This season longtime local sports radio voice, M sideline reporter, & mgo-misc. host Doug Karsch will co-anchor the Michigan radio network Tailgate Show with former U-M All-American Jon Jansen.  Karsch will also continue his sideline reporting duties as part of the play-by-play broadcast.  I’m pulling together a piece on the new show and recently chatted with Karsch. 

Listeners of the radio broadcast know that Beckmann & Brandy referred to Karsch as “Krash”.   I never knew why, admittedly never asked, but either way, I never really cared for it.  I’m not sure why – I figured it obviously had something to do with Doug’s last name and I guess I assumed Frank or Brandy just thought it was funny to call him Krash.  Meh.

Anyway, when I chatted with Doug recently I asked him about the nickname and if ‘Krash’ was going to endure in Frank’s absence.  Here’s what Doug told me:

“I’ll tell you how it started and what’s funny is that I’ve been broadcasting since 1993 and I get asked more about that than anything else.  It was my first year doing sideline, it was 2006 and Michigan had a game at Minnesota.  The whole team arrives [at the hotel] and I was the last to check in. I was a rookie and I’m just waiting.  The team checked in, all the support people checked in and finally I go to check in but they don’t have a room under my name.   Now I’ve seen every misspelling of my name you can imagine. They kept looking through and found nothing. I said, ‘Try spelling it this way, try spelling it that way…”

“Eventually the manager reviewed the team list and said, ‘Is your first name Doug?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘We have it under Doug Krash.’  So at the Minnesota game at the team hotel I’m under Krash.   Frank hears all this and says, ‘Well that’s going to stick.’”

I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll go with it, whatever [laughs]..they can call me whatever they want..’  I was just happy to have the job!  And of course it stuck.

So I’m going to guess that Brandstatter will continue using it. And I don’t mind at all. [laughs] To this day more people ask me about that than anything else.”


So there you go — and after hearing the real story I’ve instantly warmed up to the ‘Krash’ nickname – Go Blue!


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Rooney turns on one in the first half (MVictors photo – that’s me)

I joined Ira and Sam this morning on WTKA to breakdown a few observations from Saturday’s match up at the Big House, if you missed it:

Quick hitters:

  • Awesome event.  For all the beatings #1000SSS has taken lately, hats off to Hunter Lochmann and Dave Brandon for putting this together.
  • Strongly feel we need to keep using this facility for events like this.  As I told Ira and Sam, Fielding Yost would have loved this.
  • I was naive to think there’d be a big overlap between Michigan football fans and this event.  Wrong, this was a completely different crowd and demographic.  Evidence:
    • The traffic mess..but not because NB Ann Arbor-Saline was closed.  It was because of the noobs.  From the east folks figured the best way to get to the stadium was down M-14 to downtown.  From the south, the masses went to the Washtenaw exit off of 23 – which IIRC is where the signs tell you to go.  Yikes.  Backups started 3-4 hours before the game.
    • The Wave..your old lame friend The Wave was spun up in the first half was actually kind of cool.  No, not because the wave is cool, but because unofficially 99.4% of the crowd participated and screamed like girls.  It felt like 1989.
    • Languages..circling the field I think I heard 7-8 different languages.
  • Newsflash: Ronaldo is indeed one handsome cat.  And it was pretty cool when he stepped down on the field to warm-up – place went nuts.
  • I assume purists were worried if these players would go hard, given this was an exhibition.  I thought the players played really hard – Rooney was barking at the refs and his teammates the entire time he was in.  There were a couple dangerous 50/50 balls that guys sold out on.
  • Chatting with someone from the athletic department, the biggest logistical challenge on the day was the halftime show.  Looks like they pulled it off.  I was in the tunnel when they dragged that stage off the field – there were about 4 feet on either end of the stage as it creeped up the tunnel.

Photos from Friday’s practice here

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[Update 8/1– (over) GOOOOOOALLLLLL!   102% of goal, over $1500 raised so far – thank you! thank you!]

Once a year I ask readers directly for support – and year after year you’ve responded.  Together we’ve raised over $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF).   On Saturday August 2 I’ll be back in East Lansing to go face-to-face with Coach Dantonio to take part in the Walk for a Cure.   This year those who donate (something/anything) will take their place in Michigan lore and receive a virtual helmet sticker that will adorn the sidebar on this site until after the walk:


In 2011 those who chipped in got their name on the righteous JDRF Jug, in 2012 on the coveted JDRF banner, last year they righted a horrible wrong.  So this year the coveted JDRF helmet decals.

Here’s how to get in the action:


  • Why East Lansing?   A: My family is heavily involved in the EL Walk, what’s a brother to do?
  • Does Dantonio really show up?  A: Every year  – he and the MSU football team support this walk like you wouldn’t believe.
  • Why are you involved in T1D?    A:  Found out about the disease when my nephew Jack was diagnosed when he was 4 and I’m trying to do my part to solve this.
  • Whoa dude – August 2, what about the Man U/Real Madrid game at the Big House?  The walk starts at 9:30am and I’ll be back in A2 with bells on in plenty of time.
  • Isn’t “curing” T1D just about diet and exercise?  A:  No! I wish.  Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it.  There is no cure!  (The differences between T1D and adult-onset diabetes here.)




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WPW returns – with a candid shot of General Bo in the bowels of the snakepit peeling off his wildly long coaching socks following the 14-3 victory over the Buckeyes on November 25, 1978.  This was the final battle with Woody in the Ten Year War and gave Schembechler the 5-4-1 edge in the series.  To celebrate Bo flashed his feet and treated the media to the gun show: Bo Socks - 251551586995

Next up, continuing with the candid shots of Bo, here he’s planting one on Miss Texas Luann Caughey as the team arrived for the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Bo Kiss It almost looks like Bo went straight for the lips…but Luann evaded him with a quick lateral move?   Thankfully Bo didn’t enjoy Texas too much.


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ferbertheadlineBillings (Montana) Daily Gazette, November 7, 1909

[Ed. In honor of Dutch Ferbert's birthday on July 22 (1873), a repost.  Originally posted  Jan 28, 2012]

Today obviously the head coach of Michigan football team doesn’t have to look beyond campus to hit it big.    This hasn’t always the case of course, especially in the early days of the program.   While Fielding Yost’s contracts compensated him very competitively for the day, it definitely didn’t make him a wealthy man.  Yost spent a good part of the year pursuing his private business interests out of town.

Ferbert1898Do you know the story of Gustave “Dutch” Ferbert?  He suited up for the Wolverines in the mid-1890s but most notably he was head coach of the famous 1898 squad that delivered Michigan its first conference title.  The championship-sealing victory over Chicago that year inspired Louis Elbel to compose ‘The Victors’.

Ferbert coached one more season but then packed his bags and headed north, hoping to strike it rich in the Klondike.   In 1900 he traveled up to Nome and allegedly told folks he would “return rich or not all all.”

Well, there was some question whether he would make it, especially early on.  Thanks to Brian at the Bentley for forwarding this over, apparently from 1902:


Here’s the opening paragraph:

The many friends of “Dutch”” Ferbert, Michigan’s football coach in 1898, and one of the greatest halfbacks who ever carried the ball, have been fearful for some time that something has happened to him, but because it is “Dutch” Ferbert they remember his sturdy characteristics and are hoping that word will be received from him that he is safe

Well, he eventually resurfaced and yes, he kept his promise—he returned a rich man.

Thanks to the folks at the Billings Gazette for tracking down this November 7, 1909 story titled, “His Touchdown in the Arctic”.   The article describes how he made “a $1,000,000 touchdown”..and briefly recapped his quest:

The former gridiron star first located at Nome, and there the real battle to keep the gold-panning gusbest from the door began.  He tried prospecting in several districts, but with slim success.  He found work part of the time in restaurants, stores and other places.  This lasted for several years, but never a thought did he have of going back.  He started out to cross the goal line and a kick or two in the jugular from an adverse fate he considered part of the game.

Then came the strike at Deering City, and Ferbert was one of the first to hit the trail with a pack.  At the start it proved a “Roaring Camp” all right, but luck was a little shy, and then came the turn and riches in abundance.  He located some of the best claims in the region, panned out more gold than he had ever dreamed and became a bonanza king overnight.

While I’m not sure Dutch held onto his dough through the years, it’s still a great piece of U-M coaching lore.

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I wore these little beauties this weekend:

My Adidas

A few folks asked what the story is on these – it’s just pretty cool service available from adidas.  Basically you can take many of the shoes/cleats/whatever from their catalog and trick them out your cotton-pickin’ maize and blue hearts content. 

Go to and click on customize.   Once you pick a style (menu of styles on the left toolbar) you want to start with you’ll be sent into a widget where you trick out the shoes – piece by piece, element by element, soles to lace eyelets .  Here’s a screen shot of the widget doing its thing:

Tricked Out 

Tips and FYIs:

  • If you want the older school maize, go with the ‘gold’ color if it is available on your shoe.  The yellow is more like the high maize you see on the unis today.
  • The uniform blue is a richer (more navy-like) blue, the bluebird blue is UCLA-ish.
  • The shoes are suitable quality (I’ve worn mine around for a few days) but don’t expect to get quality on par with a shoe you can buy off the shelf.
  • The lettering (at least on my shoes MVICTORS) was embroidered which was a nice touch.
  • They said it would take 4-5 weeks for delivery but I got mine in about 10 days.
  • Most of the styles are $85 (up to $100), and shipping is around $15. 
  • Pro Tip: When you slap on your custom kicks be sure to carry a cane or an umbrella to help fend off the ladies.

If you order some M-themed tricked out adidas send them my way; I would love to see them.  You will find mine trotting around M Stadium this season.

Build yours here.


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Yesterday’s press release announcing the home and home Oklahoma in 2025 and 2026 discussed the last meeting between the two teams in the 1976 Orange Bowl, but it failed to note the two most important details of that New Year’s Day battle.

1. First, the presence of the epic All-Whites.  Thanks to the Uniform Timeline we know the whites were used on the road in the 1974 and 1975 seasons, ending with the Orange Bowl against the Sooners:

Michigan All WhitesThe beauty of those outfits is that they possess many of the most loved and/or despised aspects of the uniforms that we just don’t see anymore, but are still discussed (granted, primarily on these pages).  On them you have:

  • The thicker, more sinister looking helmet “wings” on the front of the helmet
  • The stripes converging up on the back of the helmet
  • Helmet decals (snarling wolverine)
  • Of course the white pants with white jerseys
  • The stripes on the sleeves and pants
  • And for posterity, just months later for the 1976 season, Nike shoes were introduced.   See the Uniform Timeline for more.

Bring up the “wrong” opinion on any one of those elements to a uniform snob and you’ll see real, or  at least virtual, shots fired:twitter react 2. Second, the press release didn’t mention the EPIC Michigan Marching Band and their Jaws set.  Holy moly it is a classic (click for the YouTube – 2 parts):



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Full press release here:

Michigan and Oklahoma to Play Football Series in 2025 and 2026

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Two of college football’s most storied programs will meet for the first time in regular season history when the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma play a home-and-home series during the 2025 and 2026 seasons, announced jointly by the two institutions today (July 14). 

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Hard Day's Night A Hard Night’s Day – via Hail to the Victors 2014

Yo!  I’ve been wrapped up for a while with all kinds of stuff, including working on some interviews and pieces that you coming up soon or this fall.  Things will being to ramp up on these pages soon heading up the season.  Things to look for:

  • Hail to the Victors 2014 –  Within the pages of mgoblog’s annual epic preseason book, this time I dropped in a piece on the widely ignored 1964 Big Ten/Rose Bowl championship team.  It takes you through the season primarily through the eyes of team captain Jim Conley, along with some help from his coach Bump Elliott and teammate Barry Dehlin.  Earmuffs!  It’s harsh – it’s spicy – and after you read it you won’t have a problem remembering the ‘64 team.
  • GoBlueWolverine Mag – Coming out before the season, I dropped in my interview with Bump Elliott that you’ll dig – it talks about the ‘64 team of course, but also gets into Woody, Bo, Bump feeling on his own legacy and much more.
  • 2014 Game Program – Still working on some stuff for the program (a few things in the works) and I  interviewed both Dan Dierdorf and Jim Brandstatter.  You’ll get the full interviews on these pages later on.  A sneak peak:

MVictors: You have a lot of friends in the business and many with Michigan ties. Any chance you’ll have a few visitors up in the radio booth during the year?

Dan Dierdorf: I would hope so. Yeah. Who knows who might stop by? I know I’ve extended an invite or two to some of the guys. Bob Seger has a home up by me in Northern Michigan. I know I have reached out to Bob, said “Hey, anytime you want to come to a game, feel free to stop by.” We’ll put him on the air for a while. He’s got a little bit of a following in Michigan.

MVictors: He sure does. How’s Bob as a person?

Dan Dierdorf: What a great guy. Just a wonderful guy. I’m not going to lie. I’m semi-starstruck around him. I’ve just been a fan of his for so long. He’s the most down to earth guy. If you didn’t know what Bob Seger looked like, you wouldn’t realize you’re in the presence of such a star by the way he acts. You’d think this is a guy that just drove up in a truck and wanted to hang out and talk for a while. Great guy.

More to come.


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