Wolverine great Don Dufek Sr. joins Bo, Fritz, Fielding and past UM heroes

Wolverine great Don Dufek Sr. joins Bo, Fritz, Fielding and past UM heroes

Submitted by Don on December 11th, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Don Dufek Sr., MVP of the 1951 Rose Bowl for the victorious Wolverines, participant in the legendary Snow Bowl victory over OSU, and father of Bill Dufek '78 and Don Dufek Jr., '75, has passed away. From Wikipedia:

"A native of Evanston, Illinois, Dufek was a fullback for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team from 1948-1950. He won the Meyer Morton Award in 1949 (given to the player who shows the greatest development and most promise as a result of the annual spring practice) [1] and was chosen as Michigan's Most Valuable Player and All Big Ten in 1950.[2]

Don Dufek, Sr., running with ball in 1950

In 1950, the Wolverines won the Big Ten Conference championship and beat Ohio State 9-3 in the famed Snow Bowl on November 25, 1950. The Snow Bowl was played in Columbus in a blizzard, at 10 degrees above zero, on an icy field, and with wind gusting over 30 miles per hour. U-M did not get a first down or complete a pass in the blizzard and rushed for only 27 yards, but won 9-7 on a touchdown and a safety, both off of blocked punts. Dufek recalled: "It was very cold. We kept our hands under our armpits in the huddle. Our center (Carl Kreager) didn't wear any gloves. You couldn't get up a head of steam for anything. It was bad news, period."[3]

The 1950 Wolverines then advanced to the Rose Bowl where they beat the previously undefeated University of California Bears (9-0-1) by a score of 14-6. Michigan was held scoreless and trailed 6-0 after three quarters, but Dufek took over in the fourth quarter. Dufek ran for 113 yards in the game and scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the game.[4] Dufek was named MVP of the 1951 Rose Bowl game and was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 17th round of the 1951 NFL Draft."

My condolences to Bill, Don, and the Dufek family.

Snow Bowl, Night Games, & Nanny State

Snow Bowl, Night Games, & Nanny State

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 8th, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I really enjoyed watching the 1950 Michigan - Ohio State Snow Bowl put on Youtube by Wolverine Historian. I would really love to see this happen again some day, maybe in Ann Arbor. I'm going to the game in Columbus next year, which is later than usual (Nov. 28, 2 days after Thanksgiving.) It could happen. However, reading about the game, with 9 plus inches of snow, temps near zero, and more snow falling, several questions came to mind:

1) With the nanny state mentality (frost bite, exposure to players, parking, difficulty driving, etc., etc.) would the University allow a game to be played in such conditions today?

2) As much as ABC loves a marquee matchup Saturday night, what would conditions like this do to a night game? Especially blizzard conditions and temps even lower at night? Let me put this another way. While I'm open to night games, it seems dubious to schedule one that late in November.

3) If a night game was scheduled, but it was clear that a blizzard and cold temps were going to happen, could they shift the game to a 11am or 12noon start? If they could shift, how much notice would need to happen? I'm assuming that under certain conditions, they shut down the golf course for parking too. Where do people park? What a nightmare for all but students.