Condolences to his friends and family.
In thinking back before Carl Grapentine took over the public address announcing responsibilities at Michigan Stadium in 2006, Howard King was the man behind the mic for 33 years.
Does anyone out there have an audio or video clip of his announcing? I appreciate Grapentine, but I'll always think of him as the MMB announcer and King as the guy I grew up listening to. I'm getting nostalgic and just need to hear him behind the mic again.
I don't have the patience to look through clip after clip on youtube of game footage to get a great clip of either pregame introductions or postgame announcements.
Thanks in advance if anyone knows of something on the interwebz.
As I read through this list on ESPN about the "Greatest Individual Seasons in Big Ten History", I started to think about who may have had the best individual single season performances for the Wolverines.
In my lifetime, obviously Charles Woodson is right up there, but there are many others who may make the list. Mike Hart, Chris Perry, Anthony Thomas, Steve Breaston, Braylon Edwards, Tacopants, Lloyd Brady, the list could go on and on.
Therefore, my question to you, MGoCitizens: what are some of the best single season performances by an individual Wolverine over the past 50 years?
Chantel Jennings, over at WN, wrote up a nice piece on Al Borges and how he enjoys recruiting for Michigan. Here's the link. The good parts:
“It’s Michigan -- that’s the bottom line,” Borges said. “We’re going to make people understand the advantages of coming to this university, and they go way beyond playing football. We just completely embrace that concept as a staff, and I think it resonates with the kids.”
“I love recruiting here,” said Borges, who has coached at Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Oregon, among others. “Because it’s the best sell of any place I’ve ever coached.”
There are a few other money quotes in there, so it's worth the read, but it basically confirms what we already know about this staff: they love Michigan, they're honest, they genuinely care about the players, and they do a great job of letting the high points speak for themselves.
Also, how gorgeous does he look in these sunglasses?
(The answer: of corges Borges looks gorgeous)
Since I was bored today I thought I'd throw up a board post showing off my burgeoning collection of Michigan cards and autographed memorabilia. I've been collecting since I was a kid, and in the last 10 or 15 years I've really focused on my alma mater. These Picasa albums (which I'm always updating, so please check in every now and then!) include my Michigan autograph/relic collections from the four major sports, plus important rookies, and finally my autographed memorabilia collection I've acquired over time (either in-person or via the internet).
I'm also curious to see if there are any fellow MGoCollectors around here that would like to show off their collections and/or trade. From time to time I pick up doubles that I don't need and would be happy to get some trading going.
For now, here are links to my collection albums, which I hope some of you enjoy!:
To give you a little taste, here's a sweet card I picked up after winning a bet with a Virginia Tech fan thanks to Michigan winning the Sugar Bowl:
Bennie Oosterbaan 1955 Topps All American RC
A previous post on the board (since deleted) got me thinking about the safety of Michigan's status as the all-time winningest team. Michigan has that title by either metric: by overall wins and by winning percentage.
We recently took the winning percentage title from ND (I think somewhere around 2003 if memory serves), but have had the all-time wins for as long as I've ever been aware (and probably as long as I've been alive since I'm in my 20s).
I thought I'd see what it would take to lose the records. The all-time wins is easiest: we have 50 more wins than Texas, who's in second place. If we never won again, and Texas won every single game, it'd still take over 3.33 seasons for Texas to surpass us, assuming they play a 12 game regular season, a conference championship game, and even with a plus-one playoff system
The percentage record is not nearly as durable, not surprisingly. If we lose the first seven games and ND wins their first seven, they would have earned back the record. It'd take a fair amount more before Oklahoma could catch up to us: we'd need to lose 23 straight games and they'd need to win 23 straight games for their percentage to pass us (Texas has a higher percentage currently but has also played more games so Oklahoma's percentage catches up more quickly).
It was pointed out in comments that Boise State has a more malleable win percentage having played so few games, so I ran those numbers as well: they can actually catch up in 13 games (again, we lose that many and they win that many).
(Updated to more accurate calculations--the originals were slightly off; the change actually increases the number of games needed to catch up)