Friday, October 28, 2011

Wolverines will honor Jim Mandich

Tomorrow afternoon during the Homecoming game vs. Purdue, the University of Michigan will honor one of it's own, former TE Jim Mandich.

The link below is to the article from

Mandich, who passed away earlier this year, was Bo Schembechler's first Michigan Captain as a Senior in 1969, and was carried off the field by his Wolverine teammates after Michigan upset #1 Ohio State at Michigan Stadium, 24-12.

Mandich went on top a solid NFL career, including playing on the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL's only perfect team in NFL history.

Mandich also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and after retirement he became a fan favorite as part of the Miami Dolphins radio broadcasts.

Mandich passed away this spring from cancer, at the age of 62.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's time for the Boilermakers

After a bye week the Michigan Football team will look to rebound from the teams first loss of the season when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers at 12 Noon this Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan leads the All-Time series against the Boilermakers, 42-14.

Last year in West Layfayette, the Wolverines beat Purdue, 27-16.

Michigan first played Purdue in 1890, winning 34-6.

Purdue's first win came in the next meeting with the Wolverines, a 24-0 shutout of Michigan in 1892.

The Boilermakers have won just 14 games against the Wolverines since that first meeting in 1890, with a high five straight wins from 1962-66.

The Wolverines longest winning streak is nine games, from 1985-1995.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Michigan Football so far in 2011

The Michigan Wolverines have played one game more than half of their 2011 football schedule, and are sitting at 6-1.

The last game, a loss to Michigan State at East Lansing, started out well with an opening drive TD rush from Denard Robinson.
After that the Wolverines simply played poorly on offense, including being stopped on 4th and one deep in Spartan territory, a drive that would have put Michigan back in the game.

Th defense played well, forcing two turnovers that the offense failed to turn into points.

After a bye week you can be sure the coaching staff will have the Wolverines well prepared against Purdue this Saturday.

To me the best part of Michigan's play in 2011 has been the half time adjustments by defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

Michigan, after allowing points by the boat load last year is allowing just 14.2 ppg., and the Wolverine defense has only allowed 14th quarter points.

After watching last week's Illinois-Purdue game, Michigan is certainly capable of beating both teams.

If Michigan gets through the next three games, Purdue, @ Iowa, and @ Illinois, at 2-1, that would give the Wolverines a 8-2 record heading into the final two games, both at home, against Nebraska and Ohio State.

I have watched Nebraska a couple of times, and they will be tough to beat, and from what I've seen from the Buckeyes I think it's clear that for the first time in quite a while, Michigan will have the better QB under center in Denard Robinson.

I think the coaches have been the #1 reason for Michigan's turn around this season, and I believe the team will be ready to play the rest of the schedule, and they are certainly capable of winning every game if they don't turn the ball over.
Now, as fans, we all know that Michigan is probably not going to win the last five games, but I think they can go 3-2, 4-1 even.

Eight or nine wins before the Big Ten Championship and/or the bowl trip would, to this Michigan fan, be a fantastic first season of Michigan Football under coach Brady Hoke.

These Michigan Football players, possibly for the first time in their Wolverine careers, believe in themselves, the coaching staff, and most importantly, what their supposed to do on the football field.

So, OK, I'll say it, I believe Michigan will end the regular season 9-3.

Wouldn't it be great to see that record be 10-2, Legends Division Champions, playing for the Big Ten Championship, and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Michigan Wolverines | 'Three and Out' is unfiltered look at the Rich Rodriguez era | The Detroit News

John U. Bacon, a renowned writer on Michigan Football, has a new book coming out Tuesday, and I cannot wait to read it.

The book will not hide anything that happened the past 3 years under Rich Rodriguez, and I'm guessing it will make some "Michigan Men and Women" very un happy.

The Detroit News will be running excerpts all week long.

Here's a quick over view from Angelique Chengelis...

Michigan Wolverines | 'Three and Out' is unfiltered look at the Rich Rodriguez era | The Detroit News

1903 Michigan Football

This is the 1903 Michigan-Chicago football game.

No sound, of course, and I have no idea which team is which.

The game, won by Michigan, 28-0, is from Thanksgiving Day, 1903.