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All of the elements were present at
last night's annual Homecoming pep
rally: The Michigan Marching Band,
the pom pom girls, the cheerleaders, Bo
Schembechler, and a couple of his
players. All of the elements, that is, ex-
cept the spark which can only be
provided by broadcaster Bob Ufer.
As fans braved sub-freezing tem-
peratures and the October snowfall,
and awaited Schembechler's ap-
pearance the band treated them to a
rousing musical prelude although the
general feeling was that a chorus of
"Jingle Bells" would have been more
BECAUSE OF surgery he underwent
yesterday, the health of Ufer was listed
in serious condition late last night, was
on the minds of many of the Wolverine
faithful at the rally. A tape of Ufer was
played over the intercom system,
raising cheers from the crowd. But for
most, it served only as a hollowed sub-
stitute for the real thing.
When Schembechler took the stage,
he began by asking the crowd to include
Ufer in their prayers. "It is in times
like this when a team needs a man like
Bob Ufer," the coach said.
Then Bosettled into the issue of the
upcoming game versus Northwestern.
"We have not quit," he pledged. "We
will play hard tomorrow, next week,
and the following weeks."
His sentiments were echoed by
defensive co-captain and linebacker
Robert Thompson. "In the next .five
weeks, you will see a new Michigan
football team play." The crowd cheered
jubilantly, and then broke into an im-
promptu version of "Hail to the Vic-
From the crowd attitude, one would
never have known that the Wolverines
were coming off of a conference loss
that had seriously dismantled their
Rose Bowl hopes.
THE MICHIGAN MARCHING band blares out its music during last night's
Homecoming pep rally. In addition to the band, Michigan's pom pom girls,
cheerleaders, Bo Schembechler, and co-captains Kurt Becker and Robert
Thompson all made appearances.
Daily Photo by MIKE LUCAS
AT LAST NIGHT'S Homecoming pep rally, Michigan fans were treated to a
special appearance by Wolverine captains Kurt Becker (at left) and Robert
Thompson and coach Bo Schembechler. Hundreds of avid Blue fans braved
sub-freezing temperatures to hear the trio comment on today's contest
against the winless Northwestern Wildcats. The Wolverines are heavily
favored to hand the 'Cats their 27th straight loss.
IN A VERY SPECIAL
BENEFI T PERFORMANCE
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