It’s a bye week and I think this is timely for a few reasons. First, last week Ira and I put down a ‘This Week In Michigan Football History’ from 1973 and it included a more than a subtle mention of the infamous 1973 Rose Bowl vote. Next, WTKA is airing its annual salute to Ufer by broadcasting the ‘79 Michigan State game on Saturday. Finally, and most importantly, my pal Dr. Sap sent me this clip.
Here we have Ufer chatting with legendary WJR morning voice J.P. McCarthy on what I assume is the Monday (11/26/73) after the infamous vote by the Big Ten athletic directors following Michigan and Ohio State’s epic 10-10 tie.
The 6-4 vote sent Woody and the Buckeyes to Pasadena and Ufer wants names:
Here’s the breakdown:
* Don Canham (Michigan)
* Bump Elliott (Iowa)
* Bill Orwig (Indiana – former Michigan hoops and football player and assistant coach).
* Paul Giel (Minnesota – said he voted for Michigan).
OHIO STATE (6)
* Ed Weaver (Ohio)
* Cecil Coleman (Illinois)
* Tippy Dye (Northwestern)
* George King (Purdue)
* Elroy Hirsch (Wisconsin – played for Michigan via the V12 program from 1943-44)
* Bert Smith (Michigan State – U-M graduate)
Thanks to Dr. Sap for pulling this out of the archives.
Salute! via Dr. Sap’s archives
The Stanford Cardinals (yes, s) came to town exactly 39 years ago Saturday and surely braced themselves to face Bo Schembechler in the 1973 home opener. TWIMFbH gets into that game and much more. Have a listen…includes a couple salutes to the great Bob Ufer:
As discussed in the clip, the boys from Palo Alto hold a special place in Michigan football history as they were the lambs opponents vs. Fielding Yost’s undefeated, untied, and unscored upon Point-A-Minute crew in the 1902 Rose Bowl. Staring at a 49-0 deficit with eight minutes still left in the game, the Indians found the only white towel that wasn’t blood-stained and waved it, begging for mercy. It was granted.
Fast forward nearly four decades and it was once again Stanford who faced another one of the finest Wolverines squads in history—this time Fritz Crisler, Bob Chappuis and the Mad Magicians of 1947. Once again Michigan hung 49 (to Stanford’s 13) on October 4, 1947.
Bo Schembechler didn’t hold back either when the Cardinals visited in ‘73, thirty-nine years ago this Saturday, in fact he practically beat the “s” of the Stanford nickname (although that wouldn’t officially happen until 1981), winning 47-10.
But ‘73 is better remembered by U-M fans by the vote of Big Ten commissioners that occurred at the conclusion of the regular season. We salute you (see bumper sticker above) and We Never forget!
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 at the Wolverine Beer Tap Room.
Just a reminder the segment is sponsored by Stadium Trophy which has partnered with WTKA on its ‘Michigan High School Scholar Athlete of the Week Award’ segment.