Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 27, 1987
By JIM DOWNEY
Continued improvement and
consistent performances have been
the goals of both the men's and
women's gymnastics teams early
this season. On Saturday night at
Crisler Arena, both goals were
realized, and the results were good.
The men's team, which received
strong performances from Craig
Ehle (51.35, second in men's all- ,,'
around) and Brock Orwig (51.0,
third in men's AA), defeated both
Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan..
The outcome was in doubt until the /7/
final moment, however. With the
Badgers finished for the evening
with a score of 257.55 and EMU'
having no chance of winning, the Klepek
Wolverines approached their final ... first all-arou
event, the high bar, needing strong
performances from all five The Wolverine coach j
gymnasts. They got it, with Orwig lineups for each event s
winning the event with a score of top three performers one
9.55. The team finished at 260.2. went first. The result was
"It was comfortable having place finishes. Orwig cap
Brock back in there," said Michigan the high bar and the pa
coach Bob Darden of his (8.95). Ehle took the flo
beleaguered senior all-arounder. "It (9.2), Nick Lamphier (
was great to have him back." the pommel horse, an
DARDEN SAW his team's Mitch Rose won the
consistency and a change in strategy (9.25).
as keys to the win. "Our "The judges kept u
consistency was way up, a 50 said Darden of the narro"
percent improvement," he said. victory. "They had sha
i close wins
But we showed a four-point
improvement . If we improve four
points every meet, we'll be
pumping for a national
IN ANOTHER nailbiter, the
women's team also prevailed. The
Wolverines were aided by stellar
efforts by sophomore Janne Klepek
and junior Angela Williams.
Klepek and Williams went one-two
in the all-around competition, with
scores of 36.6 and 36.05,
Michigan finished first with
177.45 points, Wisconsin (176.4)
placed second, and Northern Illinois
(174.6) finished third.
Wolverine coach Dana
Kempthorn attributed Michigan's
success to increased intensity in
practice and saw tangible results on
the balance beam. Klepek (9.25)
and Williams (9.1) led the squad to
a 44.5 total on the balance beam,
nearly a point better than both
competitors. That performance was
crucial in the meet.
"Our goal this meet was 178,"
said Kempthorn. "If we continue to
work and clean up in some areas,
we'll shoot for 179 next weekend."
Both the men's and women's
teams travel to Champaign to battle
Illinois this weekend.
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By WALTER KOPF
Surprise, surprise. The New York Giants won the
Super Bowl on Sunday. According to the Las Vegas
oddsmakers, or Jimmy "The Greek," the Giants were
a sure thing to win the ring. New York was a nine-
and-one-half point favorite at the start of the game.
That's one of the largest point spreads in Super Bowl
Why were the New Yorkers such heavy favorites
for Super Bowl XXI? One reason is that they hadn't
lost a game since October, and that makes eleven in a
row including the playoffs. Or maybe it was their 14-
2 regular-season record, or their league-leading defense
against the run.
Any other ideas as to why the Giants should have
been favored so heavily over the Denver Broncos?
How about the erratic 11-5 regular season of the
Broncos. Or consider Denver's struggle through the
playoffs in which they won two games by a total of
eight points. Let's face it, as the Giants pulled away
in the third quarter, one realized that the prophecy of
the prognosticators was correct.
The first half was a sluggish defensive grind.
Denver clung to a delicate 10-9 advantageathalftime.
It appeared that maybe the Giants wouldn't live up to
their advanced billing. But as the Broncos lost their
first half confidence, New York rolled to a Super
Bowl-record thirty points in the second half. So much
for every underdog having its day.
Another Super blowout
Whether the Giants were favored by two or 20, the
game churned its way through in typical Super Bowl
fashion. It was the fifteenth win by ten points or
more - that's out of 21 "Super Bowls." And if a
game has to be close to be super, then chalk this one
up as a sleeper. The game became so one-sided during
Super Bowl XXI...
..not a Giant surprise
the fourth quarter, that CBS television, (who covered
the game nationally) took viewing time to focus on
the Gatorade coolers located on the sidelines, rather
than the game on the field. It doesn't get less super
The Giants were supposed to win the "Big One,"
and they did. They were given heavy odds, and they
surpassed them. So where was the controversy, the
excitement or the thrills of this anti-climatic season
The pre-game show (which seems to have turned
into the week-long pre-game show) is good for
rallying football fans around the television set.
Then there are those Gatorade buckets, and they're
always good for a tense moment or two. It's too bad
one can't count on a good Super Bowl, like the
Baltimore Colts' 16-13 last-minute victory against
the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. But alas, the most
controversial aspect of Super Bowl XXI has to be
where the New York Giants hold their victory march.
Home, s wt home?
Sure, they're called the New York Giants. Yet they
play their home games in a stadium called the
Meadowlands located not in New York, but in East
Rutherford, New Jersey. New York Mayor Ed Koch
wouldn't fund a New York-style, ticker-tape parade for
the Giants if they won the Super Bowl. So American
Express stepped in with an offer to flip the estimated
$700,000 tab. Giants management refused their offer,
deciding to stage a parade in the Meadowlands.
So the experts had the winner picked a week before
the game. And so it may not have been a close or
even a pretty game. And big deal if you don't know
whether they're from New York or from New Jersey.
The'thing that's uncontested, is the winner and
that's the Giants, the giants of pro football for 1986-
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