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November 22, 2006

Paying Respects

When I first moved to Ann Arbor five and a half years ago, nobody could have predicted that I would one day spend a cold November afternoon in Michigan Stadium celebrating the life of a (Republican) football coach I had never met. I went to Bo's service yesterday for two reasons. First, for David. He grew up during Bo's reign as UM's head football coach, and Bo Schembechler was a household name throughout David's childhood. David aspired to play for Michigan under Bo, but by the time he transferred to UM as a sophomore in 1990 had learned that his talents lay elsewhere. Second, I went because it seemed like an historic occasion. I have never been to a state funeral, and it seemed almost that official. Bo's former players and their families (a group numbering about four hundred) streamed out of the tunnel, across the field, and under the "Go Blue" banner as the marching band played Hail to the Victors. A group of people in military uniforms raised the flag and then lowered it to half staff while the band played our national anthem.

Posted by eklanche at November 22, 2006 04:31 PM

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