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Women's Tennis
vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, 12 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily


Women's Tennis
vs. Bowling Green
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building


Tuesday, March 14, 1989

Page 7

h e SpOWno k til Pompous Palace treats
.p rilg ise prting the spof'fro loyal subjects like serfs
e Snot nave s thes r in vices he orn

Take me out to the Palace,
Take me out to the crowd.
Buy me some fur coats and real
I don't care if a hoop game is
Just be rude, rude, rude to your
If they can't hear, it's too bad.
'Cause it's one, two, three
quarters you' re out
At the old Pa-lace.
Such is life for a Detroit Pistons
* fan. There was a time, not too long
ago, when the Pistons, and for that
matter the entire NBA, were strug-
gling. They struggled when they
played at Cobo Hall, and even in the
early years of their Silverdome ten-
ancy. Pistons tickets were not what
you would call a hot commodity.
Crowds were sparse, and, by and
large, a Pistons game was not the
place for the upper crust of society
to make their presence known.
IN THE EARLY 80's, with the
arrival of innovative commissioner
David Stern and a couple of young
hot-shots named Larry Bird and
Magic Johnson, the NBA began to
turn itself around. Media exposure
increased. Fans started taking notice
of their teams.
All of a sudden, NBA basketball
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became big business.
Owners, players, and advertisers
began to smell money. Salaries shot
up. Owner's losses were replaced by
profits. Advertising was everywhere.
Television coverage, and the reven-
ues that come with it, skyrocketed.
And, oh yes, ticket prices went
up a little too.
THE PISTONS got caught up
in the fervor. They drafted Isiah
Thomas and Kelly Tripucka, and all
of a sudden they saw the potential to
relieve themselves of their laugh-
ingstock image.
Then the Pistons decided that the
Silverdome was no longer the place
for them to play. They needed a
basketball arena, not a converted
football stadium. They needed a roof
that wouldn't inhibit their shooting.
They needed a home of their own.
Thus was conceived the Palace of
Auburn Hills. At its inception, it
was hailed as a state-of-the-art
facility; the basketball arena of the
future, a Palace fit for kings.
And that it is. I can say with
conviction that the Palace is the
nicest, most comfortable, most
advanced, and most lavish basketball
arena I have ever seen. It is a
beautiful building - when it's
empty. The fans arrive for a game,
and it becomes a much less pleasant
place to be.
GAMES AT the Palace have
become showcases for the rich to
display their wealth and status. If
you are ever lucky enough to get
tickets for a game, look around.
Count the business suits, fur coats,
expensive jewelry.
Not only that, but the Palace also
holds less than half the number of
fans that the Silverdome held. Not

everybody who used to go can get
tickets anymore. The system by
which tickets are obtained for Pis-
tons games is elitist and almost
completely excludes those who don't
have the connections to get the
tickets or the money to pay the
outrageous prices.
The attitude and general at-
mosphere there is a product of the
crowd. It feels like people aren't
even there to watch the game as
much as just to be there. The people
who work for the Palace promote the
negative, elitist feelings by giving
preferential treatment to the patrons
in the best seats. Why don't the
Palace employees take the drink
order of the fan in row 50?
The average fan, a category in
which I see myself falling, feels un-
comfortable in this snobbish, hostile
environment. It really doesn't even
feel like a sporting event. It feels
like a high society social gathering.
WHEN I GO to Tiger Stadium
for a game, I feel like I am at the
same type of place where I played
baseball as a kid. I am in a park,
where baseball is meant to be
played. There is room for the middle-
class, die-hard sports fan - right
next to the rich businessman from
the suburbs.
And in Auburn Hills, sadly
enough, that is not the case. Bas-
ketball was meant to be played in a
gym, if not a playground. Call me
crazy, but the razzle-dazzle Palace
does not qualify for either.
As long as the Pistons continue
to thrive as a "hot" ticket in this
town, there will be no room for the
average fan, who is in most cases
the true fan.
When owners lose sight of that,
the sport is robbed of its essence.
Hardly a situation fit for a King.

Michigan's Joe Pantaleo handles, a Northern Illinois opponent earlier this season. Pantaleo defeated
him en route to compiling a 37-2 record. He now travels to Oklahoma City in search of a national title.

Pantaleo pins
Five years ago a two-time state champ from
Roseville, and a three-year veteran of Michigan's
summer wrestling camps, was undecided about where
he should attend college. He was leaning towards
Oklahoma State when all of a sudden Michigan coach
Dale Bahr called.
"Coach, I'm going to Oklahoma State," recruit Joe
Pantaleo said.
"Don't do anything yet" Bahr replied.
The coach proceeded to drive the 45 miles to
Roseville and by the time Bahr returned to Ann
Arbor, Pantaleo was a Wolverine.
"HE JUST WANTED reassurance that our
program was the type of program where he could win
an NCAA title," Bahr said. "He had some high goals
coming out of high school."
Pantaleo -has reached many of these lofty aims,
though he has yet to win the NCAA title he desires
so much. At Thursday's national championships
Pantaleo will, ironically, return to Oklahoma for one
last chance to fulfill his collegiate aspirations.
This time, however, Pantaleo (37-2) is the
nation's top-ranked wrestler at 158 pounds. And
although Pantaleo was upset at the Big Tens by
Minnesota's Gordy Morgan, he seems to be
everyone's choice to reach the finals this year.

hopes on title
Amateur Wrestling News lists Pantaleo, who set
a Michigan dual meet victory record with 20 wins,
and Arizona State's second-ranked Rick St. John as
the co-favorites to reach the finals at the NCAA's.
Last season, in wrestling to a runner-up position at
the NCAA's, Pantaleo decisioned St. John, 4-3.
"PANTALEO HAS been a stud for them all
season," Oklahoma State assistant Jim Shields said.
"I think we'll see him in the finals."
Just as it was a close call getting Pantaleo to
wrestle for Michigan, his losses this season have all
been by close margins. This season, he lost to Eas-
tern Michigan's Joel Smith and Morgan in overtime.
The loss to Morgan was particularly painful as it
was for the Big Ten Championship and the loss re-
sulted from what Pantaleo calls, "freshman mistakes."
Now, Pantaleo realizes that he has to work even
harder "I have to beat guys by wide-open spreads," he
said. "I'm just trying to get my head back into it and
wrestle. I learned from it and that's the important
thing. But I have to put it behind me."
Thursday is Pantaleo's opportunity to further
distinguish his family name in the record books as a
national champion. But he knows he doesn't have
much room for error.
"Out there to win you have to wrestle 4o minutes,
that isn't even one practice."
Or one drive out to Roseville from Ann Arbor.

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200 Lane Hall
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For more information, please call 995-1341 or stop by 49LaLne Hall
Coming next month: Music of Indonesia
The Asian Studies Student Association is open to all students with an interest in Asia. ASSA meets
every other Thursday (next one23March) at 5.00 pm in the Lane Hall Commons Room.

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