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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 7, 1985
Georgia Tech upends
fifth-ranked Duke

Raising Iel
BY PAUL HELGRE\N

Start the violins...
... here's my final column

ATLANTA (AP) - Mark Price
scored 22 points and John Salley and
Yvon Joseph each had 17 as 10th-ranked
Georgia Tech pounded No. 5 Duke 81-71
in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball
last night.
The Yellow Jackets surged to an 8-0
lead in the first three-and-a-half
minutes, and Duke never was able to
get within five the rest of the way.
PRICE, Joseph and Bruce Dalrym-
ple each had four points in the first six
minutes, when the Yellow Jackets
bolted to a 16-4 advantage. Tech's
biggest lead was 15 points, coming
three times during the game.
The victory lifted the Jackets to 17-4
for the year and 6-3 in the conference.
Duke fell to 16-4 and 5-4 and had a three-
game winning streak snapped.
The victory left Tech in second place
behind Maryland, which went to 5-2 in
the conference by beating Wake Forest
64-62 last night.
Johnny Dawkins led the Blue Devils
with 21 points, many of them coming on

long jumpers from the 20- to 25-foot
range.
Mark Alarie added 20 points and
David Henderson scored 13 for Duke.
ffardad 64, Wake Forest 62
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -
Rserve guard Jeff Adkins hit three of
four free throws in the final 10 seconds
to preserve 20th-ranked Maryland's 64-
62 victory over Wake Forest in Atlantic
Coast conference basketball last night.
The Terrapins led by their largest
margin of 12 points at the 2:16 mark.
But the Demon Deacons fought back by
out-scoring Maryland 12-4 in the final
minute. Delaney Rudd pulled Wake
Forest within 61-60 when he stole an in-
bounds pass and made a layup with 24
seconds left.
ADKINS WAS fouled in the backcourt
with 10 seconds left and hit both his at-
tempts. Rudd countered with a layup
with five seconds left, but Adkins went
back to the line with three seconds left
and hit one of two chances.

For some time now, I've been debating about
what I should write for my final column. The
problem with the Daily sports staff tradition of
"farewell columns" is they all tend to fall in one of
three categories; a) The gosh-I-had-a-blast-but-
shucks-now-it's-all-over-sob-sob column. b) The
yeah-I-love-sports-but-lemme-tellya-sportswrit-
ing-ain't-what-it's-cracked-up-to-be column, and
c) The I'd-like-to-thank-all-the-little-people-for-
making-it-possible column. I could easily write
any of those three columns. But why should
I? What could I possibly tell you that you haven't
heard before?
I could tell you all about the frustration and sen-
se of futility that builds up whenever you devote so
much time to something you know isn't working
quite right. I could tell you how unsatisfying it can
be to write about the games others are playing, all
the while peeking and prying into the private lives
of people who in most cases are as ordinary as
Mike in your econ discussion, or Jennifer from
chem lab.
I could tell you how truly absurd it is to try to tell
"the" story of one person in 500 words or less, and
what a fiction sportswriting ultimately can be. I
could tell you how it feels to be ridiculed by the
people you write about, the very same ones you
worshipped, as a kid, ridiculed because you "don't
know what you're talking about," or because
you're "always being negative."
I could tell you how it feels to write something
"bad" about someone for no other reason than
something called journalistic objectivity, which is
a baffling concept for sportswriters, who are
almost as a rule unobjective fans in the contests
they cover.
I could warn you how stale sports can become
when you get so close to them you can't breathe.
But I want to tell you more than that. If I only
told you the negative side, then I'd be creating yet

another fiction, showing only one side of what, on
balance, has been a childhood fantasy come true.
Besides, like a sports-knowledgeable friend of
mine once said, "I don't want to read about what a
drag it is to watch Michigan football from the
press box."
Fair enough, Jason Lassner. There are two
sides to every story. And I'm smart enough to
know that as the years roll on (violins please) I'll
probably forget all about that other stuff, sen-
timentally reflecting upon my years devoted to the
Daily and to sports, and everything they meant to
me.
I'll remember my freshman year, when a
sinewy wide receiver by the name of Anthony Car-
ter made Michigan football games worth the
bother. I'll remember the elation of watching the
goal posts come crashing down after we (yes, we)
beat Purdue to clinch the Big Ten title, and
helping to carry them out of Michigan Stadium.
I'll remember how nervous I was going into the
lockerroom while covering my first Piston game -
and how ex-Wolverine Alan Hcrdy made me feel
so at ease there when I interviewed r.
I'll remember my sophomore year, when Bill
Frieder trotted over to the student section after an
80-77 triple-overtime loss to Purdue to thank us
for our support. I'll also remember that summer,
when a car load of us made the trek to Omaha for
the College World Series, and how then-sports
editor John Kerr nearly died from excitement
when Casey Close murdered a pitch in the ninth in-
ning for a grand slam that beat Stanford and kept
Michigan's hopes alive.
I'll remember my junior year when I had a very
relaxed, hour-long interview with Antoine Joubert
after practice in a spooky-quiet Crisler Arena. I'll
remember a similar session later that same
season, with Bill Frieder, who was kind enough to

take the time and straighten me out after I "rip-
ped him" in a column.
I'll never forget meeting Bo Schembechler for
the first time, the old coach leaning back in his of-
fice chair, puffing contentedly on his pipe and
carefully answering questions for the young pup
reporters as if it were the first time he had ever
heard them.
I'll remember the football season my senior
year and everything that went along with covering
Bo and Michigan. I'll never forget the chill I felt as
I stood on the sidelines after the Miami upset, lost
in a storm of triumphant Wolverines that raced
past me. I'll remember Thursday mornings with
assistant coach Gary Moeller; Bo's familiar,
"Hiya, stud," which he said to everyone whose
name he couldn't remember.
Of course, I'll remember the irrascible side of
Schembechler, too, like the time when I asked him if
he had any response to criticism of his play calling
by several Iowa players. Looking me square in the
eye he said "That's just like the copy boy telling
you he's a better writer than you are. You may
agree with the Iowa players - I agree with the
copy boy."
I'll remember other things from my final year
as a Daily reporter, like celebrating in the streets,
and libraries of Ann Arbor after my beloved
Tigers won it all, and another season with the
basketball team (this time covering the games for
a wire service), in which it was my extreme
pleasure to be humiliated by the legendary belit-
tler, Bob Knight of Indiana. "We'd double-cover
you if you had the ball down low," he said in res-
ponse to my routine query. "And you don't look
like you'd be too goddamned effective, either."
I hope you were wrong, Bobby. I hope that in at
least some small way my three-and-a-half years
at the Daily were effective, after all.

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night by trading veteran Brian Sipe
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