|Go Blue!!! It's Meeeechigan Football Season Again!|
In 1981 one of the greatest college football announcers of all time passed away after a battle with cancer. His name was Bob Ufer.
He was the voice of the University of Michigan football for many years on WJR radio in Detroit. There are over 100,000 living U of M Alums as Bob used to say often on his broadcasts and every one who heard him remembers Bob and his unique style of broadcasting.
My great love of Michigan football began at an early age because of Bob. I remember tuning the radio on Saturday mornings until that familiar voice rang out. Who was this fanatic on the radio? I don't know but he sure loves his Meechigan Wolverines. And so the tradition and love of Meechigan began. He would get so carried away during times at his broadcast that he would begin talking to himself "Come on Bob, you've got to settle down..." and so on. One great moment of announcing came one year when Michigan was down by less than a touchdown and there were only 6 seconds on the clock left in the game. They were on around their own 40 yard line. Anthony Carter was playing that year and in the huddle told the quarterback "I can beat my man, just get the ball to me". When the ball was snapped he ran a post pattern. beat his man, caught the ball and scampered some 40 yards into the endzone to win the game. Bob Ufer went nuts and continued to use the famous phrase "...it only took 6 seconds to beat Indiana" over and over every time Michigan was down at the end of a game. And so it was with Bob. He was pure Meechigan from head to toe.
A couple of memories have been brought back by comments of other people. One was the color commentator who worked with Bob. I think Bob called him Donno. The poor guy could hardly get a word in because every time Bob would ask him something or when he would start to add some color commentary, Bob would interrupt him because of excitement.
The other thing was the touchdown scoring horn. It sounded like a horn found on early automobiles back in 1910 and had a honk which sounded like a goose. When Bob was really excited at a score, he would squeeze the horn so much that it would squeak instead of honking. What a memory!
Some of the classiest and most heartfelt broadcasting of Bob's career
happened during the Ohio State vs. Michigan games. These games were and
continue to be classic battles irregardless of the standings in the Big 10.
The only thing that matters is THE GAME! What follows are some actual
broadcasts of Bob Ufer during a couple of games. I will explain each one.|
By the way, if you want to buy a double CD set with many of Bob Ufer's finest football calls, please go to the Ufer Foundation and purchase his CD. Thanks.
A close measurement... Listen in as the measurement is made. Did Meeechigan
Picture this: Michigan was behind in the game but had just driven for what appeared to be a 1st down. This was a classic example of Donno providing insight into the measurement only to be interrupted by Bob in his excitement of the call...
|The Bomb... Listen in as Meeechigan's Anthony Carter makes a classic catch! Right after the first down, Johnny "Wingin" Wangler hooked up to little ol' #1 AC for one of the many times Bob Ufer went ballistic at the microphone. But you be the judge. Who got more excited? The 106,255 fans or Bob Ufer!!! Bob's voice had a tendency to overdrive the microphone. This was a typical example...|
|Halftime... Listen as the 1st half ends and Bob breaks for halftime... All right. The 2nd quarter just ended and as Bob typically did, he describes the feeling at that moment so well as the game goes into halftime. It gets your heart pumping again thinking about the Scarlet and Grey and the Maize and Blue!|
|Field Goal Time... Michigan is behind. Can Ali Haji Shiek make a 45 yard field goal? In another classic Michigan vs. Ohio State game, Michigan was behind by 3 points. I remember this game well. After a hard fought battle, it came down to a field goal to tie the game. Listen to the call as Ali kicks one of his most memorable field goals... Before each game, Bob Ufer would interview Bo Schembeckler. The first words to Bob out of Bo's mouth were "Don't say anything Ufe', I'm starting my Freshman, Rich Hewlett, at Quarterback." And so it was that Rich found himself as the holder for the all important FG attempt.|
For a time my wife and I had season tickets to the Meechigan games and we used to sit there among the 100,000 football fanatics every home game. It was a memory I will never forget. There is NOTHING that can compare to the experience of watching a game at Michigan stadium...nothing!
We have since moved to New Hampshire and had to give up our
tickets much to our dismay but whenever Michigan games are on TV, we
watch and yell just like we did when we were at the stadium. Our
neighbors think we are crazy! Whenever Michigan comes out East to
Boston College, we are fortunate to get tickets to the game. Thanks
Don! Anyway, enough of my ranting and raving. I just wanted to thank
Bob Ufer wherever he is for providing so much entertainment over the
years. My love for the game and Meechigan comes from him. Anyone
else feel as I do? If so, send an Email and tell me about something you
remember about Bob or a Meechigan game. GO BLUE!
| I think Ufer's color commentator's name was Don Lund. Ufer used to call him "Lundo". I used to listen every Saturday also. Many times, especially for Ohio State and "Dr. Strangehaze", from the "snake pit in Columbus", I would turn the sound on the TV off and turn the radio up. NOBODY could call a Meeechigan game like Ufer!! Remember "General Bo George Patton Schembeckler" and "God bless his cotton pickin' Maize and Blue MEEECHIGAN heart? |
|God bless your Maize and Blue heart. You have truly struck a cord with me today as you know football is religion and Saturday is the holly day of obligation. With today being the Holiest of all days. The answer to your question wherever Bob Ufer may be he is in Footballs Valhalla.|
Bob Ufer is one of my most outstanding memories of my youth. I grew up in Michigan and was a student at UM from '77-'81, where I listened to his
broadcasts religiously. I even took a radio to home games and listened to
Ufer call the game while I watched them live. He was also an experience I
shared with my father. My father attended Michigan as a grad student from
'52-'58, so Bob Ufer was a bridge between the two generations. I talked
to my own son (now 12) today about football, and explained how he had
really missed something great that I wished he could have been in on, so I
played my old "Ufer of Michigan" records (which I had bought when they
were first released some 20 years ago), explaining, "Now, THAT was a real
football announcer. I wish every school had someone like him to call
their games." My son couldn't believe that someone so blatantly biased
(but thoroughly enthusiastic) didn't get fired! - but nonetheless, he was
transfixed by the albums, listening to play calls by Bob involving players
and schools he'd never heard of, getting caught up in the Uferisms and
general passion of the man. Even my 14-year-old daughter, who generally
disdains football, sat and listened. I am one of the luckiest people
around to have been a part of this man and his life, and that I could
attend the University of Michigan that he loved and served so dearly.
Thank you, Bob. The world is most definitely a better place for your
having been here.|
By the way, my own recollection of the play that set up Anthony Carter's amazing TD catch vs. Indiana in '79 is a bit different from the others above. I was at the game as a student, and was very proud that a former high school colleague of mine, Norm Betts, was playing (he was 2 years behind me, so we weren't real close, but I remembered him quite clearly!). I was even prouder of him on that next-to-last play. John Wangler threw a short pass to him as the only open receiver. Norm was stopped near the line of scrimmage, about 10 yards from the sideline (so he couldn't get out of bounds), and with no time-outs remaining - but he had the presence of mind to fire that ball out of bounds (laterally, so it wasn't an illegal forward pass) to stop the clock and set up AC's great catch and run. It was one of the cleverest moves I have ever seen, one I'm surprised hasn't been emulated by others since. I was further gratified to see that Norm was one of the first Ufer Foundation scholarship winners in 1983, to attend the UM Dental School. Way to go, Norm!
Tom Moyer, Chattanooga, TN
I am very proud to say that I am a releative of Bob Ufer and your page is fantastic. I happened to just stumble by it and it is wonderful to see how many people young and old still Keep the memories alive of my Great Uncle Bob. he was more than just an anouncer he was a very special man to alot of people. Thank you for all the work you have put in this page and keep it up, I then will be able to share this with my daughter as she becomes a meeechigan fan!
Although I eventually graduated from Michigan State, there will always be room in my heart for the Michigan football team. Why? Because of Bob Ufer.
The first Michigan game I saw was on TV. Michigan at Ohio State, 1976. I was 10. Two things got me hooked on Michigan football: first, the helmets. They really made the players look action-heroish, and especially to a ten-year old, that was cool. Second, the TV sound was turned down, and out of the radio came a voice unlike any I had heard. "Who's that kid?" I asked my parents. "That's Bob Ufer, and he's no kid," they replied. "He's a 55-year old man!" "He sure sounds like a kid," I said, grinning from ear to ear. Even at my young age, I knew what a typical sportscaster sounded like: businesslike, impartial, and reading little or no significance into victory or defeat. Bob Ufer was different. His attitude was : "Michigan must win!! Michigan has got to win, or the world will end in 60 seconds!" So I donned the battle gear and jumped into the trenches with him. I had found my first set of heroes outside my family (rock and roll bands would come later): Bob Ufer, Bo Schembechler and the Michigan football team. I lived by them, I defended them to the death, they were me and I was them. Oh, by the way, the fact that Michigan crushed Ohio State 22-0 for their first Rose Bowl trip in 5 years (I found that out from Bob) helped too. Winning always helps. Then, as now, the Detroit area pretty much had teams that ranged from maddening mediocre to awful. Remember, in 1976, Detroit had Mark Fidrych and THAT WAS IT! Just a winning team alone would have been a nice gift. Throw in the cool helmets and Bob Ufer, and I was in love. No, love is not too strong a word here.
I cried every time Michigan went to the Rose Bowl and came up just short.
I cried because Bob Ufer cried. We all did. Bob swept us all up in his emotional tide. When they finally beat Washington in 1981 we rejoiced because Bob rejoiced. Sadly, he never lived to see the 1997 National Championship season (What would he have called Charles Woodson? "The Two-Way Wonder", perhaps?) Still, after Michigan beat Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl to win that title, I thought I could hear the ol Bo George Patton Schembechler scoring horn honking from somewhere over the San Gabriel Mountains.
J. Michaels, Massachusetts
I found your webpage on the internet because I am on a quest to find out...what is the meaning behind the design on the Michigan helmet? I don't mean to sound stupid, but I'm only a high school senior...and I'm a girl...so really it's not that bad of a question. Right?? Thanks so much! Holly
I hope you are going to college because you aren't stupid. You are smart because you weren't afraid to ask the question.
Most times I don't know the answer to questions but this time I do.
In the old days, helmets were made out of leather and imagine you as a quarterback looking downfield to pass the ball and all you see are the same color leather helmets. The design was actually placed on the helmet to help the quarterback figure out where his men were vs. the other team's men. It stuck ever since and as you can guess, all the teams adopted this concept. That is why you see many multi-colored helmets on many teams.
Great site. I was telling my roommate(who is from Iowa) about how great Bob Ufer was, and trying to find some of his audio clips when I stumbled across your site. One Ufer moment that I have not seen mentioned is the infamous tearing-down of the banner in an OSU game. I listened to that clip tonight, and it gave me goosepimples(as Bob would say). I wish I could have been there for that! To see such a despicable act, and then to witness the resurrecting of the M Club Banner...UNBELIEVABLE! You can just hear the intensity of the crowd!
I was born on New Year's Day in 1981, the year Michigan beat Washington in the Rose Bowl. So, I guess I was destined to be a Wolverine nut. I've been to a lot of games, but every time the band takes the field, it feels like the first time I watched a game there. Then, when the Maize & Blue storm the field, touch the M Club banner, and the crowd goes crazy, you can't help but think anyone who doesn't love Meechigan Football is crazy! After an indoor track meet at Michigan(I run for Hillsdale College), a friend and I snuck into the stadium and snuck all the way back to the player's entrance inside the tunnel. We both when running out of there imagining all the great players who have ran out of the tunnel before us. Words can not describe the feelings I felt that day! Thanks for such a great site. Andy
I was fortunate today to find your Internet site.. I think of Bob Ufer's game calling quite often as I did today!. I look to the U of. Michigan site every now and then in hopes someone will honor him with a place there.. Thanks for honoring a GREAT announcer of college football.. I am an Ohio State fan but when your School Up north played the Buckeyes I listened to Bob Ufer!. He made the game LIVE for his listeners and so VERY entertaining!. The horn rings in my mind!. I find that I judge every college football game announcer by his standards!. As you know the card board announcers of today. could not carry BOB Ufer's HORN!
I thoroughly enjoyed your entire web page . . . well conceived and just as well executed (as Ufer would say). I believe the horn Ufer used to sound was the horn off one of Gen. George Patton's jeeps. Somebody had given it to him. It was three honks for a TD, two honks for a FG and one honk for a PAT. I remember when Ufer got flustered because Michigan had just scored on a safety and he didn't know how many honks to give it. The day I became a UM fan was in 1969. I did not plan on watching the game on TV so my dad gave me his "Aircastle" transistor radio and insisted that whatever I do, I listen to the game. Looking back now, I don't know if I was more stunned at the Meechigan drubbing of the invincible OSU Buckeye's or that my dad had let me use his radio. Anyway, ever since that day I have been a huge UM fan. I was at the UM-Indiana game and was sitting in the "flagpole" end zone that AC scored in. It was the greatest moment I ever saw in person in sports. One thing I'll never foret is when AC scored the TD the stadium went into a stunned silence for what seemed to be an eternity but actually just a couple of seconds. On the prior play to the catch Russell Davis was called on for some reason to run the ball up the middle, when he was going down in the middle of the field, he underhanded the ball to the Indiana sideline killing the clock allowing the final play. If you ever watch ESPN with Lee Corso, you can't help but notice his dislike for UM . . . I still wonder if it is because the ball Russell Davis launched out of bounds ended up in the stomach of Indiana's head coach -- Lee Corso. One last memory was when it was UM vs. Dr. Strangehayes and OSU. It was very cold that November day so my dad and myself left my 1974 Gremlin running to keep us warm. We would stand outside a take in the atmosphere then sit in the car for a few minutes when we got cold. As the OSU band passed by my car (we were parked on the golf course) it was so loud, we fell in behind the band to offer moral support and followed them into the stadium. After the game I couldn't find my keys . . . they were still in that Gremlin and the engine was still running. It was a good thing that car was easy on gas. Thanks for the website, ALL OF THEM! . . . keep it up! GO BLUE R. Henry
Hey Fellow Maize and Blue Fans!! I'm deaf so I never really had a chance
to listen to Bob Ufer's voice however I can image how it feels because I'm
from Chicago and listen to simple phrases like Harry Caray's "Holy Cow!!
Cubs win!! Cubs Win!!" I can understand the feelings of it...the picture,
the drama and the announcer's voice that make it very magical. I'm sure
my dad will tell me stories of Bob Ufer because my dad is from Detroit and
my mom is from Dearborn before moving to Chicago area where I was born.
STILL I'M A HUGE MICHIGAN FAN IN HEART!! I bleed Maize and Blue! |
I have few great memories and a bad ones such as the Hail Mary Throw by Colorado but the next two games against Colorado was sweet especially the possible Hail Mary II but thank god that Charles Woodson and Marcus Ray was there to stop it in Boulder, Colorado! :) My heart was pounding and knowing the odds of repeating a possible Hail Mary was slim, but it has been two years and I still can taste it the agony of defeat especially knowing Westbrook is orginally from Ann Arbor and decided to go to Colorado!
I can't really think of the best game I ever seen, but I know Michigan's biggest rivalary is Ohio State, but I seem to enjoy more when Michigan plays against the Fightin Irish cuz of where I came from, the Chicago area where Notre Dame fans usually dominates. All of my friends are Notre Dame fans and I'm the only one, for that long period of time where Notre Dame was stealing the spotlight, beating Michigan on a yearly basis where it became very frustrating because my friends kept heckling me why Notre Dame is king of football. The year of 1991 was the super best of all!! Elvis Grbac, Desmond Howard, Ricky Powers and the defense beat Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium was the best game I ever seen! Watching Desmond Howard dancing all over the field, confusing Notre Dame with his super catches and the reverse play that led to a touchdown. The best of all was the 4th down and inches, all Michigan needed to make a power middle drive to get a first down and go for the touchdown in 4 chances, NOPE, instead, Grbac threw an arching throw to Desmond Howard, the pass seem out of bounds or out of reach, but watching Howard rushing past his ND defender and making a diving catch and it was a TOUCHDOWN!! I just jumped all over the place, making remarks to my friends and I knew Howard will have a big year. Turns out he was the best player in the land of College football with the Hiesman Trophy and two Sports Illustrated covers!
Even though I HATE GREEN BAY PACKERS!! I told my dad, if Desmond Howard ever help Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl, then I'll root for the Packers just for Howard and good enough, he became part of the Super Bowl Legend with that famous 99 yards kick off return! Now he's playing for my favorite team, the Detroit Lions and now he's a Pro Bowler!! Gosh how much I love him!! Same goes for Charles Woodson and the biggest blue plate special is Michigan winning it all in 1997 to become a National Champions since 1948. It make me proud to be a Michigan fan even though I attend Arizona State University. Don't remind of 1987 Rose Bowl and I do not want to hear it! :)
Michigan at heart!! GO BLUE!!
|I remember (at least, basically) the legendary Snow Bowl of 1950. I wish you or someone would put up some highlights of that great game on the Web. I personally call Vic Janowicz's 27-yard field goal the greatest scoring play in college history. How many games can you name in which a team won, though, without ever scoring a first down, and gaining only 27 yards in total offense. That may have been the most classic game in all history.|
I was just now fortunate enough to "stumble" across your page of "Michigan Football and Bob Ufer Memories", including the Real Audio sound clips, and I LOVE IT!!! After reading all of the other memories sent in, I had to add mine:|
I grew up in a household that was all Notre Dame. Not only my family, but also most of my relatives, including my grandparents(whose apple farm was right in my backyard) -they all brought me up on the Notre Dame traditions. I was a sport nut from my early years-as far back as I remember the first section I always grabbed from the newspapers was the sports pages. Although raised to be an Irish fan, there was something about MICHIGAN that got me interested. I remember watching as far back as the mid 60's, when Bob Timberlake led the Wolverines to a Rose Bowl victory. Then come memories of Ron Johnson's record-setting day a couple years later. But for the most part back then, college football to me was listening to Notre Dame football on the transistor radio as I picked apples on Saturdays in my grandparent's orchard.
I don't recall the exact year that I was transformed to becoming a Meechigan fan, so it must have been a gradual thing, but I found myself tuning in more and more to Bob Ufer' s Michigan broadcasts and less and less into the N.D. games. I got hooked on Michigan Football just listening to Bob's descriptions of the action on the football field, and to the stories he told about the great Michigan teams of the past. There just never seemed to be a dull moment when it came to Ufe and the Maize and Blue. I always made sure, when I headed out to the orchards on Saturday mornings, that I always had my own radio and a spare battery: I knew I just couldn't miss a minute of Bob Ufer-and I knew that everyone else would be listening to N.D., so I had to be prepared so as not to miss a minute of the MEEECHIGAN broadcast.
I have now been a Michigan season-ticket holder since 1977-and I still bring my radio to the games-but the trip to Ann Arbor is never complete without my Ufer tapes for the drive and/or tailgate party. For that matter, even on road game saturdays in the fall, I still listen to Ufer as part of my pre-game ritual. As Bob himself put it best, describing Michigan Football: "Football is a religion and Saturday is the Holy Day of Obligation!" To Bob, up there in "Football's Walhalla" --THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for converting me to Michigan Football- and THANK YOU, too, for the Ufer of Meeechigan Memories!!
Thanks for your Ufer Page. I have the CD and play it often. This year I
tried to write a poem to the team for each game, starting with the Rose
Bowl. Some people thought they reminded them of the Ufer poems he often
read. Here's my latest. You can see others at
Bill Richardson, '63 CE, President, UM Club of Downriver (Detroit)
Hail Michigan Men with Winged Helmets of Maize and Blue
Your Wolverine Heart was made special for you
It started the day you arrived at the M
Full of hope, ambition, vigor and vim
But it took more than you thought it would
Practice, hard work, academics, and food
It took several losses, disappointments, and pain
As your hearts grew from mistakes and disdain
Then you saw the support from BIG BLUE
Fans who are loyal, faithful and true
You learned from your coaches to fight as a team
A wolf pack relies on every player’s dream
You looked to the past to draw spirit and lore
From Yost, Crisler, Schembechler and Bob Ufer
Success came your way slowly at the start
Then passion and love started filling your heart
A moment arrived when you started to love
Your team, even Coach Carr, and the Man up above
Then your Wolverine hearts began to beat and to pump
Maize and blue blood with every loud thump
As you go on the field in the Citrus Bowl
Use your brain, strength, power, and soul
But when you want to insure the WIN
Use the BIG HEART OF THE WOLVERINE.
Hail Michigan Men with Winged Helmets of Maize and Blue
Bill Richardson, (Alias—WolverBill)
Your web page brings back wonderful memories. Is there any chance you
could add a audio clip of Anthony Carter's miracle touchdown against
Indiana in 1979? Bob Ufer called some great games in his day, but that one
is among the most memorable. My God bless his Maize & Blue Michigan
I wish to thank you for this web site to put back in my heart the sound of
the one and only Bob Ufer. I remember being in my seat for over 24 years
and having my radio in my pocket and the earplug in my ear listening to
the broadcast from Bob Ufer on WJR. I can still recall hearing him say :
Welcome to the house that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted and
Schembecler fills every Saturday afternoon ! There was only one man given
to us by the Grace and Hands of GOD, that was given the talent and voice
to bring millions of people a lot of joy and happiness with his voice at
the University of Michigan. I listened every Saturday both in the "Big
House", as it is now called and on my radio at home for the road games to
hear the voice of Bob Ufer. Mr. Ufer brought more joy into my mind and
body with his stories and play by play just by being Bob Ufer. Every game
Mr. Ufer could tell you of plays that happened 10 to 40 years ago, that
were just like the play that just took place. He was a TRUE BLUE man and a
tremendous representative of the greatest college in the world, the
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.|
WE MISS YOU BOB.
I'm a lifelong Michigan resident now living in Cleveland. As luck would
have it, WJR comes in as clearly in Cleveland as it did in my hometown as
a youth in Manitou Beach, MI. This morning, I listened to WJR and heard a
few of Ufer's clips from 1975, 1973, 1969. They brought tears to my eyes.
I had not heard his voice since the year he died.
When I was a sophomore at Central Michigan, I remember exactly where I was standing in our kitchen, listening to the old AM radio, when Carter made the famous catch against IU.
On this most special of weeks (we travel to Columbus three
days hence as this is being written), I discovered your tribute to Bob Ufer.
Congratulations on a job well done.|
He was truly unique. And oh so special in the memories he helped create for so many.
I had the good fortune of meeting Bob. As a junior in 1969 (Bo's first season), I was an intern in the Sports Information Department and met him.
We might have talked several times. Some seven years later, it was the week of the Ohio State game. I hadn't seen Bob since that '69 season. My brother and his wife (both M grads) had scheduled their wedding for the next Saturday, right during the game. I phoned Bob at his home on Monday before the game/wedding. Introduced myself and he said he remembered me although I had a sneaky feeling that he was just being nice. I asked him if he would be willing to do a favor for me. Asked him if he'd phone my brother and his fiancee on Friday night during the rehearsal dinner and congratulate them and wish them well. He got very excited and said he would love to. There was a smoker scheduled for that Friday night in Columbus and he said he would just phone them from there.
He did just that, surprising the heck out of the couple and creating a wonderful memory for them. Some 22 years later they still mention their phone call from Bob Ufer on the night before their wedding. Ufe wished them well and emphasized the importance of family. Not bad on the eve of Michigan and Ohio State. But that's Bob Ufer. Oh, and we stomped the Bucks 22-0 that next day and the marriage is beautiful and will last forever.
The letters on your site brought back so many memories. I got a few tears reading some of them. Michigan football and Bob Ufer will do that to you.
Thanks again. GO BLUE. D. Thoits
|I remember listening to Bob Ufer broadcast Michigan games when I was in northwestern PA - WJR carried across Lakes Huron & Erie. Although I had been exposed to the wonderful Meechigan football tradition through relatives, listening to Mr. Ufer's invigorating take on those games charged my interest and drove me to become a #1 Meechigan fan (if only I had indeed transferred to Ann Arbor). Mr. Ufer was definitely the most passionate broadcaster I've heard, without exception across all sports. He was a vibrant catalyst that made the tradition what it became and will forever be a tangible, indelible cornerstone of that tradition. I certainly miss his enthusiasm and will always remember his dedication and distinct passion despite having listened to his live broadcasts during the last 2 years before he passed from us. He was certainly unique, never rote nor premeditated, but original and dynamic...and someone who is missed. God bless him.|
I just got done reading your site and listening to the great Ufer clips
from the 1979 18-15 loss to OSU. I come from an entire family of Michigan
grads and was fortunate enough graduate from Michigan in 1988. In the
second grade I attended my first Michigan game, a 49-0 whipping of Tony
Dungy and The Minnesota Golden Gophers. I remember going to the Pretzel
Bell with my parents who had graduated from Michigan in the early 60s
(They tore it down right before my Freshman year in 1985). On the way
back to Grand Rapids, my parents taught me the Victors. In 1975 I began
collecting Michigan t-shirts and understanding what was happening at the
games. That was also the year I began listening to that nut on the radio.|
In 1976 Michigan opened the year preseason #1. I listened to the opener at Wisconsin and became hooked. I have not missed a more than 4 or 5 games -either listening on the radio, watching on TV, or being in the Big House since that time. Ufer was a big part of it. Only about two Michigan games per year were on TV in the 70s. I listened to every one. Like many of your respondents, my parents bought me both Ufer albums. I also got a tape of Ufer calling old Michigan classics like the 1902 Rose Bowl, the 1943 Notre Dame game, the 1948 Rose Bowl, the 1950 Snow Bowl, The 1969, 1971 & 1973 Ohio State games. By the end of 1976 I had read (at least four times) and memorized The Wolverines, a book published in 1973 concerning the entire history of Michigan football to that date. Then I read and memorized Joe Fall's A Man in Motion a biography of Bo Schembechler. Yes, Ufer turned me into a complete geek. None of my friends could understand my passion for Michigan football. Ufer and I were on the same wave length. My friends and I played football on Saturday afternoons in the fall but we stopped at 12:30 to listen to the pregame, the game and the post game with Ufer. Every single week, bar none!!! Soon my friends lost interest and couldn't understand why we had to sit on my couch and listen to this lunatic on the radio for 3 hours every saturday. I am glad you all understand.
I think the memory that stands out most about my Ufer listening days (other than the obvious 1979 Anthony Carter TD against Indiana - I had actually did the unheard of back then for me. I gave up in disappointment with a few minutes to go and left the house to rake leaves. Fortunately I took my portable radio outside with me. I was sort of pouting about the impending tie to Indiana when all of a sudden...) is a loss to Purdue in 1976. I have acted up mightily, even in recent years, over losses. But I don't think any loss in the history of Michigan football hurt me more than the 1976 loss to Purdue. We were riding high with an 8-0 record and 8 straight weeks as the nations #1 team. This was my first really full season listening to every game and truly understanding what was going on. I had the opportunity to see the MSU game that year and witnessed Rob Lytle run for 181 yards on just 10 carries. I was hooked. Michigan led the nation in total offense, rushing offense, total defense, scoring defense - basically everything. On that fateful day against Purdue I had a little league football game and did not get home in time to hear the first half of the game. My family was gone so I was home alone. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard Michigan was locked in a tight game with a completely average team. I remember Ufer describing Purdues' Scott Deirking chewing up yardage and blasting into the end zone in the fourth quarter to give Purdue a 16-14 lead. We came right back and this is where I died. I was sitting there biting my nail and dreading a loss when Ufer described as follows: "Walt Downing comes up over the ball. The line follows and its balanced. Its Hucklebee deep and Lytle close. Ricky Leach under center. Jimmy Smith comes out wide to the right. Ricky Leach fakes it to Hucklebee and drops back to pass. He's going long for Jimmy Smith!!! He's wide open!!! and he drops it!!! Oh my God Jimmy Smith dropped it!!! He was wide open in the end zone and he dropped it!!!. Well Donno that's the breaks of football." Well, it wasn't good enough for me. As a fourth grader who was not used to that kind of disappointment I broke. I ran out of the house saying words I probably shouldn't have said. That was the beginning of the end that day for me. We eventually moved into position to win the game in the final seconds with a 38 yard Bob Wood field goal but we missed it. Ufer called the game like a gentleman. " A well deserved victory for the Michigan Wolverines". But I was screaming shut up!!! I do not think this was one of my finer moments.
A better moment came in the 7th grade when I had to do a career counseling day. I had long decided I wanted to be a Michigan sportscaster like my idol. My dad fanagled me into the press box for the 1979 Michigan v. Wisconsin game. It was the week after the Carter TD against Indiana. My dad hurried me through the crowd and into the press box elevator. I really had to go to the bathroom but I was told to hold it. I mean I really really had to go. So I get up into the press box and Ufer is going at it real hard. The game had just ended in a 56-0 Michigan romp. Off the air I was right there when Ufer was talking football. I remember him saying "Damn that Wolfolk's good" (Remember don't call my Harold my name is Butch) Then he goes back on the air and he is in full gear - "Michigan is about to enter the biggest two game stretch in the history of Meechigan football!!! Next week its Mark Herman and the 9-1 Purdue Boilermakers and their air show!!! Then, we play Dr. Strange Hayes and the #1 ranked....!!!" That was it. I couldn't hold it anymore. I was so excited I just had to let it go. I may be the oldest kid ever to wet his pants but there was nothing better. It was a dream day. The next week I taped the entire Michigan v. Purdue radio broadcast. I still have the 4 cassette tapes it took to get the whole thing, pregame and all, on tape.
Thanks for letting me share my Ufer stories. My wife is sick of them.
Having lived in the Detroit area most of my life and been weened on
Michigan football, my fondest memory of Bob Ufer, was when Bo asked him
to speak at the Pep Rally prior to an OSU game.|
I now reside in Florida and cannot help but shake my head when these people talk about "Big Games" and sportsmanship. I cannot remember MI or OSU ever running up a score on the other.
Big Games and Sportsmanship are of an era long gone. Sadly So!
Although everyone remembers
AC's catch at the Indiana game, you must remember how livid Lee Corso was
when he caught the ball "fumbled" out of bounds by one of the running
backs - I believe Lawrence Ricks -- to stop the clock and thus set up AC's scoring catch.
Watch ESPN. Corso still holds a grudge! I've had the
opportunity to be present at the home games for 1975 and 76 seasons and
then since 1979 to the present. For any of you who have experienced
Michigan Stadium on game day, in person or via Bob Ufer, it is an
experience which never grows old and stills sends chills up my spine. Now
with the addition of 5500 additional seats, we should once again be the
largest crowd watching a football game in America on those special
Saturdays. And Fritz Crisler's seat will still be there!|
[Comment by the Webmaster: We just returned from the 1998 Michigan Homecoming game against Indiana and guess who was honored during the game?
Johnny "Wingin'" Wangler and Anthony Carter...and they were both there at the game! They showed the replay of the last "famous" 6 seconds against Indiana on that fateful day!]
I was just searching through Michigan web pages for
information for the educational service agency that I am webmaster for when
I ran across your website dedicated to Bob Ufer.|
I have some memories of my own.....My Aunt Phil married Bob Ufer after my Uncle Doc passed away in his thirties. They had all been friends, and I believe Uncle Bob and Aunt Phil's courting first began in my parents living room playing bridge.
As a child I had a hard time understanding why my parents would have me do certain things when we were visiting the Ufers at their cottage. You see, both of my parents graduated from Michigan State. Now I know why they had me sneak down to Uncle Bob's boat and tie a Michigan State sweatshirt on his antenna! I also remember hearing the story about how my parents got a key to his apartment and during a Michigan/Michigan State game snuck in and decorated everything in green and white. This happened to be one of those rare years when Michigan lost to State, and I heard that when Bob came back to his apartment with other media people he had invited that.....well, that he didn't find it very humorous!
Although we didn't see Bob and Phil Ufer that often while I was growing up, there is one memory that will always be so special to me. I come from a very small family; no siblings for either of my parents. So when my father died when I was seventeen, it was my grandmother and my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phil who were there for us in Chelsea where my father is buried. Even though it had been some time since we had seen the Ufers, Bob took over everything that day, and was our rock throughout that day. I remember sitting on the couch with him and he distracting me with stories about Michigan (what else!), and showing me the Rose Bowl ring that he had been given. I'm sure it was one of his most precious possessions. There are those who remember Bob Ufer as Michigan's great football announcer. I will always remember the man who took care of us when we were in shock at my father's sudden passing, and the great kindness and gentleness he showed us during that time. For me, that is the best memory of Bob Ufer, and one I'll never forget. Anne Goodrich
|I love Bob Ufer I am not old enough to have heard him live so i have all of the tapes and cds now. He was an interesting and great man. I love it when my dad tells me all of the great stories about him.|
I just finished reading all the fine letters from devoted Ufer lovers
like myself. Born in 1966, my father had me in the pressbox (so he tells
me) in 1969 for the upset that "Ripley couldn't have made any better"
.... the Michigan 24-12 win over Ohio State. My earliest memory of
Michigan football was watching the 10-10 tie on television in 1973. I am
a lifer ... I love the University and the tradition, but most of all I
loved Bob Ufer. My present career of a sports broadcaster is likely
because of countless hours of listening to "Uferlosophies." As a young
Michigander I memorized the two audio tapes of Ufer. I still can reel
them off as easily today as I could when I was twelve (I'm not sure if
that is pitiful or more of a tribute). My family moved to Florida in
1979, so I found out of Mr. Ufer's death via long distance. It was as if
I had lost a grandparent. He will never know this, but he was the single
biggest influence in my professional life. I only wish I could tell him
I'm not honestly sure which was more touching.... you're page itself with
the great audio clips, or reading everyone else's comments and favorite
Ufer stories... I thought I'd take a few moments to share mine.|
Unlike many of the people who have written in before, Bob Ufer *wasn't* the reason I learned to love Michigan football. No, instead, it was my Grandfather. My Grandfather had taken some correspondence classes through U of M in the 30's, but had never been a full-time student, nor did he graduate from there. But he was always a Michigan Man at heart.
I was born in 1976, and it didn't take long for me to pick up on Grampa's love of Michigan football. I don't know if I explicitly remember the 79 Indiana game or not, but I do know that Anthony Carter will always be "#1" in my heart when it comes to Michigan football players. But even though I was so young, I fondly and distinctly remember other names from the era, such as John Wangler, Ali-haji Shiek, Butch Woolfolk, Bo, and of course, Mr. Meeeechigan himself, Bob Ufer.
I think I was 5 when my grandfather passed away... due to cancer. I remember at the funeral, telling my mom how upset I was that grandpa wasn't being buried in a Maize and Blue casket. It was not long after that when Bob Ufer also lost his battle with cancer. I remember hearing the announcement on the radio, and crying just as much as I had at grampa's funeral. Then, through the tears, I smiled. My mom looked down, and asked why I was smiling.
I replied, "Because... Now Grampa has someone to sing The Victors with in Heaven."
Every time I think of this story, it brings tears to my eyes. (Writing it now is no exception.) I am now a 4th year student at U of M, and God willing, next year I will become the first person from my family to graduate from Michigan. This fall was an emotional climax, following Michigan's undefeated season, trekking to California for the Rose Bowl, and ultimately, seeing them become National Champions.
Bob Ufer and my Grandfather have become almost synonymous in my heart when it comes to Michigan football because I know, that every fall Saturday, they're up there, singing The Victors together.
GO BLUE! Tristan Pruss
Hail! To the Conquering Heroes!
Hail! Hail! To MICHIGAN
The Leaders and Best!
Hail! To the Victors, Valiant!
Hail! To the Conquering Heroes!
Hail! Hail! To MICHIGAN
The Champions of the West!
Since I had a Michigan connection through my son-in-law, I
have pulled for 'em. When I started high school, all my buddies went
out for the football team. (1951-God I'm old) So I did too, never
having even seen a football game in person. Big school, rough road
ahead. Didn't make varsity until junior year. Senior year, utility
player, 145 pounds, started at defensive back, line backer, and even
defensive end, as well as all kicking teams. The guys I played with and
against were on the LSU national championship team in 1959. I knocked
Billy Canon on his can...once. We played Baton Rouge and Jimmy Taylor,
later of the Green Bay Packers...beat them 20-zip when they were
unbeaten and he was the top ground gainer in the state...held him to 20
yards. Met one of the Baton Rouge team members later in college. He
said we took them out in the sugar cane fields, with mud and only
lanterns for lighting to beat them. Not far from the truth.|
Anyway, I really understand and appreciate the meaning of being a sports fan. Even here in the deep south I was aware of Ufer...bless his maize and blue heart. Charlie
[From time to time, I have received a very special Email
which makes me so proud to be associated with the great Bob Ufer. What follows
is one very special Email...] |
Every Michigan fan man or woman, boy or girl knows who Bob Ufer is and how he loved his MEE-CHIGAN!! Even though Bob is not with us physically Bob was with the UM team this fall and every fall ever since he unfortunately went up to football's vallhalla to join Benny, Fritz, and other UM greats. I am only 16, but my father has both tapes and I listen to them daily and nightly. I fall asleep recalling former UM teams of the past and wishing that I could have this great man. I live in Indiana and every time I hear Ufer recall the 1979 homecoming game, I get chills. In fact I listened to his tapes every Friday night before the football game this autumn and I think that and the great talent Mich had helped. I can just see ol' Bob calling plays of Tyrone Wheatley, Jamie Morris, Jim Harabaugh, Todd Collins, Brian Griese, and yes Charles Woodson. Can't we all imagine how Ufer would react to some of Woodson's plays this year like against all the State's:Michigan, Penn, and Ohio. America and the world truly misses Bob Ufer and I sure do. We miss ya Bob, and God bless your cotton pickin' maize-n-blue heart.
Middletown, Indiana USA
|I have been a Michigan resident since 1988, having moved from New Jersey where I spent my first 36 years. I became a U of M fan almost immediately, and I am hopeful that both of my daughters will be attending the university within the next couple of years. I have heard snippets from time to time of Bob Ufer, and being a radio buff and fan of great announcers, was in awe of this very powerful voice pulling me into the games and the emotions of that time. He must have been absolutely great, and I wish I had been around at the time when he was in his heyday. Your web page is great! I played all of the sound bites, and I hope more are added. Thanks for some great listening pleasure! Peter Kovacs|
Thanks for providing some Bob Ufer highlights. I cried
like a baby when
that wonderful man passed away. He was saluted at one of his last games
(after having been absent for some time) but I can't remember the
Maybe it was the 1981 Iowa game. I think the band spelled his name on the field at halftime and prompted him to make a short speech. If you remember it, please indulge me with your recollection (when housebound on a blizzardy afternoon!).
[Webmaster's Comment: What I remember is this: The banner that the M Club holds up and the players run under before the start of the game was changed to read "Bob Ufer We Support You". Every player, coach, cheerleader and Pom Pom girl jumped up and touched the banner. It really brought tears to my eyes...]
Fellow Meeechigan Football Fan!|
I just stumbled upon your website and saw your tribute to Bob Ufer, the Voice of Meeechigan Football. I thought I needed to add my 2 cents worth. First of all, the spotter that Bob used during his games was a man named Don Lund. Mr. Lund is still associated with broadcasts of U of M football.
One thing you may not know is that Ol' Ufe showed up for an interview with Joe Falls of the Detroit News on one occasion, near the end of his career. He wasn't feeling well, and when he sat down with Mr. Falls he wasn't saying anything. Suddenly, Bob broke into a huge grin, and printed on his teeth were the words "Go Blue!" His license plate read simply "VOICEM," and everybody knew who was in that car. In his house, he had an M shaped couch.
Finally, you might like to know that there is a new 2 CD set out, called Bob Ufer, 50 Years of Michigan Football. It is available through the website www.uferfoundation.org. All proceeds from the sale of this CD set go to the Bob Ufer Scholarship Foundation. It really is a collection worth having. And tell all your fellow Ufer fans about it. It's for a good cause! Bob would be, and is, proud, I'm sure.
Thanks for your fantastic tribute to Robert Frost Ufer. His enthusiasm and love for old Meeechigan live on every time I play his tapes.
I wasn't sure if you knew this or not, so that's why I'm send this to
The scoring horn came from Gen. George Pattons' jeep. It was sent to Ufer by Pattons' nephew because he heard Ufer refer to Bo as Patton.
The horn was blown 3 times for touchdowns, twice for field goals and once for the extra point.
I also loved how Ufer would refer to Woody Hayes as "Dr Strange Hayes and his scarlet and gray test tube players" and Earl Bruce as "Darth Vader Bruce and his scarlet and gray storm troopers".
-- Phil Duva
What a delightful discovery : your website.
You have recreated some of
the most memorable moments of being a 78-year old Meechigan fan. It all
started in l938-prewar years. It became a way of life as we spent our
first married years in Ann Arbor, l94l. We lived through the war years
( I had to go to Northwestern and Dcyche Stadium to watch the
Wolverines beat Northwestern, because my husband was overseas, and I
was living with my son in Chicago at my parents home). Then post war,
moving back to MIchigan, going to games for forty years, and finally
reaching the point where we are content to watch from our recliners.
BUT THE SPIRIT IS STILL THERE. THE CHEERS ARE JUST AS LOUD. I wear the
colors, I play the Victors, and I salute the Maize and Blue as lustily
as ever. And I have a strong feeling that this team will do it. They
will beat O. S. U.|
Thanks again for a most delightful evening with you and your website.
Nancy Vander Heide
The Michigan Wolverines was just a football team based out of
The state of Michigan until I accidentally heard a Wolverine broadcast on the radio. Being a
confessed "homer" for the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings, it wasn't
unusual for me to attach to a team that I supported. After Bob Ufer expressed
so much love, excitement and support to the Michigan Wolverines, like some
religious conversion or addictive drug, I instantly became "hooked" on the
Maize and Blue. Even to this day when I hear excerpts of his play by play, I
get hair raising goose bumps. I can feel the excitement that "Ufer" felt as
though I was at the games during those moments. Except for the University of
Michigan, the staff, students, the tradition and history, I can think of
nothing or no one that represents the U of M and all its glory as much as Bob
Ufer. Every sports fan of the Wolverines have been blessed to have
experienced the voice and dedication of Bob Ufer and his love for the
University of Michigan football team. HAIL TO THE VICTORS AND GO BLUE GO!|
Thanks for the web-site! I'm another great big Meeechigan
fan that also did
not make it to that wonderful school. Its Bob Ufer's fault for making me a
Meeechigan football fan though. I can remember being very young (maybe 7 or
8) and was running an errand with my dad when I first heard his voice
broadcasting a UM football game on the car radio. When we got home, I ran
up to my room and tuned in the rest of the game. I haven't missed one
since!!!! About 31 years worth!|
I have both records (yes RECORDS!) with his broadcasts from 1969 through the Rose Bowl season of 1980! They are absolutely fabulous. I know them just about by heart. Once in a bar I was imitating Bob and rattled off his famous summery of the 69 upset of Ohio State. The place was rolling! My encore was calling a Gordie Bell touchdown and reminding them that....."He could [run?] 15 minutes in a phone booth...... and he wouldn't even touch the sides!!!" Also the one, when he thanked Gil Chapman's mom after a great touchdown run against Mich. St..... "And Michigan really wants to thank Mrs. Chapman, for the birth of her son!!!" Oh I could go on and on!
I'll never, ever forget Bob Ufer and I'm glad nobody else has either! Please let me close with one last funny Uferism.........
"When you spend your entire adult life around Fritz Crisler, Benny (Oesterban), Bump (Elliott), and Bo Schembechler.....you learn that football is a religion and Saturday is the Holy Day of Obligation!!!"
God Bless You Bob Ufer .....up there in football's Valhalla!!!
outdoors in all types of weather, except sleet. About 3 years
ago, after a Michigan victory, we decided to move our party indoors to the
Cub's AC bar (near the Michigan golf course) when the north wind and ice
moved in. I am known among the group as a Michigan trivia buff and our
indoor party soon became a trivia contest. Many of us remember Bob's
broadcasts and occasionally we were injecting Ufer'isms into the contest (you
know, "hot herring in his cumberbund", "Bless his maize and blue heart", the
Patton scoring horn, things like that).|
A gentleman at the next table joined in our contest. He gave me more than a run for my money and in most cases was beating me quite handily. Not being used to being on the losing end, we started to reach deep into the trivia bag from Yost to Crisler to Schembechler. Where ever the discussion went, our new acquaintance just seemed to gain knowledge.
Finally, the stranger smiled and showed us a watch that he wore to all Michigan home games. On the back was a thank you note to Bob Ufer from one of Bo's Rose Bowl teams. He introduced himself as Bob's son, and said he was pleased that people still remembered his father and his broadcasts.
Tomorrow, as with all home games, there will be a small tethered blimp flying over the southeast corner of the stadium with the single word UFER.
Go Blue! Brian Bartlett '79
Thanks so much for
this Web page. I really enjoyed the recordings. I
only wish there were more! I thought I would write and tell you about
some tapes I made years ago as a teenager when I lived and breathed
Michigan football -- especially the Ufer broadcasts. Remember back then
that Michigan was only on TV once or twice a year, usually the OSU game.
So most of us fans who couldn't go to the games were glued to our radios
listening to Ufe.|
It's been years since I pulled out [my old Michigan broadcast] tapes, but your audio clips inspired me. Regards,
Lifetime rabid U-M fan
|My brother turned me on to your site which he found in USA Today. Bob Ufer......what can you say about the man. I never went to U of M, but have been a Michigan for all of my 52 years. Saturday afternoon before the TV (with sound turned off) and radio ON with Mr. Ufer. Just great to listen to your RA files of Mr. Ufer. And you must also remember J. P. McCarthy's Friday before the Ohio State game shows also!! Great memories. THANK'S.|
Thank you for putting together the Web page about Bob
I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and now live in Cologne, Germany. I am probably the biggest Wolverine fan in the country right now!
My most memorable Bob Ufer broadcast was when I was 8 years old, during the 1978 OSU-MICH game. The game just started and I couldn¦t figure out why my mom had turned off the TV volume. Dad then brought in the radio and I heard Bob Ufer¦s voice. He was a true Wolverine fanatic. "Who is that guy?" I asked. "It¦s Bob Ufer" and that¦s all that had to be said. In the first half of the game, Rod Feaster caught a pass from Rick Leach for the go ahead score. I¦ll never forget Bob Ufer screaming on the radio. Michigan won 14-3 and was going to the Rose Bowl and I was a very happy kid.
Aside from the band, 100,000 fans, the dark uniforms, black shoes and striped helmets, Bob Ufer was an extra special ingredient that made Michigan Football something special on Saturdays in the 1970s. I miss listening to him.
I just spent the last half hour listening to the Ufer Real Audio files on
your Meeeeechigan page. They are absolutely wonderful. I listened to them
over and over....|
I graduated from U of M in 91. My memories of Ann Arbor and Michigan Stadium on an Autumn Saturday are my finest and cherished dearly. I still remember Bob Ufer's voice ringing out of the Fraternity house's windows on game day in tribute to the greatest.
I, myself, have a meager tribute to our Michigan Wolverines on the Internet. As far as I am concerned the more the merrier.
I have a link to your page, I hope you don't mind.
Sign me Going Blue....
My name is Joe Vocke. I found your site today by doing a search for Ufer. I am a '93 UM grad, and am an avid 'M' football fan. I have been into 'M' for as long as I remember. My family has always been loyal 'M' followers.
One of my most cherished memories as a kid is watching 'M' on t.v. with the tv volume down, and listening to WJR with Ufe. I have his tapes, and still cry when I hear the last second td catch from A.C.
Go Blue !!
Joe Vocke email@example.com
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In this site we provide a great deal of information about the players, coaches and other information highlighted in our screen saver. Each player/coach highlighted has his own page with stats, records, commentary and more. From our links page, there is also information on the 1994 through 1996 schedules (with links to game summaries, where available), consensus All-Americans, poll results and lots more.
Finally, we are also running a trivia contest with the prize being a free screen saver.
Happy Surfing and GO BLUE!!!
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I too remember that UM-Indiana game. It was a grey day, rainy and cold in
November of 79. Heavily favored Meechigan struggled with IU all game.|
Johnny Wangler wasn't sharp and all looked bleak as a tie loomed over Ann Arbor like so many rain clouds, how could we live down the embarrassment of tieing terrible Indiana. Little did we know of the explosive package that was #1, Anthony "the Darter" Carter.
It was a big day for my family that Saturday. My older sister was beginning her first year in Ann Arbor, my parents were on campus visiting, I was playing basketball with my brother back home in the yard listening and loving every word out of Ufer's "cotton-picking maise and blue mouth." We live and die maise and blue football at our home, and I too fell in love with Michigan because of Bob Ufer. I consider that game, though not as important as a Rose Bowl win, my favorite UM moment. As Anthony incredibly crossed the goal in the flagpole endzone, all we could hear over the crowd was Ufer's touchdown horn again and again, I never jumped so high in my whole life. We didn't need the TV for the replay, nothing could compare to the picture we had painted in our mind's that day via the radio.
Though almost thirty, I still have the Sunday Detroit News sports section framed on my wall to remind me of that game. When Bob died, a bit of the special nature of Saturday's in Ann Arbor died along with him. He was truly one of the greats and I miss hearing him every time I hear a game.
Just finished reading your notes about Bob Ufer.
I constantly listen to
his tapes and his picture hangs in my bedroom. I grew up around Ann
Arbor. I remember my dad putting on the fight song on Saturdays and
waking us up. I would spend the rest of the day listening to the game
thoughts etc. I couldn't wait to hear Bob come on. I would laugh, cheer
and cry right along with Bob. It was the one thing I looked forward to
year after year. Now I carry on the tradition by waking my son to my
Michigan CD every Saturday morning in the fall. Although he won't
understand what Bob meant, he can sense the spirit of Michigan present in
Nice Home Page, I will add you as a link to my Michigan Page.
Thanks and Go Blue!!
|I'm a proud graduate of the UofM, 1938-1940,1946-1948 BSE. My best memory was of a group of veterans who attended a meeting of the SDS, a communist organization, voted themselves in to all the offices and then voted to disband the whole organization. Can you imagine what would happen to them today?|
Just read your Michigan Football page with a nostalgic tear in my eye. Who
couldn't fall in love with UM football when one of their earliest memories is
the voice of Bob Ufer. I have the two highlight tapes that WJR produced,
plus a rebroadcast of a 1970s UM MSU game. Needless to say they are the
centerpiece of every Saturday tailgate party in Ann Arbor. I also have a LP
of him highlighting UM's 5 top games of all time. I bought it for $10 at a
memorabilia sale but haven't transferred it to tape yet since I don't have a
phonograph. If you have any Ufer recordings you'd like to trade let me know.|
The highlight of my apartment is a authentic Michigan helmet and a seat from the original Michigan Stadium with Bob's faced cared into it. It's beautiful. Feel free to write back about any of your memories of Bob. He was the best.
Watch for me this Saturday with 106,000 of my closest friends when the Blue stomps the Green (he says with fingers crossed)
Don Helfrich, Rochester Hills, MI
|I hit your website today and played some Bob Ufer audios for my wife ... she didn't really understand. But I thought you might appreciate my application called PocketPigskin. The database runs on PCs, Palm OS, and Pocket PC PDAs. Jim Talbot ('84)|
|My mother, who just passed away, talks about a boy she dated who played football on a Rose Bowl team '48? '51? His name was Bill Olenroth (sp?) and he played tackle. Apparently while he was away at the Rose Bowl was when Mom met my Dad, but that's not the story. I have a standout son who plays tackle in H.S. and his dream is to play for the maize&blue. Yet I cannot find any info on Olenroth. Any Help here? Brian Kolowich, Ridgway, Colo.|
| Sometime ago, I heard a quote from Bo Schembechler -- it was a sound recording that was part of a jewelry box; when the box was opened, the recording would play. It sounded as though Schembechler was talking to the team before the start of a game; he was motivating the team to think about nothing but, "...the team, the team, the team." To hear Schembechler's passion as he spoke about "the team" would send chills down anyone's spine; it's great!|
I'd like to get a copy of this quote somehow; I've tried searching the web, but I haven't come-up with anything. If you recognize the quote, or have any ideas where I might find it. Thanks! Mike Shesterkin
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