Way OT: Old Sport Mags and UM FB VCR Tapes

Submitted by CR on May 1st, 2018 at 12:45 PM

As a genuinely old person my wife has given me an ultimatum. My old (1978-1995) sports magazines (many involve UM)---maybe 8 large boxes---and old VCR tapes of UM games (maybe 200) must go.

I am not asking for money. I am trying to find them a home.

I am saving about 10-15 percent of the old mags and old OSU, MSU, ND and NCAA BB tapes, but anyone who is willing to take what I have off my hands, can have the remainder as I get rid of them or croak.

My email is [email protected]. I live in Ann Arbor.









May 1st, 2018 at 1:38 PM ^

They're all pretty old.  And I think only one is truly obtainable.  

- 1990 Illinois (22-17 win at the big house - Illinois was part of the 4-way conference champion thanks to the refs screwing us in the MSU game.) 

- 1990 Maryland (I'm thinking this game might not have been broadcast on TV.) 

- 1988 Northwestern (Another one I'm doubting aired on TV).

- 1983 Purdue

And better copies of....

- 1985 Purdue (47-0 win at the big house.  I already have a TV broadcast copy of this game but the picture quality is awful)

-1976 Minnesota (Broadcast on ABC, major blowout but AWFUL picture quality.) 



May 2nd, 2018 at 1:23 PM ^

I have a VHS tape with some stuff from the 1996-1997 season I've been meaning to transfer in some manner for years. It has a few clips of the Traylor broken backboard from the Ball State game (local news and SportsCenter), plus (I think):

Michigan @ Duke, 12/8/1996
Michigan vs. St. Johns, 12/11/1996
Michigan vs. Arizona, 12/21/1996

Is that the game you were referencing? The game played in 1997 was at Crisler, and I think this one ended with an epic Duke collapse. (They led something like 61-54 and lost 62-61. It was one of several games that year where Maceo Baston blocked the other team's final, potentially game-winning shot.)

rob f

May 1st, 2018 at 3:47 PM ^

and see if I have any of those games you're searching for. I used to tape practically every televised Michigan Football game from about the time my first kids were born back in the late 80s until about 15 years ago, even though I rarely missed a home game.

About a quarter of those eventually were taped over for various reasons. Otherwise, if it was on TV, I very likely have it.


May 1st, 2018 at 4:32 PM ^

It was a Noon kick as opposed to the usual 1 PM kick for non-National TV games.  It was at Noon because it supposed to be on ABC.  But ABC changed their mind after the Saturday before, when Iowa hammered Illinois.  Iowa was #6 in the country and leading the B1G at the time with their then-undefeated conference record - so I guess they were the team to show.

ESPN alternated B1G and Ivy League games at that time for their 12 PM broadcast.  That week was the week they had the Ivy League.  So they showed 3-5 Princeton @ 4-4 Yale.

Weird time then.  U-M and Illinois were both in the Top 20 at the time of the game but it seems it wasn't on TV anywhere (while a mediocre Ivy League game WAS on National TV).


May 1st, 2018 at 7:11 PM ^

My dad and I went to that game for our 1x year big house visit as we had to travel in from out of state.

The morning of the game I was pretty sick, but there was no way I was going to miss it. Before the game, a family member gave me some cold medicine (first time I ever took it, I was 15 or 16) and I ended up passed out in the stadium for nearly the entire game.


May 1st, 2018 at 12:57 PM ^

What always amazes me when I watch old games I attended in my youth is how completely different my memory is of what took place versus what acually happened.  Frequently I will have crystal-clear memories of plays and game sequences that never took place and things that did happen I will wiped clean from my memory altogether.

Mr. Robot

May 1st, 2018 at 12:59 PM ^

That is quite the stash and would be awesome if it got to someone who would digitize and archive that.

I feel like there are guys here who do that already, but if not I'd be interested, being a PC savy person with a VCR and a brand new 8TB hard drive in their HTPC.


May 1st, 2018 at 1:45 PM ^

on one of those huge reel-to-reel players from 1975-1979. I've been telling him he needs to get them converted. I'm afraid to play them on his player due to extreme oldness.

Bando Calrissian

May 1st, 2018 at 3:41 PM ^

There are places that will do that for you, though I think you're probably OK on reel-to-reel tapes They're pretty resilient. I've done a lot of digitizing of reels from the 50s-60s, and never had a problem. The only downside is the time, but it's not bad if you just let them go while you do something else.


May 1st, 2018 at 2:35 PM ^

No way in hell would I let my wife put a ultimatum down on my stuff!!! Let them DROP dude. Tell her then all her purses, shoes, makeup and accessories have to go. One thing each and the rest is gone! Wives by far have more shit then guys do in general anyway.

I would never let my wife say that to me, I would make it work somehow....screw that. I’ve been married for 19 years before anyone pops off and says anything.


May 1st, 2018 at 3:51 PM ^

I just donated 190 VHS tapes of Michigan football games to the football team.  Phil Bromley is the team's video coordinator and took them off my hands.  You might want to contact him.  


May 1st, 2018 at 6:54 PM ^

I used to have the “He had it and he dropped it” MSU game, the 89 Final Four and National Championship games all on VHS. I also think I had the Hello Heisman game too. I was at that game, and watched the shit out of it!

Ty Butterfield

May 1st, 2018 at 8:53 PM ^

Wow. That is a lot of games. I just found a box of old Michigan games on VHS tapes as well. Found the 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 games against ND. Have the 2010 game against UConn for the re-dedication of the stadium and Brock Mealer walking. Think I still have the 1997 game against OSU somewhere. Luckily the wife just wants me to get them all in one spot and not get rid of them.


May 2nd, 2018 at 1:10 AM ^

I am very interested in the VHS tapes. I recieved a box of tapes from a fellow mgoblogger once before! I digitize them and maintain an archive of games. over the last few years, my collection has swelled to well over 275 games! I sent an email regarding this. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 2:36 AM ^

The best part about the old VHS tapes is the commercials and the news cut-ins.  That's why I like them.

It's fun to watch an old game and hear about the new Yugo or that the Berlin Wall may fall any day now.



May 2nd, 2018 at 2:46 AM ^

another staple from the "games on VHS" era.

I have many of the PSU games in the 1990s on VHS - I enjoy seeing what was the "breaking news" back then that caused some of those games to be interrupted for a bit.  (1) ABC covered the Clarence Thomas hearings and only occasionally showed PSU @ Miami in 1991.  (2) Steve Fisher got fired on the same day as OSU @ PSU in 1997 (WXYZ-Detroit obviously covered that).