1969 Michigan Vanderbilt Program

This week we head back exactly 45 years to the opener of the 1969 season and a new era in Michigan Football History.  It was of course the debut of Bo…and Canham’s beloved new carpet:

Speaking of Canham’s carpet, I love this old shot of Dierdorf and Bo:

Bo and Dierdorf inspect new artificial turf

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here…And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge starting at 11:30am.

 

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This Week..heads back to September 6, 2008 with RichRod looking for his first win in Ann Arbor against Miami, OH.  For obvious reasons we quickly spin away from 2008 and take a little Notre Dame/Michigan history, specifically to the cancelation of 1910 that tossed gasoline on the rivalry:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here…And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge starting at 8am.

For more on the Notre Dame Rivalry:

#THWND!

 

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51 Yes sir!  This Week in Michigan Football History returns for its 5th season as part of the WTKA 1050AM (and new this year, Sports Extra 1330AM in Flint) KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff.

Saturday we relive THE HORROR we jump back 11 years to the rosy season of 2003, when John Navarre and Chris Perry led the Wolverines on another championship run.

Things started off on August 30, 2003 when our pals from Mount Pleasant came to town and kept it interesting before Perry and Navarre dialed up 4 straight touchdowns in the second half.   After stumbling on the road at Oregon and Iowa, Coach Carr’s crew responded in epic fashion, including the ridiculous comeback in Minnesota and the 51 Special [inset photo via the Michigan Daily] in East Lansing.

The regular season concluded in grand fashion with the glorious 100th game in Ohio State rivalry, as against Ohio State and Sweatervest McCheatypants came to town in late November and got served by the Victors Valiant.

 

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You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here…And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM and Sports Extra 1330AM in Flint or..inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge Saturday.

Script:

This Week in Michigan Football History we stroll back 11 years to August 30, 2003, to the opener of that very Rosy season as over 110 thousand fans welcomed the Chippewas of Central Michigan to the Big House.

Expectations of Lloyd Carr’s men heading into the season were as usual very high – and the Wolverines started the year as the #4 ranked team in the land.

The Chips didn’t expect to be much of a test for the potent Maize and Blue offense that featured seasoned quarterback John Navarre along with Braylon Edwards and would-be All American back Chris Perry.

But CMU kept things interesting…and to start the 2nd half they pulled together a 92-yard scoring drive to cut the U-M lead to 17 to 7.

That score no doubt sent a wakeup call to the men on the West sideline and he Wolverines answered the bell—with 4 straight touchdowns–and they rolled to a 45-7 rout.   Perry put up 232 yards on day 11 years ago, including a pair of TDs on the ground while Navarre contributed 245 through the air.

But the story of a season is rarely told in the opener, and that was no different in 2003.  Weeks later Michigan stumbled on the road at Oregon, and then Iowa to go to 4 and 2 midway through the year.

A trip to Minnesota was next to the battle for the JUG on a rare Friday night game.

Inside the Metrodome an inspired Gopher team rolled out to a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter putting Big Ten title hopes in serious jeopardy.  But in one of the all-time memorable comebacks, Michigan rallied for 31 points in the final stanza and strolled out of Minnesota, jug in tow.  The epic comeback victory seemed to propel the Wolverines, and a string of victories ensued.

Two weeks later Perry took the ball 51 times – yes 51 times – racked up 219 yards and smothered the 9th ranked Spartans in East Lansing.   And a couple weeks after that, the season concluded in grand fashion, as Michigan captured a 35-21 victory over the Jim “SweaterVest McCheaty Pants” Tressel & the Buckeyes in the 100th meeting of the fabled rivalry, earning Lloyd Carr and company another trip to the Rose Bowl.

For more, Checkout MVictors.com and WTKA.com – for the KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff, this is Greg Dooley.

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Hard Day's Night A Hard Night’s Day – via Hail to the Victors 2014

Yo!  I’ve been wrapped up for a while with all kinds of stuff, including working on some interviews and pieces that you coming up soon or this fall.  Things will being to ramp up on these pages soon heading up the season.  Things to look for:

  • Hail to the Victors 2014 –  Within the pages of mgoblog’s annual epic preseason book, this time I dropped in a piece on the widely ignored 1964 Big Ten/Rose Bowl championship team.  It takes you through the season primarily through the eyes of team captain Jim Conley, along with some help from his coach Bump Elliott and teammate Barry Dehlin.  Earmuffs!  It’s harsh – it’s spicy – and after you read it you won’t have a problem remembering the ‘64 team.
  • GoBlueWolverine Mag – Coming out before the season, I dropped in my interview with Bump Elliott that you’ll dig – it talks about the ‘64 team of course, but also gets into Woody, Bo, Bump feeling on his own legacy and much more.
  • 2014 Game Program – Still working on some stuff for the program (a few things in the works) and I  interviewed both Dan Dierdorf and Jim Brandstatter.  You’ll get the full interviews on these pages later on.  A sneak peak:

MVictors: You have a lot of friends in the business and many with Michigan ties. Any chance you’ll have a few visitors up in the radio booth during the year?

Dan Dierdorf: I would hope so. Yeah. Who knows who might stop by? I know I’ve extended an invite or two to some of the guys. Bob Seger has a home up by me in Northern Michigan. I know I have reached out to Bob, said “Hey, anytime you want to come to a game, feel free to stop by.” We’ll put him on the air for a while. He’s got a little bit of a following in Michigan.

MVictors: He sure does. How’s Bob as a person?

Dan Dierdorf: What a great guy. Just a wonderful guy. I’m not going to lie. I’m semi-starstruck around him. I’ve just been a fan of his for so long. He’s the most down to earth guy. If you didn’t know what Bob Seger looked like, you wouldn’t realize you’re in the presence of such a star by the way he acts. You’d think this is a guy that just drove up in a truck and wanted to hang out and talk for a while. Great guy.

More to come.

 

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OSU Michigan 1918

95 years ago this week the world was a very different place, and football took a backseat to international events. It was 1918 and while World War I was winding down, a massive flu epidemic raged across the globe.   Naturally these events affected the college football schedule but the 1918 Michigan men excelled all they way through the finale in Columbus:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Victors Lounge starting at 8am.

Beat Ohio.

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For this edition of This Week in Michigan Football history we head back four and a half decades to the home finale of the 1968 season, Bump Elliott’s final year at the helm of the Wolverines.

On November 16, 1968 the Big House was barely half full.  Those who didn’t bother to show certainly regret it as Michigan, Big Ten and heck, NCAA history was made by Bump’s badass back Mr. Ron Johnson.

347 yards on the ground.  One man.  Barely more than 3 quarters.   Ponder that here in 2013.   Today, Friday November 15, we are as far from that type of performance as we’ve been since that day 45 years ago.

Johnson, along with Elliott and Old 98, graced the program cover (above) for this game and this was fitting.   Johnson’s big day knocked out a couple of Harmon’s records, and of course it was Bump’s final home game.  (P.S. I want one of those vintage ‘68 coaches shirts).

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM starting at 11:30AM Saturday.

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For Saturday’s WTKA pregame show, we step back to the first game after the stock market crash of 1929.   It was a biggie and yielded this iconic program cover:harvard MichiganDespite the financial mess just days earlier, 87,000 fans packed the big to witness the heavyweight clash.   While Yost had established Michigan as a national power long ago, the Wolverines had, up to this point, failed to beat or even score on Harvard in their four previous meetings dating back to the 1880s.   That changed on this day in Michigan Football History 84 years ago on Saturday:

Here’s the clip:

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Victors Lounge.

Stark Wire photo from the 1935 Penn game.  That’s U-M’s Stark Ritchie toting the pigskin.  (via eBay)

Harry Kipke was an All-American start on Fielding Yost’s squads in the early 1920s, and then took a shot a coaching, first as an assistant at Missouri, then took the head coaching job up the road at Michigan State in 1928. When the head coaching job came free in Ann Arbor, Yost brought Kipke home and he got off to a fast start.   But then 1934 hit:

That 16-6 win over Penn in 1935 was probably Kipke’s last great win of his coaching career.

You can find more on the Willis Ward vs. Jesse Owens match-up here, and if you can Owens stomach it, the run down of why Kipke was fired here.   And if you need more on the 1934 Georgia Tech game controversy, grab Stunt3 Multimedia’s epic documentary today.

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live today on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM.

Related:  I’ll be shoving off to East Lansing so check back here and on Twitter for sights, snark, and sounds.

Last week for TWIMFbH we shot back to 1901, Fielding Yost’s perfectly perfect first season in Ann Arbor.   For Saturday’s edition we march a mere three years forward to 1904 when on that day in Michigan Football history we welcomed the spring lambs from the American Medical School (Chicago) to Ann Arbor.   Just three days later on the Saturday that followed Michigan faced West Virginia and unleashed a batch of whoopass not seen before or since:

Yes, I said “Yostmen”.   The beating put down that day was truly epic – Michigan scored 22 touchdowns in the 130 to 0 humiliation.   I read a portion of the hilarious report from The Daily New Dominion (Morgantown WV); here’s more for you via the Michigan Alumnus archive:

West Virginia Paper

Bahahaha. When the jokes stopped they got an actual quote from one of the Mountaineer players who was clearly stunned by how Yost’s machine operated.   Keep in mind this was 1904:

“The signals were given for the next play when the preceding one started.  Sometimes the play was off before we got lined up.”

The Alumnus also had the note about Baird’s unfortunate bicycle crash after the game and Yost’s contract extension:

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A funny stat – doing some rough math, with a comp package worth about $2.5M, Brady Hoke gets paid about $3,500 per offensive snap each season. :)

You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here….sponsored in 2013 by Ziebart of Yspilanti.    And don’t forget to catch it live tomorrow on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or in the Bud Light Victors Lounge.

Related:  Speaking of tomorrow, don’t forget to head down to SAE for the Mudbowl at around 10:30AM, and check out John U. Bacon’s salute to this great tradition here.   And while it won’t get as much action as Super Bowl XLIX, I have SAE as 4 1/2 favorites over Phi Psi.

 

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