OT: Slippery Rock score at the stadium.

Submitted by redwings8831 on September 4th, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Anyone know the reason behind showing the Slippery Rock score from Thursday on the video board during the game today when they were going through national scores?



September 4th, 2010 at 7:36 PM ^

The announcer always included Slippery Rock's scores into their announcements during the 50's, 60's and 70's.  It always got a laugh and a big cheer during the commercial breaks.  There were always several thousand people in the stadium who were not even sure there was such a school.


September 4th, 2010 at 7:36 PM ^

My Dad went to UM as well (69-72) and he used to tell me how they would announce the Slippery Rock score during games, and whenever Slippery Rock was winning everyone would cheer wildly.  He loved it and had no idea when it started or when it stopped, but growing up I thought it was done at every single UM game (we didn't grow up in Michigan).  When I arrived at UM in 2006 I was very surprised to not see the Slippery Rock score.

My guess is that someone in the athletic dept (Dave Brandon?) wanted to bring back the old tradition.  Either way, I loved seeing it up there today! 

skunk bear

September 4th, 2010 at 7:42 PM ^

that it predates Canham.

From Wiki:

The announcement of Slippery Rock's football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan football games, begun in the 1950s by Michigan Stadium's public address announcer. Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on Sept. 29, 1979, they played in-state rival Shippensburg at Michigan Stadium, in front of 61,143 fans, a record for a Division II football game (Shippensburg won, 45-14). Slippery Rock played a second game at "The Big House" in 1981, attracting 36,719 fans in a 14-13 loss to Wayne State University.

MMB 82

September 4th, 2010 at 7:52 PM ^

there was a pause in the action (time out or something) and a Slippery Rock score was announced into the quiet, and for some reason the crowd decided to go nuts. Since that time, Slippery Rock's score would be greeted with cheers (if winning) and groans (if losing). This culminated in Slippery Rock playing Shippensberg (burg?) State at Ann Arbor in 1979, with some 60,000 fans and a huge number of HS Bands in attendance. This kinda died down afterward, but ti is great if they are reviving the tradition, purely because it was so fun and crazy....

skunk bear

September 4th, 2010 at 9:59 PM ^

"The foundation for the trips to Ann Arbor were laid many years prior when Steve Filipiak, public address announcer at Michigan Stadium from 1959-71, was one of the first people to report scores to big-time college football crowds."

I got the above from a Slippery Rock site.

I got the below off a Michigan site:

"(Carl) Grapentine is only Michigan's third PA announcer since 1957. He follows in the footsteps of Steve Filipiak (1957-1971) and, of course, Howard King (1972-2005). Filipiak is best known for starting the tradition of announcing the Slippery Rock score during Michigan games."


September 4th, 2010 at 9:14 PM ^

But I had tweeted to Bruce Madej earlier this year if it would be possible to bring the Slippery Rock score back, and he explained he wanted to do it, but Slippery Rock didn't want us to continue doing it, but he said he would look back in to it.  Well, apparently, something got worked out, and there it was.  It was just a little perfect touch and I hope the return of the Slippery rock score each week.


September 4th, 2010 at 9:14 PM ^

I remember them doing it when I was there 1986-1989... I think it stopped sometime in the 1990's.

Glad to see it back.. I'm always in favor of strange old Michigan traditions.

Fuzzy Dunlop

September 4th, 2010 at 10:25 PM ^

Hate to break it to everyone, but announcing the Slippery Rock score isn't something that is unique to Michigan.  This link explains the backstory.  http://www.rockathletics.com/sports/2007/11/7/FB_1107073836.aspx?tab=ro…

Basically, years ago there was a dispute among which college football team was number one.  (Some things never change).  One sportswriter wrote an article arguing (in jest) that Slippery Rock should be number one, because Slippery Rock beat team A, who beat team B, who beat team C, etc., etc.  Ever since then the Slippery Rock score has been announced at football stadiums across the country.


September 4th, 2010 at 10:58 PM ^


Joking about Slippery Rock being #1 is different from announcing the scores at games. According to the article, in fact, "Steve Filipiak, public address announcer at Michigan Stadium from 1959-71, was one of the first people to report scores to big-time college football crowds." If this is in fact true (and it may be hard to document), then Filipiak could certainly have been in position to start the tradition. Someone presumably did it first, before it spread to other schools.


September 4th, 2010 at 10:56 PM ^

In today's program, there was an article on Slippery Rock's place in Michigan Football history, and ended with a small plea to one day announce Slippery Rock scores at the Big House again.

Looks like something got worked out.