Review: Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines

You've waited for it, and here it long-awaited review of "Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines".

I was shipped a couple copies of this DVD about a week or so ago. One of which is up for grabs in the first ever MBN give-a-way, and the second is sitting nicely in alphabetical order in my DVD library.

A&E Home Video produced a series of biographical documentaries of legendary college coaches. The DVD runs about 66 minutes. It's choc full of great old footage of past games and interviews with former players, columnists and of course Bo himself. John Bacon, Jim Brandstater, Mitch Albom, Dan Dierdorf, and others are among the interviewees.

This DVD does a pretty good job of explaining the history of Bo's biggest achievements. Some of the photos and video will be pretty familiar to Michigan fans, how could they not be? But there are some photos of Bo when he was coaching at Miami, and some stories that go along with that, that I thought were pretty neat.

One of my favorite parts is when John Bacon is talking about Fielding H. Yost, and how when he got to Ann Arbor in 1901, a writer asked how his team was going to do in his first year. Yost said that he would not lose a game. And he didn't. He outscored opponents 550-0. He won every game for 4 years in a row. In his first 5 years at Michigan he outscored his opponents 2,821 to 42! And Michigan fans have held that as the standard for every new coach since!

They cover the 10 year war pretty good. Bo's relationship with Woody and his infamous Rose Bowl record. Bo even goes in depth with some of his former players (especially the '69 squad). For the most part, they keep it pretty light and easy. They don't cover too much of his passing, or the aftermath of it...but instead focus more on his legacy and what he left behind.

I will probably watch this DVD once in a while when I feel I need a quick shot of Michigan lore. If you want to get your own copy right now, you can hit it up on Amazon. Or, if you'd like to try your hand at predicting the total score of the Utah game, you may walk away with your very own free copy.

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Go Blue!

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