Fandom is an irrational endeavor. It demands sacrifice for a meaningless cause, and it requires an annual trip to the school’s sacred ground under threat of intemperate weather and the kinds of embarrassing losses that are almost derogatory to your sense of self-worth and esteem. If not for a random quirk of circumstance, you might not even be a fan of your particular team at all.
But the reason why I found myself at Michigan Stadium on Saturday is nostalgia. As always, Mad Men has the perfect angle on the situation. This quote comes from my favorite episode, "The Wheel": nostalgia is a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. Our technological devices let us travel the way a child travels: around and around and back home again to a place where we know we are loved. Nostalgia is how I will always remember the home opener against Connecticut.