After this weekend’s Notre Dame vs. Michigan game at The Big House a man who has been going to Michigan games for 45 years said this was the best he’s ever seen and it really was.
Quinn was in Ann Arbor to take it all in. What a weekend. Leading up to the game, we took in the full Michigan football experience. Quinn hit up GameDay, met some college football legends, hosted a seriously rockin’ tailgate, and accomplished more incredible AXE College Football Bucket List items including:
TASK: Road Trip To A Game In An RV
Michigan is one of the tailgate capitals of the world so an RV road trip was in order. The trip from NYC was about a 10 hour drive and totally worth it. With Quinn riding shotgun, we rolled into Ann Arbor right into a clutch parking spot only two blocks from the stadium.
TASK: Plank A Campus Landmark
Our first stop on the University of Michigan campus was on Friday night, so Quinn stopped by “The Rock”, a huge painted rock and a UM landmark on the famed corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street. To show his respect, he planked it like a champ.
TASK: “Hover Hand” A Celebrity
Saturday morning was all about GameDay, and among the thousands of Michigan fans shouting “Go Blue,” we ran into “The Coach,” Lee Corso. Quinn was too much a gentleman to “Hover Hand” the Coach but we had no problem doing it.
TASK: Ask Kirk His Pick For National Champion
If meeting Lee wasn’t enough, Quinn sat down with Kirk Herbstreit to get his favorite to win the National Championship. If anyone knows, it’s Kirk, but he told us it’s too early to say… Even though we weren’t able to get an answer out of Kirk, we still got to hang out with the man, the myth, the legend for a few minutes.
TASK: Get On The GameDay Bus
Quinn wrapped the morning at GameDay by checking out their famous bus. Think of it as the ultimate man cave on wheels.
TASK: Eat At Zingerman’s
Holding up signs and cheering on the Wolverines gave us a serious appetite. We headed to Zingerman’s deli, an Ann Arbor landmark with Quinn for their much desired sandwiches. If you’re willing to wait in an hour-long line, you may just have one of the most delicious sandwiches on Earth.
TASK: Pre-Game BBQ
Nothing gets football fans pumped up like a quality pre-game tailgate BBQ. On game days, you can’t get enough, so Quinn was manning the grill cooking up some of his famous burgers and slow cooked diet cola braised ribs.
TASK: RV Roof Top
TASK: Pass With A Former QB
Most athletic civilians can barely throw a football 10 yards, let alone throw a perfect spiral with precision. That is why quarterback is the money position of all American sports. Quinn wanted to get his football swag on, and what better way to learn a thing or two about tossing a football than with a former college quarterback? Jon Ladd was QB-1 at South Alabama, and while throwing with Quinn he let in on the ultimate secret to throwing a good spiral. Oh wait, you thought we were going to share it with you? Please. If you’re really curious, go find your own former QB at a tailgate.
TASK: Learn A Tailgate Recipe
Most guys consider themselves BBQ masters, Quinn included. After our jambalaya experience last weekend, we were pumped to find a group of guys cooking up jambalaya sandwiches up in the north. Quinn got their secret recipe, and you can check it out here for your next tailgate party.
TASK: Win A Game Of Cornhole
Quinn is a stud at just about everything he does, including tailgate games. Cornhole, bagg-o, beanbags, whatever you want to call it, Quinn went on a run and was lights out for about an hour. No one stood a chance…
TASK: Meet A Heisman Trophy Winner
We ran into Michigan legend Desmond Howard outside the stadium where he would be honored later that day. We snapped a picture with the former Heisman winner, who got the trophy in 1991 after an impressive record with Michigan in the Big Ten.
TASK: See An Air Force Fly-Over
It was an important weekend, not just for football, but for the country. The U.S. Air Force flew over us during the singing of the National Anthem, making us feel really patriotic going into the game. Two parachuters dropped in and sailed through the night sky with flares a blazin’.
TASK: Hear the ND Fight Song
All college football fans know the Notre Dame fight song. Hearing the Fighting Irish sing it in person is one of those Bucket List items every college football fan needs to accomplish in their lifetime.
TASK: Break A College Football World Record
Not many people can say they were directly involved with achieving a world record. The “Under the Lights” game was attended by 114,804 people, making it the largest football game in history.
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Our trip to Ann Arbor was unreal but we’re already thinking ahead to next week. Stay tuned as we’re off to Tallahassee, FL for the Oklahoma vs. FSU showdown. Keeping follow @COEDMagazine and @AXE on Twitter to hear about where we go next – #ForTheQuinn.