Category Archives: Michigan

Stock Market Crash? Not At Ross-Ade Stadium

The stock market may have slid down the tubes at the end of October in 1929, but as far as Purdue fans were concerned, prosperity wasn’t just around the corner. It had already arrived. And while the economy was to … Continue reading

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Before Michigan’s Big House, There Was Ferry Field

For the past 85 years, Michigan’s Wolverines have been housed in Michigan Stadium,  the mother of all megastadiums that is affectionately known as “The Big House” in tribute to its monstrous (and still growing) 100,000-plus seating capacity. But from 1906-26, … Continue reading

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Little Brown Jug, Part 2 – The Bernie Bierman Decade

Minnesota had had its moments of gridiron glory in the early 20th century, but in the 1920s they had floundered for most of the decade, winning some and losing some and never really getting out of a rut. To put … Continue reading

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Little Brown Jug, Part 1 – “Yost Left His Yug”

When the Wolverines and the Golden Gophers began their rivalry back in 1903, both teams were undefeated and football fever was sending the mercury through the top of the thermometer. Michigan’s Fielding Yost was so worried that the home team … Continue reading

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Moo U By Any Other Name

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Returning To The Scene Of The Crime

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The Illini Needed Zuppke – And Red Grange, Too

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Oosterbaan and Gilbert Dedicate The Big House In Grand Style

During the opening years of the 1920s, Michigan’s football team was like a growing boy whose parents were still fitting him in the clothes he’d worn when he was in kindergarten. Ferry Field was a glorious site, but even with … Continue reading

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Cheering Michigan past Wisconsin

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Michigan-Minnesota going for the Little Brown Jug

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