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Thursday, November 11, 1976


'rage Seven

Thursday, November 11, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PQge Seven

Getting back u . .
...the real test
I'D WITNESSED THE same scene so many times before this
football season, a season turned suddenly strange if not
The weight room and sauna still stood on the left as I
entered, the lockers on the right, both empty and awaiting the
arrival of those yet straining under coaches' whistles in the
growing dusk.
The players filed past in their usual manner, strolling to
the same stalls amid all the joshing and jiving accompanied
by the typical music.
The only apparent differences were to new, nattily print-
ed signs nesting among the others which have adorned the
training facility walls thus far this season.
The most frequently displayed read, "Can Michigan bounce
back-back-BACK?" in increasingly large letters. The other,
less prominent and aimed at a smaller audience, said, "Seniors,
make your last home game your best ever."
Not that the seniors should need any extra motivation. Sure,
it helps, but the desire to prepare for Illinois should prove no
problem after last weekend.
Rather, the ability of this team to get ready for the Illini
remains the big question, a matter quite separate from motiva-
tion or desire.
Last week, motivation offered much of the obstacle,
Buoyed by increased media hype, facing a team which pre-
viously lost big to a rather ragged Michigan State contingent,
the Blue got a surprise package from a struggling .squadI
psyched to save its coach.
Caught unaware, they simply failed to respond in the un-
familiar presstre situation. The frustration increased as their
most bizarre game yet wore in.
But the ability to prenare adequately, rather than the desire



O's Palmer
NEW YORK (AP) - Baltimore's Jim
Palmer, an All-Star Game reject last July
who reversed his field in the second half
of the season, won the American League's
Cy Young Award today for the third time.
The Orioles' right-hander joined Sandy
Koufax, formerly of the Los Angeles Dodg-
ers, and Tom Seaver of the New York Mets
as baseball's only triple winners of the cov-
eted pitching award.
Palmer, also named the American
League's best pitcher in 1973 and 1975,
was an easy winner this time over run-
ner-up Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, De-
troit's flashy rookie, who took baseball
by storm last season.
Palmer received 108 points on 19 first-
place votes, four seconds and one third from
the Baseball Writers Association of Ameri-
ca. His total more than doubled that of.
Detroit's young right-hander, who had 51
California's Frank Tanana was a distant
third with 18 points, while Ed Figueroa of
the New York Yankees finished fourth with

Pistons down


By RICK MADDOCK that's the way we want to
and MIKE HALPIN play," said Piston Coach Herb
special To The Daily Brown.
The usual boos in Cobo Hall Howard Porter was next to
were silenced at the tipoff last Lanier with 18 points. The oth-
night as the Detroit Pistons er Pistons in double figures
pleased a home crowd of 6,257 were Ralph Simpson with 14,
by trouncing the Cleveland Eric Money with 13, Kevin1
Cavaliers, 123-112. The Pistons Porter with 12, and Chris Ford
extended their winning streak with 10 points.
to three games and raised their "Porter got to us early. I
record to 5-6. called two time-outs to see
The Pistons also shatteredj who was guarding him-none
the Cavaliers' average of only of the five would admit to it,"
93 points allowed over their Fitch said.
first ten games. "I guarantee Fre ihgn sa
if we give up 123 points we'll Former Michigan star
lose" sidepa2lierCoach Bill Campy Russell led the Cavs
lose," said Cavalier with 22 points. Russell Is the
Bob Lanier who has aver- high scorer on the team in
aged over 30 points in his spite of thse fact that. he
last five contests, was the doesn't start.
high scorer with 36. Lanier Russell and his teammates
has led the Pistons in scoring are the big story of the young
in each of their 11 games. NBA season, and the Pistons
"Damn Lanier," Fitch said, were aware of it. Cobo Hall
"He had a good night tonight was lit extra brightly for the
which WE contributed to. He's cameras of Sports Illustrated
the second best center in the s which is following the team be-
NBA exto bb nr. itc cause of its eight-game win-
added, "xe do better against ning streak at start of the sea-
eJabbar than Lanier a"son. Still, Coach Brown was not
"Eleven guys really contrib- phased.
uted tonight and the Big Guy "We played great. This team
was tremendous. We had six (the Cavs) came in, they were
guys in double figures tonight; 9-1. Sports Illustrated is fol-
lowing them, everybody is fol-


Barnes, Brown said, "You
guys are worrying about Mar-
vin Barnes. Herb Brown,
Larry Jones and the 11 De-
troit Pistons are playing bas-
ketball. He does whatever he
wants. I don't want to com-
ment about him."
In reply to a question about
Barnes' possible return, Brown
was more revealing: "Baby,
anybody can come back and
ride the pine."
DETROIT 123, Cleveland 112
Philadelphia 103, Chicago 88
Boston 117, Los Angeles 112
Washington 116, New Orleans 103
Houston 99, Seattle 97
Boston 6, DETROIT 4
washington 7, New York 5
Montreal 2, Atlanta 2
Buffalo 5, St. Louis 0
Philadelphia 2, Chicago 2
Minnesota 3, Pittsburgh 2
Cincinnati 4, Edmonton 2
U-M Band 35, EMU Band 0


Jim Palmer


lowing them. We're the guinea
pigs, right?" Brown said.
A s k e d about Marvin

Turn blers.

look, to'newcomers


to do so, provides the challenge against an Ohio State - or, now,
an Illinois. By BRIAN MARTIN meet the challenge. He is assist- Competing for the remainingt
'. oi.u t.eWhat do you do when you ed this year by two former three spots will be sophomoret
The Illni loom as Michigan's toughest test yet. Here is a lose eight seniors to graduation pupils and gymnastic standouts, Bruce Schuchard and freshmenI
game that the Wolverines must win, without the expectation they who accounted for nearly two- Bob Darden and Jerry Poynton. Rich Nisivaco, Fred Rasmus-
definitely will - a situation generally reserved for Ohio State and thirds of your total points last Darden will help in the coaching sen, Doug Zahour and Scott
bowl games. year? The most obvious place and spotting in all six events Weller.
Unlike OSU, the Illini themselves don't appear that for- for the gymnastics team to look while Poynton lends his ex- The floor exercise has always4
midable. Their defense looks solid, which drawssome praise is toward their veteran coach pertise in the pommel horse been a Michigan strength, and
from the defense-minded Schembechler. of thirty years, Newt Loken. event. this year should be no different.
But if Michigan's defense indeed stands as its major prob- Loken has piled up 12 Big New NCAA rules this year Led by two-time Big Ten Cham-
lem, as Bo says, Illinois doesn't seem the team to test it. While Ten Championships in the last allow four all-around men to pion Chuck 'Stillerman, this
basically healthy, the Illini rank dead last in conference rush- 15 years, and two NCAA Cham- compete in each meet. Also, should be Michigan's strongest
ing and suffer from an unsettled quarterback situation. pionships. Last season Michigan more compulsories are required event. Unfortunately, Stillerman
No, the Wolverines' real struggle this week occurs within finished second in the Big Ten, in each event, emphasizing a sprained his ankle last week in
their own minds, a battle waged ever since late afternoon of 'edged out by Minnesota by only trend toward international com- practice and will be out for two
2.3 points in a total of over 420 petition levels. to three weeks.
last Saturday. . compiled in the tournament. The all-aroune event Is an- S illerman will be strongly
For example, say you're a basically good driver - no acci- "Obviously we have a rebuild- chored by sophomore Nigel supported by sophomore Don
dents, few if any tickets. One afternoon, perhaps due to some ing year this season," Loken Rothwell, who had a strong Marsden and freshman Ron
minor distraction or inattention, you total the folks' Buick. said. "When you lose eight freshmen year finishing high in Tickman.
For a while at least, every time you step in a car you'll seniors who scored most of our the Big Ten. Several untried The rings will continue to
have that same nervous feeling that if it happened once, it can points, it's quite a challenge to freshmen and sophomores will stand out for the Blue. Co-
happen again, whether it's a drive aronnA the block or that longer come back.' fill in the gaps left in the all- captain Scott Ponto and Kurt
trip you planned-say, to California. Loken is more than ready to around by graduation. Golder will be formidable in
That's the situation Michigan's gridders face. They'll
doubtless feel a little strange taking the field once more,
knowing they have to bounce back and prove themselves all
They'll have to win, and not just by a long pass or field goal.
They'll have to outplay the Illini just as the Boilermakers out-
played them, convincing everyone - and most importantly, ar RnS eanisto bea
themselves - that the Purdue loss remains an exception, not theI
thn c e ne.rBy DAVE RENBARGER "If the situation was just perfect, we could
Then, and only then, can they beg to prepare the supremeknock
mental and physical effort required to beat the Buckeyes in The women's varisty volleyball team takes its knok off Central," said Vong. aW beat them
10-6oveallrecrd p Maquete omorow earlier in the year in a practice game, but
this strange season where the Roses still remain within reach. 10-6 overall record up to Marquette tomorrow

this event. Last year Ponto was
the Big Ten Runner-up and
NCAA finalist.
This weekend the gymnastics
team travels to Chicago for the
Windy City Tournament. Loken
calls it a "mini Big Ten meet"
with nearly all the Big Ten
schools competing, including
Loken's "team to beat," Min-

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to compete in the state championships.
In the tournament, sponsored by the Michi-
gan chapter of the Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women, the spikers will compete
against nine other Michigan schools in the up-
per division, with the two top finishers advanc-
ing to the regional championships in Chicago
next weekend.
COACH Sandy Vong sees Michigan State and
Central Michigan as the teams to beat, saying,
' I'd be really happy with a third or fourth
place finish."

Before worrying about the Chippewas, how-
ever, the spikers first must get past Michigan
State. The defending champion Spartans sound-
ly defeated the Wolverines in the regular sea-
son, and are slated to face them again in the
opening round of the tourney.
THE TEAM should be at full strength for
the meet, with freshwoman Jackie Madison
back from a week-long bout with the flu and
sophomore Bonnie Schwan recovered from a
broken nose.







Sitting in the Purdue locker room after Saturday's upset over,
Michigan, an emotional Scott Dierking, the Boilermaker's ace
rusher, proclaimed, "We did it for Coach Alex Agase! We did
it for him!"
Dierking went on, "We knew we could do it. When he looked
at us before the game started and said, 'Boys, I'm depending on
you. If we can just upset Michigan, I'll win the Griddes at last,'
everyone just got all choked up and we went out there and really
did it. Why, the president of the college drove all night to get
the picks to the Daily by midnight Friday. Coach Agase really
deserves that small, one-item pizza. We really wanted to get it

for him, I mean, what else can
depend on you?"
1) Illinois at MICHIGAN
2) Michigan St. at N'western
3) Ohio St. at Minnesota
4) Purdue at Iowa
5) Wisconsin at Indiana
6) Air Force at Vanderbilt
7) Alabama at Notre Dame
8) Western Carolina at
Appalachian St.
9) Texas A&M at Arkansas

you do when a man's GRIDDES
11) Duke at N.C. State
12) The Citadel at William
and Mary
13) Georgia Tech at Navy
14) Yale at Harvard
15) LSU at Mississippi St.
16) C. W. Post at Lehigh
17) Missouri at Oklahoma
18) Florida St. at North
Texas St.
19) Mississippi at Tennessee



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