By Dou/as B. I evY
A true Blue dream .. .
. ..flying high with Michigan
SIT BACK a second and imagine yourself a Tiger fan or a Cubbie fan.
You've been following your team for years now and here it is in the
World Series or the playoffs.
Now, imagine that your team is on the road, and the destination is so far
away that driving becomes a virtual impossibility.
But you've just got to go, you've got to make it. This is your team in the
Knowing that you can't drive, you phone the general manager of your
team, say Dallas Green of the Cubs or Jim Campbell of the Tigers. "Excuse
me, Dallas. I hate to bug you, but I've just got to get out to San Diego. I don't
have the money for a plane ticket, so I was wondering if maybe I could get on
the team plane or something."
"Sure," says Dallas, "we've got room for one more, come aboard."
You proceed to drop dead from excitement.
Such was the case with me, Douglas B. Levy, the ultimate Wolverine fan,
disguised as a Michigan Daily sports editor one-and-a-half weeks ago.
I had to get to Iowa City for the Michigan-Iowa game, but the idea of
driving for nine hours (18 for the weekend) made me feel like Bo Schem-
bechler after losing to MSU. Well, maybe not that bad. But I knew that the
Subaru would never see Iowa City.
Stopping by Conlin Travel, I discovered that a Super Saver fare to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa is $318. "No way am I blowing $318 for a flight to Iowa," 1
Goodbye Conlin, hello nine hours.
But I wasn't finished. I telephoned Michigan's associate director of
athletics, Don Lund - the man who handles Michigan's football trips.
Lund said, "Sure Doug, we've got 108 places and only 107 are filled. You
can take number 108.
"Hello, Hello, Hello. Doug, are you there ...
The big day arrived, yesterday. I was instructed to be at the football
building at 2:45 p.m. Two buddies of mine - Stinger and Weezmo (from the
fraternity) drove me down.
Three busses whisked us to Metro Airport, not to the terminal, but to the
runway, where we boarded our 727 while the jet engine were revving. On
board, I had an aisle seat. Across the aisle was Wolverine flanker Paul
Jokisch. Next to me was Gil Curry who calls himself superfan, and next to
Curry was Ann Arbor News Sports Editor, Wayne DeNeff.
DeNeff, incidentally, is the only member of the press permitted to travel
with the team, so I was indeed a rarity.
The flight was great, my eyes and ears roamed around the, aircraft. Our
football players are pretty low-keyed travelers. Eighty percent of the 60 on
the traveling squad were plugged into their walkmans for the 74 minute
The remainder either read the newspaper or talked. Jokisch played crib-
bage by himself.
Sadly, the flight had to end. The players were met by three fresh busses at
planeside. I said goodbye and got into my rented Ford Escort.
By the way, Michigan is going to upset the powerful Hawkeyes.
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Erik Campbell (5) and Vince DeFelice wrap up Northwestern ball carrier Stanley Davenport in last week's 31-0 Michigan romp. The Wolverines will
need this kind of defensive effort to stop Iowa's high-powered running game, led by Ronnie Harmon.
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Right now Michigan is tied with Iowa,
Ohio State, and Purdue for the lead in
The Big Ten at 3-1.
A loss to the Hawkeyes would mean
that Fry's team would have to lose two
of its last four games for the Wolverines
to have any kind of shot at the title.
AND AFTER A glance at Iowa's
remaining opponents - Indiana,
Wisconsin, Michigan State and Min-
nesota - one realizes that today is do or
But the Wolverines are coming off
their best all-around performance of
1984, a 31-0 win over Northwestern, and
Russell Rein has had another week to
become comfortable at quarterback.
The possibility exists that Michigan can
overcome its role as a seven-point un-
derdog and stay alive in the Rose Bowl
"We were going at it more
aggressively and with more intensity in
practice this week," said Rein. "We
know what we're up against."
Michigan will be in a little better shape
injury-wise for today's showdown.
Kevin Brooks, Doug Mallory, Gilvanni
Johnson and Gerald White are all ex-
pected to play after bouts on the
"One thing we have to do is our defen-
se has to play a great football game,"
said Schembechler. "Then, we are
going to have to control the football of-
fensively, which means we're going to
have to have better balance in our at-
tack, running and passing.
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(79) Clay Miller......
(77) Bob Tabachino ....
(59) Art Balourdos .....
(73) Doug James ......
(72) John Elliott......
(25) Vince Bean......
(24) Steve Johnson ....
( 3) Russell Rein ......
(32) Eddie Garrett .....
(20) Rick Rogers ......
(34) Jonathon Hayes ... (240)
(73) Herb Webster......(278)
(58) Bill Glass........(270)
(56) Mark Sindlinger .. (240)
(66) Kelly O'Brien ... . . (272)
(79) Mike Haight.......(276
(40) Bill Happel ....... (187)
(87) Scott Helverson ... (200)
(16) Chuck Long ....... (204)
(33) Owen Gill........(226)
(31) Ronnie Harmon ... (192)
(85) Jim Scarcelli......(220)
(66) Mike Hammerstein (239)
(53) Al Sincich........(230)
(52) Kevin Brooks....(234)
(80) Rodney Lyles....(226)
(57) Tim Anderson .... (218)
(42) Mike Mallory ..... (217)
(13) Garland Rivers ... (182)
( 5) Erik Campbell .... (163)
(35) Dieter Heren.......(205)
(30) Brad Cochran......(219)
(19) Bob Bergeron.....(160)
(43) Monte Robbins .... (195)
(91) Mike Hooks ....... (226)
(64) Paul Hufford ...... (262)
(76) Jeff Drost .........(285)
(77) George Little :.... (2544
(38) Kevin Spitzig......(215)
(36) Larry Station ..... (233)
(14) Keith Hunter ...... (200)
(41) Mike Stoops........(176)
(21) Devon Mitchell ... (190)
(29) Nate Creer.........(190)
( 3) TomNichol......(201)
(27) Gary Kostrubata .. (210)
Today's game starts at 12:10 p.m. EDT and can be seen on
WJBK-TV (Channel 2). It can be heard on WAAM (1600 AM),
WPAG (1050 AM), WWJ (950 AM), WUOM (91.7 FM), WJR (760
AM), and WJJX (650 AM).
Purdue at Illinois
Game time: 3:40 EDT
WHAT TO WATCH: The Boiler-
makers fell harder than Humpty Dum-
pty in last week's 40-3 loss to Iowa while
the Illini put 38 points on the board in a
losing effort atsOhio State. Buckeye
back Keith Byars ran wild against the
porous Illinois defense.
Purdue has no Keith Byars, but they
do have a dangerous weapon in Quar-
terback Jim Everett, who is second in
the Big Ten in passing. Unless the
Boilermakers come up with an inspired
performance like they had against the
Buckeyes, you can look for the Illini to
cruise in this contest.
Wisconsin at Indiana
Game Time: 1:00 EST
WHAT TO WATCH: One week ago,
you would have expected this one to be
a laugher. But the Badgers lost to Min-
nesota and the Hoosiers gave MSU a
battle in East Lansing. Don't expect
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Time: 8:10 EDT
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vDaily sports writer Steve
By SCOTT G. MILLER
Michigan volleyball coach Barb Can-
ning described last night's match with
Wisconsin as her teams "worst Big Ten
performance of the year." The spikers
were throughly beaten at the CCRB by
scores of 15-6, 15-7, and 15-6.
Poor serving was the major cause of
Michigan's loss. The spikers hit
numerous long serves which destroyed
their mnmentum "Von can't score
allowing Michigan to score more than
three points in a row at any one time."
Jennifer Hickman, Michigan's big
hitter, had a difficult night because of
her sore ankle. She came alive in the
third game but most of her spikes were
easily blocked by Wisconsin.
SETTER ANDREA Williams was
disappointed with her own and her
team's performance. She felt there was
a "lack of motivation" on Michigan's-