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Field Hockey
vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Ferry Field

SPORTS

Women's Golf
Lady Northern Invitational
Friday, 8:30 a.m.
U-M Golf Course

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, September 18, 1985

Page 71

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Chippewa rally nips

4 M'

stickers, 2-1

By DOUGLAS VOLAN
Another game, and another hear-
tbreaking loss yesterday for the
Wolverines, this one at the hands of
Central Michigan University, 2-1, at
Ferry Field.
For the second straight game,
Michigan has outplayed its opponent,
but has nothing to show for it with an
0-2 record.
Once again, Michigan outshot its
opponent, 19-16. Against Notre Dame
Sunday the Wolverines destroyed the
Irish in the shots on goal department,
14-6, but lost the game, 1-0.
WITH TEN minutes left in yester-
day's game, Chippewa Helen Epple
penetrated a strong Michigan defense
and notched the winning goal.
Michigan jumped out on top at the
start, when junior forward Lisa
Murray rammed home a pass from
teammate Joan Taylor with 1:20 gone
by in the half.
Michigan then applied the pressure
and held its opponent scoreless until
the Chippewas' Jennifer Thompson

Late CMII goal drops
wolverines to 0-2

more penalty corners than Notre
Dame, as was the case yesterday with
CMU. A penalty corner is an uncon-
tested centering pass from the
sideline that results from the other
team's foul. The Wolverines had 10 to
the Chippewas' seven. Michigan is
failing to capitalize on penalty cor-
ners, attributed by Collins to a "lack
of poise".
She also thinks her team is not for-

cing enough penalty corners. Ten
each half are needed, Collins said for
them to be effective. Despite outnum-
bering their opponents in penalty cor-
ners the Wolverines will need to force
more opportunities to convert.
Collins also saw improvement in

her young front line, particularly
freshman Sara Clark, who was a
catalyst in the offensive game. "She
adds a lot of scoring punch," said
Collins.
The Wolverines will travel to Ohio
this weekend to take on Kent State
Friday, and David & Elkins Saturday.

scored on a penalty corner off a pass
from sophomore forward Kristen Alf-
sen at 9:30 into the half.
WITH THE score tied at one, CMU
had a golden opportunity to take the
lead. Michigan goalie Maryann Bell
was called for a penalty
falling on the ball, which resulted in a
penalty stroke for CMU. Bell awaited
the shot from just seven yards away
by her opponent. She dove to her left
and knocked away the shot. The im-
pact of the ball knocked the glove off
of her hand.
The second half started off with the
Chippewas applying the pressure.
This lasted only for the first couple of
minutes, however, as the Wolverines
came alive. The rest of the game was
played mostly near the Chippewa

goal, but Michigan couldn't capitalize
on its opportunities.
Then, at 30:50 into the half, Epple
put her team ahead for good when she
slapped home a shot off a pass from
sophomore Corinne Dunagan, the first
time in several minutes that CMU was
able to cross onto their side of the
field.
MICHIGAN HAD its chances to
come back, but several shots were
turned away by Chippewa goalie
Georgina Tofflemire.
"This was a very frustrating loss,"
said Wolverine head coach Karen
Collins, "but we're going to put it
together. There is so much potential,
and once we realize it, we're going to
be very good."
In that game, Michigan also had

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THE SPORTING VIEWS

Dive of '85...
.Sparked

I by odds

Mu rrayi
...scores lone goal

By MARK KOVINSKY
BET ON IT.
Within this column lies the answer to the burning
question, "Why did the Detroit Tigers, the roar of '84,
take the dive in '85?"
In fact, I'll even bet you the price of a copy of the
Daily that you will like it. So, go ahead, and read it
because neither of us can lose now.
Make no doubt. The odds were against the Tigers in
1985 from day one in April. This is the '80s, and unlike
the '70s, presidents are now able to repeat where World
Series champs cannot. Worse yet, division champs
rarely repeat their feat anymore either.-
Considering his gambling style as a manager,
Sparky Anderson should have understood the odds
were stacked against him from the start. But if he did,
he sure did not let anyone know.
Then again, Sparky is not one to pay much attention
to odds anyway. Most of his managerial moves go
against all odds. How many other managers can you
name that would intentionally walk the winning run to
first base in the eighth inning, especially with Buddy
Bell available as a pinch hitter for the opposition?
You see, Sparky is what you call a hunch man. His
moves come from gut feelings. Baseball games
become poker games for him. He does not manage with
the strategic and tactical drive of a Billy Martin or
Earl Weaver, and he, consequently, leaves himself
open to the odds of baseball.
But sometimes hunches beat the odds, although
rarely with any consistency.
This is what made the 1984 season so magical for
Sparky and the Tigers. They beat the odds time and
time again.
* No team had ever started the season 35-5 in the
history of baseball. They did.
" No team in recent memory had led their division
from wire to wire. They did.
" And nobody was betting that Willie Hernandez, a so-
so reliever in the National League, would walk away
with the American league's MVP and Cy Young awar-
ds. He did.
But none of this would have happened if Sparky had
played the game according to the strict rules and odds
of baseball. For one thing, few managers would have

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put so much trust in Hernandez from the start.
Unfortunately, odds have a funny way of evening
things out in the end. That is their purpose. And during
the past season, the odds have performed their own bit
of magic on Sparky and his blessed boys. The team that
never lost a ninth inning lead in 101 games in 1984 now
loses them with uncanny regularity in 1985.
The fans now notice flaws in Sparky's managing
ability, and put much of the blame on him. But it's not
Sparky's fault. Or Willie's. Or anyone else's for that
matter. Blame it on the odds.
In fact, praise Sparky for learning a lesson long ago
which many coaches never learn. He understands the
importance of staying with whatever strategy of
baseball gets you on the top in the first place. He un-
derstands the importance of patience and of not jum-
ping ship when things start going wrong.
It is a lesson U-M coach Bud Middaugh learned the
hard way last spring in the Big Ten Championship.
Middaugh's style has always been one of solid defen-
se combined with an offense that could scratch out runs
from nothing. Last year was a different story. He had a
powerhouse, and they made his job easier by taking the
thinking out of offense. Runs were pounded out, not
scratched.
Then, when things got tight in the playoffs, Middaugh
reverted back to his old style of baseball, a style his
team was unfamiliar with during the season. The move
backfired and they lost.
Sparky's case has been similar. The Tigers struggled
to drive in runs all season where they came so easy for
the same bunch of guys just 12 months before. To make
matters worse, his hunches were no longer beating the
odds. Before he knew it, his team was 10 games back of
Toronto and hanging on for dear life.
But Sparky never panicked. He did not try to take a
team whose natural tendency was to overpower others
and turn them into scratchers. It could not have been
done in midseason.
Besides, Sparky had another hunch that things would
turn around. He was betting on it, and so were his
players. They never did.
You see, Sparky forgot about the odds - or chose to
ignore them.

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Members of The Women's Glee Club

Twins release reliever Howe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former
University of Michigan pitcher Steve
Howe, who missed the Minnesota
Twins' weekend series in Cleveland
because of a recurrence of his cocaine
addiction problems, requested and was
granted his unconditional release, the
Twins said, yesterday.
In a prepared statement, the team
said, "After meeting Twin of-
ficials this morning, Steve Howe
requested and was granted his uncon-
ditional release from the Minnesota

Twins. Steve will devote his im-
mediate full attention to complete
recovery from his personal
problems."
HOWE, THE 1980 National League
Rookie of the Year with the Los
Angeles Dogers, was suspended for
the 1984 season by former Com-
missioner Bowie Kuhn for violation of
baseball's drug policies.
He was released by the Dodgers on
July 3 after failing to report for a

game for the fifth time since 1983. The
Twins signed him Aug. 11, at which
time Howe said Minnesota's
relatively laid-back atmosphere
would be better for his recovery.
Howe was unavailable for comment
yesterday. Tom Mee, the Twins'
publicity director, said Howe
requested that the Twins not release
his unlisted telephone number.
Twins President Howard Fox said
Howe's request came after a 1 -hour
meeting with Dr. George Mann.

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