S3 Scribble #9: Mr. Brightside

“Jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies,”

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Indianapolis to watch Michigan win the B1G Championship football game with some of my best friends. I have been a sports fan for as long as I can remember, and throughout my time as a student at the University of Michigan, sports games have been an important part of my college experience. Football, hockey, basketball – I love the energy and shared school spirit at these games as much as (if not more than) watching the sports games themselves.

“Choking on your alibis,”

As any big Michigan football fan knows, the song Mr. Brightside by The Killers is an integral part of every University of Michigan home football game. There’s nothing quite like hearing over 100,000 people singing the chorus of the song, and it moves me to chills (sometimes even tears) every time I hear it in the stadium. It’s one of my favorite Michigan football traditions, and I look forward to singing along to the song during every game.

“But it’s just the price I pay,”

I haven’t missed a Michigan home football game since they started allowing fans back in the Big House after the pandemic. The B1G Championship game – though not a home game – was the last time I’ll attend a Michigan football game alongside my friends as an undergraduate student here at the university. I will treasure that experience for the rest of my life, along with every other opportunity I’ve had to see the Wolverines play. 

“Destiny is calling me.”

When I was studying abroad in Berlin, I heard Mr. Brightside being played over some public speakers. I was immediately singing along, letting my Michigan school spirit shine through all the way in Europe. I know that this passion for Michigan will never fade, and I will have an urge to sing along to this song for years to come, with each time I hear it reminding me of the amazing experiences I’ve had as a student at the University of Michigan. It truly is great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

“Open up my eager eyes, ’cause I’m Mr. Brightside.”

Listen to Mr. Brightside by The Killers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdGFtwCNBE

Sydney Braun

University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Double Major in Environment and Communication & Media. Huge fan of 80s/90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze my emotions and experiences at college, posted every Wednesday!

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