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coolWhoa.  What happened?  Based on my straw poll of the press box, most media folk had BYU winning this one.  

So call BYU a good, at least a decent, team.  That was a mercy kill.  Offhand, that was probably the biggest beatdown of good team since, what? 38-0 Vol. I over Notre Dame in 2003?  

Rudock made good decisions with the pigskin.  Smith missed a couple holes but it didn’t matter because he’s a beast.  The defense was relentless and finished tackles.   Special teams were sound.  The playcalling was straight money and clearly the playbook is being cracked open to the later chapters.  Maybe there is magical khaki dust after all.

Assuming we handle Maryland on the road, heading back home to face Northwestern will be fun to watch.

It feels good man.  To the sights and sounds:

DER-EK JEET-AHH.  The Pope could have visited Michigan Stadium today and no one would have noticed:Jeter with Sarah Harbaugh

Above there’s Derek Jeter killing it in his Michigan hoodie, with suite ticket in pocket (does he really need a ticket?  to anything?) with Sarah Harbaugh on the left. 

Any fool who tried to get too close to #2 had to deal with Big Tony, aka The Captain’s Cleaner:

Derek Jeter's security at Michigan

Coach Edwards.  I strolled over to the opposing team suite (it’s on the same wing and floor as the media).  I asked if any former players from the 1984 BYU team were on prem.  A nice older woman told me, “I’m not sure about players, but the coach of that team is here,” and she gestured to an old man sitting against the window.  Sure enough, the man sitting a couple feet from me was legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards.

Coach Edwards was kind enough to pose for the photo below (left), at the time in much better spirits than when the ESPN cameras spotted him upstairs in the second half, flashing a double head palm:

LaVell Edwards Before and After

He led the Cougars in their finest hour, which was the last and only other time these teams met.  Twas the 1984 Holiday Bowl, where QB Robbie Bosco and crew defeated Bo & your beloved Wolverines to capture the national title.  Sap is still bitter about the whole thing but felt better Sunday morning.

Nasty Beasts.  Yes, the defense was nasty but not as much as these two.  Props to #1000SSS for another good choice on these epic game program covers, this time Bennie and Biff, the actual wolverines Yost procured and trotted out at the 1927 Michigan Stadium dedication game:

Biff and Bennie - Michigan Wolverines 

1980 Recognized:  Speaking of legends, the 1980 team was honored for the 35th anniversary of their championship team – and I ran into a few guys including Rich Hewlett and Doug James on the sideline. 

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Thanks to their “in” at adidas (none other than quarterback Johnny Wangler who works for the three stripes) they wore some cool gear including these hats:

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Left: Bruce Madej’s hat via @UMGoBlog.  Right: Devin Gardner got one and wore it well (via @MVictors):

Not that Ford but not Bad:  A staple on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (U-M JD ‘96) was a guest of the Regents and chilling with the Jeter Posse:

Harold Ford

Lytle.  Also honored today was the late and great Rob Lytle, such a warrior.  If you want to get a sense for the power of this dude, watch a few minutes of the 1976 Ohio State game.  Or just look at his helmet, here on the NCAA ‘06 cover via Dr. Sap:

Rob Lytle - Michigan

 

 

Uniform Notes.  Not much but whilst we’re on the topic:

  • The helmet stickers are getting out of control(!) – the helmets will be Hammersteined by mid-October – but so be it.   Consider that the third (or fourth?) string back is currently bedazzled through 3 games:

Ty Issac Helmet - Michigan

  • Not Uniform Timeline worthy, but Jeter got a 2015 beauty from Coach Harbaugh, naturally the Captain’s #2 and I’m sure Woodson and Hewlett would be ok with that:

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  • Another look at the Block M thigh pad that some of the players (maybe 1 in 8?) wear:

Block M on Thigh Pad T00nces the shutout inspiring Cougar, wisely trying to escape the gridiron:

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NIKE and Michigan

Pulled from the Uniform Timeline, a few tidbits from our history with the Oregonian goddess of victory:

1976:  Best we can tell (and by we, I mean me & the illustrious Dr. Sap), Nikes first appear on the feet of a Wolverine, here shown on #41, the great Rob Lytle (and yes that’s Ricky Leach killing it in the Pumas):

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1983: Nike becomes the exclusive shoe provider for Bo’s men.

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March 1994:  Michigan signs 6-year contract with Nike for, “apparel and shoes, totaling more than 23,000 items over six years for football, basketball, hockey, baseball, softball, swimming, wrestling, golf, tennis, field hockey, cross-country, track and field, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading squads.”

January 1, 1998:  Michigan wins Rose Bowl and the national championship. (OK, that wasn’t Nike’s doing – but clearly wearing the swoosh didn’t hurt).

July 2007:  U-M signs contract with adidas for footwear and apparel for all 25 U-M athletic teams. The new agreement begins with the 2008-09 academic year and extends through the 2016-17 season.

September 8, 2007:  Nike mogul Phil Knight buys rounds of drinks all over Ann Arbor before visiting the Big House to watch his Ducks destroy your beloved Wolverines – one week after The Horror:

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January 1, 2008:  Final Nike jersey appears after adidas deal signed.   Jerseys include Capital One Bowl patch on left chest on white jersey.  Lloyd Carr beats this guy and gives him a rub on the belly to make him feel better:

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April 13, 2013:  During spring practice quarterbacks wear orange Nike-manufactured Oregon State jerseys with black numbers with Adidas logo sewn on (left):

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Today: U-M reaches agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031.

 

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Here’s the next entry in ‘This Week in Michigan Football History’ to be played Saturday on WTKA 1050AM’s Key Bank Countdown to Kick-off pregame show before tomorrow’s battle against the Badgers.

This time we look back to 1976, as Bo was set to face off with Woody Hayes in the 8th battle of their 10 Year War.   Here’s the audio and it’s deeply laced with the voice of the great Bob Ufer and I love it:

A  hat tip to the great WolverineHistorian who compiled this collection of clips with Bob Ufer calls overlaid.  Watching Rob Lytle fly out of the backfield and break off those big chunks of years is a quite a spectacle:

The sponsor of This Week…is Wolverine Beer so here’s where you can find it.

You can hear all of the  This Week… clips here.