Page 8-- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 1, 1989
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Hackneyed coaches say
a mouthful of cliches
BY ERIC LEMONT
Super Bowl XXIII might have been played in Joe Robbie Stadium 10
days ago, but the real game took place the week before.
The game of clich6s.
During Super Bowl week, reporters need quotes and head coaches are not
at a loss to give them. With "Game of the Century No. 23" and its 10,000
hours of hype behind us, it is now possible to compact everything preached
by the coaching gurus into one hypothetical press conference.
For brevity's sake, the following interview is what San Francisco coach
Bill Walsh probably had to say during his veritable bevy of pre-game
To avoid charges of selectivism, let me add that the following coaching
cliches could just as easily have been spewed out by Cincinnati coach Sam
Wyche, Chicago's Mike Ditka, or any coach in America (barring, of course,
tat brash braggart himself, Philadelphia coach Buddy Ryan):
Reporter: Coach Walsh, your club beat the Bengals in Super Bowl
XVI and is generally considered to be the better team this year. What do you
think of that?
Walsh: Well, first off I think you've got to give all the credit in the
world to the Bengals. They've shown a lot of heart in their playoff games so
far and that just reflects the quality of their organization from top to bottom.
Hey, no doubt about it, they wouldn't be where they are if they weren't a
good football team. Parity has invaded our league. On any given night, any
team can beat any other team. We're going down there knowing we're going
to be in for the fight of our lives.
R: What does a player like your quarterback, Joe Montana, do for the
W: Joe's a guy who's not only well-schooled in the fundamentals -he
knows how to win. Joe does a lot of things that don't show up in the papers
the next day. You can't put a price tag on a Joe Montana.
But I'll tell you something, we're going to need 22 guys busting their
butts out there if we want to put ourselves in a position to win this thing.
A good defense makes a good offense and that's what I like to preach to my
I also think that the play of our special teams has been sorely
overlooked. They've been doing the job for us all year.
R: Could you let us in on your game plan, coach?
W: Basically, we just want to play our game. If we want to win, we're
going to have outscore them. We also saved a few pages at the end of our
playbook that we might have to pull out. We're going to surprise some
R: Owning a bar and grill, owning a sporting goods store, and a career in
broadcasting have all been mentioned as possible lines of work for you after
this season. What does the real Bill Walsh have to say on this?
W: To tell you the truth, I don't like to look too far into the future.
Right now, I'm just concentrating on Sunday's game. After that, I'll just
have to lay my cards on the table, and explore my options.
R: Thank you, Bill, for being so open with your thoughts and for letting
millions of Americans get a first-hand look at the 'genius' of Bill Walsh.
1. Michigan State (24-5-1) t
2. Illinois-Chicago (17-10-4) *
4. Lake Superior (18-8-4)
5.. Bowling Green (18-13-1)
6. FerrisState (1215-3)
7.. WesternMichigan (10-16-5)
8. Ohio State (9-18-3)
9. Miami (9-21-0)
t denotes clinched home ice
M' fans should support
* denotes clinched CCHA playoff spot
Kip Miller, MSU
Greg Parks, BGSU
Nelson Emerson, BGSU
Bobby Reynolds, MSU
Pat Murray, MSU
Jason Muzzaui, MSU
Bruce Hoffort, LSSU
W. SHARPLES, UM
Mike Williams, FSU
TIM KEOUGH, UM
W. Michigan at MICHIGAN
Bowling Green at Miami
Ferris State at Lake Superior
Ohio State at Michigan State
Michigan at Western Michigan
Ohio State at Michigan State.
Bowling Green at Miami
Ferris State at Lake Superior
Felsner staying put
BY MIKE GILL
Denny Felsner, the CCHA co-
player of the week, is on a tear,
scoring in his last six games,
totaling eight goals. He leads all
rookies in the league in scoring.
With the flashes of brilliance
Felsner has shown in his rookie
season at Michigan, there has been
speculation whether Felsner had
visions of the NHL dancing in his
DOES FELSNER plan on
cutting college short, like MSU's
Joe Murphy, or the Wolverines
Bryan Deasley, both first-round NHL
picks? "I'm staying here the whole
four years," Felsner said. "Everybody
has their doubts, but I'm definitely
staying here all four years.
"I hear about it every day. 'Oh
you're going to be gone, so why
bother.' I say that I wouldn't have
come here if I was going to leave in
one year. Scouts, other people tell
me that. I'm not bothering about it
right now. I'll let coach bother with
that. I'll be here."
PASSING THE PUCK: The
scoring went Brost to Felsner Friday
night, earning Felsner his first career
hattrick and Brost his 100th career
assist. The question: Who keeps the
puck as a memento of the occassion?
In the lockerroom afterwards, it
was Felsner to Brost. When Felsner
learned of Brost's feat, he brought
the puck to Brost and dropped it near
his locker. "I just went and got
another one," Felsner rationalized
when Brost protested. In five years,
who will remember that Felsner
holds the illegitamate Duck?
BY STEVEN COHEN
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
INDIANAPOLIS - Last
Saturday, one of the more exciting
moments in Michigan sports history
took place. The Michigan wrestling
team knocked off Iowa, 23-17 in the
finals of the Great American Duals
Classic, putting an end to Iowa's 15
year Big Ten dual meet winning
The Wolverines were the first Big
Ten team to defeat Hawkeye coach
Dan Gable in a Big Ten dual meet in
84 tries. I just wish there were more
Michigan fans to see it.
On Saturday afternoon, the two
semifinal matches were going on
simultaneously. On one mat, it was
fourth-ranked Michigan versus
Indiana, and on the other, fifth-
ranked Iowa faced Minnesota.
The No.1 and No.2 teams in the
conference were building their way
toward the meeting for which
Michigan coach Dale Bahr had
waited years. "Since I came to
Michigan it has beena dream of
mine to get a crack at the
Hawkeyes," Bahr said. "I don't want
Minnesota to defeat them. I want us
to beat them."
Bahr had good reason to want this
win badly. Iowa and Michigan,
owing to a dispute between Gable
and Bahr had not met since 1983,
when the Hawkeyes defeated the
Gable had taken Michigan off his
schedule because he felt that it
wasn't competitive enough for his
Hawkeyes. On Saturday, it was Iowa
who could have provided more
competition for the Wolverines.
Michigan had the victory all but
wrapped up after the 158 pound
match, in which Joe Pantaleo pinned
Iowa's Mark Reiland in 33 seconds.
"I'd say Michigan has a great
chance (of winning the Big Ten
Championship) if Iowa stays the
way they are," said Gable. "I mean,
they whipped us."
Said Michigan's John Fisher:
"Michigan is the first team (in the
Big Ten) to defeat a Dan Gable-team
and that's an accomplishment in
itself. It's an answer to a trivia
question and I'll know the answer."
Not enough Michigan sports fans
know the answer, and it is none too
trivial. This year's Michigan
wrestling team is arguably the best
in school history and has an
excellent chance to earn Michigan its
first national champion since
Michigan's gymanstics team in
As I witnessed the Wolverine
win, I was also thinking about the
thousands of screaming fans that
attend football, basketball, or hockey
games, cheering that way for the
wrestling team. But I knew I had to
be day dreaming, because the
wrestling team doesn't receive that
kind of attention. Their home
matches at Crisler are a far cry from
standing room only.
You might argue that wrestling is
not that exciting of a sport or that
many people just don't understand it.
In addition, college wrestling may be
hurt by the image of professional
But wrestling is a sport that by
nature requires its athletes to be
hardworking and disciplined, and
with participants anywhere from 118
to 275 pounds, there should be
something in it for everyone.
But like anything else, people
should come down and see it for
themselves. It is' surprising,
particularly in light of the success of
the "Pet Rock" and "Sea Monkeys,"
(not to mention the U.S Hot Roi
and Tractor Pull), that wrestling is
such a hard sell on the students of
Michigan. More people should be
intrigued enough by the success of
these individuals to attend meets.
As Bahr says, "I think every
student should see each sporting
event at Michigan at least once
while they are here."
Judging by the success of this
year's wrestling team and its
potential, there is no better time'
than the present to see what
wrestling has to offer. Come down
Friday, 6:00, to see for yourself as
Michigan faces ninth-ranked
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