17. August 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: 2013

63909562 Let’s say by happenstance you are parked in a hotel bar in a far away land where certain sports, like cricket, are king. 

The locals are aware there’s an “American football” but can’t fathom how an amateur/college team could be as popular as a professional or national team. 

So here goes the question.  And to add a little context, I’m working on a piece on the winged helmet tradition, which turns 75 this season.  In the opening paragraph I started to write something about its place amongst the most defining characteristics of the Michigan program…and stumbled. 

The question:

Pick the most universally significant characteristic of Michigan football:

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P.S. I didn’t put “Tradition” in here because I don’t think you can’t really define what Michigan tradition means without mentioning one (or all) of the above.

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  1. The wins, both the counting number and the winning percentage, are the thread that connect Team 1 to Team 134, that connect Yost to Crisler to Oosterbaan to Bo to Lloyd to Brady. Although I am reminded that Michigan fans are really not all about winning, they’re all about not losing. Which, somehow, is an important difference.