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The Michigan Daily - Friday, Dece

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An open letter to all Wolt
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By PA UL HELGREN

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A football fan living in Salt Lake City would
like Michigan-backers to know what
Brigham Young fans think of playing the Wolverines
in the Holiday Bowl. He sent this letter to the Daily.
Dear Wolverines:
It is a major disappointment to B. Y. U. fans
that you have been selected to play their team in
the Holiday Bowl. Surely, they lament, the 6th
ranked team in the Big Ten is not worthy of
being on the same field with their rightous (sic)
boys. They are indignant about having to play a
team with a 6-5 record when they are undefeated
in the powerhouse Western Athletic Conference.
The selection of lowly Michigan to play
B. Y. U. is a slap in the face of S million Mor-
mons. But as is their way, they will turn the other
cheek. They know they are better than you are.
Their devinely guided passing attack will smite
the heathen Wolverines into submission and they
will retain their rightful position as the chosen
ones.
Good luck...you'll need it.
Robert Loy
Mr. Loy works at KUTV (a Salt Lake City TV
station) and is not a follower of the God Squad. He is a
fan of second-ranked Oklahoma, which would likely
take over the number-one ranking if Michigan beats
Brigham Young and the Sooners knock off
Washington in the Orange Bowl. When asked why he
sent us this fodder for Michigan's lockerroom wall,
Loy said irritatedly, "I'm asmember of the public and
I have the right to send a letter to any
newspaper...And I question your worth as jour-
nalistic institution if you don't print it."
Oh. now you've done it, Bob. You done gone and
questioned the journalistic worth of the Michigan
Daily. That's going too far. You're a class act. Bob. I

think the BYU mentality is rubbing off on you. By the
way, I hope your Sooners choke big time in Miami.
As far as Michigan not being good enough for the
Holiday Bowl, well, Bo Schembechler has an answer
for that one. Back in 1973, when Big Ten teams could
only go to the Rose Bowl, the Wolverines went 10-0-1
and didn't go to a bowl game. So Bo said he figures
they owed him this one.
Sounds an awful lot like the same kind of logic The-
Gruff-But-Lovable-One used after Michigan eeked
out a lucky one against Wisconsin (thanks to six
Badger turnovers) earlier this year. "I didn't see
anybody feeling sorry for us last week (when costly
Wolverine turnovers hurt in a 20-11 loss to
Washington), so I'm not going to feel sorry for
anybody this week." Fact remained: Michigan was
dominated by Wisconsin that day. Fact remains:
Michigan does not deserve to be playing in the bowl
game that determines the national championship.
So what should Michigan have done? Turn down a
bowl invitation? Hell no! It's not Bo's fault the polls
have a bogus number-one selection and the poor old
Holiday Bowl couldn't get a better team to play the
Brigham Youngsters. Bo's attitude is what the hell, if
they'll take us we'll go-and he's right.
Still, you know something's not right when the
number-one team in the nation will not have played a
single team ranked in the top twenty in the final poll.
Of course, before those polls close there still is a
question of a little ol 6-5 team from Ann Arbor...
Zurbrugg favorite in
spring QB race
Now that we've seen three different men at the
quarterback position, it will be fun to see who comes
out on top after spring practice. Here's my
assessment of the candidates: 1) Chris Zurbrugg: My
favorite and easily the favorite to win the job. He's
already better than Harbaugh was at the time of his

injury. Zurbrugg throws
well and has a knack of
three years of eligibility
"Kickoff '85" cover mat
Harbaugh's left shoulder
says he will be ready for
huge setback. There's no u
brugg by March, or evenS
He's a tentative runner an
floaters. Solid back-up ma
lot like Haubaugh really,
now. No glaring weakness
one thing that well. Shou
career. 4) Bob Cernak:
spelled backward is Kanre
Can you believe only two A
Kevin Brooks) made the A
The last time Michigan ha
1962, when no Wolverines e
Speaking of Brooks, h
around for his final year o
big bucks. Brooks can ent
for a fifth season. He and B
if he can hang in there for
injury-free season, he mig
He puts a little more beef
scouts will be drooling...
Congratulations are in o
Jokisch play basketball. i
he knows it's what Jokisch
fair deal with the 6-7 1
Jokisch is playing an impo
they land a post-season b
practice. Otherwise it's ba
Prediction: Brigham'
Reminder: I haven't se
Another reminder: Since
the winner in every Michig
Just wonderin': Will Bo
in San Diego?

The Wolverine defense was as tough as ever this season, allowing an average of only 16 points per game.

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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
One of the key plays of 1984: Mike Mallory blasts Wisconsin running back
Joe Armentrout at the one-yard line and he coughs up the ball. The
Wolverines go on to win 20-14

For some reason, the playing of "Bullwinkle" has quite an effect on the Rodney Lyles is beaming after the victory over Illinois. Definitely one of the
student spectators, season highlights.

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