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16 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 10, 1997

DPS warns that tickets
may be fraudulent

Pistons forward visits Domino's

GRIESE
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As No. 14 Michigan prepares for its
season opener against No. 8 Colorado,
the university's Department of Public
Safety is warning fans to be wary of
counterfeit tickets from scalpers.
"We had a significant problem with
counterfeit tickets at the Michigan
State game last fall," said public safe-
ty Capt. James Smiley. "At least 50
people bought tickets that were illegit-
imate. There was nowhere for them to
go, and they had to leave the stadium."
Smiley said the best way to guard

against buying bogus tickets is to buy
them through the university.
It is legal to'buy and sell tickets at
face value, he said. Smiley said coun-
terfeit tickets surface most often at the
biggest games of the season,
Colorado is making its first visit to
Michigan Stadium since 1994, when
Kordell Stewart beat the Wolverines
on a last-second, 64-yard touchdown
pass to Michael Westbrook. The
touchdown sent Michigan to a 27-26
loss.

By U. B.rka
Daily Sports Writer
Ever since Domino's Pizza ended
its guaranteed delivery of 30 minutes
or less or the pizza is free, it has
been looking for a kicker to keep
business rolling as usual.
Thanks to a partnership with the
Detroit Pistons reached at the begin-
ning of last season, Domino's now
has that special kick.
The University comrthunity expe-
rienced the partnership last night, as
Pistons forward Jerome Williams
.signed autographs at the Domino's
on the corner of State and Libcrty
Streets.
Williams's appearance was part of
a weeklong gala celebrating the
opening of the new restaurant, which
opened 11 days ago.
Last night's engagement was one
of many functions between the
Pistons and Domino's have occurred
since the partnership started last
November.
"(Williams's) appearance is part
of a cross-promotional venture
between (Domino's) and the
Pistons," Domino's New Store

Opening Coordinator Scott Viera
said. "We are looking to attract the
University community, and the
Pistons are looking to promote
Jerome, so it works out great for
both parties and is positive for the
community."
Williams, the 26th pick in the
1996 draft out of Georgetown,
signed autographs and traded some
stories to particularly curious fans.
"(Autograph signings) are really
fun," Williams said. "You get to
meet the fans, get to hear their per-
rpccti\ e on what they think about
the team and the NBA in general,
and you also get a chance to tell
them about what it's like to be a pro-
fessional basketball player."
Although a constant rain played a
factor in the turnout, it allowed
Williams to converse more with the
people who did pass by.
"I enjoyed coming here because it
shows you what you are missing,"
Williams said. "I enjoyed college
basketball, but I didn't get to inter-
act with the students as much as I
would have liked.
"'The NBA is much easier than

i enjoyed coming
here (to the
University)
because it shows
you what you are
missing.3"
- Jerome Williams
Detroit Pistons forward
college as far as time is concerned.
The talent is better in the NBA, but
you don't practice nearly as much.
You really learn how to manage
your time in college"
The Pistons and Domino's, along
with opening new pizza stores, have
also started the Park Rangers pro-
gram, a joint venture in which both
parties help clean up parks in inner-
city Detroit and set up basketball
camps around the area.
"We always bring the players out
to bring a good name to what we are
doing and to what we hope to
accomplish," Pistons marketing
coordinator Melissa von Hallen
said.
Williams graduated in 1996 with
a degree in sociology. He is a prime
candidate to help out in the Park
Rangers program. Williams has
already started a few summer camps
in downtown Detroit.
"Being from a large family, I want
to help out kids," Williams said. "I1
think its important for children to
see that they can have success if they
stick it out and work hard."

just didn't think he came along- like I
thoug ,ht lhe would."
Dreisbach regained his starting spot
for the 1996 season, but he, too. encoun-
tered problems after another 4-0 star.
He struggLed as the season progressed,
physically and mentally. He actually
dropped from 212 pounds to 198 before
the Outback Bowl. Dreisbach started the.
last regular season game against Ohio
State but left with an elbow injury withW
the Wolverines down, 9-0.
Griese came in and directed the
Wolverines past the Buckeyes. 13-9, in
Columbus.
I was playing well at the end of last
season, and all I wanted was a chance2'
Griese said. "I wanted to carry that over,
play hard and continue to do well dur-
ing spring ball."
Although Griese graduated last May,
he returned for his final year of eligibil*
ity, so Carr encountered four quarter-
backs in spring practice that each had a
solid shot to start.
Redshirt freshman Jason Kapsner and
sophomore Tom Brady were legitimate
choices to start, and many thought that
Kapsner would get the nod despite the
experience Griese and Dreisbach racked
up over the past two seasons.
Carr said yesterday that he has noticed
improvement in Griese on and off thi
field this season.
"You look at a quarterback in terms
of the qualities he brings to the posi-
tion " Carr said. "I am looking for a guy
that can lead the team, and I think we
have two or three guys who can do that.
But Brian has had an excellent fall. I
think he throws the ball well, he makes
good decisions and I think he under-
stands the mark of a quarterback is get-
ting your team into the endzone, reach-
ing the goal and being able to direc
them late in the game when you need to
win the game."

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