29. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: 2013 · Tags: , , ,

OSU Michigan 1918

95 years ago this week the world was a very different place, and football took a backseat to international events. It was 1918 and while World War I was winding down, a massive flu epidemic raged across the globe.   Naturally these events affected the college football schedule but the 1918 Michigan men excelled all they way through the finale in Columbus:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Victors Lounge starting at 8am.

Beat Ohio.

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For this edition of This Week in Michigan Football history we head back four and a half decades to the home finale of the 1968 season, Bump Elliott’s final year at the helm of the Wolverines.

On November 16, 1968 the Big House was barely half full.  Those who didn’t bother to show certainly regret it as Michigan, Big Ten and heck, NCAA history was made by Bump’s badass back Mr. Ron Johnson.

347 yards on the ground.  One man.  Barely more than 3 quarters.   Ponder that here in 2013.   Today, Friday November 15, we are as far from that type of performance as we’ve been since that day 45 years ago.

Johnson, along with Elliott and Old 98, graced the program cover (above) for this game and this was fitting.   Johnson’s big day knocked out a couple of Harmon’s records, and of course it was Bump’s final home game.  (P.S. I want one of those vintage ‘68 coaches shirts).

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM starting at 11:30AM Saturday.

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For Saturday’s WTKA pregame show, we step back to the first game after the stock market crash of 1929.   It was a biggie and yielded this iconic program cover:harvard MichiganDespite the financial mess just days earlier, 87,000 fans packed the big to witness the heavyweight clash.   While Yost had established Michigan as a national power long ago, the Wolverines had, up to this point, failed to beat or even score on Harvard in their four previous meetings dating back to the 1880s.   That changed on this day in Michigan Football History 84 years ago on Saturday:

Here’s the clip:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Victors Lounge.

Stark Wire photo from the 1935 Penn game.  That’s U-M’s Stark Ritchie toting the pigskin.  (via eBay)

Harry Kipke was an All-American start on Fielding Yost’s squads in the early 1920s, and then took a shot a coaching, first as an assistant at Missouri, then took the head coaching job up the road at Michigan State in 1928. When the head coaching job came free in Ann Arbor, Yost brought Kipke home and he got off to a fast start.   But then 1934 hit:

That 16-6 win over Penn in 1935 was probably Kipke’s last great win of his coaching career.

You can find more on the Willis Ward vs. Jesse Owens match-up here, and if you can Owens stomach it, the run down of why Kipke was fired here.   And if you need more on the 1934 Georgia Tech game controversy, grab Stunt3 Multimedia’s epic documentary today.

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live today on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM.

Related:  I’ll be shoving off to East Lansing so check back here and on Twitter for sights, snark, and sounds.

Last week for TWIMFbH we shot back to 1901, Fielding Yost’s perfectly perfect first season in Ann Arbor.   For Saturday’s edition we march a mere three years forward to 1904 when on that day in Michigan Football history we welcomed the spring lambs from the American Medical School (Chicago) to Ann Arbor.   Just three days later on the Saturday that followed Michigan faced West Virginia and unleashed a batch of whoopass not seen before or since:

Yes, I said “Yostmen”.   The beating put down that day was truly epic – Michigan scored 22 touchdowns in the 130 to 0 humiliation.   I read a portion of the hilarious report from The Daily New Dominion (Morgantown WV); here’s more for you via the Michigan Alumnus archive:

West Virginia Paper

Bahahaha. When the jokes stopped they got an actual quote from one of the Mountaineer players who was clearly stunned by how Yost’s machine operated.   Keep in mind this was 1904:

“The signals were given for the next play when the preceding one started.  Sometimes the play was off before we got lined up.”

The Alumnus also had the note about Baird’s unfortunate bicycle crash after the game and Yost’s contract extension:

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A funny stat – doing some rough math, with a comp package worth about $2.5M, Brady Hoke gets paid about $3,500 per offensive snap each season. :)

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or in the Bud Light Victors Lounge.

Related:  Speaking of tomorrow, don’t forget to head down to SAE for the Mudbowl at around 10:30AM, and check out John U. Bacon’s salute to this great tradition here.   And while it won’t get as much action as Super Bowl XLIX, I have SAE as 4 1/2 favorites over Phi Psi.

 

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05. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: 2013 · Tags: , , ,

This Week…heads to back at the battle on a hot October 5, 1946 day at the Big House against the Hawkeyes.   That summer we lost Michigan’s Grand Old Man, but returned to us (from World War II) was the great Bob Chappuis.  The formula for coach Fritz Crisler was simple so dig it:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.  Listen to it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or catch it live inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge.

Radio notes!!

  • I’ll be on with The Wolverine guys at 11am – you can catch it here.
  • I’ll live in the WTKA Victors Lounge at around noon talking jug
  • Catch me on the Michigan Tailgate Show on WWJ 950AM at 2:20pm

 

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To help fire up for the Zips here’s your sneak listen at TWIMFbH for Saturday.  This time Mark Elzinga 2 was step by 39 years to the 1974 season opener against Iowa.

Thanks to a nasty virus, senior star QB Dennis Franklin couldn’t play so Bo gave the ball to Bay City, Michigan legend Mark Elzinga (left, with coach Hanlon rocking the sabertooth maize coaches shirt).

Here’s a look at that game, after a brief look back at the conclusion of the 1973 season and a shout-out to my boys Crazy Legs and Spartan Bert..

Remember:  You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here.   Listen to it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or catch it live inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge.

 

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HOLD ON TO YOUR MAIZE AND BLUE FEDORAS!  For the Under the Lights II edition of This Week in Michigan Football History we take a double dip to the opening game of two Heisman winning seasons: Tom Harmon’s trip to Cal in 1940, and Desmond Howard trek to Boston College in 1991.   Each man delivered two of the greatest performances in Wolverine history, accounting for 9 touchdowns between this.   And Harmon had to outduel 12 men on one play, as my man Bud Brennan hopped on the field and tried to bring down Terrible Tommy.

Without further ado:

MaraWatch For more on the 1940 Cal game and much, much more on Tommy Harmon, grab Saturday’s commemorative game program and support U-M efforts to archive these men and these eras.

Oh, and sponsor note.  You know I recorded TWIMFbH in style by rocking my Michigan Game Changer from MaraWatch, don’t you?  That’s it on the left with Ira manning the 1s and 2s in the background in studio at WTKA.

Remember:  You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here.   Listen to it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or catch it live inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge.

 

 

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1898 Chicago-Michigan Ticket StubStub via ticketmuseum.com and Ken Magee of Ann Arbor Sports Memorabilia

This week we go back to Thanksgiving Day, 1898 as Michigan head coach Gustave Ferbert and his undefeated Wolverines traveled to Chicago to face Amos Alonzo Stagg and his powerful University of Chicago Maroons. While rarely discussed these days, the game is without a doubt one of the most notable match-ups in Wolverine lore.

While today’s our undisputed rival is clearly The Buckeyes, back in 1898, the coach and the team that really got maize and blue blood boiling was Stagg and his Chicago teams.   Have a listen:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here.   Listen to it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM.