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The Teams: 1991

The Teams: 1991

June 1, 2020

How many times have you been mistaken for Eddie Azcona, Tyrone?

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Special Guests: We've got both defensive captain/Butkus winner Erick Anderson, and 1991 scout team running back of the year Tyrone Wheatley!

1. SETUP AND PAYOFF

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Year 2 of Gary Moeller, coming off a year Iowa went to the Rose Bowl after Michigan lost to them and MSU by a point in consecutive weeks. Stadium renovated, back to grass! This one's personal.

2. THE TEAM

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Offense: Elvis Grbac is Dr. Touch. Stacked backfield; Ricky was the cutter, Jesse had the feet, Wheatley had the speed, Legette had no neck. Desmond went into the season #2 to Derrick Alexander, who got hurt and walk-on Yale Van Dyne stepped up. Big, mean, versatile OL. Ty Wheatley's recruiting story.

Defense: Mike Evans is a walk-on from Massachusetts, Lance Dottin's another big time athlete from there. Hutchinson makes everyone look good, Buster Stanley and Tony Henderson were young for NG but great. Athletes in Brian Townsend and Neil Simpson rotate with big Martin Davis. Young corners Dwayne Ware and Alfie Burch and new safeties Otis Williams and Corwin Brown replacing longtime starters. J.D. Carlson's XP streak.

3. THE NONCONFERENCE

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Slow BC start and constant big plays getting called back: no panic, just a setup for the Massachusetts guys to shine. Two big-time games: not gonna lose a 5th in a row to Notre Dame, total confidence even on the 4th and 1 call, but ND was full of talent. FSU threw out all the trick plays, including the Transcontinental, had some All-Americans, but Michigan was just as good.

4. THE BIG TEN AND ROSE BOWL

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 Team finds itself, offense redesigned not just for Desmond but for scoring quickly so they don't have another FSU. Dangerous MSU and more dangerous Indiana, which needs a goal line stand (suck it Erick's brother!). Sleepy midseason—freshmen hit a wall, coaches keep them motivated for blowouts of Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, and Illinois. Ready for everything Ohio State had. Washington was another story—most talented team they played. Cornerbacks playing linebacker, linebacker playing end, and one of the best players of the era at DT.

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MUSIC:

  • "Scenario"—A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Lithium"—Nirvana
  • "Breakdown"—Guns 'n Roses
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 11.26: Everybody’s Had Their Bananas

MGoPodcast 11.26: Everybody’s Had Their Bananas

May 25, 2020

"I pooped."

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Proceeds from the "Those Who Stay Home" collection are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine.

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[Hit THE JUMP for the writeup and the player]

1. Basketball Picks up Two or One Grad Transfers

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Something is weird with the recruitment of Nojel Eastern. Definitely the weirdest player in the Big Ten but not a bad one. Also got the kid from Wake Forest, who's 100% coming provided he gets a waiver. Chaundee Brown can shoot if you set him up but he's not a creator of his own shot. How do they all fit together? How much of a load can we put on Wagner?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

 

2. Do They Play Football?

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If they're determined to have students on campus and play, what does that look like? Things at the start of fall don't actually look much different from where things were the moment they canceled the Big Ten Tournament. But they're going to do it anyway, at least until public pressure from something going horribly wrong ends it.

3. Hot Takes and Football Recruiting

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We don't even get to all the commits, just the 4-star defensive players because it looks like there are about to be a whole bunch of them. Are they all going to play anchor? Of course!

4. Gimmicky Top Five Weirdest Game Environments

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A lot of sad games and 2014 games and then Seth brings out the Comerica Park flying ants game.

MUSIC:
  • “Unbroken, Unshaven”—The Budos Band
  • “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Single Version)”—Car Seat Headrest
  • “Daydream in Blue”—I Monster
  • “Across 110th Street”
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MGoPodcast 11.25: On Lockdown

MGoPodcast 11.25: On Lockdown

April 22, 2020

"I'm trying very hard not to impulsively adopt a cat."

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We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now.

AND THEY ARE DOING THIS FOR CHARITY: Proceeds from UGP and the Bo Store right now are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

1. Construction/Deconstruction of Michigan's Basketball Roster

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Program was blindsided by DDJ and Castleton leaving, Isaiah Todd getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a suddenly cash-throwing G-league, and Josh Christopher going full Dave Brandon. Would we be this disappointed if both five-stars had bailed earlier? Good class for building for the future but it grates that we have the bad luck for the G League to start paying people half a million out of nowhere. It's going to be kind of a NTDP for the NBA: will force Michigan to go more into Top-30 guys instead of Top-10 guys. Talk Mike Smith: what's he good at? Vulnerabilities? Michigan might look for a late-riser recruit or if immediate transfers are allowed that'll be a big market.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Football Massachusetts Recruiting

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Boston College blogger confused how Michigan expects to win championships with Boston College's guys. Exception: tight end. If you're going to get a 3-star out of Massachusetts it should be a Kwity Paye or Mo Hurst (who was nearly a 4-star and had an Ohio State offer). Can't compete with the big teams unless you get those talented defensive tackles—Michigan used to get them and now they're trying to Moneyball them.

3. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Five

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Hot takes will make you angry but we've forgotten how to do this (also bring up the Fuegobox Choco Challenge: if 25 people play and tag Seth on twitter Seth will eat a death chocolate bar as well. Things go off the rails pretty quickly, and we are HUGE nerds. CFBRisk has two levels: participation and Texas A&M memes. If you invite Seth to your D&D group he will probably accept.

4. Rapid Fire Questions from the Internet

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The A-Team of Michigan. Non-con home-and-home in football & hoops you'd like to see? Best & worst things about quarantine. Most important pantry stable. Favorite "social distancing" play. Strangest draft anomaly? Best way to ensure people stay 6 feet away from you? Favorite board game. Best game to watch during stay-at-home. Can you just make fun of MSU? Favorite Ann Arbor streets? Impact of shortened season? Writers who had the greatest influence on us (I skipped to save you all from 30 minutes of me naming people, and from having to defend Mitch Albom being on the list. Also Chris B. Brown and James Light as X's and O's writers, the guy who used to draw MS Paints on plays in the diaries was the inspiration for Neck Sharpies, Tres Crow, John Kryk and Steve Sap and Greg Dooley for drawing me into Michigan history, all the guys Brian & Ace mentioned especially DFW, Joe Falls, Adam Jacobi, the Banner Society folks, Natalie Wiener…I can't.

MUSIC:
  • "Ain't Gonna Give It Up"—Charles Bradley
  • "I Dream of Spring"—K.D. Lang
  • "Heroin"—The Velvet Underground
  • “Across 110th Street”
The Teams: 1973

The Teams: 1973

April 18, 2020

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Special Guest this Week: Bob Thornbladh, former fullback, former Michigan assistant coach, and former Michigan broadcaster. As you might have guessed, he's got a lot to say.

1. WATERGATE AND PUNK ROCK

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It's Year Five in the Ten Year War. The height of Big Two, Little Eight. 1972: Michigan wins every game, the officials blow Harry Banks’s TD dead inside the 1, and Bo goes for the win (FG would have gone to the Rose Bowl?). 1972 was the first year freshmen were eligible so the sophs had mostly played and there were redshirt freshmen. 1972 is when Title IX was enacted. Goes into effect in 1973.

New staff: Jim Young leaves for Arizona, taking Mike Hankwitz with him. Replaced with Jack Harbaugh and Elliot Uzelac. What did they do with Tirrel Burton?

National powers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas.

2. THE TEAM

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[Hit THE JUMP for the player and rest of the writeup]

3. THE GAMES

1:06:33: @IOWA 31-7. Rainy and fumbly. Don't worry, Jack Harbaugh.

1:13:30: "STANFORD" 47-10. MMB goes co-ed. Vengeance is mine, sayeth The Leg.

1:19:13: NAVY 14-0. Eugene Robinson's column about firing Bo. One team runs a West Coast passing spread and is worried about stopping the no-run triple-option. The other team is Michigan.

1:26:29: OREGON 24-0. Franklin sits, Cipa passes, Chapman's short.

1:30:07: @MICHIGAN STATE 31-0. Gerald Ford's nomination, splish splish State fumbles.

1:38:17 WISCONSIN 35-6. Shutout streak ends on freak play late. “Thornbladh at LG broke loose for 31.”

1:49:16 @MINNESOTA 34-7. The Gordie Bell game.

1:45:21 INDIANA 49-13. The Dog Game.

1:54:20 ILLINOIS 21-6. Bob Blackman comes from Dartmouth. Pass-first with Jeff Hollenbach.

1:57:00 @PURDUE 34-9. 6-3 lead before an animated halftime talk by Bo.

Thornbladh takes us through the offense and how it worked back then.

4. THE GAME

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Ten Year War hits its peak. Cornelius Green vs Dennis Franklin: two African-American quarterbacks starting against each other in the biggest game in football. Ohio State is #1 since end of September. OSU led by John Hicks, tears down the banner, gets an early lead. Archie Griffin dominates the first half, OSU builds a 10-0 lead. Michigan fights back and ties it 10-10, clearly the better team, but Franklin goes out. Bo tries a 56 yarder but it misses by an inch.

2 - 1974.M.Rose.Bowl.bumper.sticker

The Vote: Michigan gets screwed by Woody convincing other ADs, including two Michigan alums, to send the Buckeyes to face a terrible USC team because Franklin hurt his shoulder.

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MUSIC:
  • "Kodachrome"—Paul Simon
  • "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"—Al Green
  • "Paper Roses"—Marie Osmond
  • “Across 110th Street”
The Ace Pod 2.3: On Another Ocean, wsg Stu Douglass

The Ace Pod 2.3: On Another Ocean, wsg Stu Douglass

March 30, 2020

“That moment and that feeling, the hush of that crowd, that sticks with me most vividly, for sure.”

I’m very excited to welcome Stu Douglass onto the show. The two-time Michigan basketball captain needs little introduction; he graduated in 2012 as the program’s all-time leader in games played and fifth in three-pointers made. Since his U-M career, he’s spent most of his professional basketball career in Israel, where he currently resides—a tricky situation at the moment that we discuss at length.

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

SEGMENT ONE: RUNNING THE ISO IN ISRAEL

We discuss Stu’s current contract situation in Israel, why he stayed when other Americans left for home, and what it’s like being isolated away from his home country. Stu discusses the challenges of staying in playing shape and how that could impact the restart of basketball in any league—there are major risks for players in moving too quickly but money will influence leagues to push it.
Stu has some business plans and I probably should charge a commission if he takes my advice but we’re calling this one a freebie. We move into talking about his playing career in Israel, getting used to the country and style of basketball, sage advice he received early in his career, and the differences between Israeli ball (“half-assed sets and getting into a ball screen”), the NCAA/NBA, and other European leagues.

SEGMENT TWO:

We take it back to Stu’s playing career at Michigan, starting with a discussion of the 2011 MSU game and where it stands among his most memorable moments. There’s one in here that most of you will not guess. Stu reveals who Zack Novak was yelling at during the Aneurysm of Leadership—that answer also may surprise you, as it certainly surprised him.

He also discusses the behind-the-scenes, business-like approach even the most clean-cut college coaches take in the NCAA. John Beilein called him soft in his first drill at Michigan. We talk Beilein’s departure from Michigan and whether it came as a surprise to him, how much he keeps up with the current team, and his thoughts on how fans perceive the early entry process versus the realities for the players.

The Teams: 1918

The Teams: 1918

March 19, 2020

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Special Guest this Week: John U. Bacon, author of OVERTIME, ENDZONE, THREE & OUT, BO'S LASTING LESSONS, and other books, like WWI one about the greatest disaster you've never heard of.

1. WAR AND DISEASE: THE WORLD IN 1918

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Germans start using U-Boats. Russia drops out, U.S. enters the war in April 1917. But the U.S. takes a year to get there. "Spanish” Flu: Killed 50 to 100 million globally. U.S. loses 110,000 in the war, 40% of whom die of the flu, and most of these before they even went abroad. Especially hit children (today they think people who’d gotten other flus had some immunity built up). Most who died did so from pneumonia. Spread from Camp Devens near Boston. U.S. didn’t want to incite panic so they kept it out of headlines and purposefully didn’t respond quickly.

Epidemic hit peak fear on October 11 and ⅔ games were called off. Athletic:

By the start of November, just 87 college games had been played nationwide. In 1916 and 1917, those figures had been 291 games and 253 games, respectively. The following season, 287 games would be played across the country before November.

[Hit THE JUMP for the player and rest of the writeup]

2. JOHN U. BACON

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Rule changes: eligible receivers can catch the ball anywhere on the field.  Threat of cancellation: Germany’s spring offensive in 1918 was followed by the Allies’ 100 days offensive, and in the middle of that the Big Ten considered calling off its games. War teams: Chicago Naval Reserve went 4-0 vs Chicago, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota. Because so many players are leaving for the war they lift the Freshman rule for a year.

ROTC created in 1916 but can’t wait two years so they also create the SATC to train officers quickly. Most of the football team joined (since you could be drafted if you didn’t). Penn, Michigan’s rival through its Big Ten hiatus, lost 6 players in 1918. Every Saturday you’d have to field a different lineup. Stagg:

“I think I voice the sentiments of every coach in the country when I say we will teach football this season for Uncle Sam without having the desire to win foremost in our minds,” Stagg said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Our first thoughts will be to get the men into physical condition, teach them how to think and act quickly and show them the best way of charging and blocking. Team play in football corresponds to the unity of attack in the army. I think playing the game will make better officers.”

SATC means the federal govt, not NCAA, can set standards. Left it to the War Dept.

War Department (now State Dept) was running the homefront: quarantines and travel restrictions were being promulgated all summer. Finally clarified them in October:

  1. Academic standards

  2. No more than one and a half hours per day of football practice,

  3. No football games in October that required an absence from campus for a period longer than “Noon to Taps on Saturday”

  4. Only 4 November games per school, two at home, two on the road “which shall in no case involve longer absences than from retreat Friday to taps Sunday.”

  5. Can’t charge high admission for any game involving a military team.

Pitt bitched because they had to go into the city to use their field so they lost half their practice time getting there. Minnesota turned their entire program over to the local military guy (commandant), as in the Minnesota coaches were told to take a hike.

3. THE TEAM

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Lose almost everybody, including second year in a row their captain (Tad Wieman) leaves to go fight in the war (he enlisted in the Aviation Corps). Also lost halfback Eddie Usher after the first game.

Who’s back then? Goetz (moved from end to guard to tackle), and Cohn.

BACKS:

Quarterback Kenneth T. “Mike” Knode (Sr) Was Maryland’s starting QB and transferred to Michigan. More of a baseball star, played pro ball for the St. Louis Cardinals. Older brother of Robert Knode, who also played for Michigan before becoming a Cleveland Indians All Star. He’s in the Univ of Maryland Hall of Fame.

Left Halfback John S. “Jack” Perrin (Jr). From Escanaba, left after the 1918 season and served in the Navy two years, then played again in 1920. Had a cup of coffee with the Red Sox in 1921 and bounced around the minors then tried pro football. Hart-like.

Right Halfback Abe Cohn (junior) (5), ACTING CAPTAIN: Star in basketball too. Jewish son of Russian immigrants, from Spokane (born in Portland, Oregon), dad and bros owned a furniture business. Via the Free Press he was a Brandon Minor/De’Veon Smith type:

"He made a gain practically every time he was given the ball and, when he was stopped, it always took two or three men to turn the trick.

Could have played into 1919 but redshirted basically so he could play in 1920, since 1919 was going to be packed with guys who were back from the war. Could play end or fullback too. Later became the head football and basketball coach at Whitworth College then Spokane University. On the side he was a PCC (now Pac 12) official, the last good one.

Fullback/Punter/Kicker Frank Steketee (Fr) Deserves mention among the great Michigan special teams specialists and great all-around athletes. Rare Freshman, president of his class, was supposed to be behind Eddie Usher but Usher got called up after the Case Western game, in which Stek had impressed as a sub.

In a punting era Frank was the best until Kipke--Stek once kicked a 100-yarder they say. Also one of the early range kickers, winning three big games in 1918 with his long FGs. Scored all the points in the Cuse game and intercepted the GW pass. Also had a hand in all 14 points against Ohio State, including a 73-yard punt that stopped at the 2 yard line. Only player in the West on the All-American team.

Member of M’s first swim team and a great gymnast (not yet a varsity sport), and played on the M hockey team a bit.  Steketee himself got called up in 1919 and served overseas in the Navy, came back and was all-Big in 1920. Served again in WWII as a medic.

FB Edward Usher: Injured after first game. Called up.

Backups: HB/QB Harlan Walker (Jr). Started the first game at QQ; RHB William R. Cruse (Jr) Detroiter who went on to be a football and basketball coach in Iowa.

ENDS:

Left End/RE: Robert Jerome Dunne (Fr). Class of 1922. Yes, Chicagoans THAT Dunne--his father Edward F. Dunne was the mayor of Chicago then governor of Illinois. Candidate for best all-around athlete at Michigan: starred in track and basketball as well, and represented the U.S. in track at the 1920 Olympics in the Pentathalon. Came back and moved to guard on the 1920 and 1921 teams, was 1st team All-American in 1921. Went on to be the line coach at Northwestern, Harvard, and Chicago. Became a state court judge in Illinois. Probate judge oversaw the sale of the White Sox to Bill Veeck.

Brother Maurice played for Yost 1913-16, and two more older brothers were athletes at Michigan. and another from 1944 plus and Arthur Dunne

Right End: Theodore or Edwin Boville? (Soph)

RE Arthur Karpus (So) Mostly a basketball star. Started the 2nd game (Chicago) only. Football/baseball/basketball star was the captain of the 1920-21 hoops team that won M’s first Big Ten championship. Became a mechanical engineer and worked for the highway commission.

End Fred Hendershot didn’t play much but he’s the great grandfather of the Indiana TE.

LINE:

Center: Henry A. “Ernie” Vick (Fr) The other star freshman would go on to be in the college football Hall of Fame. Vick was great at D and snapping. Kipke later said Vick was the best center since Germany Shultz. Said Yost:

“He is the most accurate passer from center that has ever put a ball into play. Under pressure he was dependable at all times.”

Mostly a big boxy “line plunger” (middle linebacker). Was finally All-American as a senior--by then Yost was consulting Vick on plays.
Later was the catcher for Grover Cleveland Alexander on the 1920s St Louis Cardinals (Branch Rickey was coaching M baseball). Won a World Series in 1926. After baseball Vick came back as Michigan’s line coach for a time, then played some pro football, ending up on Halas’s Bears. Was later a football official for the Big Ten, and worked the Rose Bowl. Ended up in Ann Arbor.

C Elmer W. “Earl” Cress: Started the Case game and played well.

Left Tackle Angus Goetz (Soph). From Sault Ste. Marie, studied medicine at Michigan. Started the first game at guard. Had the huge punt block, elected captain in 1919 and 1920.

"There is one star on the team, and that is Goetz, a great player. ... It is a line from poor to good, with one great spot where Goetz stood

Story of Yost saying he would lose his ‘M’ if he played professional ball in 1922 (two years after graduation) and he turned down $2400 (10 games x $240) and Yost bragged about it. Goetz did play pro ball in 1922 and 1923 on the weekends while in med school. Became a leading orthopedic surgeon in Detroit (chief of orthopedics at Detroit Receiving Hospital). Served in WWII.

Right Tackle Chester Cale Morrison (2). Know nothing except he apparently died in 1960 in Florida. He has several surviving grandchildren.

Others: RT/LG William Fortune (Jr): one of the few guys to go on to play in the NFL, RT Francis T. “Frank” Czysz, RT Albert Lent, LT CC Clash, Left Guard: Theodore “Theo” Adams (3), Right Guard Jean Paul Freeman (5)

LINEUPS:

Fletcher   Clash Goetz   Cress   Freeman   Lent   Dunne

                                         Walker

Perrin        Usher       Cohn

Chicago:

Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman   Morrison   Karpus

                                        Knode

                      Perrin       Steketee Cohn

Syracuse:
Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman   Young   Morrison

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

MSC:

Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman Fortune Bovill

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

Ohio State:

Dunne  Goetz Fortune   Vick Freeman Czysz   Bovill

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

4. THE FIRST FOUR GAMES

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via UMBentley

Originally there were games @Cornell, vs Northwestern (in A2) and vs Minnesota (at A2) but those were canceled when the govt made its rule. Wartime travel restrictions canceled the Cornell and Minnesota games, and they replaced them with games against Camp Custer and University of Mount Vernon, but then the flu pandemic canceled both of those plus the Northwestern game, so they got Syracuse instead.

[No games the rest of October because Camp Custer and Mount Union games canceled and MAC rescheduled]

Daily isn’t in the mood to discuss the game. It gets one line on pg 2:

“Football is a rough game for the Case lads. So they “hike” instead.

@ CHICAGO 13-0
Nov 9, 1918

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Resumption of the old rivalry after 13 years! Last time UC won that 2-0 game that broke Yost’s 56-game winning streak. 7,000 fans come.

Daily has a play by play.

Not a great game--Cohn and Knode both fumble away early drives, the second leads to an attempted drop kick from the 45 yard line that Goetz blocked and ran 55 yards for a TD. End of the 3rd Q Michigan is driving and is on the Chicago 7. Michigan comes out of the quarter in a fake punt formation, snaps it to Perrin who rumbles to the 1. Got it in next play but Stek missed the XP.

Stek has a bad game overall. Perrin is the star:

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SYRACUSE 15-0

Nov 16, 1918

Cuse and Pitt are the best two teams in the East. Orangemen won the rest of their schedule 141-6.

Rain-soaked and muddy as hell. Stek misses a field goal from the 25, Knode fumbles at the Cuse 5 yard line. Second Q for some reason Cuse is passing and Cohn and Vick both get interceptions. Then Syracuse makes mistakes: offsides on a punt gives M good field position, and in the worst of the rain Stek kicks good from the 36. Next Cuse drive they get a roughing and Stek’s kick is good from the 35. 3rd quarter Stek misses from the 32, Vick gets another INT and so does Knode. M gets to the 14 and Stek makes it 9-0. Later on Stek intercepts and runs it in for a TD: 15-0, misses his own XP.

Henry Bullion of the Freep:

One man stood above all the rest in this sparkling triumph of the Wolverines. They'll be singing the praises of Steketee long after he trods the campus for the last time. All of the points assembled by Michigan are attributed to the educated toe and agility of Yost's brilliant fullback."

MICHIGAN AGRICULTURAL (MSU) AGGIES 21-6
Nov 23, 1918

Classic M-MSU battle where Michigan held won the battle in the trenches while MSU had some electric play from the backfield.

About 15k crowded into Ferry Field (Yost: we need a new building). MSU is coming off a win over Knute Rockne’s (first) Notre Dame in East Lansing behind their new HC George Gauthier and their star African-American running back Harry Graves. Both bands played before the game and took so long it was getting dark. Coaches decided to skip halftime to keep things moving. Michigan’s got a solid 21-0 lead built up after their first drive of the 2nd half and go into cruise mode.

MSC scores the only points on Michigan late because it’s so dark out at the end of the 4th quarter that they throw a pass and Michigan doesn’t know the guy’s there. ONLY points scored on M all season. Bullion in the Freep:

"M.A.C.'s defeat is nothing for her to be ashamed of. It simply was a case of a better-conditioned and smarter eleven overpowering another that, though it lacked nothing in the way of fight that its enemy possessed, failed to cope with the superior knowledge of the game that was Michigan's by right of judgment and the attending conditions."

Defeated with Dignity!

5. THE GAME AND CLAIMIN' SHIPS

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State of the Rivalry: Michigan first played them in 1897 and made OSU an annual game starting the year before Yost. Ohio State wasn’t in the conference yet so they were a nonconference annual rival from 1900-1906 and we just kept playing every year after that until 1912, when OSU joined the Big Ten and had to break it off (also broke off their original EoY rival, Kenyon College). At this point Michigan had a 13-0-2 series lead. So this game was M-OSU back together again, and placed at the end of the year. It’s warming up but it’s not THE rivalry yet.

OSU: No Chic Harley (war) who was one of the biggest stars in the game in 1916-’17 and 1919 (Yost asked to personally congratulate Harley after the 1919 game). The character in Leatherheads was loosely based on Harley, who was a player-part owner of the Bears. Chic lived a sad life after.

Michigan and Illinois didn’t play each other but OSU was a common opponent so beating the 13-0 mark by Illinois was the goal. Conditions were wet and slippery due to rain all morning. Stek got into a punt-a-thon with OSU’s Rife.

3rd Quarter Knode finally breaks the tie with a 30-yard TD run but while they’re celebrating a linesman FROM THE WRONG SIDE overrules the guy who was over the play and says no TD. Typical.

0-0 tie in the 4th quarter: 73-yard punt by Stek “stuck fast in the mud” on the OSU 2. Next punt Rife get blocked by Goetz. Bullion in the Freep:

"The pass from center was perfect and there seemed to be no fear that Rife would not get it away. But Goetz, one man who has starred in every game the Maize and Blue played this year, shattered the line and rammed the Buckeye punter. Leather and Goetz collided and the pigskin went bounding away with Goetz in hot pursuit. Three scarlet-robed athletes tried to block Goetz's path to the ball, but he thrust them aside and went to earth with it just as his rivals in the race catapulted themselves at the leather.

Later Stek faked an edge run and popped it to Dunne for a TD pass.

Big Ten Champs? 

Illinois and Purdue were also undefeated in B1G play: Illinois’s AD tries to claim the title with 4 wins (Iowa, at Wisconsin, Ohio State, at Chicago) to Michigan’s two (Chi and OSU). Illini try to use their blowout over Chicago, M stands on a road win at Columbus. Illinois by the way has two 7-0 October losses to Great Lakes Navy and Chicago Naval Reserve--both All Star teams. Maybe it’s a good thing M’s games were canceled?

National Champs?

Pitt went 4-0 under Pop Warner but then lost to the Cleveland Naval Reserve on 11/30, 10-9. They claim the 4th Q was extended to allow the cadets to take the lead. It ended Pop’s 30-game winning streak.

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MUSIC:
  • "A Good man Is Hard to Find"—Eddie Green
  • "Over There"—George M. Cohan
  • "Clarinet Marmalade"—Bix Beiderbecke
  • "Tishomingo Blues"—Duke Ellington, performed by Bunk Johnson
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 3/12/2020: Tom Izzo’s Basement

WTKA Roundtable 3/12/2020: Tom Izzo’s Basement

March 12, 2020

Things discussed:

  • COVID-19 and whether the Big Ten Tournament is canceled.
  • Hoiberg sick on the bench: where were their protocols?
  • Michigan's protocol: immediate quarantine for any player or coach.
  • The disease: America woefully unprepared, not enough tests available yet.
  • Rutgers talk: the most neutral of sites! Wisconsin has Mama Trice who is 30x more annoying.
  • Hockeytalk: Mann should be Big Ten MVP. Michigan's in a play-in game.
  • Pythagorean W-L for hockey has Michigan a massive outlier: five or more games below when other teams are at their goal differential.
  • More Rutgers talk: keep the shot volume comparable, they're not a pick and pop center three team.
  • DDJ and Eli: who's going to be the point next year?
  • Sam doesn't remember Chris Collins going down on all fours to implore his team to play defense.
  • Will WMU make a serious play ($380k is not serious; he makes $330k now) for WMU grad Saddi Washington?
  • Yak back on the market after this year?
The Ace Pod 2.2: I Need Somebody

The Ace Pod 2.2: I Need Somebody

March 10, 2020

This podcast is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who’s got a shiny new site to show off.

SEGMENT ONE: ALL-B1G EVERYTHING

With the Big Ten yearly awards out, we go over the selections and make our own picks. After starting out in lockstep with the media, we quickly diverge, and we took different approaches to assembling our second and third teams. Poor Daniel Oturu deserves better than second-team but good lord the big men in the conference this year are ridiculous.

SEGMENT TWO: BTT PREVIEW

Rutgers looks like a good matchup, particularly since Michigan has, y’know, already beaten them twice away from Crisler this year. In general, this is a good draw for a nine-seed, particularly if Michigan can make the requisite adjustments should they get to Wisconsin—they figured out too late that Brandon Johns needs to be the backup center in that game. Both of us get a little weird with our title game predictions.

SEGMENT THREE: MBB MAILBAG

Can Michigan win the Big Ten tournament? What about the whole damn thing? Also:

  • Describing Juwan Howard’s offensive philosophy
  • What the return of Austin Davis means for next year’s roster
  • John Beilein, Michigan assistant? (No.)
  • Why floor slapping is bad and people who do it should feel bad.

Alex brought up this wonderful Jae’Sean Tate moment and it’s worth treasuring:

SONGS:
  • “I Need Somebody” — Iggy & The Stooges
  • “Shiny New Model” — Bodega

 

The origin of this is Duke and that’s why everybody hates it.

 

MGoPodcast 11.24: Scrub City

MGoPodcast 11.24: Scrub City

March 9, 2020

"Nunez is killing us" –Mark Turgeon

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be writing for The Athletic if we're lucky.

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1. Hoops vs Maryland

starts at 1:00

Why is scrub city always so good against Michigan? Part of it of course is they needed to guard Jalen Smith at the arc and that creates space for the other guys. Nothing Michigan can do about Cowan hitting those shots: the guards contested but they're shorter. Michigan hasn't shot above 30% for six games: Eli and Livers are 0/8 from three, meanwhile the guys the scouting report says to let them shoot are 6/8. Maryland looks good: cut to the sideline and (former Michigan assistant) DeAndre Haynes is calling all the shots. Franz! D.J. Carstenson gets to litigate another ripped jersey, after X hits a free throw, which means he fouls out halfway through his free throws and Teske has to take the 2nd.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hoops vs Nebrasketball and Women's Hoops

starts at 23:23

Somehow their PG has had three difference suspensions in the last five games. Sloppyball: Nebraska had 22 turnovers. More good from Bajema. Women vs. Nebraska: KBA autobenches Naz after two fouls, and she gets no more fouls as Michigan comes back in the second half. Hayley Brown, Michigan's stretch five, hit a huge three-pointer at the end. Not a lot of upsets: Michigan's 7/2 win over Northwestern might move them up off the 8/9 line, which should get them out of playing a 1 seed on their home court.

3. Juwan's First Year: The Feels

starts at 41:33

There was a point in the season we were going to win the national title and an upset over Louisville away from being the #1 team in the country, and there was a point where we thought we were going to fall out of the playoffs. Went too far to making Jon Teske a paint guy and lost his pick and roll efficiency. Eli and Big Country earned roles on next year's team. DDJ became a much better defender and looks like a potential breakout guy next year. Livers slumped after his third (ankle) injury, trying to make things happen when he's the guy who needs to let the game come to him—going to be awesome as a complementary piece next year. Their two-point % despite not having a rim guy tells you how well they've been running stuff.

Next year: Todd is a 7-foot Franz Wagner, more sticks than Sticks, Hunter Dickinson is huge, and you know what you're getting from Austin Davis. Will Castleton develop? Long-term: program could be Villanova.

4. Hockey

starts at 1:20:53

Smack dab on the NCAA bubble after a pair of 3-0 wins over MSU in the BTT. Beating Ohio State basically locks up a bid, and losing makes them 40% or less to get an at-large. RPI margins are razor-thin: 11th to 17th are all basically tied. Wish we had another year of Hayhurst after he blew up in the 2nd half of the season. Mann > Hunwick? Brian: You guys might be right, but I'll never admit it.

 

MUSIC:
  • "Groundhog Day"—Primus
  • "Motion Sickness"—Phoebe Bridgers
  • "The Mystery Zone"—Spoon
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 3/5/2020: My Dad Will Cry

WTKA Roundtable 3/5/2020: My Dad Will Cry

March 6, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Appreciation for the seniors: when X arrived Brian asked in slack why did we recruit this 5'11" guy who can't shoot. To come back from that to one of the most definitive point guards in Michigan basketball is quite something.
  • Who's the next PG? Eli can run the plays; if Christopher comes he still needs to learn how a pick & roll works.
  • Stauskas jump for Franz next year? He's gotten better over the course of the season. NBA flight risk? Been way more active as a defender.
  • Wisconsin: Michigan struggles with fives who can shoot even without Brooks. Craig: in the first half the drop coverage was 1.4 PPP, it was 0.8 PPP versus switching.
  • Ohio State: banks should be worth –3 points. Why was Livers playing heroball (8/11 shots forced)?
  • Is Tom Izzo losing it? Will you miss the angry gnome when he's gone?
  • Clone Foster Loyer and play 13 Foster Loyers.
  • Maryland: Sticks is a problem, their shooters are bad or terrible so of course they'll go 5/7 against Michigan. Turgeoning is a verb.
  • Hockey: take away any one of numerous bad bounce goals this year and they win the Big Ten. Have a chance to dig out of the hole and get into the playoffs this weekend. All hail Strauss Mann.