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Aug. 20, 2012
goblue
Men's 50
9 posts
Player 55
Looking to join team 50 or 55 can pitch, infield or outfield with speed. email responce to russ@asctexas.com
Aug. 20, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Russ, you originally from Michigan?
Aug. 21, 2012
goblue
Men's 50
9 posts
Yes I am!
Aug. 21, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Love your board name. My alma mater. Well, the last one.
Aug. 22, 2012
stick8
1318 posts
Mine too Gary19. I bleed Maize and Blue
Aug. 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
stick, what year? Undergrad or grad? We might have overlapped.
Aug. 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
stick, you should try being a Michigan Man living here. Somewhere people just don't seem to like many of the t-shirts I wear to the Y, or even to the office on casual days. :)
Aug. 22, 2012
stick8
1318 posts
Gary, in 1981 I got my undergrad degree as part of my "6 year plan". I was there for only 2 years '79-'80 and '80-'81 which was the end of the John Wangler era then the start of the Steve Smith era. Woolfolk as the main rb.
I understand about wearing U-M clothing in Ohio. I've played many a tournament at Berliner Park in Columbus. One night I walked into an OSU campus sports bar with a U-M t-shirt on. Upon walking in I felt just like that one scene in Animal House. Everyone stopped and looked at me. Talk about going into the belly of the beast!!
Aug. 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I was '81 as well. You were there the same two years I was. We were sitting in the end zone when Carter scored the TD to beat Indiana, my wife got the tickets for my birthday.

Had season tickets for basktball. Pretty good team with McGee and the Bodnar twins.

You had some guts.
Aug. 22, 2012
stick8
1318 posts
Yes, Mike McGee was a pure scorer while Marty Bodnar dished out a lot of assists. Bodnar was an academic all-american I think?
They did have a change in coaches from Johnny Orr to Bill Frieder in '80-'81. Both years I was there they got to the quarters of the NIT and lost.
Over all the years of Michigan basketball including the runner up team in '76, national championship team of '89, the Fab Five & up to today I thought the best overall player U-M ever had was Gary Grant.
Aug. 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
The Bodnars were both very good students.

Yea, not nearly as many teams in the Big Dance back then compared to now.

Grant might have been, though he did have to overcome a less than gracious Antoine Joubert not always wanting to share the ball. Joubert just never panned out, just did not seem to be athletic enough even back then.
Aug. 22, 2012
stick8
1318 posts
Ah yes, who could forget "The Judge" Antione Joubert? I think he came out of his mama's womb putting up 30 footers!! lol He's still a highly thought of Detroit Public School League legend out of Southwestern HS where he pretty much dominated back then. He did ok at Michigan--I think they won the NIT in '83 or '84? Not quite sure. He certainly didn't cut it in the NBA because of lack of athelticism--not exactly the quickest guy on the court. As I understand it he was still playing pro ball in Europe as recently as 5 or 6 years ago.
How does this name sound? Roy Tarpley. Unreal in my mind.
Aug. 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Tarpley was very good, though helped back then by a front courst with Wade and Relford.

Do you think Grant was better than the man who built Crisler, Cazzie Russell?
Aug. 23, 2012
stick8
1318 posts
Butch Wade and Richard Rellford were defintiely tough guy physical type players, no doubt. Was Anthony Miller there at that time? Not sure
I'm not certain if I could honestly answer your question regarding Cazzie because I was too young at the time to follow his exploits at U-M. I know he was a great scorer and reading what he accomplished definitely merits him as one of the all time U-M greats. From my vantage point Grant was a great overall player whereas from what I've watched from Cazzie was a great shooter.
For all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Fab Five (and i followed them religiously) I'd take the '89 national championship team over them, any day. Many people don't fully realize the Fab Five never won a Big 10 title, they never beat Duke, North Carolina nor won the national championship.
Aug. 23, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I don't recall Miller.

I do know that about the Fab Five, but yea I don't think many realize they never won the conference.
Aug. 24, 2012
goblue
Men's 50
9 posts
I was at the 1991 Michigan Notre Dame game when Howard caught the 4th and inches touchdown to beat them.
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