|Always a sucker for the sea of helmets. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)|
I've always felt like part of this has to be that we as people cannot handle constant heightened states of alert. The part of our brains that recognize danger cannot live constantly "on". It's part of why soldiers have such a hard time dealing with the silences after a constant barrage of artillery, it's as much physiological as it is psychological. The combination of adrenaline and situational awareness mean that we end up on edge, we snap too easily, our bodies don't work correctly. Ordinary is the down time we need to actually be able to function like normal human beings.
Ordinary is not facing the defending national champions. Ordinary is not facing a triple option attack. Ordinary is not facing one of your long-time rivals in a game under the lights as they celebrate their 125th season of football.
|The Funchess and the Fitz get their party on. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)|
Part of the magic of working on the MVictors' Michigan History Calendar is not just walking down memory lane for the obvious highlights, it's finding those little moments in the hopes that the user will remember them as well. David Brandon may have committed himself to creating "wow" experiences, but the Magic of Ordinary Days is not about wow. It's about "neat" or "nifty" or "cool". For instance, no one would remark on Michigan's 1996 game against Boston College as a "wow" game, it, in fact, was not much of a game. But it always has stuck in my memory as the moment I earned my first Fandom Endurance III badge, and for the Battle of Britain of marshmallow fights (back in the day when we were allowed to bring things like marshmallows into the stadium.) So a day like yesterday is going to be important for someone. It was inevitably someone's first time at Michigan Stadium yesterday, probably a place that they had dreamed of going for their whole life. And they're going to remember that they got to see Michigan win and that will be all that matters. Because there is Magic in Ordinary Days, you just have to know how to look for it.
If you missed it yesterday, the Michigan Marching Band had a "Behind the Scenes" with the MMB leading up to their halftime show and it's really worth your time, if just to see the time and effort put in by the MMB members laid bare.
So, get ready, because we're back into the holiday season of college football known as a rivalry week. No number of awesome puppet based videos can change my opinion on that.