On the eve of one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game (which will be played tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 21 at 12:00 PM in Ann Arbor), I thought I’d share a few facts for the uninitiated about the game and the surrounding traditions.
- The Thursday night before the game, Ohio State students jump in Mirror Lake on the Ohio State Campus for good luck
- The Dead Shembechlers are a Columbus punk band that fight the “liberal Wolverine media” by performing original pro-OSU and anti-UM music the week leading up to the game
- Ohio State players receive a gold pin shaped like a pair of football pants when they win
- The game is always the last regular season game for the two schools
- Michigan leads the series (of 105 consecutive seasons) 57-42-6
- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s record in the series is 0-1
- Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel’s record in the series is 7-1
- The last time Michigan won the game was in 2003—2189 days ago! And to help put this in perspective, I’ve attached a chain email that helps bring you back.
The last time Michigan beat Ohio State in football was November 22, 2003
On that date:
- “The Da Vinci Code” had come out earlier that year. Not the movie. The book.
- Saddam Hussein was still at large.
- Outkast had a big hit with “Hey Ya”.
- Theatergoers anxiously awaited the release of “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”, one month later.
- “Elf” was the top film that weekend.
- The European Union had 15 members instead of 27.
- The world had known the name “Steve Bartman” for about five weeks.
- The last “missing” episode of the recently-cancelled Fox cartoon “Family Guy” had been aired two weeks prior.
- Barack Obama was in the Illinois state legislature, and Sarah Palin was the chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
- None of us had seen Britney Spears naked yet, and it was still an appealing concept.
- LeBron James had been playing pro basketball for three weeks. .
- The CIA would still contend that Iraq had WMDs for several more months.
- The two defending NFL conference champions were the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- A child who is in kindergarten today was born.
- This (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ipod_backlight_transparent.png) is what an iPod looked like.
- Avenue Q and Wicked had just opened on Broadway. Arrested Development’s first season had premiered several weeks earlier.
- New episodes of “Friends” were being aired.
- GMail and Flickr were still months away from Beta release.
- Howard Dean’s “scream” was about two months away.
- The minimum wage was $5.15 an hour.
- You could still buy a new Oldsmobile.
- Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan were still alive.
- Tyrone Willingham had another year at Notre Dame.
- Urban Meyer was in his first year coaching… at Utah.
- The NFL’s New England Patriots had a trio of rising-star assistant coaches who were expected to go on to great success in head coaching jobs: Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini.
- Terrelle Pryor was in middle school.
- Rich Rodriguez would be the Big East Coach of the Year.
- John L. Smith would be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Related: 8 Big Ten teams have changed head coaches since then.
- Notre Dame was on a 40-year winning streak against Navy.
- Michigan had the longest active streak of bowl game appearances.
- No Michigan team had ever lost more than seven games in a season.
- No Michigan team had failed to win back-to-back games at least once in a season since 1962.
- Every fifth year senior had left Michigan with at least one win against OSU.
- And finally…
- The last time Michigan beat Ohio State was November 22, 2003. Nine weeks later, Facebook was founded
Reposted from aaron360.com.