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January 06, 1983 - Image 8

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Page 8-Thursday, January 6, 1983-The Michigan Daily


Straight from the
source's mouth

Consolation prizes for

Barb's Wire


CALIFORNIA has the great weather, the beautiful
coeds and a lot more jobs available than the state of
Michigan could ever hope to offer. UCLA has its famous
song girls and proximity to the warm sun and all the
employment opportunities in this west coast state. The
Bruins also won the 69th annual Rose Bowl.
Michigan, on the other hand, lost the game and had to
return to cold, windy Ann Arbor where the girls are all
bundled up and the nearby jobs are virtually
With all of this in mind, it only seems fair that con-
solation prizes be given out to the players and coaches of
the Michigan football team.
To Anthony Carter-San Diego Chargers' quarterback
Dan Fouts.
To Steve Smith-A Michigan Stadium crowd which
doesn't boo his every mistake, a replacement for Carter
and a healed shoulder.
To Dave Hall-Hindsight on the pass play in the Rose
Bowl in which UCLA linebacker Blanchard Montgomery
stepped in front of Carter, plucked the ball out of the air
and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.
To Vince Bean-The opportunity to become a more
prominent part of the offense now that Carter is done
hogging the limelight.
To Dan Rice and Eddie Garrett-More yards for these
two fullbacks in a season than the starting tailback has
To Kerry Smith-More playing time. for this crowd
favorite in games before a 30-point lead has been built.
To Ben Logue, Bob Perryman and Thomas Wilcher-
A lot of patience. In high school, these running backs ran
for huge chunks of yardage. As freshmen this past
season, they spend huge chunks of time on the bench.

'M'football squad
To Craig Dunaway-No more jokes about his speed.
To Rick Rogers, Dan Rice, Dave Hall, Steve Smith,
Robert Thompson, Kevin Brooks, Tom Dixon, Doug
James, Jeff Cohen, Nate Davis and Ricky Davis-The
option of trading names with Triando Markray.
To Triando Markray-Failure by the Wolverine
coaching staff to recruit Cincinnati Moeller's All-
American running back Hiawatha Francisco, thereby
allowing Markray to continue to have the team's most
interesting name.
To Stefan Humphries and Robert Thompson-Con-
tinued success in the classroom for these two academic
To Paul Girgash-A jersey that stays tucked in.
To Mike Boren-The first annual Ed "we're gonna
kick their ass" Muransky Award for being the most
quotable player on the team.
To Michigan's defensive backs-A schedule made up
entirely of run-oriented teams.
To the Michigan defensive line-A more effective pass
To Bo Schembechler-Five minutes in a boxing ring
with Illinois head coach Mike White, UCLA head coach
Terry Donahue, the media member of his choice or any
Big Ten official or referee.
To Gary Moeller and Elliot Uzelac-A second chance
at becoming head coach.
To the whole team-A schedule which doesn't include
To the whole team-A chance to see a halftime per-
formance by the Michigan marching band -"The Best
Damn Band in the Land," as evidenced by its winning
the first ever Sudler Trophy.
To the entire team-A press contingent made up en-
tirely of men so that players don't have to scramble for
towels as they did at the beginning of this season, before
the locker room was ruled off limits to the media.

I T COULD HAVE been a sportswriter's dre
With a little over five minutes remaining
half, Steve Smith left the Rose Bowl field
separated shoulder, and the Wolverines, hav
option, sent in Dave Hall. The lead singerc
with laryngitis on opening night, and the
assumes the role. It was the once-in-a-lifet
that second stringers in every field hope for.
If the Wolverines had won the ga
pages everywhere would have chronicled th
Cinderella story the next morning. Neither!
course, and some even blamed Hall fo
Michigan's two-bowl winning streak. And
Hall, who prior to that afternoon had thr
passes in his three-year Wolverine career,
win the Rose Bowl. The anything-but ve
sman, who had seen action only when the
had posted insurmountable leads, is asked
team from a seven-point deficit to the bigge
them all. That's like expecting Luke Sk
conquer the Empire with a paper clip.
Although Michigan may have lost itso
Steve Smith left the field, Hall's passing p
was respectable. The 6-4, 199-pound junior c
13 of 24 pass attempts. That's 54 percent, whi
than what Smith has done in some Michigar
Hall also threw two interceptions, but the
defense allowed the Bruins to drive 80 yardst
17-7 third-quarter lead.
Last Saturday, Hall jumped from obscurit
a more precarious position. Although he ha
it takes courage to walk before 70,000 or so

M unsung heroes .. .
o. courage in defeat
eam. Californians. Michigan lost the Rose Bowl, but Dave
g in the first Hall didn't.
1to nurse a
ing no other No Teflon hands here
comes down
understudy Amidst all the highly-touted receivers on both sides,
ime chance another unlikely Wolverine hero emerged. Craig
Dunaway, not Cormac Carney, Jojo Townsell or even
Anthony Carter, was the leading receiver on the
me, sports Pasadena field. The senior tight end caught five passes
he Dave Hall for 110 yards - the highest of his career. Dunaway,
happened, of however, was unable to relish his stellar performance or
or breaking mourn the Wolverine loss at the time as he was knocked
I that is not unconscious several minutes before the end of the game.
All he remembered is groggily following Larry Ricks
'own only 14 out of the tunnel.
is asked to "I think it's nice that I had over 100 yards for the first
teran helm- time ever," he said. ". . . I was also really happy for
Wolverines Dave (Hall). I thought he would have showed some
to carry his people something ... I think the fact we lost the game
st victory of definitely obscured anyone's accomplishments."
kywalker to
option when That really hurts
performance Although Michigan offensive tackle Rich Strenger was
onnected on knocked from the field on the third play of the game, he
ich is better too mustered a courageous performance. Strenger, nn-
n victories, willing to be carried off the field, walked to the sidelines
e Wolverine with an injured knee. Apparently the 6-8, 272-pounder
to nab a late suffered a second-degree injury to his inside ligament,
but will not need surgeiy.
y to perhaps Schembechler pointed to Strenger's absence as a
d no choice, major factor in the Wolverine loss.

do all
the work.

Grote now
A great basketball team always
seems to have one starter who rarely
gets any recognition. He scores less
points than his more-publicized team-
mates, but seems to be working harder
than anyone on the floor.
A Bobby Jones, playing in Julius Er-
ving's shadow or a Lee Raker,who kept
people away from Ralph Sampson at
Virginia. On the outstanding Michigan
teams of the mid-1970's, the role was
filled by guard Steve Grote.
Although he didn't make many
headlines between 1974-77, Grote did
leave his mark on the game as the an-
swer to the trivia question "Who was the
first college basketball player to par-
ticipate in four NCAA tournaments?"
He was co-captain of the '76-'77 squad
which ranked number one in the pre-
season polls and an important part of
the previous year's team which lost to

a key play
Indiana in the NCAA finals.
AFTER graduating from Michigan,
Grote moved from the floor to the
broadcast booth. His first year out of
school was spent with Ann Arbor's
WUOM and he moved from there to
Channel 50 and ON-TV. The former
academic All-Big Ten player is now in
is second season with CBS covering
college basketball after spending a
year doing the Big Ten Game of the
Week for TVS and NCAA tournament
games for NBC.
Grote's philosophy on the game was
set even before he got to Michigan. "I

er for CBSA
Grote's junior year was topped off by
the biggest game in recent Michigan
cage history - the 1976 NCAA finals.
The Cinderella Wolverine five, which
had five losses during the regular
season was defeated, 86-68, by the
mighty Indiana Hoosiers, 32-0, led by
Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, and Scott
May. One would think that the
Michigan players'were nervous goin'
into the game but Grote remember.
things differently.
"WE WERE very conident going to
the finals. We would have beaten them
during the regular season if it wasnwt








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... starter for '76 finalists
for one of the real screw-ups in college
Grote was referring to a 72-67 Hoosier'
overtime victory in which the Wolveri-
nes possessed a four-point lead and the
ball with forty seconds remaining. In-
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In Grote's senior year, the
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Green and Phil Hubbard, were favored
to take the title but were upset in the
Midwest Regionals by Cedric Max-
well's North Carolina-Charlotte crew.
The co-captain doesn't believe the
Wolverines had a let-down, "'They were
just better than we gave them credit for
The Cleveland Cavaliers- made StevA
Grote their third-round draft choice in
1977 but the guard was cut on the day
before the season started. Grote has an
interesting viewpoint on his situation in
Cleveland. "I didn't play well enough
to stick around. They were being nice
keeping me around that long."
He never strayed from basketball
however, and Grote is still working
hard. CBS sent him out to Los Angeles
to cover the Iowa-USC game earlie4
this year and this month he will an-
nounce the Tulsa-Bradley contest on
the 22nd and the Alabama-Birmingham-
DePaul clash on the 29th. "They send
me wherever they need me," notes
Grote, still a team player.

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