At work today I was listening to the post game wrap up via podcast that is hosted by Ira. I believe our fanbase is a cut above most, because we're Michigan, leaders and best, and I expect our fanbase to be similar. I always get a little smile on my face when I reflect on Bob Ufer's radio call from one of the big games against Ohio State, "And here we are in Columbus in front of a sellout crowd of 10000 alumni and 74000 truck drivers." , obviously poking fun at the character of the probably ravenous crowd, and think to myself how our fanbase would never be referred to like that. I'm beginning to think some of these truck drivers had switched alliegiance.
I never believed our fanbase could ever be as virulent as I expect OSU fans to be, but after hearing what Ira had to hear after the game, some of us could be mistaken for Buckeye backers quite easily. Ira endured so much bad mouthing, I couldn't believe what some people were calling up saying. Angry because Michigan couldn't cover the spread, folks sprouting off about about our record against our Big Ten brothers -which was hilarious because they kept using the wrong record-, tired of hearing the 'excuses'. Really angry, nasty stuff; one guy even called him names.
Ira was a class act. I couldn't of done it, how he didn't let the drunken haters get to him, how he kept the show going in the right direction, discussing rational topics callers phoned in about, as well as calmly and professionally sidestepping the shower of venom; if there was a 'Purple Heart' award for radio broadcasting, Ira earned it. Hell, he would of earned a Medal of Honor.
Look forward to hearing more from you when the winning starts, Ira...