Congrats to Desmond Howard; the coveted #21 officially retired during the second quarter today:
Via Matt Pargoff, they also did this in the North end zone, nice:
And there’s are new flags atop the stadium on the south end honoring each retired jersey – I assume just for today?
[Ed. Bonus Giveaway Time! Thanks to the folks at Rivalry Trophy. If you retweet this tweet or like this post on Facebook between today and Monday, I’ll pick one at random and send you a free mini-Little Brown Jug]:
Without further ado, Is your better half stuck on what to get you for the holidays? Wondering what to get your Michigan-obsessed cousin? This is the best of the best of the stuff you should be considering – so read on, send and share. Some cool stuff this year:
- Leading off, I already mentioned the new line of awesome M watches from the mind of Shashi Mara – his new brand of HAIL Timepieces. Nice work Shashi, these are awesome. Check them all out here including some exclusive bundles. My favorite? Got to be the Khaki and Steel. Additional offerings include “Michigan Man” ($349), “Maize and Blue” ($299) and “Special Teams” ($279). Hurry because they are selling fast:
- Rivalry Trophy features a must-have with their Little Brown Jug replicas. Since it is home in Ann Arbor for while now you must have one in your M shrine or certainly, minimum, on your Christmas tree. That’s coming straight from the universe’s leading Jugologist. Available in ornament/dashboard, mid-size (around a foot) and full size. They also have bundles with ugly Paul Bunyan. Dig it:
- You know that UGP and Moe’s support many of the sites you love. Support these guys!
- There a several books that came out this year that must be on the shelf of serious Michigan fans. Most reading this site already have John U. Bacon’s ENDZONE which is fantastic. I highly recommend John Kryk’s STAGG vs. YOST – you will not regret it. If you appreciate history of college football and in particular, Michigan football history, there’s no one who tells the story, reveals fascinating historical nuggets and makes the whole ride entertaining like Kryk:
Other books include: Jon Falk’s excellent ‘Forty Years in the Big House’, Ken Magee and Jon Stevens’ well done, ‘The Game: The Michigan Ohio State Rivalry’. And this is New! Wolverine – A Photographic History of Michigan Football. I haven’t read this yet but I saw some early images they used for the project and it looks fantastic.
- Premium Accessories. I mentioned the HAIL collection up front. It’s not limited to timepieces, no sir. Football Leather Key Fob ($35), Football Leather Money Clip ($35), Football Leather 5-Pocket Card Case ($175), Football Leather Cigar Bundle ($250), all available from the M Den as well:
- Finally, you can never go wrong with the creations of my gal Jil Gordon. She paints the score on the Little Brown Jug when the good guys win, and she has a line of very nice products including the M Vase and tailgate carrying case:
Did you know it was 75 years ago Saturday that it was announced Tom Harmon had won the Heisman Trophy? Indeed, back then they voted, announced the winner and held a ceremony to honor the recipient at a later date. So Saturday’s edition of #TWIMFbH talks a little about Old 98 and his finer moments on the gridiron (and off):
Yes, in the radio clip I said Harmon “gave birth”. Ira busted my chops after that and wouldn’t let me edit it (to say “sired” or “fathered” which is probably a little more accurate, although I wouldn’t be against Harmon in life).
You can listen to all 6 years of This Week In Michigan Football History here. And don’t forget to catch the whole KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff on WTKA 1050AM starting at 8am tomorrow, and of course live in the Bud Light Victors Lounge across from the Stadium on Main Street. See you out there.
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Perhaps inspired by big Dave Gallagher and the M Men during the 1977 Buckeye game, check out what happened when Brutus tried to get loose in 1983:
Folks, around the holidays I usually post my annual ‘gift list for Michigan Fans’. I do this to direct the loved ones of those who frequent this site to stuff respectable to wear/carry/read in 2016 and beyond.
This year my man Shashi Mara, the creator of the Wolverines Collection (the epic Swiss timepieces you’ve seen on this site in the past) and available at the M Den’s Victors Collection, came to me with a new line a timepieces. That’s right, I said timepieces.
Why a new line? He received a ton of demand for a new line of high quality Michigan watch to reach a broader set of the Meechigan fanbase…and thus the HAIL line was created. On top of that, he’s giving a portion of HAIL sales to support scholarships for future Wolverines.
Long story short, Shashi asked me to help launch his new line. I accepted provided he let me permanently “borrow” one of these beauties (dude, I’m torn between the Valiant and the Khaki and Steel!) He put together a limited number of the following bundles, which include a free strap:
“Valiant” ($249, 12 bundles available) – black steel case, 3-hand dial, with a black silicone strap and a free black & grey military/NATO strap (same as seen on 007 in the new Bond film):
“Khaki & Black” ($279, 24 bundles available) – black steel case, 3-hand dial, with a ‘khaki’ strap (in honor of #4) and a free black leather strap:
“Khaki & Steel” ($299, 25 bundles available) – steel case w/ big date dial, comes with ‘khaki’ strap (in honor of #4) and a free maize and blue leather strap:
“GO BLUE” – ($249, 35 bundles available) – black steel case, 3-hand dial, with a blue silicone strap and a free black silicone strap:
Would love to know what you think! And if you can’t wait, they are available at M Den stores now.
Thanks Shashi and Go Blue!
by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis
It was on this day (November 24) in 1973 the Ohio State Buckeyes performed one of the most heinous acts in any rivalry, in any sport – they went after the sacred GO BLUE M CLUB SUPPORTS YOU banner.
If you aren’t aware of this, or have been living under a rock, I have created a YouTube Video that documents this act, one which legendary broadcaster Bob Ufer decried that the Buckeyes “will meet a dastardly fate here for that!”
Recently, I was doing some work for the Ufer Family and I stumbled across a video that was labeled “1973 OSU Banner.” Curious to see what it was, I popped in the videotape only to see that it was NOT the 1973 OSU Banner Incident. The short clip is what I call, ‘1977 OSU Banner Incident Part 2.’ As I watched the tape I noticed that a few Michigan Students wearing their M varsity jackets were indeed fending off Woody and his Buckeyes. There were some serious haymakers being thrown as things got downright ugly. Ohio State players and coaches got involved, even the fat-man himself, old Dr. Strange Hayes, was part of the melee. Check it out!
Light brown, mullet length hair. Possibly a goatee with a mustache. Tough looking dude for sure…
..could it be this guy?
It couldn’t be?! That’s former M man All-American Dave Gallagher who graduated in 1973 and who I believed was playing in the NFL in 1977. Or was he?
When I double-checked his NFL stats, I noticed that there was a one-year hiatus in his career…in 1977!
I recently tracked down Dr. Gallagher and asked him if he indeed was the Buckeye Banner basher dude.
His response? “Yes I was,” he told me as I could hear him proudly smile over the phone.
My suspicions confirmed, I needed to find out more. Not only was it Gallagher, former Michigan teammates Doug Troszak and Tom Drake also donned their M Jackets to thwart Woody and company one more time.
“I bought tickets and I told them (Troszak & Drake) that we were going to defend the banner,” the 1973 co-captain told me.
“We stood in front of the banner as a warning to Woody and them,” he recalled.
But the Ohio State players and coaches paid no heed to #71’s warning as they headed right for the M Club banner that fateful day in 1977.
Push came to shove and next thing you know, even Woody started throwing some punches himself!
Don’t believe it? See for yourself:
Photo Credit: Alan Bilinsky (Michigan Daily) via U-M Bentley Historical Library
Here’s the caption from the Daily:
Yup – that’s Woody Hayes already grabbing Gallagher with his right hand and clenching his left fist about to show the former Michigan Captain how much the old man still had in his left hook.
Now remember, all this happened before the Wolverines took the field! After cooler heads finally prevailed, Gallagher emerged with a bloody nose and ready to grab his #71 jersey one last time!
The first Michigan coach to see what was going on was Freshman Coach Dennis Brown. He relayed what had just transpired to the maize and blue waiting in the locker room and you can only imagine how fired up they were to take the field in 1977!
Michigan took down Woody and his Scarlet and Gray Test-tubes that day, 14-6, to win the Big Ten Title in 1977, but Dave Gallagher got one more souvenir from his last skirmish with the Scarlet & Gray.
“At the end of the year, the Michigan Football team held a players-only banquet and I was the only non-player invited to the event. The 1977 team gave me a plaque commemorating my involvement in defending the banner that year.”
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I don’t like the saying “playing with house money” because you need to reset expectations when things go well for you. Things are going well. We have a pretty good team with a lot of flaws, but we’re good enough to play mediocre and beat up a capable team on senior day on the road, and in doing so swept our B1G road schedule. Well done. I’ll take that but my eyes are on a bigger prize.
While a trip to Indy seems a longshot let’s see where the chips fall. Beat the Buckeyes and I think we get a good look at one of the at-large bowl games or better. If we go to the Fiesta Bowl I say we take a pilgrimage to Camp David and and grab a few of those fancy chocolates.
On Business. Handle your business! Props to Dantonio for out-toughing and out-coaching the Buckeyes down in the snake pit. You can’t count on anyone else to do your dirty work. And I think this explains a lot: I confirmed that these guys were in charge of protecting Urban Meyer’s brain:
Non-Conformance – Penn State fans can sure do a white out, no doubt about that. Here’s the last meager attempt for a Big House maize out:
I’ve heard lots of excuses why Michigan doesn’t execute maize-outs very well, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. The fact is Michigan fans don’t really care to conform and that’s ok. As my man Craig wrote, “one tribe, many clans.”
And speaking of the white out, keep in mind you had an all white-crowd cheering for the team donning blue…alongside M fans chanting ‘Go Blue’ to root on the team clad in all-white.
Uniform Timeline – Stickers are still out of control but methinks they must have pressed pause on guys like Peppers who have them creeping up toward the wings in front. Bless you if so. We’ll know for sure next week.
Mood – 88; great opportunity Saturday to take down the Bucks and as I said, we’ll see what happens.
Michigan won this game due to coaching and finishing drives, and the two were inextricably linked. Both teams had one touchdown from outside the red zone, Michigan’s a 26-yard pass from Jake Rudock to Jake Butt before PSU responded with a 25-yard fade to Saeed Blacknail. The Wolverines converted all three* of their red zone chances into touchdowns. Penn State also had three, but ultimately settled for three field goals, stymied by a stout Wolverine defense and their own conservative playcalling.