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Ice Hockey
vs. Michigan State
tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS
Friday, November 13, 1987

Women's Volleyball
vs. Western Michigan
tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
IM Building

The Michigan Daily

Page 10

Sailing into the wins

By LISA POLLAK
Let's play a quick game of word
association.
I say sailing.
And you sa'y: Vacations o n
Nantucket. Lazy summer afternoons.
Parties on the beach. Drinking
Heineken. Hanging out at the yacht
club.
I say sailors.
And you say: Patagonia jackets.;
Bright primary colors. Cotton
sweaters. Sunglasses with gold
metal frames. Little whale belts.
And L.L. Bean anything.
I say: University of Michigan
Sailing Team.
And you say: Huh?
THE UNIVERSITY'S S
Sailing Team hates this game.
"People have a really strange;
perspective of sailing," admits team
captain Morgan Collins . "They;
don't think of it as a sport. They,
don't think of it as a game. They
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M sail1ors lower
boom on myths

then if they don't, they probably
don't know we exist."
For the co-ed sailing team -
now ranked ninth in the nation
among all its collegiate competitors
- this season's biggest challenge
may be the fight against the sport's
Preppy Handbook-Dennis-Conner-
wealthy yacht-club-member image.
They are out to change that image.
And they are out to fight the myths.
Myth: Sailing team members
must have extensive experience,
namely, have sailed at Daddy's club
since they were three.
TRUTH: Of the sailing team's
approximately 50 members, only
one-third had prior experience before
joining, said Collins. "We can take
anyone on campus and have them
crewing (one of two sailing
positions) in two weeks," he said.
Myth: Sailing isn't a team sport.
Truth: Though regattas
(competitions) usually consist of
many individual races - with two
sailors in each boat - it's the total
score that counts. At last weekend's
Midwest Collegiate Sailing
Association championship
qualifying regatta, over fourteen
races (with different sailors each race)
were used to determine the final
outcome: Michigan in first place,
Michigan State in second, and Notre
Dame in third.
MYTH: Compared to football,
sailing isn't important.

Truth: That all depends on your
perspective. Sailing team members
are fond of comparing themselves to
football - which in the Ivy League,
they point out, is about as important
as sailing is at Michigan. "But hey,
we're better than the football team,"
said team member Jeff Snell. "We're
the only top ten team this
University has," he added.
Myth: Sailing is a time for
relaxation.
Truth: For sailing team members,
sailing means three afternoons a
week of practice at Base Line Lake
in Dexter. It often means two or
three full weekends per month spent
at out-of-town regattas, such as
tomorrow's National Sloop
Championships in Connecticut. It
rarely means time for relaxation.
Myth: Sailors like to party. A
lot.
Truth: Sailors like to party. A
lot. They use the cliche "work hard
and party hard," more than most
students at the University do.
Sailing team social chair (yes, they
have a social chair) Phil Keil takes
his job very seriously. "I have to
plan good parties," he said. "It's
important to keep people happy."
Snell is more descriptive. "We have
awesome bashes!" he said. "First we
sail. That's work. Then we order the
kegs and have a blow-out-blast of
fun."

riIy Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Laura Gregory and Chris Carroll helped the sailing team drift into first place in last weekend's Midwest
Collegiate Sailing Association championship qualifying regatta.

Orange
Bowl fails
in attempt
to assure
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MIAMI (AP) - The Orange
Bowl's quest for the mythical
national championship game suffered
a severe setback with the Cotton
Bowl's rejection of a contingency
plan involving third-ranked Miami
and seventh-ranked Notre Dame.
The Orange Bowl, already
guaranteed the Big Eight champion,
wanted to have the Fighting Irish if
they won their final three games,
including a Nov. 28 match at
Miami, but would take the
Hurricanes if they won thier
remaining games.
The Cotton Bowl would have
received the Hurricaines if they lost
in the proposed deal, but bowl

officials balked at the plan - fearing a
rematch of Miami's earlier 51-7 rout
of Arkansas.
"We don't want a rematch, and if
I was Arkansas, I wouldn't want any
more of that," said Fred Scovell,
chairman of the Cotton Bowl
selection committee. "That game
was a massacre."
The Razorbacks are in contention
for the Southwest Conference
championship, which automatically
receives the Cotton Bowl bid.
It appears likely the Orange Bowl
will still have a good shot at the
national championship game, so
long as their choice does not lose
after the Nov. 21 bowl selection day.

Recruit alleged
blackmailed with
fate of brother
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State on Wednesday signed a letter of
police have been asked to investigate intent with Louisiana State.
allegations that a high school THE NEWSPAPER said that
basketball player was given this Anders had become aware of charges
choice: Play at South Carolina or that if Roberts did not sign with
see his brother put in jail for life. South Carolina, his brother would
According to a report by The do "hard time." John Wayne Roberts
Columbia Record published has been charged with the murder o
yesterday, Solicitor James Anders a Richland County man in April.
has asked the State Law Enforcement Roberts is following his coach,
Division to look into charges that a Jim Childers, to LSU. Childers
judge and others put pressure on earlier this year accepted a n
Stanley Roberts' family to force him assistant's job with LSU Coach
to attend South Carolina. Roberts' Dale Brown.
brother faces a murder charge. Anders said he asked for the
Roberts, a Lower Richland High investigation after getting a
School star who is considered one of telephone call from a Louisiana
the top prep prospects in the nation, attorney familiar with the situation.

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