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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 15, 1994 - 9

Stickers cruise past
winless Chippewas, 3-2

CHAD A. SAFRAN
Safrancisco Treat

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Writer
A dominating victory by one goal.
That phrase sums up the Michigan
women's field hockey team's perfor-
Aance against Central Michigan, as it
defeated the Chippewas, 3-2, atKelly/
Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant
yesterday.
A second-half goal by sophomore
midfielderMichelle Smulders gave the
Wolverines (4-2) a 3-1 cushion, and
the Chippewas (0-4) could only an-
swer with one late goal. However,
Central was fortunate to lose by such
a small margin, since "at least three of
Our shots hit the (goal) post," Michi-
gan coach Patti Smith said.
"We really dominated," Smith said.
"Our passing was pretty good. We
had a lot of chances where we could
have capitalized."
Although Central struck first, with
Annette Chisholm putting one past
Michigan's Kristin Novinger for a 1-0
lead, the Wolverines came right back.
#reshman Brenda Beaudry scored to
even the game at one. The teams re-
mained tied going into halftime. How-
ever, Michigan definitely had the up-
per hand heading into the lockerroom,
Smith said.
"I think our first goal was the turn-
ing point of the game," Smith said. "I
just told the team to keep doing what
BIG TEN
Continued from page 8.
Aside from the fact that this game is
in Boulder, the Buffaloes are the better
team.
Colorado 30, Wisconsin 20.
Iowa (0-0,2-0)atPennState(1-0,
2-0)
The Hawkeyes haven't lost yet this
season, but there's a catch: until now,
they haven't played anybody good.
Running back Ki-Jana Carter will
run wild on a day that could mark the
beginning of the end for Hawkeye coach
Hayden Fry. Rumorhas itthis could be
his final season in a 16-year career in
IowaCity.
Penn State 45, Iowa 7.
Notre Dame (1-1) at Michigan
tate (0-0,0-1)
It's hard to believe that these two
teams played arguably the most fa-

they were doing, and be a little bit
more poised."
The Wolverines evidently took
their coach's advice, as they struck
twice in the second stanza. Junior
defender Selina Harris scored to make
it 2-1, and Smulders then iced it with
what proved to be the game-winner.
The 3-1 deficit proved to be insur-
mountable for the Chippewas.
"(Michelle) scoring a goal was
nice, but obviously you can't relax
too much," Smith said.
The youth on the team played a
vital part in the Wolverine victory,
with freshman Julie Flachs assisting on
two goals and Beaudry scoring a goal.
The play of Michigan's freshmen and
sophomores will be crucial totheteam's
success if the Wolverines look to im-
prove on their 2-5 Big Ten record of a
year ago.
"We have a talented bunch of play-
ers," Smith said. "Our team is really
tough."
However, the coach warned against
taking opponents like the Chippewas
too lightly, and then fall victim to the
upset bug. Smith mentioned the fact
that other teams have been scoring first
on the Wolverines so far this season,
and realized that the season must be
taken one step at a time.
"Anytime you play, it can be a
tough contest," Smith said.

uwners, piayers snare
blame for lost season
It was a record breaking year for baseball in 1994.
Matt Williams did not crack Roger Maris' home run mark.
Tony Gwynn did not hit.400.
Major League Baseball and the Players' Union did break one thing, and
neither one gives a damn about it.
In 1994, they broke hearts. A lot of hearts.
Lake Erie may overflow its banks today after Indians fans finish shedding
their tears in it. But the players don't care.
Don Mattingly was on his way to getting that first sweet taste of postseason
champagne. But the owners don't care.
The attitude of players and owners toward the people who pay their salaries
is abominable. Their fight ruined the most exciting season in the last decade.
Why would anyone want to come back in the future to watch a bunch of
overpaid, out-of-shape athletes play for a bunch of even richer and fatter owners?
There surely seemed to be something wrong with a game in which every
division had a pennant race. Surely there is something wrong with a game when
over 70,000 fans come to watch the Rockies and Dodgers at Mile High Stadium.
If something was so wrong, why did owners decide to expand four years ago?
Certainly some teams are losing money - namely San Diego, Pittsburgh
and Seattle - but perhaps management should blame that on something other
than the power of the large market teams.
Ownership ran those teams into the ground with moves that would make
Forrest Gump look brilliant. Tom Werner, who owns the Padres, traded his
best players, less than a year after contending for a division title.
Message to Mr. Werner: Sell the team (you'll make money) and stick to
producing sitcoms.
Or here's another suggestion for those small market teams struggling to
break even - MOVE!!!
Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns, vowed he could make money
within two years if a team came to the Valley of the Sun. He's probably right,
considering he already has possession of the most profitable team in the NBA.
Despite the bad rap the owners receive for inciting the strike, most of it
deserved, the players get equal blame for causing the remainder of the season
to be flushed away.
The average salary is $1.2 million. Sure, not every player gets a big contract
and many ball players are career minor leaguers. However, these men know the
odds are against them from the time they walk out on the diamond, playing short-
season ball in the New York-Penn league.
Current major leaguers say they are striking for those not yet in The Show.
And I will be replacing Todd Collins as Michigan's starting quarterback.
Major league players are the most selfish athletes around. A career.250 hitter
charges $25 for an autograph. Some blame the media for a bad game more
effectively than they can field.
The only thing players and owners are responsible for is the alienation of this
generation of fans as well as future ticket buyers. No one wants to "Catch the
Fever" of America's past time any longer, fans just get sick from it.
America's love for the game ends in a bitter divorce, except no one gets any
alimony checks from it. Just the pain of separation.
=ECo OC~

Michigan field hockey ran its record to 4-2 with win over Central.

mous college football game of all time
back in 1966. The Irish and Spartans
tied, 10-10, and both teams went on to
finish 9-0-1 and No. 1 and No.2in the
nation, respectively.
This year, it won't be close.
Notre Dame 38, Michigan State 17.
Pittsburgh(1-1) at Ohio State (0-
0,1-1)
Are the Buckeyes for real this sea-
son?
You bet they're not.
Last Saturday, coach John Cooper
and his troops strolled into Seattle to
face then-No. 23 Washington for their
first true test of the season.
They lost, badly.
Fortunately for Cooper, Saturday's
game is not big.
The Buckeyes Joey Galloway is
still out, but it won't matter.
Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 10.
Indiana (0-0, 2-0) at Kentucky
(1-1)
Kentucky coach Bill Curry, in his

fifth year at the helm of the Wildcats,
probably wishes he neverleft Alabama.
Last weekend his troops dropped a
73-7 decision to No. 1 Florida.
While Indiana is not in the class of
the Gators, the Hoosiers are talented
and possess the current Big Ten rush-
ing leader, Alex Smith.
The freshman has rushed for 343
yards and three touchdowns in three
games.
Indiana 24, Kentucky 14.
Ball State (0-1) at Purdue (0-0,
1-0)
Last Saturday the Boilermakers won
their opener by 34 points, 51-17.
Never mind the fact that it was
against Toledo.
Saturday against Ball State, Purdue
will run its record to 2-0.
When was the last time Purdue was
2-0? 1978.
Purdue 22, Ball State 7.
Northern Illinois (0-2) at Illinois
(0-0,1-1)

The Illini rebounded nicely from an
embarrassing 10-9 loss to Washington
State in their season opener by pound-
ing Missouri, 42-0, last weekend.
The Huskies are averaging only 141
yards of total offense a game.
Illinois 31, Northern Illinois 7.
San Diego State (2-0) at Minne-
sota (0-1,1-1)
Last season, the Aztecs beat the
Golden Gophers, 48-17, in a game that
was somewhat interesting because it
featured San Diego State's sensational
Marshall Faulk.
Two weeks ago, Penn State drubbed
Minnesota, 56-3.
They'll get pounded again.
San Diego State 41, Minnesota 17.
Northwestern (0-0,0-1-1) at Air
Force (0-2)
Both the Wildcats and the Falcons
are still looking for their first victory.
Northwestern will have to keep
searching.
Air Force 45, Northwestern 27.

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