Check this out.  From a recent visit into the archives at the U-M Bentley Historical Library – very cool:

U-M does publish an official color palette these days, I believe the latest can be found here for the curious.  “Two colors are at the very core of our existence. Maize and blue play a vital role in establishing a clear and powerful image and in defining the University of Michigan brand.”

A fun sidenote from Saturday.  Friday night before The Game I was rooting through a box of Michigan memorabilia.  I found an old press pass to attend Bump Elliott’s (head coach 1959-1968) football practice.   I believe I got it off eBay many years ago.  It was issued to longtime sports writer Jerry Green, who at the time worked for the Associated Press:

I figured current AP writer Larry Lage might want to have it so Saturday I walked over to give it to him.  Larry saw it and looked at me and then blew my mind.  He told me Green, who lives out west, was actually on prem in the press box and covering the game.   So I found him and gave him back his pass:


Green clearly got a kick out of it!  He asked me where I got it, and he then speculated it was probably issued in the late 1950s, right at the beginning of Bump Elliott’s head coaching career.

Bruce Madej shared with me that Green is one of a couple writers that has covered every Super Bowl.  Many around these parts remember his four decade+ tenure at the Detroit News that ended in 2004.  He’s also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Oh, and speaking of Bump Elliott, the man who authorized Green’s practice pass.  It turns out he’s still bumping around.  The Mad Magician was in Lincoln on Saturday when his son was honored during the Nebraska/Iowa game:

Elliott remembered: Former Nebraska assistant and longtime Iowa assistant coach Bob Elliott was honored with a video between the first and second quarters. Elliott, who was at Nebraska for less than five months, died in July after a battle with a type of blood cancer.

Elliott served as safeties coach and defensive analyst at Nebraska, the final stop in a nearly 40-year career that included jobs at Kent State, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Kansas State, Ball State and San Diego State.

Elliott’s father, Chalmers “Bump” Elliott, is a former Iowa athletic director and was in attendance Saturday, as was his wife, Joey, and children Grant and Jessica.

 

 

A few shots from photog Mark Kolanowski – he did a great job out there Saturday

Not the ‘Missing Man’ formation. U-M missed men later on

 

Chris Evans leaping past a Buckeye

 

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The Yankee bomber Aaron Judge represented on Saturday

 

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame trophy for Charles Woodson protected by a young Woodson

Eddie McDoom vs. Ohio State 2017

In fairness it was snuggling weather

Rashan Gary, J.T. Barrett Ohio State Michigan 2017

Rashan Gary is a beast – here adjusting J.T Barrett’s knee meniscus

“OK, now you have to cut that hair”

Karan Higdon will return next year so he’s keeping those gloves

This edition of #TWIMFbH first goes back to a dark day in recent lore, the 1973 Big Ten AD vote that sent the Buckeyes, not your beloved Meechigan men to the Rose Bowl.  But then we shoot back to 1950 to one of the wildest games in college football history – to be forever known as The Snow Bowl.  Go Blue!

 

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by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis

On November 24,1973 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!”

When the Buckeyes returned in 1975 word was that Woody wanted to do it again, but this time the Michigan Students were ready.  The Buckeyes decided that discretion was the better part of valor, so no dastardly shenanigans ensued.

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!

The more I looked at the video, the more fixated I became on one student who seemed to be exhibiting some very sound blocking fundamentals and technique. At the end of the video, I got the somewhat blurry money-shot of the courageous M Man. Much like the old Bigfoot Bluff Creek video footage from the 1970s, the image was grainy but I could make out some defining features and characteristics of the subject.

Light brown, mullet length hair. Possibly a goatee with a mustache. Tough looking dude for sure…

..could it be this guy?

Dave Gallagher

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:

Woody Hayes banner incident 1977Photo Credit: Alan Bilinsky (Michigan Daily) via U-M Bentley Historical Library

Here’s the caption from the Daily:

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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.”

Related:
Where Ufer Laid Woody Hayes Away
Woody says, “Don’t give this to Bo!”
Woody’s message for you Poindexters

 

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OFFENSIVE CHAMPION – It’s always difficult awarding champions after a loss because, for the most part, no one typically will have played a perfect game. Mistakes were made all over the field, in all phases of the game. Having said all that, I’m awarding my decals to those players whom I feel demonstrated the ability to be game-breakers. I call that out because in order to beat Ohio State next week, players will need to step up and make plays.

On offense that guy is Chris Evans. He seems to finally be healthy and quite possibly THE ONLY healthy runningback right now. He was close to going all the way against Wisconsin on a couple of plays, on Saturday. He can hit the home run and/or leap over defenders in a single bound as he did last week against Maryland. Hopefully #12 can channel his inner Clarke Kent because the offense could sure use something “super” right now. In my opinion, Evans gives this offense its best chance to score against the Bucks next week. I say put him everywhere: tailback, wildcat QB, wingback, slotback, H-Back…any back – just get the ball to #12!

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – On the defensive side of the ball, Khaleke Hudson is still THE GUY who can give the D its best chance to not only prevent points from being scored, but also being responsible for scoring points. He had another great game in a losing cause against the Badgers, but he is a game-changer. In order to beat OSU next week, at least one TD will need to be scored by the defense. Look for #7 to do that next Saturday.

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – It was quite apparent early on that the game in Madison was going to be all about field position. That put a big burden on punter, Brad Robbins. He was up to the task on Saturday as he consistently pinned the Badgers deep in their own territory. Hitting the coffin-corner on his punts like he did against Wisconsin is critical when playing the field-position game. When opponents start drives inside their own 20-yard line, the playbook shrinks in size and the defense can pin their collective ears back and bring the heat. It rattled the Badger QB on several occasions and it will need to happen next week against that-team-from-down-south.

COACHING CHAMPION – From one doctor to another, I gotta tip my hat & credit Dr. Blitz for all the schemes and stunts he employed against Wisconsin. His defense was the reason Michigan was in the game for as long as they were on Saturday. The last time I saw a Michigan Defense be so dominant and almost win games on its own was in 1997. Hopefully Don Brown and his dudes have something special planned for the Buckeyes.

UNIFORM CHAMPION – I don’t know about you, but I thought the Michigan helmets looked pretty darn good with all those helmet stickers on them Saturday. The decals didn’t look too big, there didn’t seem to be too many stickers on the helmets, and more importantly, no stickers were being placed between the stripes. So ya, I like the look, and I think they finally got it right!

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Week by Week Champions (O = Offense, D = Defense, T = Special Teams, C = Coaching, U = Uniform, E = Editor’s pick)
Week 1 vs. Florida:  Ty Issac (O), Devin Bush (D), Quinn Nordin (T), Don Brown, Greg Mattison (C), all-maize unis (U), Camaron Cheeseman (E)
Week 2 vs. Cincinnati:  Ty Issac (O), Tyree Kinnel (D), Grant Perry (T), Greg Mattison (C), refined helmet decals (U).
Week 3 vs. Air Force:  N/A (O), Chase Winovich (D), Quinn Nordin & Donovan Peoples-Jones (T), Jim Harbaugh (C), full on maize and blue uniforms (U)
Week 4 vs. Purdue: John O’Korn (O), Devin Bush (D), Brad Robbins (T), Don Brown (C), white-arm-sleeves-on-shins (U)
Week 5 vs. Michigan State: N/A
Week 6 vs. Indiana: Karan Higdon (O), Maurice Hurst (D) and (T), Tim Drevno (C)
Week 7 vs. Penn State:  N/A
Week 8 vs. Rutgers:  Brandon Peters (O), Maurice Hurst (D), Garrett Moores (T), Jimmy Harbaugh (C), Helmet sticker numbers (U)
Week 9 vs. Minnesota: Karan Higdon & Chris Evans (O), Khaleke Hudson (D), Donovan Peoples-Jones (T), Tim Drevno (C), Jordan Skullcap (U), -1 decal –> Chase Winovich (E)
Week 10 vs. Maryland: N/A
Week 11 vs. Wisconsin: 
Week 12 vs. Ohio State:

 

This edition of #TWIMFbH goes back to the Wisconsin game in 1905.   The Yostmen were still dominating on the field, and indeed putting up a point-a-minute.  But this was also scary time on the field for players, and in this game, it got downright scary off the field approximately 2,000 fans at Ferry Field.

When stands don't stand (1905) | photo via U-M Bentley Historical Library

When stands don’t stand (1905) | photo via U-M Bentley Historical Library

 

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1905 Michigan Wisconsin ticket

Creepy cartoon!

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13. November 2017 · Comments Off on Luring Tom Harmon (1937) · Categories: Archive 2010 · Tags: , , , , ,

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Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov 17, 1937

Eighty years ago today on November 13, 1937, this Western Union telegram landed in Ann Arbor (a copy was later obtained by the Michigan Daily and plastered on the front page):

In the fall of 1937 things were a bit dicey for the football program.  Since the 1933 national championship, coach Harry Kipke’s crew had just a handful of wins on the the field.   And in November 1937 the university launched a well-publicized investigation of the program, suspecting that football players were being “subsidized.”  Kipke was sitting atop a flaming hot seat.

As the drama unfolded, eyes turned to Michigan freshman Tom Harmon.   Despite the struggles on the field (..but perhaps due to some of the questionable behavior off the field) Kipke landed the multi-sport high school superstar from Gary, IN.   In the fall of ‘37 he suited up for the freshman football team as was required back then.   Harmon’s athletic exploits in high school made him widely known in the sporting world and even as a freshman, having yet to take a snap on the varsity squad, a Chicago Tribune headline dubbed frosh Harmon a “star”.

Suddenly Harmon found himself involved in the off-field drama.  He was named in the investigation as one of the freshman football student-athletes who were allegedly illegally compensated, and soon word spread across the land that Harmon might entertain changing scenery.

Several schools were interested in Harmon’s services, most publicly Tulane.  A telegram sent by the then-southeastern Conference school was obtained and published by The Michigan Daily.  In the wired note, Tulane assistant coach Bill Bevan told Harmon, “Our offer still stands. [You] Can still enter this semester.”

trib Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov 17, 1937

When asked what exactly that “offer” was, Bevan explained it was, “an athletic scholarship,” which he added was, “perfectly legal in the Southeastern conference.”  Note that Michigan didn’t offer athletic scholarships at the time.   If Tulane sounds like a strange destination for a Midwestern kid, Harmon’s brother Gene played basketball for the Green Wave so there was a connection.

One of the potential destinations for Harmon was rumored to be Yale, but when word spread that the people in New Haven may have offered Harmon some sort of financial assistance, the school fired back hard.   They denied the claims & made it known that Harmon had applied to attend Yale in January 1937—at least kind of.    After requesting admission and financial aid, Yale sent the necessary forms.  In his only letter to the school he wrote that his credentials for admission to the Ivy League college were: “Four years of football, four years of basketball, two years of track.”

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No mention his of skills with the ladies.

Old 98 of course decided to stay in Ann Arbor.  Kipke was found guilty of subsidizing players (among other things) and was fired in December 1937.  Harmon wasn’t penalized in the aftermath and would thrive during his three varsity-eligible years under new coach Fritz Crisler.   His exploits peaked in 1940 when he dodged at least one drunk fan and later accepted the Heisman Trophy.

Related:
The Drunk and Old 98
Tommy’s the BMOC
Harmon and Old Number..Six?
Tom Harmon says ‘Vote Heston’
Harmon Jitterbugs with Joan & Jinx
Harmon Goes for the Gusto

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05. November 2017 · Comments Off on Jug Retained | Dr. Sap’s Decals · Categories: 2017

Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis is a Schembechler-era savant and once again this season he’ll be diligently handing out his postgame helmet stickers after each game. Sap has pored over hours and hours of U-M games over several decades, and in these posts he’s able to tie the present to the past.  I encourage you to subscribe to Dr. Sap on YouTube, or follow Sap on Twitter.

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION – I get the fact that Minnesota is a team in transition with first year coach, PJ Fleck, but that shouldn’t take a way from the accomplishments of Karan Higdon and Chris Evans. Those two guys look much like Jamie Morris and Thomas Wilcher in stature, but they ran like the record-setting duo of Gordon Bell and Rob Lytle back in 1975. Much like #5 and #41 ran for 100 yards each in two consecutive games, so have Higdon and Evans. I recognize the last two opponents have not exactly been upper echelon teams, but cracking the century mark in two straight games is noteworthy. I just loved how they hit the home run and showed you that they could go the distance on any play. This offense is gonna need that type of running and game-breaking ability these next three weeks.

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – As I was watching Khaleke Hudson wreak havoc all over the Gopher offense Saturday night, it struck me how much this game has changed. A few years ago, you had big guys like Mark Messner making plays off the edge. No more. Speed is all over the field now, on both sides of the ball. Last year it was Jabrill Peppers making plays from every spot on the field, and now this year it appears that Hudson has a good grasp on that Viper position. Could his game be peaking at the right time? I sure hope so! Plays like that will be needed in the next three weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – Sometimes you don’t need to hit the home run to be a Champion. Donovan Peoples-Jones did just that, last night. All that mattered from his return game was that he not turn over the ball. On a cold and soggy night, sure-handedness mattered most, not flashy runs. DPJ had a few solid punt returns, but was more impressive was the fact that he demonstrated ball-security first with no turnovers.

COACHING CHAMPION – Offensive coordinator and interior o-ine Coach Tim Drevno gets kudos for a couple of things: 1) Calling a good mix of runs and passes that were executed with little or no negative plays early when the game was close. (2) Having a short leash with some of the O-Linemen when Missed Assignments caused plays to break down. Playing Time is the biggest factor a coach has over his players. MA’s will greatly hamper your PT in a hurry. Hopefully the short leash will get their attention and reduce the numbers of MA’s going forward.

UNIFORM CHAMPION – Not sure that it qualifies as part of the uniform, but I dig the Jordan skullcap that Higdon was sporting in the post-game interview on the field with FOX. Reminded me of when Braylon Edwards made those popular about 10 or so years ago.

MVICTORS.COM EDITOR’S UN-CHAMPION:  On Monday I delivered a lecture on The Little Brown Jug in Bruce Madej’s course ‘The History of College Athletics’.   Attending that class were several fine young minds including a few fellers on the football squad, notably one cat with Thor-like flowing blond locks.

I told those guys that if fortune shined upon us and U-M retained the jug, that they had to keep two hands on that damn thing.  Or else.

Fast forward to Saturday and then, Sunday morning.

 

So memo to Chase Winovich.  You are now minus 1 virtual decal and perhaps more significantly, you just made my list*

Week by Week Champions (O = Offense, D = Defense, T = Special Teams, C = Coaching, U = Uniform, E = Editor’s pick)
Week 1 vs. Florida:  Ty Issac (O), Devin Bush (D), Quinn Nordin (T), Don Brown, Greg Mattison (C), all-maize unis (U), Camaron Cheeseman (E)
Week 2 vs. Cincinnati:  Ty Issac (O), Tyree Kinnel (D), Grant Perry (T), Greg Mattison (C), refined helmet decals (U).
Week 3 vs. Air Force:  N/A (O), Chase Winovich (D), Quinn Nordin & Donovan Peoples-Jones (T), Jim Harbaugh (C), full on maize and blue uniforms (U)
Week 4 vs. Purdue: John O’Korn (O), Devin Bush (D), Brad Robbins (T), Don Brown (C), white-arm-sleeves-on-shins (U)
Week 5 vs. Michigan State: N/A
Week 6 vs. Indiana: Karan Higdon (O), Maurice Hurst (D) and (T), Tim Drevno (C)
Week 7 vs. Penn State:  N/A
Week 8 vs. Rutgers: Brandon Peters (O), Maurice Hurst (D), Garrett Moores (T), Jim Harbaugh (C), Helmet Sticker Number (U)
Week 9 vs. Minnesota:

 

 

*my list of guys I’m going to find when they are a lot older, smaller, slower and weaker.