Nov. 29, 2013
At the Michigan vs. Ohio State football game on Nov. 30, 2013, the U-M Athletic Department will honor three individuals who are retiring after building iconic careers with the Maize and Blue: Jon Falk, Bruce Madej and Frank Beckmann.
After 40 years, Falk will retire as head equipment manager following the 2013 football season. Madej, who was U-M's sports information director from 1982-2010 and is now associate athletic director for special projects, will retire June 30, 2014, after 34 years of service. And Beckmann, the voice of Michigan football, will retire at the end of this season after 33 years in the radio booth.
MGoBlue.com will recognize each of these men in the days leading up the "Big Game." Today Beckmann recalls his favorite moments of his time in the booth, including audio of seven of his radio calls.
The series started Nov. 27 with Madej's top personal moments of his career. Look for a feature on Falk on game day (Nov. 30).
Tyrone Wheatley's 88-yard touchdown run to start the second half of the 1993 Rose Bowl victory (38-31 over Washington) as part of his 235-yard performance.
In 1996, quarterback Brian Griese comes off the bench to hit Tai Streets for a 68-yard touchdown and leads Michigan's comeback from a 9-0 halftime deficit to beat Ohio State, 13-9, as 17-point underdogs in Columbus.
Denard Robinson to Roy Roundtree to beat Notre Dame, 35-31, in the first night game at Michigan Stadium in 2011. "Denard, back to throw at the 16, gotta throw it in a hurry, lobs it up in the end zone to Roundtree, he adjusts to the ball, he's interfered with, he makes the catch! Touchdown Michigan, with two seconds to play!"
Denard Robinson, "shoelaces flopping in the wind" at Notre Dame in 2010. His 87-yard touchdown run on the day that the legendary No. 87, Ron Kramer, passed away. "He finds a little seam, 20, 25, there he goes, 30, 35, 40, he's to midfield and they'll never catch him. Denard Robinson, shoelaces flopping in the wind, goes all the way to the end zone, 87 yards. Touchdown Michigan!"
Mario Manningham's last-second, game-winning catch to upset Penn State, 27-25, in 2005, a loss that cost Penn State the national championship that year. "Henne dropping to throw, looking right, looking right, fires toward the end zone. Touchdown Mario Manningham! He caught it on the post and Michigan will win!"
Any of the Braylon Edwards' TDs from the Michigan State win in 2004 when Michigan came from 17 down with eight minutes to play to win 45-37 in triple overtime. A game that he took over. "Right corner of the end zone for Braylon. Up in the air. Touchdown Michigan! Do you believe this comeback?!"
Charles Woodson's punt return for a touchdown in the 20-14 win over Ohio State in 1997 to complete an undefeated regular season. "He splits two men, now to this left at the 40, 45 and there he goes. Charles Woodson down the sideline. He's gonna go all the way. Touchdown Michigan! Shades of Desmond Howard!"
Although I actually like my call of his end zone interception better. "Intercepted by Charles Woodson! Polish off the Heisman. Make room on the mantle. Charles Woodson took it away!"
Charles Woodson's acrobatic, one-handed interception at Michigan State in 1997. It was the first of his two picks in the Wolverines' 23-7 victory.
Desmond Howard and "The Catch" in the 24-14 win over Notre Dame in 1991. With U-M up 17-14 in the fourth quarter and facing fourth-and-inches on the Irish 25-yard line, quarterback Elvis Grbac found Howard for a diving touchdown catch. "He gets the snap, he's gonna throw, he pumps once, now heaves it deep in the end zone. Touchdown Desmond Howard! What a catch."
The final play of the 1998 ('97 season) Rose Bowl game when Washington State ran out of time, giving Michigan the 21-16 victory and national championship.
Awfully tough to choose just 10, but there you have it!