MVictors.com: Michigan football celebrates its 133rd anniversary; as do its passionate, and critical, fans
The Michigan football program turned 133 years old Wednesday.
On May 30, 1879, Michigan's first ever football team took the field in Chicago to battle Racine College. And, even in its infancy, the Wolverines were apparently backed by a fan base that didn't see eye-to-eye with the striped shirts.
On his Michigan football historical site, MVictors.com, Greg Dooley recaps a portion of the Wolverines' first football game with an excerpt from the Michigan Chronicle.
The highlighted portion deals with perhaps the first ever questionable call in Michigan history.
"In a short time a touch-down was made by our team and a kick was made by Captain DeTarr for the goal," the newspaper explained, "which, according to the referee's decision, missed; but our umpire and the whole team and the spectators declared the goal was safely made; however, we did not wish to dispute with the referee, yet, we must suggest, he is as liable to be mistaken as anyone else."
Apparently, not much has changed in 133 years.
Michigan went on to win the game with Racine, 1-0. On the season, the Wolverines finished 1-0-1 -- the final game of the year ending in a 0-0 tie against Toronto in November 1879.