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188 -The Ochigan Daily Weekends ga4Fne- Thursday, Sept ber 25, 1997
A weekly guide to who's
where, what's happening and
Swhy you need to be there ...

The Michigan Daily Xekent Magazine - thclay, September 25, 199- 3B
Rivals instill the pride and tradition of football spirit

The Full Monty (1997) A comedy about a
group of friends who try to form a one-of-a-
kind strip act. Mich. 7 p.m.
Ponette (1997) A French film about how a
young girl deals with the loss of her mother.
Mich. 9 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Covers
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Hill
Auditorium. 8 p.m. $20-$55.
Young Musician's Showcase Call 662-1080
for a slot. Gypsy Cafe, 214 N. 4th Ave. 9-
11:30 p.m.
Saint Ashley Livonia rock band is supposed-
ly a mix of The Smiths and The Doors. Cross
Street Station, 511 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti.
Jeff Hamilton Trio Jazz drummer plays with
pianist Larry Fuller and bassist Lynn Seaton.
Bird of Paradise. $15.
Fall Dances A traditional Ann Arbor show
that displays various styles of dance.
Performance Network, 408 W. Washington.
Pay-what-you-can. 8 p.m. 663-0681.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Orpheus
Productions presents Edward Albee's
shocking, volatile drama. Riverside Arts
Center, 76 N. Huron. Tickets $10 ($9 for
students). 8 p.m. 971-5545.
Carol loyd Lloyd, director of The Writing
Parlor in San Francisco, will be talking
about the new book "Creating a Life Worth
Living: A Practical Course in Career Design
for Artists, Innovators, and Others Aspiring
to a Creative Life." Borders. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Richard Tillinghast University professor to
read from his new collection, "Today in the
Cafe Trieste." Shaman Drum. 8 p.m. Free.
Polli iary (1955) A Japanese comedy
about antics of a police force in a rural
town. Nat. Sdi. 7 p.m. Free.

The Blue Kite (1993) A Chinese film about
a Beijing family and its experience with the
political and social strife in 1950s and '60s
China. Angell Aud. A. 8 p.m. Free.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra See Thursday.
George Winston World-famous pianist rolls
into town. Mich. 8 p.m. $18.50-$30.
Imperial Swing Orchestra Hip lounge band
from Ann Arbor. Blind Pig. 996-8555.
Botfly East Lansing funk rockers make
another pilgrimage to Tree Town. Cross
Street Station. 485-5050.
Fall Dances See Thursday. Tickets $12 ($9
for students). 8 p.m.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? See Thursday.
Tickets $10 ($9 for students). 8 p.m.
Fernando Coronil A reception celebrating publi-
cation of "The Magical State: Nature, Money, and
Modernity in Venezuela." Shaman Drum. 4-6 p.m.
Mark Parrish Former University swimmer and
author of "Paths to the Olympics: Maize and
Blue to Olympic Gold' will be joined by other
swimmers to talk about the Olympic experi-
ence. Borders. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Ivan The Terrible, Part I (1942)
Eisenstein's epic about the legendary
16th-century czar. Nat. Sci. 7 p.m.
Nostalgia (1983) Director Andrei
Tarkovsky's film about a Soviet musicolo-
gist who visits Italy to research the life of a
famous Russian composer. Nat. Sci. 9 p.m.
Al Di Meola Is there anyone more respected
on guitar across as many musical genres?
Michigan Theater. 8 p.m. $20 and $30.
"Chamber Music with Members of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra" Schumann
and Beethoven selections. Rackham
Auditorium. 8 p.m. $22-$36.
Howling Diabios Detroit rock 'n.' roll.,
Blind Pig. 996-8555.

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Managing Sports Editor
Perhaps no school in the nation has
more football rivals than Michigan.
This week, it's Notre Dame. In a couple
more, it's Northwestern. Later on, it's
Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State
and - the most hated of all - Ohio
State. They roll in and roll out, jugger-
nauts that knot our stomachs, raid our
brains and, whether they win or lose,
add immensely to the way the game is
Some argue that rivalries are outdat-
ed, saying that the entertainment explo-
sion of the 1990s had made college
football Saturdays an anachronism. In
the old days, it was vital for school spir-
it and sheer sanity that the entire cam-
pus united at least one day per week,
against a common enemy, to fight for a
cause and think about something other
than classes for a few hours. A rival
only intensified things.
Now, you can flip on cable or a CD
- or play against Ohio State yourself
even, if you have a video game system.
Escape is much easier, and in these
times when individualism and noncon-
formity is valued more than assimila-
tion,, wearing the same colors as
106,000 of your closest friends and
chanting the same song over and over
again seems silly.
But it's not. There is a reason why
Michigan Stadium, the largest college-
owned football stadium in the nation,
could not accommodate all of the
University's student season-ticket
requests for the first time in history,
even though the Wolverines have gone
through four straight relatively disap-
pointing seasons. Rivals. We've got a
slate full of them, and nothing is more
exciting than The Big Game.
As quarterback Brian Griese said last
Saturday, this week's game against
Notre Dame isn't just one between two
good teams, it's a "battle between two
histories." The Fighting Irish have had
Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy and
Ara Parseghian as coaches. Michigan
has had Fielding Yost and Fritz Crisler
and Bo Schembechler. The star players
on each side are impossible to count, as
are the championships and accolades.
Both teams defined and molded their
sport in similar ways. They have the
largest followings in the nation.
Stadiums that look the same on the
inside. Colors that nearly match as
closely as traditions.
What makes Notre Dame-Michigan
an intense rivalry is easy to see. It's all
about seeing, really seeing something

Lisa Hunter Band Folk singer/songwriter is
Ann Arbor's own! Gypsy Cafe. 9:30 p.m. $3.
Fall Dances See Thursday. Tickets $12 ($9
for students). 8 p.m.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? See
Thursday. Tickets $10 ($9 for students). 2
p.m. and 8 p.m.
Jonis Agee Agee will sign copies of her new
novel "South of Resurrection." Shaman Drum.
8 p.m. Free.
Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart and
Ingrid Bergman in the classic romantic mas-
terpiece set during World War 11. Mich. 3
Cabin In the Sky (1943) Musical starring
Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong about
the forces of good and evil battling for a
gambler's soul. Mich. 5 p.m.
Alexander Nevsky (1938) Eisenstein's clas-
sic about Prince Alexander's defeat of
Teutonic ,Knights in 1242. Nat Sci. 7 p.m.

Michigan's James Hall crushes Ohio State quarterback, Joe Germaine, last year as he makes a feeble attempt to complete a pass. The Wolverines went on to beat the
Buckeyes 13-9, and ruin Ohio State's chance of a perfect season for the sixth time.

of yourself in the other school. There
has to be that respect, or there is no
Because of the Wolverines' long
legacy of success, everyone wants to
make them rivals. Two years ago, when
they traveled to Champaign for a road
game, Illinois frat boys waved "Muck
Fichigan" signs, and sang bastardized
versions of "The Victors." They spoke
and acted as if it were a real rivalry,
although Michigan students can't even
name the Fighting Illini's fight song (let
alone know the words well enough to
write a parody).
It was no rivalry game. Rivalries take
two. Hoping to see themselves as
equals with the Wolverines, the Illini
and their fans declared they were rivals

but were deflated in the end by a team
that had no regard for them. Happens
all the time, a by-product of achieve-
There is an in-between category.
Northwestern, despite its lack of a win-
ning tradition, has become a pseudo-
rival because of its two straight victories
over Michigan. Minnesota was once a
true rival, having played against
Michigan 75 times and often - though
long ago - for the Big Ten and nation-.
al titles and the Little Brown Jug.
Whether teams like those are rivals
depends on timing.
But there is no mistake about a real
rival, because a real rival is tied to you,
equal to you and defines you, as
Democrats define Republicans and

Soviets once defined Americans. You
are what you are, because you are not
the other. And so it's no wonder that the
biggest rivals of all are those that at
some point were you.
Colorado played Michigan three
times in the past four years and was
undoubtedly a rival during that span. Of
course, because two of those games
ended on the final play, excitement cre-
ated urgency. But there was something
else. Bill McCartney, who built the
Buffaloes' program, coached at
Michigan. He was a Wolverine. He left.
He is the one you want to beat.
Notre Dame is no different this year.
Greg Mattison left the defensive coordi-
nator position at Michigan last year to
take the same job at Notre Dame this

year. He was a Wolverine. He left. He is
the one you want to beat.
And then, there is Ohio State.
Schembechler, perhaps Michigan's
greatest coach (with many apologies to
Yost), learned his craft under Woody
Hayes at Ohio State. He was a Buckeye.
He left. He is the one they wanted to
Schembechler and Hayes wanted to
beat each other more than anyone else.
They wanted those victories so badly
and ran such similarly successful pro-
grams, they elevated what had already
been a good rivalry because of geogra-
phy to an all-out conflict that got per-
sonal. Rod Payne, a center and co-cap-
tain on last year's Michigan team,
See FOOTBALL, Page 20


WeekedI Magazine Editors: Kristin Long Elizabeth Lucas
Weekent Magazine Photo Editor: Margaret Myers.
Writers: Joanne Alnajjar, Renatt Brodsky, Nicholas J. Cotsonika, Steve Deckrow, Chris Farah, Bryan lark, Aaron
Rennie, Joshua Rich, Julia Shih and Prashant Tamaskar.
Photographers: Kevin Krupitzer, Brian McLelIan, Margaret Myers and Sara Stillman.
Cover illustration by Ted Adams.
Arts Editors: Bryan Lark and Jennifer Petlinski.

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