"Duffy," said Bernie Crimmins, snapping at the cue, "it's a beauty. In fact, I've just about decided that I'll get one like it when I get home."
"That's fine," said Duffy, "I drive one myself and I think they're great." He grinned at Crimmins and went on: "Say, Bernie, I didn't intend this to be a commercial. The announcer does that. I was just curious, that's all."
"Sure, Duff," said Crimmins, winking an eye.
Duffy wasn't through for the night. An hour or so later he was up on another stage in a ballroom of the Hotel Olds in Lansing, looking out through a pall of smoke at a gathering of Michigan State alumni. Duffy seized the opportunity to pay tribute to his coaching staff—to Bob Devaney, Lou Agase, Burt Smith, Bill Yeoman, Sonny Grandelius, Doug Weaver and John Polonchek.
"They do all the work," said Duffy. "I just kind of walk around."
Next day the weather was bright and sunny, a little warm for football players but perfect for spectators. A record crowd of 58,858 filled Macklin Stadium and the turf was just right to bring out the best in the marching bands. It was Homecoming Day for Michigan State and, for the edification of the old grads, Duffy used 50 players to roll up a 53-6 victory over his good friend Bernie Crimmins.
Afterward in the locker room Duffy sat on a trunk and munched the apple that is a postgame tradition with him.
"Gee," he said, "I don't like to see the score go that high. But there was nothing I could do about it."
Confirming Duffy's helplessness, Bob Popp, a fifth-string quarterback who had sent Blanche Martin over with a touchdown late in the game, made a great tackle and intercepted a pass, called out from a little distance away.
"Hey, Coach! I guess you know who your quarterback is now!"