Hoping to spark some friendly conversation reflecting on the incredible comeback in 2003 at Minnesota. Chris Perry, Braylon Edwards, John Navarre and Marion Barber, this game was a classic.
Thanks to WolverineHistorian for the video. I remember myself capitulating to Minnesota (out loud) several times that afternoon...
Tonight's event was a lot of fun, and I got to see some old acquaintances and make some new ones, in some cases even including people to whom I didn't owe any apologies.
Marlin Jackson raised some money for his charity, Jerome Jackson talked about his experiences at Michigan and with Lloyd, and Chris Perry outed himself as Section 1 by asking Marlin and Jerome a question that started out about something important and ended with a Title IX reference.
I think Chris Perry's contributions were probably the highlight of the night. He's clearly a funny guy. But for me, it was Marlin. In addition to being a stand up guy, he picked out the SQuad-West Quad snowball fight as his favorite off-field moment, and later he let me tell him the story of how I totally owned him in one of those fights (by hitting him with a snowball and then ducking behind some girl who absorbed the return fire on my way to celebrate heroically). He even signed a couple of photos of himself as a Colt for my dad, an Indiana native, and father-in-law, still a Colts fan despite having been jilted during his youth in Baltimore.
The beer was good and flowed freely until we drank it all. The food must have been good, because it had been inhaled by the time I arrived just before 8.
Before I shut up and let others fill in the rest, I just want to say thanks to Seth, Brian, and the rest of the MGoStaff for another great event.
The OSU game is from ESPN Classic. If anyone has a good copy of the original broadcast, please let me know.
PFT is reporting that Chris Perry is presently expected to rejoin his UFL team.
Apparently his mother recently passed away and Chris' roster cut was a formality since he has yet to report to camp. The team expects him to report.
Sorry to hear about his mother, but I am glad that his career is most likely not over.
MGoBlue.com continues its Leaders and Best in 50 States [plus DC and PR] today with the selections to represent North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Today's selections are the first to represent football, ice hockey and baseball.
For Vermont, they went as far back in time as they have to date by selecting Ray Fisher, legendary Michigan Baseball coach and the namesake of the baseball stadium. Fisher is the all time leader in baseball victories for Michigan baseball coaches and led the Wolverines to the 1953 College World Series title. This is the first time they've selected a non-student athlete. As a side note, click on the link to Fisher's Wikipedia page and read it. It's got some fascinating tidbits about his major league playing career and his coaching career beyond Michigan including the fact that he pitched for the Reds against the "Black Sox" in the 1919 World Series, was one of the 17 spitball pitchers who were grandfathered and allowed to continue using the pitch after it was outlawed, and was one of the few players to be re-instated into professional baseball after being banned for life. His ban was directly related to the circumstances surrounding his acceptance of the Michigan head coaching job.
Two time All-American DB (and punt returner) Tripp Welborne is the representative from North Carolina, beating out (among others), Chris Perry. Since Welborne is from my era, I'm all for his selection over Perry. I know others will cry foul, but Welborne was the real deal who was a member of three Big Ten champion teams that featured some outstanding defenses in Bo's final seasons at the helm.
Congratulations to all of the deserving honorees.
|NORTH CAROLINA: Tripp Welborne|
Tripp Welborne (Reidsville)
• Sullivan Anthony "Tripp" Welborne (1987-90) earned consensus All-America honors in 1989 and 1990 and still ranks third on Michigan's career list for punt return yardage (773).
• Jamar Adams, Football
• Charlie Houchin, Men's Swimming and Diving
• Chris Perry, Football
|RHODE ISLAND: Jeff Jillson|
Jeff Jillson (North Smithfield)
• Jeff Jillson (1999-2001) was a three-time All-America (two athletic, one academic) defenseman. In 119 career games, he posted 23 goals, 65 assists and 88 points; all three totals rank among the top 15 all-time by a U-M defenseman. Despite leaving for the NHL after his junior year, Jillson completed his degree in sport management and communication with high distinction in Winter 2002.
|VERMONT: Ray Fisher|
Ray Fisher (Middlebury)
• Ray Fisher coached the Michigan baseball team from 1921-58, setting a school record with 636 wins and leading the Wolverines to 15 Big Ten championships and the 1953 College World Series title.
• Courtney Faller, Men's Swimming & Diving