"Well," said Duffy, "I hope we have another nice sunshiny day tomorrow." He waited a few seconds and added, "Like last Saturday."
The students laughed and cheered. It had, of course, rained cats and dogs at Ann Arbor while Michigan State was beating Michigan 9-0 the previous Saturday.
"Oh, yes," said Duffy, feigning mild surprise, "somebody did tell me it sprinkled a little. I guess I didn't notice."
A student in the band banged the big drum.
"Well," said Duffy, "It will certainly be wonderful to play on our home field for the first time this year. We're kind of a road team this year and of course the boys got a kick out of going to California, but they were saying this afternoon there's no thrill like playing before your own crowd, your own fellow students. They were saying today that there's no spirit like the Spartan spirit and they'll certainly be giving everything out there tomorrow."
Duffy went on, paying tribute to Indiana and citing a few statistics to prove that the Hoosiers were better than the scores would indicate. Then one by one he introduced the six seniors, winding up with Captain Matsko, who said a few words.
As Duffy made his way back to his car, shaking hands along the way, he said out of the corner of his mouth: "Wasn't Matsko wonderful the way he talked up? He couldn't have done that a couple of years ago. It's great to see a boy acquire the confidence that comes with success."
Duffy had a few other engagements this evening. He made a speech at the dinner for the press and visiting coaches and ad-libbed his regular 15-minute radio program, which is sponsored by a Lansing automobile dealer. For the radio show (he also has two weekly sponsored television programs), he enlisted the help of Indiana Coach Bernie Crimmins and Keith Molesworth, executive vice-president of the Baltimore Colts, who was in town scouting potential professional talent.
After interviewing Crimmins and Molesworth, Duffy had a little time on the air to fill and so he said to Crimmins:
"Bernie, I understand my sponsors placed a new car at your disposal while you're in town. How do you like it?"