15. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: 2013 · Tags: ,

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In The Shawshank Redemption, while recapping how Andy Dufresne walked through the prison wearing the warden’s shoes, Red asks, “I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes?”    That’s probably fair, unless we’re talking about Billy Taylor’s Pumas of course

Many of you know this season I got to test drive one of the products of my sponsor MaraWatch.  Unlike Andy’s shoes the watch was noticed—throughout the season I fielded compliments heading into the stadium, on the field by alums, and even up in the press box by my media buds.  I also got to know the man behind the operation, Shashi Mara.  We met a few weeks back in Ann Arbor and I got to see the whole collection and the different straps.  The dude has a great story and an intense passion for his product—down to the finish on the underside of the buckles. I love it.

Over coffee Shashi shared a sneak peek at a couple videos he was pulling together to promote the brand.  They’ve since been finished and they are pure gold–here’s my favorite:

Interested in wearing one?  For the holidays they’ll donate 10% of the sale price to a charity such as the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund or the Blavin Scholars Fund. or perhaps something that’s close to you.   More details here.    

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Straight to the miscellanea:

Honoring Falk > Postgame:

Q. For the last 40 years your equipment manager Jon Falk has been the keeper of the jug. Any last words about Mr. Falk and knowing he’s got the job one more time that concludes his tenure here?

Hoke:  “Well, we gave it to him when we got in the locker room. I just hope he doesn’t take it home. But no, very emotional, very happy. Jon, his loyalty to Michigan and Michigan football is special.”

I caught up with Falk after the game as he was heading out of the stadium.  He told me when he got the jug he told the players, “There’s no coach & there’s no player bigger than Michigan football.” 

Uniform notes >  Team wore LHS decal in honor of Lucas, son of former All-B1G tackle Adam Stenavich.  As Sap pointed out, that’s the first non-player or coach to be honored in such a way (POTUS Ford, Bo, Ron Kramer).  Timeline updated.

Mood >  Slight uptick, but that was way closer than the score of course and..well…meh:

chart Jug History slaughtered but forgiven >   At the conclusion of the broadcast Mike Patrick absolutely butchered the history of the jug, talking some nonsense about Minnesota taking the jug to Michigan and the crock being made of clay from the 1930s….Say what?   Shoe and Bando were all over it and while I didn’t hear it live, I felt a strange disturbance in the Jug force..as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. In 10 seconds Patrick sent jug history back to the 1930s.

All that said, ABC is forgiven thanks to Ed Cunningham who, with 2:45 left in the first half, said this:

”And they are playing of course for the Little Brown Jug, which is played for every year between Michigan and Minnesota.  And there’s was an old story that Yost..it was a water bottle, and he left it at Minnesota and called and said, ‘Hey can we get our water bottle back?’, a thirty cent water bottle.   They said, ‘No, come and get it next year if you win.’”

“Well that’s not true, that isn’t actually what happened.”

Bless you Ed.  You just earned a beer or a mixtape compliments of MVictors.com.  Glad someone out there is listening.   Best guess?  Ed caught my article in the game program as part of his prep or heard me on WTKA or WWJ driving over to the game.

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Hurry Up >  Ed C’s take was prompted by the answer to the Aflac trivia question:

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Penn broke that streak on November 16, 1907 when they took down the Yostmen 6-0 on Homecoming.  And speaking of that streak, it was a mere two wins long when on October 5, 1901 Yost delivered a 57-0 beating of Case for all-time win #100 the program.

Timeless > My “Oscar Jug” replica made it home and is chilling in my office.  A huge thanks once again to artist Jil Gordon for making it for me.  What a great spot to set another timeless possession: my MaraWatch:

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Elsewhere:

Maize & Blue NationOn FalkPhotos5 Takes including this on Funchess:

I don’t see any defensive backs under 6 feet being able to defend this guy. By the time Michigan is playing Michigan State, he will command a double-teams on every route.

mgoblog: Press Conference WrapPhotos.
Touch the Banner:   Takes galore.
Maize and Blue NewsRecap

 

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I’d like to welcome new sponsor MaraWatch, an officially U-M licensed premium timepiece collection available to browse at WolverinesCollection.com.  Like Brian said, “I assume some of you are big ballers.”  Even if you are not, check out this collection.

My favorite?  The Rainmaker but I need it with the black strap:

MaraWatch Rainmaker 
Owner Shashi Mara, a Ross business school grad, told me about the inspiration for this venture. “I was blown away by my Michigan experience.  I wanted to create a timepiece that a alumni/fan could wear for decades and then pass down.  The Wolverines Collection is for someone who wants to wear their passion for Michigan.  The nuances of the design elevate one’s ability to make a statement of how much Michigan means to them, in a manner that is discrete and elegant.  Sometimes, whispering can be more powerful than screaming.”

Another element I like that is up my alley: “Each timepiece is individually numbered.  In the watch world, this is a signal that extra steps have been taken to ensure the highest quality standards.  In the world of Michigan athletics, a number can evoke fond memories of the contributions made by football legends or even transport you back to the moment in time where you were witness to history was being made.”

He had me “timepiece.”

If you currently own or plan to buy a watch from the Wolverines Collection I’d love to hear about it.  Check out the website to learn more.

Related:
Speaking of watches—while these aren’t on par (or even in the discussion) of what Mara is producing, these certainly are pieces of history.  Up on eBay right are several watches issued to Michigan teams for trips to the Rose Bowl over the past few decades. 

Three from the early 1990s including Bo’s last game (1990).  Click to see the eBay auctions:

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1990 Rose Bowl Watch

1992 Rose Bowl Watch

1993 Rose Bowl Watch

And a few more vintage models, a pair available from 1978 and one from 1980:

 

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Rose Bowl 1

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1980 Rose Bowl Watch 1978 Rose Bowl Watch 1978 Rose Bowl Watch

 

Still looking for Holiday gift ideas?   Check out Ben McCready’s classic U-M football print or the rest of my 2012 gift list for Michigan fans here.

 

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