On Nov. 8, 2014, thousands of fans piled into Northwestern's Ryan Field. It was Parents Weekend at NU; entire families flocked to Evanston, some expecting to see a high-quality matchup between two Big Ten teams struggling to find footing in the conference. Their hopes were high.
Instead, what they saw was obscene. It was truly #NSFW. Those fans witnessed one of the ugliest football games in recent college football history. Those fans witnessed an historic day. Those fans witnessed M00N.
Thanks to the magical combination of the first letters of Michigan and Northwestern, two gruesomely pathetic offenses, and some of the sloppiest Big Ten play in years, for over two hours, into the third quarter, we had ourselves a M00N:
Michigan 0, Northwestern 0, otherwise known as #M00N (noticed by @MGoShoe) http://t.co/PhONUJtQxk pic.twitter.com/4MiPw0mrWD— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 8, 2014
The game was so bad it spawned one of the most eloquent EDSBS article ever, this hilarious video compilation set to music, and this collection of hilarious Vines (yes, there was laughter in the press box as it was being compiled) to #EmbraceTheSuck of that dark, horrid afternoon.
But why has the thought of M00N infiltrated our dirty minds again?
WE PRESENT TO YOU, M00N PART 2.
When the Minnesota Golden Gophers head into Ryan Field on Saturday to take on Northwestern, we'll have already met most of the conditions necessary for a possible second coming of M00N. We have the "M"; we have the "N"; we have two extremely subpar offenses. We also have the common setting of Ryan Field, where M00N thrived.
All that we're missing is the slopfest that Michigan-Northwestern turned into. It had insane turnovers, stupid play calls, non-dominant foot punts, quarterbacks falling down without good reason, snaps hitting receivers, and much, much more. Unfortunately, the game will be on BTN, not ESPN, which had the privilege of exclusively airing M00N in 2014. That may be the only argument against Saturday becoming M00N Part 2.
BTN LOOKS LIKE IT WILL COME THROUGH:
Now, rather than use photoshop here, we'll save the fun for Saturday. But turn that 3 into a zero, and that weird Cardinal into a...
And another M00N will be upon us.
Of course, we cannot guarantee that Minnesota-Northwestern will match the hilarious absurdity of Michigan-Northwestern from a year ago, nor can we say that we would enjoy watching that for 3.5 hours this weekend (we would; very much so in fact). However, if there is another M00N this Saturday, remember to be prepared. You might think you never want to watch football again. But we here at Inside NU will embrace M00N. Heck, we may even root for it. Because in the end, M00N is #B1G football at its finest.