Michigan Man. Where come from?

Michigan Man. Where come from?

Submitted by Elno Lewis on October 19th, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Like most of the people who might be reading this diary entry, you probably thought the term, "Michigan Man", was coined by the late, great Bo Schembechler.  Most of us believe Bo invented this term when he found out Bill Frieder had accepted an offer from another university (Arizona State University) during Michigan's run for a national championship back in 1989.  Ostensibly, Bo was so annoyed with Coach Frieder over taking the job at ASU that he fired him on the spot stating, "A Michigan Man will coach this team!”, or something along those lines.  Steve Fisher was promoted to interim Head Coach, Rumeal Robinson made those free throws against Seton Hall, and we were cutting down the nets.  Everyone was happy.  Well, except for Seton Hall, that is.

Thus was born the term, Michigan Man.  Or so we thought.

When I Googlestalked the term, Michigan Man, this was the first result:  DNA Tests Prove Michigan Man, Searching for Origins, Was Not Kidnapped Toddler.  Although the gentleman in question was a man, and did reside in Michigan, I do not believe he is the quintessential Michigan Man I am seeking at this point.

Hmmm.  Googlestalking was not proving to be entirely helpful.  The Googlestalk images showed a wide array of rather interesting images including a gay Michigan Man.  MVictors followed with the fifth listing, but they just announced that former U of M Quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, is not a Michigan Man.  The listings go on, yada yada yada.

Imagine my surprise while reading Jeffry D. Wert's biography on George Armstrong Custer (Custer:  The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer) when I found perhaps the true originator of the term, "Michigan Man", Republican Senator Jacob M. Howard.  I know--Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.  

When the Civil War broke out George Custer was a student at West Point and had not quite finished his studies there.  (He was a terrible student with a plethora of disciplinary and academic problems—he even flunked his Calvary class.)  But, war being war, the army needed men and Custer was a man, so off he went.  Eventually Old George fell under the command of this Alfred Pleasonton guy who saw to it that his charge got elevated to the rank of General. (long story)  However, this was kind of a interim or temporary assignment, kind of like what Steve Fisher got.  In 1864, when it came time for the Senate to confirm Custer’s Generalship, a problem arose.  Now, George Armstrong Custer was actually born in Ohio, and he was a Democrat just like his loud mouth father.  Apparently, this did not sit well with the Republican Senator Howard.    To quote Wert’s book, (page 132, second paragraph):  “About January 5 or 6, Alfred Pleasonton confided to Custer that he had heard a rumor that Republican Senator Jacob M. Howard of Michigan, a member of the Military Affairs Committee, opposed the nomination because of Custer’s “youth” and of the fact that he was not “a Michigan Man.”

Custer subsequently wrote some letters to some influential people and sucked up enough to get his Generalship confirmed and he and Libby Bacon (his new wife) lived happily ever after.   Well, until those Indian guys butchered him up, at least.

So, the true origination of the term, Michigan Man, did not come from Bo.  He unwittingly (I am sure) stole it from Republican Senator Howard. 

And, just in case you are wondering, Custer did lead the Michigan Wolverines.  It says so right there in that book. The more you know!

Chitownblue and his GANG!

Chitownblue and his GANG!

Submitted by Elno Lewis on October 9th, 2009 at 6:07 PM

First chitownblue starts a thread that makes fun of our highly regarded point system and then manipulates his GANG into giving him the most neg bangs. Brain Cook needs to bust out that ban hammer and bring it down heavily on one of Chitownblue's heads. I am serious. What didn't I do to be negged 58 points for a single response? What is up with that? Am I not obnoxious? Am I not tacty? Am I not a rude, disrespectful, annoying priack?

So, if you too hate Chitownblue, pos bang him for every post he has ever made. Drive his point totals into the stratosphere. Otherwise you are just a punk and a sissy and you probably munge Bea Arthur in her grave.

potato salad motherfuckers.


Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do!

Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do!

Submitted by Elno Lewis on October 9th, 2009 at 9:55 AM

OK, this is actually a serious query. I hear a lot about RR's offense and playing in space. He wants to put players in space, or get players in space, etc etc. Ok, that makes sense, but doesn't it make sense to every offensive scheme? I mean, is there any offense that does not want its players to get or be open? Doesn't every offense want favorable matchups? No offense wants to put a slow weak guy up against a fast strong guy, after all.

So, how is RR's spread offense any different from any other offense, spread or not? Is it just FORMATIONS? Yeah, its a serious question. I do not understand. I played some high school football, but we ran the UM option offense copied straight out of Bo's playbook. (For some reason, that did not result in me becoming an expert in all offenses.) (I should admit I never started a game and was slow and weak.) And, is there actually an anti-spread offense? I guess you'd call it a "bunched up offense", or a compacted offense? I mean, that would seem to make sense. (yeah, i know...goal line offense yada yada yada)

Now, I am not asking for a highly technical, 1,000 page dissertation--just a reasonable and simple explanation. I also expect some humorous sarcasm and vitrolic insults--which is acceptable as long as it is done in good taste, mind you.

You may start......now.

Bright Green Tie? Desmond is a TRAITOR!

Bright Green Tie? Desmond is a TRAITOR!

Submitted by Elno Lewis on October 5th, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Ok, so I am watching Lame Day on the TV and I see Desmond Howard and he is wear a BRIGHT GREEN TIE! I could hardly believe it. Even Herbie had to go and point that junk out on national tv! I'm thinking, WTF? Desmond should know better than that--so he must have done it on porpoise! And, if he done it on porpoise, wtf is up with that?

Now, I have heard from some peoples that Desmond does not like RR. Maybe that has something to do with it, I dunno. Maybe Desmond has mad love for RR, I dunno. But wearing a bright green tie on Lame Day when UM plays Spartina is at the very least RUDE.

So, Fuck Desmond Howard.