The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Posts Tagged ‘Grizzly basketball’

Hall Too Much as Cats Rally to Beat Griz

By ERIC TABER-The Montana men's basketball team missed out on a chance to make history, falling to a hot-shooting Montana State Bobcat team 78-69 in Bozeman on Saturday.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Oct 3

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Once again the Grizzly defense is among the top in FCS. Among Big Sky teams the Griz has given the fewest first downs and are the top defense against third and fourth conversions.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 26

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzlies got single game record performances out of Jerry Louie McGee and Brady Gustafson, but it wasn't enough for the Griz to get the win at Cal Poly.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 19

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzly football team is off to its seventh 2-0 start since 2000 and in the previous six, the Griz have gone on to average 12 wins a season.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 12

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzly football team is off to its seventh 2-0 start since 2000 and in the previous six, the Griz have gone on to average 12 wins a season.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 5

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The last time a UM team played at the UNI-Dome was when the Griz basketball team played there in November of 2001--and things went really bad for the Griz in the first half of that gam... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 22

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - When Robin Selvig took over the University of Montana women's basketball program it had won 32 games combined in the previous 4 years.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - When Robin Selvig took over the University of Montana women's basketball program it had won 32 games combined in the previous 4 years.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to imagine going to game and not seeing Robin Selvig on the sidelines. The last time UM played a women's basketball game without Selvig was March 4, 1978.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in recent memories the Lumberjacks of NAU are picked as the pre-season favorite to win the Big Sky Title, a choice made both by both sports writers and coaches.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in over half a century the Griz will face the USC Trojans in basketball.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The College World Series title won by Coastal Carolina in June marked the sixth time a school that has faced the Montana Grizzlies football team ( since 1960) has won the College Base... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 27

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - I was delighted with the news last week that former Griz coach and playe,r Blaine Taylor, had gotten back into coaching.... more

Breunig to Play Pro Basketball in His Native Germany

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly basketball standout, Martin Breunig has signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball in his native Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Missoula Osprey manager Joe Mather is doing something this season that none of the other three managers to guide the O's to a title did, come back the next year.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Hockey fans everywhere were saddened by the news of the passing of Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, to more than a generation.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to believe that it was 40 years ago this week that the first Wyoming-Montana all-star games were played.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 23

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Later this week another High School sports season comes to an end as track and softball crown their Champions.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 16

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to put in perspective the accomplishment of the University of Montana Softball team in reaching the Big Sky Tournament.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Twenty-five years ago this week the 1991 American Legion baseball season began, a season that would see the AA Mavericks claim a state title. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 2

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Few Montana public officials have ever been more closely tied to a sport than the late Conrad Burns. Burns refereed in Montana high School football as well as the Frontier Conference.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Saturday's Grizzly intra-squad scrimmage brought to mind the days under Don Read when the Griz did something similar.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It was 40 years ago this week that Michigan State reached out to Missoula to get their new basketball coach--Jud Heathcote. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It was thirty years ago this spring when prep softball made its debut in Montana with the first championship held in Cut Bank. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 4

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The U Conn women's basketball team has posted exactly 100 wins between Jan. 4, 2014 and Tuesday's title game. Over the same span of time the Montana Lady Griz have won 58 games.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 28

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Well it appears that facing a Montana team during the season is good way for Syracuse to get ready for a trip to the final Four.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 21

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- While the 2015-16 season ended a little bit earlier than the Montana Lady Griz would have liked the outstanding group of seniors had an tremendous 4 year run.... more

A Decade Later, Griz Look to Corral Wolf Pack in Postseason

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first round of the CBI Tournament tonight. Tip off is at 8 p.m. MST. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 14

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The last time Oregon State was in the NCAA tournament it was March of 1990 and "Pretty Woman" was No. 1 at the box office (a fact I learned from coach Tinkle).... more

Griz Return to Reno to Play in CBI

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies will return to Reno this week to face the University of Nevada after accepting an invitation to play in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational.... more

Griz Comeback Attempt Falls Short in Championship

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies battled back from a 14-point first half deficit, but missed a chance to knock off Weber State in the BSC championship Sat. night in Reno.... more

Griz Advance With Season-Best Shooting Performance

By ERIC TABER- The Montana men’s basketball team will play in the Big Sky Conference championship game for the second-straight year after an 81-72 victory in the tournament semifinal.... more

Griz Swat Hornets, Advance to Semifinal

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies smothered Sacramento State with defense en route to a 70-53 win in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal.... more

Griz Face Hornets to Open Big Sky Tournament

By ERIC TABER- The No. 2 seed Grizzlies will get a shot at redemption in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal, as UM faces No. 10 seed Sacramento State for the third time this season.... more

Two Grizzlies Named to All-Conference Team

By ERIC TABER- Montana senior forward Martin Breunig has been named to the Big Sky first team all-conference list, and junior guard Walter Wright has been given an honorable mention. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 7

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Montana Lady Griz open Big Sky Touranament play facing Northern Arizona who struggled to a last place finish in 2016. ... more

Griz Fall to UNC, Miss Shot at Conference Title

By ERIC TABER- (PHOTO GALLERY) A cold second half shooting against the visiting Northern Colorado Bears cost the Montana Grizzlies a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season championship.... more

Montana Defense Smothers North Dakota

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' defense shut down the potent attack of North Dakota, holding UND to 27 points below their season average and a 71-46 victory in Missoula on Thurs. night.... more

Michael Oguine: UM’s ‘High-Motor’ Freshman

By ERIC TABER- Consider these familiar names from the past: Larry Krystkowiak, Micheal Ray Richardson, Bob Cope, Kareem Jamar. Now there's another player that could earn him a spot on that prestigious list. ... more

Griz Host North Dakota and Northern Colorado This Week

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies wrap up the regular season at home this week, hosting North Dakota and Northern Colorado before hitting the road to Reno for the BSC tournament.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 29

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Lady Griz are going to get plenty of frequent flyer miles in the next 10 days with flights to Grand Forks, Greeley and then Reno for the league tournament.... more

Cold Shooting Dooms Griz at Weber State

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies, held back by a cold shooting night, missed an opportunity to beat Weber State for the first time on their home court in a regular season game since 2004.... more

Montana at Weber State in Marquee Showdown

By ERIC TABER- The outright first place spot on the Big Sky Conference men's basketball table is up for grabs on Sat. as the Grizzlies take on Weber State in Ogden, Utah, at 7 p.m.... more

Career Nights for Wright and Moorehead Lead Griz Past Bengals

By ERIC TABER- Bobby Moorehead, a true freshman, put down eight three-pointers to set a new career high of 24 points, helping Montana to a 90-77 win over ISU in Pocatello on Thursday.... more

Griz on the Road to Face Idaho State and Weber This Week

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies will set out on one of the most challenging road trips of the season this week, facing Idaho State on Thurs. night and Weber State on Sat. night.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 22

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Griz will find their last regular season road trip easy in the way of travel, but the two foes awaiting them do not promise to be overly hospitable. ... more

Griz Pick Up Sweep of Cats in Physical Brawl of the Wild

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies scrapped and clawed their way to an 87-78 victory over the Montana State Bobcats Saturday night in Missoula.... more

Griz-Cat Round Two Set For Saturday

By ERIC TABER-The Grizzlies and Bobcats will square off for the 293rd time as the Brawl of the Wild series continues in Missoula on Saturday, Feb. 20.... more

Jordan Gregory Gets Pro Hoops Opportunity in Australia

By ERIC TABER - Former Montana basketball standout, Jordan Gregory signed a one-year deal with the Rockhampton Rockets of the Queensland Basketball League.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-Currently the Lady Griz are just a half a game out of fourth place, a spot they need to reach to ensure a first round tournament.... more