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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 26, 1985
Fiesta suits

Bo

just fine

By PHIL NUSSEL
With his eighth win over Ohio State
safely tucked away, Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler looked forward to
the Wolverines' first trip to the Tem-
pe, Ariz. Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at his
weekly press luncheon yesterday.
Officials from the 1986 Fiesta Bowl
were also on hand to announce the
itinerary of events preceding the
game which will pit Michigan against
the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-2).
"THERE ISN'T another bowl out there
that could've given us an opponent
like Nebraska," Schembechler said.
"The Fiesta Bowl has a tremendous
reputation for doing such a great job
with the teams."
Although the Fiesta has a lower
payoff to the teams than some other
major bowls, Schembechler was not
concerned. "Some people, I think,
selfishly look at the money and other
aspects of it, but out primary concern
is that it's a great experience for the
players," he said. "And I think that
it's going to be a great experience.'
The 15th annual Fiesta Bowl will be
Michigan's 11th straight post-season
bowl game dating back to the 1976
Orange Bowl. It is the 13th bowl ap-
pearance for Schembechler, who is 2-
10 in post-season play.
"IT SEEMS like every time we go to
a bowl game, we get one of these
great football teams," Schembechler
said. "But that's the way it ought to
be. It hasn't given us a particularly
great record in bowls, but I'd ten
times rather play Nebraska than a
team that doesn't have the
reputation."

Nebraska is the first Big Eight
team Michigan has met in a bowl
game since playing Oklahoma in 1976.
It will be the Wolverines' first
meeting against Nebraska since 1962
when the Huskers won, 25-13.
Tom Osborne is in his 13th year as
coach at Nebraska and has developed
a strong tradition with a 127-29-2
overall mark.
"I KNOW Nebraska football under
Tom Osborne and I respect it,"
Schembechler said. "It's offensive
football and they know how to move the
football."
Michigan will begin preparing for
the game Dec. 4 when conditioning
exercises resume. The final practice
schedule has not been determined
because of exams, but Schembechler
said the team will practice indoors for
a week following exams, take a few
days off for Christmas, and then leave
for Tempe Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. from
Detroit Metro airport. The team will
then have four days to practice in the
sun.
"It's an ideal situation to play on
New Year's day," Schembechler
said. "First of all, they're the most
prestigious bowls and second of all, it
gives you an opportunity to be home
for Christmas."
Among the activities planned in the
week before the game are tennis
tournaments, a hole-in-one contest, a
10-K run, a full parade, and a band
pageant. Numerous other events are
scheduled. Tickets for these separate
events can be requested through the
bowl's ticket office at (602) 840-2693.

Blue Lines
- - a:,
Upper Peninsula lunatics .. .
... create own traditions
By RICK KAPLAN
T raditions are a big part of Lake Superior State College hockey. One
tradition is beating Michigan in Sault Ste. Marie, but with the week-
end's frustrations well documented, let's move on to some of the little
things that make Laker hockey so annoying.
Lake Superior coach Frank Anzalone, a native New Yorker, has in-
stilled his own disciplinary style into his team.
After the opening song (which is a random choice of the American
national anthem, the American and Canadian national anthems, or "God
Bless America"), the team stands at attention for another four or five
seconds, until the captain waves his stick. The other players then bang
there sticks on the ice and skate off. Ah, the pageantry of college
athletics.
Anzalone's discipline could have had an effect on last weekend's series.
The CCHA's leading goalie, Joe Shawham, did not start either game, and
he did not even dress Friday. Asked where Shawhan was after the first
game, Anzalone stammered, "He was supposed to start tonight, but he
felt uuhhhh, (pause) sick." Translation: sources in the program claim
Shawhan is a head case, and he was benched for mental, not physical
problems.
The fans receive the physical problems throughout the game. After
each Laker goal, a foghorn sounds, deafening the crowd temporarily. It's
almost as irritating as the Chicago Stadium horn that signifies Black
Hawk goals. There is no celebration like an ear-piercing blast.
Leading other ear annoyances were the two mascots. "Lunatic," a
blonde-haired student wearing a Lake Superior hockey jersey (number
two), bashed a Royal Blue and Gold hockey stick against the stands
periodically, in an effort to fire up the sparse crowd. He was far from a
lyrical success.
Worse, though, was the costumed mascot, Seamore the Seaduck. His
suit was closer to a pelican than a duck. Most junior high schools would be
embarrassed to have Seamore waddling in their arena.
The PA announcer was also a quack. Before each period, as the home
team took the ice, he bellowed, "Here come your Soo Lakers!" Right,
and there goes your dignity.
The PA man reached new depths between the second and third periods.
He read the lucky program numbers, interacting with "Lunatic" and the
crowd. Each program had a number on the cover, and fourteen numbers
were chosen to win such valuable prizes as free bowling games, a dozen
donuts, and a two-piece chicken dinner. The exchange went something
like this:
PA announcer: "The winner of a Murph burger, a Pepsi, and french
fries from Murph's Restaurant on Fourth Avenue is number 519."
Crowd:"What?"
PA: "Five-one-nine."
Crowd: "Thank you."
After the 14th, and final, prize (a Big Boy combination, with salad bar)
was given away, the crowd said the normal "Thank you," and the an-
nouncer said sheepishly, "You're welcome."
The Lakers say "thank you" to their fans at the end of the game. After
shaking hands with the visiting team, the Lake Superior players line up
and down the middle of the ice, from goal to goal, and wave their sticks in
the air at the crowd. Then they turn to face the other direction, and repeat
the performance. A little taste of the Rockettes in the Upper Peninsula.
Without a doubt, though, the best choreographed tradition is the ringing
of "The Bell." After the game, if the Lakers win, they go into their locker
room, take off their helmets and skates, replacing them with stocking
hats and shoes, and run out to the parking lot.
The fans gather around The Bell and cheer as each team member
"rings" it twice. The bell does not really ring or clang, however; it
makes a "thud" noise.
Listening to 50 "thuds" per game could make anyone a "Lunatic."

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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Senior placekicker Pat Moons, who replaced Mike Gillette, boots one of his
two field goals against Ohio State. Punter Monte Robbins is the holder on
the play.
Brewster is All-America

Tumblers finish last

Special to the Daily
Chris Brewster yesterday
became only the seventh cross
country All-American in Michigan
coach Ron Warhurst's 12 years of
coaching.
Brewster, a senior from London,
Ontario, finished 16th at the NCAA
championships at Marquette
University in Milwaukee, Wis. The
top 25 finishers make All-America.
"I AM REALLY happy for Chris.
All year long he's worked ex-
tremely hard to get this far and to
see it pay off is very satisfying,"
Warhurst said.
He added, "Chris is a killer. He's
got that fire in his eyes before
every race believing that he's
going to run well. He has that

hunger to win that all the great
ones need, and he is great."
Brewster, the only Michigan
runner in the finals, finished with a
time of 30:11. Wisconsin's Tim
Hacker won the overall individual
championship with a time of 29:18.
Yobes Ondieki of Iowa State
(29:29) was second and Keith Han-
son of Marquette (29:47) was third.
Wisconsin finished first among
the 22 teams entered with a team
score of 67. Arkansas (104),
Colorado (167), Arizona (175) and
North Carolina (200) rounded out
the top five.
Brewster had finished fourth in
the Big Ten at the district cham-
pionship (qualifying round) on
Nov. 16.

in season
By DOUGLAS VOLAN
Last Saturday, the men's gym-
nastics team finished last in its season
opener at the Windy City Invitational
in Chicago against an unusually tough
field; including seven of the top ten
teams in the country.
The Wolverines performance was
better than their finish indicated,
however. Brock Orwig, who was red-
shirted last season due to injury,
made an outstanding comeback. He
competed in four events, and made
the finals on the horizontal bars with a
qualifying score of 9.4.
IN THE FINALS, Orwig placed

openter
second with a 9.5. "It's great to have
Brock return to the lineup after a
year of being redshirted," said
Michigan coach Bob Darden. "It was
a great way for him to get back into
the gymnastic community. His per-
formance was a base for him to build
on for the rest of the year."
"I came out of retirement this
weekend and I felt somewhat blessed
that I performed so well," Orwig said.
"It was quite an experience. Coming
back from the injury was more than
invigorating."
Another bright spot for Michigan
was the performance of team captain
Mitch Rose, who placed either first or
second for Michigan all events. This
included a 9.35 on the horizontal bar.

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