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vs. Indiana
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

Thursday, October 24, 1985

vs. Bowling Green
Friday, 7:304p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Page 7

The Michigan Daily


Club gets rugged

Associated Press}


A Royal teacher
Cardinal hurler John Tudor taught Kansas City a lesson last night with a 3-0 shutout. Tudor yielded just five
hits en route to St. Louis' third World Series victory. See story page 8.

Ask a friend what he knows about
Rugby, and more than likely he'll
respond: "It's football without pads,"
"Isn't it a combination of football and
soccer?" or "What type of Rugby,
Benetton or Polo?"
Rugby is more than just a shirt -
its growing popularity as a club sport
is proof. "Rugby is a sport of its own,"
said club president Dale Tuttle,
dismissing the idea that it's a
European version of football.
"THE THING with rugby is that
there is no real tackling," Tuttle said.
"Whereas in football you see a lot of
leaping tackles, rugby is more
precise. Tackling in rugby is more of
a wrap, as you can't tackle above the
shoulders. The fact that their is no
padding also makes tackling only
when necessary.''
Needless to say, rugby is a brutal
sport. "We get our share of cuts and
bruises," Tuttle said, adding however
that size is not really a major factor.
Student protests abound. Apartheid,
the CIA, George Bush - all boost the
cause of activism. What are the ac-
tivists really protesting for? Simple:
Griddes. It's the ultimate issue for
Dropyour picks off at 420 Maynard
Street before Saturday. You should
know this by now, however.
1. Indiana at MICHIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Wisconsin at Illinois
3. Ohio State at Minnesota
4. Iowa at Northwestern
5. Michigan State at Purdue
6. West Virginia at Penn State
7. Virginia Tech at Florida
8. Kentucky at Georgia
9. Florida State at North Carolina
10. Oklahoma State at Kansas
11. Colorado at Nebraska
12. Southern Cal at Notre Dame
13. Houston vs. Arkansas at Little Rock
14. TCU at Baylor
15. Texas at SMU
16. California at UCLA
17. Georgia Tech at Tennessee
18. Basketball meets Lacrosse:
Georgetown at Johns Hopkins
19. Montana at Montana State
20. Indiana Jones vs. DAILY LIBELS
at Temple of Doom

"We get guys of all sizes. The great
thing about rugby is that you can find
most anyone a place on the field. Sure
we have our 6-5, 240-pound monsters
out there, but we also have guys who
are only 5-9 and weigh 160."
Rugby is played with fifteen
players, seven backs, and eight for-
wards. The forwards are usually
stronger players, whose job it is to
battle for the ball. The backs wait to
receive the ball, then attempt to

toughest in the midwest," said Tuttle.
"We play Chicago, Louisville, Cincin-
nati, MSU, and Ohio State (which
traditionally coincides with the O$U
football game)."
The rugby team is on its way to
another successful season, winning
the Michigan State Rugby Champion-
ship held at Schoolcraft College Oc-
tober 6 and 7. Paul Leblanc, who ac-
cording to Tuttle "has amazing talen-
ts," was voted the tournament's most
valuable player. "Paul's come a long
way since he's been on this club," said
Tuttle. "He never stops improving."
The team has important games
coming up. The first is the annual
alumni game against the "Old Boy
Team," composed primarily of alum-
ni, to be held November 2 at Mitchell
field. The following weekend it's
Michigan State, also at Mitchell field
(1:00 p.m. starting time).
Although Rugby is a physical game,
any hard feelings are left on the field.
After each game the opposing players
shake hands. Following the game,
there is a traditional party, thrown by
the home team.
"The point of (the party) is to shdw
that it really is only a game," said
Tuttle. "The party afterwards gives
us all a chance to meet one another,
swap stories, and drink a bit."

score. There are no forward passes in
Rugby. The ball can only be kicked
forward for a score. A score across
the goal line is called a "try" and is
worth four points. Also, at any point in
the game a player can drop kick the
ball through the uprights for three
THE MICHIGAN Rugby Club, in its
23rd year, has grown to about 60
members. Its season is divided into
two halves, fall and spring.
"Our fall schedule is one of the

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W ith one mighty swing of his right leg, Iowa
placekicker Rob Houghtlin blew it.
By converting his field goal attempt that gave Iowa
its 12-10 victory over Michigan last Saturday, and with
it the undisputed number-one ranking in the country,
Houghtlin ruined his future. He fell
from being one of my heroes to
being one of my "enemies". In doing
so, Houghtlin joined an elite group of
athletes who have taken victory
from my jaws and replaced it with
defeat and contempt.
I used to love Steve Garvey. He
was so All-American, so pure. He
always gave everything he had. He >
sacrificed himself for the team. He '
did the kind of things that I like to r
see in a ballplayer. But then, as fate
would have it, he blew it. He hit a
home run in the fourth game of the
National League Championship
Series last season which sent the
Cubs (my all time favorite team),
and the Padres to a seventh game. OL
His game seven performance only ... kic
enhanced his classification as one of my enemies.
Tito Landrum was never one of my favorites, but I
would not have objected to sitting at the dinner table
with him. That is until the 1983 American League
Championship Series. He hit a dramatic tenth inning
home run off White Sox (my other all time favorite
team) pitcher Britt Burns to win a trip to the World
Series. He immediately joined my list of enemies.
Dave Twardzik, who used to play for the Portland
Trail Blazers, is also on my hitlist. A few years back
when I was in grammar school, my class sponsored a
trip for the entire school to a basketball game between
the Chicago Bulls and Portland. Twardzik hit an
amazing shot at the end of the game to give the Blazers
a 100-99 victory. Bingo. Twardzik earned the scarlet
The case of Rob Houghtlin, however, is much more
severe than that of Garvey, Landrum, and even Twar-
dzik. Houghtlin used to be one of my heroes. He gave
me more thrills than anyone this side of Walter Payton,
the running back for my other all time favorite team.
Numerous times during his high school career at
New Trier High in Winnetka, Illinois, my alma mater,


Houghtlin hits kick . .
.. .,and my hitlist
Houghtlin kicked field goals to give us victories. When
the game was on the line, Houghtlin always had ice in
his veins. As a reporter for the New Trier News, I had
the honor of interviewing Houghtlin after some of his
heroic games. He was never lacking confidence.
The most memorable of Houghtlin's field goals came
in the state playoffs, in the fall of
1982.We were playing Evanston, our
top rival. We had beaten Evanston
by a slim margin during the regular
season with the aid of Houghtlin field
. goals. This time, he split the
' uprights as time expired to give New
Trier a three-point victory. We went
on to play in the state game that
year, and Houghtlin was a big man
on campus. He was quoted all week
\ as saying that all he was thinking
before "the kick" was to just smooth
through the ball.
As Houghtlin prepared to kick the
field goal against my new school last
Saturday, his words came back to
ghtlin me. I prayed for a smooth Michigan
s too well linebacker to soar through the air
and smooth the ball back to
Houghtlin's face. I prayed for a smooth wind to blow
the ball away from the uprights. My prayers were in
Deep down, I knew he would just smooth the ball
through the uprights. After all, he had ice in his veins.
He always made the kicks when they counted. Now
with the game on the line, for the first time I rooted
against a fellow New Trier alumnus.
I have always had a strong affinity for graduates of
my high school who have gone on to fame and fortune.
Whether it was John Castino of the Minnesota Twins,
or Clay Matthews of the Cleveland Browns, both New
Trier graduates, I rooted for them.
As a result of Houghtlin's flair for the dramatic, Iowa
is the unanimous number-one team in the country, in-
stead of Michigan. Houghtlin's name has been heard
all over the country, and throughout the state of Iowa,
I'm sure he is a hero.
But back home on the ranch, his name is mud.
Houghtlin has joined Garvey, Landrum, and Twardzik
on my enemy list.

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