For those tired of Maryland and Rutgers posts, ESPN Classic is televising over a dozen Michigan-Ohio games this week starting tomorrow morning and including some T'giving morning.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
I guess I have sour grapes since ESPN Classic is no longer on my Comcast subscription. Every year I keep expecting a marathon this week and they leave me hanging with
"B1G Elite: 1994 Nebraska*"
* The year a Big 8 team screwed an actual Big Ten team!
Cable subscriptions are a thing of the past. You could have a UM-Ohio marathon every week if you choose!
they only have rights to the games they broadcast. And even if they asked ESPN the response would be, "pay us more than double what we think we can make and it's a deal".
The Michigan 1997 Season pushed ESPN up another level, and overall made College Football broadcasting make a quantum leap toward National for most. I was living in Seattle starting 1994, and I only saw the 1995 and 1996 Michigan-OSU games because I flew back to Michigan. 1995 it was in Ann Arbor and saw it in person, 1996 got to watch it on TV.
1997 was when ESPN figured out there are Michigan alumni all over the place, and most are willing to watch a game at 9am, and no one else was broadcasting any games at all in that time slot.
I watched almost every game in 1997 from my home in Seattle thanks to ESPN. I also have family who lived in Tennesee, and one of the key reasons they bitched about Woodson beating Payton for the Heisman was that ESPN never stopped showing highlights of Woodson doing remakable things, over and over to a national audience.
You should probably switch to DirecTV.
That game had it all:
Cold, overcast, Michigan Stadium? Check
Keith Jackson & Frank Broyles (and Bob Ufer) in the booth? Check
Worn down, cement-like Tartan Surface? Check
Knee-high socks, massive forearm pads, taped up ankles over black shoes? Check
Wolverine helmet awards? Check.
106K fans (and all ticketed students) in their seats? Check
Big 10 Championship & Rose Bowl on the line for winner? Check
Nice consolation prize for loser (Sugar Bowl)? Check.
Triple-Option I formation? Check
5-2 and even 6-3 defensive sets? Uh, check.
Woody Hayes? Check
Bo Schembechler? Check
Somebody punches a sideline reporter with damning video evidence? Check
Buckeye fumble by best tailback foils comeback? Check
Toilet paper rolls raining down from student section on game sealing TD? Check.
UM Punter is also starting Defensive End and future OLB for Green Bay? Check
Marshmallows? Not yet.
You forgot one Markusr....
Ricky Leach at QB? CHECK!
In those crazy scholarship days, Michigan had one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation (1975 class) in Russell Davis, not to mention Harlan Huckleby and Roosevelt Smith at tailback.
Those were the days.
Otherwise known as fuzzy concrete.
I'm in ESS-EE-SEE land for the week and the regionalization of content means I get Alabama-Auburn reruns.
Proving I should just stay home.
Tuesday at 11am: Michigan at Ohio 2000
12pm: 2003: 100th game
2pm: 1995, Biakabatuka!
6pm: 1999, Brady leads thm back, again
8pm: 1997, Woo!
EDIT: Feel free add others
Wish the 1996 game was on the schedule. There is nothing better than seeing 100,000 plus OSU fans stunned and nearly in tears after you upset their title chances once again, on their own field.
About time we got some deserved respect. You are looking at the Sugar Bowl Champs.