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

 

Aaron Judge Michigan Football

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!

 

Here’s the clip:

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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 – 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:

 

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on Frightening Football (1905) | This Week in Michigan Football History · Categories: 2017

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

 

Here’s the clip:

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1905 Michigan Wisconsin ticket

Creepy cartoon!

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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.

28. October 2017 · Comments Off on Not Going Overboard Rutgers Champions | Dr. Sap 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 – It is now official – the Brandon Peters era has begun! Something a lot of fans had been looking forward to, finally happened on Saturday. I gotta admit, as I was watching the Michigan offense wallow in their own mediocrity on TV, I actually fell asleep watching the first quarter. Yes, things were looking that bad. But, much like the crowd, and seemingly the Wolverine offense and coaches, the Maize and Blue spirits were lifted when #18 came into the game. The late Frank Broyles, with his deep southern drawl, may have said it best back in the day to his TV sidekick, Keith Jackson, “You are seeing the making of a quarterbaaack tonight, Keith!” I think we did as well, today. Peters looked poised and threw with confidence.  Did you notice how Peters checked off at the line of scrimmage on Higdon’s last TD?  Not sure if it was just a line check/blocking change or a complete audible and play change, but he saw something and Higdon went all the way.  THAT play right there told me he was ready to start and lead this team!!

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – It’s totally different playing QB coming off the bench than it is starting the game. Let’s enjoy the excitement for a while, but not go overboard. It’s just one game. But oh, those were some nice throws!!!

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – We all know that Maurice Hurst is a beast up front and his quickness is amazing, so…should we start talking about #73 as the best player in country? I know he just ate an under-manned Rutgers O-Line for lunch (Get in my Belly!), but this is not the first or second time Mo Hurst has been THE dominant player on the field. So, should Hurst get an invite to NYC come the first week of December? I think so!

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – I didn’t see much out of DPJ on Saturday returning punts. Quinn Nordin missed a field goal. Not all the kickoffs were (1970’s non-returnable) aluminum beer cans. So…Garrett Moores for being spot-on with his holds and placements? Ya – #15 it is! Can’t take that part of the kicking game for granted.

COACHING CHAMPION – Sometimes when you finally have your dream car, you’re afraid to let the throttle out and see what the machine can do. Before the game, I think the feeling that Coach Jim Harbaugh had on playing Peters at QB could have been best summed up with this photo:

Cautiously excited, but still a little nervous. YIKES!!
But after Peters led the Wolverines to three TD’s on his first three possessions, Coach looked a little more like himself:

Nice to see what Peters could finally do in a game situation against an opponent with the game on the line. The throttle wasn’t totally let out, but it was opened up a bit and man did the ride feel nice! “Who’s got it better than us? Nobody!!”

UNIFORM CHAMPION – Is it me, or does the Helmet Number Sticker on the back of the helmets finally match the font on the Michigan jerseys? If so, I’m all down with that! Never liked it when those didn’t match! Kudos, and of course a helmet sticker, to the Michigan Equipment Staff if that is the case!

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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: