What Would Woody and Bo Think?

Oh, mama. I managed to watch the entire (well, except for a brief nap) OSU-Michigan game on TV yesterday. And is it just me or are these annual blowouts by the Buckeyes becoming every bit as boring as the Steelers-Browns games? 

No rivalry if one team can’t win. Just sayin’.

Wonder what Woody and Bo would think?

If you managed to live through the 60s and early 70s — or if you are interested in the lives of two American icons who cast shadows way beyond the football stadiums during a time of great change, protest and social unrest in the USA, here’s a book for you: War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest, by Michael Rosenberg.

The book paints fascinating portraits of the careers of Woody and Bo: both intense rivals and at the same time good friends, although for years they never talked to each other except before the start of the OSU-Michigan game.

There’s Woody the old coach who never said Michigan — rather that team up north — and who basically spent 12 months a year every year planning how to beat Michigan.

There’s Bo — linked to Woody as student, player and assistant coach — who took a nothing football program at Michigan and turned it into one of the most successful.

And their stories are told against the backdrop of America during the protests and controversy that engulfed the country during the war in Vietnam. Yes folks. There was a time in this country when people had bigger fish to fry than lining up at Best Buy to dash for a discounted wide screen TV. Oops. I digress.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the book, as posted on the Barnes and Noble website:

As Schembechler and his staff settled into Ann Arbor, Woody Hayes and Ohio State wrapped up the 1968 national championship by beating Southern California in the Rose Bowl. It was the fourth time Hayes had won at least a share of the national championship-among modern-day coaches, only Alabama’s Bear Bryant had comparable credentials. Hayes celebrated by staying up until 6 a.m. editing the game film, then catching a flight to his favorite vacation spot: Vietnam.

OK. Back to Saturday’s game. Here’s from USA Today:

In the 107 editions of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, things have never been this bad for the Wolverines.

No wonder coach Rich Rodriguez is mad.

“I’m ticked, he said, moments after his Wolverines got blown out 37-7 on Saturday — an unprecedented seventh straight loss to the Buckeyes.

“What do you want me to do? Hold hands with all the Buckeye fans and sing ‘Kumbaya’?”

Ah, wonder what Woody and Bo would think?

 

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