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There Are Phil Brabbs Days to Michigan Football

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.

Kevin C. Cox

Yes, Brendan Gibbons is also number 34, but no one deserves his moment in Michigan lore more than Phil Brabbs.

Sitting in the south end zone, I watched a kicker no one had ever heard of walk onto the field, smash a field goal from -- get this -- the 34-yard line, and somehow Michigan had won. Tenth-ranked Washington went home a bunch of sad sacks, and they'd given Michigan a chance at the win by committing an illegal substitution penalty on fourth down. I take it as the sweetest of revenge against Rick Neuheisal who commanded that evil Colorado team that beat Michigan in 1994.

Brabbs will never have to worry about no one knowing who the hell he is for the rest of time.