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October 29, 1981 - Image 6

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Page 6-Thursday, October 29, 1981-The Michigan Daily






Ufer in his days as a Michigan track
star. In 1942, at the Big Ten track meet
in Chicago, Ufer set the world record
for the indoor 440-yard dash (48.1 sec-
onds), a mark which stood as the school
record for 32 years.

Ufer in his first year in the broad-
casting booth in 1945. Ufer took over the
Wolverine football broadcasts from
Bill Stern.


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Bob Ufer will not only be remembered for the enthusiasm he showed while broadcasting Michigan football, but also for the dialogue
he used. The following is a list of the more memorable quips which were dubbed "Uferisms."

"He went down that mod sod (Tartan Turf) like a
penguin with a hot herring in his cummerbund. "-Ufer
describing an Anthony Carter pass pattern.
"If he kicks this field goal, he'll be the greatest thing
since sliced bread, since Cleopatra on the Nile. "-Ufer on
the Wolverine kicker Mike Lantry.
"He could run 15 minutes in a phone booth and he
wouldn't even touch the sides. "-referring to former tail-
back Gordon Bell.
"He went in there like a bat outa, well, you know
where bats come from. "-referring to former Michigan
fullback Russell Davis.
"He went in there like a bull with a bee in his~ear. "-
referring to former tailback Roosevelt Smith.
"They are going to hear about this from coast to
coast. From the coast of Lake Michigan to the coast of
Lake Huron. "-referring to a Michigan touchdown.
"That's all there is, there is no more. "-Ufer's clos-
ing remarks of a game.
"Bo Schembechler is looking up into football's val-
halla and saying, 'Thank you, Fielding Yost, thank you,
Fielding Yost for that one'. . . They aren't even going to
try the extra point. Who cares! Who gives a damn! I've

"The hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham
carpeted, and Schembechler fills every week. "-referring
to Michigan Stadium.
"Herrmann's gonna eat the ball at the ten yard line;
he couldn't b'leeve he ate the whole thing, but he did. "-
referring to former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann.
"General Bo 'George Patton' Schembechler.'
"Dr. Strangehayes "-referring to former Ohio State
coach Woody Hayes.
"Darth Vader Bruce and his Scarlet and Gray storm-
troopers"-referring to present Buckeye coach Earle
"The Snakepit"-referring to Ohio Stadium.
"The guts and glue of the Maize and Blue"-refer-
ing to former Michigan quarterback Rick Leach.
The Buckeyes came to bury the Wolverines all wrapped in
maize 'n blue.
The cheers were said, the prayers were read, and every-
body cried.
But when they closed the coffin, there was someone else
Oh the Buckeyes came to bury the Wolverines, but Michi-
gan wasn't dead.
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