Thursday, December 30, 2010

Michigan adding to their rich bowl game history

The game was getting out of hand, and the team captain new it.

The Stanford football captain walked over to the sideline, and with graciousness, informed the opposing head coach that they had had enough.

Afterward, the committee who formed the football game decided they couldn't afford another embarrassment, so they decided to have chariot races the next year.

Football was dead in Pasadena on New Years Day.

The first ever post season college football game saw the Michigan Wolverines destroy Stanford, 49-0, with Stanford giving up mid way through the 3rd quarter.

The Rose Bowl would not be back until 1916.

That very first Rose Bowl game was the first in a long, and prestigious history of bowl games for Michigan Football.

When the team runs out of the tunnel at Everbank Field to take on Mississippi State in the 66th annual Gator Bowl game on New Years day, it will mark the 40th time that a team of Wolverines have played in a bowl game.

The Wolverines have had their share of both good and bad, as have most teams, but Wolverine fans always support the team during the bowl games,  and this week will be nothing different, with a sell out Gator Bowl crowd awaiting the Wolverines and Bulldogs.

Mississippi State, at 8-4, will provide the Wolverines with a true test of a young football team, however, Michigan is always ready for any test, and if history is any indication, the players will come out onto that field in Jacksonville and give Wolverine fans a game to remember.

Michigan is 19-20 overall in bowl games, and will be playing in their 3rd Gator Bowl game.

In 1979 Michigan lost to North Carolina, 17-15, and on New Years day in 1991 they defeated Ole Miss, 35-3.

Michigan will be playing in their first bowl game under Head Football coach Rich Rodriguez, who will be coaching in his 4th Gator Bowl game.

Coach Rodriguez brought three of his West Virgina teams here, on New Years day in 2004, '05, and '07.

Michigan, and their fans hope this will be the start of another long streak of bowl games for college football's winningest team of All-Time.

From 1975, until 2007, the Michigan football team played in a bowl game every year, including 14 trips to the Rose Bowl.

The Wolverines also made trips to the Citrus Bowl, Outback Bowl, and Orange Bowl in Florida, the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, and the the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

In the Wolverines last bowl game, the 2008 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Michigan sent retiring coach Lloyd Carr out in style, beating the Florida Gators, 41-35.


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