Did I tell you to order the Notre Dame program. Inside is an special audio clip including the calls from Musberger and Beckmann on ‘The Catch’ in the 1991.  Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that before.

That is nice of course, but they also inserted a couple choice snippets of the audio from Gary Moeller’s headset before the play.  How they have that I have no idea.

In the clip first you hear someone [not Moeller, perhaps Grbac?] calling the play, which appears to be, “Right side 29, Caesar or Ghost.”  Then you hearMoeller talking to Grbac, presumably in the huddle right before the play: “If you’ve got a simple completion, throw it.”

Then the next part is amazing.  Moeller then is talking directly to Howard, telling the Heisman candidate: “Desmond, you’ve gotta look it in.”  Jeez that is awesome.  (and he did):

desmondIt gets better.

You then hear Moeller talking to the coaches on the headset, presumably as the team is lining up, telling them exactly what is about to happen:

Moeller: “You know what we’re gonna do right now?  He’s gonna throw it to Desmond and Desmond’s going to score a touchdown…”

I love it.

[Update: posted all of the clips here, including the full length of Moeller.  Funny, after he says “..and Demond’s going to score a TD…He asks, “J, should I be kicking a field goal?” LOL.  After the play he adds, “That kid in unbelievable..” ].  Here it is:


Memo to AD Dave Brandon, we need some more headset audio of Bo, Mo, Lloyd and whatever else you have.

07. September 2011 · Comments Off on Hoisting A Legend · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , , , ,

Author Bill Roose was kind enough to send along an excerpt from his new book on Desmond Howard titled, “I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard”.  The book is dropping this week around Ann Arbor and will be available at the game on Saturday.

While we’ve all seen the famous photo of Desmond making ‘The Catch’, how about this shot from page 69 of I Wore 21 of Howard celebrating with the lineman and the madness over in the student section?  Look at the faces of the guys running up to him:


Side note: I’m probably in that photo somewhere, over to the left.  It’s up there with Woodson’s 1997 interception in East Lansing as the greatest Michigan catch I’ve witnessed.

Here’s a clip from chapter two, Grbac talking about the play:

Quarterback Elvis Grbac is still amazed by what Howard did that day. “I threw the ball up and it was really incomplete, to tell you the truth,” Grbac said. “Then at about the 5-yard line, Des looks up and he goes into another gear and absolutely runs by the corner and there are not too many guys who can do that. "That was a catch that just propelled him through the entire season, because now once we got inside the 20-yard line, people were like, ‘OK, what’s he going to run? Nobody’s going to stop him.’ After that ND game we could do whatever we wanted with Des.”

Looking forward to seeing my classmate and Heisman Trophy winner honored on Saturday.

More details on the book and where to find it here.

A quick edition of eBay Watch, looks like another Michigan championship ring up for auction, this time a 1990 Big Ten Championship Ring.  Here’s a look:


A few notes:

  • Like most of these rings it’s 10K gold.
  • It appears as though the stone is maize colored, the first time I can recalled seeing that.
  • Reads "Big Ten Champions" around the stone.
  • One side reads "Count On Me" which I take to be the team slogan that season, along with the score 35-3 below an alligator.  That of course is a nod to the 1991 Gator Bowl when Gary Moeller’s men crushed Mississippi (Wolverine Historian YouTube).   That’s the game the entire Michigan offensive line (Dean Dingman, Tom Dohring, Greg Skrepenak, Matt Elliott, Steve Everitt) was named the MVPs of the game.  Steve Everitt told the Ole Miss guy across him, "YOU LIKE THAT, HUH??" a record 17 times that day.
  • The other side features the player/coach name, a depiction of the Big House and their position/role on the team.

This one belonged to a coach named "Robinson".  There wasn’t a major position coach on the team with that surname but the team photo does reveal a David Robinson, fourth from the right in the seventh row, probably supporting S&C or another group:


So…this probably was this man’s ring.  Having featured a bunch of rings on this site, I’ll insert the standard disclaimer here: don’t assume anything about how or why this ring ended up on eBay.  It could have been lost, stolen, given to a friend or relative, lost in a poker game (damn!) or maybe Robinson was creeped out by alligators.

The seller is asking $1,999.00 (too much) for this beauty.  

P.S.  A big hat tip to reader Dan O. for pointing this auction out to me.  If you ever see anything in an attic or on eBay you think is pretty unique, give me a virtual jingle.

Other rings that have been up on eBay over the past couple years:

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