Does God (old testament style) love Michigan?

Submitted by Hoke_Floats on October 4th, 2011 at 11:21 AM

With Yom Kippur fast approaching I was curious as to Michigan's all time record on the day of atonement

 

Day

Date

Year

Opponent

Result

Score

Sat

11-Oct

1902

Indiana

W

60-0

Sat

11-Oct

1913

Mount Union

W

14-0

Sat

7-Oct

1916

Case

W

19-3

Sat

12-Oct

1940

Harvard

W

26-0

Sat

9-Oct

1943

Notre Dame

L

35-12

Sat

5-Oct

1946

Iowa

W

14-7

Sat

5-Oct

1957

Georgia

W

26-0

Sat

1-Oct

1960

Michigan State

L

24-17

Sat

28-Sep

1963

SMU

W

27-16

Sat

24-Sep

1966

Califonia-Berkley

W

17-7

Sat

14-Oct

1967

Michigan State

L

34-0

Sat

10-Oct

1970

Purdue

W

29-0

Sat

6-Oct

1973

Oregon

W

24-0

Sat

20-Sep

1980

Notre Dame

L

29-27

Sat

17-Sep

1983

Washington

L

25-24

Sat

6-Oct

1984

Michigan State

L

19-7

Sat

3-Oct

1987

Wisconsin

W

49-0

Sat

29-Sep

1990

Maryland

W

45-17

Sat

25-Sep

1993

Houston

W

42-21

Sat

11-Oct

1997

Northwestern

W

23-6

Sat

25-Sep

2004

Iowa

W

30-17

Sat

22-Sep

2007

Penn State

W

14-9

Sat

18-Sep

2010

U Mass

W

42-37

     

Record

17-6

 

Not many games before 1940 as most seasons started in October

A few theological observations

  • God prefers catholics (Notre Dame) over Wolverines, but Wolverines over Methodists (SMU) on Yom Kippur
  • Michigan State is 3-0 against us on Yom Kippur, thus validating my belief that it takes divine intervention for MSU to beat us

An easy fast to everyone who is celebrating on Saturday

Comments

MichiganFan2

October 4th, 2011 at 11:24 AM ^

I mean, this is great in all, but I don't see how this proves anything, because all that matters on Yom Kippur THIS YEAR for Michigan is going into Eavenston and playing a good game.

expatriate

October 4th, 2011 at 11:35 AM ^

Hate to say it, but I think God might have bigger things to worry about.  And since Michigan has historically been a Goliath (to keep the biblical analogies going), I wouldn't imagine God would prefer they beat the scrappy underdog (David).  

Best case scenario, God doesn't even watch football.  I would hate for him to see what I do and say during a game.

BeantownBlue

October 4th, 2011 at 11:42 AM ^

Excellent research on a pressing subject.  Thank you for your contribution.

BTW:  The '97 comparison seems apt.  Anybody else think we might see something close to a 23-6 score?  Sounds about right to me.

Tater

October 4th, 2011 at 12:26 PM ^

I intercepted an email from a very important entity.  Here it is.

Dear football fans:

I don't pay attention to football or any sports.  I don't care who wins or loses.  Following my recommendations for living doesn't guarantee wins, nor does violating them guarantee losses.  Sometimes the good guy wins; sometimes the bad guy wins.  

Stuff happens,

God.

EGD

October 4th, 2011 at 12:40 PM ^

Every time Denard scores a touchdown he kneels down in what I assume is some type of religious pose.  And like Kevin Costner's character said in Bull Durham, if Denard Robinson believes he scores toucdowns because God helps him evade defenders, then he does. 

RobSk

October 4th, 2011 at 4:40 PM ^

Either that, or perhaps he's just giving thanks for good health, or for his happiness at playing football, or his general joy in life. I certainly admire those qualities in Denard, and he seems humble enough to want to give thanks for them.

        Rob

RobSk

October 5th, 2011 at 12:55 PM ^

Very true. Neither of us knows what is in his mind. It's possible he is giving direct thanks for God "making tacklers miss" or something like that. Generally speaking though, as a believer myself, I tend to take the times of most blessing to give thanks in general for my life, rather than for the precise event that preceded the prayer.

Clearly, I could be projecting on Denard. To me though, it seems you're presuming a fairly immature kind of prayer. Again, neither of us knows what he's thinking..

       Rob

Ali G Bomaye

October 4th, 2011 at 12:55 PM ^

Our 17-6 record on Yom Kippur is good for a .739 winning percentage - essentially identical to our all-time .736 winning percentage (889–308–36).  Paging Nietzsche...

StephenRKass

October 4th, 2011 at 1:43 PM ^

I'm with Tater on this one (God doesn't care one way or the other.)

However, I'm positive there will be far, far, more people in the Evanston area (Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, north Chicago - Rogers Park) observing the Day of Atonement than there will be in Ann Arbor - Ypsi. You'd have to ask someone who actually observes the day whether or not tis appropriate to pray for the victory of a sports team. I tend to think not.

justingoblue

October 5th, 2011 at 12:58 AM ^

The Evanston-North Shore area is heavily Jewish. Skokie (the town directly west of Evanston)  was the center of a Supreme Court ruling involving American Nazi demonstrations in the 1970's and at one point was 40% Jewish.

I have a friend who went to high school in Highland Park (farther up the shore) and there was enough of a Jewish population in her school district to have their holidays off in addition to the "standard" public school holidays.

Bid

October 4th, 2011 at 2:27 PM ^

Paul Jokisch the great split end in the 80's was concerned about playing on this holy day. Bo told him to go out and "win one for the Kippur!".

Fuzzy Dunlop

October 4th, 2011 at 3:20 PM ^

To those responding to this plainly farcical thread with serious pronouncements that "God doesn't care about football," etc.

Get a sense of humor.  It's a joke.

BlueDragon

October 5th, 2011 at 12:20 AM ^

The University of Michigan was originally called the Catholopistemiad when it was founded by Father Gabriel Richard.  It definitely has deep Catholic roots.