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Page 16-Friday, October 23, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Greeks continueMud Bowl legacy

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By RANDY BERGENk
With the way the Wolverines are
playing, some people may be happy to
hear that there is another football game
going on this weekend. With almost as
much tradition as Michigan football,
Sigma .Alpha Epsilon and Phi Delta
Theta will do battle in the 47th annual
edition of the Mud Bowl tomorrow.
The two fraternities will kick, run,
slip, fall and most certainly get dirty as
they compete for the E. Reed Low
Memorial Trophy which is given to the
winner.
WITH THE help of two S.A.E. mem-
bers, E. Reed Low, a member of the Phi
Delts, invented the Mud Bowl game in
1934 in order to raise money for himself.
To get money, Low would read announ-
cements at halftime. Only for the last 20
years has the game been really played
in mud.
Along with being written up in Sports
Illustrated last year and extensively
covered by local radio and TV stations,
the .game is now sponsored by Stroh's
beer. For the last 27 years, two
sororities picked by S.A.E. play at half-

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EVERYONE SEEMS TO get involved in the fun as sororities and fraternities battle it out in the traditional Mud Bowl.
Tomorrow's event will feature Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon in their annual fraternity football contest.

time. This year Kappa Alpha Theta will
play Pi Beta Phi.
One might think that a game played
in the mud couldn't be taken too
seriously but according to Brian Degan,
captain ofthe Phi Delts, there is plenty
of intensity.
"WHEN PEOPLE are sacrificing
their time and putting off their studies,
it must mean that the outcome of the

game is important. There is a lot of
pride at stake for both houses and
everyone practices hard for it."
Besides preparing for the game, both
houses also have to start getting the
field ready at least a week in advance.
On the weekend before the game the
ground is dug out on the field, which is
always in front of the S.A.E. house. The
bowl is then filled with water for 24

hours a day until a day before the
game. By Saturday, both the teams and
the field are ready for action.
"The strategies for a game in mud is
a lot different from a regular game,"
said Degan. "You don't need much
speed just quickness and good hands.
It's important to get position both on of-
fense and defense because it's hard to
move around in the mud. A team rarely
scores more than one touchdown."
THE GAME AT halftime between the
sororities may not be as intense, but
nonetheless is taken seriously by both
teams.
"It's serious fun," states Leslie
Roberts of Kappa Alpha Theta,
"However, we use it more for unifying
the house than worrying about beating
the other team. Once you are in there
it's luck of the draw more than skill so
you can't take it too seriously."
However, for the two rival frater-
nities plenty is at stake, as S.A.E.
member Rick Larson would contend.
"The Phi Delts won two years ago
and last year we tied 6-6 so this is an
importantgame for us."
With news cameras, a rich tradition,
and two fraternities and sororities
present, tomorrow's grappling in the
mud is bound to be an entertaining
morning.

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