Guest post by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis

Well, I was one of those guys who predicted a shutout against Maryland – just not like that – yikes!   The defense is starting to look very 1980/1985-ish.  But the offense?  The offense is still a work in progress, or is it?  I don’t know.  I guess we’ll find out where this team is in the next two weeks.  In the meantime, here are the Champions for the Maryland Game:

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION – Gotta go with Drake Johnson. With no De’Veon Smith and Ty Isaac not being able to hang on to the ball, The Drake made plays and looked comfortable running the ball – brace and all on his left knee. When the team was sputtering and looking for a spark on “O,” #20 made the most of his opportunity.

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – It’s obvious the D-Line is playing lights out these past few games, but when the game/match was resembling an FA Cup Final and tied nil-nil after 15 minutes, Desmond Morgan was the difference on defense. His INT and strip thwarted Maryland drives when the game was still in doubt. The more I see of #3, the more I think that he is starting to look like a classic Michigan middle linebacker.

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – Speaking of soccer, you do realize that the winning points came from the kicker, don’t you? Yes, he missed one FG early, but Kenny Allen accounted for 8 points against Maryland. If the kicker is good for 8 or 9 points on the road, I’ll take that every week.

UNIFORM CHAMPION – Back in 1975, Ricky “The Peach” Leach and company wore white socks with their road white uniforms. It was a classic & clean look.


But Saturday against Maryland, Michigan came out with white socks on top of a blue lycra legging:

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It looked sharp and reminded me of another timeless look from 1969:


I’d say stick with the blue & white stockings for the rest of the year – you have the Dr. Sap Seal of Approval! :)


Decals dealt out in previous weeks:

    Decals dealt out in previous weeks:

    • Utah: Jake Butt, Jabrill Peppers, Blake O’Neill, (Uniform: White Road Uniforms), John Kryk
    • Oregon State:  De’Veon Smith, Chris Wormley, Delano Hill, The Coaching Staff
    • UNLV:  Ty Issac, Channing Stribling, Blake O’Neill
    • BYU: Jake Rudock, Defensive Line, Jabrill Peppers, (Uniform: Properly Hiked up White Socks), Amara Darboh
    • Maryland: Drake Johnson, Desmond Morgan, Kenny Allen, (Uniform: Blue lyrca leggings).


eBay provides a seemingly never-ending flow of classic photos featuring historic Michigan figures or scenes.   Today here are a few favorites after scanning the auction site:

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The Cake of Victory – Bo’s men famously cut down Ohio 24-12 in 1969 and soon after, apparently the Ann Arbor Quarterbacks Club had Schembechler slice up this victory cake.   

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Ferry Facility – A very cool shot of the athletics “Club House” facility outside Ferry Field.  Via the U-M Bentley Historical Library:    

A “club house,” or locker room, located at the east end of Ferry Field, was completed in time for the 1912 football season. Previously the Michigan and visiting teams used the locker rooms in Waterman Gym on the north edge of campus, making the almost one mile trek along State Street before and after games. The building, designed in the style of an old English club house by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, provided separate locker room facilities for home and visiting teams as well as offices and lecture rooms for the Michigan coaches, as well as a lounge area. Total cost of the club house and equipment was $37,000. Now known as the Marie Hartwig Building, the former club house currently houses the Ticket Office, Sports Information Office, Development Office and other Athletic Department administrative offices.


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All Whites Omelets  – From the ‘76 Orange Bowl.  Those stripes!  All that white!  Would you like to see the all-whites return? 


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MVictors_Banner_Marawatch2 God bless your cotton pickin’ maize and blue fedora-covered ears, old Ufe returns Saturday.

Continuing an awesome tradition, starting at noon Saturday WTKA 1050AM will air another game from the Bob Ufer radio archives, this time the 1976 battle between the #1 ranked Michigan men and Stanford from Ann Arbor on September 18, 1976.   Here’s the game boxscore from the U-M Bentley Historical Library if you need it:

1976 Stanford

So after weeks of ignoring those important in your life, tune in while you are making good with your spouse, friends, family or putting rake to leaf in the yard.   Go Blue!

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[Ed. Given I ran into big Russell Davis on Saturday, what a perfect time for this guest post by Dr. Sap!]

Russell Davis

Guest post by Dr. Steve “Sap” Sapardanis

Back in the 1970s, the first week of January was typically not a good one for the Michigan Football team or its players.  It usually meant devastating Rose Bowl defeats.  But on January 6th, 1979, Rick Leach and Russell Davis changed all that.

Leach was one of three QB’s for the East All-Stars playing in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii.  Russell Davis was playing fullback for the East squad in the East-West Shrine Game played in Palo Alto, California.

Many expected Leach to be overshadowed by his more high profile counterparts – Notre Dame’s golden boy, Joe Montana and Penn State’s Heisman Trophy runner-up, Chuck Fusina.  Davis was just a fullback…and when had a fullback ever done anything of note in an All-Star or Bowl Game?

When the day was over with, Bo Schembechler had to have been all smiles.

Each player walked away with Offensive MVP honors in both games.

Leach showed a national TV audience that he could throw the football with the best of them, completing 7 of 12 passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He led the East All-Stars on a 23-point 4th quarter comeback that had to have gotten the attention of one certain QB who was watching on the sidelines.

All Davis did to earn his MVP award was rush for 200 yards on 27 carries. Oh yeah, he also scored SIX touchdowns!  Those six TDs were the most scored by a player in Shrine game history.

Davis had neither carried the ball that many times in a single game for Michigan, nor had he ever run for as many yards in one game as a Wolverine.   And he certainly never scored 6 TDs in one contest for the Maize and Blue.

Afterwards, a tired Davis said, “I’m going home and rest…I’ll sit back and watch the rest of them (games) on TV.”

After a performance like that, who could blame him?


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devin gardner michigan 
Most eyes were on #7, that’s QB Devin Gardner of course

What a great day and I couldn’t resist swinging by to check out the first practice of the year out at Schembechler Hall.  

Big news?  QB Nick Sheridan is hanging up the cleats and Rodriguez advised he intends pursue coaching.  He’s got a semester or so of work left and I guess he can’t technically be an assistant until he finishes up.  Sheridan was watching practice today and I’m going to try to do an interview in the next couple weeks.  Stay tuned.

Anyway, here’s a few photos from the big day.  Rodriguez spoke to the media for about 10 minutes and eventually we got to head outside to watch 4 “periods” (5-8) of practice:

ryan van bergen ESPNJoe Schad of ESPN interviews Ryan Van Bergen


fred jackson michigan playersFred Jackson coaching up the backs

wolverines spring pratice Calvin Magee works with the backs as well


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Denard Robinson warms up.  Rodriguez admitted that they’ll be doing “different things” with #16, “moving him around.”  RR hinted that this would be at WR.

defense michiganThe guys wearing blue are the defense.  Here the corners working on getting low.

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That’s Ricky Leach (holding his lucky blue jacket) along with some former players.

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 hitting the sled

 leap drill

 michigan quarterbacks


I know this is what you want:

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devin gardner throws

 devin gardner throws