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October 10, 2003

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1903 team manager
tells tale of the Jug'

Ping pong and Goggin
provide crazy bounces

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Editor

Long before the "Little Brown Jug"
was the symbol of a one-sided, tar-
nished rivalry, it meant everything to
two prestigious football programs.
The Jug has made its home in Ann
Arbor for all but three of the past 36
years, but does anyone in Michigan
really care about the Jug or know
where it came from?
Because of the Wolverines' domi-
nance, winning the Jug has lost priority
to rivalry games against Notre Dame,
Michigan State and Ohio State and
even regular Big Ten games against
Wisconsin and Penn State.
But make no mistake, beating Min-
nesota was as important as anything for
the Wolverines of 1903 and 1909, and
in this 100th anniversary of the origina-
tion of the Jug, The Michigan Daily
will take you back in time through the
eyes of 1903 Michigan student and
team manager Tommy Roberts.
Roberts, who wrote the following
account in the Oct. 18, 1959, edition of
The Grand Rapids Press, fetched water
for the 1903 Wolverines.
First, let me set the general scene.
Theodore Roosevelt is President of
the United States. We have recently
fought a comic opera war with Spain
(The Spanish-American War).
Men's dress was characterized by
rolled rim derbies, high stiff choker
collars and peg top trousers. Women
wore so-called "rats" in their hair,
their hourglass figures were draped
in skirts that came to their ankles
and their shoes buttoned halfway to
their knees.
Such was the scene the year
1903, the third of Coach Fielding
H. Yost's famous "point-a-minute"
teams at Michigan. "Point-a-

minute," there's not much hyper-
bole in that; look at the record and
judge for yourself:
1901 - 11 games: Michigan 550,
opponents 0.
1902 - 11 games: Michigan 644,
opponents 12.
1903 - 12 games: Michigan 565,
opponents 6.
That last little bit of history has an
important bearing on the story that
is to follow. And to properly under-
stand that story, you must remember
that in those days the game of foot-
ball was considerably different from
what it is today. Those were the bru-
tal, bruising, bone crushing days.
Any forward passing of the ball was
The yard markers were five
yards apart, and you had three
downs to make those five yards,
and they were plenty tough to make
with only running plays available.
There was very little sportsmanship
or ethics, the idea was to win the
ballgame by fair means or foul, and
most anything went that you could
get away with short of mayhem or
Up to this point, no Yost-coached
Michigan team had ever been tied
... let alone beaten. Then came
October 31st and Minnesota at Min-
Frankly, Michigan had misgivings
that Minnesota would dupe the
drinking water, so the Michigan
trainer sent the little student manag-
er out to purchase a receptacle
wherein to pack the drinking water,
which would be free from suspicion.
The Jug was not brought from Ann
Arbor, as all the accounts have it, but
was purchased in a little variety
store in Minneapolis at the cost of
just thirty cents. It was a five-gallon

Fielding Yost's 1903 football squad could only manage a 6-6 tie against Minnesota
that season, and the rivalry between the two schools was born.

jug, therefore not "little," and was
originally about the color of putty,
therefore not "brown."
Neither team scored during the
first half (there were no quarter peri-
ods then), and the going was tough
and ragged. After the intermission,
Michigan came out fighting. And
with Tom Hammond, tackle Joe
Maddock and the great Willie
Heaton carrying the ball, Michigan
finally drove across the goalline (a
five-point score in those days) and
Hammond kicked (the point after).
Michigan 6, Minnesota 0.
Michigan then fought valiantly to
protect the slim margin of that hard-
earned score, but it was not to be in
the increasing darkness of an incipi-
ent snowstorm and the gathering
shadows of a dreary October after-
noon. A giant Minnesota tackle is
said to have crashed over for a
touchdown and kicked to tie the
The game still had two minutes to
go, but those two minutes were never
played. The frenzied Minnesota
crowd surged onto the field, sweep-
ing along with it the little student
manager who had purposely aban-
doned his thirty-cent jug which had

served its purpose. Michigan's first
game in three years that was not a
victory became history.
The following Monday morning,
when Oscar Munson, a janitor of the
Minnesota gym, was cleaning up the
litter on the field, he discovered the
jug on the Michigan bench and took
it to the athletic director, who
labeled it with the euphemistic leg-
end, 'Michigan jug captured by
Oscar, October 31, 1903."
That game was so brutal that
Michigan and Minnesota severed
athletic relations until 1909. At that
time Minnesota wrote, "We have
your Little Brown Jug, come up and
win it," which Michigan proceeded
to do by a score of 15-6.
Minnesota did not see the jug
again for 10 years until 1919, when
the Gophers won, 34-7.
I can state these facts with some
degree of accuracy because I was
that student manager for Michigan.
So tomorrow night, when you watch
the 4-2 Wolverines take on the 6-0
Golden Gophers and you say, "I don't
care about winning the Jug," remember
the trials of your maize-and-blue ances-
tors, Tommy Roberts and the 1903
Michigan Wolverines.

By Gennaro Filice
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan hockey team,
1998 was a hallmark year. The
1997-98 campaign was the last time
Michigan exceeded 30 wins (34-11-
1). The season was also the last time
Michigan finished the year in tri-
umph, winning its record ninth
NCAA national title.
With 11 losses, though, the 1997-
98 season was not flawless. And two
of Michigan's slip-ups came against
Miami University.
Although both losses were
deemed meaningless at year's end
- since the Wolverines ended up
national champions - five years
and 14 contests later, Miami's two
"W's" in 1998 mark the last time the
Redhawks have prevailed over
But, for this year's Wolverines,
the winning streak remains a little
- if at all - known fact.
"You know what, I had no idea
about that stat until you just told
me," Eric Nystrom said following
practice on Wednesday.
The same can be said for Miami
coach Enrico Blasi and the rest of
his team.
"Our players are not even thinking
about (the streak)," Blasi said. "It's
a new year, and we started new at
the beginning of the season, so
that's for (the media) to discuss."
This weekend, Michigan faces off
against the Redhawks in Oxford -
a location the Wolverines have visit-
ed just four times since 1998.
Before Michigan's win streak began,
Miami had defeated the Wolverines
three straight times at home (includ-
ing both victories in 1998).
"It's tough being in that rink

because they have that home ice
advantage," Nystrom said. "They've
got a small rink, they like to hit a
lot, they're an aggressive team, and
they look to be one of the most
improved teams in the conference."
Opened in 1976, Goggin Ice
Arena's main rink is under half the
size of Yost Ice Arena. The ice sur-
face is the same size as Yost, but
according to Michigan coach Red
Berenson, it fields a much higher
tempo game.
"You get a lot of crazy bounces,
you get a lot of quick breaks, and
for a small rink, it's amazing how
many good scoring chances seem to
erupt," Berenson said. "It's like
playing ping pong. The puck seems
to turn over just as fast as a ping
pong ball."
A few players might not be able to
take advantage of these scoring
chances this weekend. Junior for-
ward Jason Ryznar will not play this
weekend due to a bruised shoulder.
"Ryznar is a presence and (having
him would) have been good, particu-
larly going into Miami, we'd like to
have a player like Ryznar," Beren-
son said. "His size and physical
presence is significant."
The Wolverines could also be
without senior captain Andy Burnes,
who twisted his ankle Tuesday in
practice. Without the beef and
defensive prowess of Ryznar and
Burnes, additional pressure may be
placed on sophomore goaltender Al
"If you're going to win on the:
road, you're going to need goalkeep-
ing," Berenson said. "Al hopefully
doesn't have to stop 40 shots, but
he's got to be sharp and not give up
any unearned goals that would hurt

'M' looking for motivation after loss Blue will try to go

By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's soccer team's 2-
1 overtime loss to Indiana last Saturday
hurt. It was a game the Wolverines
badly wanted and were
remarkably close to TIsW
winning. A loss such as
this one has several Michig
effects on a team.
First, it causes a great a MLCh1g
deal of frustration. But Tine: 1:3OF
there are many ways to 2 .n.
easily take care of frus-
tration. Coach Steve Burns takes care
of his frustration by attacking the hills
of the Arb.
"Run those hills hard, run that stress
out of your temples," Burns said.
The second and more serious effect a
grueling loss can have is it can knock a
team off course, damaging the enthusi-
asm of a team and affecting perform-
ance in future games.
But Burns and the Wolverines (0-1


Big Ten, 7-4 overall) prepared them-
selves for the heartbreaks of a season
during practice this summer.
Burns and his players read "The Pre-
cious Present" as part of their pre-sea-
son training. This is the same book that
.- Lloyd Carr and the Michi-
LKEND gan football team read prior
to its scintillating 1997
VS. championship season.
The book is about an old
State man speaking to a young
a. today, boy. The man tells the boy
iday that the secret to living a ful-
-- filling life is to always live
in and enjoy the present moment, and
that you cannot be trapped in the past.
Burns brought this book to the team
because he knows that to be successful
in sports, you have to be able to move
over the bumps in the road and play on.
The Wolverines seem to have taken
the book to heart.
"Whenever we see one of players
dwelling on a poor referee decision, a
mistake or a loss, we have a catch

phrase that is a cue to get back into the
present," Burns said.
The Wolverines also know that not
allowing a past mistake to affect how
you perform in a game is different from
completely forgetting about that mis-
take. Acknowledging why you lost a
game is important.
Burns said that the loss to Indiana,
like the loss to North Carolina earlier in
the season, was due to little things, and
the team has been making an effort to
remedy that.
"We've really tried to professionalize
our approach to preparation and our
approach to timeliness of every meeting,
a lot of little things within our program
to see that carry over from little things
off the field making the difference to the
little things on the field," Burns said.
With the bulk of the Big Ten season
lying straight ahead, the Wolverines
hope they can correct the little things,
while not allowing their spirit and per-
formance to be affected by past heart-

By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
Kate Morgan was catching all of the breaks this season.
She led the team in goals and points, but more importantly,
she was scoring when the team needed her.
Now, the team will have to look elsewhere for scoring.
During Michigan's 2-0 loss at the hands of Penn State on
Sunday, Morgan went down for the remainder
of the season. Morgan's leg got tangled with a This V
Penn State defender, and when the defender fell
one way, Morgan fell awkwardly in the opposite
direction. The fall resulted in a broken tibia.
The injury comes at a time when Morgan was :
playing her finest soccer. Morgan had netted I p.m
four goals on the season for eight points. Mor- Varsity
gan had also tallied two game-winning goals for
a team that has three wins on the season.
"I was finally playing better," Morgan said. "I was finally
starting to feel comfortable on the field, and the offense was
really starting to click."
While Morgan is upset about the injury, she knows that
there are many able Wolverines who can jump in and take
over where she left off.
"This year, there's no standout like Abby Crumpton,"
Morgan said. "Anyone can step in at a number of positions
because we're so deep as a team.


n without Morgan
Therese (Heaton), Laney (Rosin) and Katie (Kramer) can
do as good as a job as I've been doing, if not better."
Coach Debbie Rademacher was also upset by the injury,
but thinks the team can respond to the adversity. Rademach-
er is confident despite the fact that Morgan has scored four
of 11 goals the Wolverines (3-5-4) have on the season.
"It's a tough loss," Rademacher said. "Kate was really
coming into her own, but we have a core group of forwards
we can put out there. We're going to mix things
EEKEND up and find combinations that work."
The injury is especially tough to take for the
junior from California, because she was planning
on entertaining some guests in the near future.
"My mom was coming out to see me play
this weekend," Morgan said. "She's never been
cer Field here to see me play before. Also, in the next few
'""""'" weeks my dad and my brothers we're going to
make it out."
While on crutches and partially immobile, Morgan is
receiving first-class treatment from her teammates.
"All the girls have been so great to me," Morgan said.
"They get me water and ice bags if I need them, and they're
always offering me rides to class."
Morgan expects to start playing again in the spring to
prepare for her senior season. The Wolverines will host
Indiana and Purdue this weekend without the aid of Mor-

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