Ohio State – Michigan 2009

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
Gold Pants

Gold Pants

  • 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.

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