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October 29, 1996


No love lost between
Wolverines and Spartans

By Will McCahiu
Daily Sports Writer
The Montagues and the Capulets. The
Hatfields and the McCoys.
The Wolverines and the Spartans.
In the hierarchy of storied rivalries,
the first two pale in comparison to the
last, if you are the Michigan football
"It's something you don't understand
'til you've been in it," senior linebacker
Jarrett Irons said.
Senior center Rod Payne was more
"(Playing) Michigan State is as close
to the Civil War as you can get:' he said.
"There's no middle ground in this rival-
Indeed, there is little to be civil about
this year as the Wolverines start their
week of preparation for Saturday's game
against the Spartans. In a seesaw affair
on a bitterly cold day in East Lansing last
season, Michigan State pulled out a 28-
25, come-from-behind victory that still
leaves a bitter taste in the Wolverines'
"We had that game won:' Irons said.
"The defense let down at the end. We
didn't play a total 60 minutes, and we
gave up that loss."
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who has
had ample time to study the rivalry in his
17 years with the Wolverines, said the
annual clash is loaded with emotion on

both sides of the ball.
"Back in the '60s, it seemed like ...
across the state, everybody was on one
side or the other," Carr said. "Because of
that, it's very intense, and there are a lot
of bragging rights at stake."
Carr, Irons and Payne all agreed that it
took them all a very short time to learn
exactly what the fuss was about.
"Once I came to Michigan, it didn't
take long to know the intensity that
exists within both teams in terms of the
way they want to perform in this game;'
Carr said.
Irons said the intensity of the annual
contest is a perfect example of the Big
Ten's physical brand of football.
"Both teams have always played
hard," he said. "That's what this rivlary is
all about."
Payne, who like Irons, is from outside
Michigan, said that losing to the
Spartans in 1993 was what brought the
significance of the rivalry home to him.
"Oh man, when we went up there and
lost-you really realize what Michigan-
Michigan State is all about," Payne said.
SUCKING wlND: With all the bitterness
of the intrastate rivalry, a certain amount
of trash-talking should be expected to go
"Yeah, we've got some guys out there
who like to tell us how their families are
doing," Payne said.
Although he saw little action in last

season's contest, Michigan sophomore
linebacker Sam Sword has heard the
mouthing off.
"I know there's a lot of trash-talking
on the field," he said. "Everybody's
going to go all out and leave everything
they have on the field.'
On the other side ofthe Michigan coin
is Irons, who said he gets too involved in
the game to indulge in idle chatter.
"People might say a couple things, but
that's not my style;' Irons said. "I'd be
too tired to sit up and talk.'
Even the normally-gregarious Payne
admitted that the Spartans sometimes
leave him at a loss for words.
"I don't say too many things;' he said.
"I'm too tired - I'm gasping for air"
NIFTY FIFTIES: Saturday's contest will
mark Michigan's 1,050th game of all
time. Only Rutgers and Navy have
played more games (1,084 and 1,056,
respectively), but the Wolverines have
nearly 200 more victories than the
Midshipmen and 215 more than the
Scarlet Knights.
Michigan is currently under .500 in
"50th" games (50th, 100th, 150th, etc.)
with a 9-10-1 mark.
The Wolverines, however, are on a
three-game winning streak in such con-
tests, having won their 900th game (at
Indiana, Sept. 29, 1984), their 950th (vs.
Michigan State, Oct. 8, 1988) and their
1000th (vs. Minnesota, Oct. 24, 1992).

Michigan wide receiver/kick returner Tyrone Butterfield and the rest of the Wolverines will have their hands full with a
Michigan State squad that has reeled off three straight wins and is sure to be fired up for Saturday's game.

*Women' s swimnmers thrashIllini .. . <
Blue follows victor over Illinois with Northwestern Relay triumph ┬░. . {s=.. aV I x

By}Evan Braunstein
For the Daily
if last weekend is any indication, the Michigan women's
swimming team is geared toward challenging for the
┬░national championship this season.
* The Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten, 2-0 overall) pummeled
Illinois, 204-96, on Saturday before taking home the title
.atithe Northwestern Relays by 44 points over the Wildcats
on Sunday.
Yet Michigan coach Jim Richardson said the meet was a
lot-closer than the score reflects.
This meet had a lot of great races - very few of them
were blowouts," he said. "One reason the score was so.lop-
sided is because we got a lot of second-, third- and fourth-
place finishes. We have more depth than (Illinois)."
Even without star senior Rachel Gustin, who is sidelined
iue to injury, the Wolverines strolled to an easy victory
over the Illini, taking first place in 12 out of 16 events.
Senior Anne Kampfe and freshman Shannon Shakespeare
took charge, each capturing two first-place finishes.
"Illinois is a really young team, so we were not sure
exactly what to expect going in to the meet," Kampfe said.
"But we ended up swimming a lot better than we antici-
Also swimming well for the Wolverines was Jodi Navta,
who has picked up a lot of the slack left by Gustin's
absence. Navta grabbed first-place finishes in the 100- and
X00-yard breastroke. Gustin excelled in both the brestroke
and individual medley, and her injury forced Navta into the

We ended urp swimming a
lof better thafn we
- Ann Kampfe
Michigan senior swimmer
"Jodi has stepped up her swimming, and I'm sure she
will continue to perform well," Kampfe said.
However, Richardson said he does not look to any one
particular person to take the place of Gustin.
"It would be impossible for one person to make up all
(the points Gustin gave the team);' he said. "Everybody
has an added responsibility now."
The team showed it is willing to accept this responsibil-
ity in the Northwestern Relays, as many younger, inexpe-
rienced swimmers helped Michigan top the likes of
Northwestern, Michigan State, Northern Illinois and
Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The relays did not count toward the Wolverines' record,
and Richardson said he used many younger swimmers that
needed to gain experience.
"My main goal right now is to keep up our training
cycle. I always want to win, but sometimes it is neces-
sary to sacrifice a short-term goal for the swimmers to

The Michigan women's swimming team continued its dominance over the Big Ten this past weekend, beating Illinois and
Northwestern. Michigan coach Jim Richardson, however, felt his team's wins weren't as impressive as the scores indicated.

Saban concerned about overanxious Spartan squad

EAST LANSING (AP) - It doesn't
take much to get Michigan State fired up
this week. This is Michigan week.
* In fact, the hard part might be reining
-gin the Spartans so they're competitive but
cool come Saturday at Michigan
Stadium. Even Michigan State coach
Nick Saban said you can energize a team
so much they can't execute.
"Getting them wound so tight that they
can't beat the drum is not necessarily the
best way to go about it," he said Monday
at his weekly news conference. "It's pos-
sible to create too much anxiety.

"That part of the game is probably the
most difficult to control in terms of how
a team practices, their spirit level during
the course of the week relative to how
they'll respond during the game,"he said.
"If you create too much anxiety, I think it
can affect your performance in a negative
"I think spirited practice and good
preparation is always something that con-
tributes to confidence and poise in the
The Spartans, flying high after three
straight wins, take on the Wolverines just

after noon on Saturday. Michigan State is
5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, while
Michigan is 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the Big
Ten and ranked ninth in the country.
"In every experience I've had here in
playing this game, it has been a little
more spirited through the course of the
week," Saban said ofthe yearly Michigan

game. "And I think that's good. It certain-
ly helps the preparation."
Both teams are coming off solid victo-
ries. Michigan State drubbed Wisconsin,
30-13, last week, while Michigan
trounced Minnesota, 44-10.
"We look forward to the challenge of
this game, as always;' Saban said.

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