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A word from our sponsors

Thursday, August 27th, 2015


As an independent blog run by a married dude with two kids and a full-time job and a handful of other awesome guys who also offer great contributions to the site as a side gig, we are very blessed to have some great sponsors. With the season just a week away, it’s time to recognize and thank those sponsors and encourage you, our loyal readers, to patronize them.

Rent Like a Champion

Our main sponsor for four years running now is a great resource for Michigan fans and Ann Arbor residents alike. The latter can put their homes or apartments up for rent during home football weekends and the former can rent them. Ann Arbor residents can take advantage of their prime housing location to make some money throughout the fall. Michigan fans from out of town can upgrade their road trip experience by foregoing the traditional bland hotel in favor of a house with a private yard, large communal space, a full kitchen, and more.

For Michigan’s home opener against Oregon State on Sept. 12, there are currently 12 houses available for rent, ranging from $700 for a two-bed, one and a half bath to $5,000 for a four-bed, two and a half bath on a cul-de-sac. There’s even a four-bedroom house with a great back deck, just two blocks from the Big House. There are currently 10 homes available during Homecoming weekend — Oct. 10 — for as low as $900 and 18 available for Ohio State weekend. You can even rent for commencement next April.

Are you traveling to State College for Michigan’s Nov. 21 matchup with Penn State? Why not rent a house instead of stay in a hotel? There are currently 56 available for as low as $425 for the weekend!

We Know Tickets

For the second straight year we are proud to partner with a great ticket reseller based in Chicago. We Know Tickets has tickets available to all Michigan games in addition to any other sporting event or concert you can imagine. You can still get season tickets if interested, for as low as $756 or tickets to the home opener against Oregon State for as low as $68 each. Ohio State tickets are currently as low as $163.

Why use We Know Tickets instead of another reseller? First of all, they have offered a special offer to our readers. If you enter ‘goblue’ upon checkout, you can receive 10 percent off your order. StubHub, for example, has Oregon State tickets starting at $73.99, so you can save quite a bit through We Know Tickets. Secondly, what other ticket reseller donates a portion of their proceeds to a charitable partner? Not only can you buy and sell tickets through We Know Tickets, but you can feel good about doing it as you will be helping support a nonprofit poverty alleviation organization, Shaping Destiny.

We Know Tickets is once again the grand prize sponsor of our weekly Five Spot Challenge and will provide a pair of tickets to next season’s home opener against Hawaii.

Meat Church

As the first Michigan blog to feature a barbecue series, we felt it was time to add a sponsor to our weekly Tailgate Tuesday post. Enter Meat Church, a killer BBQ joint just south of Dallas, Texas. No, they’re not Michigan fans, but we won’t hold that against them. They’re huge fans of tailgating and they’ve been kind enough to provide rubs to feature in our recipes every Tuesday. They’re also going to sponsor our weekly prizes for the Five Spot Challenge, providing a pair of their most popular rubs to the winner each week.

The guys at Meat Church competed on Season 5 of BBQ Pitmasters on Destination America, and have also catered events for Luke Bryan and the University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to name a few. We’ll work on getting them hooked up with Harbaugh. They also took Grand Champion honors at last year’s Wild West Festival in Springtown, Texas and will compete in the American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City this October.

East Grove Stamp Co

Our final sponsor is the East Grove Stamp Co., a design company based in the Chicago suburbs run by the husband and wife team of Mike and Sydney Musselman. Sydney has designed a great new logo and header for Maize and Go Blue, which we will be rolling out in the next few days.

Guys, share this link with your wives, fiances, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, and cousins. Seriously, do it. It will earn you brownie points, especially with football season — a.k.a. sit on the couch and watch football all weekend season — about to start. Sydney is a fantastic designer of cards, paper prints, wood prints, book plates, address stamps, postcards, and pretty much anything else you can think of. All can be purchased on her site.

Getting married soon? She can create your invitations. Sending out Christmas cards soon? She has some great designs. Looking for contemporary or personalized decor for your house or a gift? She’s got you covered.

Each of these sponsors plays a big part in the success of Maize and Go Blue and we can’t thank them enough. Please click on the links, visit their sites, rent a house, buy or sell some tickets, purchase some meat rub for your next cook0ut, and refer your significant other to East Grove. Go Blue!

Introducing our new ticket partner, We Know Tickets

Monday, August 18th, 2014


WeKnowTickets Logo

With less than two weeks remaining until the 135th edition of Michigan football gets underway, we would like to introduce our new ticket partner. We Know Tickets is a ticket reseller that offers tickets to sporting events, concerts, and theater events. I like them as a partner because in addition to fantastic customer service they donate a portion of their proceeds to a good cause, Restoration Gateway, which helps “restore peace and heal wounds among the vulnerable children and war-torn people of Northern Uganda.”

We Know Tickets is a great place to buy tickets to Michigan games this season, with a large inventory for each game and low prices. At the time of this posting, here are the lowest prices available for each game:

Current Ticket Availability (as of Aug. 18)
Game Lowest Price $ Below Face Value Qty Available at Lowest Price
Season Tickets $692 2
Appalachian State $39 $31 4
Notre Dame (away) $457 Sold Out 1
Miami Ohio $24 $46 4
Utah $42 $28 4
Minnesota $39 $41 2
Rutgers (away) $131 $24 4
Penn State $109 $97 (singles only) 6
Michigan State (away) $154 Sold Out 7
Indiana $37 $43 2
Northwestern (away) $64 $26 4
Maryland $21 $49 2
Ohio State (away) $220 ($22 over) 1

In addition to the face value prices listed above, Michigan charges a $6 service fee per ticket and a $10 order charge. Our partners at We Know Tickets are offering a special discount code to our readers that will remove the fees they charge. When you check out, simply type ‘goblue‘ into the Discount Code box and you’ll receive 10% off your order.

We Know Tickets is also sponsoring our Five-Spot Challenge this season. The first week’s questions will be posted next Monday, so stay tuned for that. Click on their logo above, or on any of the game links in the table above to visit We Know Tickets, browse their collection, and purchase tickets to any game you want to attend.

A better way to stay for your Michigan football weekend

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


AAFR

Michigan football season kicks off in less than three weeks, and if you’re coming in for a game from out of town you’ve probably already realized how few good hotels there are in the Ann Arbor area. And if you haven’t booked one at this point, there may not be any rooms available. You may have to look outside of Ann Arbor, which would then force you to drive to campus on game day morning and drive back afterward. That’s where our partners, Ann Arbor Football Rentals, come in to help.

Ann Arbor Football Rentals allows Ann Arbor residents to rent out their homes for the weekend to those looking for a place to stay. As of now, there are 15 places available for the home opener against Appalachian State, many within walking distance of the stadium. There are currently five places available for the Under the Lights III game against Penn State and 15 available for the Homecoming game against Indiana on Nov. 1. In addition to Michigan’s home games, there are listings for the Slippery Rock versus Mercyhurst game on Oct. 18 and commencement next May.

The benefits of renting a house for the weekend instead of booking a hotel are convenience, comfort, and affordability. Renting a house allows you to gather friends and family together in one place as opposed to splitting up in multiple hotel rooms with no common gathering place. You can cook what you want, sleep more comfortably, tailgate, and in many cases walk to the stadium. Instead of dealing with a run of the mill hotel with uncomfortable beds, noisy neighbors, and a cheap continental breakfast, you can feel at home with your group and cook up whatever you want in the morning.

And if you live in Ann Arbor and would like to rent out your home for a weekend, consider Ann Arbor Football Rentals as a way to help cover the cost of your own weekend getaway.

The website is easy to use. You can search by date, price, number of guests, and distance from the stadium. Each property has several photos, a detailed description, a list of amenities, and a map of the location so you can make the best informed decision.

As a special gift for our readers, mention ‘MaizeAndGoBlue’ and Ann Arbor Football Rentals will give you $50 off your next rental. Have you rented from Ann Arbor Football Rentals before? If so, share your experience in the comments below.

Here are a couple of comments from those who rented last season:

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Win a copy of Beer: What to Drink Next

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


Beer

Are you a beer connoisseur? Are you a fan of craft beer? Do you just like to try new kinds of beer? If your answer is yes to any of thoes, I’ve got just the book for you. Beer: What to Drink Next, newly released by Sterling Publishing, is the beer drinker’s new encyclopedia.

Author Michael Larson, a friend of mine from college, and co-founder of the beer review blog The Perfectly Happy Man, put together the most comprehensive craft beer book on the market. Featuring the Beer Select-o-Pedia, Larson’s book lists 90 different styles of beer, grouped in four chapters based on the country of origin.Beer Select-o-Pedia

Each beer is graded on origin, color, alcohol by volume (ABU), and international bittering units (IBU). Each style of beer comes with an atomic structure diagram that tells you more about each beer, recommends breweries, and gives tasting notes and interesting facts about each beer. It also suggest food pairings for each style.

The beginning of the book gives a nice introduction to beer drinking with a description of what beer is, how it is brewed, current trends in brewing, how to serve and store beer, how to taste beer, and how to pair food with beer. This book will truly tell you all you need to know about beer and improve your experience of it, whether you’re simply looking for your next six-pack mixer or hosting a party and looking for new beers to wow your friends.

The easy to follow structure of the book allows you to look up a beer you’re currently drinking and find others like it, or simply search for a style you’re interested in and find quality recommendations.

The list price for the book is $14.95 and you can order it on Amazon or look for it at Barnes and Noble.

Maize and Go Blue is also giving you the opportunity to win a free copy by winning our contest for Michigan’s first Big Ten Tournament game against Illinois on Friday. Enter below before 11:59 a.m. ET Friday and the contestant that wins will win a free copy of the book.

Tackle gameday in style with Dockers Game Day Khakis

Monday, December 16th, 2013


If you’re still looking for a last minute Christmas gift for that Michigan fan that has everything or the Michigan fan that likes to do game day in style, or if you simply want a new piece of Michigan gear, look no further. Dockers® recently introduced its Game Day Khakis collection, a line of khaki pants specific to 10 college partners including Michigan.

The Dockers® Game Day Khakis collection features two styles: the Game Day Alpha Khaki, for a modern slim and tapered fit, and the Game Day Classic Khaki, which offers more of a classic silhouette.

The brand’s first collection of licensed college apparel will consist of two different khaki styles that incorporate the college colors, logos and mottos. Blending the rich traditions of college sports with the versatility of Dockers® signature styles, Game Day Khakis give fans the ability to express team pride through their everyday wardrobe.

The best part about the Michigan version is that they come in navy blue with a maize block M above the back right pocket and the phrase GO BLUE printed on the internal waistband. For those that want a more classic look, they also come in the traditional British Khaki with a navy block M above the back right pocket.

Dockers® Game Day Khakis will be available for men on Dockers.com, Macys.com and at select Macys stores. The Alpha Game Day Khaki will have a suggested retail price of $78 and the Classic Game Day Khaki for $68.

Get more out of your Michigan football weekend

Monday, August 12th, 2013


Two weeks from now you will be gearing up for the first of seven home games that Michigan will play this season. You have your tickets in hand, transportation arranged, and tailgate spot planned. But are you still looking for a place to stay? You could pay an arm and a leg for one of the many underwhelming Ann Arbor-area hotels – if you can even get a room at this point – or book a hotel 30 minutes to an hour’s drive away. But why do that when you can stay a stone’s throw from the Big House and do it comfortably?

One of our partners this season is Ann Arbor Football Rentals, a site that allows home owners to rent out their homes for gameday weekends and those in search of a place to stay to rent them.

One of the homes available to rent for the CMU game

At this time, there are 13 homes available to rent for the Central Michigan game, some as close as two blocks from the stadium. There are homes available for every other home game weekend, the Winter Classic, and 2014 commencement as well.

These are perfect for groups or family get-togethers, giving you the opportunity to feel at home for the weekend, rather than deal with a run of the mill hotel with an uncomfortable bed where everyone in your group is staying in a separate room.

On the other side of the coin, if you live in Ann Arbor and want to rent out your home for a game weekend, look no further than Ann Arbor Football Rentals as a chance to help pay the mortgage or cover the cost of your own weekend getaway.

Whether you’re coming to town for a game or looking to rent out your house, AAFR is easy to use and well worth it. You can sort by game, house, price, distance to the stadium, or number of people it can hold. Each listing has plenty of photos, a detailed description, list of amenities and a map of its location.

If you do rent for a weekend or list your house for rent, make sure to mention Maize and Go Blue! Have you rented from Ann Arbor Football Rentals before? Tell us your experience in the comments below.

A special offer in time for the Open Championship

Thursday, July 18th, 2013


With the Open Championship taking place on this weekend, we have teamed up with the maker of one of the most unique products on the golf market today to bring you a special offer. Greg Dibble operates Stanley Mayhem, which specializes in handmade leather golf products, most notably scorecard/yardage book holders.

Perhaps it’s something you’ve always wanted, maybe it’s something you’ve never realized you needed, or maybe you’ve been looking for a great gift for that golf fanatic who has seemingly everything. Regardless, this is a product that every golfer must add to his or her golf routine.

They are handmade by Greg every step of the way with only the most genuine leathers. No synthetic, layered on, or filler material. There are several different styles and colors of leather to choose from.

In Greg’s words, “The leather is hand cut, the holes for lacing are hand punched, and all stamping and lacing is done by hand. This means that I focus on the details and the integrity of the workmanship. They are built to provide enduring longevity. They only get better with time and are meant to be that one piece of equipment that lasts and can be handed down.”

The fact that they are completely made by hand also means that they are fully customizable. Want to put your name or initials on the cover? He can do that. Want to add some color or a certain stamping that means something to you? He can do that. He will work with you every step of the way, provide proofs, and make sure you get a special and unique product just the way you want it.

These make for great birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, or client gifts or would be perfect as groomsmen gifts if you want something more unique than the usual flask, mug, or money clip.

They are used by several golf pros, caddies and top amateurs from tours around the world, and now comes your chance to get one too.

As a special offer for the readers of Maize and Go Blue, Greg is offering a 10 percent discount through the end of the year. Simply click here or on the Stanley Mayhem logo on the right side of the page and you will be directed to his site where you can take advantage of this special offer.

In addition, we will be giving away a custom Michigan-themed scorecard holder for free. All you have to do is click to Share this post on Facebook or Twitter with the tag #Maizeandgoblue by the end of this weekend and you will be entered to win. So take a minute while you’re watching the Open and share for a chance to win.

When the British Open ends, this free scorecard holder promotion ends (but the 10 percent discount remains through the end of the year), so don’t miss out!
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Here are some photos of my custom holder as it was in action last weekend. It works great at the UofM Golf Course too! I can’t promise it will take strokes off your score, but you’re sure to be the envy of your playing partners!

Enter the Prilosec OTC Wildberry Wild American Flavor Sweeps

Friday, November 16th, 2012


A couple weeks ago, we highlighted the Prilosec OTC Wildberry Wild American Flavor Tour which visited Lincoln, Nebraska the day of the Michigan game. While the game didn’t turn out as we had hoped, you still have a chance to win the sweepstakes which will take you to big-time sporting events in three cities.

Prilosec OTC Wildberry spokesman Larry the Cable Guy was in Lincoln to take in the pregame atmosphere along with former Cornhusker Roger Craig. Check out the video below and make sure to enter for a chance to win. Who wouldn’t want free trips to the BCS National Championship game, the Daytona 500 and the NCAA Basketball Championship game?

Prilosec OTC Wildberry Sweepstakes
From now until January 7, 2013, enter at
WildberryFlavor.com for a chance to win trips to three of America’s most flavorful cities, including tickets to some of the country’s biggest sporting events courtesy of new Prilosec OTC Wildberry. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize pack, including tickets to the big football game in New Orleans (February 3, 2013), the first big auto race of the year in Daytona Beach (February 24, 2013) and the basketball championship game in Atlanta (April 8, 2013), travel and accommodations (a two-night hotel stay and air transportation for each destination), and one $5,000 check to be used in any of these flavorful cities.