University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1999

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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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