Just an apppetiser as we approach the season!
Michigan vs OSU 1969 on BTN right now 5:00
I share your sentiment. It's part of our tradition but I really don't have an meaningful emotional connection to it, other than being a Michigan fan.
whenever BTN has old games on, especially Bo era games. i'm not sure there is any 'objective' enjoyment when it comes to michigan football - i probably wouldn't watch games from this era unless they were michigan games. i missed everything prior to about 2004, and watching these old games helps me feel like i really have an understanding of michigan football.
I demand more runs between the tackles.
Yeah, it's not the most exciting thing of all time, but I'm a student right now and I'm enjoying watching it as a pure fan. It's awesome to have a school with enough history to be able to watch stuff like this, and the interviews of former players are pretty awesome
Is there any reason in particular that there seems to be an incredible amount of OSU fans?
Before Don Canham started marketing Michigan football, Michigan usually only sold out one game a year: MSU or OSU. The end zones would be half empty for most games. I am guessing that a lot of OSU and MSU fans bought tickets to the Michigan game back then. The crowd of 103,658 was a record crowd at the time. I don't know if Michigan could have even filled the stadium in that era without opposing fans being there.
As for not relating to the game, you had to be alive for the hype Ohio got that year. There were many writers who thought they were the best college football team of all time. They were seen as invincible and unbeatable.
Plus, MIchigan gave no indication that they were going to be good enough to win this game. They had lost the previous game to Ohio 50-14 when Woody Hayes decided to go for a two point conversion to hit fifty. They had been to one Rose Bowl since 1950. They struggled early and had turned into a good team, but nobody except the people in the Wolverine locker room thought they had a chance to win.
This was one of the biggest upsets of all time. The style of play may not be exciting now, but it was very exciting back then. Also, we only got four or five college football games a week on TV at the most back then. Usually, it was more like three or four games, and they all happened on Saturday.
We certainly have come a long way, but htat game is still one of the best ever played in Michigan Stadium. I wonder what we would think if they came up with film of the 1948 Rose Bowl? After the "it factor" wore off, would the game seem watchable for three hours?
Greatest win in Michigan football. Ever.
Did anyone else just see Woody Hayes elbow a waterboy for being too close to him? It happened.