little brown jug
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...
Honor a true Michigan Man. After 40 years on the Michigan team, Equipment Manager and Keeper of the Little Brown Jug Jon Falk will retire at the end of this season. There's a Kickstarter campaign to throw him a little party, but also to produce some cool LBJ swag. You can even take home a replica of The Jug that is closer to the real thing than you'll ever find again...or be able to produce on your own (without direct access to the original).
The project is just a few backers away from reaching the funding goal (it's an all-or-nothing deal and it's...oh, so close). A whopping 37% of curent backers came from the MGoBlog site. If you haven't seen it yet, maybe you'll help out with a $4 contribution to get your name on Jon's thank-you card. Or you can get a Red Wing Pottery (makers of the original LBJ) one or two gallon commemorative beehive and produce a Little Brown Jug for your own Michigan collection.
Please help the project finish strong!
Yes, I'm giving away 48-yard line seats for the Akron game. Yes, there's a catch...but it's not that bad.
There's a Kickstarter project based on the Little Brown Jug and Jon Falk's retirement at the end of this season. It needs your help. If you help, you might sit in some awesome seats for the game tomorrow! The seats are few rows below the point of the Block-M and a few rows above the tunnel entrance.
Here's how it works: back the KS project at any level. There are 20 backers right now. Help me get that to 75 backers by 7:00pm today and a pair of tickets go to a randomly drawn name (I'll message the name drawn to see if they come from the MGoBlog site). If the backer level hits 150, I'll award two pairs of tickets. OR...if you can reliably convince me that you are responsible for signing up a significant number of pledges on your own, I'll give you the second pair. (Send something out to your Twitter followers or Facebook friends. Get them to help too.)
THIS IS NOT A SWEEPSTAKES OR RAFFLE! You can back the project because you respect Jon Falk's 40 years of service (Big Jon is the primary beneficiary of the effort), not because of the risk/reward balance. I'll give away some seats because I respect the Michigan fan community. That is all.
Please...go help and GO BLUE!