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! My favorites – I just ordered the THE TEAMx3 Bo mug, will be picking up the Everitt Rules shirt later today (Black Friday) and you can’t lose with the Harbaugh sideline shirt:
- 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!
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.
A big win in Happy Valley for the Wolverines and for the first time since 1997, Michigan has won ALL of their B1G Road Games – can you believe that? That shows you the type of effort involved and how special this team is.
Speaking of Special – let’s take a look at your Champions.
SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – Most of the time, Special Teams will flip the field with a long punt. Saturday, Jourdan Lewis not only flipped the field, he flipped momentum in the game at a most critical time. While Penn State settled for a field goal to make it a 5-point game midway through the 4th quarter, Lewis’s 55-yard kickoff return set the table for Michigan to ice the game. While the Wolverines’ Special Teams were not exactly stellar all game, this return erased the block punt earlier in the contest and provided a much needed spark.
OFFENSIVE TEAM CHAMPION – Jake Rudock is the man! Plain and simple. We are seeing now, what Jim Harbaugh saw in #15 months ago. Calm. Cool. Accurate. Heady. Sure, he fumbled, and threw a pick when he locked onto a receiver in the game, but he is starting to play Brian Griese-esque. He makes good decisions and my gosh is he accurate! I’m not saying he is flawless but “Dad” as the guys on the team call him is getting it done. Nice going, Pops!
DEFENSIVE TEAM CHAMPION – I said last week that a team or unit can get into a quarterback’s mind and intimidate him. Well, I think the D-Line got into the head of the PSU OC. Was it just me, or did they all but abandon the running game early in the second half? I credit Taco Charlton who had two sacks and the rest of the D-Line for putting Christian Hackenberg on the ground and forcing PSU out of their comfort zone. A great D starts with an intimidating D-Line, and we got one.
COACHING STAFF – I counted at least four times during the game on Saturday when I credited a play call, or play result due to the decision of the Michigan Coaching Staff. When you marry talent and depth with superior coaching intellect, good things are going to happen. You do realize that this team can win 11 games this year, don’t you? Coaching.
Decals dealt out in previous weeks:
- Utah: Jake Butt, Jabrill Peppers, Blake O’Neill, (Uniform: White Road Uniforms), John Kryk
- Oregon State: De’Veon Smith, Chris Wormley, Delano Hill, The Coaching Staff
- UNLV: Ty Issac, Channing Stribling, Blake O’Neill
- BYU: Jake Rudock, Defensive Line, Jabrill Peppers, (Uniform: Properly Hiked up White Socks), Amara Darboh
- Maryland: Drake Johnson, Desmond Morgan, Kenny Allen, (Uniform: Blue lyrca leggings).
- Northwestern: Jehu Chesson, Jourdan Lewis, Offensive Line, (Uniform: Maize and Blue gloves).
- Michigan State: No Champions
- Minnesota: Wilton Speight, Michigan defense, Jabrill Peppers, (Uniform: Stickers crossing the stripes! :O)
- Rutgers: Jake Rudock, Taco Charlton, Jim Harbaugh
- Indiana: Jake Rudock, Jehu Chesson, Delano Hill, Jourdan Lewis, Coaching staff, (Uniform: #CHADTOUGH on helmets)
- Penn State: Jake Rudock, Jourdan Lewis, Taco Charlton, Michigan Coaching Staff
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