Wednesday October 13, 1999 - The Michigan Daily -17
.SPORTS IN BRIEF
Ann Arbor mayor dons
Spartan colors to pay off bet
ANN ARBOR (AP) - The city's mayor donned a dark
green suit and white scarf to acknowledge a lost wager.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon wasn't too excited
about her attire. After all, it meant her Wolverines lost to
"I love it. This makes my day even happier," Ann
Arbor City Planner and Michigan State University alum
Chris Cheng said after seeing the mayor in green. "I
hope she wears it every year at this time."
Sheldon, a lifelong Ann Arbor resident and.University
alum, was prompt in her payoff Monday.
The Ann Arbor mayor ordered the Spartan flag flown
on the city's four-story flagpole, wore her only green suit
and doled out $8 for a white scarf from Meijer to go with
S"You can't mope," said Ms. Sheldon who got her mas-
ter's degree at Michigan and was elected mayor in 1993.
"Life does go on."
East Lansing Mayor Mark-Meadows couldn't be hap-
pier with the results.
"It warms the cockles of my heart to know that flag is
flying over the city of Ann Arbor.
"I love that Ingrid has dressed so finely, so attractive-
ly in a green-and-white outfit," Meadows told the
Lansing State Journal.
The 'Cow State?' Michigan
lawmaker suggests change
LANSING (AP) - Following the University of
Michigan's football loss to Michigan State, a lawmaker has
drafted a resolution to change the state's official nickname
from the Wolverine State to the Cow State.
Rep. Lauren Hager, R-Port Huron, a Michigan State
lumnus, said Michigan State's 34-31 victory makes
'Michigan's official nickname as the Wolverine State "a mis-
nomer of significant proportion."
He gave each state representative a milk cow eraser on
Tuesday and encourage them to vote for his resolution,
which would change the nickname until Sunday.
Hager also suggests the creation of a special "Give
Michigan a New Nickname Committee," co-chaired by
Michigan State graduates Gov. John Engler and Lt. Gov.
Dick Posthumus, that could recommend a permanent
change after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
* Hager said the cow is a more appropriate Michigan sym-
Biologists are uncertain whether wolverines ever were
native to Michigan, but Hager said about 300,000 milk cows
live on Michigan dairy farms.
"The history of the cow and its continuing prominence in
Michigan is well-documented," said Hager, who grew up on
a dairy farm near Marlette and paid his way through
Michigan State by selling cows. "It's cow power versus the
41en's water poio still rfect in
Big Ten after week wins
The Michigan men's water polo team, the top-ranked club
team in the nation, continued its quest for its fourth-straight
Big Ten title last weekend.
The Wolverines were impressive, posting wins over
Michigan State, Indiana and Illinois.
The Wolverines, playing at an invitational tournament
hosted by Northwestern University, capped their strong
owing with a convincing 20-4 win over Indiana on
On Saturday, Michigan held off Michigan State, 13-10, in
the event's first game. The Wolverines lost their next game to
a Chicago-area team made up of former collegiate stars
before posting a 14-5 victory over Illinois in their final game
of the day.
Senior co-captain Eric Lancaster led the team with 14
Junior Brett Grill added eight goals. The Wolverines are
16-1 overall and 12-0 in the Big Ten.
By Andy Latack
Men's golf hits where it counts in Ohio
By Sam Duwe
Daily Sports Writer
Jim Carras was right.
The Michigan men's golf team finished
first in the Xavier Invitational yesterday, a
feat predicted by Carras, Michigan's coach.
"This was one tournament that I thought
we could win," Carras said. "The only way
to get the competition's attention is to take
No. 1. I was optimistic that we could do it."
The Wolverines took top honors at the
King's Island Golf Course in Cincinnati,
beating 19 other schools and showing strong
The team led the 56-hole tournament
with rounds of 929-281-292 for a total of
865. Marshall was a close second with 867,
followed by Notre Dame, which shot 872.
"There were very strong teams in this
tournament. Notre Dame and Miami of
Ohio are playing extremely well this year.
This was no easy task," Carras said.
Four of the five Michigan golfers placed
in the top 15. Andy Matthews took 7th
place, Michael Harris earned 10th and Mike
Affeldt and Andrew Chapman tied for 13th.
Scott Hayes followed with a 70th-place fin-
"We had a very solid performance, the
numbers are there," Carras said. "I can't be
more happy, it was a great tournament."
Matthews, the sophomore battling in the
No. 2 slot, stood out for the Wolverines. He
shot a team best score of 214.
"I'm just out to shoot the best score I
can," Matthews said. "If that puts me as the
low man of the tournament, great. If I shoot
low, but the other guys beat me, and I rank
fifth, that's okay, also. It's a team effort as
long as everyone shoots well
"We're all so excited. We lid a good feel-
ing going in.'
Harris, shooting a 216, was followed by
Affeldt and Chapman (21i8). Hayes finished
with a 231.
"We went out this weekend and proved to
everyone that this is what we're capable of,"
said Harris, who placed second in the team
rankings, not his usual first.
"About Andy beating me - I'm not con-
cerned. I would like to see all the guys beat
my score and start winning our tourna-
"We knew we had talent, but yesterday we
The only other Big Ten schools in the
tournament, Iowa and Indiana, placed fifth
and ninth, respectively.
Course conditions, which were a wet.
soggy mess on Monday turned pleasant yes-
terday as the sun came out and temperatures
raned in the seventies. Wind continued to
hamper the golfers, however Carras said it
didn't have a profound effect on the
The win marks the first tournament in
which Michigan has won in three years.
The Wolverines hung on for the victory
after holding a slim lead for all of yesterday.
"The fact that the guys hung in there
takes a special quality," Carras said. "It's
easy to' let a lead get away from you. There
is a lot of pressure on the individual to not
screw up the team's score. They held on for
the victory. This win was truly a team
Paterno bars players from speaking to media
STATE COLLEGE, (AP) -- Penn
State's players say their showdown
with No. 18 Ohio State is just one
more game on the schedule.
Meanwhile, Penn State coach Joe
Paterno is treating it a little differ-
For the first time in recent memo-
ry, the Nittany Lions' coach of 50
years is barring most of his players
from talking to reporters in the days
before Saturday's game at Beaver
"I just think they need a little time
to themselves," Paterno said
Tuesday. "I think this thing has got-
ten a little bit ridiculous, the amount
of time they have had to give up to
He said his team is swarmed with
attention-seekers - not just
reporters, but from fans and auto-
graph hounds, as well.
"You can't get away from it. It got
to the point where we've got to get
some control over it.
"You guys keep forgetting they're
still college students. LaVar
Arrington walks down the street and
he's besieged by people."
"You're the first people that would
crucify them if they don't go to class
or they flunk out of school or some-
thing happens to them. I've got to
protect them," he said. "This is just
a week I felt I had to get a grip on
But the three players speaking for
the team this week said doing inter-
views isn't a big deal, so there may
be more to the ban than Paterno
worrying about overwhelmed play-
He could be upset with No. 2 Penn
State's lackluster 31-7 victory over
Iowa on Saturday, when the Lions
(6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) needed a fourth-
down stand to stave off a late rally
from the 1-4 Hawkeyes.
Though he said he was pleased
with his team's performance.
Or, probably closer to the point,
he could be worried about another
meeting with the No. 18 Buckeyes, a
rivalry that has turned spirited in the
six years since Penn State joined the
The Buckeyes are 4-2 against the
Lions since 1993, beating them 28-9
last year and embarrassing them 38-
7 three years ago.
In 1997, the No. I Lions came
from behind to pull out an emotion-
al 31-27 victory.
The Buckeyes have lost two
games already this season, but
Paterno thinks this could be the best
team Penn State has played so far.
The Lions then have a Nov. 13 face-
off with another conference foe -
Michigan - a team they have lost to
for the past two years.
The Lions, meanwhile, haven't
been entirely convincing in going
They needed a blocked field goal
with 4 seconds left to defeat
Pittsburgh and a late miracle to
And they struggled to put away
Indiana and Iowa.
Paterno said he thinks they've
been worn out.
"I said, 'You guys get caught up in
your studies, get some sleep.' I think
we have been a tired football team. I
said, 'Get some sleep, get away from
people,' " he said.
But Derek Fox, a Lions safety
from Akron, Ohio, said they're treat-
ing it like any other week, while in
previous seasons, they've put Ohio
State "up on a pedestal."
"It is a big week," Fox said. "But
this year, myself and this whole
team, we're taking a different
"Sometimes, we put too much
emphasis on this game."
Buckeyes coach John Cooper, fac-
ing a third loss, is playing different
mind games than Paterno.
He said Monday that in an even
match, Ohio State couldn't beat the
Lions - sending his team into a
"John's been in this business a
long time," Paterno said. "I think
John's just trying to get an edge for
his team, that's all."
In response to the swarming attention surrounding his No.2 Penn State team, coach Joe Paterno is pre-
venting many of his players from talking to the media leading up to Saturday's game against Ohio State.
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