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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 8, 1986

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Bowl game proves to

be real Fiesta

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-~ TEMPE, Ariz.
F I hear anyone say that Michigan
should have gone to the Cotton
Bowl or Sugar Bowl, I'm going to get
ticked off.
The 1986 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl was a
treeeemendous experience for
everyone involved - the Michigan.
players, athletic department, fans,
alumni and media. It was a class act
in every way.
If it hasn't done so already, the Fiesta
Bowl will soon become the third best
bowl in America.

There's no way the Cotton or Sugar
Bowls could have matched the Fiesta
Bowl in hospitality, hoopla, or football
action. No sir.
When the Wolverines arrived at
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, on Dec..
26, they were greeted by a joyful gaun-
tlet of Sunkist Fiesta Bowl represen-
tatives. Being on the team charter, I
too enjoyed the greeting. Believe me,
those folks sure know how to make
you feel welcome. I have never
received more handshakes, pats on
the back, or good luck wishes in my
life.

The team and official party mem-
bers were then bussed to their hotel,
the Scottsdale Registry Resort.
Without getting into messy details,
this 68-acre complex is one of the
finest resorts in the Phoenix area.
The Michigan media was housed
across the street at the Sheraton,
which features the largest jacuzzi in
Arizona. Need I say more?
The festivities began that night at
an old Hollywood western set called
Rawhide. The place is now a glorified
tourist trap. However, both the
Nebraska and Michigan teams
managed to overlook that since the
boys were treated to huge steak din-
ners.
The next day was highlighted by the
Sunkist Brunch held at the posh
Camelback Inn. After everyone gob-
bled-up a first-class spread of food,
they were entertained by Master of
Ceremonies Joe Garagiola, a
longtime television baseball commen-
tator.
The guy was a riot. In addition to
telling the usual Yogi Berra jokes,
Garagiola entertained with comments
about all the players and coaches as
they were introduced. He was

especially happy to meet Bobby
Tabachino and John Vitale - his
friends from the old world. The for-
mer big league catcher got in his
share of zingers, but took a lot of
abuse about his Bob Ueker-like
statistics.
Media members were given first
class treatment the next day at the
press luncheon. Nebraska and

series of speeches. Los Angeles
Dodger manager Tom Lasorda was
the keynote speaker.
Oh yeah, then there was the game.
For the second straight year, the
Fiesta Bowl had a down-to-the-wire
special. Michigan's 27-23 victory was
not cemented until Garland Rivers in-
tercepted Steve Taylor's pass in the
end zone with just seconds remaining.

Philling it Up
By Phil Nussel

House.
This place was (again) incredible,'
at least to Michigan students used to
the cramped and expensive Ann Ar-
bor bars. The Devil House, known for
its five-for-one drink specials, ha's a
good-sized dance floor with all the
latest technology and a $3 cover. 'Nyff
said.
The only thing wrong with the Tei-
pe night life was the insane jay walkingl
laws. Yeah, I got caught. The Tempe,
police, after seeing my out-of-stye,
license, refused to accept ignorance
as an excuse and wrote me a $25.
ticket. It was the only bad pubU,
relations occurrance I witnessed.
It's okay, I'm not paying the dam#
thing anyway.
Overall, I can't say enough abit
the entire Sunkist Fiesta Bowl "
travaganza. Outstanding weather;
good organization, great surrouin=
dings, and a classic game all made
this a near-perfect trip for :t~h
Michigan contingent.
It's too bad Michigan will be in the
Rose Bowl next year, because the 1987
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl will be even bit
ter.

Michigan athletic directors Bob
Devaney and Don Canham gave short
talks which were followed by a lavish
poolside lunch.
The kickoff luncheon was held the
Monday before the game at the
Phoenix Civic Plaza. I still cannot
believe the size of this event. Over
4,300 fans, alumnus, players, media,
and VIP's were treated to a top-notch
lunch in one huge room. Each school
band along with its cheerleaders put
on a show which was followed by a

The weather, as usual, cooperated
and Arizona State's Sun Devil
Stadium was packed witn 72,454 tans
- the largest crowd in Arizona sports
history. The stadium was decorated
tastefully with the Orange and Yellow
Fiesta Bowl colors and the crowd was
awed by the field-sized American flag
used for the National Anthem.
The post-game celebrating began
that night for the Michigan players.
The Wolverines all visited Tempe's
top college nightspot - The Devil

Tiny Morris carries heavy load.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
GILBERT and SULLIVAN SOCIETY
INVITES YOU TO OUR
ORGANIZATIONAL
MASS MEETING
for
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WHEN: SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 8:00 P.M.
WHERE: MICHIGAN UNION
PENDLETON ROOM.
INFO: 761-7855
Refreshments Served

By PHIL NUSSEL
Special to the Daily
TEMPE, Ariz. - Two days after
Michigan's 27-23 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl
victory over Nebraska, tailback
Jamie Morris acted nothing like a guy
who had been voted the Most Valuable
Offensive Player in one of the coun-
try's top bowl games.
The 5-7, 175-pound speedster was a
chilled out dude. He sat on the team
plane sporting a new pair of
wraparound shades, listening to tunes
on his walkman. He spent most of the

flight playing with the young kids who
made the trip.
JUST 48 hours before, Morris was a
bundle of energy on the Sun Devil
Stadium grass piling up 156 yards on
22 carries - almost 67 percent of
Michigan's total offense.
"I'm just gald we won the game,"
Morris said. "(Nebraska) was the
toughest team we faced all year. They
were pretty much what we expected.
I would rather go against a finesse
team any day."
The sophomore's feat highlighted a
memorable week for the Morris
family. The elder Morris, Joe, ran for
140 yards against San Francisco in
the New York Giants' NFL playoff

victory on Dec. 28.
"I GUESS it's in the genes," Jamie
said. "We talked for a little while af-
ter his game and he said to go out
there and run like a man possessed.
That's all I thought about. I didn't
think about anything else but the
game.
"I'm sure (Joe) was in front of the
TV watching me play. We're always
watching each other."
Before the game, Bo Schembechler
kidded Morris about trying to top his
brother's effort, but Jamie's perfor-
mance was no joke. "Jamie played
extremely well," Schembechler said.
"His brother got 140 yards in the
playoff game and I assumed he would

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be able to do the same for us."
MORRIS' 156 yards put him over
the 1000-yard mark for the year. It
was his third 100-yard effort of the
season. His best game was against
Indiana when he piled up 179 yards or'
24 carries.
With Michigan down 14-3 at half,
against Nebraska, Morris led part of
the offenses's resurgence in the
second half getting 87 yards on 16
carries. "It was time for someone to
make a move," Morris said. "I wan=
ted to help Jimmy (Harbaugh) out
and take some of the pressure off h'
"Every time I got the ball I wand
to score or make a long run."
NEBRASKA'S defense tried to stop
Morris by keeping him from getting
around the end, but the tailback
countered by cutting back. "Tha.ts
what coach (Tirrel) Burton alwaj
told me to do," he said. "If you cane
get outside, cut it up and go north-
south instead of east-west. I think
they feared our passing game a little
more than our running game."
As the team flight emptied at
Detroit on Jan. 3, Morris was one
the last to leave. He was too busy wh
the kids. "I'm playing baby-sitter
today," he said.
He's a busy guy, keepingIHuske
occupied on Wednesday, keeping kids
busy on Friday.
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