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

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

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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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Patriots Zoltan Mesko: He is, the Most Interesting Punter in the World

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Yesterday, I saw a lot of search engine love for former Michigan Wolverines and current New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko, an athlete with a fascinating back-story. For some reason, a lot of people were searching for Zoltan Mesko t-shirts lately. I guess the cult status he had in Ann Arbor is spreading to the NFL, or Boston at least.

So I figured it was time to re-publish this exclusive from 2009 Big Ten Media Day.

When I first saw that Michigan brought their punter to Media Day, I thought “well, that makes sense he had a ton of work last season, and probably will again this fall. But seriously, who brings their punter?”

Then again Michigan State brought their kicker, and conference favorite Ohio State defied logic and reason to bring their 6th, 10th, and 24th best players.

By Paul M. Banks

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