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October 18, 1988 - Image 10

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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 18, 1988

There is something wrong with come, an
college football besides alumni your hea
giving more than their fair share of No choo
support. There is something wrong does a wi
with college football besides How a
sleazeball agents budding into players And w
lives. There is something very wrong who drov
with college football. City forI
Ties. That's it. Ties. ticket, w
Last Saturday, Michigan and Iowa tie? Sure
played to a 17-17 standoff. When the trip backf
game ended, there was no cheering THE
from the ordinarily loud crowd at felt muc
Kinnick Stadium. There was no quarterba
booing either. Only a deafening was knoc
silence. A silence loud enough to the last
accentuate the awful ending. Michigan
A tie. Uchh! A tie. quickly ra
"I HATE ties. Hate 'em," said quickly1
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. "I realizing
can't stand them." celebratio
Neither can anybody else. No wi
In sports, nothing is as Thepla
unsatisfying as waiting for a game studied go
all week, watching two teams battle the gam
for over three hours, and not seeing a Iowa sta
winner. It's almost like having to injuries.Z
sneeze, waiting for that sneeze to in the se




exciting finish

d never sneezing. You lift
J back and ah, ah, ah ... tie.
. It never comes. Neither
hat about the Michigan fans
ve for hours to get to Iowa
the game, spent $18 on a
ent inside, and witnessed a
must have been a delightful
for Wolverine fans.
PLAYERS couldn't have
h better. When Hawkeye
ack Chuck Hartlieb's pass
ked down at the goal line on
play of the game by
cornerback David Key, Key
aised his arms in victory. He
pulled them back down,
there was no cause for
nners, just losers.
ayers had practiced all week,
ame films, came out during
e and banged bodies. Six
arters left the game with
They had walk-ons playing
condary. Both teams were

'The Schef's Specialty

battered. Neither won. Ah, ah, ah ...
how irritating.
Something must be done to avoid
these stale stalemates. The teams
must be given the opportunity to
play just a little more. Enough so
that one team can win and one team
can lose. Not tie. Uchh.
"I THINK if you ask any guy
on this team, they'd say they'd like
to go out there for an extra five
minutes and see what happens," said
Wolverine receiver Greg McMurtry.
Schembechler seconds the notion:
"Today I'd like to play some more.
I'd like to continue to play. I'd like
to go for another quarter, flip the
coin like the pros do."

A coin toss, like they do in
professional football isn't necessarily
the answer. Sometimes, one team
never even gets the opportunity to go
for a touchdown. But at least a
winner is decided most of the time.
WHAT SHOULD be done is
this: The NCAA should decide that
each team gets one possession to
march the ball as far down the field
as possible. The team that gets the
farthest wins. Sudden death. A
winner. Yes.
Ah-choo. God bless you.
True, a tie doesn't hurt
Michigan's Rose Bowl chances since
they can still win the Big Ten title
by winning the rest of their games.

But it does hurt the morale. It does
hurt in the rankings. It does hurt if
they lose another game and are forced
to go somewhere else New Year's
"You know they say a tie is like
kissing your sister," said Michigan
linebacker J.J. Grant. "But this was
like kissing your dog."
They also say it's a dog-eat-dog
world. And ties sure as hell ain't the
cat's meow.
Blue Banter
-Michigan plays its homecoming
game Saturday against Indiana. The
Wolverines' record in homecoming
games under Schembechler is a
perfect 19-0. The last time Michigan
dropped a homecoming game was
back in 1967 when Indiana slipped
by the Wolverines, 27-20.
-Last year, Indiana beat Michigan,
14-10, in a monsoon. But the
Hoosiers have not beaten Michigan

twice in a row since 1958-59.
-Schembechler spoke admiringly
of Los Angeles Dodger manager
Tommy Lasorda at his weekly press
luncheon yesterday: "He's something
else. He reminds me of Sparky
(Anderson), except he eats more."
-The problem with the offense
according to Schembechler is: "We're
not scoring enough points. We've
been a 17-point team, and our goal is
to score 24 each game."
-Fans this weekend could possibly
see two runners go over the 1,000-
yard plateau this Saturday. Indiana's
Anthony Thompson needs 36 more
yards, and Tony Boles needs 167
-Schembechler had this to say
about Tracy Williams, who fumbled
the ball at the one-yard line with
1:21 left in Saturday's game: "He
was remorseful. But he doesn't need
comforting. When you're an athlete,
you're either a goat or a champion.
Tracv knows that."




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