Celebrating Michigan sports history one play at a time
Please just ban this troll already.
I never said the post is dumb, rather I was just curious if the OP was bored. I figured my one-word question clearly stated that. Obviously I was wrong.
I'm never bored on MGogBlog.
Correct, you were wrong. Most accurate comment you've made to date.
I agree. The poster does nothing but troll.
has been banned before (maybe more than once under different avatars) for just that reason. Better to ignore.
1997 - "The Hit" vs. PSU on "Judgement Day". Many experts picked Penn State in this one, but that physical hit set the tone and Michigan blew this game open. Only Ohio State stood in the way of the Rose Bowl after this.
1997 - Woodson's INT vs. Ohio State. Obviously the punt return is what everyone remembers, but Woodson's critical INT in the end zone was just as big. Pretty much that entire game for Woodson.
I feel like "The Hit" isn't remembered in any kind of context; it's remembered as an absolutely horrible, brutal, almost tragic moment. The simultaneous ending of two players' careers doesn't really seem like something to celebrate.
You are probably right. There are not many single plays in isolation that seemed to capture the magnitude and physicality of that game though. And upon re-watching it on Wolverine Historian's channel I forgot the hit came late in the game. I thought it was earlier. I retract the statement.
I think we were already up a few scores when that hit happened. What I think set the tone was the very first PSU play, when we sacked McQueary for a monster loss.
Jesus . . . you must be unemployed. Thanks, I guess.
Or has a better job than you that allows time for this. Sorry he ruined your day with this post.
Jesus....you must be a huge walking-around prick. Thanks not at all for being a jerk. I guess people should just stop contributing interesting content.
Haha, I really like the phrase "walking-around prick." I don't understand it, but it's awesome and totally made my day.
I'm totally joking. Get a grip, bitches.
Other recent pearls of wisdom from Ryno 2317. I just dont think he likes threads - period. Perhaps he and "I have Gnarly Face" (formally known as Wolverines' Dominate) should get together and spend a happy day torturing small animals or teasing children that look funny to them.
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I know. I hate when people pretend that they are "disappointed" in a thread or that it is somehow a waste of their valuable time. Get a clue. This entire board is a waste of time and exists only to provide a minor distraction during the day. Anyone who thinks it is anything more is probably currently a college student.
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Special kind of stupid going on in your comment. I obviously know who Woodson is. I don't think it is realistic to think that Black's upside is as high as Woodson's considering he is probably the best player ever to wear a Michigan uniform. That is why I compared him to Law -- who is a stud -- just not at Woodson's level. Get a clue, Spanky.
he thinks Jabrill Black, and Jabrill Peppers are the same person. Or both could be the next Ty Law. Which, I mean, Black is small for a DT, but moving him to DB is a stretch.
I meant Peppers. Sorry. I stand by the previous comments that have been cited. Nothing at all objectionable about them.
Guessing you wouldn't have the stones to call anyone "bitches" in person. Internet just brings out the tough guy in some folks
Will you share with us the nature of your wonderful job?
He just did. It's being a dick on the internet. Of course the pay isn't much but he gets a lot of satisfaction out of it.
Actually, BluCheese is right. My job is to be a dick on the internet.
Attorney. That probably explains my previous post and "dickish" nature. Again, sorry.
Well we're all duly impressed I'm sure.
Just answering the question . . . I don't expect you to be impressed.
I don't know whether MGoBloggers are naturally prejudiced against us members of the Bar, but among the many things I've learned after suffering numerous insults here is that we have to be prepared to suffer those attacks. You can be sure that there are many here who -- unless they need our services -- would happily follow the advice of Shakespeare's Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, Part 2 (The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.) . . . .Res Ipsa Loquitur.
I dont think that's true. BiSB is an attorney and he is probably the most well liked poster/mod on the board. Posters like Ryno get "attacked", not because of your profession, but because they're generally being jerks to other posters. Go back and read the thread - myself and others called him out for being unpleasant long before HE played the "I'm an attorney" card to somehow justify his being unpleasant.
If anyone brought negative feedback upon attornies in this thread it was Ryno himself.
1991- Michigan vs. duke first game- Duke came out on top in overtime but that game served notice that the Fab Five were the real deal and gave them confidence en route to making their magical tournament run.
The trajectory of the program shot sky high from the Fab Five and sadly the opposite way in part to them but damn that was a fun team and couple years.
Re: 1989, we actually were considered a strong national title contender going into the season, and we started out 11-0. What made us a Cinderella was just the crazy coaching change on the eve of the tournament.
And beating Illinois after losing to them twice that season.
Tai Streets's catch-and-run TD in 1996 would have to be on here. That was the deciding play in the 13-9 win. I think that game more than anything is what cemented Cooper's reputation as a coach whose teams boasted a lot and never delivered against Michigan.
Moreso than Biakabutuka's 313 yards the year before?
God, those years were great!
Those two games were awesome.
In 1995 they lost because they did not take us seriously enough. David Boston: "Michigan's just another team." They were shocked when we came out and punched them in the mouth and they never really recovered.
In 1996 they lost because they took us too seriously. Even though we were a 17 point underdog, they played incredibly tight. We did not play well early on, but they still could not get any separation. When Springs fell down and Griese hit Streets, you could just feel them collapsing mentally. Even though we only had a 4 point lead, you knew the game was over.
after Springs was undone by his home-field turf was a beautiful thing to behold.
Also, it should be an counter to our occasional distate for a bend-but-don't-break style. Putting a superstar on an island works out very well most of the time. . . but slips happen.
Terry Glenn said "Michigan is nothing."
2000 - Michigan beats Ohio, John Cooper fired. Seems rather small, but it led to hiring of Tressel and drastically changed the trajectory of the two programs.
I can't think of anything that defined the program. We havent won a national title since '97, and it seems any major changes in the programs trajectory have been negative since. I don't remember much before 1997 anyways.
Landing Jabrill Peppers?
As for basketball, the Trey may have put the exclaimation point on the basketball turn-around, and may be national view of Michigans return to glory, but Novaks freakout started the whole thing.
And I know the Fab Five thing didn't work out in the end, but those guys changed more than just basketball. I still wear black nike mid length socks. Before the sanctions came down, they could have had our program up with the likes of Dukes, UCLA, UNC, Kansas, etc. by now. MSU may have never risen up from where ever they were since Magic was there. The last 20 years could have been vastly different. And at the time, I am sure the fans felt it.
Good call about Novak's freakout.
I think upsets of UCLA and Duke during Beileins first few seasons showed things were turning around. Those were big wins.
First NCAA tourney invite in 15+ years was another big milestone, though you can't really single it to one play.
Yes. UCLA in particular. Though UCLA turned out not to be as good as projected, that was the game made me hopeful for the future.
I vividly remember the play that sealed it: Deshawn Sims set a pick at the top of the key, immediately cut to the basket, and Manny threw it into him for an emphatic dunk. It was at that point that I knew the Amaker years were over.
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The Rumeal Robinson free throw is the biggest positive Michigan play in my lifetime. I mean, how many of us imagined being in that situation to win a championship as a kid in our backyards, and Rumeal got to live it out (and for our own team, no less). Additionally, how many of the fab five were inspired to play for Michigan by that moment? No doubt U of M basketball would be a completely different program had that not happened (for better or for worse).
Also, for the pure excitement factor as a lone bright spot in an otherwise dreadful season, the Super Mario catch against PSU deserves mentioning. Who knows if Lloyd sticks around past that year if we don't have that superb win under our belts that season...
Total agreement on the free throw. I still remember being barely able to breathe as he lined up for the shot.....
It's maybe not as big as the ones above, but the end of the 2011 MSU basketball game at Crisler - featuring Darius Morris dribbling through the entire D and splitting it for a clinching layup (followed by the "GTFO my court") - was a kind of confirmation that the rivalry had changed, that we were done being MSU's doormat. We had, of course, upset them in Breslin, but most considered that a fluke. For the game in Crisler, MSU was going to take us seriously, if they hadn't before- there was no mistaking that this time. But we won, and also also sealed up an NCAA tourney bid in the process. Since then, the two programs have effectively been on equal footing.
Goosebumps. Great moment in the rivalry and UM sports. I'll never forget that layup and his face as he said the classic line.
One of CFB's best-ever defensive players arguably at his best:
Folks, you can watch football a long, long time before you see another play like that.
Both images capture the 1997 season in my mind.
Mike Legg scores a goal in the NCAA hockey quarterfinals against Minnesota, to tie the game up at 2-2. Michigan goes on to win, 4-3, and wins the NCAA championship 2 weeks later.
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Michigan vs Virginia 1995
Lloyd Carrs first game
Charles Woodsons first game
Down 17-0 going into the 4th
Mercury Hayes diving catch for the win.
Plus my first game as a kid.
Didn't dive on that catch.
Kolesar in 1988 THE GAME accounting for all 100 yards in Michigan's final drive to win. First he had a 41 yard kickoff return. Then on the next play he makes a leaping catch in the end zone for the go ahead score.
... partly because I was there and we needed both :)
Take your pick of Woodson's plays against OSU in 1997. WIthout any of one of his plays (i.e., the pick, the punt return to 30+ yard reception), we don't win. If we don't win, we don't go to the Rose Bowl. If we don't go the Rose Bowl, we don't win the National Championship.
And he made big, game-changing plays just about every week.
Michigan pinch hitter, freshman Alan Oaks, homers off Vanderbilt's David Price who was pitching in relief in the 10th inning and Derek Van Buskirk makes a game-saving catch near the wall to rob Pedro Alvarez of what might've been his second homer of the game in the bottom of the 10th to lead the Wolverines to a 4-3 win over the overall top-seeded Vanderbilt to win the Nashville Regional in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Tom Harmon's whole game in Columbus.
Final play of the game vs. Indiana holds a special place in my memory for both the play itself and Ufer's call.