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Greetings from the Big House

Dec 30, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

It’s cold. That’s the first thing that should be mentioned. According to the Weather Network, it’s 19F, which equates to -7C. For Wednesday’s Winter Classic, it’s supposed to be around the same temperature, with a good chance of some snow.

Fortunately there’s a warm media room adjacent to the stadium, which is where we are now. Halford is sitting behind me. He forgot his gloves at the hotel, so I had to go out and get some shots of the set-up.

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My first thought when I walked into the home of the Wolverines was, wow, so this is where Appalachian State shocked the world. My second thought was that the view of the rink isn’t half bad. I think the people who have tickets will be pleasantly surprised with how well they can see the action and pick up the puck. (Assuming it’s not a blizzard.)

Here’s a shot I took from the top row:

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And remember, it always seems a bit further away when you look at a picture.

As for the city of Ann Arbor, it’s still pretty quiet. Most of the students are on break and we’ve only seen a few Red Wings and Maple Leafs fans.

If you’re attending the game, I recommend you read this about the parking situation, because it’s going to be a challenge with over 100,000 expected. Yes, they get that regularly for football games, but a good chuck of the crowd is students, who don’t have to drive since they live on or near campus.

OK, I’m off to get a hot chocolate.

  1. joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Jason, I wouldn’t pay to see this game, but, I would take a press pass. Enjoy the festivities. :-)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      The Big Chill part 2!!! Except with snow instead of Bo.

  2. thailer35 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    The feel of this article for some reason reminds me of some of the post from the lockout when you guys were following those meetings around.

    Wasn’t there a picture of Halford that went viral? I think we need to bring that back.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Do you guys want to meet up for a beer before the game?

    • devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Do it guys!!

  4. redwings248 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Love it !!!!’

  5. polegojim - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Wait Jason… you walked into the Big House… the biggest house in all NCAA history… with over 100 years of football tradition… and…. your first thought is of Appalachian State???

    And your second thought is the rink ‘isn’t bad’???

    You definitely need to get out more.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Jason, you’re complaining about -7° weather?? It sounds like it’s downright balmy & just perfect for a game of shiny!

  7. mrhyperpants - Dec 31, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Your comment “Appalachian State shocked the world”. Sorry but who are or what is Appalachian State. I doubt they shocked the world. When most people outside USA wouldn’t know who they are, what they play. College football is huge in USA, but not outside. Most countries would only know about American football is when the Super Bowl is on. Besides that, most people couldn’t care less as they thing it’s boring with too many stoppages. Dumb comment.

    • Jason Brough - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Yeah, it’s just a saying. But thanks for that screed against American football.
      PS — A lot of people consider App State’s win over the Wolvervines the biggest upset in college football history. Most sports fans have heard of it.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Appalachian_State_vs._Michigan_football_game

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