this guy evidently hired to work for AD
Another game against American International. Let's keep piling on after last night's 5-2 win and get a sweep.
Let's Go Blue!
I'm not sure how well publicized this was, but John Bacon hosted a showing of the 2004 movie "Miracle" last night at North Quad. Anyone who was sentient on Feb 22, 1980 knows where they were that night (I was 12 and when it ended I ran outside into the snowy cul-de-sac just to burn off energy at about 10 pm and at about 10 degrees -- before I knew it there 4-5 other kids doing the same thing, jumping up and down/high fiving). The movie conveys the team and the era well. I hadn't realized that Bacon was working on a project with the team's coach, Herb Brooks, when Brooks died in 2003 (I assume a bio but he didn't say). Anyway, John came out in a nearly "full Herb" ensemble including a camel hair jacket (but no plaid pants), mentioned that he'd spoken to Brook's widow Patti on the way there, and told some interesting stories:
1. It's well-known that Brooks was the last player cut from the 1960 team, but I didn't know he was the captain in 1968. In Grenoble one day, Brooks claimed to be lost in the Olympic village, got a ride on the Russian hockey team's bus on its way to practice and then spent an hour in the rafters taking notes about their practice regimen.
2. John watched a tape of the game itself with Slava Fetisov and Mike Ramsey (who were on the Soviet and US teams). At one point, Slava hit pause and rewound to point out that in the 3rd period you can see he was gassed at a faceoff and the Americans weren't, which had never happened to the Soviet team before.
3. The Russians didn't show a lot of reaction after the loss and seemed more suprised that angry in the handshake line. Fetisov told John that winning has been become so routine for them that they were fascinated by the Americans unrestrained joy at victory.
4. I had forgotten that the US was behind to Finland in the gold medal game in the 3rd period (the Soviet game was the semis). Bacon said that, in some ways, getting the team on track to come back and win that game Sunday after the shocking upset on Friday was as impressive as beating the Russians.
One other aside, in the movie they play Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech as Brooks leaves the team's Christmas party. That talk is remembered as emblematic of a failed presidency, but it actually is a hell of speech (this is not a political statement -- the speech was not about policy and I can think of great speeches by politicians of all stripes.)
But there would be none of the fanbase or excitement or winning that has existed since the 90s without the important groundwork and success of the Michigan teams of the 50s and 60s.
And the teams of the 50s and 60s would not have seen such great success without the Eveleth Boys, bussing to Ann Arbor from the remote Iron Range town in Northern Minnesota.
And the Eveleth Boys would not have come without Wally Grant. Michigan's first Eveleth player. An all-time Michigan great.
Another forgettable Friday night, so we're going for a split tonight /sigh.
But it starts out 0-0. Let's get an early goal.
Racine in goal
Game on! Let's Go Blue!
Well happy hockeyween everyone!
Michigan travels to Houghton for the first time since the 1983-84 season to take on a RANKED Tech team. For the first time since the inception of the USCHO hockey rankings, Michigan will play a ranked MTU team.
Unless you feel like shelling out the $$$ for the WCHA.TV stream, MGoBlueTV audio is the best we've got tonight. Fear not, this is the last series of the year that is not televised or on BTN Plus.