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We asked the Daily's esteemed
Sports Editor Mike Gillto
fill us in on the best and the
worst in the year of sports.
The Year In Sports.
Well, nothing happened. Sorry.
Tune in next year.
In other words, no one ripped
down China Gate's awning this
year. Ann Arbor experienced no
earthquakes, nor any national
championships. Ann Arbor didn't
have to experience Bill Frieder
this year either. There were no
midnight departures, no Rose
But in reality a lot happened,
seemingly more off the field than
on. Consider this, at the start of
the 1989 calendar year, Michigan
seems to have a very stable
athletic program. The football
coach sits in the same chair for he
has for the last 20 years, and has
recently assumed the reigns of
athletic director. The basketball
coach is a Michigan man, a
graduate of this university, and
has had a winning record for a
number of years. The baseball
coach continues to stack up win
after win. Isn't this the way life at
Michigan is supposed to be?
Quiet, peaceful, and no hell being
Now, fast forward to today.
There's a new athletic director,
football coach, basketball coach
and new baseball coach - not to
mention a new volleyball coach.
And the women's basketball team
made the NCAA tournament.
Talk about change. What a
year. This in mind, we present
our awards for the best and worst
of Ann Arbor sports 1989-90.
It's be a chauvinist, macho
thing to say, but certain men just
aren't supposed to cry. Yet, there
stood the man of men, Glenn E.
"Bo" Schembechler, looking out
and into the cameras and slew of
reporters, crying. "The toughest
thing I ever had to do was give up
my football team..." he said,
choking back the tears, and
pausing. "But, I'm doing it."
The man who singularly
symbolized Michigan football
since 1%9 said the upcoming
Rose Bowl would be his swan
song. No more Bo. No more
sideline tantrums. No more
sunglasses, baseball cap, and
headset. Bo was gone. Didn't
seem right then, still doesn't now
- and it won't seem right next
fall against Notre Dame. But fact
is fact, regardless of feelings.
Bo's address announcing his
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retirement received the billing
usually accorded a presidential
address. All three local affiliates
covered Bo's farewell live. One
channel had a 30 minute special
on Bo which preempted
Nightline. After that sad
December day, no one doubted
who really controlled the state of
Michigan. It was Bo.
And everyone at the University
cried a little with Bo that day.
Coach of the Year:
Women's basketball coach Bud
VanDeWege sure has had a
turnaround from last year. In last
year's Best of Ann Arbor sports
report one paragraph read, "With
this year's smelly 5-13 Big Ten
record, VanDeWege was unable
and unwilling to successfully
communicate with his players.
This is Michigan, Bud."
However or whatever
VanDeWege communicated this
year surely worked. He led the
Wolverines to the finest season
ever in women's basketball
history at Michigan, racking up a
20 win season, 11 conference
wins, an NCAA tournament birth,
and an NCAA tournament win.
VanDeWege was named Big Ten
Coach of the Year.
VanDeWege answered the
challenge this season - a season
which may have been pivotal to
his future at Michigan. After
starting the Big Ten season at a
typical 1-4, the Wolverines soon
found themselves on a different
path - one including including a
seven game conference winning
streak and a trip to the NCAA's.
Athlete of the Year:
Here is a list of what swimmer
Mike Barrowman did not do this
year: rush for 100-yards in
Michigan Stadium, shoot two free
throws with three seconds left,
score a hat trick, or hit a grand
slam. Despite such shortcomings,
we gave him the award anyway.
Barrowman set a new NCAA 100-
yard breaststroke record this
season after setting a 100-meter
breaststroke world record this
summer. For his feats Barrowman
was named NCAA Swimmer of the
Year. He's done all of this without
letting it go to his head - a feat
in itself. Only a gold medal in the
Olympics (and the fabulous
Goodwill Games) eludes him.
Barrowman's is a low profile sport
and unfortunately the glamor and
the spotlight often eludes him on
this campus. He's short, doesn't
possess any outstanding exterior
features like a football or
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Best Italian Food:
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Best Oriental Food:
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Best Mexican Food:
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