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Posted on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 2:45 p.m.

Michigan Stadium transforms into American flag and more

By Pete Cunningham

Pregame action at Michigan Stadium included two "card tricks." The first honored former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr as he was presented his College Football Hall of Fame plaque. The second transformed half of the stadium into an American flag scene for the national anthem.'s Pete Cunningham captured video and sound and Melanie Maxwell took photos of the scene.

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Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

Ummmm... is that supposed to be lloyd's face in the south endzone? Fail. Having card tricks before half of the fans even arrive is pretty dumb, imo. Nonetheless, props to Dave B for trying out some new gimmicks. He's gotta be pretty darn pleased with himself - first night game, sold out lux-boxes, and a new coach with 9 wins and gunning for 10! Beat OSU!

1st Down

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

wow the band moves fast!


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10 p.m.

Thanks for that one! Very cool. I'll be putting up my video of the fly over which I took from the top of the William and Fourth parking structure on YouTube (or maybe Flickr) later tonight. It was almost more fun being half a mile from the stadium than in it: because the crowd could be heard cheering and chanting "Beat Ohio State" halfway across town. Brady Hoke is about to make history as a first-year coach at Michigan. Ten months ago, many were saying, "What is Dave Brandon thinking, he's hired a nobody from nowhere to coach at Michigan?!" -- Well, THIS is what he was thinking. :-) Go Blue!

Jeff Renner

Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Ross - Thanks for the video. You might want to change the caption on YouTube. You identified them as F/A-18s, but in fact, they are F-16s. You can tell by the single vertical stabilizers, among other things.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:34 p.m.

Caught the flyover from my house south of the stadium this morning (behind Buches mkt). <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>