The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 1997 -
Mental midgets lucky
to nd the stadium
d Ohio State campus is certainly But the Buckeyes won't come up
T excited for its matchup with with anything because when it comes to
Michigan in Ann Arbor tomorrow. Michigan, the Buckeyes just can't seem
Students clad in red and white have to win. It's a mental hurdle they can't
spewing words all week. Just listen jump. How is that possible?
to hat one sixth-year sophomore said Oh, wait. I'm talking about Ohio
the other day: "Yeah, yeah. We're going State. The Buckeyes have mental blocks
to beat Michigan! Yeah, yeah we are. about tying their shoes let alone devel-
We always do. oping a successful game plan to beat the
All my fiends Wolverines.
are going to go Everyone in the college football
see the game. world knows that Ohio State is the
My car -- it's biggest choker and the biggest disap-
too, you pointment come November. They clam
ow - will up like frightened turtles when they play
the trip Michigan. It's almost comical, and their
to get us DANIELLE performance has become all too pre-
When asked RUMy goodness! 1-7-1 in Ohio State
by he was so Rumore coach John Cooper's tenure. They
nfident that Has It should be ashamed. It has become a
he Buckeyes source of amusement for the Michigan
ill win, the faithful and a sore spot for Ohio State.
eography major seemed taken aback Michigan owns Ohio State, it's that sim-
the question. Maybe he didn't know ple. And even though the Buckeyes are
he definition of the word confident, but a pretty balanced team on both sides of
time, he was finally able to the ball this season, they will be too
nd: "Uhhhh, uhhhh. I don't know. I busy flapping their lips about how much
on't know much. They just, just ... better they are to concentrate on the
uck! Yeah, that's it." game at hand. And then they'll get
Yes, that must be it. scared.
Maybe someone should remind the That's also getting too predictable.
ental midget that Ohio State has only Just ask Ohio State wide receiver
ten Michigan once in the last nine David Boston, who decided to jinx his
ries and that he should drive northwest, team by saying that if the Buckeyes are
ot south, to get to Ann Arbor (that's up clicking, they will beat Michigan by two
nd to the left for Ohio State students). or three touchdowns.
Hopefully, come tomorrow, the Maybe someone should have told
,eyes will be able to muster more him about a fellow named Terry Glenn.
trepower than this student did. They And maybe someone should tell him -
ill need more than words to beat the and Ohio State fans - that talk is
Wolverines and make this game less cheap.
athetic than what most have been in - Daily Sports Editor Danielle Rumore
he 1990s. can be rached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who will win tomorrow? Quoth the Buckeyes
4 The Daily says The Lantern says Beyes,
M' wIzs nevermore
nce upon a November day,
while I shivered, cold and
Over a wondrous halftime lead
and I cheered, barely winning,
Suddenly in the second half,
Springs fell and Streets ran,
"T'is a travesty." I muttered as 69
yards later, the
scored - Not
only this, but
two fields goals
I remember it
was in January, FROM
That each COLUMBUS
separate Rose The Ohio State
Bowl touch- Lantern Editors
ghost upon the
field Eagerly I wished for the nation-
al championship - vainly I had
sought to console my thoughts - "if
only we had beat them" For the rare
and glorified title of Big Ten champs,
yet not National, thanks to the
Wolverines, Nameless here for ever-
Presently my soul grows stronger,
hesitating then no longer,
"Coach Carr," say 1, "truly your
forgiveness I implore, But the fact is
that the Bucks are coming to your
town, and although you may be
ranked No.1 and lead the Big Ten,
Ohio State is looking for sweet
So here we come, ready for battle
- We look to The Game to provide
the lore. This is it and nothing more.
"Michigan," said I, "thing of evil!
- leader now, not champs, not ever
Whether Jackson run, or Germaine
throws, Michigan, left crying, on
your Big House field In this home
that Bo has haunted - tell me truly,
I implore Is there - is there hope in
Ann Arbor ? - tell me - tell me, I
implore Can you take anymore?"
The Rose Bowl champs turn my
sad face of yesteryear into smiling
By the defensive line and the talent
of Joe and Stanley, "Michigan,
though thy talk be big and plenty,
thou" I say, "art sure no champion."
Ghastly tough and quick, the Big
Kat will run over your offense into
the sportscaster's son, Tell me how it
will feel to see his blood and gore
Quoth Gary Moeller "I'll have one
"Woodson," I said, "Buckeye by
birth! - traitor still, if offense or
defense, By the borders that are so
near - by the shores of the Great
Lakes - Tell this soul with sorrow
laden if he shall clasp an intercep-
tion, He is a rare and strange player
one who chose Michigan over his
home land, Quoth the Buckeyes,
"Be that word a sign of parting,
state up North," I exclaim, upstarting
- Get thee back into your dreams
and the ideas of victory.
Leave no trophy as a token of that
dream that thy soul bath spoken,
Leave the stadium broken, - quit
the thought of winning
Take thy dreams and leave them a
the door, Quoth the Big Kat, "You'll
- The editors of the Ohio State
Lantern can be reached at
Michigan defensive end James Hall leveled Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine
In the Wolverines' 13-9 victory last season.
*ll picks made
Game (HOME TEAM IN CIAP$)
MICHIGAN (-3 1/2) vs. Ohio State Ohio State
PENN STATE (-15 1/2) vs. Wisconsin Wisconsin
Michigan State (-25) vs. ILLINOIS Michigan State
*due (-14) vs. INDIANA Purdue
IOWA (-21) vs. Minnesota Minnesota
Florida State (-4 1/2) vs. FLORIDA Florida
UCLA (-9 1/2) vs. SOUTHERN CAL UCLA
WA$HINGTON (-6 1/2) vs. Wash. State Washington State
Tennessee (-16) vs. KENTUCKY Tennessee
AUBURN (-12) vs. Alabama Auburn
Best Bet UCLA
last week 6-4
Qverall best bet 6-5
The (late) hits keep
coing for Florida
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obinson foresees tough battle
Ame Keullan has averaged more than 41 points a
Day Br"s . game.
LOS ANGELES (U-WIRE) - With "We gotta find an edge," Robinson Th o o
h UCLA game looming over said. "We gotta play a great game ..- Michigan Is In If:
b iern Cal coach John Robinson's and hope that they make some mistakes a Michigan beats Ohio
edia luncheon on Tuesday, nobody in the process." row
ould quite put a finger on what it Robinson said he expects more of a K Michigan loses to the
ould take for the heavily favored 17-14 type of game. But if it is a Penn Stat wins its rem
ruins to lose to Southern Cal. shootout, Southern Cal's 21-points-a- games and Ohio State it
Robinson couldn't find a weakness game average may not even come close No. 1 and No. 2 in the
the Bruin team, calling UCLA's to matching UCLA. Ohio State is in if'
ade McNown the best quarterback Southern Cal tailback Delon 8 The Buckeyes beat Ml
e's seen on film this year and touting Washington may miss Saturday's game Penn State loses to eiti
defense as one of the most consis- due to an ankle injury he sustained last Wisconsin or Michigan
the league. week against Oregon State. Ohio State beats Mic
binson even acknowledged that Washington has averaged more than ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in
CLA remains as healthy as ever, 100 yards in two career games against poll, which may require
bile the Trojans are struggling to find UCLA, and leads the team in rushing State or Nebrask a loss
running back healthy enough to carry this season with 377 yards.
he ball more than 15 times. "Delon doesn't look OK," Robinson
Nevertheless, Robinson is pleased said. "He may be questionable or
ith his team's success since Southern doubtful for this game."
al's loss at Arizona State, and espe- Replacing Washington will be
ially in light of the past two victories LaVale Woods, who returns to the line-
ver Stanford and Oregon State. up after missing six games because of H H , dr
" e've had a season where we've an ankle injury. Woods, who has been needed for ri
lot of injuries, and we haven't practicing with the team for the past involving n v
>n as prepared as we'd have liked to two weeks, "will getsa chance to play in p*s* ib. - v
e at quarterback and tailback," the game," Robinson said.
obinson said. "But the only things "There aren't a lot of guys in there at . Pays
've been regretful about this season are running back right now," he said. "We
e second half at Arizona State and the just have to hope that they stay healthy *For *nor e
ffense at Washington. throughout the game and make some
"But I'm not gonna dwell on that at big plays?'
11. We're just gonna play." The play of Southern Cal's defensive
Just playing may not cut it against line has never been in question this sea-
(CA, whose high-powered offense, son, as the Trojans are first in the Pac-
includes running back Skip 10 and sixth in the nation against the
irks and wide receiver Jim McElroy, run, allowing just 84.1 yards a game.
Tha Mirhia an
By Steve Gorton
Independent Florida Alligator
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (U-WIRE) -
Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson
may be gone, but Florida coach Steve
Spurrier has started the early talk about
Florida's State's late hits.
But that has not slowed down
Seminoles strongside linebacker
Lamont Green from making verbal
promises of delivering physical punish-
"Their quarterback is going to get hit
regardless," Green said. "They might as
well tell quarterback Noah Brindise that
he is going to be bruised up very bad
after the game, because he's going to get
hit before he throws the ball, while he
throws the ball and if we're within a step
while he's releasing, he's going to gethit
However, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound
Brindise does not appear too worried.
When told of Green's comments, he
smiled and said he does not plan on
wearing any extra padding as Danny
Wuerffel did last year.
"That's fine, I hope he hits me after I
throw because then we'll geta penalty,"
Brindise said. "I'm not worried about it.
"I know I'm going to get hit a lot.
They've knocked a lot of quarterbacks
out and they're going to have to really
put a good licking on me to get me out?'
Florida safety Tony George said the
defense will stand up for its quarter-
back, meaning any late hits by Florida
State players might be cause for retalia-
"If it happens again, I guess it is just
going to come down to trading blows, so
to speak;' George said. "If they hit our
quarterback like that, maybe we should
go and hit their quarterback like that."
The Seminoles have posted 64 sacks
this season and knocked out the oppos-
ing team's quarterback in seven games
including No. 8 North Carolina's Oscr
Spurrier, who has suggested to the
media that they watch tape of Florida
State's defense this season, said he can-
not understand what the Seminoles have
to be proud of.
"If that's something they want to brag
about, I guess that's their business" he
said at his weekly media luncheon on
Tuesday. "I think it's sort of sad that you
brag about hurting someone on the
other team. If that's something that'
important to them, let them talk about it
"They're going to play like they
always play. All we can hope is that>e
referee controls the game. If he doesn't,
I don't know what's going to happen out
there. I can't ask our players to be spear-
ing dummies, or tackling dummies or
"We're not going to get speared onthe
ground and hit in the back late afterwe
throw the ball and things like that. I d d
know how our players aregoing to react
to that. It hasn't happened this year.
Hopefully, it won't happen this game."
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