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Page 8-Saturday, January 9, 1982--The Michigan Daily

Fish Tales


1ag eri
It's a little too soon to talk about key
games this early in the Big Ten season,
but after coming off losses in their
respective conference openers, the
Michigan Wolverines and Purdue
Boilermakers both find themselves in
that precarious situation.
Purdue coach Gene Keady has seen
his highly touted club fall to 3-6 during a
rugged non-conference slate that in-
cluded five top-twenty teams. But the
trouble did not stop there as his Boiler-
makers were routed for their sixth
straight defeat by Big Ten co-favorite'
Iowa, 62-40, on Thursday night.

s host Boilermakers


"WE'VE BEEN humbled by the
caliber of teams we've faced," Keady
explained. "Hopefully, it will help us
during the Big Ten season. Our record
is very disappointing but people will
forget it if we can finish high in the Big
Ten race.,
If Purdue is to finish as high in the
conference as many people expect, the
Boilers will have to get more produc-
tion out of other starters besides all-
conference candidates Keith Edmonson
and Russell Cross.
Edmonson led the conference in
scoring prior to league play, averaging
21.2 points per outing. However, he
could only manage one field goal during
Iowa's victory, a game which saw the
Boilermakers score just 14 second-half
CROSS, WHO has moved back to his
more familiar center position after a
brief stint at forward, contributed14
points against Iowa only below his
season average, good enough for fourth
in the Big Ten overall scoring column.
Purdue will be looking to go inside to
the 6-10 Cross and 6-7 Mike Scearce
against a Michigan team that has not
shown that it is capable of stoppng a big
man inside.
"Losing Tim McCormick and Jon An-
tonides really hurt them," Keady said.
"Like us, they have struggled. But

they're playing with young people and
that car only mean they will improve."
IF PURDUE is unable to get the ball
to the front-line, then guards Ricky Hall
and Kevin Stallings, both new starters
in the Big Ten, will be pressured. The 6-
5 Stallings saw considerable playing
time last season and has become con-
sistent full-time starter, averaging 7.4
points and nearly six assists per outing.
As Wisconsin coach Bill Cofield found
out Thursday, the best place for Keady
and Purdue to try to snap the six-game
skein and get some key Big Ten ex-
perience is in Ann Arbor against the
slumping Wolverines (1-8, 0-1).
Michigan is coming off a tough, two-
point loss to the Badgers, who many
considered to be the conference door-
mat of 1982. It marked the third game

in the last four in which the Wolverines
were downed by a basket or less. The
latest developments have left coach Bill
Frieder anything but optimistic about
the rest of the season.
"WE MIGHT not win a game,"
Frieder dejectedly remarked. "But
we're going to hang in there tough and
I'm going to call on these kids to come
For Michigan to earn an elusive vic-
tory, guard Eric Turner will have to
turn in a more consistent performance
than in previous outings. Turner hit on
just three of 15 field goal attempts
against Wisconsin.
"Eric didn't play well (against
Wisconsin)," Frieder said. "But he's
only a freshman. He has to become
more consistent, and I think he will be."


1 -26 possible for cagers

(23) Dean Hopson (6-7) ..... F .. (6-5) Keith Edmonson (11)
(45) Thad Garner (6-7) ...... F ..... (6-7) Mike Scearce (23)
(52) Ike Person (6-7) ........ C .... (6-10) Russell Cross (40)
(25) Eric Turner (6-3) .......G ........ (6-1) Ricky Hall (21)
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1) .. G ... (6-5) Kevin Stallings (32)
GAME TIME & SITE: 4:00 p.m., Crisler Arena
RADIO: WAAM-AM 1600, WWJ-AM 95, WCBN-FM 88.3,
WUOM-FM 91.7

. Purdue big man

E ncore:

Seven Wolverines to play

in All-Star bowl

For most of the members of Michigan's
football team, the season ended with a
33-14 New Year's Eve thrashing of
UCLA in the Bluebonnet Bowl. But
seven of the graduating Wolverines, as
well as coach Bo Schembechler, will
have their collegiate gridiron careers
extended thanks to four senior All-Star
Six of Michigan's departing players

will be in action today - three in
Honolulu's Hula Bowl, and three in the
East-West Shrine game, played in Palo
Alto, Calif. Also representing the Maize
and Blue in the Shrine game is Schem-
bechler, who will be an assistant to
Alabama's Bear Bryant on the East
squad coaching staff.
PLAYING IN the Hula Bowl (kickoff
4:00 p.m., ABC-TV) for the Wolverines
will be tailback Butch Woolfolk and of-
fensive linemen Bubba Paris and Kurt
Becker. "It's been really fun out here,"
Woolfolk said in a telephone interview
from Hawaii. "We've done a lot of
things. We rode horses and mini-bikes
and there's been sunshine all the time."
Back on the mainland, fullback
Stanley Edwards and defensive backs

Tony Jackson and Brian Carpenter will
be playing in the Shrine game (kickoff
3:00 p.m., CBS-TV).
The All-Star games have
traditionally been an opportunity for
seniors hoping for a career in the
National Football League to impress
the pro scouts, and because the stands
at the games will contain quite a few
NFL talent watchers, Woolfolk said,
"I'm sure that a lot of players will be
playing with a great deal of purpose.
But I'm going to try and forget the
pressure. The reason I got to this spot
is by playing my game, so that's what
I'm going to do."
EVEN THOUGH the players will be
trying to impress the pros, however,
Woolfolk said that the practices have

not come close to matching the inten-
sity of his sessions at Michigan.
"We've been hitting in helmets and
pads," said Michigan's all-time career
rushing leader. "But they're totally
different from the ones at Michigan.
They're much less intense."
A week from today, Paris and
Jackson will be playing in the Japan
Bowl, while Woolfolk, Edwards, and of-
fensive tackle Ed Muransky, who
recently announced that he will not be
returning to Michigan next season to use
up his final year of eligibility, will be
featured in the inaugural Olympia Gold
Bowl, the newest of the All-Star games.
The Olympia Gold game is played in
San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium.

but don't bet on it
They couldn't even beat Wisconsin.
Wisconsin, the team the experts picked to finish last in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin, a team starting three freshmen, a 35 squad which had been
blown out by 30 points by Johnny Orr's Iowa State Cyclones in its previous
game. Wisconsin, a team which had not beaten Michigan since-February 22,
So where does Thursday night's 65-63 home loss to the Badgers leave the
now 1-8 Michigan cagers?
In trouble.
To put it bluntly, if the Wolverine hoopsters can't beat Wisconsin in Crisler
Arena, who can they beat?
As he sat dejectedly in the press room after Thursday's loss-a hear-
tbreaker which the visitors won with a last-second 20-foot jumper-Michigan
coach Bill Frieder himself admitted the harsh reality of his team's situation:
"We might not win another game.
Worst season ever?
"We're going to hang tough, and ask the kids to do the best job they can,"
the coach went on to say. But if Frieder's worst fears become true even if the
cagers do "hang tough," his team will wind up 1-26 and take a spot in
the record books as the worst team (recordwise) ever to don the Maize and
Blue. Not just in the history of Michigan basketball, but in the hallowed
history of Michigan sports.
Not that it will be the first time a Michigan unit goes winless and finishes
last in the conference. In 1917, for example, "the Chaipions of the West"
wound up 0-1 in the BigTen football race, good for the cellar spot. (Even
though they did manage to go 8-2 overall.)
As far as basketball ineptitude goes, the 1959-60 edition struggled through
the worst overall (4-20) and conference (1-13, last place) seasons, and the
worst start (1-7) ever produced by a Michigan hoop team, This year's 1-8
hoopsters broke the last mark Thursday night. Don't be surprised if the
other records are topped-or rather, bottomed-by March.
Personally, however, I think the 1981-82 cagers will win again before the
season is through-maybe three or four times, in fact.
Although the cagers are inexperienced, relatively small, and injury-rid-
den, they're not that bad. Like Frieder said Thursday night, "We're 1-8, but
we've been in every damn game." The only blowout that Michigan has been
part of this year consisted of its 80-58 bombing of Northern Michigan, and
half of the Wolverines' losses-including three of their last four-have been
by two points or less.
And don't think that because Michigan couldn't beat Wisconsin at home,
they can't win in Madison. The Blue hoopsters just might be a better team on
the road than at home. They have already played perhaps their two best
games, against two sometime Top Twenty teams, on foreign floors-the first
in a season-opening 83-72 loss at Arkansas (which was much closer
than the score suggests), and the second in a 73-
72 loss to Alabama-Birmingham in Los Angeles.
On the road, after all, the cagers don't have the
pressure of fans who are overly critical because
they are used to following winning Wolverine
squads. The fans on the road also might not be as
hard on Michigan as they are on other teams who
pose more of a threat.
Thursday's Wisconsin game could have gone
either way, anyway. Michigan committed, as
Frieder put it, "too many turnovers" and
"mistakes caused by carelessness". The young
Wolverines should make less and less of these
kinds of mistakes as the season progresses and
they gain more experience. Garner
What's more, senior forward Thad Garner, Michigan's captain and second
leading scorer, was called for several marginal (if not bogus) fouls, which
forced him out of the game for much of the second half. When Garner came
back in late in the half, his team was down by nine, and he promptly
proceeded to lead the Michigan comeback, scoring 10 of his game-high 17
points (7 of 11 from the floor) in the final stretch, eight of which came on four
straight successful field goal attempts in the game's final two and ahalf
"Garner was terrific down the stretch," said Frieder, "but when he got in
foul trouble it hurt us-he being the only veteran we have out there." With
Garner on the floor for the entire game, instead of only the 23 minutes he did
manage to play, the outcome would most probably have been better for
Garner deserves better
In a way, you have to feel sorry for Michigan's "only veteran." Garner, a
likeable guy who works as hard and plays with as much hustle as any player
in the country, deserves to captain a far more successful team than the one
he now leads. And if not for the unfortunate departures of a number of talen-
ted one-time Wolverines, Garner would have that team.
After his sophomore year, Garner's only two classmates on the team had
their differences with Coach Orr and headed off for greener pastures. Guard
Keith Smith, an excellent ballhandler and sometime starter, left for San
Diego State. John Garris, a 6-10 shot-blocker who saw limited action but
showed promise, transferred to Boston College. As seniors, both players
would now be starters and major contributors.
Add to their absence the 1981 departures of M. C. Burton and Joe James,
and the season-long injuries to both of Michigan's sophomore big men, 6-11
Tim McCormick and 7-2 Jon Antonides, and Garner finds himself leading a 1-
8 team that "might have been" instead of a winner.
When Badger freshman Steve Roth's winning shot singed the net at the
buzzer Thursday night, Garner shook his head and waved his arms in silent
demonstration as if to say, "No, this can't be happening. My luck just can't
be this bad."
The funny thing is, I know how Garner feels. I'm a senior, too, and I have
to cover the Michigan basketball team this year from start to finish. Even if
it does go 1-26.



The University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society
For the April 1982 Production of "Patience"
Please join us if you are interested in participating in the cast, orchestra,
costume or set crews. Everyone is welcome!
8 PM Sunday, Jan. 10th
Pendleton Room in Michigan Union

Tigers lift sanctions
on writer Plagenhoef

DETROIT (AP)- Detroit Tigers
General Manager Jim Campbell said
yesterday he has rescinded restrictions
placed earlier in the week on Grand
Rapids Press sports writer Vern
Campbell was angered at a story
Plagenhoef wrote disclosing Manager
Sparky Anderson's private-and less
than flattering-evaluations of his
EARLIER THIS week, Campbell told
the sports writer he would no longer be
permitted in the stadium dining room
or on team charter planes or buses. He
also told Plagenhoef the club's
traveling secretary no longer would aid
him in booking flights and reservations
with the team.
However, no restrictions were placed
on the writer's access to the stadium
press box, field or locker room.
Campbell hinted that Plagenhoef
came by the report illegally. However,
the reporter maintained that the report
was leaked to him by a team employee.
IN A PREPARED statement, Cam-
pbell emphasized that he regretted that
many loyal "Tiger employees innocen-

tly have been placed under suspicion of
dishonesty by the alleged act of a single
employee who has been accused of
delivering a confidential company
scouting report to Plagenhoef."
Campbell said that Mike Lloyd,
editor of The Grand Rapids Press,
notified him that Plagenhoef gave him
(Lloyd) the name of the Tiger employee
and that Lloyd has talked to that
worker who confided the confidential
document was given to the writer with
knowledge it would be used in a
newspaper story.
In his statement, Campbell said he
respects and believes Lloyd and
therefore is willing "to turn the other
cheek even though Plagenhoef realized
when he accepted the document that it
was obtained from confidential Tiger
files or taken from Manager Sparky
Anderson's desk."
Plagenhoef said he was grateful the
issue was resolved, but that he still did
not believe the Tigers' actions were
"As far as I'm concerned, I hold no
malice toward Jim Campbell," he said.


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