Hashtags, football, and raindrops didn’t fall on my head…

  • BY Lisa Byington
  • 4.17.12

Michigan was one of the few schools in the B1G which WASN’T affected majorly by the weekend weather.  In fact, our BTN producer and some Michigan reps were up and meeting at 5 AM Saturday morning to make a decision on whether to take the act indoors or not. Weather forecast improved considerably, and by 11:45 … the raindrops were nowhere to be found. I was smart enough to wait in the tunnel until 11:46.

My favorite line by Brady Hoke? It came after he talked about how his team needed to improve on this and this and this … I asked a follow-up … “Ok, then tell me one good thing you liked about your team today?” … He smiled, “Well, the weather cooperated.” Funny.

Your thoughts on the “#goblue” hashtag Michigan put on its field for the game? My thoughts? Surprised really that this was a new deal and even “news.” I guess I felt like Twitter has become so common for all of us, why wouldn’t stadiums, arenas, universities, sports franchises do more of that? In fact, will probably see more of that.

Fun, too, to report on the first men’s lacrosse meeting between OSU and Michigan (after the spring game) as varsity programs. (This is the Wolverine’s first year with that status.) I talked to Michigan Head Coach John Paul off camera at halftime and he said, “I think the fans are having fun. I don’t think they know what they’re watching…but they know big hits and they know scoring!”

Let me just say, I stood and reported inbetween the benches…… and now know first-hand how fast lacrosse players sprint in and out, subbing on the fly. Got my workout in!

Off to Columbus this weekend for a similar spring game/lacrosse drill. ‘Cept this time, lacrosse game first.

See ya on the ‘tube!

about the author

Lisa Byington has worked for BTN, FOX, CBS, Turner, and ESPN. She earned her BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She also played four years of basketball and two years of soccer for the Wildcats.