I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
With just under 13 minutes left in the second half, Soony Saad, off a beautiful give and go in the box, scored. #3 seed Michigan holds on to win 1-0 and will face #1 Indiana or #4 Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game, Sunday at noon, live on the Big Ten Network.
EDIT: Penn State knocked off Indiana 2-1 to advance to meet Michigan Sunday
Down a man after the score was tied 1-1, Michigan scored a second goal on a free kick to beat MSU 2-1 in a Big Ten Quarterfinal.
The win is significant because Michigan has historically struggled against MSU (Michigan's first year as a program was in 2000, MSU has had a team since 1956) and it solidifies a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Michigan plays next tomorrow at 1:00pm ET and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. They'll play either OSU or Wisconsin.
[FA EDIT: Title adjusted because M sports are ALWAY on topic.]
[Ed-M: Shoe, these are neat and all, but I think they're better left for the board or mgo.licio.us than the diaries. I'll ask Brian what he thinks]
Check out "Hailed! Retired jerseys at Michigan", a new article in Michigan Today by James David Dickson. It tells the story of how the decision to retired football jersey numbers was started by an unlikely member of the football staff.
At U-M, the tradition of retiring jerseys started not with a head coach or an athletic director, but with an equipment manager, Henry Hatch.
After Bennie Oosterbaan's record-setting career at wide receiver ended in 1927, sportswriters noted that equipment manager Henry Hatch, who assigned numbers for the football team, had taken Oosterbaan's number 47 out of circulation prior to fall 1928.
A decade later, before the 1938 season—between the time Harry Kipke coached his last game for Michigan and Fritz Crisler coached his first—Hatch made it official, announcing to the media that number 47 would never be worn again.
Just two years later, Hatch told the media in November 1940 that Tom Harmon's number 98 would see its last when Harmon hung up his cleats, a decision that seemed to presage Michigan's 40-0 romp over the Ohio State Buckeyes, which propelled Harmon to win the sixth Heisman Trophy ever awarded, the first to a Michigan player.
Henry Hatch, U-M's famed equipment manager, with two of the jerseys he retired: Tom Harmon (98) and Bennie Oosterbaan. (Photo courtesy U-M Bentley Historical Library.)
If allowing the equipment manager to retire numbers seems unorthodox today, at the time no one objected. When Harmon was honored, one newspaper caption referred to retiring jerseys at Michigan as "Henry's niche of fame."
The story goes on to touch on the retiring of the Wistert brothers jersey #11 and how Oosterbaan made the unilateral decision to retire Ron Kramer's #87. Obviously the decision to retire Gerald Ford's #48 jersey was an Administration decision. Here's the news:
One of athletic director Dave Brandon's priorities is setting a consistent standard for retiring jerseys at U-M. Only three sports, football, baseball, and basketball, have retired jerseys, but with some 27 sports at Michigan, Brandon says now is the time to set a consistent standard.
"Should the player have graduated from Michigan? Should professional success factor in? What about the player's level of involvement and giving back to the University? These are all things we're looking at," Brandon told Michigan Today.
What a surprise. Dave Brandon is trying to bring some order to this process. The artilce goes on to outline how baseball, basketball, softball and hockey handle the issue. Did you know:
...there is only one jersey that will never be worn again in "The House that Cazzie Built"—the number 33 once worn by the former Wolverines guard himself. Russell is widely credited with restoring Michigan basketball to relevance in the 1960s. The other jerseys [Glenn Rice (#41) and Rudy Tomjanovich (#45)] were honored by the program, but can still be assigned, Madej said.
Red Berenson and Carol Hutchins give some good insight into how they assign jersey numbers as well. You can sum up their approach with one word: tradition.
Then again, what's Michigan athletics if not traditional?
I am wondering if anyone has heard any recent updates/discussions about Michigan going private (see http://www.nextstudent.com/student-loan-blog/blogs/sample_weblog/archive/2009/05/05/19299.aspx, for example of previous rumors). A guy sitting a few rows in front of me on my flight home from the game yesterday was talking about the movement gaining some fresh steam both with the administrators and in the legislature. Anyone know any more? Was this guy just talking out of his a--? Thanks.
With a goal in each half and a solid defensive performance, the Wolverines knocked off the #5 OSU Buckeyes to grab their first Big Ten Tournament Title since 2005 after finishing as co-champions with OSU in the regular season. The Wolverines held OSU to only 4 shots, and required only one save to preserve the win.
The win gives #11 Michigan an auto-bid into the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines now stand at 15-6 after playing one of the toughest schedules in America, including 8 matchups against top-ten opposition. Good luck to the team in the NCAAs!