Anyone have suggestions on Michigan football related books that I should read this Summer? Thank you.
Michigan Football Book Suggestions
BO, written by Mitch Albom, shortly before Bo retired. A bit dated, as it was written in 1989, but an excellent read, all the same.
Also Bo's Lasting Lessons, I think by John Bacon. 3 and out if you want the Richrod saga. There is also a book by Jon Faulk that is interesting, I can't remember the name.
"If These Walls Could Talk" is Falk's book, and it is full of some excellent stories about Bo and Michigan football in general. I would recommend it if you want the story from a unique perspective.
As for "Bo's Lasting Lessons", I am not sure where the OP is in terms of their career, but I have found many of the lessons from it to be invaluable in my professional life. It really is a great book.
Bo's Lasting Lessons was really terrific. Definitely recommended.
I second that. I read the book a few years ago when it came out and was going to read it again in the near future
Falk's book is decent, but it wouldn't be my first recommendation. There are a few interesting stories, but he kind of makes the same point over and over again about Michigan, the coaches, etc. It's one of those books that should be read only if you've devoured just about everything else about Michigan football.
"Three and Out" stressed me out when I was reading it. It's kind of a heart breaker even though you know the story.
Loved it though. Could read a paragraph and just close my eyes and picture the play being described.
I second the "Bo's Lasting Lessons" suggestion. Great stuff. It still defines what I think/hope Michigan is about.
We should be buying such a book. Not stealing it.
*The Ten Year War, by Joel Pennington (Bo vs. Woody)
*Back on top, by George Cantor (1997 recap)
*A legacy of Champions, by Falls, Wojnowski, Chengelis and McCosky (written in 1995 but has great history of the program up to that point.)
Some good things came out in '95, including the Michigan Football CD Rom which I must have have played a thousand times.
The Ten Year War is the next one I'll read. Have you read Bo's Lasting Lessons? It was a great read and was very inspirational for me personally. If not, read it!
A Song of Ice and Fire!
What? GoT gets mentioned all the time on the forums here, so it's relevant to Michigan Football, right?
"War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest" By Michael Rosenberg
But don't just take my word for it. Read for yourself the most favorable review on Amazon.com to see what others think of this piece of literary genius....
The most helpful favorable review
Rosenberg can still suck a bag of dicks, but the book is actually kind of interesting. Not terribly well done, but it puts a lot of the Ten Year War stuff in context with what was going on nationally/politically in a way that is informative and does a nice job contrasting A2 (guys embarassed to be known as "fascist" football players on campus pre-Bo) and Columbus (cult of Woody) at that time. Most of the younger folks probably aren't aware of the stuff about bombings on campus or guys being thrown in jail for having a joint on them. Also some neat drug stories about the starting backfield for OSU (Who knew you could snort blow and play football at the same time?).
I clicked on this thread thinking you were John U. Bacon asking for ideas for his next book. So disappointed.
I think his new book is coming out soon. I think it's called "Fourth and Long" or something to that effect, about the issues surrounding college football. Could be a good read, but I honestly might have trouble reading a 300+ page book if his theory is the same superficial storyline that the media usually follows when discussing college football. However, I think Bacon is smart enough to get off the beaten path.
Actually, that would be a great question for the board if I can thread jack for a minute.
What topic (Michigan related) would you like to see covered in the next book (by Bacon or anyone for that matter)?
of what college sports would look like for a school in the black like UofM should the O'Bannon suit completely change the landscape of the NCAA
By Bo Schembechler and Dan Ewald, with a foreward is by Gerald Ford. Comes with the hour-long "Michigan Memories" DVD.
Edit: I can't believe they don't have any real info on the DVD.
There are multiple clips of Bo, of course. It is worth the purchase price just to hear him say "Defense" when speaking of Yost's teams.
Rojo - the real one, not the newer one I see mention of.
Hear Al Wistert speak
Listen to Bob Chappuis become choked up when he describes Crisler's last note to the '47/'48 teams.
Ron Kramer (which reminds me that no one has mentioned "That's Just Kramer" - not strictly a Michigan book, but yeah, Kramer)
Ufer, of course, and many more. I'd have to go through and make notes to list them all.
No mention of Three and Out. I found that to be a very interesting, albeit slightly painful, book about the inner workings of the football program. I learned a lot about how things were done there. I'm guessing there are a lot of things that have changed since that book though.
Joe Falls, Bo Schembechler: Man In Motion. This is the first real book about Bo, published in 1973.
Bill Frieder, Basket Case. Frieder's autobiography, published in like 1988. Talks a lot about old-school Michigan basketball. And briefly mentions the first time Michigan traveled to recruit a high school freshman phenom named Chris Webber, who Frieder consistently refers to as "Weber."
Tom Hemingway, Life Among the Wolverines. Lots of good, old Michigan stories by a longtime Michigan football broadcaster and journalist.
Not to get all curmudgeny, but the contrast between the Falls and Albom books largely defines what is wrong with Albom. I loved Bo, but Albom's book was likely written in an afternoon or two, allowed both men to jam a great deal of money in their pockets and allowed Albom to again be chronicler of all important sporting matters in Michigan. Just didn't care for it.
"What It Means To Be A Wolverine"
Stories from players from as far back as the 1930s. Some of them are now deceased (book came out in 2005) so it is an excellent read with great stories. Hilarious ones too.
this book, 100 times over. they have analogous books for other schools and some pro teams (I have the one for the wings).
rites of autumn was also a very fun read, if not specifically about Michigan.
also, and not football, I know, but if you can get your hands on a copy of fab five by albom, it is well worth your time.
Tons of great photos and captions.
Three and Out - kind of difficult to read at times even though you know the ending, but its a good one
Bo's Lasting Lessons - just a great all-around read from the man himself.
Great read. If you are a Michigan fan you must read it. Clears up a lot of stuff.
If you want to expand into college football generally, "The Junction Boys" by Jim Dent is pretty damn entertaining and puts a lot of the current gripes about Coach X at University of Y being a dirty cheating bastard into context nicely.
Those Who Stay by Curt Stephenson was decent.
Robert M Soderstrom: "The Big House, Fielding H.Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium"
I'm about 2/3 of the way through this one, it's just chock full of stuff I never knew about Ferry Field and everything that Yost did to push for a new stadium----Michigan Stadium. It's an interesting look back 90+ years into the past, and the book has greatly enlightened me on the genius of Yost.
Geoirge Cantor: "I Remember Bo". I'll be starting in on this one as soon as I finish the "Big House" book I listed above.
I second Soderstrom's "The Big House" ... He writes so well. And I grew up playing soccer with his son - just a top notch family all around. I know this book was one of his dreams and it turned out very well.
For something non-Michigan, I would read Jaworski's "Games That Changed The Game". It is a great football history book that explains the birth of the blitz, cover two, west coast offense. Good read.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this: Tom Harmon's "Pilots Also Pray." Tells Harmon's war stories about his plane going down and his interesting work and vantage point in WWII. In my mind, he is the best Michigan football player ever, and that isn't even factoring in his service.
I'd also recommend some of the really old Walter Camp books discussing early football, training, and rule evolution.
I do realize society as a whole was much more civil in 1950 as compared to today. However, it is significant to realize the year he won the Heisman was one year before Woody took over as the head man in Columbus, so it is not as if he played in an era that made it impossible to compare his accomplishments to today's players. No one, before or since, and this is one year before the man that would command Ohio during the ten year war took up residence in Columbus, ever received a standing ovation from the opposing fans, at their stadium no less. ^While it's true all sports have experienced tremendous evolution, be it through technology, specialiaztion of one sport, inclusion and other significant historical data, what this man accomplished during his three year career is, due to the two platoon system-and with total respect to Sir Charles, is probably impossible to duplicate. We can base accomplishments based only on historical eras in most cases. We all know Jim Brown was far better than Paul Hornung during Hornung's Heisman year. And although both had great careers in the NFL, there is no way Hornung was at the same level as Jim Brown. ^However, what Harmon accomplished, no matter the era, no matter who was and who was not playing is more than likely never going to be closely duplicated no matter how long we watch the game. His stats are in the record book and although surpassed on certain levels on both sides of the ball, I don't even know if there is a player playing today that could do the things he did on the football field. What he did in his portrayal of "Goodbye Columbus" was far superior to the film ot two decades later. In Columbus, OH he rushed for 136 yds and scored two tds in doing so. He threw for 153 yards on 11 of 12 passes, again for two tds and for good measure on offense added four extra points. On defense, he simply intercepted three passes, one good for a TD return, and also averaged 50 yards per punt. I simply cannot think on another player we've seen that could do all those things, and this is 63 years later. And back to the point of society being much more civil as a whole. I will go out on a limb and suggest that if anyone, wearing either the maize and blue or scarlet and grey could come close to duplicating what he did that day, they too might experience the fans on the opponent's home field stand in unison and salute him with a standing ovation upon the game's conclusion. 5 Tds. three defensive takeaways, one punctuated with a TD and four extra pts to boot. Has anyone else, despite the era, all playing against the best competion of that era, ever come remotely close to such a performance? So very, very special.
Harmon won the Heisman in 1940; Woody's first season as HC at Ohio State was 1951.
Regardless, this doesn't diminish what Harmon achieved down in Columbus that day.
Yes, but you have to remember that Ohio is perpetually 10 years behind. Trust me. I've lived here my whole life.
It is indeed tough to compare. I think the fact that he averaged over 50 yards/punt that game puts him in better standing than most of the best modern-era punters. Second, his domination must have been accomplished even with the whole osu team focused on shutting him down.
Bacons books are dope.
Three and Out.
100 yard War.
Bo's Lasting Lessons
"Passing Game" by Murray Greenberg. It's about Benny Friedman, possibly the most important quarterback of all time (in football, not just M football) and someone whom even the great Red Grange admired. Too many Michigan fans know nothing about this M legend. It's time to change that.
If you're looking for some good, old-school schadenfreude...
Don Yaeger, Under the Tarnished Dome, which exposes Lou Holtz as the unmitigated asshole he is.
Stu Whitney and Bob Kourtakis, Behind the Green Curtain, which exposes George Perles and late-80s Michigan State football as the steroid-fueled orgy everybody suspected it was.