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Scoreboard. Tracking 'M' teams
erican National Check out the Michigan volleyball team this weekend.
ague aetrait 7, League The 2 spikers start the Big Ten a at home Frid
BOSTON 4 KANSTY Sx PSuRANCISCO, inc. against Purdue and Saturday against No. 24 Illinois. Both
Tampa Ba 8, MINNESOTA 1 Philadelphia at games start at 7 p.m at Cliff Keen Arena.
OSTON 4 (Game 2) Texas at CINCINNATI, inc.
ToRONTO 3, ANAHEIM, inc. NL
Baltimore 1 Oakaa FOOTBALL Tuesday
Cleveland 4, Dallas 31, September 22, 1998
!ormer Micihan goaltender, sportscaster leaves lastng legacy

* t was one of those games you
always remember. October 2,
1978.
Red Sox-Yankees, a classic rival-
'ry, in a one-game playoff; winner
gets an all-expense paid trip to the
American League Championship
ies; loser goes home for the win-
Fenway Park was packed, nearly
bursting.
'The press box was overflowing -
The Boston Globe alone sent 12
writers.
And there, above the first base
line, huddling in a makeshift broad-
-cast booth on a photo deck, Win
Elliot and Ernie Harwell watched
'Wky Dent hit one of the greatest
home runs of all time.
Last Thursday, Elliot passed away

at Norwalk Hospital in Conn. at the
age of 86.
"He was really a Red Sox fan,"
Harwell recalled of Elliot, the one-
time Michigan
hockey goal-
tender-turned-
sportscaster.
"He had a .2
hard time
controlling
himself."
Like most JOSH
sports jour- KLEINBAUM
nalists, Irwin A
Elliot Shalek, Aocalypse
who changed
his name to
Win Elliot early in his sportscasting
career, was a homer. Whether it was
the Red Sox or his alma mater,

Michigan, he had to struggle to
keep his emotions in check, to
maintain the unbiased exterior. At
his funeral two days ago, Elliot was
buried in a maize-and-blue
Michigan jacket.
Elliot is well-removed from his
playing days, though. Since he tend-
ed the pipes for Michigan in the
early '30s, the Wolverines have won
eight national titles, moved their
home ice twice and had six coach-
ing changes.
Elliot didn't wear a mask when he
was in net - not even one of those
old, Jason-style white ones.
A zoology major at Michigan,
Elliot found himself looking for a
class to fill out the last few credits
he needed to graduate.
He turned to the communications

department. His professor was
impressed and suggested sportscast-
ing as a career.
After graduating in the early '30s,
Elliot embarked on the rough road
typical of a sportscaster at the time.
In the '40s and '50s, as television
was just beginning to get its foot in
the door of every living room in the
country, Elliot split time between
radio and the new medium.
On the radio, he anchored World
Series pre- and post-game shows
and covered boxing and horse rac-
ing. He also hosted radio call-in
shows.
On television, he did play-by-play
for the New York Rangers for two
New York stations, and hosted
"Schaefer Circle of Sports."
For nearly two decades, from the

late '60s to the early '80s, Elliot
hosted the Sports Central USA
reports on the CBS Radio Network.
His specialty, Harwell said, was
taking a sound bite and writing
around it, writing lead-ins and lead-
outs.
"He was a real expert at those
cut-ins," Harwell said. "They were
really very effective."
In his broadcasts, Elliot had a,
flair for the dramatic, but was still
able to pinpoint what the viewer
needed to know, whether he was
announcing hockey, his specialty, or
baseball.
"He was very forthright, intelli-
gent and straightforward," Harwell
said. "He really knew the game."
As the play-by-play man for the
Rangers, Elliot managed to instill

excitement in his game calls despite
several dismal seasons. He took a
conversational approach to broad-
casting.
"I remember watching a rare
Rangers playoff game," Michael
Elliot, Win's son, told the New York
Times last week. "My family gath-
ered in the living room. In the third
period, the Rangers tied the Chicago
Blackhawks.
"We were going nuts. He was dra-
matizing the game, but always in
control. We were throwing pillows.
And he said, 'Stop beating the furni-
ture.' The world stopped because it
was like he was in the room with
us."
- Josh Kleinbaum can ebe
reached via e-mail at
jkbaumuatnich.edu.

Lining the Trenches
71 Lines are key if Blue hopes to
bounce back for Big Ten season

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
it begins now - Big Ten football.
This week, it's finally time for
smash-mouth, broken-limb, I'm-
gonna-run-right-through-you foot-
ball.
No more silly option offense. No
more passing on first down. Just
hard-nosed gridiron action.
When one refers to 'Big Ten foot-
ball,' talk begins and ends with the
trenches. The offensive and defen-
sive lines are especially critical com-
ponents to teams in the Big Ten.
And when Michigan and Michigan
State square, off on Saturday, the
linemen will be significant factors in
determining the outcome of the
game.
The Michigan trenchmen have
been bullied around a little bit over
the past few weeks. Injuries have
plagued most of the team, but the
most significant loss for the running
game has been the injury to center
Steve Hutchinson. Hutchinson's
departure left the Wolverines with
inexperience at the center spot.
"The only one I know will be back
this week (from injury) is
Hutchinson," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said.
Hutchinson's return to the offen-
sive line should help rebuild what
was previously considered one of the
top starting offensive line units in the
country.
But with Hutchinson out, the
Wolverines had trouble running the
ball against Notre Dame and
Syracuse. Michigan running backs
were only able to amass 150 yards
against the Fighting Irish and 154
against Syracuse.
But against a smaller Eastern
Michigan team, the Wolverines were
able to drive the ball up and down the
field at will, racking up 237 yards
and four rushing touchdowns.
"Coming up this week will be a
big test for us," Michigan offensive

lineman Jon Jansen said. "We're
goitg up against one of the best
defensive lines in the country. We'll
get a chance to gauge how we are as
an offensive line this week."
Against Michigan State, advanc-
ing the ball on the ground might
prove extremely difficult. The
Spartans boast a strong defensive
line anchored by All-America candi-
date defensive end Robaire Smith.
"I went against Robaire last year
and he's a heck of a football player,"
Michigan tight end Mark Campbell
said. "He's quick, ie's strong. He's
everything you can ask for in a
defensive end. I'm sure the pro
scouts are drooling over him"
The Wolverines have been finding
themselves in third-and-long situa-
tions quite often. Michigan's offen-
sive play calling generally consists
of establishing a running game to
open up the short passing game. If
the running game is doing well, then
the Wolverines can control the ball
for the majority of the game -
thanks to the short third down situa-
tions that are easier to convert.
"Our conversions haven't been
very good," Michigan quarterback
Tom Brady said. "We've been in
third-and-long situations, which did-
n't happen much last year."
On the other side of the ball,
Michigan's defensive line has been
having its problems, as well. The
departure of all-American defensive
end Glen Steele seems to be more
significant than everyone previously
thought.
So far this season, the Wolverines
have had a nearly non-existent pass
rush.
"One of the things we definitely
need to do if we're going to win on
Saturday is to have more pressure
than we did against Eastern
Michigan, and certainlysmoresthan
we did against Notre Dame and
Syracuse," Michigan nose tackle
Rob Renes said.

When the defensive line is held at
bay, opposing quarterbacks have had
a field day picking apart Michigan's
secondary. Eastern Michigan quar-.
terback Walt Church did just that, as,
he was able to sit comfortably in the,
pocket last Saturday and rack up 343
yards passing.
But the defensive line's primary
concern is the running game. And at
Michigan, defense is the lifeblood of
the team. So far this season, oppo-
nents have bled the Wolverines dry.
The Irish racked up 280 rushing
yards and Syracuse totaled 190.
Sure, the defensive line doesn't
deserve all the blame. The Michigan
linebackers have suffered key
injuries to Clint Copenhaver, Sam
Sword and Ian Gold. Still,
Michigan's defensive linemen -
Juaquin Feazell, Josh Williams and
Renes - will have to contend with
the explosive ability of Sedrick
Irvin, Michigan -State's dangerous
running back.
"Regardless of the play they call,
the interior guys like myself need to
get pressure on the ball," Renes said.
"Every game depends on the interior
guys stopping the run so we can
force them to have to throw the ball."
Where are ya, Hutch?
The Michigan running
game, without center
Steve Hutchinson, has
struggled. Michigan's total
rushing yards (against non
MAC teams) have fallen in
Hutchinson's absence.

Jf the Wolverines expect to beat Michigan State for the fourth time in five years on Saturday, they need a healthy offensive
lito shine. The offensive line, like every other position on the football team so far, has seen its share of bumps and bruises.
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THAN THE STATE NEWS.

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