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Page 12-- The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 9, 1988

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BY STEVE BLONDER
Michigan has pleased its fans with a quick 7-0 start,
but the Wolverines put their No. 2 ranking on the line
tomorrow when they play at Western Michigan.
Bill Frieder has made sure his players know about the
last time Michigan played in Kalamazoo, when the
Broncos handed the Wolverines a 71-60 defeat.
"Western will be a tough basketball team," Frieder
said. "They look forward to getting a team like Michigan
in there."
Terry Mills, who scored a season-high 19 points
against Central Michigan Wednesday night, said the loss
in '81 still haunts Michigan.
"This team is still stuck on that loss. Coach is stuck
on that loss. We have got to do the best job we can.
This team simply won't take any prisoners. We've got
to go out and beat everyone," he said.
Despite Frieder foreseeing a tough game, Central
Michigan coach Charlie Coles, whose team was
annihilated by the Wolverines 108-62, sees no way
Michigan can lose.
"Vernon (Payne, WMU coach) and them play much
better than we do," he said. "They can shoot the ball into
the basket. I don't think they will beat Michigan, but

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they might play them well. But playing Michigan pretty
well might mean losing by 20-25 points."
The key for Western (3-2) is first-year center Jin
Havrilla. Havrilla has provided the offensive spark the
Broncos need, averaging over 16 points per game.
The Wolverines will have their hands full, as they try
to contain Havrilla, and try to balance their academic
loads. Frieder is upset because eight of his players have
had most of their finals and projects moved up to the last
day of class.
"For them to do this to us is just wrong. They tell
me I can't schedule games during the finals period, and
then the instructors move up the tests. We're working
our tails off to keep these guys eligible, and we could
schedule differently if we knew in advance when the
finals are," Frieder said.
"I don't mind players spending the time on academics,
but they shouldn't also have the pressures of games."
Assistant coach Mike Boyd feels these early tests can'
only hurt Michigan.
"We hope it won't affect us, but it will. The kids
have to stay up later, then they practice a little sluggish
and their timing will be off. We thought we had some
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In sports, names
can never hurt you

BY JAY MOSES
All right, the time has come.
Athletes are given press for
everything from outstanding per--
formances to outstanding debts. But
there is one newsworthy factor about
some athletes that is badly neglected
- their names.
That's right. The sports world
boasts some of the most creative and
colorful names around, and it's about
time some of these people were
given their due.
These aren't necessarily the best
athletes in the world. Michael Jordan
is a great athlete. But his name?
Boring.
WHAT MAKES a name a
winner? It needs character, origin-
ality. Sometimes the best names are
just downright bizarre. But most of
all, it needs aural quality. It just has
to sound good when you say it.
Perhaps some of the credit should
go to the athletes' parents. After all,
they're the ones responsible for these
gems of nomenclature.
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the following names from sports,
present and past, are just too
entertaining to ignore any longer.
The effect is best appreciated if you
can imagine your child being called
any of these names. The finalists:
-Mookie Blaylock, Oklahoma
guard. This sounds like some sort of
tropical fern genus. If a bunch of
people say it at once, it sounds like
mating season at the zoo.
-Baskerville Holmes, former
Memphis State forward. Halloween?
Yes. Dogs barking at the moon?
Yes. But basketball? Nah. Hats off
to Mr. and Mrs. Holmes for having
the wildest sense of humor of any
couple I know.
-Edwin Moses, hurdler. Check
the byline. Best name in sports. No
question about it.
-Dallas Comegys, New Jersey
Nets forward. An announcer's dream.
Just made for drama. Can't you hear
Brent Musburger? Extra credit here
for a city as a first name.
-Ickey Woods, Cincinnati
Bengals running back. Ickey? Any-
one who would allow themselves to
be referred to as "Ickey" on national
television is automatically in.
-Ledell Eackles, Washington
Bullets guard. "Eackles" rhymes
with "freckles." I like that. I don't
think Ledell has any freckles. I still
like it.
-Darryl Strawberry, New
York Mets outfielder. Another
announcer's dream. I see sweet fruit
references left and right. How does a
family end up with a name like
"Strawberry," anyway?
eKiki Vandeweghe, Portland
Trailblazers forward. Kiki's father
played pro basketball as well. If
there was any chance at all of his
son being a professional athlete,
don't you think he could have given
his son a normal name just as a

precaution?
-Sullivan Anthony "Tripp"
Welborne, III, Michigan defen-
sive back. Sounds more like a
British statesman than an American.
football player. The "Tripp" part
alone is worthy of a nomination.
- Olden Polynice, Seattle
Supersonics forward. I think I
learned about him in Greek
mythology.
-Beasly Reece, former New
York Giants defensive back. This
one rolls off the tongue as smoothly
as silk. Forget that it sounds like
your great aunt's name. It sounds
too nice not to mention.
-Detlef Schrempf, Dallas
Mavericks forward. I'll bet even
German people think his name
sounds like some sort of terrible-
tasting food your mother makes you
eat.
Out of all the beauties I've run
across, it was hard to pick just one
as the name to top all names. This
one had to literally make you laugh
just hearing it. I've tried it. It works. -
A name that gives announcers fits is
also a plus. The winner exhibits'
both these qualities:
-Donald Igwebuike (pro-
nounced IG-WAY-BWEE-
KAY), Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick-
er. "Igwebuike" sounds like some
sort of reptile. I think it means
"newt" in some foreign language. I
still can't say this one without
smiling.
So there you have it. The great
names of sports have been given the
press they deserve. These are athletes
who have suffered long years with
their unusual names. But they
shouldn't get too confident about.
having original names. For an
athlete by any other name still
smells while sweating.

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