"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
I like knowing things. It's kind of my thing.
So when I heard someone on Twitter remark that the Baylor bear logo and the "Wolverbear" Michigan logo that's been popping up (more?) recently, it got into my head and I had to go waste some time sorting it out.
Apparently I'm not the first.
It's been referenced recently on <a href="http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-applying-trademark-wolverbear">this very forum</a>. So, in case you are also interested here's some mascot history that will surely be useful to you in the future.
Not too long after Moe's birthed the collegiate sportwear industry over on North University, it seems it was already a big business nationwide. At this same time spare tires went from decoratively placed on the rear of your car to buried in the trunk. This killed some prime car logo real estate as well as the demand for such printed material. So, an <a href="http://www.angeluspacific.com/index.php/about
">enterprising car tire cover printing executive</a> (because that's a thing that existed) shifted gears and got his chief doodler, Arthur Evans, to pump out college mascot designs that could be slapped on all manner of sellable goods. Any and every college that did or did not want a cartoon animal on the merchandise got one. I get the impression that official licensing was not yet a thing and that it was not always the universities themselves commissioning the mascots, so much as local businesses in a college town making their nut.
[An equally interesting essay might focus on how Universities started owning/controlling their names and image]
So now we have a situation where not only do Baylor and Michigan share a strikingly similar image that represents two different animals, but doppelgängers abound all over college sports apparel. Our wolverbear isn't the only repeatedly-used cartoon mammal
Three schools in the SEC alone use the same Tiger logo by different names.
To alumni of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, he’s known as “Tommy Tiger.” Auburn University’s legions of football fanatics refer to him as “Aubie.”The nation’s 33rd president and Show Me State native provided the moniker for “Truman the Tiger” at the University of Missouri. But to devotees of Louisiana State University, he’ll always be “Sailor Mike.”
-<a href="http://www.oxy.edu/magazine/winter-2013/multiple-personalities">Oxy Magazine</a>
The common thread? The sure way to locate an Arthur Davis original? Sailor hats.
Why? <a href="http://www.uni-watch.com/2006/12/31/gilligan-ncaa-mascot-model/">Who knows?</a>
Just wanted to share.
As a reminder for my fellow wolverines, tomorrow, December 1, 2015 is Giving Blue Day! Please take a moment out of your busy day to make a donation, whether it be big or small, to Michigan.
Even a small donation is valued and it really is about getting the most number of people to participate and show their appreciation to Michigan.
Weird gets weirder.
The number of teams with at least 6 wins won't fill the number of available bowl slots, so, some 5-7 teams will be going bowling, and it's based on the most recent APR scores.
Nebraska IS going bowling. Their streak (44 in 46 yrs) is "intact."
Minnesota IS going bowling.
Illinois might be going, depending on results this weekend.
As the article says, Missouri passed, as they need a coach.
I have nothing new to say about Michigan's loss to OSU on Saturday. Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometims the bar eats you, as the movie says. And sometimes the bar shoves your face into the mud and pees on you and tell you it's going to steal your wife and then eats you.
But sometimes you come back quickly. And that is the point of this post. Below are
three two instances of Michigan being flat-out whooped by a team and then beating that team a season later. I don't mean to suggest that the circumstances in question are identical to those faced by the current football team with respect to OSU, but hopefully they're close enough that readers feel a little better.
I humbly suggest that those feeling down (everyone, I assume) consider the following:
Turnaround No. 1: On January 1, 1992, Michigan lost 34-14 in the Rose Bowl to Washington, who was then named national champion in the coaches' poll. In those days, Michigan rarely met a team who was inarguably better than them, but Washington left no doubt who was superior. Desmond Howard - and this was his Heisman season - had one catch. Washington outgained Michigan 404-205 (404 yards was a lot in the old days). Washington's receiver, Mario Bailey, even did this after he scored:
Insult was added to injury. And we were left with an entire offseason to be down about the Huskies' domination.
But a year later, Michigan beat Washington in the Rose Bowl 38-31 despite having lost Howard to the NFL. That Washington team was not as good as they were the year before, but they were still the Pac 10 champs and the No. 11 team in the country per the AP even after losing to the Wolverines. Michigan also maybe got a bit better (their final AP ranking would improve from No. 6 in '91 to No. 5 in '92), but there was no major shift in talent for either school. Yet a team that squashed Michigan like a proverbial bug wasn't good enough for a more-seasoned Wolverine squad a season later.
Turnaround No. 2: On March 7, 2010, Michigan basketball (men's team) played at the Breslin. They were down 32-14 by the end of the first half and lost 64-48. Neither Manny Harris nor DeShawn Sims could crack double digits in scoring. The team shot 35% from the field and was out-rebounded by nine - and none of these statistics capture the hopelessness that I felt during that game. It was like watching a boa constrictor choke a golden retriever to death. You'd like the dog to survive, but you know the he's just not built to get out of that sort of thing.
On January 27, 2011, Michigan headed back to MSU to face All-Big Ten guard Kalin Lucas and the Spartans. Having lost Harris and Sims, Michigan went into the game knowing they'd have to rely on Darius Morris, freshman Tim Hardaway, Jr., and these guys:
(I don't know why there is no space between the photo and the gif. I'm no bronxblue with this stuff.)
Likely all but the really young among us remember what happened. Zack Novak started out hot - he'd hit six threes in the game - and politely suggested that the Wolverines could win the f-ing game if they stayed fired up (see above). Stu Douglass later knocked down a three-pointer to seal the win off a feed from Morris, and the Wolverines prevailed 61-57. I'm still not sure how Coach Beilein & Co. pulled that off, because it didn't make sense to my non-expert eyes. And it was all the more fun for being so unexpected.
Conclusion: I was going to do one of these for the '08 and '09 Notre Dame games, where Michigan went from being fairly pathetic in South Bend in '08 to beating the Irish in '09 despite the fact that ND had Michael Floyd, Golden Tate, and Jimmy Clausen (who, say what you will, was a 2nd round pick in the NFL draft). But everyone gets the idea, and I need to eat dinner.
Sometimes you seem to be very far away from being able to beat a rival, and sometimes you beat them the next year anyway. I offer the above to suggest that the Wolverines may not be as far off from beating OSU as it seems right now. Sometimes minor shifts in talent happen, your team gets a little older, your little-recruited leader has a You shall not pass! moment, and you finally kill the damn bar.