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Indoor Track
EMU Classic
today, y psilanti, noon.


Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Crisler Arena, 2:00 p.m.

he Michigan Daily

Saturday, February 4, 1984

Page 7

'M'total-team effort beats Iowa

Michigan's men tankers gave a "total
team effort" to make a victory over
highly-touted Iowa look easy last night
at Matt Mann Pool.
Blue swimmers took at least first
place in all but four events to prevail,
"THIS WAS A total team effort," said
coach Jon Urbanchek. "We took first
and second in the 1000 (yard freestyle)
and that got us oing right away. We
stayed high after that and just
demoralized them."
Benoit Clement, who also finished fir-
st in the 500 freestyle, and Jeff Gordon
were the two Wolverines who got things
started with their one-two finish in the
1000 freestyle. Yet, many other tankers
contributed outstanding efforts to help

hand the Hawkeyes their second loss of
the season.
Urbanchek had spec]..l praise for
senior co-captain Mark noetzel as well.
The Port Huron native won the 200
freestyle, finished second in the 100 free
style and anchored the 400-freestyle
AS USUAL, Bruce Kimball turned in
another dazzling performance in the
two diving events much to the delight of
a large appreciative crowd. According
to Urbanchek, the All-American diver's
effort in the three-meter diving
amassed the highest point total ever by
a diver at Matt Mann Pool. Kimball's
score was 387.225 to lead a Michigan
sweep in the event. Kent Ferguson and
Mike Gruber were second and third.

Other first-place efforts were turned
in by Jim Bruzzese (200 butterfly),
Dave Kerska (100 freestyle), Marc
Parrish (200 breaststroke) and Noetzel,
Joseph Parker, Kirstan Vandersluis
and Kerska (400-freestyle relay).
"All in all it was an overall good ef-
fort," Urbanchek said. "It just shows
that if you want something bad enough,
you can get it.
"The team was really psyched up for
this meet," he added. "They (Iowa)
had beaten perennial Big Ten power
Indiana by 20 and we lost to them by 20
so we were really mentally prepared."
The victory upped Michigan's record
to 5-1, while the Hawkeyes dropped to
11-2. The Wolverines next competition
will be next Saturday at Ohio State.

... two first place finishes

7 ~\44~ tull court

f u rt

The fan's role .. .
...too much criticism

Moments after the Spartans defeated the
Wolverines, 72-67, two nights ago in East Lan-
sing, one of the Michigan supporters - one of a
group of 10 or so family members and friends of
the Wolverine players - smiled and said, "Now
it's our job to cheer up the boys."
That sparked an old question that has been the
subject of numerous articles in area newspapers
lately: what is the role of the fan? Throughout
the ages people have filled stadia and arenas by
the thousands. History has its way of shining
light onto any question. This is no exception.
In ancient Rome tens of thousands packed the
Coliseum, cheering madly as a man was torn to
shreds by a wild lion. Meanwhile, in Madrid,
man and beast once again would meet. This time
it is the man who has the upper hand, and with
the aid of spears and swords, he is able to arouse,,
upset, punture and eventually kill el toro. The'
fans greet each successful thrust with approving
roars, and the most thunderous ovation is saved
for the end, when the matador triumphantly
presents the ear of the mutilated bull to an
honored senorita. k

Sports are different in Michigan and the rest of
the United States. The battle is man versus man,
woman against woman, and even man or woman
against himself or herself.-Rarely is the "loser" of
the battle driven home in the coroner's car. And
NEVER on purpose. Things are different here.
Human and/or animal sacrifices are not
tolerated in the human society. We are
sophisticated. With that sophistication we are
also cunning and clever.
Modern day gladiators
The talk that filters in and out of Crisler Arena
sounds something like this:
"How can Frieder lose with all that talent?"
"He substitutes way too much."
"Why does he play Pelekoudas?"
"Why doesn't Canham fire him?"
Fans' attitudes have changed little since the
days of Caesar. No, human sacrifices are not ac-
ceptable But how about torture? In effect, the
fans (and the press) are inflicting a slow death
upon Frieder's shoulders. The message is clear:
Win. Or get out.

That is one opinion. Whether it is the
prevailing belief of the majority of the Michigan
faithful is not certain. But it certainly is the
loudest opinion - by far.
Criticizing the coach is fair game, and in the
best interest for everyone concerned it should
probably be encouraged. But it should not be the
all-consuming topic that it has become in Ann
Arbor sporting circles this season.
If there is another way to whet the appetites of
these headhunters, perhaps a solution should be
found. How about directing attention across the
field of play? Remember the other team?
One thing is sure, this attitude is not universal.
Thank goodness there are still fans who believe it
is their job to support.
Jesse Barkin is a former Daily sports
writer who is now visiting his old stomping
grounds. He has been working in Idaho as a
writer where he was never known to demand
that coaches of the local potato-growing
league win or else.

Michigan swimmer Jim Bruzzese takes a breather between events in last
night's swim meet at Matt Mann Pool. Michigan came away with a decisive
victory over Iowa 71-42.



Lion Sims i s lyi*ng

DETROIT (AP) - Lions star running
back Billy Sims consistently lied in
federal court in an effort to get his con-
tract with the Houston Gamblers of the
United States Football League voided,
a Gamblers' attorney said yesterday.
"I'd hoped it would never get to this
point," Steve Susman said. "But I must
say on over a hundred occasions Billy
Sims could not recall the answers to my
"ON SIXTEEN different'occasions,
Billy Sims' prior testimony and his
testimony in court differed; and they
were substantial differences," Susman

Susman's charges came during
closing arguements in the trial of a
lawsuit Sims' filed in December against
the Gamblers and co-owner Jerry
A decision by U.S. District Judge
Robert E DeMascio in the non-jury trial
was not expected until next week.
Sims charges he was misrepresented
by his then-agent Argovitz in contract
negotiations with the Gamblers and the
National Football League Lions.
Sims asks in the suit that he be
allowed to play for Detroit under terms
of a $4.5 million contract he signed with
the team in December.

Thomas shines in Pistons' win

Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - Isiah Thomas accounted
for 72 points, mixing dazzling assists
with long range jumpers, as the Detroit
Pistons sped to a 126-111 victory over
the San Diego Clippers at the Silver-
Thomas led the Pistons powerful fast
break, dishing off 17 assists, many for
easy layups. He also hit for 38 points in
a performance that is quickly becoming
THOMAS HAD 19 of his points in the
first two quarters, as Detroit led 68-58
at the half. The Clippers Terry Cum-
I mings also had 19 first-half points and
finished with 31, along with 19 reboun-
The Pistons slowly built their lead in
the third quarter behind Bill Laim-
beer's 11 points and led at one time 96-
But San Diego reeled off eight-
straight points and drew as close as 108-
102 early in the fourth quarter. Thomas
then took charge hitting several
buckets from outside to put the game
out of reach.
"WE HIT A cold spell," said Thomas
"but we just buckled down and played
our game."
Forward Kent Benson played another
tough inside game and explained the
club's success by saying, "It's our
overall team concept. Everyone knows
their role. The maturity is here. I thing
we can continue to improve.
Laimbeer finished the game with 19
} points and 11 rebounds.
Detroit's record is now 25-20, while
San Diego's fell to 15-31.
The Pistons entered last night's con-
test one-half game behind the Central
Divison leading Milwaukee Bucks. The
Bucks played Portland last night. Tied
with the Pistons are the Atlanta Hawks
who beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-88,
last night.
Atlanta 99 Philadelphia 88 -
Wilkins scored 20 points as the Atlanta
Hawks trounced the crippled
Philadelphia 76ers 99-88 last night in a
National Basketball Association game.,
Philadelphia played without starters
Moses Malone and Marc Iavaroni, both
nlursing sprained ankles, and guard
Andrew Toney, who was sick with the
flu. Reserve center Clemon Johnson

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Boston 125 Indiana 106
BOSTON (AP) - Larry Bird had 27
points and 12 rebounds while playing
just 30 iinutes last night as the Boston
Celtics rolled to their eighth con-
secutive victory, a 125406 Natinal
Basketball Association decision over the
Indiana Pacers.
Bird also had nine assists and six
steals before retiring to the bench with
Boston in front with 3:19 left in
the third period.
The Celtics winning for the 14th time
in the last 15 starts and the 18th in the
last 20, broke away from an 8-8 tie and
put on a textbook performance in
defeating Indiana for the fifth time this
season and the 13th in a row in Boston

Eddie Johnson hit a twisting 16-foot
jumper at the buzzer Friday night to
lift the Kansas City Kings to a 114-112
National Basketball Association vic-
tory over the New Jersey Nets.
Johnson, who scored 10 of his game-
high 32 points in the final period, took a
pass from Larry Drew with five secon-
ds remaining and maneuvered into
position in the lane. He launched his
game winning shot just over the, out-
stretched hands of Nets forward Mike
the Kings were trailing 102-100 with
4:51 to go when LaSalle Thompson hit a
bank shot. Johnson drove the lane for
another basket. Mike Woodson hit two
free throws and Drew added a foul shot
to give the Kings a 107-102 edge with

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