180 years ago Michigan resolved a long-standing dispute with Ohio regarding who owned the disputed "Toledo Strip". For those of you not aware of this dispute, it comes ultimately out of cartography. Way back when, it was decided that Michigan's lower border would be determined based on the southernmost border of Lake Michigan.
By 1836, it was clear that the cartography was a bit off, and that based on earlier calculations, Michigan's borders were farther north than further believed. This pushed the Glass City of Toledo into Ohio. Michigan took the principled position that the rule was that the map should be adjusted so that Michigan was not punished for crappy
reffing cartogrophy. Ohio was dickish about it, and on a technicality claimed ownership of Toledo - and blocked Michigan's application for statehood on this basis.
This calumny would not stand, and Ohio and Michigan's respective militias entered what is known as either the Toledo War or the Michigan-Ohio War. Shots were fired (and, apparently, a stray hog was mortally wounded), and ultimately Congress intervened. Michigan ceded the Toledo Strip, and in turn was rewarded the entire U.P. Seems like a good trade in retrospect.
While at first it seemed a bad idea to give up a growing city for an "expanse of wasteland", the discovery of copper in the U.P. (along with rich timber resources) made the idea seem better from the perspective of the Great Lakes State.
So the point of this post? Jebus, it's 180 years, and we got the better of The Buckeye State. I promise not to repost this story for 20 years.
See here: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/12/happy_anniversary_upper_peninsula.html#0
The University of Toledo mens basketball program will have a 1 years post season ban including the MAC tournament and a 3 game schedule deduction due to low APR scores.
I know they haven't been relevent in years (early to mid Joplin years for UT followers), but thought there might be some interest here.
NIU LB Jamaal Bass was indicted on two counts of assault in Lucas County, Ohio. Bass faces up to eight years for the felonious assault count, and was also indicted on a misdemeanor charge.
Eight years seems like a lot (although if the band member was seriously injured it's certainly appropriate), but if the video here is the whole picture, he obviously seems like a thug who doesn't deserve an NCAA scholarship on any level. NIU claims he remains in school and that his status with the football team "has not changed".
Video below. Bass is number six on the far right.
The CCB released their tourney projection with Michigan headed to Louisville:
1. Louisville (7)
3. Michigan *
4. Toledo *
This is a pretty tough region, and I'm sure Vandy would love to get some payback on Alan Oaks in the opening round. For those that need a reminder,
The Commodores aren't nearly that good this year, but rather in the 30s of the RPI, well above Michigan. Michigan has played both Toledo and Louisville, beating Toledo handily at home and losing 1-0 to Louisville against a Thomas Loshe. This was at the Big Ten / Big East Tournament, the first weekend after losing Ryan LaMarre. Our offense was atrocious, but then again, Louisville wasn't hitting quite as well then either. A rematch would be awesome.
To get to that though, we've got to win the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota preview/WMU wrap due out tomorrow.
|Tuesday 3:05pm ET, Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Matt Miller (0-2, 6.89 ERA)||vs||TBA|
|Stats||Audio (WCBN)||BTN.com ($)|
|Notes: 33-11-1 All Time, Last game was a 12-4 W in 2008. No game |
notes yet, so no official probable starters in either game. This gets
addressed in Series Thoughts below.
Bowling Green State (9-17-1)*
|Wednesday 3:05pm ET, Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Matt Gerbe (1-0, 2.84 ERA)||vs||TBA|
|Notes: 38-13-1 All Time, Last game was a 3-8 L in 2009. *Record is |
as of Tuesday morning. They have a game with Cleveland State
Michigan takes on the second highest ranked remaining team on their schedule on Tuesday with a game against #83 RPI Toledo and will follow that up with a game against a lower tier MAC opponent (RPI of #215 is about equal to that of Purdue or Northwestern). Dare I say Michigan may lose to a MAC opponent this week?
Take the jump to find out:
Glad to hear that we are going to be doing a home and home with another BCS team according to RR. I also caught part of the Tressel's presser and noticed that their Toledo game is technically an away game this year... Since they are playing at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Seemed interesting and this article breaks down the setup well.
It seems like neutral site games are becoming more popular with teams like Illinois and maybe now OSU. Is there any opponent or venue that really makes sense for UofM? Ford Field is smaller and the atmosphere would suck...Any thoughts on one that might make sense?