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Hoop du jour .. .
C'on Canham, do it
A LRIGHT CANHAM, it's time for you, Al Renfrew and
the boys who run Crisler Arena to make some smooth
moves of your own.
Driving to and returning from the Big Apple for the NIT
final four afforded hours for reflection on the Michigan
Student seating at Crisler Arena has got to be improved,
and now is the time to do it. Last season Michigan's most
enthusiastic supporters were for the most part relegated to
the rafters. Even worse, student seating was scattered all
over the place, so that our cheers were dulled by our stoic
alumni. Don, one or two bogus sections behind a basket is
Granted, emulating anything that originates in East Lan-
sing is a tough pill to swallow, but those Spartans have
stumbled upon something good.
The Spartan Spirit Section seats 400 students clad in MSU
green right on center court, the best damn seats in Jenison
The section is nine years old and according to Michigan
State Sports Information Director, Nick Vista, the section
has been "an excellent catalyst and fantastically suppor-
Vista has been at MSU since 1955 and knows what it takes
to create Big Ten excitement. "Make it (the basketball
game) a treat for the students. They hear about the section
before they even get here, then they see it and then they
want to be a part of it," said Vista.
The solution for the Wolverine program is the removal of
alumni and even long-time season ticket holders. If
Canham doesn't want to hire the professional guidance
necessary to launch such a section, fine. But every student
who purchases a season ticket should not only be seated in
the same area, but is entitled to a strategic vantage point.
True, the blatant removal of loyal alumni is a drastic
move. But the four undergraduate years is the only real op-
portunity for the individual to go bezerk with blueism. This
opportunity should not be denied.
Any alumnus who sluffs off the enthusiasm of the un-
dergraduate should have his or her "Go Blue" membership
Okay, Canham counters with these arguments. Last
season Michigan was 16-2 at Crisler, so dull fans or not, the
team won. And, of course, the green stuff. Alumni and
others pay a considerably higher cost to watch Rich 'Air"
Forget it Don, we're talking principals here. This is
college, rah, rah, excitement, go blue. Now is the time to
make the move. It'll be controversial, some alumni will be
pissed, but it would be worth it.
Just imagine it, Crisler Arena flipping out and in-
timidating our Big Ten rivals. Will it happen? Will Canham
make the move? Probably not. What was that recent MSA
campaign slogan? Oh yes. Let's Make (STUDENT) Needs
Priority. What a laugh.
One other thing guys, hit the 1980's, it's time to lift the ban
on banners in Crisler. What's wrong with waving some
flags. Talk about archaic.
Miller means excitement
Last week in the Garden, the two loudest and longest
ovations were for Michigan cheerleader, Dave Miller.
Miller is the guy who races up and down the length of the
floor on his hands.
Miller is great. Plagued all season long by an injured
wrist, he finally made the full trip up and back late in the
season. Crisler went nuts.
But New York City was the highlight. After suckering a
couple of Virginia Tech Hokie cheerleaders into a race and
blowing them off the floor, Miller humiliated four Notre
Dame cheerleaders and the fighting Irish mascot.
As the 13,123 fans in the arena for that final contest rose to
their feet, it was evident that once again Dave Miller had
stolen the show.
Some final observations
When questioned throughout Madison Square Garden,
Notre Dame fans were universally impressed with
Michigan's number 32. "Boy that number 32 is some
ballplayer," said one. "He never looks at the basket, but
what a passer," praised another.
Six assists and confident ball control by senior guard Dan
Pelekoudas left Notre Dame fans moaning. Pelekoudas
truly went out in style leading Michigan with 25 tournament
assists. Dan, wear that NIT championship watch with
Coach Bill Frieder, the other season long recipient of the
intelligent Crisler Arena boo birds, really got a kick out of
the tourney triumph. The fourth year coach still had a clip-
ped net around his neck two hours after the final victory:
More on Frieder? Well, the Budweiser was flowing after the
game, but Frieder contented himself with a couple of grape
Speculation, speculation. If Eric Turner tuned back into
Dave Miller, Michigan's acrobatic cheerleader, does
his thing in Madison Square Garden.
reality he would end this garbage once and for all. He has
more going for him in Ann Arbor, in the Big Ten and next
season in the NCAA tournament than anywhere else.
Take a hint, Roy Tarpley was the one invited to the
Olympic Trials in Bloomington. Speaking of Roy, the guy
averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in the NIT. Look for
similarly impressive statistics in the future.
Tim McCormick is smarting from Michigan's graduate
school rejection, but when all the options are weighed, the 6-
11, 240 pounder will be back.
The Rock will also be back. Next season, in a Pelekoudas-
type role, Leslie Rockymore will provide instant offense
and inspired defense. If he can't come through, Garde
Not even the slow paced tempo of the Big Ten play will
stop Joubert and Rellford next season. These two oozers of
talent are going to make the Wolverines one of the most
colorful teams in the nation. Look for some glass-shattering
alley-oops from this duo once they get their timing down.
Butch Wade is developing into the league's top enforcer.
Don't mess with Butch. If he shaved his head completely,
we'd have our own Michael Graham.
Screw the critics, the NIT is a cool tournament. Just ask
the 240,000 plus fans that wasted their times at the games.
AL EAST . Rich get richer .. .
A ...Birds fly high again
By BARB McQUADE
Where is Robin Hood when you need
The American League East is won-
dering just that, as the teams short on
talent just watched the rich get richer.
Off-season acquisitions by the
division's contenders have made the
good teams better and the bad teams
worse. But Friar Tuck and Little John
must be out there somewhere because,
as new Yankee skipper Yogi Berra once
said, "It's not over 'til it's over."
1. Baltimore Orioles - Last year's
,world champions have only gotten bet-
ter. Theacquisitions of lefthander Tom
Underwood and third baseman Wayne
Gross should enhance an already deep
Baltimore roster. Armed with the best
pitching staff in baseball, the Birds are
still the team to beat. But as manager
Joe Altobelli said, "It looks great on
paper, but what goes on between the
white lines is what counts."
2. Detroit Tigers - The hometown
heroes have two of the league's premier
hurlers in Jack Morris and Dan Petry
but half a pitching staff does not a
champion make. Defensively, the
Tigers are like a ham and cheese san-
IT'S THE CHOICE
OF THE COACHES
Personal & Distinctive
dwich on day-old bread; terrific in the
middle, but stale around the edges.
Manager Sparky Anderson has high
hopes for free agent Darrell Evans.
"He'll hit 20 home runs and knock in 75-
80 runs. Anderson, never one to conceal
his optimism, appears as confident as
ever. "We have more than a shot. They,
(Baltimore) have to beat us."
paws Bryan Clark and Stan Clarke ar
valuable additions to the Jays, who
didn't get a victory from a lefthander
all last year. If the Toronto hurlers can
stay tough, the Jays just may be able
to wing it.
4. Milwaukee Brewers - Expect the
Brew Crew to regain the power they so
badly missed last season. The
acquisition of Jim Sundberg will relieve
Ted Simmons of catching duties to con-
cerntrate on his bat as DH. But ne4
skipper Rene Lachemann will need
more than offensive punch for his team
to lead the pack. Mediocre pitching
keeps Milwaukee from being legitimate
contenders, although a healthy Rollie
Fingers could make a difference.
5. New York Yankees - Yogi Berra
takes the reins of baseball's most con-
troversial club. Facing the problem of
too many talented players and no place
to put them, Berra must contend with
'George Steinbrenner as well as the rest
of the division. A strong staff of south-
paws will keep the Bronx Bombers in
the race, but without Goose Gossage to
tend to bullpen duties, the Yanks will
run out of gas in the stretch.
6. Boston Red Sox - Nothing new for
the Beantown bunch who comes in sixth
for the second year in a row. Despite
solid hitters in Jim Rice, newcomer
Mike Easler, and Wade Boggs, the Sox
come up short. Even as comeback by
pitcher Dennis Eckersley can't bail
them out: A weak defense and pansy
pitching make the Bosox a darn shame
7. Cleveland Indians - This year's
Tribe could be the fastest team in the
majors after picking up several speed-
steirs in the off-season. But even Carl
Lewis couldn't perform the miracles
Cleveland needs to climb out of the
division basement. If anything the In-
dians have weakened themselves, sen-
ding slugging Gorman Thomas to Seat-
tle. Lack of power, pitching and poten-
tial should keep the war drums silent
once again this year.
Which way to Sherwood Forest?
... always confident
3. Toronto Blue Jays - Baseball's
best-kept secret finally emerges as the
team Canada always knew it could be.
Look for great things from Jesse Bar-
field, who belted 27 homers in only 388
at bats in '83. Gambling on Willie
Aikens for DH duty, Toronto is expec-
ts him in the lineup in May following a
suspension for his part in the Kansas
City cocaine scandal. Manager Bobby
Cox will have a dependable stopper in
Dennis Lamp, who had 15 saves in '83,
12 following the all-star break. South-
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