"It was a privilege," Gardner said Monday night at the Ufer Quarterback Club Banquet in Ann Arbor. "I don't think people understand how much of a privilege it was to not only be a quarterback at Michigan, but just to be a part of this university whether you're a student-athlete or not," "And I knew that as a sophomore in high school. I knew this was a special place."
Coach Harbaugh was the keynote speaker at the Ufer Banquet last night at the Barton Hills Country Club.
In terms of this year's team, Harbaugh didn't give the audience much.
He only continued to push his current mantra and promise that Michigan will be undergoing a year of "work" on the practice field and in the football stadium.
He explained how he isn't able to stand at the podium and speak the way some of his fellow Michigan coaches -- like swimming coach Mike Bottom or hockey coach Red Berenson or basketball assistant Bacari Alexander -- did Monday night. Because those coaches have won titles. Harbaugh hasn't.
So instead, he simply vowed to give everything he has to try and change that.
For those within listening distance of WTKA, they're playing right now the 1964 Michigan-Ohio State game called by Bob Ufer. It's a more subdued, less over-the-top Bob Ufer than the version most of us are used to from the Schembechler era. The game was in Columbus, and we beat the Bucks 10-0.
The 1964 squad was by far Bump Elliott's best team, and was within an extra point against Bob Griese-led Purdue of finishing undefeated and very possibly #1 in the country. After the OSU game, we pounded the snot out of Oregon St. in the Rose Bowl, 34-7.
I could probably do this on my own but I have no idea how to do so without a lot of google-fu. I was hoping that somebody might have a soundclip of Ufer saying "Touchdown Michigan". Nothing more. If anyone can help that would be greatly appreciated!
Just in case anyone isn't yet aware of this, you might want to tune in to WTKA on your transistor radio (or via the interwebs or smartphone) this Saturday from Noon to 3pm. WTKA is once again using the bye week to bring back the wonderful play-by-play of a MEEEEECHIGAN Classic, this one the 1979 Michigan vs, MSU game.
I'm sure we're all familiar with the highlight tapes and albums and CD's of those wonderful "Uferisms" old Bob used to spout, but listening to an entire game brings you to a whole new level of appreciation of this man's talents and enthusiasm.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is time to give up the Angry Michigan <Blank> Hating God thought process. After watching a ball in OT bounce perfectly off an Illinois defender's helmet such that Hemmingway had an easy catch, it is time to announce to the world that we believe our former issues were the work of the most evil. Bo and Ufer have finally gotten God's attention turned back on Saturday afternoons to focusing on keeping the evil Satan (who owns the soul of Jim Tressel and others who have sold out to him for his recent 2.5 years of abuse of our beloved football program) from screwing with us.
I suggest we now refer to Angry Michigan <Blank> Hating Satan in reference to placing the blame where it truly belongs and in keeping it well understood that those who hate Michigan are, in essence, EVIL!!!