Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 3, 1987
Columnists play name game
Assuming there is such a thing
as a loyal Daily sports following,
then those who count themselves
part of it probably have noticed
lately the appearance of some new
faces atop the sports columns.
Along with the new faces are the
traditional (and traditionally silly)
For the next couple weeks, as
has been custom for the past year,
readers will be forced to put up with
both the photo and column name
atop the columns of Barb "Barb's
Barbs" McQuade, Adam "Martin
Chronicles" Martin, Phil "Philling
It Up" Nussel, Dave "Aretha
Frankness" Aretha, and Mark "Mark
My Words" Borowsky, all of whom
shortly will disappear from these
pages to go on to bigger and better
things (what could be bigger than
Readers also will have to put up
with Rick "Tip of the Kap" Kaplan,
who will be at the Daily another
year, and-five new column writers.
Scott "Miller Time" Miller made
his debuta few days ago, as did this
aBY JEFF RUSH
writer, and others will follow in
The process that causes the
delusion of column writers at this'
time every year is the naming of
the sports staff's new senior editors.
The new senior editors were chosen
two weeks ago, and officially took
charge February 1. Being named
senior editor gives one the privilege
of putting one's face on the page
and coming up with a name for a
Coming up with that column
name isn't always such a privilege.
I wasn't happy about having to
come up with a cutesy name for my
column. Does Mitch Albom of the
Free Press call his column "The
White Albom" or "Platinum
Albom" or "Greatest Hits"? Of
course not. He knows he'd merely
be making himself obsolete -
compact discs are the in thing these
Does Joe Falls of the Detroit
News call his column "Cascading
Down" or "All Wet" or "Just
Splashing Around"? Heavens no -
might one think Falls is washed
When a former Daily writer
coudn't come up with a play on his
name, he called his column "One
Small Voice". The name poked fun
at the writer's short stature. Daily
writers laughed at the joke. Nobody
Since starting at the Daily, it
has been my intention to one day
become a senior editor. I have spent
much time trying to come up with
a column name. Unable to come up
with one that satisfied me, I wished
to forget the column name and
leave the column untitled - the
way Albom and Falls do.
But newspapers value (and
sometimes adhere to) something
called consistency. When other
senior editors didn't wish to get rid
of the column names, I gave in.
Thus the column name above,
,which a friend came up with.
Since getting the column name,
though, I've realized that these
names are more than a simple play
on words. So next time you read
my column, or "Miller Time" or
any other column, realize that the
names aren't just hastily conceived
"Rush Delivery", for example,
fits well with my many hours of
pounding dough at a small pizzeria
in northern Michigan.
The author of "Miller Time"
always comes back from vacations
with an extremely brightly colored
nose. He always claims the Florida
sun is at fault. I'm not so sure.
Daily Photo by BRAD MILL
Michigan's Ed Nagel nets a first place win at the Big Ten Indoor Tennis
Championship in East Lansing last weekend. Nagel, the number-one seed
in the tourney, defeated Michigan teammate Dan Goldberg (6-3, 6-4) for
M' netters ace Big
Ten rivals at MSU
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Gymnasts improve but lose
By JULIE HOLLMAN
Improvement and disappoint-
ment painted the men's and
women's gymnastics teams' trip to
Illinois last Saturday black and
white, as the Fighting Illini inched
past Michigan with some key last-
Although the men and women
each bettered their previous overall
scores, neither was able to find the
extra ingredient to bring home the
win. The women pulled out in front
of Illinios and led throughout the
contest, but with one event
remaining they let victory slip
through their fingers. Illiniois won,
THE MEN kept Illinios
concerned all night by staying at
their heels through each event.
However, despite a win in the rings
and a tie on the horizontal bar, they
could not jump ahead and found
themselves on the bottom side of a
Despite the loss, women's coach
Dana Kempthorne was very pleased
with her team's performance but
was upset with the judges. "I was
disappointed in the scoring system.
I felt that some of (Illinois') scores
on the vault and floor were a little
too high," said Kempthorne.
One bright spot in Michigan's
rlnm of dicnoir maa the tenm'.
elimination of some mistakes on
the beam and bars that have plagued
them since the beginning of the
season. Janne Klepek was the major
contributor to the Wolverines'
marked improvement. She delivered
a 9.4 winning performance on the
bars, and ended the night with a
37.25, a school-record overall score.
The men showed an eight-point
overall improvement, which should
boost their national ranking above
their current 16th slot.
THE SQUAD'S 42.5 on the
pommel horse marked their highest
score thus far in that event.
Nevertheless, that score fell 2.2
points below Illinois'. The Illini
jumped out to a 91.45-88.45 lead
after two events.
Mitch Rose paced the
Wolverines in the rings with a 9.5
to give Michigan its only win.
Brock Orwig finished the night
with the meet's best overall score at
Women swimmers win
The Michigan women's
swimming team prevailed over two
of their Big Ten rivals last
Wednesday, Feb. 4
7:30- 9:00 P.M.
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weekend, beating Illinois Friday
'night 69-43 and Northwestern
Saturday afternoon 77-53.
Leading the Wolverine attack
against Illinois was sophomore
Susie Rabiah, a Flint native, who
raced into Michigan history when
she broke both the 50-yard and 100-
yard freestyle Matt Mann Pool
records with times of 23.92 and
The closest race of the meet was
was the 200-yard butterfly, won by
Wolverine Brenna Tymko in
2:06.01, just 13/100ths of a second
faster than Liz Grant of Illinois.
Both Rabiah's and Tymko's
times were career bests, which is
unusual for swimmers in the midst
of their intense training and dual-
Distance swimmer Stacie Fruth
dominated the 1000-yard and 500-
yard freestyles, winning both events
by over four seconds.
In the Northwestern meet,
Michigan's Candice Quinn and co-
captain Christina Vedejs competed
in the two breast stroke events. In
the 100-yard breast, Quinn placed
first (1:05.77) and Vejedes second,
but the 200 reversed the finishes
with Vejeds first (2:24.94) and
Rounding out the strong
performances of the weekend were
Michigan's women divers who
crushed their opposition in both
contests, grabbing the top three
places in both the one- and three-
meter events. Highlighting their
performances was Clara Trammell
who placed second in the three-
meter diving event against Illinois,
and second in the one-meter diving
event against Northwestern.
MARC C. PARRISH
By JIM DOWNEY
Big Ten take notice. The
message was served by the
men's tennis team this past
weekend at the Spartan
Invitational in East Lansing.
Competing against conference
opponents, the Wolverines
captured both the singles and
Ed Nagel lived up to his
number-one seeding in singles,
defeating Michigan teammate
Dan Goldberg, who was seeded
fourth, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.
"Needless to say, I was
extremely pleased with the
results," said Michigan head
coach Brian Eisner. "Nagel and
Goldberg were just fantastic. It's
very difficult to play your
teammate for the championship,
but it was a great match. They
both played very well."
N A G E L, who is ranked
among the top-20 collegians in
the country, paired with Ed Filer
to form the number-one seed in
doubles as well. The two fought
back from an early deficit to
prevail over Marc Schwartz and
Tim Madden of Wisconsin 4-6,
"They weren't as sharp as
they usually are," said Eisner of
his top doubles team. "They
went three sets in every match,
but they did the right things at
the right times, and served and
"We're sending a message to
the Big Ten and the NCAA as a
whole about how good we are.
We have made a substantial
improvement since the fall, and
we have to continue moving
COLUMBUS (AP) - Forward
Lowell Hamilton scored 23 points
as14th-ranked Illinois rallied from
an 11-point second-half deficit to
defeat Ohio State 82-65 in a Big
Ten basketball game last night.
Tony Wysinger added 15 points
and Ken Norman and Doug
Altenberger each scored 14 for the
Illini, 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the
Ohio State, 13-8 and 4-5, was
led by Dennis Hopson with 21
points, Curtis Wilson with 11
points, and Jerry Francis with 10.
THE BUCKEYES took a 46-
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35 lead with 15:44 left in the game
when Jay Burson hit a three-point
play inside. But the Illini ran off
the next six points, four by
Hamilton, to pull within 46-41.
After Ohio State took a 53-51
lead on Tony White's jump shot at
the 7:51 mark, the Illini scored 11
of the next 13 points for a 62-55
advantage. Altenberger and
Wysinger each hit three-point field
goals during the surge. Leading 64-
59 with 2:38 left, Illinois scored
the next 10 point put the game out
Ohio State led 38-29 at the half.
The Buckeyes trailed 19-18 at the
10-minute mark after an 8-0 Illinois
run, but Ohio State hit six of its
next eight shots for a 36-23 lead.
Hopson scored 12 points to lead
Ohio State in the first half while
Altenberger and Hamilton each had
eight for Illinois.
DePaul 84, N.C. State 62
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Rod
Strickland scored 18 points and
Stanley Brundy added 16 as fifth-
ranked DePaul rolled over North
Carolina State 84-62 yesterday in
DePaul, nursing a .17-point
halftime lead, buried the Wolfpack
with a 15-4 spurt early in the
second half that pushed the Blue
Demons' advantage to as high as 25
The 22-point loss was N.C.:
State's worst this season.
KELSEY WEEMS' basket at
8:20 trimmed the DePaul to 17-
points, but N.C. State (12-8) never
recovered from a poor first half.
DePaul (19-1) put five players in
double figures. Besides Strickland
and Brundy, Terence Greene had 15
points, Dallas Comegys scored 14
and Kevin Edwards added 10.
Walker Lambiotte and Bennie
Bolton each scored 13 points for the
Wolfpack. Charles Shackleford,
averaging 13.6 points per game,
was held to six.
In the first half, DePaul raced
ahead 14-4 before the game was five
minutes old. By 11:32, the
Wolfpack had six points, all byu
Vinny Del Negro. The Blue
Demons, ignited by Strickland's 14
points, twice owned 20-point
margins beofre enteringthe locker
room with a 44-27 advantage.