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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 10, 1985 - Page 9
A Holiday in San Diego.. .
... bowled over in paradise

Losing streak lengthens .

. .

. . . as Bosco limps into legend
THE DECADES, players and vacation kingdoms change, but there has
been one constant in nearly every bowl game Bo Schembechler has ever
played in - the result.
Not so much that Michigan loses a lot, but the way it loses. The Wolverines
always come in as the underdog, get pushed around for the most part, play
tough and have an opportunity to win the game, then don't.
The 1984 Holiday Bowl was no exception. Despite being an atypical
Schembechler team win-wise, this year's squad proved itself capable of ex-
tending the post-season tradition.
The game in San Diego was almost an exact replica of the Sugar Bowl
played early last year. Each time, Michigan was matched up against a top-
three team and pretty much got dominated statistically, but performed
brilliantly and almost won the game. In New Orleans the Wolverines led
Auburn all the way until Al Del Greco booted his third field goal of the day in
the final minute to win the game for the Tigers, 9-7.
At the Holiday Bowl, Brigham Young didn't put the game away until it
scored with only 1:23 remaining.
The Wolverines have never been blown out in a bowl game. Schem-
bechler's largest margin of defeat was a mere 10 points in the '83 Rose Bowl.
Michigan always plays great in the bowls, but it almost always loses. I can't
explain it.
* Actually, upon reviewing the game, I was surprised to discover how close
the Wolverines came to capturing the Holiday glory. They had a first-and-
ten at the BYU 32-yard line with about five minutes to go. That's only five
short yards from automatic Bob Bergeron field goal range. However, on the
next play, Vince Bean got called for a 15-yard illegal-crackback-block
" Speaking of the referees, they seemed to make an awful lot of critical
calls in HB7. BYU might have had an argument on the fumbled pitch that the
refs ruled was recovered out of bounds in the second quarter. You know, the
one that resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty given to the
Cougars. It was close.
But the absolute worst call of the whole season was the 15-yard facemask
call on Garland Rivers during the Cougars' winning touchdown drive.
Usually facemask penalties are five yards, but this particular Southwest
Conference official chose to penalize Michigan 15 yards. And for nothing.
Rivers did not at all grab ahold of receiver Mark Bellini's facemask.
If that call hadn't been made, the Wolverine defense probably would've in-
tercepted Bosco on the next play and ran it in for the winning touchdown.
Well, maybe not.
" And speaking of Bosco, his performance in the Holiday Bowl was almost
too corny to be true. After he was injured, Bosco was carried into the BYU
locker room as the Cougar faithful grieved. But their hero limped back onto
the turf between the first and second quarters and there was once again hope
in Provo.
You know what happened in the game and the famous pose that followed of
Number 6 hobbling off the field the number-one sign raised high. I couldn't
tell if any of the cheerleaders were crying.
After the game in the interview room, coach LaVell Edwards said he
would try his darndest to get Robbie out to talk to the adoring press, but he
was still being cared for in the training room at the moment. "Was that the
most courageous performance you've ever seen?" asked a reporter. "Yes it
was," replied the coach proudly.
Then from down the hall came Bosco himself, on crutches, struggling to
get to the interview room while the photographers swarmed around him. Lit-
tle kids were patting Bosco on the back as he made the long trip down the
tunnel beneath Jack Murphy Stadium.
Once he made it in front of the reporters, Bosco began being questioned.
"How bad was the pain out there Robbie?" was a popular asking. Then after
a few minutes, a BYU official blurted out, "That's enough! Robbie's got to
go to the hospital now ! No more questions! He's got to go to the hospital!"
As Bosco limped back out past the Padre furniture and team photos, there
must have been a few wet eyes among those sportwriters who knew they'd
witnessed something special that night. But then again, most sportswriters
are idiots.
Lewis named Athlete
of year; Marino 2nd

DON'T THINK there's any better city for a post-
season bowl trip than San Diego, California.
Though Southern Florida may be warmer and
Pasadena more prestigous, San Diego's much more
There are too many attractions near San Diego to
name them all, but I'll give it a shot.
On the road
Los Angeles is less than two hours to the north with
Disneyworld, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. . .. If
you've got the time, L.A. would be a great side trip.
My first stop was at the world famous San Diego
Zoo. The place was gorgeous, with a jungle-like ap-
pearance complete with waterfalls. The zoo has a
great variety of animals in some unique displays. It
only costs six dollars to get in, not counting the
children's zoo which is a lot of fun for fifty cents. I
have been to many zoos including the one in
Washington D.C. and the famed London Zoo, and
none compare.
On the second day, I tooled around ritzy La Jolla
(about a half an hour north of San Diego). The homes
were amazing, built on hills overlooking the ocean.

Residents of La Jolla include Tom Selleck and former
Spartan Steve Garvey. This small city is one of the
wealthiest in California. I drove by the high school at
lunch time and the kids looked like they just stepped
out of Vogue and G.Q. magazines.
The coastline of this area was the most spec-
tacular, with sharp cliffs and caves scattered all
over. Scenic drive routes are numerous in La Jolla.
The University of California-San Diego is also
located in La Jolla. Though it's not on the beach, I
marvelled at how the students could get anything
done. The weather is gorgeous, between 70 and 75
degrees in December. No wonder we get such good
grades at Michigan.
The highlight of my trip to San Diego was less than
an hour to the south-Mexico and culture shock.
The day after the game, I was at the Hyatt Islandia,
where the team was staying. One of my sorority
sisters, her 14-year-old sister and I had planned to go
to Sea World. But, despite the warnings from the U.S.
government about violence in Mexico, we were
talked into going into Tijuana with middle guard Joe
Gray and three of the trainers.

On the road again
We all squeezed into my car, and headed south.
The best bet is to park at the border and walk across
into Mexico. Immediately we were bombarded by
beggars and salespeople. Everywhere we went, a lit-
tle kid was running up to us trying to sell gum for 25
The bargains were great! A huge bottle of Kahlua
went for six dollars and, further into the city, big wool
blankets were five dollars. This side-trip comes
highly recommended.
Tijuana was a wonderful experience-I really lear-
ned how good we have it here in America. I think I
gave those kins enough monety to put them through
I can't speak for anyone else who went west for the
game, but I definitely did not want to return to
Michigan. But, I kept thinking, if I saw this area
every day, what would be left to appreciate? San
Diego is indeed heaven on earth, even if I never made
it to Sea World.

Hurting grapplers await Lehigh

For Christmas, the Michigan
Wrestling team received several in-
juries to dampen the excitement of its
impressive showing in the Midlands
tournament and its 2-1 dual record
during the Holiday break. The team
starts off the new term tonight by
facing the 16th-ranked Lehigh
Engineers before wrestling 19th-ranked
Northwestern on Saturday.
Head coach Dale Bahr said, "Our
lineup's solid-as long as we can stay
away from injuries." But a few
unlucky breaks have made injuries
Michigan's major weakness for the
time being.
ON DECEMBER 10th, Senior captain
Joe McFarland suffered a knee injury.
The knee was set in a cast and Mc-
Farland has been able to wrestle only
for the past week or so. McFarland
returned to competition last weekend
but is still not in top form.
Kevin Hill, however, will probably
not see action against Lehigh. During
last weekend's tournament in Colum-
bus, the 167-pounder stretched the ner-
ves in his shoulder, causing his arms to
go numb. Sophomore Dan Forshione
(4-6) should wrestle in Hill's place.
Another injury which will hurt the
Wolverines happened to Tony Latora,
who ruptured the bursar sac in his
knee, causing the knee to swell.
Freshman Guy Russo (15-6) will make
his dual-meet debut as Latora's
replacement at 150.
Michigan's standout at 118, is still
recovering from an injured rotator
Even so, Lehigh will be hard-pressed
to keep up with Michigan. Coming off a
loss to Iowa State and a shutout by top-
ranked Iowa, Engineer head coach
Thad Turner admits that his team is
weaker than usual. "We were stronger
a year ago (when Lehigh beat Michigan
22-21) than we are this year.
definitely," he said.
But the Engineers' Peter Yozzo (142)
and Paul Diekel (190), ranked sixth and
fourth in their respective weight
classes, will give Rickey Moore and Bill
Elbin trouble.
BAHR BELIEVES, however, the
Wolverines' power in the lightest and

heaviest weight classes will allow
Michigan to survive their matches
during the current rash of injuries.
"If you look at the strength of the
team, it's the first three weight classes
and the last three. We come out of the
gate fast, struggle some in the middle,
but we finish strong."
According to Bahr, the biggest threat
Michigan will face when it wrestles
Northwestern on Saturday is 134-pound

Steve DePetro, who boasts a 22-5
record. Bahr sees McFarland having a
lot of trouble fending off DePetro
because of his knee injury. But it seems
DePetro is also recovering from an in-
jury, having sprained his ankle last
One pleasant problem for Bahr is the
dilemma of who to wrestle at 126 poun-

ds. After witnessing John Fisher's
dramatic upset of two-time NCAA
champ Barry David, Bahr says that in
Fisher and McFarland give Wolverines
two of the top four 126-pounders in the
country. McFarland and Fisher may
have to wrestle to see who gets stuck
at 134 pounds, a division in which both
can more than hold their own.

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... hands full tonight

...A man's reach
should exceed
his grasp, or what's
a heaven for?"

NEW YORK (AP) - Carl Lewis,
i$vnner of a record-equalling four
;Olympic track and field gold medals,
* esterday was named The Associated
Press' Male Athlete of the Year for the
second consecutive time - only the
third performer to win the honor two
years in a row.
The 23-year-old Lewis was an over-
Swhelming winner of the 1984 award,
!ollecting 46 votes in balloting by
national sports writers and broad-
Quarterback Dan Marino of the
,,Miami Dolphins, who shattered

National Football League single-season
records by passing for 5,084 yards and
48 touchdowns, was a distant second
with 24 votes.
Quarterback Doug Flutie, the
Heisman Trophy winner from Boston
College, finished third with 17 votes. He
was followed by Edwin Moses, un-
beaten in 109 consecutive 400-meter in-
termediate hurdles races and a two-
time Olympic gold medalist, with 15

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