The pound of music .0.
The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 6, 1979-Page 11
Barnes in hot water
O tune at Tech
By BOB EMORY
CE FOLLIES ..
T HE STUDENT BAND at Michigan Tech's Student Ice Arena is pretty
good, very loud and, unfortunately, a little too determined. In Friday
night's game, which Michigan lost 5-4 in overtime, there were five different
occasions when the band continued to blare away after the puck had been
dropped and play resumed.
It wasn't as if the band would play for just a couple of seconds to finish
off one of their chants, but it would continue to play for almost a minute after
play had started. Interestingly enough, they only continued to play when the
Huskies had possession of the puck in the Michigan zone.
It is stated in the WCHA Articles of Agreement, under the game
management section, that the band shall stop playing after the puck is drop-
.ped. If the hometown band continues to break this rule after being sufficien-
tly warned, then it is league policy to instruct the referees to issue a two
minute delay of game penalty to the home team.
So why weren't any penalties called? On the basis of the league rule,
there should have been at least three issued to the Huskies in Friday's game.
After talking with several people involved in the matter, the following
responses came up, which tend to raise more questions than they answer.
Dan Farrell, Michigan coach: "It's supposed to be a two-minute penalty,
but the referees just don't want to call it. North Dakota complained about it
when they were here last weekend, but nothing seems to get done about it."
C4n anybody hear?
John Macinnes, Michigan Tech coach: "Have- you ever been to Min-
nesota-Duluth? They pump the band music through the loudspeaker system
up there. Haveyou ever been to Wisconsin? Their band plays a lot during the
game; but nobody complains about it. Only here!"
Burt Smith, WCHA league director: "Today (Monday) was the first I've
heard anything about the band at Michigan Tech. Their athletic director
called and informed me of the situation. He said he warned the band before
Saturday's game and that they didn't play at all during that game. I've been
to a couple of series at Duluth and Wisconsin this year, and those bands did
not play during the game. It used to be a problem, about five or six years
ago, but not lately."
Dennis Hanks, Michigan Tech Sports Information Director: "I've never
really noticed it as being much of a problem here. Last weekend against
North Dakota, we announced over the loudspeaker that the band is not sup-
posed to play during the game and the crowd went crazy. I'll tell you, if the
refs didgive us a penalty, the roof would come down in this place. I'm sure
most visiting coaches would rather hear the band than this crowd when they
Don Keranen, Michigan Tech student band director: "We're caught in a
difficult situation. We're damned if we -do and damned if we don't. Our
Student Council wants us to play as much as we can, and- so does Coach
Maclnnes, but the visiting coaches make complaints. We try to play in the
middle, but it can be difficult. We'd rather risk getting a penalty than not
play. It's an adrenalin boost for the crowd and it's part of the home ice ad-
The question here is not whether the band's playing is disrupting to the
visiting team, but that the band's playing during the game is an obvious
breach of league rules. Hockey players are hockey players and they're con-
centrating on the game, not on what's going on in the stands. If a team was to
blame a loss on the home team band, it would indeed be one of the poorest
excuses in the books.
A pain in the ears
But since the home team is supposed to receive a two-minute penalty if its
band insists on playing while the game progresses, then all the complaints
and excuses start to make a lot of sense.
If the Huskies were given a penalty or two (as they should have been)
because of their band on Friday night, then the Wolverines might have
bagged one or more goals with the man advantage, thus possibly changing
the outcome of that overtime loss.
Another note about the band's constant playing during Friday's .game.
The roof in Tech's arena is fairly low and flat, so the 70 or so band members,
with their horns and drums and other music-making gadgets, produce an in-
tensely loud noise that echoes throughout the building.
Consequently, the players on both teams couldn't always hear the
referees' whistles. Actually, it was rather comical. Some players would hear
the whistle and stop, while others wouldn't and would continue skating as if
nothing was the matter.
'I don't think the band really bothered any of us, at least it shouldn't
have," said Michigan right wing Doug Todd. "But we never really heard the
whistles very well, and that was bad."
Although the Tech band plays good music, they're a little out of tune
when it comes to hospitality and respect, both for the players and the game
By the Associated Press.
BOSTON-Suspended Boston Celtics
forward Marvin Barnes' status still is
in doubt, with player-coach Dave
Cowens insisting he wants no part of the
wandering former Providence College
There was continuing speculation
that Barnes would be released.
The National Basketball Association
team suspended Barnes for two games
last week after he missed yet another
team workout. During the all-star game
break last weekend, Celtics President
Red Auerbach tried unsuccessfully to
trade the 6-foot-9 forward.
BARNES HAD been suspended for a
game earlier in anuary after missing
On Monday, Celtics owner John Y.
Brown tried unsucc.essfully to reach
Barnes to discuss his disciplinary
The team, meanwhile, will play the
Hawks in Atlanta-with or without
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32 losses and seven ties, and the club
was in the playoffs in all but two years.
They won seven division champion-
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