The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, January 7, 1981
If you're eager to read another cliche-
ridden analysis of a great Michigan
football victory, read no further. '
If profound theories about the 1980
Wolverines send you sky high, read The
This column has little to do with what
actually took place on the field New
Near's Day when Michigan defeated
ashington, 23-6, to claim its first post-
season bowl victory since 1965. Those
kind of pieces become stale six days af-
ter the game has been played.
Besides, who wouldn't want to read
about Bob Ufer?
If you grew up in the Detroit area, as
I did, or anyplace that was within ear-
shot of the WJR/WPAG signal, Bob
Ufer was Saturday afternoon in the
stadium if you couldn't be there.
Down near the goal line, he would get
Wou pumped up for another M-E-E-E-
Third and one on defense. He's got
'em lined up in a five-man front with
two linebackers. Numbers, names,
hometowns. God bless their cottin
pickin' maize and blue hearts! That
was Mo Morton's 123rd tackle! He had
151 in 1975! He had 51 in 1974! And
TWELVE of those BIG M-E-E-E-C-H-E-
E-G-A-N tackles came against Ohio
State and Doctor Strangehayes in the
Love it, but remember it. Take it into
schpol on Monday morning and stump
the hell out of everyone who wanted to
L ilja head
The Michigan football season, over
for most of the Wolverines, will con-
tinue for seniors George Lilja and Andy
The two team captains will first
travel to Honolulu to play in the Hula
Bowl on January 10. Following this All-
atar game, linebacker Cannavino and
center Lilja will play in the Japan Bowl
The starting times for these two con-
tests will be 4 p.m. (EST) and 11:30
p.m., respectively. The performances
of Lilja and Cannavino will be closely
viewed by NFL scouts, who will be
preparing for April's college draft.
someday sit in that student section and
cheer on the Maize and Blue to victory
My father and I would go to nearly
every game during my junior high and
high school days, and brought Ufer with
us. The crowd sitting around would
always grab a listen, especially when
the Wolverines crossed the goal line. He
could come in as loud and clear as
When the final gun sounded and
darkness had enveloped the majestic
San Gabriel Valley, I couldn't help but
They wanted a victory and they wan-
ted him to relish in every second of it.
Ufer, after all, is the inspiration. The
pulse which monitors the (mostly) ups
and downs of the Wolverines. The
generator which fuels the frenzy of a
Rose Bowl victory.
This was not his first Pasadena
triumph. He had the 1948 game (49-0
over Southern California), the '51 con-
test (14-6 over California), and the '65
classic (34-7 over Oregon State) already
in his collection.
But I sensed that this was Bob Ufer's
about these broadcasts. They come
straight from a heart of maize and blue.
Three days earlier, I found myself
sitting at Ufer's table at the Big Ten
Dinner for Champions. I wanted to talk
with him about the upcoming game, but
so many faithful alumni demanded his
time that he barely had a chance to sit
down and eat his dinner. And you knew,
with all certainty, that he truly enjoyed
every minute of their company.
Bob Ufer has always said that
Michigan people are a special breed of
people who share a unique quality. I
hope most Michigan people, both
students and alumni alike, would agree
that Bob Ufer is a breed unto himself, a
man who has made us so very proud,
especially now, to be associated with
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think of this giant of a man, this man
who has tapped the pride and spirit of
anybody who has ever donned our
school's colors and taken an interest in
the outcome of its gridiron battles.
As the sun baked the large throng of
Michigan supporters who were sitting
on the west side of the stadium, Ufer
stuck his head out the window of his
press box booth and waved in response
to those who chanted, "U-F ER, U-FER,
U-FER." He did the same after the
game was over.
finest moment. Finally, after 12 years
of post-season frustration, Bo "General
George Patton" Schembechler had
finally smelled the roses! And Bo has
won more games than any other coach
in M-E-E-E-C-H-E-E-E-G-A-N history
except the great Fielding H. Yost!
His health may have failed him in
recent weks, but Ufer didn't show it.
There he was, sitting in that booth with
Don Lund, painting the verbal and
visual picture with his patented sincere
exuberance. Nothing phony or artificial
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