Revisiting the Michigan vs Ohio Toledo War of 1835, Frostbitten Convention


This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention. This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called.

The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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Kate Upton’s Greatest Hits Collection


One of the most searched people on the internet SI swimsuit supermodel Kate Upton. Her name keeps popping up all the time, and given who she is- a woman that is to female beauty what Devin Hester once was to returning kicks or what Tim Beckman is to horrible coaching, I think her name will continue to pop up.

Kate Upton is young, hot and her star is rising. Expect much more about her on this site in the coming year- and beyond. But for now, let’s look back at the headlines she made these past couple years.

By the way Upton will be on Letterman tonight.

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Kate Upton a Wolverines Fan; Attends Michigan-Ohio State


Yesterday’s edition of “The Game” was one for the ages. Michigan finally ended their 7 year itch versus Ohio State, and maybe what put them over the top was…Kate Upton, the hottest woman in the world coming to Michigan Stadium to cheer for them?

Off the Wolverines 40 points, how many were caused by the presence of Kate Upton? Her body and face has to be responsible for at least 39 of them, right? She’s the Buckeyes secret foil? Maybe Kate Upton can replace Denard Robinson.

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Michigan Ends Ohio State Losing Streak; Fans Storm Big House Field


Beating an unranked and mediocre at best Ohio State team a cause for rushing the field? When you’re a marquee program like Michigan? Normally I’d say no, but this is THE GAME; and the best rivalry in sports. At the biggest venue in all of sports.

Also, this ended a 7-game Wolverines losing streak in the series- a call for celebration. This Michigan Stadium win could go down as one of the biggest wins in Big House history. With some help it might have clinched a BcS berth for U-M. Yes, believe it or not, as bad as the Big Ten has looked at times this season, the league could indeed have an at large berth.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met for the 108th time Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. And with the 40-34 win, Michigan improved to 58-43-6 all-time vs. the Buckeyes.

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#16 Michigan Wolverines-Ohio State Buckeyes: THE GAME Brutally Honest Preview


It’s rivalry week in college football, and to quote Bugs Bunny “of course you know, this means war.” Only one of these rivalry games can truly claim an actual war in the history of the geographic region it covers.

That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “THE GAME,” as it’s called.

(Well, maybe two rivalries can claim actual battles: also Kansas-Mizzou, as they had the abolitionist vs. slave state skirmishes known as “Bleeding Kansas,” in the 1850s.)

What a difference a year makes, OSU DESTROYED Michigan last year, but the Wolverines are looking like big favorites this year. UM can knock the Bucks down the bowl ladder with a win, while Ohio St. can keep the Wolverines out of a BcS bowl. Yes, it sounds crazy given how terrible the Big Ten has been this year, but Michigan, and only Michigan can be the Big Ten’s at-large bid if they finish 10-2.

You know, it’s all politics, and only Michigan has the cachet to get to the Sugar Bowl if they win this one.

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Buckeyes’ Nike Gloves Incident Makes Big Ten New No Fun League

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The acronym slam “No Fun League” for NFL rules acting as a buzzkill to endzone celebrations has been around for a long time. And when you had incidents like Joe Horn pulling a cell phone out of goalpost padding and Chad Ocho Cinco (back in his salad days when he was know simply as Chad Johnson) pumping the football to give birth, I can understand why the league turned their referees into narcs.

But why exactly is college football following suit in becoming fascists against fun. I’ve always thought that the doing a somersault into the end zone bit is NOT EXCESSIVE. It really is pretty mild, but yet the R.A. mentality of the NCAA flags it every time!

When taking in last week’s HUGE rivalry game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, a game tOSU absolutely destroyed their arch-nemesis, this practice and protocol re-surfaced.

By Paul M. Banks

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Buckeyes Dominate Football Portion of Michigan-Ohio Rivalry Weekend


Assuming that it was planned and not just coincidence, “Michigan-Ohio Sports Rivalry Weekend” is a very clever and exceedingly marketable idea. I’m referring of course to the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of THE GAME (In which the Michigan Wolverines were crushed by the Ohio State Buckeyes) in college football.

The only similar set up coming to mind is the annual November clash Florida St. and Florida used to have, where the college basketball teams play each other on Friday night and college football on Saturday. Of course, given the varying schedules of the leagues involved, it would be hard to pull this off every year.

The Wings took the NHL portion of the doubleheader, 2-1 on Friday night, and the Buckeyes dominated the football portion on Saturday afternoon, winning 37-7, in a game that was even more lopsided than the score appears.

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Michigan-#9 Ohio State: Brutally Honest Preview of THE GAME


This week is rivalry week in college football. That means you get a lot of awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of the geographic region it covers.

That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “THE GAME,” as it’s called. There’s a reason ESPN Classic ran a marathon of past tOSU-UM games on Thanksgiving.

(Well, maybe two rivalries can claim actual battles: also Kansas-Mizzou, as they had the abolitionist vs. slave state skirmishes known as “Bleeding Kansas,” in the 1850s.)

Anyways, this game doesn’t have the #1 vs. #2 hype that it had in ’06 (seriously, if you weren’t excited about that game then, you literally are a terrorist!) but it’s still big nonetheless. OSU can knock Michigan out of a New Year’s Day bowl, and UM can keep the Bucks out of the BCS!

By Paul M. Banks

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Jim Tressel: Ohio State’s Master of Michigan


By Paul M. Banks

  At Big Ten Media Day he discussed the rivalry with UM, the upcoming season in the Big Ten and much more.

 “The” Ohio State University Head football Coach Jim Tressel wears an article of clothing, a red sweater vest, so much that he’s often referred to as “the sweater vest.” Especially by ESPN’s Jim Rome. Like Tom Landry and his fedora hat or Bill Belichick and his grey cut-off hoodie, Tressel and his sweat vest are now a part of immortal football coaching lore.
The vest replaced John Cooper in 2001. Since then, his OSU teams are 1-2 in National Championships games, and his 2002 team pulled off the amazing feat of going 14–0; the first time its been done in college football in over 100 years.

Tressel’s won 5 Big Ten Titles, but he’s likley best loved in Columbus for his mastery of Michigan. After all, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is often considered the best rivalry in college football, perhaps in all of sports. It’s certainly the only rivalry to be profiled in a HBO documentary.

highlights of Tressel versus Michigan
-seven wins, second in school history to Woody Hayes’ 16.
-only OSU to win seven of eight against the Wolverines
-only Buckeye leader to win 5 consecutive over the maize and blue. 


On Michigan’s getting back on their feet soon to help improve the image of the Big Ten…south-park-jim-tressel
“Michigan’s on their feet. Anyone that’s ever been a part of a transition knows that for about 365 days, every day is a new day, every adjustment, every relationship that you’re trying to build, it’s hard. Transitions are hard, we were 7-5 our first year, every day was a challenge…I wouldn’t worry about Michigan, they’re going to be just fine.”

More commentary on one of the conference’s “big two” being in a swoon hurting the league…

“I suppose people from outside the conference could say that, now if they really stepped back and thought about it. We’re not the only conference that’s had transition in teams. Take Alabama for instance which is dear to some people’s hearts. They had a moment of transition there and now, all of a sudden, they’re rolling. It happens in every league and Michigan’s going to hold up their end of the bargain.”


On improving the reputation of the Big Ten, taking steps to augment the league’s image…

“We spend time in meetings…and we always talk about how we can get better. Even after the years where we might be 5 and 2 in bowls, you’re sitting there talking about, how can we get better? This year we were 1 and 6, and maybe that discussion gets even more impactful or whatever. But that’s an ongoing thing that we talk about. I don’t know that anyone in this conference has an inferiority complex. If you watch ball games, our guys will play toe to toe with anyone. If you watch the NFL draft, they’ll get selected at the regularity of almost every conference.

But it is something that, as I mentioned earlier, we take very, very serious, that every time we line up outside our conference, obviously we’re representing ourselves and our institution, but we’re representing this league. That’s important to us. When those bowl games are going on, we’re rooting like crazy. That’s something that’s very, very important.

On the Buckeyes start of the season…

“Our September is an extraordinary one. We’re going to have to be ready on September 5th to face Navy coming in. It’s an exciting thing for us because we haven’t had an academy in Ohio Stadium since about 1930. And it’s really going to have some extra excitement and energy as the Naval Academy comes in with their unique style of play where they’ve led the nation in rushing the past four years, and they give you some problems that you probably haven’t rehearsed against for many, many years.

And then Southern Cal comes in, and enough said there. A great football team. Then we go up to Cleveland Stadium to play in the Browns’ stadium, which will be exciting for our young people, to play in an NFL stadium and play against the University of Toledo there.

And then we open the Big Ten with the University of Illinois. In my opinion, they may have as much or more talent than anyone in this league. I know they’re going to be a very veteran team, very mature team. So that’s going to be quite a September for us. So we’re going to need to have a heck of a preseason. We’re going to need to grow very, very quickly.


Finally, when I asked him about the state of the running back position, replacing Beanie Wells, what needs to happen there, and the role of Dan Herron- how’s he developed?tressel_in_grey_sweatervest
It’s difficult to replace a Beanie Wells…he was the kind of guy that as the season went on or as the game went on, he got stronger and stronger. We used to talk about there was a cumulative effect when he carried the ball through the course of a game or through a season. So you can’t replace exactly what he does or what he did.

We feel real good about Boom Herron. Danny Herron is a tough kid, a good ball carrier, excellent pass protector, is solid in the passing game. We’d like to think that Brandon Saine, another young man that had a real solid freshman year and then had some injuries this past year that kept him from being in the plan as much as we had anticipated, Brandon had a very good spring, as well, as did Danny.

He’s the kind of guy that not only is he an excellent running back, but he’s a real fine receiver and has tremendous speed. He owns the 100 meters record in the state of Ohio at 220 pounds. Brandon, we would like to believe, will be a heck of a runner there.

We’ve got some other guys that can maybe run the ball in different type scenarios than a traditional running back with some of our wide guys and our quarterback and those types of things.