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The Michigan Daily--Wednesday, October 14, 1987- Page 9
MARSHALL A)d 10aVEa SHINE IN "UGLY" M' WIN

THE SPORTING VIEWS

By TAYLOR LINCOLN
In light of the fading hopes for a quick strike
settlement, it's questionable if Gene Upshaw and the
rest of the players association brass will be able to
keep the striking players at bay much longer. Last
week, Upshaw was able to keep most of the union
players on his side of the picket lines by assuring
player reps that a settlement was on the immediate
horizon.
The union's solidarity has been tearing slowly at
the seams for the duration of the strike, with many
notable players choosing to cross the picket lines.
Now, with the two sides mired in such a stalemate that
there is little to no hope for a quick settlement, it
seems likely that the union structure will crumble.
If that should happen, the owners will have won a
major victory in breaking the union. But their triumph
will not have come wijhout cost. Even if a settlement
is reached this week, the league will have absorbed a
serious blow to its integrity. The sight of unknown
players wearing NFL uniforms will be difficult to
forget.
Substitute games to affect playoffs
Furthermore, the fact that the replacement games
actually count renders the rest of the season invalid. If
the regulars return this Sunday, they will have missed
two games. In a regular season, two games could be
the difference between a 10-6 season and an 8-8 season.
In short, two games often separate the teams that
make the playoffs from those who head home at
Christmas time. The fact that the replacement games
will inevitably alter the playoff picture is enough to
destroy the credibility of this season.
More threatening to the owners than the negative
repercussions the league would suffer if the strike
should end soon are the possibilities if the strike
should drag on-possibly for the entire season. By
organizing the replacement games, the owners have
provided an avenue through which they might be able
to break the union. But in doing so, the owners have
obligated themselves to carry on with the season-

whilestrike IIngers
strike or no strike-all the way to the Super Bowl.
Replacements rewrite record books
An entire season of replacement games would taint
the league's record books forever. The first two weeks
of replacement ball have already taken their toll on the
record books. Anthony Allen, cut by the lowly Atlanta
Falcons prior to the season, etched his name in
Washington Redskin history two weeks ago, logging a
team record 255 yards receiving.
Meanwhile Gary Hogeboom, hardly one of the
NFL's better quarterbacks, was busy carving up the
Bills "B" team secondary for five touchdown passes-
equalling the all-time Colt record.
Thus far, aside from Hogeboom, most of the big
name offensive picket crossers (Joe Montana, Tony
Dorsett, Danny White, etc.) have been used only
sparingly. But that won't last long. The games count
and coaches aren't going to keep their best players on
the sidelines.
Maybe Dorsett will average 200 yards a week and
eclipse Eric Dickerson's all-time single season rushing
record. Perhaps Montana will turn out a few 600-yard
passing games (Hogeboom had over 250 yards early in
the third quarter the other week).
Not so "Super" Bowl
Worse than the possibility of having its record
books distorted (a problem which could be patched up
at least partially with asterisks and parentheses) is the
damage the league's image would incur if the strike
were to last all season-all the way to a fated Super
Bowl XXII. Having a bunch of unknowns playing
centerstage for football's version of the world
championship would be a devastating blow to the
league.
Then again, the possibilities are limitless. Maybe
late January will bring a ticker tape parade in'
Indianapolis. "The Super Bowl champion Indianapolis
Colts." That wouldn't sound quite right.

By PETER ZELLEN
The Wolverines got that Big Ten
monkey off their back but it wasn't
pretty. The Michigan volleyball team
halted a four-game conference losing
streak when it beat Michigan State
last night, 7-15, 15-7, 15-13, and 15-
3.
It was a match that was best
categorized by Michigan coach Joyce
Davis. "It was really ugly volleyball,
on both sides," Davis said.
The Spartans fell to 0-7 in the Big
Ten while Michigan raised its record
to 2-5, 13-8 overall. The 13 wins
for the Wolverines equals the 13 that
the team won all last season.
THE FIRST G A M E wasn't
spectacular. The score just went back
and forth until Michigan State put
together successive points to take a
13-7 lead. The Wolverines got three
to close to 13-10, but the Spartan's
star, Becky Belanger, pulled out the
last two for a 15-7 Spartan victory.
At this point, Michigan turned it
around. The Wolverines racked up a
10-0 lead which later became 13-1.
This was mainly due to Spartan
miscues, which were abundant. "I felt
before the game that whoever
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committed the fewest errors would
win," stated Davis.
A couple of Wolverine misses
here and there and Michigan State got
the score to 14-7. The Wolverines
quickly regrouped and won that
game, 15-7.
THE THIRD GAME was a
poor showing from both sides as
neither team could score more than
two points in one serve. Michigan

stole that game in a 15-13 win.
In game four, Michigan showed
what was the closest to domination
in the whole match. With a 9-3 lead
and junior Julie Marshall serving, the
Wolverines won the final six points
to take the game and the match.
Coach Davis was happy, in a
way. "I don't care how we played
because we won," she said. "We were
0-2 against Michigan State last year
and I hate it when any Michigan
team loses to State."
Also on the plus side, Michigan
had fine games from sophomores
Karen Marshall and Kim Clover.
Marshall had a hitting percentage of
.478 along with 15 kills and 13 digs.
Davis was very pleased with the
improved play of Clover. "Kim had a
really good game with two solo
blocks and four block assists," said
the coach.
Overall, coach Davis has summed
up the season like this. "We've had
some setbacks but we're going in the
right direction. The problem is that
I'm not a patient person and I want
more," Davis said. A lot more by the
looks of it.

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K. Marshall
... stars in victory

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