27. November 2015 · Comments Off on Harmon Wins the Heisman (1940) | This Week in Michigan Football History · Categories: 2015 · Tags: , , , , , , ,

harmon-2_200 Did you know it was 75 years ago Saturday that it was announced Tom Harmon had won the Heisman Trophy?  Indeed, back then they voted, announced the winner and held a ceremony to honor the recipient at a later date.   So Saturday’s edition of #TWIMFbH talks a little about Old 98 and his finer moments on the gridiron (and off):

Yes, in the radio clip I said Harmon “gave birth”.  Ira busted my chops after that and wouldn’t let me edit it (to say “sired” or “fathered” which is probably a little more accurate, although I wouldn’t be against Harmon in life).

Readers know the 1940 Cal game is one of my favorites; especially the drunk fan incident.  More here and my tribute:

 

 

You can listen to all 6 years of This Week In Michigan Football History here.  And don’t forget to catch the whole KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff on WTKA 1050AM starting at 8am tomorrow, and of course live in the Bud Light Victors Lounge across from the Stadium on Main Street.   See you out there.

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Michigan Jug 1920s

Wooo!  If you want your Jug History dished out slowly over 1,000s of words, read every post in Little Brown Jug Lore here.

If that’s not your speed, here’s the history of the jug CRAMMED into a 3:45 audio clip:

You can listen to all 6 years of This Week In Michigan Football History here.  And don’t forget to catch the whole KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff on WTKA 1050AM starting 4 hours before each game, and of course live in the Bud Light Victors Lounge tomorrow starting at 11:30am.

 

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25. September 2015 · Comments Off on TWIMFbH: “Turtle Slow” Tom Brady takes on Nick Saban’s Spartans (1998) · Categories: 2015 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Tom Brady and Super Drew

Saturday’s edition of TWIMFbH jets back to the conference opener of 1998 – a battle against Nick Saban and the Spartans.  Tom Brady took all the snaps for the Wolverines in this gem, played on September 26, 1998:

You can listen to all 6 years of This Week In Michigan Football History here.  And don’t forget to catch the whole KeyBank Countdown to Kickoff on WTKA 1050AM starting 4 hours before each game, and of course live in the Bud Light Victors Lounge when they lace them up in Ann Arbor.   See you out there.

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It’s hard to defend any title, especially a national title, but that’s what Michigan and Lloyd Carr set out to do in 1998. Gone was Heisman winner Charles Woodson, but the team returned enough talent to earn a top 5 preseason ranking.

But things didn’t go as planned, and the year started 0-2 with losses at Notre Dame and at home against Syracuse. The Wolverines took the first step toward righting the ship by crushing our friends from Ypsilanti 59-20 to conclude the preseason.

On September 26 1998 the Wolverines opened the big ten slate with a huge one against rival Michigan State and head coach Nick Saban.

One of the big questions of the year was at quarterback, where junior Tom Brady was fighting for playing time in practice with freshman phenom Drew Henson. The jury was still out in the media and with the fans on who should lead the team. Henson had the hype and remarkable raw athleticism. Brady seemed to be a safe but the positively unexciting choice. That season one journalist described #10 this way: QUOTE “Brady still gets rattled, throws into coverage when he shouldn’t and is turtle slow, but seems to be maturing nicely as a leader.

Coach Carr decided to give the properly inflated ball to Brady and he never left the game.

Early on it looked like it could be the Spartan’s day – as a Plaxico Burress TD catch put the Green up 10-3, but that was nullified when Anthony Thomas dashed 69 yards to the hous to even things at 10.

Midway through the second Brady found Tai Streets for a 5 yard strike but our pesky friends from East Lansing wouldn’t go lightly, and they tallied a Bill Burke touchdown late in the second to make it Michigan 20, Spartans 17 at half.

Fans didn’t know at the time but that’s all Carr and Brady needed. The defense, led by Sam Sword’s 11 solo tackles and 4 assists, sacked the Spartans 6 times and pitched a shutout in the second half. The A Train pounded away on the ground, and Brady short touchdown run capped off the scoring in the 29-17 victory.

For more, check out WTKA.com and MVictors.com. For the Keybank Countdown to Kickoff, this is Greg Dooley.

10. February 2015 · Comments Off on Tom Leyden on Bo’s Passing (WTKA audio) · Categories: 2015 · Tags: , ,

Former U-M media relations legend Bruce Madej guest hosted in studio with Ira on WTKA this morning.  They were joined mid-morning by WXYZ sports director Tom Leyden who shared a few stories, notably this recap, perhaps never shared before, around his first hand experience of the events when Bo Schembechler passed away back in 2006:

 

Whoa!  And when you deliver a U-M football story that Madej hasn’t heard, you know you’ve got something.

H/T to GN for passing this along.

 

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17. October 2014 · Comments Off on Ufer Returns Saturday! · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , , , ,

1979 Michigan State

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

Continuing an awesome tradition, starting at 9am Saturday WTKA 1050AM will air another game from the Bob Ufer radio archives, this time the battle between the #11 ranked Michigan men and #16-ranked Michigan State at Spartan Stadium played on October 6, 1979.

A huge thanks to the great Dr. Sap, a few clips from the game for you:

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!

Stats, as you can see Braylon’s old man carried the load.  [more stats here]

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10. October 2014 · Comments Off on Getting Wild About Harrys | 1930 #TWIMFbH · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Michigan Purdue

For tomorrow’s evening affair, a trip back to 1930, a season that started with a double-header(!) in front of only 13,000 fans but was notable nonetheless.  In that year coach Harry Kipke got things working and started a string of 4 consecutive conference crowns.   October 11, 1930 was week 3 when his Wolverines faced defending league champ Purdue.  This game also marked the debut start of would-be superstar quarterback Harry Newman.  Check it out:

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 3pm.

 

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29. August 2014 · Comments Off on Oh Captain! My Captain! | Captain Jim Conley on WTKA · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , ,

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This morning 1964 championship team captain Jim Conley joined John U. Bacon on WTKA as part of the Fantastic Friday lineup.  Captain Conley covered a lot of ground – from leadership, to his unique set of teammates, to coach Bump Elliott – and of course shared a bunch of stories from that amazing season:

Conley also noted that the ‘64 team will be honored during the Minnesota game this year – which is great news.  Hopefully Bump (who is 89 and lives in Iowa) will be there.

 

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30. May 2013 · Comments Off on Talking Team One, Game One (WTKA audio) · Categories: 2013 · Tags: , , , ,

Team 1 - MichiganAs always it was pleasure to check into the WTKA 1050AM studio this morning to chat with Ira and Sam.  Today we discussed a little bit about the birthday of “Team 1”, the squad defeated Racine College 1-0 at White Stockings Park in Chicago on this day back in 1879.

And a bit of news out of this morning:  Yes indeed I will return in 2013 for my 4th year doing ‘This Week in Michigan Football History’ aka #TWIMFbH as part of the WTKA football pregame show…and I can’t wait.   Why Fraser’s Pub isn’t sponsoring this I’m uncertain.

You can listen to all of the WTKA podcasts here.

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A great interview with John Beilein on WTKA 1050AM this morning in the aftermath of the Duke game and of course the season.  He breaks down in detail a few situations in the final minutes of the game and of course talks to the future and how he thinks these guys will respond.  Enjoy:

As always – check out all of the WTKA podcasts here!

14. January 2011 · Comments Off on Dave Brandon joins WTKA and WDFN (audio 1-14) · Categories: Archive 2010 · Tags: , , , ,

AD Dave Brandon joined Sam and Ira this morning on WTKA.  You can hear this and all the WTKA podcasts here.

[Update, Brandon later joined 1130AM WDFN – second clip added:]

 

Funny, Brandon mentions in the second clip (WDFN interview) that he was impressed on how Hoke handled his appearance on Letterman: