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Page 10-Wednesday, November 12,-1980-The Michigan Daily


After coaching gymnastics at Michiga
years, Newt Loken has learned to temp
dose of optimism with an equally strong
And rightsoff the bat, Loken was hit i
interaction of optimism and realism. Wh
starters return from the team that finish
in the Big Ten last season, a ninth gymr
arounder Chris Van Mierlo, underwent'
surgery last spring and is expected to i
entire 1980-81 campaign. f
VAN MIERLO was considered by Lok
the team's top all-arounder, and one of
seniors on a relatively young squad.
But that doesn't leave the veteran
without leadership or championship n
Another senior, Darrell Yee, is back to tr

of Van,



third consecutive conference title on still rings,
with the possibility of an NCAA crown looming
Loken took his first look at this year's group in
competitive action last weekend in Toronto,
where York University defeated Michigan,
25.6.85-244.75. According to Loken, the meet
would have been much closer had Mike McKee-
a specialist in floor exercises, vaulting, and
parallel bars-been able to perform. But McKee
had to sit out the meet with a minor ankle injury.
"HE COULD have given us ten more points,
nine from floor exercises and possibly a full point
in vaulting, but we felt it would be better for him
to rest his ankle," said Loken.
Mike's brother Kevin McKee proved to be one
of the bright spots for the Wolverines, as he took
the top spot in floor exercises. Milan Stanovich

came through with a 9.45 to finish second on
longhorse vault, while Marshall Garfieldr
second in the all-around with a 50.85 total.
With the use of some high-risk maneuvi
John Rieckhoff earned top honors on the pomi
horse, while Mike Pfrender was first in the h
bar event. Loken called Pfrender's vict
"gratifying, as he has been a reserve but is in
blossoming into his own."
LOKEN SAID it is too early to judge how
team will perform this season.
"Actions speak louder than words. There
be a lot of tough competition for us to face t
year. We are looking forward to improving %
each successive weekend," he said.
Since team results are not counted in
NCAA standings until 1981, Loken said there
five weekends in 1980 "where we can afford

hurt gymnasts
the experiment." But he added that when the hym-
was nasts return for the new year, "We want to have
our best performers out there to make our
ers, national standing the best we can possibly make
igh There is one thing, however, of which Loken is
ory as sure as can be: he'll enjoy working with his
now gymnasts for season number 34.
"THE TEAM is a great bunch of guys who are
his, working hard and deserve their share of vic-
tories," he said. "We'll just have to keep prac-
will ticing hard and then see what happens."
this The Wolverines head for Ohio State this
ith weekend to participate in the Buckeye In-
vitational, a new meet on the gymnastics circuit.
the They'll be joined by the host Buckeyes, along
are with Indiana, Indiana State, Illinois, and Ball
to State.

.,. anchors gymnasts

Blue4th in regatta

The national sailing rankings had
Tufts on top, followed by Kings Point,
Navy, and Michigan.
All four teams, plus a host of others,
raced last weekend at the War
Memorial Regatta on Long Island
Sound, and guess how they finished?
TUFTS FIRST, Kings Point second,
Navy third, Michigan fourth, and
everybody else behind them.
"This regatta reflected the way the
national rankings are right now," said
Michigan coach Kirk Nims, and he
could not have been any more accurate
in his assessment.
But Nims emphasized the small gap
that prevailed between first and fourth
place. The suburban Boston school won
with 79 points, while Michigan came
away with a 94-point total.
FOR THE second consecutive week,
Michigan skipper Doug Wefer rode the
wildly-changing conditions to a first-
place finish in the 'A' Division. Nims
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explained that Wefer has managed to
,hold his own in races against an all-
East Coast field, which is able to prac-
tice under consistently better con-
The team moves on to Purdue to face
the Boilermaker sailing contingent this
weekend, and next week it will prepare
for the prestigious Time Angsten Race
in the Chicago Yacht Basin
Thanksgiving Day.
Ruggers roll
Michigan's rugby club hiked its
record to 6-2 with a smashing 22-4 vic-
tory over Scioto Valley Saturday at
Elbel Field.
Senior Bill Chung paced the Blue
ruggers with six points, while four other
players - Dave Kieras, John Hartman,
Tony Menyhart, and David Weber -
added four points each.
The 'B' squad found the going a. bit.
tougher, edging the visitors from Ohio,
Michigan concludes its season
November 22 at Ohio State.

PHILADELPHIA'S MIKE SCHMIDT, who has been named the National
League's Most Valuable Player for 1980, shows his home run swing.

midt fought success and won.
Schmidt, one of the premier long ball
hitters and RBI producers in baseball,
altered his batting style in 1980, and
became an even better hitter.
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midt a more consistent batter, and he
won the most valuable player honor in
this year's World Series. '
IT ALSO earned the slugging third;
baseman The Associated Press mantle
yesterday as National League Player of
the Year.
Schmidt outdistanced the field,
leading a Philadelphia sweep of the fir-
st four places in the voting of a nation-
wide panel of sports writers and broad-
casters. He received 368% votes,
finishing far ahead of teammate Steve
Carlton, the Cy Young Award winner as
his league's best pitcher.
Carlton received 811/2 votes, followed
by Phillies' bullpen ace Tug McGraw
with 13, and first baseman Pete Rose
with nine.
OTHER PLAYERS with more than
one vote were Dale Murphy, Garry
Templeton, Keith Hernandez, Bill

Buckner, Steve Garvey, Jose Cruz,
Dave Parker, Gary Carter, Ron
LeFlore, Andre Dawson, Dusty Baker
and George Hendrick.
Schmidt's credentials included a .286
batting average, 48 home runs and 121
RBI. He set a record for homers by a
third baseman, breaking the mark of 47
set in 1957 by Hall of Famer Eddie
Mathews. It was the fourth time in the
last seven years that Schmidt led his
league in home runs. His homers and
RBI were league highs.
Schmidt, 31, also is one of the premier
defensive players in baseball, having
won four gold gloves for his play at
third base. He was named to the NL All-
Star team for the fifth time, and either
led or was among the leaders in total
bases, sacrifice flies, slugging percen-
tage, runs scored and game-winning

Big time college athletis .. .
where has the fun gone?!
A Northeastern University football game might serve as an enjoyable
form of education for the rabid college football fans that seem to saturate the
NU is a fairly large (an enrollment bigger than Michigan) school located
in Boston. One goes to an NU game with the realization that whether the
Huskies win or lose will not decide the fate of western civilization as we know
it. One goes to an NU game for fun. With this in mind, the small size of its
marching band (around thirty at last count) and the paucity of spectators in
the stands is not surprising. The game begins with the kickoff, and develops
into a battering match between the stalwart Huskie 11. and the other guys
from UConn, UMass, or wherever. At the end, the Huskies have won or lost,
and everyone goes home. It might be described as terribly unexciting, but it
is pretty fun.
"So what?", an astute reader would ask. "What does that have to do
with Michigan (read "mighty") athletics?" Well, that seems to be my point
- it has nothing to do with Michigan athletics (read "Big Time").
There are no screaming legions filling a stadium that NU is playing in.
Don Canham, or creatures like him, are unknown at NU. Hockey players do
not have all their body hair shaved off at NU. Bloated athletic bureaucracies
do not exist at NU. It would seem terribly silly, to the New England mind, to
devote millions of dollars to something that is supposedly attractive to
students and participants because it is "fun" (i.e., sports).
Oh, my. There I go, using that word, "fun", again. When I've attempted
to talk about football as a "fun" sport to loyal Michigan fans, I am almost in-
variably greeted with a sputtering barrage of insult to the effect that foot-
ball, for the participants, is not to be fun. Violent, injurious, filled with a
"cold and almost impersonal malignance" as Faulkner might say, yes, but
heaven forbid that those things on the playing field wearing Maize and Blue,
and who we adore so much for crashing into their foes in almost suicidal
fashion, should have fun doing it. Football is a form of play at NU, but it is a
deadly serious business at Michigan.
Is this right?
It is doubtful that when the first mud-covered footballers crashed into
each other on American college campuses in the late 1800's they had any
idea that that which they started as an amusing form of rugby, and a way to
break the monotony of studies, would evolve into what it is, today. What it is
today, and what the devil it is doing existing in a collegiate environment, is
It seems very incongruous. College, academia, the pursuit of a higher
knowledge than the local high school can sufficiently provide. Then, on a
gridiron, representing a college, hulking behemoths bounce off one another
trying to carry an inflated pigskin over the other guy's line. Very
enlightening, no?
There are two oft-repeated arguments for the existence of Big-Time
football on campus: (1) It serves as a stepping stone towards lucrative
careers in the pros for those economically deprived youngsters who, with
much physical talent, would be hard-set to otherwise make a living for
themselves, and (2) Athletics is an education, or at least an integral part of
any liberal arts education.
In reference to Q1), it is often the case that a football scholarship to the
Big U is the lucky break that, let's say, Frank Merriwell will use to get to the
pros. Yet, Frank Merriwell usually spends so much time on his sport that he
doesn't get an education. And what will he do then, if he doesn't make it to
the pro's?
As far as (2) goes, yes, athletics has been said to be an important part of
higher education since an old sports fan by the name of Plato mentioned it a
few years ago. But when it becomes more than an adjunct to education, and
instead a hindrance, as mentioned in the preceding paragraph, then its
educational value is dubious.
. It's time to sum up what I've been trying to say, I guess. Sports are good
for the body and mind, and can be a useful educational tool (after all,
striving and training the body to achieve something is a good way to "Know
thyself"). But when athletics becomes an end to itself, when the motive of
money looms larger than that of self-fulfillment, it should either be removed
from the college campus, or toned down. Athletics, in college, should be an
enjoyable pastime for spectator and participant. Not an hysterical en-







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