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Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 7 p.m.

Images from the 2012 University of Michigan 'Mud Bowl'

By Courtney Sacco

The Michigan football team's 38-31 overtime win over Northwestern on Saturday wasn't the only game in town. It was also the day of one of the longest standing Greek life traditions on the University of Michigan campus: the Mud Bowl. The 2012 Mud Bowl pitted SAE vs. FIJI. Participants enjoyed he unseasonably warm weather, and a 30-12 SAE victory.

Courtney Sacco is a photographer for



Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

SAE is not a frat at the University of Michigan, having been expelled last year after having been on suspension. SAE chapters at other schools have been similarly expelled - Indiana, Cornell, ... The reason I bring this up is that SAE is not part of Greek life at Michigan any longer, is it?


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

Section Six

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 6:21 a.m.

So we get pictures of frat boys playing in the mud in the sports section, but not a single word so far this basketball season about the Michigan women (they're 2-0), EMU men (they're 1-1) or EMU women (they're 1-0)? I guess I wasn't too surprised that I couldn't find the result of the Michigan vs. Michigan State Big Ten soccer title game here (found it on, but you guys at least reported on all of the local basketball teams last season.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

Sorry we'll lose you to mgoblue. We'll miss your delightful comments like that one.

Kyle Mattson

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

Section, we were not planning on shooting the mud bowl but Courtney happened to be in the area and grabbed some shots to share. We're still early in the basketball season and will be diving into it a bit more as football finishes up here at the end of the month.

Section Six

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 6:10 a.m.


Kai Petainen

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 5:10 a.m.

the fiji quarterback photo is amazing! great photo eye...

Jeff Renner

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 4:22 a.m.

Back in the 60's, as I recall, the women from two sororities played tag football during the halftime.

Pete Cunningham

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

I'm not sure if it is still the case, but I know in 2010 the national chapter of one of the sororities involved barred its members from participating in the Mud Bowl for insurance purposes. Don't know if it is related, but I know a girl from Alpha Phi who broke her leg playing in that game in 2008.

Terry Star21

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

Courtney......didn't the Michigan women use to play a mud bowl game as well, obvious on another day with another cause ?