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Hockey
vs. Illinois-Chicago
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
IM Building

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 19, 1988

Page 9

THE SPORTING VIEWS

Winning Wings
get no respect
lem.

BY STEVEN GINNS
In 1984, the Detroit Red Wings
got no respect due to their on-ice
performances. In 1988, the Red
Wings don't deserve any respect for
their off-ice performances.
Within those four years owner
Mike Illitch and General Manager
Jimmy Devellano transformed this
team from a laughing stock into a
Stanley Cup contender. However, in
the process, their priorities have
become mixed up. They have placed
a higher value on winning than on
players' welfare.
Management felt the Wings had a
problem. Six games into the season,
the Wings had only one victory.
Only 5 percent of the season was
complete and the Wings weren't in
first place. Time to panic.
As a result, left wing Petr Klima
was put back on the payroll and sent
to the minor leagues to get back into
playing shape.
At the same time, right wing Bob
Probert stopped his therapy for
alcohol dependence at the Betty Ford
Clinic after lasting 10 days and it is
rumored that he will rejoin the
Wings soon.
Both Klima, the bad Czech, and
Probert have problems; Klima's
attitude and Probert's drinking. They
have never solved their problems. In
last year's Stanley Cup semifinals
Klima and Probert were among.
players who caused a stir by staying
out after curfew at a bar.
After extensive meetings with the
involved players, only Klima and
Probert were kept on the roster. Both
players were urged to seek help in
solving their problems, while the
other less talented players were
released.
At the start of this year, each
player's problem resurfaced. Probert

and Klima purposely came late to
practice and deliberately missed their
flight to Adirondack, where the
minor league team is located.
Subsequently, both players were
suspended without pay.
During the supensions, Probert
sought help at the Betty Ford Clinic
while Klima was arrested for drunk
driving.
Yet, these problems have been
overlooked because the Wings were
off to a slow start.
Even head coach Jacques Demers'
behavior is surprising. Demers, who
preaches the value of hard work and
discipline, contradicts himself. He is
allowing Klima to play without
demonstrating any hard work or
discipline in overcoming his prob-

However, fans were starting to
grow impatient with the lack of
winning.
Klima and Probert are two
talented hockey players and will help
the Red Wings win many games.
But at what price? There is no
indication that these problems have
or will ever be solved. What if
Probert, on his next drinking binge,
kills himself? I guess it would be all
right as long as the Red Wings are
Stanley Cup Champions
But winning isn't everything. It
is the only thing. As a result, the
stands will be full and profits will be
made. The Wings will win, maybe
even the Stanley Cup.
But they just don't deserve
respect.

Associated Press
Detroit Red Wing right winger Bob Probert, seen here being knocked down during a game
against Minnesota last year, left the Betty Ford Clinic, after receiving treatment for only 10
days.
THE SPORTING VIEWS
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BY ADAM BENSON
Did you notice that many people
who won medals at last month's
Olympics went to the same
university? Steve Harris, Jackie
Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith-
Joyner, all medalists and all from the
same school.
If this university (21 medals
overall-16 gold) decided to become
its own nation, it would have
finished just behind Hungary and
ahead of Yugoslavia in the Olympic
medal chart.
Did you know that this same
school also has the No. 1 ranked
football team in the nation? It also
has the No. 1 ranked women's
volleyball team, the top-ranked water
polo team, and 1987 national
champions in gymnastics, men's
track, women's softball, and golf.
The school colors? Blue and
yellow- unfortunately for Michigan
fans, it's, like, powder blue and
pastel gold. U-C-L-A: spell it, learn
it, live it. The Bruins have the best
athletic program in the country,
perhaps the greatest in history, as
well as the best combination of
athletics and academics anywhere.
SORRY, Michigan fans, but
what we've done isn't quite up to par
with those surfers out west. I know
they dress in unbecoming colors, but
they're so much better then we are,
or anybody else, that they're making
every other athletic department in the
country look wimpy.
UCLA has many recruiting ad-
vantages. Among these are great
facilities, many remodeled for the
1984 Olympics, great weather, and
its location in the second largest
media-market in the country.
Yet UCLA is a great school, and
it does not make large compromises
of its academic standards to have
competitive sports teams. Only
Michigan, Notre Dame, Duke, and
North Carolina can make similar
claims.
However, the Bruins do not use
their academics as an excuse for
NOT winning national champion-
ships. Michigan fans point to the
fact that we have higher SAT scores
than Oklahoma or Auburn as
justification for mediocre perform-
ances in bowl games and post-season
tournaments.
PEOPLE SEEM to feel that if.
we could be stupid, we'd be an
a 1thhir n euprhnnep U1CL A is n

they are at UCLA.
Northwestern, Cal-Berkeley, and
Virginia all tried to establish athletic
programs equal to their already
stellar academic institutions, but
found it too difficult to mix the two.
While these schools made academics
their first priority, Michigan could
easily take this same stand, and
watch its once-mighty athletic
department fritter away.
MICHIGAN has always boasted
that it may not win national
championships, but it doesn't cheat.

Maybe if we had a payroll like the
schools of the Southwest Confer-
ence, we'd also win titles.
In fact, the Bruins fired basketball
coach Walt Hazzard for allowing his
team to be undisciplined off the
court, before he could get the school
into any trouble with the NCAA.
UCLA will not tolerate any behavior
that could be embarrassing to the
school.
Michigan students, before you get
on your high horse about our great
athletic department, realize that there
is one better. Much better.

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