Michigan Football

by john on October 11, 2003

The Wolverines of the University of Michigan beat the Gophers of the University of Minnesota in college football tonight with 31 points in the 4th quarter to win 38-35. How a team can rush for 425 yards and still lose is a tribute to horrible coaching, but that’s not the point of this story.

This game marked the 100th anniversary of the Little Brown Jug, the trophy these two teams have been fighting for since 1903. The legend has it that Michigan came into that game concerned that Minnesota would not supply clean water so they brought their own water jug. After Michigan left it behind accidentally the head of the Minnesota athletics department told them they would need to win it back if Michigan wanted to see the jug again. And the next time the two teams played in 1909, they did just that. But that’s not the point of this story either.

So what is the point? Just this:

1901: 550-0
1902: 644-12
1903: 656-6
1904: 567-22
1905: 495-2

That’s five seasons of U of Mich football with the total score for the seasons games. 2912 points for Michigan, 42 for the opposition. Over five seasons. One more measly touchdown by the Gophers tonight and they would have matched in one game what Michigan gave up in five years. Amazing. Those 6 points in 1903 were by the Gophers in the first Jug game, a 6-6 tie. The 1901 season featured a 128-0 shellacking of Buffalo.

You almost feel sorry for the poor guys playing defense on the 1904 team. What a ribbing they must have taken in alumni events.


John Pritchard October 13, 2003 at 3:36 pm

My kids, 3 girls, are similar; the oldest one used to try everything (and I mean Everything) but is now done with that, my middle one is forming her own opinions (disregarding my input, I should say) after eating everything put in front of her, and my youngest would eat a cricket, a worm, a piece of fungus from the water fountain in the back yard, and then followit up with some milk fermenting for three days in the car at the the airport parking lot. So to say squid soup is acceptable sounds perfectly ok with me, but I am afraid that it (a fish based broth) wouldn’t go over very well with 2 of the 3 little animals.

Now, the reason I write is, my wife grew up in India, so our taste is a bit different. She prefers food with a spicy edge, spiced with flowing lava in my opinion, and my kids are torn between two cultural tastes. (I grew up and we still live in Southern California, by the way.) I think of myself as open minded, and open ended if you know what I mean, but I cannot convince my children or my wife of the joys of a good steak cooked rare, or the joys of a well made seared tuna steak. Sushi is out of the question. Do you know of a good fish that would appeal to all tastes. By the way, to my horror, the children are diplaying a taste for food I would find unacceptable, and I really like Indian food. Foods such as Curried “anything,” Daal and Pulda (well I like this too), Black Salt (I call it fart juice) and pickled lemon rind and mongoe are now a staple.

I wam now going to process some “jerky” to your specifications, and I am hoping my dad (a pig and mink farmer from Iowa) will have some input in this recipe. It sounds too easy to be true, but I have found, since rebuilding my house in Los Angeles, that most acceptable building processes cost too much, yet I can do it myself for much cheaper with better quality. You site just caught my fancy, so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in.

Talk to you soon,

john pritchard October 13, 2003 at 3:38 pm

That went toward the wrong story, sorry. Iowa will win the Big-10 so don’t worry too much about Michigan, or the Gophers. GO TROJANS. let the hate mail flow.

Mel November 19, 2003 at 8:42 pm

No hate mail, because I’m a friendly Michigan fan.

I just wanted to point out that Michigan’s mascot is not the Badgers, but the Wolverine. I think Wisconsin is the Badgers.


buddy November 19, 2003 at 9:45 pm

Mel glad you said that otherwise I would have!!

john November 19, 2003 at 10:34 pm

Well duh, that was dumb of me. Fixed!

Emily Schumer November 22, 2003 at 8:28 am

I’m nine and I’m a kid and a HUGE michigan fan


k.b.cone December 4, 2003 at 2:48 pm

where can i view michigan football game results for the last 50 years.

jjooon June 7, 2005 at 10:53 am


Blue Balls January 1, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Lloyd must go!

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