10B -- he Michigan Daily Week a ag ne-=Tburday, November 6, 1997
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21 State of the Arts
El Weekend, etc. Column
A SIMPLE REQUEST, MR. SANDLER
THE THRILL OF THE GAME
The following is a letter to comedi-
an/actorAdam Sandler Mr Sandler has
rescheduled his Oct. 25 HillAuditorium
performance, which will now take place
on Nov. 21 at 11:30 p.m.
To Mr. Sandler:
On Oct. 25, you were supposed to
perform at Hill Auditorium in front of a
student audience of thousands. But a
case of laryngitis thwarted you, and
many Wiiversity students - anticipat-
ing bathroom humor, kooky songs and
stand-up comedy - were left wonder-
ing if their $16 would ever be seen
You have fans here at the University
of Michigan, Mr. Sandler. We rent
"Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore"
when we're in that kind of mood; we
heard your Hanukkah song on the radio
more times than we could count; we
fondly remember your "sloppy Joe ...
slop, sloppy joe ..." solo from the infa-
mous "Lunch Lady Land" and, of
course, Opera Man from your
"Saturday Night Live" days.
For weeks before the supposed Oct.
25 performance, I had been working on
getting an interview with you. I
thought, hey, that would be really great
- a front-page feature about a huge
entertainment event on campus.
Wouldn't that entice students to see the
show? Wouldn't that be interesting to
get to know the man behind the laughs,
songs and skits?
I was persistent, sending fax
request after fax request to your pub-
licist, and for many weeks, I got no
Although I heard nothing for awhile,
I was still hopeful. Why, you ask? Two
years ago, you performed another
Hillel-sponsored event at the
University, and a Daily staffer did get
the opportunity to interview you. If you
agreed two years ago, why not now, I
thought to myself.
So despite the no-response factor, I
kept trying. Two weeks before the
scheduled show, I finally received a
copy of your latest
CD and a publici-
ty photo of you
with a flower on
your nose. That
was nice ... but I
A week before
the show, your
publicist told me
that you had decid-
ed not to make
Jennifer Petiinski yourself available
Daily Arts Editor for any interviews.
(The woman to
whom I spoke on the phone told me that
only one other publication, besides the
Daily, had expressed an interest in
arranging an interview.)
But "unavailable" means unavailable,
I guess. I had to accept the fact that,
after nearly a month of trying, there
wasn't going to be any interview.
And, yes, I was mildly miffed -
because I really don't see why it's such a
big deal. Does it take up that much time
to grant an interview to a college news-
paper, one that prides itself on keeping
its readership (of more than 40,000)
informed of noteworthy events on cam-
pus (i.e. your performance at Hill)?
After all, we are the ones paying to
see you; shouldn't we know more about
you before the night of the show?
Maybe I am being unfair and slightly
unrealistic. Obviously, you are a busy
man with a tight schedule to keep. It
might be hard for you to find 20 min-
utes here and there to spend time enter-
taining different publications' same
questions over and over again. After all,
if you start granting interviews to one,
then you may have to start granting
them to all.
But you did talk to someone at the
Daily two years ago. Maybe you are a
more recognizable celebrity now, but
does that mean you are too important to
remember the people and publications
who helped put you in the spotlight?
Please realize, of course, that this is not
an accusation. I simply don't know your
side of the story, or why you have cho-
sen to steer clear of the press. From my
perspective, though, it doesn't look
But your show is now on for Nov. 21.
In my book, there's still time. So I am
going to try one more time. Talk to me,
Please don't ignore your audience.
We are the ones who are coming to the
-- E-mail Jen at petlinsk unmich.edu.
Some sports at Michigan aren't fit to simply be
called sports. They're no longer games or competi-
tions. They aren't matters of school pride or spirit.
They are cultures - ways of life for both fans
As with any culture, traditions are
developed in the world of sports.<
Thousands congregate dressed in garb
appropriate for their chosen form of wor-
ship. They paint their faces; they cheer;
they throw marshmallows or hurl obscen- '
ities; and then they go home, where they
anxiously anticipate the next game, the
next time they will truly be able to live.
People go just to go. Just to be part of
the phenomenon, just to get caught up in
the mindless fanaticism, to be part of
something bigger than themselves.
Sure, sports became popular for a rea-
son. They're exciting, they're graceful.
they force the competitors to push them-
selves to the extreme. But somewhere, in the sheer
hugeness of it all, the reason sports became popu-
lar as sports -- as pure contests of athletic ability
and nothing else -- gets a little lost.
Somewhere behind all the excitement, all the
face paint, all the television coverage, and the pre-
game, post-game and mid-game analysis, we for-
get what made us love sports in the first place.
We forget what it means to rise above
the confined limitations of our awkward
human form and transcend our physical
nature, if only for an instant.
Think about average humans' experi-
ences as they move through life, dealing
with their surroundings.
We clump around in our thick-soled
shoes. We trip over our own feet. We
bump into desks and stumble into chairs.
We fumble with remote controls and cal-
culators. We drop things.
FCHRIS Usually we're reminded, not of our
FARAH gracefulness, but of our clumsiness, our
kRAH poor ability to cope with our environment.
'CT Ideally, sports should celebrate our
ability to overcome these constraints.
Maybe we can't all dunk the ball. Maybe we
can't be Jordan on every single play. But there are
times - as isolated as they may be - when we
truly feel like we can fly, hit a last-second shot or
toss up the perfect finger roll.
Whether we're playing or watching, times like
these give sports their power and make them spe-
cial. It's not about big-name stars, multimillion-
dollar contracts or even a difficult non-conference
But we can still find that original, unadulterated
passion for competition and athleticism - and we
don't always have to search between two end zones.
One of my most poignant memories centers
around a sport that much of mainstream America
usually leaves for the Europeans, unless their
grade schoolers happen to be involved - soccer.
When I was eight, my dad, in a misguided
attempt to expand my horizons, forced me to join
recreational soccer. The season was a nightmare.
When I played, which wasn't very often, I would
spend the whole time standing idly at defense (my
team was an offensive juggernaut), daydreaming
and lost in my own world. If the ball came my way,
my teammates would usually shout for me to get
out of the way - not that I could blame them. I
simply wasn't cut out for playing soccer.
Then, one sunny afternoon, it finally happened.
Somehow, I worked my way in front of our oppo-
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Ten schools to play tournaments, and we also have annual trips
to tournaments in Texas and at the Naval Academy." Heller
said. "We held up really well versus a varsity Harvard team
this year,'only losing by a single goal."
Haller said this team is comparable to. and possibly even
stronger than, last year's national champions.
"This team is just as good, or maybe a little better talent-
wise" Heller said. "But we are a lot tighter as a team. while
last year we had a lot of individual players."
Heller said the squad was barely challenged at last week's
Big Ten championships, beating a solid Ohio State team 9-5
in the finals. Team members took home a sack full of indi-
vidual accolades, with Michigan players constituting almost
half the all-Bio Ten team.
Richard Witt was the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player, while
Peter Cornue and Micah Frankel were also named first-team
Next week, the water polo team hopes to pair its Big Ten
championship with another national title. But club champi-
onships are not the only thing on the Wolverines' minds-
the club champs want to become a varsity team.
Heller said that despite players' hopes. there is little chance
the team will attain varsity status. He said that Title IX makes'
any such hope a pipe dream. But, he does recognize the ben-
efits of the legislation.
"I don't have any problems w ith Title IX. I think it's a good
thing that women are getting more oppoiunities to play var-
sity college athletics?' I eller said.
But the future still holds promise, ith only three top play-
ers graduating, the team thinks it can maintain its dominance
for years to come. Heller said.Winning another national title
could mark the start :f a dynasty.
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good time, representing Michigan," she
added- The intensity of volleyball is
present, but the players' No. 1 priority
is school. "I like volleyball, but getting
a degree from Michigan is more impor-
tant than playing varsity volleyball at
another Division IIfor Ill school," Allen
The team won both a national and
Big Ten title in 1993, the first year of
the team's existence. "Our club team is
better than a lot of Division 11 and Ill.
schools' varsity volleyball teams,"
The players seem to know exactly
what they want from a club sport in
terms of time and intensity. They prac-
tice hard, yet not every day of the week.
"A lot of us got offered scholarships
elsewhere, but a lot of us didn't want to
make the time commitment," Allen
said., "We even have a girl on the team
this year that was on varsity last year."
The team is traveling to
Northwestern this weekend, to Indiana
University the following weekend, and
then to Michigan State after that. When
asked to predict the team's success for
the upcoming season, Allen confident-
lv said, "Our team is very good this
year. and should make it to Nationals
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