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Ann Arbor offers plenty of spicy
drippin', finger-lickin'-good ribs
The Michigan Gaily WeekentqlM
By Tim O'Connell
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor lies
but when, you
sink your teeth
"Soul on a Roll"
wich at Mr. Rib's
Soul Food, you'd
hardly know it.
"I'll tell you
what makes me
h a p p y,"
2,500 miles north
The sandwich, Mr. Rib's finger-lick-
ing bestseller, consists of a mound of
hickory-smoked pulled pork soaked in
and a bed of
,. rich coleslaw
Ooui on aU 1Non
consists of a
mound of hickory-
pork soaked in
tained in a
huge bun. Hot
Worth all 450
Well, it's some-
brisket in tex-
ture. Pulled off
for $15.40. One regular described the
ribs as being so tender that a flick of
the wrist sends pork flying.
What dominates all of Mr. Rib's bar-
becue, whether ribs, pulled pork, beef
or chicken, is the deep hickory flavor
that penetrates the food.
Campbell, who grew- up in
Mississippi and has spent the past 25
years cooking barbecue around Ann
Arbor, credits his grandfather with
teaching him how to preserve meat as a
"My grandfather kept a smoke house
in the early '50s," he said. "That stuff
kept with me."
Campbell smokes all the meat on site
-- in a hickory smoke house behind his
"1 can do 320 slabs of ribs at one
time. That's 1,000 pounds of meat."
Mr. Rib also offers a slew of extras:
black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese,
green beans, fried corn, beans, potato
salad, country greens, red beans and
rice and fried okra.
Don't be fooled by the strip-mall
location - Mr. Rib is the real thing.
You don't get any more genuine than
a rib joint that offers a UAW dis-
But Mr. Rib is just one of several bar-
becue/soul-food establishments in the
area that are keeping their customers
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"It's all done in fun and games. When
it's done in good taste, it's OK," said
School of Natural Resources and
Environment senior Kevin Gracely.
But what is it exactly that Michigan
fans do? Michigan hockey games are
similar to a screening of the "Rocky
Horror Picture Show." There is an
unwritten script to the game that the
fans thrive off of repeating. The cues
range from the referee entering the ice
to the sound of a phone ringing. They
don't miss a beat in recognizing these
cues, instantly responding in unison
with the "correct" line. But where do
Dave Donoghue t IS [1
of the chants ap
may have been woulA not
other schools for anvthi
teams, such as_
Cornell. Other BowlingGre
chants are more
than likely the product of imaginative
But do the fans actually matter in the
outcome of the game, or are they sim-
ply expelling extraneous hot air? It
depends on who you ask. According to
Michigan right wing Bill Muckalt, "the
ice is still the same ice, the puck is still
the same puck, and the net the same
But Bowling Green defenseman
John Hustler has different thoughts
on the matter. "The fans can sway a
game one way or another, especially
when the game is really close,"
Chuck Legg, father of Michigan
center Mike Legg,(recent ESPY win-
ner), said the crowd "absolutely
affects the game.- it gives Michigan
at least a one-goal advantage -
LSA junior Dan Ryan also believes
the fans matter in the outcome of the
game. "It gets the (rest of the) crowd
into (the game), swings the momentum
and keeps the players going," Ryan
Aside from the winning ways of the
Michigan team, there are other factors
that excite the
grea test Nix is part of the
0andof the crowd
Nix's forte. "The
d ~ band has a really
go big effect on the
Buddy Powers game - the
n hoc key coach crowd is in tune
to the game, the
band is in tune to
the game, and the band and crowd are
in tune. They feed off of us and we feed
off of them," Nix said.
Bowling Green Coach Buddy Powers
agrees. "The crowd interacts incredibly
with the game, especially the way the
band plays to the game with the crowd,"
Not only does Nix conduct the
hockey pep band, but he moonlights
as a dancer - that is, in the third peri-
od of every game, when Nix finds
himself continuing the tradition of
band conductor dancing that has been
around for years. Judging by the reac-
tion of the crowd, this appears to be
one of the crowd's favorite moments
in the game.. This is folowed by yet
another innovative Michigan cheer -
the fans point at Nix and scream,
"dancer," and then point to the visiting
goaltender and scream, "sieve." The
cycle then continues: dancer, sieve,
According to LSA first-year student
Rachel Adams, "Nix is awesome. ...
You'd think he's the newborn of
Michael Jackson," she said.
One of the prime targets of the cheers
is the visiting goaltender. In addition to
cheers that accuse him of being a wire
mesh utensil for straining or sifting (a
sieve), as well as stating that his mother
thinks he "sucks," there are numerous
"It may intimidate some players,
but it really does not bother me. I love
playing against it, I thrive off of it,"
Petrie said. He said that he can hear
the fans' noise and screaming, but
cannot decipher the syntax of their
In any event, Michigan beat Bowling
Green, carrying its home-unbeaten
streak to 29 games. Whether the fans
affected the outocme of the game is
impossible to tell. The facts are pretty
hard to dismiss, however. After all,
Michigan has not lost at home since
October of 1995, and it is a fact that
Michigan fans are, at the very least,
enthusiastic. Whatever the case may be,
the situation is best summarized by
Bowling Green coach Powers: "It is the
greatest atmosphere and I would not
trade it for anything."
The Michigan hockey band
young people who haven't eaten here
come up and ask for the Soul on a
bone with the grain, Mr. Rib's pork is
stringy and delicious.
The place has ribs by the slab, too,
Jesse Campbell, owner of Mr. Rib, stirs his secret recipe rib sauce.
happy with pork, beef, fried chicken
and all the extras.
DeLong's Bar B-Q-Pit, located in a 1
converted filling station across from theJ
Ann Arbor Farmers' Market, has served
up barbecue takeout for more than 30
The pork and beef dinners at
DeLong's are less stringy than Mr.
Rib's, and the meat comes in small
slices. The sauce is sweeter, and it may
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