There Are 39 Days to Michigan Football

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Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Late today, the Michigan Athletic Department announced that John Falk, the equipment manager for the last 39 seasons (2013 will be his 40th), is to retire. Let us hope that the Little Brown Jug will remain in Ann Arbor one final time on October 5th when Minnesota comes to town for homecoming. Falk has written a book about his career, and is the man responsible for taking care of the most famous helmet in football, and the aforementioned Brown Jug.

Here's Falk talking about the jug:

...and from a few years ago, here he is explaining how the players get fitted for their own winged helmet.

It's the end of an era, and MnB salutes you, John!

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