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Holiday Bowl tickets
on sale now at
Athletic Ticket Office
$16.50 each

SPORTS
Thursday, November 29, 1984

Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena

:The Michigan Daily

Page 7

A sick fan speaks his mind .. .
By Douglas B. Levy ... Crisler excitement hard to find
BS Douas. ev y

WARREN COHEN is a senior in LS&A and has
just commenced his fourth successive year as
a season ticket holder to Michigan Wolverine basket-
ball. I ran into Warren at halftime of last Monday
night's 80-66 Michigan win over Detroit and the New
York City native was in agony.
Grabbing me, he said, "Doug, what does Crisler
Arena and the common cold have in common?"
Before I could tell him to shut up, he gave me the an-
swer.
"If you don't find a remedy quickly, we're all gonna
get sick."
There were still eight full minutes left in another
boring halftime at Crisler, so I let Warren tell me of
his agony. And Warren is sick.
That's right sick! Sick of the boredom! If you need
to catch a quick nap why not come down to Crisler
and sit next to some of those alums (in the good seats)
and snooze for a while. I know it's only the first game
but I figure it's best to speak up now than to wait until
midseason to voice my gripes.
Actually, this gripe is nothing
new, it's a four-year gripe that I
am finally getting off my chest.
If one was to travel around the
Big Ten and attend some basket-
ball games, I think you would un-
derstand what I am talking
about. This year's Michigan
basketball team is one of the
finest in the nation. The only
thing that is holding it back is the
lackluster fan support. Although
Crisler Arena was hardly sold out
during the NIT championships,
y the diehard fans got the good
tickets and that's what made the
difference.
Presently, the alumni have the
first choice to the good seats. I'm
sure all those old Maize 'n Blue
~.alums are great people, but the .:a
problem is that a cat's got their
tongues. It is a proven fact that G
the louder and more energetic an ... love

arena is, the better a team plays. On the rare oc-
cassion when Crisler "Gets Crazy" I see fire in
Richard "Air Florida" Rellford's eyes, and I sense
danger from the Beantown Butcher. I have also
noticed the louder Crisler gets, the more Roy Tarpley
smiles and the louder Antoine Joubert claps. The
Michigan basketball team plays better when it's
louder.
I know it's too late to oust these old timers, but let
us students show them how to party. Here are some
new rules that should go into effect starting Saturday,
when the Wolverines take on the Bulldogs of Georgia.
1) When the visiting team is introduced, we'll say,
"So what" for the first player; for the second, "Big
deal;" the third, "Who's that;" the fourth, "Boring"
and the fifth, well we'll just BOO real loud.
2) When the other team is shooting foul shots,
scream at the top of your lungs and wave your arms
around lake a madman (or madwoman).
3) Bring a Bill Frieder towel to the game and wave it
whenever you feel compelled to.
4)Don't do the wave, it's stupid
and overplayed, like a bad song
on the radio.
5) Clap a lot when Michigan
plays tough defense, I think Gary
"U.S." Grant likes it.
6) Give your friends a lot of
high fives (a la Tarps and
Rellford) when we score.
Warren was clearly on a roll, so
with two minutes remaining in
halftime, I let him continue. And
the history major zeroed in on
Don Canham and the Athletic
Department staff.
7) Return the Blue seats to the
students.
8) Get the cheerleaders new
uniforms, they are ugly, but more
i i important, who wears long
sleeves inside? The cheerleaders
should make some noise and in-
int teract with the fans. All they do is
the noise sit down and occassionally clap

their hands. Let them bust out and try some new
routines. We need more tumbling. By the way,
whatever happened to Dave Miller? Teach someone
else to walk on his hands across the floor.
9) Why isn't there a bigger campaign for season
tickets? With a student body of 40,000 people, I am
sure that you can find 13,000 souls to worship in
Crisler. There should be booths in the dorms, signing
up freshmen. Everyone knows that freshmen make
the most noise. There should be a lot more signs and
information up. The basketball team deserves a full
house every night.
10) I've (Warren) tried for three years to organize
a spirit club but have received no help from the ad-
ministration. Hey Don, a lot of spirit is good for ticket
sales. More importantly, it's great for the team.
Michigan State has a spirit club and if you want to hear
noise, travel on up to Jenison. Those fans know how to
party.
Warren was almost finished and closed with these
thoughtful words. "I guess what it all boils down to is
that Michigan does not only have to be a football
school. Basketball could reign supreme here, we cer-
tainly have the facilities and staff. Actually, I'm
saying all of this because I really want to go to
Lexington, Kentucky. I hear it's a great town, more
importantly, it's the home of the 1985 NCAA Basket-
ball Championship and I want to be there come April.
So fans, let's hear some noise.
There you have it, the agony of one student who
wants desperately to experience the excitement of big
time college hoops.
Perhaps it should be pointed out that last season the
Wolverines compiled a 16-2 record in the morgue. Yet
this impressive record does not reflect accurately on
the Crisler Arena experience. At $52.50 for 18 home
games, the Michigan Athletic Department should
have no problem attracting students. One or two
flyers will not do the trick. If properly handled,
student season ticket sales could be tripled and the
magic would surely return. Thank you, Warren.

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Keep aw ay Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Wolverine junior center Roy Tarpley maintains possession of the ball
despite the efforts of a Detroit defender in Monday night's 80-66 victory.
Tarpley had 21 points in the contest, all in the second half.

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Ex-USC
star Bell
dies at
age 29

LOS ANGELES (AP)-Ricky Bell, a
standout running back at the University
of Southern California from 1974-76 who
later played six years in the National
Football League, died yesterday, a
spokeswoman at Southern Cal said. He
was 29.
Bell had suffered from der-
matomyositus, an inflammation of the
skin, and polymyositus, an inflam-
mation of the muscles, since 1982, ac-
cording to a friend who said both
diseases are incurable.
BELL, WHO grew up in Houston
before moving to Los Angeles at age 11,
attended Fremont High and later ear-
ned All-America honors in his junior

and senior seasons at Southern Cal.
As a junior, he led the nation in
rushing with 1,875 yards and as a senior
he was second to Tony Dorsett in the
Heisman Trophy balloting.
His career totals at Southern Cal
were 710 carries, 3,689 yards rushing
and 28 touchdowns.
Bell was a first-round draft choice of
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977 and
played five seasons with the Bucs
before being traded to the San Diego
Chargers in March of 1982.
Bell played two games for the
Chargers before the NFL players'
strike. He came down with his illnesses
during the strike, the friend said.

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