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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 27, 1988

Miller
During my four years at the
Daily, I have seen hundreds of
Wolverine sporting events ranging
from gymnastics meets to football
games.
Some were exciting. Others bor-
ing. But out of everything I have
witnessed, some events naturally
stand out.
Start the drum roll. The Miller
Time finale. Here is the Miller Time
top 10 list of sports events I have
attended while a student at Michigan:
10) Baseball: Michigan 5, Ohio
State 4 - This game was the last
regular season contest of 1986 and
had no meaning in the standings.
The Wolverines already had clinched
the Big Ten championship. But
Michigan's two-out rally in the bot-
tom of the seventh inning typifies
Middaughian baseball.
Head coach Bud Middaugh's phi-
losophy is simple. "You play me in
badminton or croquet or whatever
you want to play me in, I'm going
to beat you," Middaugh said. "I don't
care who you are or where you're
from. I'm going to try to beat you
anyhow."
In this game, Middaugh put in
pitcher Mike Ignasiak to run for first
baseman Hal Morris. The swap
gained Middaugh a step on the
basepaths. A step the coach utilized
when the next batter walked and

Time
Darrin Campbell singled sharply to
left field.
Middaugh waved Ignasiak home.
Somehow, Igansiak was safe, scor-
ing the game-tying run. "That was a
short throw. One that should be
made," Middaugh said. "But we had
been trying to force the issue all day,
and I wasn't about to give up."
Middaugh will never give up on
his quest to bring Michigan a n
NCAA title. And if his past record is
any indication, he is well on his way
to realizing that goal.
After the Wolverines lost in the
1986 NCAA regionals, Middaugh
talked with the press on the field af-
ter the game. As I walked off the di-
amond, Middaugh put his arm
around me and apologized for not
being able to take me to the College
World Series. What a competitor.
9) Hockey: Michigan 11, RPI 10
OT - A shootout at the Yost Ice
corral. The big play, though, was
made by a goalie.
Walk-on netminder Mike Rossi,
who had entered the game in the
third period, stoned RPI's Neil
Hernberg on a breakaway in the
overtime. Hernberg, ironically, was
a teammate of Rossi's in high
school.
8) High school basketball: Sagi-
naw Buena Vista 33, Flint Beecher
32 - Chris Coles nailed a 55-foot

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Letterman; eeh-gads

F,3rsAMiller Time
SBY SCOFF G. MILLER

shot to give Buena Vista the 1986
Class B title at Crisler Arena. It is
difficult to decide what was more
exciting, the shot or the aftermath.
Buena Vista coach Norwaine Reed
fainted into the arms of a referee.
Reed later claimed he personally
knew the official. Beecher coach
Moses Lacey stormed around, rant-
ing and raving. Lacey then spiked
his runner-up trophy to the floor.
Mr. Class continued his tirade at
the press conference, claiming the

time should have expired before the
buzzer-beating shot. "The time
keeper must have been asleep or on
drugs," said Lacey.
That statement could have applied
to Lacey himself.
Mr. Class returned to Crisler last
season and captured the champi-
onship. True to form, Lacey blew
kisses to all the fans who booed
him.
7) Football: Michigan 17, Illi-
nois 14 - This year's contest at
Champaign was not an artistic mas-
terpiece.
In fact, the only excitement in the
game was Michigan's last scoring
drive. Phil Webb spun a web into
the end zone for the victory. But
since it helped contribute to Illini
head coach Mike White's resigna-
tion/firing last week, this was an
event.
White said after the game that he
was ashamed of his team. The ad-
mission was music to my ears.
I also really enjoyed the 69-13
thrashing in 1986 the Wolverines
gave to White. So did Michigan.
White should have been an evan-
gelist. Instead he tried his phony act
on football fans. Now he is gone.
Bummer.
White was a black eye in the Big
Ten. The NCAA investigated the
Illini more times than Gary Hart has
lied to the public. Michigan's pro-
gram served as a foil to White's.
ABC sports commentator Keith
Jackson called Michigan the "citadel"
of college athletics at a press dinner
before the Notre Dame game this
year. Jackson added that it was good
to be at Michigan, a symbol of all
that is good in college athletics.
I found his comments ironic in
light of the then uproar over a story
about Wolverine athletic director
Don Canham's phys. ed. class. But
after thinking about Jackson's com-
ments, I knew he was right.
While the Michigan athletic de-

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
John Kolesar and Greg McMurtry celebrate the game-winning touch-
down at the Hall of Fame Bowl. The contest was the Miller Time choice as
the top sports event in the last four years.

partment is not perfect, it is one of
the best in the nation. The integrity
the department displays is symbol-
ized by one individual - Bo
Schembechler.
6) Basketball: Michigan 69, Iowa
67 3 OTs - This contest spurred
the 1984-85 Wolverines to a school
record 17-game winning streak. Roy
Tarpley hit the biggest shot of his
life to win it. Even Antoine Joubert
played well in this one.
The below zero temperature that
night just did not bother me on the
way home.
5) Wrestlemania III - Pro-
claimed as bigger, better, and badder,
this event lived up to its hype. I was
part of the largest indoor crowd ever,
93,173.
The Hulkster, a real American,
triumphed over the evil Andre the

Hogan
... a real American

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Giant. A victory for everyone who
loves freedom, apple pie, and base-
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Right winger Brad McCaughey
deked goaltender Bob Essensa and
tucked in a backhand with a few
minutes remaining. Before the game
ended, McCaughey beat Spartan bad
boy Mitch Messier senseless.
3) Football: Michigan 27, Ohio
State 17 - Jim Harbaugh to John
Kolesar. The pass covered 77 yards. 4
Michigan Stadium erupted.
Nothing else need be said.
2) Basketball: Michigan 80,
Indiana 52 - Any trashing of a Bob
"don't call me Bobby" Knight is an
event. To beat Knight for the Big
Ten championship is something
special. As Michigan coach Bill
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and he are the last two coaches to
win the Big Ten outright.
Richard Rellford's dunk to open
the contest stands out. Poor Rellford
is now a CBA lifer.
The noise level this game gener-
ated at Crisler may never be heard
again.
1) Football: Michigan 28, Al-
abama 24 - This season's Hall of
Fame Bowl victory capped a tough
football season. This game allowed
everyone involved with the Wolver-
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