Dec. 30, 2016: I’m watching the Michigan football team play in the Orange Bowl when Head Coach Jim Harbaugh starts wildly clapping, clipboard in hand. I turn to my dad and shout, “Jim Harbaugh claps like a seal!” Then I take to Twitter and retweet everyone saying the same thing.
I had been accepted into the University of Michigan about a week before, but this was the first real bond I felt with my future school. See, Harbaugh and I have something in common: We both made fools of ourselves by clapping incorrectly on national TV.
When then-junior forward Emma Way tipped a pass between the legs of Northwestern goalkeeper Annie Kalfa on Nov. 12 — completing a hat trick — it all but sealed the Wolverines’ 18th win in a row. Minutes later, it was official: for the first time since 2003, the Michigan field hockey team was going to the Final Four.