January 4th, 2015 at 1:35 AM ^

They also used to show the bands at halftime.

Then the almighty dollar took over and they pushed all that stuff aside and filled every available second with commercials and made the games 4 hours.

Dr. Sap

January 4th, 2015 at 2:22 PM ^

The video was taken from an old Michigan Replay segment from the early '80's.
The audio was taken from an interview with Frank Beckmann before a game late in the 1986 season, where Frank rattles off a bunch of stats comparing Harbaugh to Vinny Testaverde. When Bo was asked by Frank whom would be rather have quarterbacking his team, Bo starts out by saying that the two QB's are different in that they run two different offenses and how Bo asks his quarterbacks to do much more than just throw the ball. After having said all that, Bo utters the now famous phrase: "I'll take Jim Harbaugh."
I thought the audio of Bo saying that was quite appropriate considering everything that was going on with the coaching search and the fact that Harbaugh was indeed one of Bo's favorite QB's.


January 4th, 2015 at 6:29 AM ^

In the intro video #68 (Jon Giesler) is labeled the "Strong Tackle" and #67 (John Powers) a "Quick Tackle."  Anyone know how those designations relate to today's language?

I was thinking Quick = Weakside, but in an offense where they line up with two tight ends which side is "strong" and which is "weak?"

Harlan Huckleby is the greatest MIchigan player name of all time.


January 4th, 2015 at 8:31 AM ^

That was strange and then I saw that Ralph Clayton was listed at 6'3 222 and Harlan Huckleby was 6'1 199. Most of the offensive and defensive backs, linebackers, receivers, and even some TEs on the late 70s rosters look similar in size to many D1 rosters today. It seems while the lines got 20-30% bigger over the past 40 years some of the other positions haven't grown by the same amount.

1976 Roster

1978 Roster


January 4th, 2015 at 8:06 AM ^

I am with you OP. They are better than the play by play guy listing everybody on a graphic. I think they are nice because most fans would have no idea what most of the players look like since the cameras tend to focus on skill positions and coaches on the sideline.


January 4th, 2015 at 11:26 AM ^

Talk about a flash from the past.....boy do i feel older. I was 14 years old in 1970...and remember just a few of these names. Always fun to see these old tapes.

I also agree the long sideburns, the moustaches, the winks, just seem a wee bit creepy. Most of the players look to be in their mid 20's.

Go Blue


January 4th, 2015 at 11:40 AM ^

This is gold! Right in my wheelhouse as a teenage Michigan fan. Man it would be fun to turn back the clock and have an old-school broadcast once a year.


January 4th, 2015 at 5:12 PM ^

Now those guys were Michigan men! Ron Simpkins, Butch " don't call me Harold Woolfolk", Curtis Greer, Russell Davis, Paul Seal, Andy Cannavino, Ralph Clayton, George Lilja. All those guys-were studs.

What a great primer for those who may not know what tough, hard nosed Winners in maize and blue look like.

You Only Live Twice

January 4th, 2015 at 5:55 PM ^

Thanks for this blast from the past.  Players definitely looked different :)  Agreed back then it was all about looking older.  I do miss hearing the band the way we used to, and Carl Grapentine reading off the lineup, one by one. 

Also the team taking the field in the second half should never be an afterthought, it should be the event.  It's part of what home field advantage is all about.