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Sunday, September 13; 1970


'Whiskey makes good'


Half-time shows have tradi-
tionally been dominated by
marching bands and stars of a
bygone era, but for the past
year andra half fans at Michi-
gan Stadium have been treated
to a different type of perform-
This new scene stealer is
Whiskey, a five-year-old wire-
haired fox terrier belonging to
grad student Dave Rodgers and
his wife Trudy.
Despite her well executed
r..>moves on the football field,
Whiskey has not always been a
model dog. In fact, as a puppy
she was a drop-out from obedi-
ence school. "She was doing real
well," explained Trudy, "until
we got to the point where you
take the dog off the leash.
Whiskey bolted and all the oth-
er dogs took off after her. They
asked us not to come back."y
Although she did not do too
well in the academics, Whiskey
has always excelled in athletics.
While her owners were doing
undergraduate work at Middle-'
bury College in Vermont, she
began to display her penchant
for chasing balls. An all-star
soccer player, who was a friend
of the Rodgers, taught her a
game in which he would kick
the ball and Whiskey would
push it back to him with her
When the Rodgers came to
Ann Arbor, Whiskey continued
to chase any soccer ball she was
provided with. Dave and some
of his friends decided that it
would be "a nice prank to put
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her out on the footballdfield
and see what she would do."
Whiskey, wrapped in a blan-
ket, was smuggled into the sta-
dium before the 1968 Michigan-
Michigan State game. During
half-time fans and attendants
watched as she pushed a green
and white ball around the field,
symbolizing the way the Wol-
verines were shoving the Spar-
tans about. The fans loved the
display but a Flint newspaper
and many of the spectators mis-
interpreted Whiskey's antics and
thought she was cheering for
Trudy then made her a maize
and blue jacket and painted the
ball to match as the Rodgers
continued to sneak her into the
games. The gate attendants
were not as impressed with
Whiskey as the fans were and
whilenthe dog could be easily
hidden, disguising the ball be-
came a problem. They finally
persuaded friends to carry the
ball through the gates so that
even if a curious attendant de-
cided to search them he would
not discover the dog.
Whiskey achieved national
fame during the Rose Bowl
when a picture of her barking
at an umpire was run in several
papers. Besides the trip to Pa-
sadena, Whiskey has also ac-
comnpanied the team to Colum-
bus and to East Lansing.
In Columbus, the Rodgers
dressed Whiskey in her maize
and blue jacket and took her for

a walk down High Street, the
main drag. They were amazed
at the results. "All kinds of
Michigan people came over to
see her. They were usually in
groups of two when they stop-
ped to talk to Whiskey but by
doing that they met others and
went away in much larger
groups. I really think that she
brought people closer together
and helped consolidate the Mi-
chigan forces."
Besides her home appear-
ances this year the Rodgers are
planning to take Whiskey at
least to the Purdue game. They
would like to accompany the
team to Columbus again but so
far have been unable to obtain
This season Whiskey might
just be sharing the limelight
with her two-month-old puppy,
Brandy. Whiskey gave birth to
three puppies this summer and
while the Rodgers gave two of
them away they decided to keep
Brandy becauseshe shows the
same flair for chasing the ball
as her mother does. Brandy will
attend all the home games even
if she does not get on the field.
The Rodgers have received
letters about Whiskey from
alumni and others but one of
their favorites comes from Dean
Shaw, who after a dinner en-
gagement wrote, "I am now a
hero with my own kids because
I know the dog that runs across
the field."

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Healing the hobbling

Each year, the Michigan train-
ers use over 196 miles of two
inch tape - enough tape to
stretch from here to Benton
The trainers also give over
7500 treatments ayear, more
than some small-town hospitals.
The tape and treatments are
all part of the job of the Wol-
verine's four full-time trainers,
Lindsay McLean, Mike Willie,
Len Paddock and Jack Redgren.
Six student assistant trainers
serve as extras during the foot-
ball season.
The trainers also serve in-
tangible functions. They a r e,
by the nature of their job, close
to the players as well as re-
sponsible to some degree to the
coaches. "We are the perfect
middle men between the players
and the coaches," -McLean
points Out.
AT 7 A.M. of each practice
day, trainers begin taping play-
ers. It takes ten men working
two full hours to tape the en-
tire squad, with all the players
required to have their ankles

taped. Despite the Tartan Turf
surface which supposedly acts to
cut down knee injuries, McLean
says, "Although it is too soon to
say anything definite, I have
seen no noticeable decrease in
knee injuries." He added that
he thought there might be a
slight increase in hand a n d
shoulder injuries.
Besides the rolls of adhesive
tape, the trainer's most com-
monly used treatment is an ice
pack. In fact, twice as many ice
packs are used as any other
clude whirlpool baths, massages,
and hot packs. Among t h e
more exotic sounding treatments
are high frequency sound vibra-
tions to sooth muscles, the elec-
tronic stimulation of muscles, a
wide variety of rehabilitation
exercises, and traction.
For the regular trainers, the
year does not end with the end
of the football season. "Only
about one-third of the treat-
ments we give to varsity a n d
club athletes are given to foot-
ball players," McLean says.
Oh, yes, about that 196
miles of tape. It's true. "We









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