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February 17, 2018 Happy Birthday Steven Rekowski

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Steven Rekowski.  Steven “Steve” Rekowski was born on this day in Dearborn, Michigan. He grew up to be an excellent high school football player at Dearborn Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Steven Rekowski

Technically, Steven Rekowski was recruited by Bo Schembechler’s staff. However, when Steve arrived in Ann Arbor he was redshirted in 1989 which turned out to be Bo’s last season. Rekowski came back in 1990 to play for Coach Gary Moeller.

Steven Rekowski must have been a fast learner because he played a lot of football in 1990. He was high on the depth chart and logged enough playing-time to earn his first varsity letter in his first year on the Michigan varsity. He recorded twelve tackles and added three assists for a total of fifteen. Mo’s first team finished with an overall record of 9 wins and 3 losses. They posted a record of 6-2-0 in the conference and tied for the Big Ten title for the third straight season.

Steve Rekowski Michigan Football 1993 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Steve Rekowski played for the Wolverines from 1990 to 1993. He earned 4 varsity letters and played on 3 Big Ten Championship teams. Photo courtesy of the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide.

Michigan continued to play well in the early nineties and so did Steve Rekowski. Steve’s persistence and hard work paid off with four starts in his senior year. He finished his career with thirty-six tackles, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. He earned four letters and played on three Big Ten Championship teams!

Today is a good day to remember the contributions of Steven Rekowski to Michigan Football. He, and his teammates, added thirty-six wins to the all-time Wolverine victory total. They also won three of four bowl games which is something to be proud of! Thanks for the Maize and Blue memories Steven Rekowski. I hope you enjoy your special day today. Go Blue!

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Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 16, 2018

When, and where, did the first radio broadcast of a Michigan Football game take place?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 16, 2018 –  1924 at Ferry Field

This historic game took place at Ferry Field on October 25, 1924. Interestingly, the first radio broadcast of a Michigan Football game was also the first ever college football game to hit the airwaves.

First College Football Radio Broadcast in 1924 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Ty Tyson and Doc Holland paid their own way to hit the airwaves in 1924. They made history with the first radio broadcast in college football history! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

The game was broadcast on WWJ radio out of Detroit. Ty Tyson and Doc Holland were the broadcasters, but there was an interesting side note to this famous game. Since there was no room in the press box, Fielding Yost allowed the game to be called from the stands with the proviso that Tyson and Holland paid for their tickets to the game! Wow – can you believe it? Things have certainly changed since that game.

Michigan put on an excellent performance for the 45,000 fans who showed up and the radio listeners who tuned in. The Wolverines defeated the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 21-0. After losing on the road at Illinois (14-39) the week before, Coach George Little’s footballers got back on the winning track. Michigan won three more games before losing to Iowa (2-9) in the final game of Coach Little’s first, and only, season as Michigan’s Head Football Coach. The Wolverines ended the season with a final record of 6 wins and 2 losses. They finished fourth in the Big Ten with a record of 4-2-0.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 17, 2018

Which team has Michigan played the most in the Rose Bowl?

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