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GREAT AMERICAN FIRE SALE
When mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac went under, the U.S. government promptly
stepped in bail them out. But with a $407 billion
federal deficit projected for the fiscal year end-
ing this month, who will bail out the U.S. govern-
met? Well, besides traditional U.S.
allies like China and Saudi Arabia. Maybe it's
time for the government to start selling off its
assets. Who needs North Dakota, anyway?
NOT SO WELL ENDOWED
The nation's economy isstruggling, with a foreclo-
sure crisis, a climbing unemployment rate, and grow-
ing national debt. Now, the economic downturn is
hitting the University. Though endowment
investments posted returns of more than 25 percent
last year, University investors are forecastingsingle-
digit percentage growth for the current fiscal year
- a meager $700 million, as of May. Oh, crap. Better
raise tuition again.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN OQUIST
Those who drink
will he champions
Bo Merlot, a memorial wine
Bo Schembechler is probably the
most storied coach in college foot-
ball history. You've heard about his
inspirational one-liners, his com-
passionate nature, his incredible
winning streaks and his fiery side-
But you haven't heard about his
affection for barrel aged wine - or
Enter Bo Merlot, the 2005 Cali-
fornia wine and thoughtful trib-
ute to the late coaching legend.
Released late last month, the wine is
being distributed by the local Stud-
er Imports with support from Bo's
widow, Cathy Schembechler. It's
available at most Ann Arbor super-
markets and bars, even those - like
Rick's American Caf4 or the Arena
- which don't usually do a brisk
business in Merlot.
Though famously unpretentious
- he wore a whistle instead of a
tie on game days - Schembechler.
and his wife often drank red wine
together. Studer Imports founder
Marlena Studer, a former University
sociology professor, said Cathy had
the idea for a bottled tribute to Bo.
"They actually saved all the corks
from the seine they drank together,"
Studer said. And on them, Bo would
sometimes write affectionate notes,
corks) being one of Schembechler's
Bo Merlot goes for $19.69 a bottle
- a nod to Bo's first year coaching,
1969, when he lead the Wolverines
to topple the first-ranked Buckeyes.
From every bottle sold, $2 will be
donated to the Michigan Cardiovas-
cular Center, which Schembechler
credited for saving his life after he
suffered a heart attack later that
season on the eve of his first Rose
To get the word out, Studer is
holding wine tastings at local bars
and stores around the city. Last
weekend at the Arena, bartend-
ers were a little puzzled that she
wanted to hold a wine tasting on a
game day. It didn't help that busi-
ness for that game was unusually
slow - but those who did come were
A group from Miami of Ohio
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ILLUSTRATION BY LAURA
said. "From sniff to swallow."
In 2005, for the first time ever,
wine sold better than beer. In recent
years, it's become almost an every-
man drank..And football, America's
everyman pastime, is developing a
repartee with the product.
Retired National Football League
coach Mike Ditka has a label, and
just weeks before the release of Bo
Merlot, Hiesman Trophy-winning
Michigan football player Charles
Woodson was at the Chop House,
promoting his new wine, 24 by
Charles Woodson. But Woodson,
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South Bend's Ontjy
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now a cornerback for the Greenbay
Packers, received a slap on the wrist
from the NFL - no wine endorse-
The Detroit Free Press report-
ed that NFL representatives told
Woodson any promotion of alcohol
carries the threat of having "a detri-
mental effect on the great number of
young fans who follow our game,"
but if football fans are in danger
from red wine, what does that mean
for beer pong?
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(where Schembechler coached
before coming to Michigan) even
took a bottle home, despite their
team's 16-6 loss to the Wolverines.
The Arena has four of the 2,000
cases that were made. It's a limited
edition series, and they expect to
sell out quickly.
"I'll push it," said Jennifer
Dovichi, who bartended dur-
ing the tasting, noting that it was
better than the house red. Plus,
Dovichi, who was an intern at the
Cardiovascular Center the year
Bo passed away, has a loyalty to
As for the wine, Dovichi was
"pleasantly surprised" at how well
it went over.
"We're just sports bar people,"
she said. "We don't know anything
about wine. We drink Nod Lite for
Schembechler wasn't an aver-
age wine snob, either. Studer said
his wife tells a story about the first
time heordered merlot at a restau-
rant. He pronounced the "t" at the
end of the word.
But Studer said she picked
the wine mainly because it was
a crowd pleaser, though she was
quick to add that wine snobs would
like it too. She described it as hav-
ing a strong fruit-forward charac-
ter, with notes of berry and plum.
The idea was to make a wine that
was robust and had a strong char-
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