks

  6. manik56 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    So how long till Brandon is fired?

  7. lsuzilla says: Jul 18, 2014 2:04 PM

    Watching fireworks > watching Michigan football

  8. sparty0n says: Jul 18, 2014 2:14 PM

    I think the problem is that they wanted to have fireworks after a victory. But, they weren’t sure it would be worth the trouble to setup all those fireworks and then never use them.

  9. tigersfandan says: Jul 18, 2014 2:19 PM

    manik56 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM
    So how long till Brandon is fired?
    ____________________________________

    Oh, I don’t know. Probably not until the administration has a reason to fire him. Why should he be fired because of how the regents voted?

  10. brianincbus says: Jul 18, 2014 2:28 PM

    Can’t wait for The Ohio State University to beat scUM again. I hope the weasels keep Flounder as head coach forever!

  11. irishlad19 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    Fireworks at a football game are for HS ball, or teams that can’t draw a crowd any other way.
    Regents showed good judgement.

  12. BrownsTown says: Jul 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    I actually support this. Fireworks aren’t necessary and would be as stupid as that lion growl they play over the PA in State College. High school stuff right there….

  13. barkleyblows says: Jul 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    Go Blow!!!!!

  14. indi0228 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    Jerry Jones….errr Brandon… wont be around too much longer which will be a shame.

  15. polegojim says: Jul 18, 2014 7:50 PM

    Amazing how many low-life’s troll every Michigan post.

    Grow up and Go BLUE!

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