January 2, 2018 Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog

1973 Michigan Football Team | bigbluefootballhistory.com
Dave Gallagher (#71) is shown above with the 1973 Big Ten Co-Championship Michigan Wolverine Football team. Poto courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Welcome to January 2, 2018 and the Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog. Thanks to all of you who follow this site. Like you, we are passionate about Michigan Football History and love telling the story of the winningest program in college football history. Unfortunately, our beloved Wolverines ended the season with a loud “thud” in Tampa, Florida yesterday. Yes, it was another bad loss to a team that we should have beaten by at least ten points! The good news is that we still have more wins than anybody else! Jim Harbaugh is still the right man for the job, but this needs to be his best off season yet. There is a ton of work to do between now and September 1st when the Wolverines play a rising Notre Dame team in South Bend. In the meantime, we will continue to tell the best story in college football – the story of the Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!

Just a reminder, this site is totally, one-hundred percent, dedicated to the history of Michigan Football. That’s all we talk about here. In fact, we don’t even talk about recruiting or all of the hype that comes before every game. All we talk about is what happened – that’s it!

We love every team that competes for Michigan, but we don’t have time to cover them all. However, this site is about Wolverine Football History – everyday! That’s it, that’s what we do. Fortunately, Michigan Football has a great story to tell. So, we tell it one player, one coach, one game and one day at a time.

In 2017, we posted 365 articles that reflected on over 1,900 Michigan Football “firsts.” Yes, that was a lot of firsts! This year we will continue to look at Michigan Football History through the lens of one trivia question per day. We will test your knowledge of Wolverine Football with a wide range of questions. Some questions will be about famous Michigan Football coaches and others will be about famous games. Some days will focus on a famous play from a memorable game and other days will look at the notable achievements of a famous player. Thanks to Michigan’s rich history, there will be no shortage of questions.

Each Michigan Football History and Trivia blog post in 2018 will begin with the answer to the previous day’s question. Then, the question of the day will be asked. Finally, we will make sure we will celebrate a “Wolverine Player of the Day.” In this section, we will remember at least one Wolverine coach or player with a “Happy Birthday” wish or a short remembrance for any Michigan Man who is no longer with us.

There are plans to add some “Michigan Football Trivia” challenges later in the year. These challenges (15-25 questions) will test your Wolverine “knowledge” and offer you a chance to compete against other Michigan Football fans. We will keep score on the challenges and offer some impressive prizes for those who distinguish themselves. Stay tuned for more information later.

So, that’s the plan for the Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog for the next 364 days. Part I. Let’s get going!

Part I. Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog Question of the Day – January 2, 2018:

What was the name of the first bowl game that Michigan won with Bo Schembechler in a hospital bed?

Dave Gallagher Michigan All Amreican 1973 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Part II. Wolverine Player of the Day: Happy Birthday Dave Gallagher

Dave Gallagher (#71) was born on this day in 1952. He played on Michigan’s defensive line from 1971 to 1973. He was a Co-Captain in 1973 along with Paul Seal (83). Gallagher earned All-Conference and All-American honors in 1973. Dave Gallagher was an outstanding player on some great Michigan Football teams.

The Wolverines compiled an overall record of 31 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie during the Gallagher Years. They were even better in the Big Ten going with a record of 22-1-1 and three Big Ten Championships. Happy Birthday Dave Gallagher – thanks for your wonderful contributions to the great history of Michigan Football.

 

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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