this may be of some local interest
little brown jug
The State of our Threads just got posted, but it does not contain at least one, loud, F-bomb eminating from my family room last night. With the last 7 years of roller coaster expectations and thundering disappointment from what used to be our football team, I turned off the game and threw down the remote after the Minnesota “touchdown”. I went to bed mad - like so many times before.
Then I wake up to the Seth’s write up, the two (!) POSBANGS, multiple replay videos, and this:
Great win for the team and a building block for their progression. It’s fantastic that we got the Jug back!
Shame on me for doubting. Who else missed the end -- on purpose? Post your confession and take your down votes!
This Michigan Daily quote from 1920 is probably the craziest.
The jug had gained a place in the hearts of the Michigan players and rooters that could not be replaced. It was…the rabbit’s foot and the seven or eleven point combination. Its loss was irreparable and its presence in the hands of the enemy was a calamity.
Plenty of other great Jug content, linked at the bottom of this piece.
Michigan Today has put up an ARTICLE on the history of college football's oldest and best rivalry trophy. The main event is a picture gallery that's worth your time to view. The article notes that there is a new BOOK on the historic rivalry, along with a link to an interview with the AUTHORS of that book the Michigan Today published last week. It's been a tough season so far boys - let's keep that jug in Ann Arbor where it belongs!
The Jug in 1922, along with a Wisconsin megaphone that was a spoil of war for the Wolverines that year. Coach Yost returned it to Wisconsin, because unlike Minnesota, our team doesn't steal stuff.
Back in the fall there was a kickstarter campaign for John Falk's Little Brown Jug party at MGoPatio. Has anyone that chose to receive a plain replica jug received it yet? The campaign said that we should see it sometime in December but I haven't received mine yet.
Just wondering if others have the same issue and if you have been given any kind of update.
While most Michigan / Minnesota games are pretty unmemorable, we all probably remember our first time. Unfortunately for me, the first Michigan vs. Minnesota game I saw live and in person was 1986. Coming into this game, Michigan was 9-0 and ranked 2nd in the country and looking like a serious contender for the MNC with only two games remaining in the regular season.
We were lead by seniors Jim Harbaugh, Garland Rivers, John Elliot, and Andy Moeller; as well as featuring running back-great Jaime Morris. This was a great Michigan football team, which pooped the bed with 5 turnovers and letting QB Ricky Foggie scramble late for 31 yards to allow Chip Lohmiller a chip shot field goal to win it with time expiring, 20-17.
In 1986, I was a young teenager who was just starting to get seriously invested in Michigan football, and the Minnesota game was my first soul-crushing dong punch I ever suffered in Michigan Stadium.
Sorry to start this off on a downer, but I'm sure the rest of us have much happier tales to tell.
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...