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vs. Notre Dame
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Thursday, February 9, 1989

Page 9

Adam Benson

Cagers hope to avoid Iowa trap

Hedging Bets
Let Probert's sickness
.be a lesson to society
In some cases Detroit hockey player Bob Probert may not inspire pity,
anger, or scorn, but we should all be afraid.
We interact with others like Probert frequently at parties, sporting events,
and on the highways. Unlike Probert, most of these people don't have
personal problems making headlines on the sports page. You may miss
reading about these people when you pass by the obituaries.
This description applies to one out of every seven people, which is the
ratio of possible alcoholics in the world today.
Probert's bouts with drinking jeopardize his one-time blossoming hockey
career. Last year, he was an NHL All-Star. This year, he is not allowed to
sit on the bench with his team. Jacques Demers, the coach who once praised
his star right wing, has told him to stay home. Probert's refusal to
rehabilitate interferes with the teams performance.
Contrary to popular belief, most alcoholics inherit this problem. People
are more prone to suffer from this disease if it is in their family history.
While you cannot predict this disorder simply based on your background,
discoveries indicate that alcoholism is a biogenetic problem, not so much
one of faulty judgment or too many parties.
DEFENDING PROBERT, because he has not gone through the
necessary procedures to cure his problem, is difficult. The Red Wings have
done more to help Probert than they had to. Probert is fortunate. If he had
been a doctor, a lawyer, or at some other position in society, he would have
been out of a job even sooner.
But after two years of attempted treatment and control, the Red Wings
should not be blamed for sending Probert away. His problem has hindered
the performances of his teammates and embarrassed Red Wing management.
Concerned by the growing numbers of young alcoholics, special interest
groups attack the problem, but with a different emphasis from that of the
Wings. A move has developed denouncing the "glamorization" of drinking
through commercials, thinking that this will prevent the problem from ever
starting. Meanwhile, not enough people are concerned with helping those
who have a problem.
Even if you ban L.C. Greenwood, Joe Piscopo, and Bob Uecker from the
air, you'll still have alcoholics. We can forbid color TV, and we'll still have
alcoholics. We can get rid of all forms of person-to-person communication
except for two tin cans and a string, but we will still have alcoholics.
This decade may be known as the "Spuds Macenzie Era". Spuds is more
than just a party animal, he (or she, according to some) is the perfect
symbol of American attitudes towards heavy drinking. As silly as it is to
have a dog sell beer, solutions to alcohol abuse are even more inane. But
while Spuds deserves a good laugh, the prevalence of alcoholism in America
is something to cry over.
IMAGINE if all people had an attitude like that adopted by the NBA.
When a player violates the league's drug and alcohol policy three times, that
player is banned for life. While the ban can be overturned, a player does have
to sit out at least two years.
So while the NBA protects its image, a human being is left to throw his
life away. An individual, who can't control his own life already, loses his
friends, his ability to make a living, his reputation. If that is not a reason to
get plastered, I don't know what one is.
The NBA drug policy may be a successful deterrent from drug and alcohol
use, but it does condone this 'I don't care anymore' mentality that threatens
the lives of those troubled by alcoholism.
Instead of pretending the sickness isn't there, maybe its time for people
to be more concerned with finding a cure to the sickness.
Yet Probert is unique. He has people willing to help him. In fact, the
Red Wings are still. willing to let him play hockey, if Probert can
successfully go through alcohol rehab.
Most likely, Probert's glory days have come and gone, yet he should not
be forgotten. His story is not one of how alcohol destroyed his bright future
in professional hockey, as much as a story about a man who rejected more
attention, concern and help than many of us will receive in a lifetime -
just to drink.
Does alcohol give something another human being cannot provide?
Consistent over-consumption of alcohol devastates lives. When you hear
about a Probert, a Kitty Dukakis, or a Charles White, you realize that
alcoholism is not some punishment reserved for the society's downtrodden,
under-educated, or neglected.
As easy as it is to be critical or to turn the other cheek to someone who
drinks heavily, think about what that person has to lose before you do. Who
knows, you might just be saving the career of the next NHL All-Star...
Then again, maybe you won't be helping anyone special. Maybe you'll
just have to be content with a saving a life.
Sticker Cantor to try
out for National Team

"If we lose at home, it will
eliminate us from the Big Ten
Championship race."
This quote could have been
echoed by any one of ten Big Ten
coaches, but in this case it was
stated by Iowa coach Tom Davis in
reference to his team's home game
against Michigan tonight (8 p.m.,
The Hawkeyes and the
Wolverines are tied for second in the
conference with 5-3 records, two
games behind division-leading In-
diana. And of the top five teams in
the conference, their combined record
at home is 14-2.
"This is a crucial road trip for
us," said Michigan coach Bill Frieder
about the games. at Iowa and
"IOWA is undefeated at home
and so is Minnesota. We've got to
get our minds on this trip because it
is going to be brutal."
The similarities, though, between

the Hawkeyes and the Wolverines do
not end with their identical
conference records.

"I like playing teams like Iowa
because they play the same kind of
game that we do," said Wolverine
center Terry Mills.
"They are going to be tough, so
we're going to have to lace up our
shoes tightly and be ready to play."
What the Wolverines will
specifically have to be ready for is
the Hawkeye full-court press, which
is reminiscent of a pickpocket and an
out-of-state tourist attached at the
hip. Coming with swarms of people
in a never-ending way, Iowa's
trapping defense can cause problems.
"They come at you again and
again," said Frieder. "And then they
come at you some more. What we
have to do is turn our opportunities
into baskets."
last season when they broke the
Hawkeye press for a number of easy
baskets while jumping out to a 61-
26 halftime lead on their way to a
120-103 victory.
But many (including The

Sporting News, who ranked Iowa
No. 1 in the preseason) felt the
Hawkeyes have drastically improved
since last season.
Iowa has three seniors, much like
Purdue did last year, who lead their
team both offensively and defen-
sively. Point guard B.J. Armstrong
and shooting guard Roy Marble
average over 18 points per game and
forward/center Ed Horton is the
team's leading rebounder.
Horton, who was the Big Ten
Player-of-the-Week last week, record-
ed 50 points and 26 rebounds in
Hawkeye victories over North-
western and Illinois. Horton, the
ninth-leading rebounder in the'
conference last season, is first in that
category this season.
"I'm particularly pleased with the
recognition that Ed Horton has
received," said Davis. "To have 17
rebounds in the Illinois game...to
have that kind of rebounding effort
against a team like Illinois in a
league like this is amazing."

...over 18 ppg

' Mi-Americans prove they are No. 1

If there was ever any doubt that
Michigan's John Fisher and Joe
Pantaleo are the best wrestlers in the
nation at 134 and 158 pounds,
respectively, it exists no longer.
On Tuesday night, at the East-
West All-Star Meet in Philadelphia,
Fisher defeated second-ranked Joe
Melchiore of Iowa, 11-6 while
Pantaleo conquered Bloomsburg's
third-ranked Dave Morgan, 6-1.
But the crowd of 6,000 in the City
of Brotherly Love wasn't that amiable
towards Michigan's participants, as
both Pantaleo and Fisher were

wrestling local favorites.
Melchiore, a three-time All-
American, had an imported cheering
section of 200 people. Likewise,
Morgan, whose school is in
Pennsylvania, received a lot of crowd
"They're both ranked No.1 and
there's no question about it. They've
wrestled well all season," said
Oklahoma State coach Joe Seay, who

of the match right from the start. It
was no contest as to who was going
to win. Pantaleo's match was pretty
much the same thing. Joe was the
aggressor. The officials didn't call it
as closely as they would at the
Nationals. The score could have been
a lot worse."
Said Fisher, who defeated
Melchiore for the second time this
season to increase his record to 32-0:

disappointed in himself for allowing
Melchiore to score three points in the
final period, felt his teammate
dominated throughout.
"Pantaleo controlled the whole
match," Fisher said. "This Morgan
guy ran a lot, played the edge of the
mat a lot. The ref finally cautioned
him for stalling."
traditional, sophisticated,
contemporary, informal ...

coached the Red team (Fisher and "The match went right, I did what I
Pantaleo were on the Blue team). wanted to, I got the first two
"I'm impressed with both of takedowns. I controlled the match up
them. John, in my mind, totally until the third period."
dominated Melchiore. He took control Fisher, who was somewhat

Sharon Cantor, a junior mid-
fielder on the Michigan field hockey
team, has been invited to the
National Team try-outs at Old
Dominion University February 4-11.
"It takes her up to another level,"
said coach Karen Collins. "When she

comes back, she'll help the whole
Cantor tallied two goals and ten
assists during the 1988 season. This
will be her second trip to the
National Tryouts.
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