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6 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 27, 1993

Tennis romps at Tom
Fallon Invitational

Kickers have field day
in NFL's fourth week

By RYAN WHITE
FOR THE DAILY
"No one at this tournament per-
formed better than we did."
Those were the words used by
Michigan men's tennis coach Brian
Eisner after his team's performance
this past weekend at the Tom Fallon
Invitational Tournament in South
Bend, Ind.
Eisner felt that only Notre Dame,
who has been ranked in the top 10
each of the past two years, played as
well as Michigan, who won a com-
bined 15 of 22 singles matches.
"If you win 75 percent of your
matches, you've dominated the tour-
nament," Eisner said. At 68 percent,
the Wolverines came close to doing
just that.
Like all fall tournaments, no team
scores were kept at the Fallon Invite.
Senior Dan Brakus led the charge,
winning the 'A' bracket of the compe-
tition for the second year in a row.
Brakus got to the final by defeat-
ing Ryan Simme of Notre Dame by a
score of 6-2, 7-6. In the final, Brakus
took out Purdue's Brian Smith, 6-2,6-
3.
Eisner felt that Brakus' play was
"very solid" in what was a national

tournament featuring teams from not
only the Midwest, but from all over
the country.
The other Michigan player in the
'A' bracket wasjunior Grady Burnett,
whohadasolidwin againstNebraska's
No. 1 player. Burnett eventually lost a
tough match to Mashiska Washington
of Michigan State, 6-4, 7-6.
Incidentally, Washington is the
younger brother of former Michigan
standout and touring pro MaliVai
Washington.
In the 'B' bracket, Eisner said
sophomore Peter Pusztai did a "great
job" in reaching the semifinal round.
Pusztai lost in the semis to Mike
Sprouse of Notre Dame, 6-2, 6-3.
"Sprouse played a near-perfect
match with hardly any unforced er-
rors," Eisner said.
In the 'C' bracket, senior Mike
Nold also reached the semis. To reach
that stage, Nold had to endure three
matches on the first day, all of which
he won. He lost his semifinal match to
Krunch Kloberdanz of Vanderbilt, 6-
2,6-3.
In Kloberdanz, Nold faced a fresh-
man who, according to Eisner, will
soon be one of Vanderbilt's top play-
ers.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
In what is fast becoming the Year
of the Kicker, the field goals kept
coming Sunday.
Kickers made 29 of 34 attempts
during early games. Andnotonly were
the kicks going straight, they were
going far.
Steve Christie of Buffalo hit from
59 yards, Greg Davis of Phoenix struck
from 54, Al Del Greco of Houston
from 52 and Fuad Reveiz of Minne-
sota from 51. Christie's was the third-
longest in NFL history.
"When you've got the wind,
you've got the confidence to say: 'Oh,
why not,"' Christie said.
Reveiz made five field goals
against Green Bay, including the win-
ner from 22 yards with six seconds to
play, as the Vikings beat Green Bay,
15-13.
Kevin Butler made all four of his
.....attempts, from 33,40,32 and 31 yards,
in Chicago's 47-17 rout of Tampa
Bay.
Vikings 15, Packers 13
At Minneapolis, Reveiz's winning
AP PHOTO kick came one play after Jim
McMahon completed a 45-yard pass
ccaneer to Eric Guliford to put the ball at the
he win Packers' 5. Green Bay blew the cov-
erage on the third-and-10 play.
The five field goals were a career
high for Reveiz, who had been both-
field. At ered by an ankle injury. His other
removed kicks were from 35, 19, 29 and 51
yards, but he missed from 49 yards
t of kids with 2:40 left as the ball hit the
t be able crosssbar.
's friend, Bears 47, Buccaneers 17
ping like At Chicago, Jim Harbaugh passed
for two touchdowns and ran for an-
er that it other in Dave Wannstedt's first vic-
to leave tory as coach of the Bears. .
The Bears scored four touchdowns
oing the in the second quarter and held a 28-10
halftime lead over the Bucs. They
}ne went ahead, 41-10, on Myron Baker's
eight-yard TD run in the fourth pe-

riod.
Dolphins 22, Bills 13
At Orchard Park, N.Y., the Dol-
phins took a 19-0 lead midway through
the second period by scoring on their
first four possessions, quieting 80,000
fans.
Dan Marino was 20-of-32 for 282
yards. He threw a 36-yard touchdown
pass to Irving Fryar and ran four yards
for a TD as Miami won at Rich Sta-
dium for the second straight year.
Colts 23, Browns 10
At Indianapolis, Vinny Testaverde
came off the bench again to try to lead
afourth-quartercomeback. Unlike last
week, he didn't succeed.
Testaverde threw an interception
and fumbled in the. end zone on
Cleveland's last two chances and In-
dianapolis handed the Browns their
first loss of the season.
Rams 28, Oilers 13
At Houston, Jim Everett, his play
under heavy criticism, completed 19
of 28 passes for 316 yards and three
TDs to carry the Rams.
Warren Moon could not quiet hs
critics, going 19-of-42 for 310 yards
with two interceptions and four sacks.
Saints 16, 49ers 13
At New Orleans, Morten
Anderson's kick was set up by a drive
from the Saints' 23 to the 49ers' 32 in
little over a minute. Mike Cofer's 30-
yard field goal had tied it 13-13 with
1:14 left.
New Orleans is the only 4-0 team
in the league. San Francisco lost for
only the third time in its last 12 games
with the Saints.
Seahawks 19, Bengals 10
At Cincinnati, Harold Green of the
Bengals fumbled in his own end zone
with 4:26 left and Rod Stephens re-
covered for a touchdown, turning
Seattle's 10-9 deficit into a 16-10lead.
John Kasay kicked a 35-yard field
goal, his fourth of the game, to clinch
it with 2:33 left.

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Chicago Bear defensive lineman Chris Zorich attempts to sack Tampa Bay Bu
quarterback Craig Erickson in the Bears' 4717 victory yesterday in Chicago. T
gave new Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt his first NFL victory.

CLEVELAND
Continued from page 3
But, as Marc-Aurele will quickly
tell you, there are plenty of things to
like about the old ballyard.
Tickets are never a problem, like
they may be in the new place.
"What I'm afraid of is that the
real fans - the people that won't be
able to afford season tickets - won't
be able to get good seats," he said.
"There's going to be a lot of compa-
nies buying up the good seats. It'll
turn off a lot of people."

The fans who do show up to Cleve-
land Stadium are great. The park thun-
dered after Albert Belle hit his second
home run of the evening in the sixth
inning, bringing Belle out for a cur-
tain call.
"The fans are what make the
ballpark," said Frank Krajewski, an
usher since 1974. "And the fans are
nice. You can't ask for better fans."
Rick Berger, who was in town from
Saratoga, N.Y., to catch a game "so
that I could say that I was here to
watch the Indians play before they
left," became a Cleveland Stadium-

convert Friday night.
"Best place I've ever been to see
a ballgame," he said.
Yes, wise-guy, he has been to other
baseball stadiums.
And there is some character to
Cleveland Stadium, the countless Bil-
Jac Dog Food signs notwithstanding.
Maybe it has character the same way
an ugly dog can be cute, but it is
character all the same.
"I think there's a lot of memories
here," Krajewski said. "Maybe we
haven't had a lot of fans, but we've
had a lot of fun."

The seats are close to the1
the new park, players will ber
from the fans.
"It won't be as close. A loi
want autographs. They won'
to do it," said Marc-Aurele'
Mimi Dunlap, who looks nott
Norm Peterson.
There is enough charact
will be hard for Marc-Aurele
after the final game Sunday.
"I'll probably be boo-ho
last gamerhis year," he said.
He probably won't be alo

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MILIA
Continued from page 1
strong. He really wanted to be a big-
time football player because he was
big enough and he had good speed."
Milia gives a lot of credit to
Fracassa for developing his talents,
both on and off the football field.
"He's such a great motivator and
there's no question that he's really
responsible for me being (at
Michigan)," Milia said. "He
instilled a lot of qualities in me, but
most importantly he taught me to be
a football player."
Like any good doctor, Marc
Milia is very conscious of one thing
- his golf game. The 15-handicap-
per says that golf is one of the main
things on his mind, outside football
and medicine.
But this may be the only stereo-
type that can accurately describe
Milia, who disproves the myth of
the dumb jock. Academic achieve-
ment has always been a priority of
Milia's.
"I was more interested in
Michigan as an academic institu-
tion, because it's a great school,"

Milia said. "Michigan was where I
would go to school if I didn't play
football, so when I was recruited by
Michigan it was the best of both
worlds."
Because of his strong acumen in
the sciences, Milia knew he would
either be an engineering or a pre-
med major. He decided to go the
latter route following a summer
internship at Michigan's pathology
lab after his freshman year.
"I've had opportunities to ask a
lot of questions and be exposed to
both the clinical aspects of medicine
as well as the research aspects,"
Milia said. "I've had a lot of
exposure and with each exposure,
my interest in medicine grew and
grew."
However, Milia had to deal with
the fact that because he was a
football player he wouldn't be taken
seriously from an academic stand-
point by most of the student body.
In order to overcome this hindrance,
Milia tried to surround himself with
others also interested in studying
medicine or other large academic
goals.
Ironically, Milia's role as a
backup also contributed to his

success in the classroom.
"I guess it just made me
concentrate more on academics,"
Milia said. "I prepared myself to
graduate in four years and I wanted
to be accepted to medical school in
those four years just in case the fact
I didn't play made me lose interest
in football enough to where I'd
want to skip my fifth year and just
go directly to medical school."
Having completed his under-
graduate work in biology last
spring, with a grade point average
of 3.44, Milia says that he has
learned to live with the unfair
characterization of athletes.
"Regardless of what people
think, I know the truth and I always
went out on a limb in my classes to
make sure people knew I wasn't
stupid," Milia said. "There were
times when people would come to
me for help. They obviously knew
what the story was. I guess it was
just one of those things where you
just have to do the best you can and
hope people recognize you for
what you are instead of what they
think you might be."
Life as a backup lacks excite-

ment. Michigan quarterback Todd
Collins, who played with Milia on
the second team for the past three
years, said that Marc had his
troubles with the lack of playing
time.
"I think it was tough for him,"
Collins said. "He knew he had a
future first-round NFL draft pick
ahead of him. He just knew he had
to keep getting better because he
was just waiting for this season."
Milia himself admits that the
waiting game took a toll on him.
Having already fulfilled the require-
ments to graduate, Milia contem-
plated going to medical school
immediately, foregoing his final
year of eligibility.
After all, his ultimate dream was
already in his grasp. But Milia felt
he had one thing left to do while at
Michigan.
"I'd be watching Steve play and
see the guys he was playing against
and I was saying to myself, 'I can
do all those things,"' Milia said.
"Why should I not take my opportu-
nity as a fifth-year guy and my
opportunity as a starter to go out
there and prove to myself that I was
able to do these things in the first

place?"
Milia used spring practice as his
final testing ground.
"I just told myself that if I made
it through the spring football
without an injury and if I was
playing up to my expectations than I
would come back for this final
season," Milia said. "But there's no
question that I struggled with the
decision to come back for my fifth
year."
Like almost everything he does,
Milia has not taken his role on the
1993 team lightly. Being the lone
senior on a line that was heavily
criticized in the preseason for being
inexperienced, Milia understood
that his leadership would be a
critical contribution.
"If I wasn't going to come back
for my fifth-year, who would be the
guy who tries to help these guys
out?" Milia said. "I feel a responsi-
bility to communicate what I know
to the younger guys and make sure
they come around with me in my
understanding of the game of
football."
Even in his moment as the lead,
Milia is conscious of the cast around
him.

Marc Milia's efforts over the last
four years are finally beginning to
be recognized. Milia was named
academic All-Big Ten last season
and given the Honda Scholar-
Athlete award two weeks ago.
Embarrassed by all the attention,
Milia is proud of the fact that his
efforts are being rewarded.
"Just receiving all these acco-
lades, it makes it all seem worth
while," Milia said.
When the 1993 season ends,
Milia will move on to his ultimate
dream knowing full well that he
gave everything he could to the
Michigan football team. In ex-
change, Milia says that playing for
the Wolverines has been everything
he expected, if not more.
"I feel real fortunate that I've
been able not only to be a student at
the University of Michigan but to
fulfill the opportunity to be an
athlete at a place where the football.
program is so highly esteemed
across the country. It's an incredible
feeling."
Almost like a dream come true.

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