What streak am I talking about?
Hint #1: One of these is not like the others (pay attention to year):
- Bennie Oosterbann (1948)
- Bump Elliot (1959)
- Bo (1969)
- Moeller (1990)
- Lloyd Carr (1995)
- Rich Rod (2008)
- Hoke (2011)
Bennie Oosterbann did something none of the other coaches did in their first year. He was the only one of the group to beat Michigan State in his first year of head coach.
Oosterban beat both MSU and OSU in his first year (9-0 record in 1st year).
Bump beat OSU, but lost to MSU 34-8 (4-5 record in 1st year).
Bo, well, I think we all know he beat OSU, but lost to MSU 23-12 (8-3 in 1st year).
Moeller beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-27 (9-3 in 1st year).
Lloyd beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-25 (9-4 in 1st year).
Rich Rod lost to OSU, and lost to MSU 35-21 (3-9 in 1st year).
Hoke beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-14 (11-2 in 1st year).
So, my question is, does this knowledge impact your answer to the question we've seen floating around this board about 1000x the past couple weeks:
Who would you rather Michigan beat this year, MSU or OSU? The obvious answer is both, but I think I'll have to stick to my gut and say I'd rather see us beat Urban. He's a wildfire that nobody can contain. Of course, if Michigan beating OSU puts MSU in the B1G Championship game, with a shot at the playoff, well.....then I give up!
I couldn't find this ANYWHERE online, though I'm sure it probably exists somewhere - as such, I downloaded the episode and chopped it out myself for your education.
Jim Harbaugh on Modern Marvels in 2007 educates you about footballs.
I was inspired by the most recent MGoBlog roundtable at WTKA to look into the 1925 football season, specifically the Northwestern game played at Soldier Field in what must have been horrible conditions. The story is well-told by Northwestern Wildcat Football.
The weather was so bad that only 20,000 showed up at the game, well short of the number of tickets sold. Northwestern actually punted on their first play from scrimmage, and Benny Friedman fumbled the kick. The ball was recovered by an NU player, who started running towards the end zone. But he was so caked with mud that he was tackled by NU's captain, Tim Lowry, on the 2 yard line. NU couldn't score a touchdown and so had to kick a field goal. Those were the only 3 points scored against Michigan that year.
The only other score of the game was a safety that NU took intentionally to avoid disaster. At the time, the team that took a safety got the ball back on their 30 yard line. The aftermath, as described by the book:
The rest of the game was a series of punts... Northwestern put all 11 of its players on the defensive line... Northwestern pulled off one of the biggest upsets in history. Yost was furious and played a major role later in getting the rules of football changes, so that a team that has suffered a safety must free kick the ball to its opponent. .....
After the game the Wildcat fans waged riots across Chicago, Evanston and on campus. Ecstatic students returned from Soldier Field and doused an abanadoned fraternity house with oil, setting the buildingon fire. By the time firemen arrived, students had thronged the fire and were chanting and singing wildly. The firemen turned their hoses on the rioters in an effort to calm them. The students overpowered the stunned firemen, took their axes and destroyed the fire hoses. Students also attempted to burn down what remained of Northwestern Field, but were turned back by waves of police. The mob moved into downtown Evanston and built a bonfire so large that the heat melted the overhead wires for the city's trolley system, sending the trolley supports crashing. The Evanston chief of police had to send in men armed with tear gas to disperse the fans.
Just was curious about the history of this esteemed website and I was wondering if there was some information on how/when/why it was formed?