If you are a Michigan basketball fan, a Michigan student or just a curious college basketball fan you must do yourself a favor.
Call a buddy. Call Delta Airlines. Call a rental car company. Call a hotel. Pull out your credit card and go to Atlanta. Even if you do not have tickets to the Final Four you must do yourself a favor and go. Michigan is headed there and will play Syracuse Saturday night in the second semifinal of the NCAA Final Four. You need to be there. You need to be in the city even if you never step foot in the Georgia Dome for games.
The Final Four is a blast. Michigan State fans know that. They’ve been to six in the Tom Izzo era. Detroit people know. They got to experience it at Ford Field a few years ago when Michigan State lost to North Carolina in the National championship game. Fans from the Fab Five era got to experience back to back Final Fours in New Orleans and Minneapolis. And of course Michigan won the National title in 1989 in Seattle. There will be a couple designated Michigan bars to watch the game and hang out on off days.
You never know when your team is going to make it again. If there is a means then you must go.
Atlanta is a cool city with plenty to see and do. It is one of the hot spots of the civil rights movement. There is the Underground and it is a walkable downtown. And Buck Head is a cool area to hang.
The last time I went to a Final Four I didn’t go to a single game. The Valenti and Foster Show broadcast live in Indianapolis and they gave us press passes in the third deck of the old dome there. Mike wanted to go. I told him we’d be better off hitting a sports bar and watching the two semifinal games. We crowded into a bar and ate, drank and met lots of people. By the time the first game was over we’d met about a dozen new friends and stumbled to our hotels happy and content.
See if you can find a hotel in Buck head and take the train downtown. They are clean, safe and reliable.
Maybe Michigan is under a roll and will go to several Final Fours. Maybe the Wolverines won’t go for another 10 or 10 years. You just never know. I am simply telling you they are there now and you must go.