Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 27, 1987
FORMER WOLVERINE BELIEVES STRIKE WAS WASTE OF TIME
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BY ADAM SCHRAGER
I went to Columbus this past weekend with an open mind and no
preconceived notions about the type of school Ohio State was. I was
there to cover the hockey series and to experience whatever else might
come my way.
What I did experience, though, affected my opinion enough to write
this article, and forever changed my view of Ohio State.
Everyone knows of those bumperstickers that read "Directions to
Columbus: South until you smell it, East until you step in it." Well, I
could tell that we were driving south toward the Buckeye capital because
the scents coming from outdoors could have even made Grizzly Adams
I FIGURED the gameywould be a salvation. I got to the 1,580
seat OSU Ice Arena and was amazed by what I saw. How can a school
that has an enrollment of almost 54,000 students have a matchbox for a
stadium? When posed with this question, Ohio State head coach Jerry
Welsh responded sarcastically with "How long an answer do you want?
"It was built in 1962, and I got here in 1969. I did not lay any
bricks. The disadvantages are evident. Not many students and faculty
can get in to see the game. I definitely, though, do not think that it
reflects the quality of our program."
While it may not reflect the Buckeye hockey program, the fan
support was just not there Friday night. Only 1,355 people, over two
hundred less than capacity, came the night before homecoming to a
hockey game against arch-rival Michigan. These fans, though extremely
vociferous, saw their team lose 5-3 in a well-played hockey game.
Michigan was destined to hold its 4-3 lead with two minutes
remaining in the contest. Following a brief pushing match between two
players, linesman Pat Berry jumped in and said in a sardonic tone,
"That's it guys. It's all over."
FRESH FROM victory and post-game interviews, my colleague
and I headed to High Street and the excitement of Columbus. In my bar
room experiences, I met a person who knew Wayne Gretzky, I posed as
a Michigan hockey player, and I met a computer major with no money,
who played the saxophone on the corner.
The evening climaxed with conversation with a Buckeye coed.
"Wow, you go to Michigan. You must be really smart," my newfound
admirer said. "Yeah, well all the smart people may go to Michigan, but
all the cool people go to OSU." Enough said.
After that extraordinary Friday night, things did not get any better.
Reality or in other words, midterms, set in, and I had to go study.
Trying to find a library at Ohio State was somewhat difficult - but not
THE SEARCH for the Ohio State library took us to the second
floor of a building and the main undergraduate library. It seemed
somewhat odd to me how Ohio State did not even have a separate
building for its biggest library.
Considering that it was football Saturday, I figured on encountering
very few people at the library. There were only four people, two of
whom were hired employees. Enough said.
My walk to the game in a driving rain was not a good omen. The
game was a very physical one and tempers flared. Comments such as
"Go to a real school" were hurled at the Buckeye players.
Michigan lost 6-3. With around three minutes left in the game,
linesman Ed Sneddon said, "Take a walk men," following one of many
altercations between the two teams
My pleasure, Ed. But some advice for the future - don't walk too
fast. I received a ticket on the way home.
By STEVEN GINNS
Despite participating in a n
unsuccessful strike, the regular
National Football League players
like Rich Strenger put on their
uniforms and played football last1
weekend. As former Wolverine and1
current Detroit Lion offensive
lineman Strenger said, "Going on
strike was not the answer (to the
Strenger lettered for the
Wolverines from 1980-1982. He
started for the 1982 Big Ten
champions that lost, 24-14, to
UCLA in the Rose Bowl. He also
played on two other Michigan teams
that appeared in bowl games.
ALTHOUGH THE 24-day
NFL strike has ended, none of the
issues have been settled. Strenger
understood all sides of the strike and .
had no ill feelings towards
management or non-union players
who crossed the picket lines.
Unlike many other union
members, Strenger was not tempted
to cross the line. "I pretty much
backed the union, even though free
agency would not benefit me, most
of the other issues like pensions
will," he said.
The picket lines did not stop
many former Wolverines from
playing in the NFL during the
"A lot of these players are my
friends," he said. "Players like Jerry
Diorio and Gilvanni Johnson, they
were my teamates in college."
DIORIO AND Johnson joined
fellow Wolverine Stanley Edwards in
playing three games for the Lions BI
team. Strenger and another former7
Wolverine Butch Woolfolk, though,
stayed on strike.
In the battle between the NFL
owners and the players union,
Strenger felt the "NFL management
had their game plan set." Strenger
hinted that the union underestimated
the power of management.
offensive line. He apprenticed behind
Ed Muransky and Bubba Paris.
Strenger worked hard, and it paid
off. By 1982 he weighed 270 pounds
and started at tackle. He was named
first-team all Big Ten that season
and played in the East-West Shrine
Strenger became the Lions second
round pick in the 1983 draft and
soon became a mainstay on their
with NFL strike
Wolverine s tickhers
tie Spartans- again
Despite the Lions poor start (1-5)
this season, Strenger remains
optimistic. "At this point in the
season with nine games left
anything came happen," he said.
"We'll take one game at a time."
'I pretty much backed the
union, even though free
agency would not benefit
me, most of the other
issues like pensions will.'
STRENGER, who came to
Ann Arbor in 1979 from Grafton,
Wis., was recruited as a 6-7, 215
pound tight end. In his sophmore
year, though, he switched to the
By RICHARD EISEN
The sun is slowly setting on the
Michigan field hockey's BigTen
season. Yesterday, all hope of
winning the conference title was
virtually crushed when the
Wolverines tied Michigan State,1-1.
The second tie in one week
against the Spartans did nothing to
enhance the Wolverine record, now
1-3-2 in the Big Ten.
The Spartans scored in the first
period to take the lead, but Michigan
tied it at 25:26 of the second period
on a goal by senior Debbie Devine.
The score remained the same for the
rest of regulation time and t w o
grueling overtime periods.
The tie was particularly
frustrating for the Wolverines
because it was the fourth overtime
they've played in this season
without a win. "Yeah, another
overtime," sighed Michigan head
coach Karen Collins. "There were
some mixed emotions after this
overtime. We practiced hard all week
for Michigan State and we tied them
again, but that's what happens when
two evenly matched teams play each
other in two straight weeks."
Collins, however, has a n
optimistic outlook for the rest of the
year. Michigan, which was ranked
20th in the nationally polls last
week, is aiming to climb even
higher, and Collins feels they have a
"Lots of players feel, as I do that
we are capable of beating the tough
teams like Northwestern and Iowa 4
and that can surely make us jump
higher in the polls," she said.
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2 Cornerstone 4
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CHECK-IN: Race day 7:30-8:30 am.
Students Dedicated to
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