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Michigan Life ' 35
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Changing of the Guard A domed in a cape and covered in maize and blue, Superfan was an ever- resent addition to many sporting events at the University. " I ' ve gone to Michigan games with my dad since I was born and haven ' t lissed too many since then, " said original Superfan and University alum- us Jeff Holzhausen. " I had a spirit award named after me in high school nd it was destined I was going to make some noise at U of M. " Holzhausen started the now-famous Superfan tradition with a flag round his neck in 1992 as a first-year student. The cheerleaders named him uperfan as he attended every hockey, football and basketball game. " I have been Superfan at every Michigan National Championship in the ast six years, " Holzhausen said. " Last year I drove 13 hours to Milwaukee or the hockey championships. It was all worth it when this little girl ugged at her dad ' s pants and said, ' It ' s Superfan, he made it, he made it. ' " Beyond the fame, Holzhausen enjoyed inspiring spirit in others. " Superfan brings out the good in people. I like to bring this out, not only owards the game. Unfortunately, I can ' t be Superfan forever. I hope there 9 a Superfan in 100 years and I will know I was the first, " Holzhausen said. At least for the meantime, the tradition of Superfan was carried on. As lolzhausen graduated from the School of Public Health, MSA planned a ask force to find a replacement. Instead, however, Holzhausen found one imself. " Reza is a great kid, " Holzhausen said. " He has been a fan of mine since e was in eighth grade, loves Michigan, and most of all is doing it for the ight reasons. " Reza Breakstone, a LSA first-year student and new Superfan, was a Michigan fan from an early age. " When I was eight my dad told me to watch the football team with the unny helmets on T.V. That became the good team to me as a little kid and have loved Michigan ever since, " Breakstone said. Back home in Boston, Sreaksto ne considered himself Michigan ' s biggest fan, but his father, a Jniversity alumnus, warned him that once he got to school he may have ome competition. " When I got to school, everyone saw my enthusiasm. When an article vas in The Daily asking who was bold stupid crazy enough to be the next uperfan, my friends showed me the column. I took the challenge as a way 3 show how big of a fan I was, " Breakstone said. Carrying on in the original Superfan tradition, Breakstone planned to Iress as a sports hero, somewhat like Zoro. " It was Jeffs creation and I wanted to go along with that while being inique, still, " Breakstone said. " I ' m glad the new Superfan is taking on his own identity rather than mpersonating the original, " said senior English major Josh Rothschild. On campus, the original Superfan was well liked by University students. " He is someone every fan can identify with, " said junior English major Asa Refkin. " He exemplifies spirit at U of M. " by Jaime K. Nelson ith cow bell in hand, irst-year LSA student ' .eza Breakstone makes ils debut as the new uperfan. Breakstone ontinued the tradition .pon the retirement of the riginal Superfan, Jeff lolzhausen, last year. j he creator of what has become a tradition, Uni- versity alumnus Jeff Holzhausen ends his ten- ure as Superfan. Emerg- ing back in 1992, Holzhausen was a famil- iar sight at sporting events. Virginia Hiltz Michigan Life 37
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