Winged Helmet Tradition

Lloyd Carr loves the traditions of Michigan football.  On the day of Coach Carr’s 70th birthday, let’s have a look at Michigan traditions.

This was originally developed in 2013 after a draft was floated out there with a lot input from Craig of The Hoover Street Rag, David of @mgoshoe and others.   Its permanent home is on the ‘Traditions’ page (also accessible on the menu bar above).

Notes:

  • Individual game or career accomplishments are verboten beyond events that transcend the field.  Heisman Trophies count.  The Desmond Heisman pose counts.  #Braylonfest” does not.   Tom Harmon’s exploits at Cal and Columbus in 1940 do not.
  • A tradition must be something unique to the Michigan football experience or history.  “Tailgating”, for instance. is certainly a Michigan tradition but not unique.
  • I’m responsible for the classification of each tradition.  And yes, I think traditions can move up or down over time.

Yost Class:

  • Michigan Stadium (1927)
  • All-time wins/winning percentage (1879)
  • Winged Helmet (1938)
  • Ohio State Rivalry (Ten Year War, The Game..) (1897)
  • 11 National Championships (1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948, 1997)
  • The Victors (1898)

Schembechler Class:

  • GO BLUE banner (1962)
  • Michigan Marching Band (1898)
  • 42 Big Ten Titles
  • First Rose Bowl (1902)
  • Heisman Trophy Winners (1940, 1991, 1997)
  • Notre Dame Rivalry / Teaching Notre Dame to play football (1887)
  • “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions” (1969)
  • Point-A-Minute era (1901-1904)
  • President Gerald Ford (1932-1934 player)
  • Bob Ufer

Crisler Class:

  • Little Brown Jug / Minnesota Rivalry (1903/1892)
  • Yost Field House / Arena (1923)
  • Colors: Maize and Blue (1867)
  • The Mad Magicians (1947)
  • Desmond Heisman pose (1991)
  • “1” in official stadium capacity (1955)
  • 100,000+ attendance streak (1975)
  • Let’s Go Blue” tune + chant (created 1972, Michigan stadium debut 1975)
  • “The Team, The Team, The Team..” speech (filmed in 1983, origins likely prior)
  • Drum major backbend / Drum major goalpost mace toss
  • Bo & Helmet award Decals/Stickers (1969-1982,1985-1994)
  • Varsity (1911)
  • Yellow and Blue (1886)
  • Saying, “Meeechegan”
  • U-M retired jersey numbers (98,47,48,11,87,21)
  • #1 Jersey tradition (Anthony Carter, Braylon Edwards – 1979)

Oosterbaan Class:

  • Michigan State Rivalry / Paul Bunyan Trophy
  • Announcing Slippery Rock Score/Game (1959)
  • Equipment Management (Henry Hatch / Jon Falk)
  • Michigan Football Legends Program – Numbers, Patch, Locker (2011=2014 – R.I.P)
  • Founding membership in Western/Big Ten Conference (1896)
  • Aerial objects:  Marshmallows (R.I.P.) / Toilet paper (R.I.P) / M flags on extendable flagpoles (R.I.P.)
  • Hawaiian War Chant/Temptation
  • Whiskey & Brandy / Dogs running with ball on the field (1968) (R.I.P)
  • Chicago/A.A. Stagg Rivalry
  • Slippery Rock score/game PA announcement (1959)
  • Band Takes the Field / Tri-Service Color Guard / National Anthem Presentation
  • “It’s Great to Be..a Michigan Wolverine” chant (circa ? early 1980s)
  • Cowbell with ‘Go Blue’

Bump Class:

  • Fourth Down / “You Suck”
  • MMB “Cake” Formation (1985)
  • Blue Brothers Dance (2008 Yost, 2011 M Stadium?)
  • Cheerleaders backflipping off the wall (R.I.P.)
  • Cheerleaders spelling Michigan in end zone
  • North / South Go Blue chant
  • Michigan Replay & the ‘Across 110th Street’ theme (R.I.P.)

 

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1 Comment

  1. MSU rivalry too low. #1 jersey “tradition” too high.