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Yost Ice Arena, packed to capacity, cheers the Michigan hockey team to victory over the Bowling Green squad.

Fans'

cheers, chants spur home

team to victories, set tradition.

By Greg Parker
and Warren Zinn
The Michigan Daily
There are hockey fans, then there
are Michigan hockey fans. To visiting
teams, they are obnoxious zealots,
whose cacophonic chants and
demeanor demonstrate little respect.
To the Michigan team, they are
enthusiastic fans whose clever and
ingenious chants inspire the home
team to victory - 31 consecutive
games without a loss, in fact, on
home ice.
For a few die-hard fans, the game
doesn't begin simply at 7 p.m. The
first two fans arrived at Yost Ice Arena
at 5:33 p.m. for the the Feb. I game
versus Bowling Green. It turned out
that one of these fans was Vince
"Geno" Turco, father of Michigan
goaltender Marty Turco. The other
man was Mike Finn, friend of the
Turco family.
In contrast to Turco, who has never
missed his son play a home game, this
was Finn's first Michigan home game.

Week after week, Turco relayed his
anticipation of coming to the games to
Finn. "He can't wait to come to Ann
Arbor ... he cannot get enough of it,"
Finn said. This isn't exactly around
the corner for the
Turcos, either -
Finn noted that The fi
the Turcos had
worn out a car dri- sway a g
ving from Sault
Ste. Marie, way or a
Ontario to Ann.
Arbor for every especial;
home game. the
As game time 5am
drew near, howev- -
er, the casual con- $u$se
versation of Finn
and Turco rapidly
crescendoed - to Bowling Gr
near chaos. Near
the end of the second period students
continued to practice their habit of
taunting the visiting team and their
families.
The taunting went as follows,

spurred by the ringir
"Phone ... Hey Pe
tender), it's your mom.
suck!"' While Bowli

tender Bob Petrie's
ons can
fame one
enther,
ry when
Sis really
- John Hustler
een defenseman

ng of a phone: team.
trie (the goal- This arrangement fails to take into
i. She says, 'You account a fundamental law of human
ng Green goal- behavior - two parties that adamantly
nother was not believe in diametrically opposite ideals
available for do not tend to get along in the most
comment, her friendly of manners.
son stated that Needless to say, with one minute
his mom does remaining in the second period of the
not, in fact, Feb. 1 Bowling Green contest, this
believe that he fundamental law was followed with
"sucks." remarkable precision when a scuffle
The fans broke out between visiting fans and
"really harp on some Michigan students. No punches
the goalie," said were thrown -just words - but tem-
E n g in e e r ing pers flared, and two Ann Arbor police
sophomore Jeff officers were summoned to restore
Davis. peace.
The student/ While many of the Bowling Green
visiting -fan fans were upset, a few recognized the
relationship has good-natured enthusiasm of the
proven less Michigan fans. "They have every right
ast. This may be to yell and carry on. ... Sometimes
arena's seating they get a little carried away with the
tudents are seat- language, ... but what they do is great,"
ing- fans, who said Dean.Bell, a Bowling Green fan.
of the visiting See FANS, Page 13B

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box, chant:"
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full strength
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scream, "Ho
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then respon
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Goaltende
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hole. You're
Note: These
changed at
Michigan fa

than amicable in the p
attributed to thea
arrangement -- the s
ed above the visit
include the parents

Clair Branch gets fans Into the game by hitting a cowbell, spurring fans to chant, "Go Blue!"

WARREN ZINN/Daily

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