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Page 12 - The Michigan Doily - Tuesday, March 31, 1987

Off

on some random tangents

Mviller Time
4 BY SCOTT G. MILLER

A few thoughts on this cold spring day:
1) It warmed my heart to see 93, 173 Hulkamaniacs at the
Silverdome on Sunday. I was proud to be part of the largest indoor
crowd in history.
2)Wrestlemania III established professional wrestling as the premier
sport in America today. Over two and a half million people around the
world viewed the event on closed circuit television. Long live Vince
McMahon Jr.
3) Don't count on the Pope drawing a larger crowd in the
Silverdome.
4) Hulk Hogan is a real American.
5) If only Michigan fans could make half the noise the wrestling
fans generated on Sunday, Michigan Stadium's foundation would crack.
6) After experiencing a fabulous sporting event
with dedicated fans, I realize how much I hate
Wolverine basketball fans. Besides the 1,000 fans
who sit behind the basket closest to the visitors'
bench, Michigan has no fans.
7) Next season Bill Frieder will face a pleasant
problem, having too many talented players. Frieder
should start Glen Rice and Mark Hughes at forward
with Terry Mills in the pivot. Gary Grant and
Rumeal Robinson will start in the backcourt with
swingman Sean Higgins as a the team's sixth man.M
8) Basketball guru Dick Vitale picked Michigan as
the top team in the land next season. Come on babyF
be serious.
8.5) As Vitale would say, fans will be rocking and
rolling on Bourbon Street after the NCAA5
championship. The Smart fans will be singing Phil
Collins', To-Knight, To-Knight, To-Knight, no
doubt.
9) With all the attention focused on Wolverine
football and basketball, the hockey program is quietly
becoming a power. Coach Red Berenson will have hisK

team finish in the CCHA top four next season.
10) Defending champion Michigan State lost the NCAA hockey
finals on Saturday. I'm all broken up.
11) I'm even more upset that Harvard lost in the semi-finals. The
high and mighty from that institution should be playing chess and not a
layman's game like hockey.
12) Harvard does not deserve to have a good team in any sport.
Listening to the Harvard administration is enough to make anyone sick.
The Crimson may not give athletic scholarships per se, but they do
everything else to help athletes.
13) Hobey Baker winner Tony Hrkac (Hur-kus) of North Dakota is a
player to watch. Look out Red Wing fans. Hrkac, the nation's leading
scorer, will form his next Hrkac circus in St. Louis for the Blues.
14) I predict an early playoff exit for the Red Wings. Demers is
great, but I question any team where Harold Snepts is the second-best
defenseman.
15) Detroit Red Wing Joe Kocur is a lousy hockey player.
16) My favorite pro hockey goon is Calgary Flame Nick Fotiu.
Second is ex-Wing Basil Macrae. My all-time favorite is retired Boston
Bruin Stan Jonathan, who was only 5-7.
17) Someone has to shut up Pistons' rookie
Dennis "Oil Can" Rodman. This guy's act belongs in
the CBA.
18) Will Tiger manager Sparky Anderson ever stop
exaggerating about the ability of some of his players?
19) Football season is only five months away. I
can hardly wait for Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
to analyze some of his team's weaker opponents.
"(Fill in the blank University) may have a poor
record, but they have fine athletes," the Wolverine
mentor will say. "They have excellent quickness, and
some real smart players. They'll be tough."
20) Michigan is a beautiful state. Where else in
America can you see a Domino's Pizza every block?
21) When will winter finally disappear?
22) I could eat Chinese food every day with or
without chopsticks.
23) Words cannot describe how much I hate Joe
'Falls' random thoughts columns.
24) How could anyone read an entire Falls'
thought column?

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Associated Press
Keith Smart fires the winning shot in the NCAA championship game for
Indiana. The jumper over Syracuse's Howard Triche put the Hoosiers
ahead 74-73 with one second left.
Smart shot propels
IU to nationaltil

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night

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thrown at Bronco's meet

By JULIE HOLLMAN
As the Big Ten championships approach for
the men's gymnastics team, the future still looks
bright but after last weekend's performance while
the past is very gray. In their last chance to notch
a victory before the conference title meet, the
Wolverines could do no better than fourth out of
a field of five in the Bronco Invitational last
weekend in Kalamazoo.
Michigan recorded a 262.15 beating only
Illinois-Chicago. Michigan State won the meet
with a hefty 272.5, Wisconsin followed with a
267.90, and Western Michigan scored a 266.05,
good for third.
Despite the low score the Wolverines still
managed to rake in some top performances. Scott

Moore's first place 9.70 on the vault marked a
season's best and Mitch Rose turned in a career
high and event winning 9.75 rings routine.
In the all-around, Michigan's Brock Orwig
came in second with a 55.35 behind Michigan
State's Keith Pettit. Pettit avenged a loss to
Orwig that he suffered two weeks ago when the
Spartans visited Ann Arbor.
Michigan was in pace with the competition
until the last event, the high bar, when the
bottom dropped out. Despite Orwig's 9.2, the
Wolverines ended the event with a 41.2, five
points lower than their season's average and over
four points behind MSU's event winning score.
"We were on a 270-plus role until the high bar
and then we just stumbled and that really brought

us down a considerable amount," said Michigan
head coach Bob Darden.
Michigan started on the right track by
winning the floor competition but then faltered
on the pommel horse, which has been the team's
Achilles heel all season. But then things again
took a turn for the better when Rose and Orwig
led the squad to a second place finish on the
rings.
After strong showings on the vault and
parallel bars, however, the miseries began. These
problems on the horizontal bar, however, don't
worry Darden. "It was just one of those things. It
was like a bug on the squad in the sense that one
guy got it and then they all got it and they all
missed."

(Continued from Page 1)
"We went to the box-and-one
to keep Alford from shooting the,
ball, and Smart made a great
shot," said Syracuse head coach
Jim Boeheim.
Knight joined the select1
company of UCLA's John
Wooden, with 10, and Kentucky's
Adolph Rupp, with four, as
coaches who have won more than
two NCAA crowns. Knight, who ;
won titles in 1976 and 1981, saw
the fulfillment of the recent
adjustments he made. Previously,
he was reluctant to sign junior
college transfers and had been
opposed to using zone defenses.
But those changes helped

Knight share the Big Ten title
with Purdue this year and
ultimately took him to New
Orleans.
Steve Alford, Indiana's all-time
leading scorer, added 23 points,
hitting seven of 10 from three-
point range. His only other goal
was a layup.
Forward Daryl Thomas added
20 points and Dean Garrett,
another junior college transfer, had
10 points and 10 rebounds.
Syracuse, which shared the Big
East title with Pittsburgh and
Georgetown, got 20 points from
point guard Sherman Douglas, 18
from center Rony Seikaly and 12
from guard Greg Monroe.

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