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By MIKE BRADLEY
"The Michigan fans haven't been roaring. It's
been a quiet arena, almost as if they came in to get
- Jim Thacker, on ESPN, January 12, 1983
M ICHIGAN TICKET MANAGER Al Renfrew should
M ibe ecstatic. If the Wolverine basketball fans hold
true to Mr. Thacker's observations, Crisler Arena
should be sold out for the rest of the season, due to the
icebox conditions which prevail in Ann Arbor this time of
yMuch has been said about the listless behavior of the
Michigan psuedo-partisans, and it is all true. The
situation inside Crisler Arena is a disgrace. The crowds
which show up to watch the Michigan hoop team give the
players little or no real support.
Robert Henderson is a starting forward this season,
and the freshman has some pretty definite ideas about
the importance of a crowd.
"A lot of people don't realize that they (the crowd) are
a big influence on the game. When we went down to
Iowa, the crowd was so loud that we couldn't even hear
anything. I'd like our crowd to get louder like that and
give us a lot of support."
If you want support like that, Rob, you had better
transfer. It will take a resurrection on the scale of the
one which occured in 33 A.D. to bring the complacent
Crisler crowd to life.
Here are some of the culprits involved in creating an
atmosphere for Michigan basketball which is as exciting
The cheerleaders. They are too few in number and far
lacking in spirit. It is their responsibility to whip the fans
into some sort of frenzied fervor that will further spur on
the Michigan cagers to never before seen levels of Big
Ten play. Instead, they passively sit on the sidelines and
chant such enthusiastic gems as "Check your man,
check your man, don't let him shoot." Who writes these
The band is not much better. Musically, it is quite
competent. In fact, it sometimes borders on fantastic.
Crisler Arena, however, is not Carnegie Hall. Asia's
"Only Time Will Tell" is a good song, but it is not the
tune the band should be playing during a time-out in the
middle of a close Big Ten clash. Who does Eric Becher
think he is, Arthur Fiedler?
And how about those alumni? Those lucky devils get
the best seats in the arena, and how do they respond?
They support the Big Blue with all the fervor of an eight-
yeartold who is forced to eat his brussel sprouts. Don't
stand up in front of one of them during a tense moment
or he will break your spine with his cane.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
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ans that lack spirit
Against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, the alumni
just would not stand up. Do they have legs? When a
Michigan contest is televised,these are the people who
are seen on the tube for most of the game and their
response is hardly something of which a Wolverine
zealot would be proud. If these pathetic space-wasters
don't begin to show some life, the concession stands
should start to serve them embalming fluid instead of
These rejects from a Quaker meeting get their good
seats because our student-loving athletic director has
chosen to assign the good seats to staff, alumni, and the
general public. That's right, students, an Ohio State
graduate who settled in Ann Arbor over 20 years ago
could be sitting at mid-court rooting for the Buckeyes
when they come to town.
Let's face it. There have been no instances of
sustained crowd noise in Crisler Arena this year. Don't
be fooled by a few writers who have called the Michigan
crowd something other than dead, lifeless, pathetic,
disgusting, and/or ineffective.
So, how is it done? I have spent a good deal of time
berating the Michigan community for its lack of spirit,
and I believe it would be appropriate for me to instruct
all of you wayward souls.
First of all, show up to the game early and start
cheering when the band starts to play. (Some schools
know how to do it on their own, but I don't want to ask the
impossible). Second, stand up during the introductions
of the players and really let the other team know that
you don't like them. Also, let Michigan know that you do
like them (that means you don't boo Tim McCormick or
Then remain standing for the rest of the game,
cheering loudly and wildly whenever Michigan does
something well. Dr. Naismith created half-time so that
fans would have fifteen minutes to rest from the spirited
support of their squad.
Something to keep in mind is the universal dislike and
disrespect for all referees. These guys can be in-
timidated, and they should be a little fearful of making a
call against the home team in a crucial situation.
That is all that is necessary. Sure it's hard work, and
your hands will be sore and your throats will be a little
raw after a good effort, but it's worth it to know that you
had a part in a victory.
I think Eric Turner summed it up best.
"I'd like to see us establish a tradition where people
say it's hard to come into Crisler Arena and win a game.
I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when we
get 14,000 in here screaming and yelling."
It looks like it will be a long time before Eric Turner
gets his wish.
By TIM MAKINEN
Contrary to popular belief, a 7-10 split
is not the worst situation a bowling
team can face.
Imagine that the lanes on which it
bowled were suddenly destroyed. Or if
it no longer had any money to pay for its
THESE ARE just a few of the dif-
ficulties the Michigan Bowling Club has
experienced this season. At times, the
ses and any practice we can get," said
Nesbitt. "We couldn't get team
uniforms because they cost too much
and there was also a $75 entry fee into
our league (the Michigan Inter-
collegiate Bowling Congress (MIBC)."
Even with these problems the season
began well - Michigan nabbed 12 of 14
points in a match against U-M Flint and
Lawrence Institute of Technology. In
intercollegiate bowling, a team
receives two points for each game it
wins in a three-game match and
another pointtfor total pin count.hAtthe
time, Michigan's goal was to place in
the top four of its nine-team league and
qualify for sectionals.
Abruptly, however, Michigan began
to self-destruct. The club lost all 14
points in one match because not enough
people showed up. Dissension split the
team. "Our attitude was alright, but
we had a unity problem," explained
Nesbitt. "But that is not really too sur-
prising. Each of us usually bowls with
our friends, but in this case we just
want to represent the U of M. Naturally
everyone isn't compatible."
MICHIGAN then began the New Year
with a major headache when one of its
top bowlers, Jon Reed, transferred to
Eastern Michigan. Reed, a four-year
team member who was averaging 197
for Michigan, has thrown two san-
ctioned 300 games in his career.
Although Reed transferred primarily
for financial reasons, the club's
problems also played a part in his
"Bowling is not a high priority for the
U of M bowlers, at least not as it had
been at other places I've bowled," said
Mike Blied, an architecture graduate
student with a 181 average, summed up
the thoughts of many club members af-
ter thesdeparture of Reed. "We're
dead," said Blied.
BUT APPARENTLY the Michigan
Bowling club isn't dead. Last weekend
at East Lansing it bowled excellently
without Reed and jumped from seventh
to fifth place in the league. More im-
portantly, Michigan bowled as a team,
and still may get a shot at the sectionals
if it continues to pull back together.
"One good thing is that we have.
become closer now that Jon Reed is
gone, since we realize it is going to have
to be a team effort," says Nesbitt.
"Things aren't as bad as we expected."
The Michigan bowlers have three
remaining MIBC meets including their
host meet at Washtenaw Lanes on
Januiary 29. Michigan will also send a
six-man team to a tournament in
Toledo held on the weekend of
February 11-12. Tryouts for that event
will take place on Saturday, January 22
at 1:00 p.m. at Washtenaw Lanes.
Nesbitt strongly urges anyone in-
terested to tryout.
The future of the Michigan Bowling
Club is still uncertain. Its chances for
success depend on the amount of talent
it can find in the coming months, and
whether or not the bowlers are willing
to continue paying their own costs in the
If not, this season just may be the
team's tenth and final frame.
... bowling captain
team's efforts have been as fruitless as a
gutter ball and only recently has it
shown signs of perhaps being back on
the right track..
The first strike against the club oc-
curred last summer when the bowling
lanes in the Union were torn up, to be
replaced with a computing center.
With no other alleys on campus or
nearby, the team was forced to hold
tryouts, practice, and home meets at
Washtenaw Lanes in Ypsilanti.
The inconvenience of travelling to
Ypsilanti put a damper on the number
of students wh joined the team, and this
set up the next hurdle the club had to
overcome - the team's request for
funding was denied by the Club Sports
office because of "lack of par-
ticipation." Team captain Chris
Nesbitt, who carries a 192 average, un-
derstands the decision by the Club
Sports office but is, of course, disap-
"WE HAVE to pay for travel expen-
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By STEVE HUNTER
Both Pete Schuyler and Darryl[
Burley of Lehig h allowed their
Michigan opponents to escape for one
aojnt during Sunday's wrestling dual
meet.... on purpose. This may sound
like a sprinter giving his opponent a ten
foot head start, but it can actually be
Such a move oozes of confidence and
a wrestler will only do it when he is cer-
ian that he can achieve a two point
*edown immediately afterward.
SCHUYLER (134 pounds) and Burley
142) both won on superior decisions,
sing the repeated takedown - escape
ttern. The extra team points Lehigh
arned from those superior decisions
lTbwed the Engineers to edge the
Wolverines 21-16 despite the fact that
each team won five matches.
tim Fagan wrestled an aggressive
match at the 158 pound weight class for
Michigan, taking down Lehigh's Roy
bdell late in the third period rather
an trying to sit on a 4-3 lead. When
the one point for time advantage was
given at the end of the match Fagan
had a convincing 7-3 victory.
At 167 pounds Lehigh's Jim Reilly
managed to control Scott Rechsteiner
throughout the match and roll to an8-2.
decision and Michigan's recent junior
college transfer, 177-pounder Bill Elbin,
squeaked out a 3-2 victory over the
ngineer's Jeff Turner.
Kirk Trost's victory at the 190-pound,
weight class was similar to Fagan's.
With a 5-5 tie in the third period, he
managed to escape from Lehigh's Ber-
nier Brown and then took down his op-
ponent in the final seconds of the mat-
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The last match of the meet. was
dominated by Michigan heavyweight
Rob Rechsteiner, who only allowed his
opponent one point in a convincing 8-1
After the meet coach Dale Bahr was
disappointed with the outcome but not
unhappy with his team's performance.
Men's track passes test
They may only be early returns, but
they're pretty encouraging.
Michigan's men's track and field
team split up this past weekend, testing
its talents in Ypsilanti and Tennessee,
and the results should give Michigan
track coach Jack Harvey reasons for
IN TENNESSEE,junior long-jumper
Derek-Harper qualified for the NCAA
indoor championship meet with a leap
Dave Lugin tied for second in the high
jump, recording a 6'11" effort. Shot
putter John Nielsen placed third in his
event with a put of 57' ".
Senior Gerard Donakowski narrowly
missed capturing the two-mile run,
falling at the wire to Clemson's Stijn
Jaspers by five one-hundreths of a
FRESHMAN hurdler Thomas
Wilcher ran into a little bad luck when
his preiminary time of 7.54 seconds was
one of the faster times recorded. The
time, however, was not fast enough to
qualify for the finals, due to the other
times recorded in the same heat.
These performances, against some
good competition, serve as a good
barometer for the veteran Wolverines.
The younger tracksters shuttled over
to Ypsilanti to open up their season.
Freshman Derek Stinson captured the
55-meter high-hurdles in- 7.3 seconds,
while Bob Vandenberg placed second in
the mile run, edging out teammate Ron
Simpson. Paul Mistor raced to a fourth-
place finish in the 800 meters in 1:54.65.
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