atUmich, photo by Justin_Wan

Three Michigan teams take to the hardwood today for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tourney. It starts with theWestern Michigan Broncos facing Syracuse at 2:45 followed by the media darling Michigan State Spartans vs Delaware at 4:40 and #2 Midwest seed Michigan vs Wafford at 7:10!

Justin got this awesome action shot last year at Ann Arbor’s Crisler Arena for the State News. View his photo bigger and see more in his Winter Sports 2012-2013 slideshow!

More basketball on Michigan in Pictures.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Oop vs. MSU

Tim Hardaway Jr. Oop vs. MSU, photo by Robbie Small

USA Today notes that Michigan and Michigan State have combined to make hoops history this year:

For the first time in the 75-year history of the NCAA tournament Michigan and Michigan State have advanced to the Sweet 16.

The Big Ten’s Wolverines and Spartans earned their tickets right in their backyard, in dominating fashion, in a supercharged atmosphere Saturday at the Palace.

Michigan, just 36 miles from its Ann Arbor campus, started the celebration, dissecting Virginia Commonwealth’s vaunted press 78-53 in the opener.

Michigan State, 81 miles from East Lansing, made it a historic day, slamming the front door on Memphis 70-48.

They were also the first two teams into the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan will face #1 seed Kansas on Friday while MSU squares off against #2 Duke.

Robbie took this shot at a March 3rd meeting between Michigan and Michigan State in which the Wolverines eked out a 57-56 win thanks to a game-saving steal & slam by Trey Burke. (click that link for Robbie’s photo) Check this out background bigtacular or view a great gallery from the game at!

More basketball on Michigan in Pictures.

What's around the corner?

What’s around the corner?, photo by johnmcgrawphotography

A new year always holds a lot in the way of promise and possibilities. If you have any predictions or hopes for the great state of Michigan in 2013, please share them in the comments.

See it on black and see a couple more shots in John’s University of Michigan slideshow.

Wishing you all the very best in 2013!

Apollo 15: Irwin Scoops up Soil

Apollo 15: Irwin Scoops up Soil, photo by NASA on The Commons

Over on Absolute Michigan we have a feature on the all-UM crew of the Apollo 15 that includes a great video. You can see a lot more images from the Apollo 15 mission from NASA. Here’s their caption for this photo:

This frame from Dave’s Station 8 pan shows Jim standing wide-legged as he digs the partially-completed trench in front of him. He sticks the scoop into the wall opposite where he is standing and propels the scoop-load of regolith back between his legs. The narrow fan of throwback can be seen behind him and, indeed, there seems to be some material still in motion at the far end of the throwback pattern just above the two fiducials at mid-thigh height. Mt. Hadley (14,765 feet tall) is in the background.

Check it out big as the moon and in NASA’s Happy Moon Day! slideshow.

More University of Michigan on Michigan in Pictures.

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100910_UM V MSU FBC DENARD 2 LON, photo by

In just a few hours, the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans will meet for the 104th time for rights to the Paul Bunyan Trophy:

The annual Michigan-Michigan State game gives the winner state bragging rights, an inside track to a bowl game, and last, but certainly not least, ownership of the Paul Bunyan – Governor of Michigan Trophy.

Presented for the first time in the 1953 meeting between the Wolverines and the Spartans, the Paul Bunyan Trophy is the lesser-known of Michigan’s two annual trophy games, shadowed by the nationally recognized Little Brown Jug Game between Michigan and Minnesota.

The Bunyan Trophy was put into circulation by then Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams. The prize consists of a four-foot wooden statue of the legendary Paul Bunyan astride an axe with feet planted on a map of the state of Michigan. Two flags — one with the Michigan “M” and the other with the Michigan State “S” — are planted on either side of Bunyan. A five-foot stand supports the statue.

The Brown Jug is old news, because the game puts 1st place in the new Legends division of the Big Ten on the line, and both programs are in the top 25. Get a picture of the trophy along with all the links & history on the Michigan vs Michigan State Football Rivalry page on Absolute Michigan.

The photo of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson being dropped for a loss by MSU’s Chris L. Rucker was taken by Lon Horwedel of in last year’s 34-17 Spartan victory. Check this out on black and in’s excellent slideshow from last year’s Michigan vs MSU game!

Ferry Field, Ann Arbor Mich 1904, photo courtesy Library of Congress

The University of Michigan Wolverines will play their first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium this Saturday at 8 PM, so I figured it would be a good time to look back at UM’s stadium history. The Michigan Stadium story at the UM Bentley Library says that “student agitation” for better facilities and concerns over holding football games at the Ann Arbor Fairgrounds led to:

In October 1890 the Board of Regents authorized expenditure of $3,000 to acquire land for athletic uses. A ten acre parcel along South State street, approximately where Schembechler Hall now stands, was purchased in 1891. At their May 1891 meeting, the Regents appropriated $4,500 “for the purpose of fitting up the athletic field.”

Michigan christened the field on October 7, 1893 with a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Athletic Club. In 1902, Dexter Ferry donated land immediately north of Regents Field to the university and it was renamed Ferry Field.

Regents Field was home field for several of Michigan’s greatest teams and individual stars. Center William Cunningham was named Michigan’s first All-American in 1898. Neil Snow, end and fullback, was an All-American in 1901, four time All-Western, and star of the first Rose Bowl, also excelled on the Regents Field track and baseball diamond, earning 10 varsity letters. The incomparable halfback Willie Heston, twice an All-American, scored many of his school record 72 touchdowns at Regents Field.

Michigan compiled an overall record of 87 wins 2 losses and 3 ties at Regents/Ferry Field between 1893 and 1905. Fielding Yost’s great “point-a-minute” teams of 1901-1905 went 44-0 at Regents Field, outscoring their opponents 2821-42. Possibly the greatest victory at Regents Field came in the 1904 Chicago game. Michigan beat the previously undefeated team of Amos Alonzo Stagg 22-12 to win the Western Conference title and be proclaimed national champion.

By curious coincidence, that game (which appears in the photo above) was filmed by the Edison Company in one of the earliest successful attempts to film a football game! Click here to view the video!!

The UM v Chicago game was played November 12, 1904 and had an attendance of 13,500. The U of M/Notre Dame game is expected to draw over 111,000 people. You can see another view of Ferry Field at the Library of Congress.

Many more shots can be found at the Michigan Stadium entry and the Ferry Field entry on Wikipedia and more about the University of Michigan on Michigan in Pictures!

The Big Chill

The Big Chill, photo by andykee.

On Saturday, December 11 2010 the University of Michigan Wolverines met the Michigan State University Spartans in The Big Chill at the Big House (Wikipedia entry). pegs the crowd at a world-record smashing 113,411 who saw the Wolverines pummel the Spartans 5-0.

It’s not the first time UM/MSU have set the record. In October of 2001, the 2 programs met at Spartan Stadium in The Cold War which drew almost 75,000 who saw the teams skate to a 3-3 tie. Check out this video of the record-setting crowd and here’s the highlight reel from the game.

See the photo bigger in Andy’s slideshow and check out’s slideshow from the event.

4th & Goal ...
4th & Goal … photo by NightFox Photography

Tomorrow is 10/10/10. While it could be that something catastrophic or wonderfully amazing happens, if it doesn’t you may be looking for a few things to fill the time.

The Big Ten

The University of Michigan Wolverines meet the Michigan State University Spartans at 3:30 PM today. MSU has won the last two meetings and both teams are undefeated and in the AP Top 25, with the Spartans at #17 and UM ranked #18. Tomorrow, green & white or maize & blue will have something to crow about … and the Paul Bunyan Trophy. While State is my alma mater and 2nd favorite college football team, I’m going to side with my dearly departed grandmother and a childhood of 3 yards and a pile of dust with Bo and say Michigan 35 – State 32 as Denard Robinson continues his campaign for the Heisman right over Greg Jones.

The Tenth Month

October in Michigan means apples and cold nights and fall color and haunted houses. Dig in.


October 10, 2010 is being promoted as a global work party by the 350 Movement. Simply put, 350 is the parts per million of CO2 that science says will roll back global warming. Plant some trees, explore going solar, lay plans for transforming your business to meet the challenges of the future, get out with friends on your bikes or find another way to say “Michigan is in this for the long haul

Check Cory’s photo out bigger and see this and more in his slideshow.

Vincent Smith - TD!msuVwmu1

Vincent Smith – TD! by SDJ~Photography and msuVwmu1 by M.Hallowell

This Saturday at 3:30 PM the Michigan State University Spartans travel to the Big House for a date with the University of Michigan Wolverines. Our Michigan vs Michigan State Football Rivalry page on Absolute Michigan says:

The Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy is awarded to the winner of the game between the Wolverines and the Spartans. U of M holds the series edge at 67-30-5, but the Spartans have held the trophy for the past 2 years. Right now both teams are in the AP Top 25, with the Spartans at #17 and UM ranked #18.

If you’re looking for tickets, stubhub has them for $175 – $1422. If you can’t swing that, it’s on ABC with the pre-game at 2:45 PM. The .00007% of Lions fans who are missing Matt Millen will be happy to learn that Millen has been picked as an analyst for the game by ABC. Millen won’t be the only coach in the press box because MSU coach Mark Dantonio (recovering from a heart attack) will be in the box as well.

Click through for more on the game including videos highlighting both programs.

You can see more of the Wolverines in Steve’s Michigan Football 2010 slideshow and get your Spartan on with State News photographer Matt Hallowell’s football slideshow!

There’s more University of Michigan and Michigan State University posts on Michigan in Pictures!


sjw.NEW.ObamaGrad.05-01-101391, photo by Michigan Daily.

On Saturday, Absolute Michigan sent writer Jacob Wheeler to the University of Michigan for the commencement address to the class of 2010 at the University of Michigan. Be sure to read his engaging account at Obama brings full house to the Big House (includes full video of the graduation speech).

When looking for a photo to blog, I came across this great series of photos by Sam Wolson of the Michigan Daily. Check out President Barack Obama Speaks at Commencement and definitely view the slideshow – it’s great!

Congratulations, UM graduates and to all of the State of Michigan’s Class of 2010!


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