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Straight from the
source's mouth
By RON POLLACK

Revenge in style .. .
... Here come the Bruins

. T HE OPTION, as well as the forward pass to
Anthony Carter, while not outdated, are
taking a back seat to the newest of trends in
Michigan football. Through two games this
season, revenge has been in vogue.
The Wolverines opened their season by
avenging a 1981 defeat to Wisconsin. Last week,
the tables were turned on Michigan as Notre
Dame vindicated a 25-7 pasting from a season ago.
Week three of the college season offers no
change as the UCLA Bruins, still smarting from a
33-14 thrashing at the hands of the Wolverines in
last season's Bluebonnet Bowl, invade Ann Arbor
this weekend intoxicated with thoughts of
revenge.
Six days a week the saying may go "hell hath no
fury like a woman scorned," but on Saturday af-
ternoons in the fall you can cast that proverb out
the window and dauntlessly replace it with "the
gridiron hath no fury like a football team
previously embarrassed."
Oh sure, they're selecting their words
meticulously, these Bruins are. No sense in
arousing a dormant Michigan team that wheezed
and sputtered through four quarters of play again-
st Notre Dame. And so we get such carefully
phrased comments as that made by UCLA head
coach Terry Donahue: "We're aware of the

tremendous licking we took .in the Bluebonnet
Bowl where we were totally outplayed."
No talk of revenge, no talk of a vendetta. Just
"we're aware." You'd better believe they're
aware. The UCLA players and coaching staff had
eight excruciatingly long months to remember
how their season ended. After eight months of
replaying the same 19-point beating ovel and over
in its mind, a team is more than "aware." It's
angry, its delicate pride is badly bruised, and it's
out to get even.
Just because they don't say "last year they
whipped us and this year we're out to kick their
butts" doesn't mean anything to the contrary.
Honesty can hurt
Such a comment would be refreshingly honest,
but it would also be stupid. Just ask Illinois head
coach Mike White, whose team is also out to
avenge a 1981 loss to Michigan. One of his wide
receivers, Oliver Williams, said earlier this year
that Michigan was not necessarily the better team
when it shellacked Illinois 70-21 last season.
Williams added that the game merely got out of
hand and that this year the Illini would run up the
score on the Wolverines. You don't think White
cringed when he read about those comments?
"Those things go up in the Michigan
lockerroom," said Michigan linebacker Mike
Boren. "And that gets people excited. There's no

room for loud mouths."
And so the Bruins quietly and confidently ready
themselves for their grudge match this Saturday.
Such confidence is certainly warranted. Against
Wisconsin, Michigan struggled to a 20-9 victory.
UCLA, on the other hand, bent, folded, and
mutilated the same Badger squad, 51-26. "It could
have been more," said Michigan's Bo Schem-
bechler after watching the game films. "It was
bad."
Donahue, meanwhile, is trying to keep the
swelling of his players' heads in check. Naturally
he has lauded his offense for its play against the
Badgers. No one would be so naive as to believe
him if he were to try to poke holes in an offensive
performance that resulted in Saturday's avalan-
che of points. But he has downplayed his defense,
which gave up 26 points to the Badgers after the
game was already well in hand. "We're not quite
as good a defensive team.as a year ago," he said.
To this, Schembechler (who has far greater
reason to berate his team for this weekend's play)
replied, "Geez, I like this Donahue. He must be
having a helluva time getting his team up."
Sorry Bo, but Donahue will have no difficulty at
all in getting his team up. It's really quite simple.
All he need do is say a short little phrase in order
to build his team's emotions into a pulsating, fren-
zied state before it comes storming onto the field
Saturday: Michigan 33, UCLA 14.

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KEY IS EXPERIENCE:
'Rugby teams start season

By DAN NEWMAN
They hit and they hit hard. But they don't wear any equip-
ibent. They are members of the Michigan Rugby Club and
you have probably seen them at Elbel Field en route to
Wolverine football games.
"Whenever I watch the game I can't believe I play the
sport," said two-year veteran Gavin Wilson. "The sport is so
brutal. But when I'm playing I forget about the brutality and
ranger."
BUT JUDGING by the team's success, the lumps and
bruises which result from the game's brutality must be felt
by its opponents more than by the Wolverines themselves.
Last year the Michigan ruggers finished third in the nation
after losing to the eventual champions, Califoria-Berkely, in
the opening round of the National Championship in Colorado.
Michigan qualified for the four-team National Champion-
ship by winning the prestigious six-team Midwest Cup. The
Wolverines thrashed Bowling Green in the final, 40-7. "The
Midwest Cup is the big tourney that all the teams shoot for,"
added Tom McLaughlin, rugby club president.
ANOTHER accomplishment last season was the Big Ten
Championship crown, which Michigan won easily at Ohio
State. Michigan was also only one of five teams invited to the
World Invitational in Vancouver as the Midwest Represen-
tative. Although the Wolverines finished fifth, McLaughlin
said they "didn't get beat badly."
This season promises to be another .uccessful one for the
"Wolverines. Last Saturday, the 'A' team defeated the Detroit
Tradesmen 19-17 and the 'B' team won 37-0.
Experience is one reason for the Wolverines' success, ac-

cording to Wilson, who has been playing organized rugby for
five seasons. He says that the players on the 'A' and 'B'
teams have played at least three seasons.
And that experience is put to good use in perpetuating the
team's success, as McLaughlin noted. "We've got a lot of
players with good experience who can really help each other
especially beginners."
THE SPORT is growing in popularity in the Midwest, ac-
cording to McLaughlin. "It went through a popularity stage
in the 70's" he explained. "But it has saturated in the East
and West where they play a higher caliber of rugby."
McLaughlin attributed this to the influence of foreigners.
Eleven schools have rugby teams in the state at Michigan.
The Wolverines have 60-75 ruggers on four teams, with each
team representing a different level of ability.
Many people wonder why someone would like to play a
sport that seems so dangerous?
"We're not the dumb jocks people stereotype us as being.
There's a tremendous feeling of camaraderie among the
players," noted Wilson, a sophomore. "But probably the best
part of the game is the social aspect." Traditionally, the
home team throws a party for the visitors.
Other players claim that the sport's greatest asset is that it
teaches discipline and mental toughness. "I played football
in high school and although people take it seriously, it's a lot
more fun and less competitive," said newcomer Curt Kracht,
a pre-med student who is known for his "animal-like"
scream.
The fast few nights, the rugby team has been attempting to
recruit players who are willing to practice two evenings a
week and, more importantly, take a hit.

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