2000 ala vs mich
1997 wash vs mich
2000 ala vs mich
1997 wash vs mich
that is the game I had on my mind immediately after reading your thread title. Others I would consider would include the 93 & 98 Rose Bowls.
The Browns drafted a QB in the 6th round in 2000. I was hoping it would be Tom Brady, but they opted for Spergeon Wynn instead. Probably better for Tom in the long run. But I often wonder if maybe he would have been able to make the Browns respectable.
You my friend are a dreamer. It would have taken a lot more than Brady to make them respectable.
1997 Rose Bowl, changed my life for the better. I still want a lifesize poster of Woodsons interception from the behind the endzone.
2000 Orange Bowl, because it was awesome, and 2012 Sugar Bowl, because I was there.
05 Rose - A loss but a great game that I watched at a bar with my UT alum brother in law. If you are going to lose a bowl game to Texas it fits that you lose on a FG to a kicker named Dusty Mangum.
Michigan beat USC 22-14. Bo accepted the Rose Bowl trophy "on behalf of some great Wolverines!"
I was a kid when I watched that, and it's tough for a game now to match the excitement I felt then.
...that game was awesome. How sweet it was to enjoy beating USC in a Rose Bowl because you just know that isn't something that will happen very often. I'd actually argue that it was an even better feeling than winning the Rose Bowl to cap the undefeated 97 season.
It was a great experience. I took my Dad to the game. We tail-gated on the golf course outside the stadium, after going to the parade. Of course the best part was we won the game.
Ones that I actually remember watching would rank: 2008 Capital One Bowl (beating Tebow is a great memory), 2012 Sugar Bowl and then the 2005 Rose Bowl. I was too young to really remember watching the 1998 Rose Bowl (for the NC), but if I could it would be #1, no doubt.
2008 capitol one bowl was my favorite game ever. That offense was beautiful/perfect with jake long, henne, mario, arrington and of course hart. They just played so damn hard that game and executed so well. It being Carr's last game only made it even more awesome.
...I think he's refering the "bowl" he smoked that day. That's my best guess.
Holy Jeebus. Your bong must be laced with snow because now your jaw has locked up.
What does 'they didnt wont to c a reply' mean? 'They didn't want to c a replay'?
Mr. Mario86's brother must have an account
1997 Rose Bowl
2000 Orange Bowl
2005 Rose Bowl (even though we lost, it was an awesome game)
2007 Outback Bowl (Lloyd's going away party)
1993 Rose Bowl (again, another loss, but Wheatley was amazing)\
2012 Sugar Bowl
We won the '93 game. One of the best Rose Bowls ever.
you mean the 2008 Capital One Bowl as Lloyd's going away party.
We lost to USC in the 2007 Rose Bowl
The 2007 Outback bowl featured a 8-4 Penn State team beating a 9-3 Tennessee team 20 to 10.
the 2007 Outback Bowl didn't rank on your all-time favorites?!? That thrilling 22-yard Kevin Kelly field goal to seal the game with just over 3 minutes left will always be one of my fondest memories of college football.
Hahaha, I definitely got my years messed up. 1993 was what I was thinking of, but yeah, we won that. And of course, Lloyd's going away was 2008
'89 Rose... my freshman year at Michigan... Bo's last game.... beating USC. Special stuff.
He coached the next year too and lost 17-10 to USC in his final game...The '89 game was great, though.
on Michigan's fake punt in the fourth quarter was a bad call. Very disappointing.
Totally robbed. It was brutal.
here on some post or another long ago that Bo claimed he heard the officials gloating about throwing the game (on purpose). Disturbing they can get away with it if true.
If memory serves, one of the Pac 10 refs on that joint-Big Ten/Pac 10 crew later reported that the Big Ten refs were celebrating screwing Bo over with that holding call.
By Bo and Mitch Albom.
Broke the lamp in my bedroom after the BS holding call. Never did see the finish to that game.
He looked like he was shot out of a cannon vs Washington.
The youngsters here need to watch the highlights. Pure speed.
2012 Sugar Bowl. Just graduated from UM a few weeks earlier, first attended bowl game, drank at the game, and partied with my g/f (a brunette).
Dreaded double post. titties...
+1 for your quote and use of tities
The 2008 Capital One Bowl has to be my favorite recent one. Just with the circumstances surronding Lloyd and the three seniors and how they were 0-3 against Ohio and in bowl games. Not to mention that nobody gave us a chance in that game.
And I am pretty sure that when people say 1997 Rose Bowl, they mean the 1998 Rose Bowl...
it was great to go back to work after the holidays and face all the dejected UF fans. I love that we sent Lloyd out the way we did.
1) January 1st,1998 - Rose Bowl win over Washington State - awesome cap to an awesome season and a great excuse to be late to the first day of Winter Semester that January.
2) January 1st, 2000 - Orange Bowl win over Alabama. Coming back from 14 down twice, as I recall, with Tom Brady leading the way. Great, great comeback win.
3) January 3rd, 2012 - Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech - did not end up going (I was at the first two that I listed), but it was a great end to Hoke's first season and I still managed to function the next day at work.
For me, it's the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Yes, it has as much to do with New Orleans, and all that entailed. But it also has to do with it being such a surprise that Michigan had a solid season in 2011, and seeming so far-fetched afer a just horrible '08, a disappointing '09, and a mediocre '10 that ended in the most humiliating Michigan game ever. I felt a lot of that weight lifted just by getting to the Sugar Bowl. There were more thrilling bowl games, and more meaningful ones (I was at the '98 Rose Bowl and rushed the field afterward), but the Sugar Bowl is my favorite.
Has to be the 2012 Sugar Bowl, as it's the only Michigan bowl game I've attended, and I took my oldest son. My older brother lives in New Orleans and he treated us to some excellent food.
Other favorites -
1981 Rose Bowl. Bo finally broke through with a victory.
1986 Fiesta Bowl. Beat Nebraska.
1998 Rose Bowl. National Championship.
Least favorite was the 1979 Rose Bowl where we got hosed big-time on Charles White's phantom touchdown.
1.) 1981 -- Bo's first Rose Bowl win, and M's first since 1965. thank God almighty, free at at last.
2.) 1986 Fiesta -- the championship game that should have happened in 1997/8.
I would add the 1988 Hall-of-Fame Bowl win over Alabama because, although both teams were not the most successful that year, it was M's first encounter with Bama and it ended with a win to offset the loss to Auburn in the 1984 Sugar Bowl.
And of course, the '08 Cap One Bowl. Revenge for Meyer's victory in the whine wars of '06, and a satisfactory matchup with the Heismann Trophy winner.
Michigan was hosed more than once in the Rose Bowl. On balance, I would have been happier with no Rose Bowl. I never understood the B10's strange marriage with the Pac8, which was a very unhappy one for us from 1970-92.
2013 national championship game
... the only bowl game I have attended. 21-16, whooooooooo!
Oh the inhumanity!!!
Very underrated because I think when we say best we think of a close action packed game. But that game just felt good!
Only one I have been to, but the MVP was the entire offensive line. awesome!
that's the game I'm thinking of....but I'm pretty old.
'93 Rose Bowl- Everitt, Wheatley, 88 yards......nuff said.
2000 Orange Bowl and 98 Rose honorable mentions
...especially if you have attended it.
1) For me, the 1/1/98 Rose Bowl has to be the standard.
2) Beating #5 USC in the 1/1/89 Rose Bowl has to be right up there. A great Bo team, lost to the #1 and #2 teams that year by less than 5 points total, and we were ranked #11 going into the game. That team was so close to a national championship season, they certainly had the talent.
3) 1/1/2000 Orange Bowl. That game was unbelievably epic despite the strange ending.
4) 1/1/2008 Capital One Bowl. At the time we desperately needed that win after the way that season started, as a good end to LC's career, and to shut up the SEC homers again.
The above post saved me time and allowed me to get another beer.
Hope the beer went down smooth. very hot here in Mich today, perfect for a cold one!
Was so damn awesome. OT and didn't play very well throughout the game. Pulled it out with a field goal. Epic. All things considered.
2012 Sugar Bowl is my favorite. Being a student at the time, and traveling to New Orleans to attend my first bowl game with my dad made the victory perfect following the 3 most painful years of football I could ever imagine.
2008 Capital One Bowl was great. Watching Lloyd go out in that fashion after such a disappointing start to the season was awesome to see. Plus beating Tim Tebow made it feel even better.
2005 Rose Bowl is probably my third favorite. Even though we lost, it was such a great game to watch.
I wish I was old enough to remember the 98 Rose Bowl.. I can't wait until I get to witness Michigan win another national championship!
I've been to 2. This was the first, and the best by far. I wasn't even paying attention to the extra point, I didn't realize what had happened until everyone around me started going nuts.
It's nice to see another Michigan fan on here from St. Louis.
I'll have to go with the 2008 Capital One Bowl. I was only 5 for the 98 Rose Bowl and don't remember it that well. Otherwise, that would be my top choice.
There was a great deal of satisfaction after that Capital One Bowl game. Seeing guys like Henne, Hart, and Long go out like that after the nightmare in the beginning of the season and the poor records against OSU/bowl games was amazing. It seems like nobody gave Michigan any chance of winning that game too. To top it off, Lloyd getting carried off by the team after the game still gets to me today.
This past Sugar Bowl win and also the bowl against Alabama were fantastic games, but that game against Florida brought a comforting closure to the Lloyd and Hart/Henne/Long eras.
2013 Rose Bowl
As a 17 year old I don't remember the National Championship but I'm sure that was No. 1 for a lot if people. Mine are easily
2008 vs Florida. That was easily the most excited I've been during a game.
2012 vs VT This probably should be No. 1 because it was a BCS game and we won in OT and I was there. PLUS I met Lloyd Brady! ( for the second time FYI)
Most gut wrenching losses were
2004 USC. I was a young boy who already knew that white QB aren't supposed to catch touchdown passes like that.
Also 2011 Mississippi game was just flat out embarrassing.
1986 Fiesta Bowl victory over Nebraska. We hadn't played many Big 8 or SWC teams.
The 1981 Rose Bowl was great because Bo finally one there. The celebration, and the relief, were incredible. It also was during my sophomore year at UM, so it was a big deal to me.
Good string of attending three straight bowl games 99-01...the orange bowl was in a class by itself, but the 01 CITRUS wasn't too shabby either. That was a good auburn team, but meeeechigan was just a bit better!
The 2000 bowl win over Alabama was my favorite, because I was friends with an Alabama woman who insisted that there'd be a 'Bama walkover, a rout, a drubbing, by the superior SEC team against the poor slow Michigan team from the sad-sack B1G.
I guess our players hadn't read the manual! It felt delicious when Michigan won.
For me it's:
'08 Capital One Bowl - Nobody gave us a shot that year, and having our offense click and just explode was awesome, as was watching Tebow get pounded almost every play
'12 Sugar Bowl - My first ever Bowl Trip, everything was just perfect, from the trip (some quality time with my Dad), to the game end
'98 Rose Bowl - I don't remember much of it (I was 6), but I remember Woodson's pick
'06 Alamo Bowl - PITCH IT TO BREASTON!!!
'05 Rose Bowl - Yeah it was a great game....but that was a gut-punch ending
'07 Rose Bowl - Getting curb-stomped by USC for the umpteenth time
1976 Orange Bowl against one of the great Oklahoma teams, lead by the Selmon brothers (Leroy and Dewey). This was the first non-Rose Bowl postseason game for the wolves, as well as Ricky Leach's freshman year. What a defensive struggle, but we lost in the fourth quarter. I was quite proud of just how hard we tried, and how evenly matched the two teams were when it came to hitting.
That game was the last time the team wore the all white jerseys until...last year's MSU game, sort of.
Not a favorite in the sense of 98 Rose or others most folks mention, but really memorable (I was 15). It was such a relief – and a novelty – to get to a bowl game besides the Rose. An inspired fourth-quarter comeback had come up short against a great Ohio team (Archie Griffin's second Heisman, I believe) in a game I attended. Better Michigan teams had been shut out of any bowl in 70, 72, 73 & 74. Against the Sooners it was such a hard-fought physical game.
That was the one time that, going into the game, I thought we had essentially no chance to win. Instead, Henne had the game of his life and the defense did just enough to slow Tebow down.
Runner-up would be the first time we beat Florida, the 02-03 Outback bowl, because I was there. For once, we didn't get Zooked.
1993 Rose against Washington: (I was at my grandma's house in Tecumseh, playing with my Christmas toys as Ty Wheatley ran over that D. Good memories of my childhood with the family. Wish I could go back to those days).
1998 Rose against Washington State: Thought Leaf was going to get one more play in before time expired.
2008 Cap One Bowl against the Gators: Being a Floridian now, I hate the Gators and did it feel good beating their asses. Wish we could have the three years back following that game but it was nice beating Urban Meyer.
I have many favorites, but any M win is a great game:
-1998 Rose Bowl, I was there sitting 5 rows up in the end zone, about twenty feet from where Woodson picked off that pass, game changer for sure!
-1981 Rose, Bo finally wins one and that team was the best team in the country at the end of the year, if there was a playoff, we woulda won w/the defense we had and AC, Wangler, Woolfolk, et al., probably one of the 2-3 best O-Lines we ever had.
-1993 Rose, Wheatley and exciting game to boot.
-1986 Fiesta, great team, like the 1980 team, probably the best team in the land at the end of the year.
-A plug for the 1994 Holiday Bowl, we won and I was there, good enough for me!
-2012 was good from a win standpoint, but it was a really tough game to watch, not entertaining except for the brunette part.
One's I hated:
-1992 Rose, me and my brother had tickets to the game but my dad died 2 days before the game, very depressing game to add to my misery that year.
-1979 Rose was a bunch of BS, wish they had replay back then.
-1979 Gator Bowl, Wangler getting hurt screwed us in that game that year, LT led that UNC team.
-1987 Rose, Harbaugh and crew had a 15-3 lead in that game and then we stopped playing for some damn reason.
...of experiences here. I am continually impressed at the diversity of ages and memory of Michigan football in the readership here. I suppose if you have over 100 years of something that lots of people care about, it shouldn't be that surprising.
Whenever talk of bowl games comes up, I am sometimes reminded of how much Bo struggled in the postseason. And then that reminds me of Bo, and possibly my favorite Bo obit written by Joe LaPointe, then of the New York Times. While he wasn't quoting him directly, Joe imagined Bo might say something like this:
If you grow up in the Midwest, you know that New Year’s Day is cold and the sun sets early and it’s dark and there might be snow on the ground and the wind is rattling the windows. And you sit in your house and turn on the television in the late afternoon and there it is, the Rose Bowl, in color, the warm sunshine, the green grass, the blue sky, the trees and the mountains around the field. And you think, “Darn it, that’s where I want to be!”
It's a pretty good read.
I was there. We lost, but because Arizona State's coach John Cooper beat us Ohio State hired him and the resulting 2-10-1 against Michigan resulted. Best Bowl loss Michigan ever had!
Favorite watching on tv would go back to the Fiesta against Nebraska, the Orange against Bama and this years Sugar against Va Tech. In person, I've been to 5 Rose Bowls - only win was 1997, so it was all worth it. Capital One win over Tebow led Florida takes second only because it's the only other win, plus it was a pretty great game.
2012 sugar bowl forsure
2012 Sugar Bowl. My first year of undergrad was RichRod's first year. I felt I deserved it.
1989 Rose - Sophomore year and Bo's last Rose Bowl win
1998 Rose - National Champs - WSU can have those 2 seconds back if the ref throws his flag for offensive PI when the receiver shoves Woodson in the back to prevent the INT and make the catch at midfield
1991 Gator - Senior year domination of Ole Miss and MVP for the offensive line
1994 Hall of Fame - Wheatley runs wild again as UM pounds NC State
2005 Rose - Even though we lost, this was the best game from start to finish that I have ever witnessed with some of the greatest individual efforts - Breaston's returns, Braylon's TD catches and Vince Young running all over the place
1988 Hall of Fame
2008 Capital One
Least favorites In Person
1992 Rose - Washington dominated us - at least Wheatley provided us with a glimpse of his greatness in the 4th quarter
the 1986 Fiesta Bowl. Beating a Nebraska team, which at that time was still one of the premier programs in college football was special. Michigan struggled in the first half, but came out big after half time. The special teams play, including a blocked kick by the late Vada Murray is something to be remembered.
But only two really matter
1) 1998 - we won it all and Chuckie was the man the entire year
2) 1986 - we beat a damn good Nebraska team and we ended up #2 but we were the #1 team in the land
I personally hated the 1973 Rose Bowl where Jim Plunkett beat us...I think that bowl screwed Bo up in all bowl games....
The 1992 season (the 9-0-3 seaaon) Rose Bowl against Washington gets overlooked a little bit, but it was an amazing game.
What was amazing about it was that Michigan won a big Bowl game in a total shootout. That was something Michigan just didn't do up until then. We would try to keep games close in 10-7 defensive struggles, and if we got into a high scoring game and got 10 points behind, it was all over.
Washington (the co-National Champion the year before) would punch us in the mouth . . . and we would punch right back. We matched them score for score, big play for big play, until we pulled away at the end. That was something I never saw Michigan do in a Bowl before then.
thats a really good one too! I loved Gary Moeller and wish he was coach forever....he showed why that game
81 Rosebowl, Bo's first win, air wolverine with Wrangler.
76 Oragne Bowl, great hard hitting game, I was 13 way back then! Excited th big10 let us start going to other bowl games.
89 Rose, Bo's last bowl.
98 Rose Bowl, wish they would have whipped WSU by 30 points so the coaches didn't have to pick Tom Osbornes NE team.
But I like all the games.
My worse was the 05 loss to NE. Seem like the team gave up.
The 1989 Rose Bowl was the last one Bo won. The 1990 Rose Bowl (which I attended) was Bo's last game, period. Unfortunately, it was a loss to UNC.
That's the first season where I was fully into college football. And I was tired of seeing Tebow bandwagons, so it was fun and is still fun to watch to watch that game
But the 1998 Rose Bowl was magic.
My favorite is Bo's 1st bowl win - 1981 Rose Bowl. I still remember the poem Ufer said on the radio (I think I'm close):
12 long years of waiting,
12 long years of pain,
they came, they saw, they conquered,
Bo's won the year's last game.
The Rose Bowl Game of '81
and fans will long remember,
will leave a tast so sweet
right through til next September.
08 capital one bowl. That's when I started to follow college football, and it was spectacular to see Our D wreck havoc on Tebow. I also grew up in Florida and despise UF.
...favorite Michigan bowls, eh? Hmmm.... Probably the little-known Burnips Bowl.
Loved the A-Train! Really seemed like he was there forever. Also, he was a junior in that Bama game then proceeded to run over Auburn the next year in the bowl.
No Question! The only 12-0 season in my lifetime, or ever for that matter.
I'm going with the missed XP FTW. That game is probably tied with the 2004 3OT thriller against MSU as the two most exciting games I've witnessed. Totally cried like a little girl after they beat 'bama.
Bet $500 on the game, gave huge points and covered by halftime....good times!