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Boston 4. Seattle 4.
TEXAS 5, Chicago 9,
Anaheim 3 nA ciy 4
Minnesota 6 LE
Toronto 2, 5.
DETROIT 1 Ph ladelphia 1

Milwaukee 2.
New York 4,
HOUSTON 3 (11)
Pittsburgh at
Florida 2
Chicago 6,

S ri S

Want more football?
Be sure to pick up a free copy of Football Saturday on
the way to the game this weekend. Look for copies
be distributed outside Michigan Stadium.

September 17, 1998


Sammy grand slams 63!



- Sammy Sosa hit his
63rd home run last
night in grand fashion,
tying Mark McGwire
for the Major League
lead and record.
Sosa's eighth-inning
grand slam catapulted
the Cubs to a 6-2 win
over the Padres and
brought the San Diego
crowd to its feet.


Gambibigo &pors and
fans: the cege tnficta
Today marks the first edition of The Daily Grind, a weekly column by Daily
Sports Editors Sharat Ra/u and Mark Snyder Lookfbr it each and every
Thursday in Daily Sport.
GOpen a daily sports section this week and turn to the agate page. Some
cwspapers call it the scoreboard, others the sportsline, but in the end,
it's just the refuge for all of the meaningless statistics sports nerds gob-
ble up.
Buried in the corner - usually in the smallest box with very little type --
rests the heart of this campus and schools nationwide.
That's usually where 'Today's Line' is posted.
To a casual sports fan, interested only in his team's wins or losses, the out-
come of a game can prove destructive. Following a devastating defeat - the
likes of which this campus is rapidly getting used to - these passionate fans
retreat into a personal shell. Even daylight becomes an enemy to the faint of
heart wallowing in a loss.
But anger is rarely part of their spectrum of emotions. That's left for the
These are the people who live and die by the fluctuation in a point spread.
Hundreds, often thousands, of dollars are gained or lost on a last-minute field
goal. The small type in the corner of the page establishes a method to their
-The image of a gambler - a middle-aged man flanked by a leg-breaker on
each side - creates the appearance of an underworld of trouble, not that there's
anything wrong with that,
But a deeper look into the world of first names opens our peers up to exam-
ination. On a smaller scale, the bets run rampant through our halls. The degen-
crates who fuel the world of illegal gambling are often sitting beside you in
psych lecture or living down the hall in the dorm.
Fall is a prime time for the growth of sports gambling. Football, with its
national exposure and once-a-week games, elicits the largest interest from the
pocketbook. That makes fall a prime target for large wagers.
The process is hardly complex. A couple of betting services based in Las
Vegas create point spreads at the beginning of each week for the following
week's games. Various factors contribute to setting the lines - injuries, previ- .
ous team records and even media analysis - and then the spreads for every
football game believed to be of interest are printed in major newspapers across
the country.
This is where the conspiracy grows.
In the past, newspapers and 900 numbers were the only method to obtain
,he lines. Now, with the expansion of the Internet and unlimited access, bettors
around the world can find out in an instant what the margin is on any given
game and, consequently, the market has expanded.
So daily newspapers - intended to provide a public service - are now
hiding and abetting criminals and yet they pass it off as newsworthy.
Each week, a chosen group of games is distributed by a pool coordinator
before the combatants select against the spreads. Entrants often pay a fee to
participate and the winner - either on a weekly basis or for the season as a
whole - takes home the bulk of the entrance fees.
(Note: We at the Daily do nothing to combat the poblem, vet do not
endorse the situation. On a week/v basis we select college football games -
against the spread - with no reservations as to the implied gambling tenden-
es., It merel serves as a simple explanation of our vast football knowledge.)
Those who play the games dismiss the perils of dropping money as "a
diversion" or "a reason to keep an interest in the games." But when college stu-
dents wager hundreds of dollars on a single Sunday, the fun aspect begins to
The expansion of gambling in campus life is an underworld that walks a
tightrope. At times, the pools can prove eminently profitable. But the mix of
too much money (from far-away parents) and too much time (from non-exis-
tent classes) can prove volatile despite its low-key nature.
As an objective journalist, my conscience remains clear. So, you ask, how
do I know so much about campus gambling if the scene is all hush-hush?
Field research.
- Mark Snyder can be reached at msnyder@umich.edu.
Though he thinks gambling is a bad thing,
he says take Eastern Michigan and the 35 points. Bet the house.

Meanwhile, Mark
L TALLY McGwire went homer-
less, but narrowly
missed hitting home
YESTERDAY: run No. 64 off Jason
3-, HR OUBLE, Christiansen, who also
6 RBI surrendered No. 63 to
McGwire, who lW
YESTERDAY: homer No. 63 off.
0-3, WALK, K Christiansen the previ-
ous day, flied out to th.c
warning track again.st
the Pittsburgh reliever last night as the St.
Louis Cardinals beat the Pirates 4-0.
On Tuesday, McGwire ended his six-game,
18 at-bat homerless drought with a pinch-hit
shot in the ninth inning.
McGwire was 0-for-3 with a walk, his 154
of the season. He needs 15 walks in the final
nine games to tie Babe Ruth's 1923 major
See SOSA, Page 12A

Sosa had three hits and six RBI in the victo-
ry, which kept the Cubs a half game ahead of
the New York Mets in the National League
wild card race.
Slammin' Sammy electrified the crowd with
his trademark hop after the home run, which
landed in the third deck of Qualcomm Park and
led to a massive pileup of fans in search of the

Sammy Sosa's eighth-inning grand slam last night tied him
with Mark McGwire for the major league home run record.

jump:s at
his chance
By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
Of all the Michigan football fans
watching last Saturday's debacle, there
were probably only a few who were actu-
ally happy with the game.
One happy person was Anthony
Jordan's father.
"I didn't even tell my father that I was
starting this week' Jordan said. "So he
found out when he watched the game."
And boy, did he get a surprise.
Jordan, a redshirt freshman line-
backer, got his first chance to start for
the Wolverines. And he didn't disap-
point, recording 13 tackles - enough to
make a dad feel good.
"He said he was very proud of me
Jordan said.
Instead of sh xv ing off and calling
friends and family to come down and
watch him play, Jordan concentrated on
stopping Syracuse's offense.
"I really didn't tell many people,"
Jordan said. "The only way people found
out was if my roommate, James Whitley,
told people. I don't know. I guess I real-
ly didn't want to focus on it too much."
And although quarterback Donovan
McNabb was scampering all about the
field, one linebacker was at least doing
his job the best he could. Jordan's best
was, in fact, the team's best - he led the
Wolverines in tackles.
"Here at Michigan, we say that the
'expectation is for the position,"' Jordan
said. "That means it doesn't matter who
plays, he just has to get the job done. So
we had a couple guys who were out and
fortunately I got the chance to play.
"And I just wanted to do my best."
More than just a couple of guys are
out for the Wolverines. Essentially, if you
are a linebacker at Michigan this season,
odds are that you aren't at 100 percent.
Linebacker Sam Sword is
hobbled by an upper leg/neck
injury anomaly.

Anthony Jordan made the most of his chances last Saturday, even if the rest of the team didn't. His13 tackles led the

Linebacker Ian Gold has a cast on his
left leg. Linebacker Eric Rosel was not
in uniform on Saturday.
So, out of necessity, Jordan got the
"I was practicing with the first team
last week, and they were trying to see if
Ian (Gold) was ready to go," Jordan said.
"Obviously he wasn't. By yesterday, I
knew I was going to be the starter this
With these gaping holes in the
defense, it provides a prime opportunity
for a third- or fourth-stringer to make an
Jordan took that opportunity and did a
better job than most would in his situa-
tion - his first game was in front of the
biggest crowd in NCAA history.

"It was pretty much a challenge for
me, making my first start, Jordan said.
"I was pretty nervous, but I figured I
knew what we had to do. And it was just
a matter of going out and doing it."
Throughout the year, the Michigan
defense has been referring to itself as a
family, with defensive coordinator Jim
Herrmann in place as the father figure.
Jordan talked to "Dhani (Jones), Sam,
Ian - Ian talked to me a lot," Jordan
said. "And before the game, I had a talk
with Marcus (Ray). That helped calm me
down a little bit."
Whatever they said got Jordan riled
up - at least enough to see him stop
McNabb and the Orangemen more
effectively than anyone on the team.
"The guys on the team, they helped

me out,' Jordan said. "They gave me
pointers and just told me to relax and'
play just how I knew how to play. And
everything would take care of itself."
Making plays on the football field is
nothing unusual to Jordan, a Jersey City,
N. J., native. Jordan was a top linebacker
recruit coming out of high school. In
fact, Jordan was awarded the high school
Heisman Trophy by the same people
who name the 'real' Heisman.
With the linebackers hurting, Jordan
will probably get more and more playing
time. And if he starts again, hopefully
he'll tell his dad.
"He said the next game he's coming
out for is Penn State,' Jordan said.
By then Jordan might be firmly in
place as a linebacker.

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