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TIONAL FOOT TORONTO 2, HOUSTON 13
BALL LEAGUE New Yrk 1 Philadeltia 2
DENVER xx, CLEVELAND 11, Mets at
iani Boston 7 COLORADO, inc.
BALTIMORE 5, Milwaukee 4,r
XAJOR LEAGUE Seattle 4 ST. LOUIS 3
BASEBALL Oakland 8, Atlanta at
Detroit 3, TAMPA BAY 3 SAN DIEGO, inc.
CHICAGO 2 CI INNATI 7,
Floida 4

Tracking 'M' teams
Check out the Michigan volleyball team this weekend
in the Carolina Classic. The Wolverines take on South
Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Virginia and
ConnectiCut on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Tueday 1 5
September 14, 1999

Michigan-Syracuse
' whole dfifirentx
ballame t an '98
hings weren't supposed to be this way. It was the.
opening game of a newly-expanded Michigan
Stadium. Over 11 1,000 strong were there to see
defending national champions, the Michigan
olverines.
But one man changed the focus of that afternoon, as
ittle over a year ago. Clad in an orange helmet with
natching pads, Donovan McNabb =====__=____
tole the Wolverines' show, chang-
ng the thought process of the **
ichigan crowd in the process. Berka
Going into the game, the crowd;
as thinking "What's with that yel-
ow halo? It sucks." Three-and-a-y
Alf hours later, after McNabb and
yracuse Orangemen had sliced
nd diced the Wolverines into
aper-thin pieces, the people were
hinking "Why the #$%! can't we TEESUG
This Saturday, the Wolverines get OFF
chance at redemption. While.
yracuse still has the same ugly orange helmets and
od-awful matching pants - it ain't the 70's anymoreh
ellas - there are very few similarities between this
ame and last year's 38-28 debacle.
rst of all, the game will be in Syracuse, so there
't be any halo to worry about. But a trip to ther
rrier Dome makes one crave the obnoxious yellow1
ing of Michigan Stadium.
Why's that you ask? Well, the Carrier Dome is an
ndoor football facility, hence the name Carrier Dome.
Wile weather in western New York leaves much to be
xesred - Syracuse gets more snowfall than any
erican city with more than 200,000 people - foot-
all is not supposed to be played indoors.
Football is an outdoor game on natural grass. And
ith the game being played on Sept. 18, the weather
41d still be decent, even in western New York.
But we shouldn't rip on the Carrier Dome too much.
t is a focal point of Syracuse's campus life. During a
ypical Syracuse campus tour, prospective students
d over half of the time in the Dome.1
So I figure the Dome must be an important part of>
h campus, since they decided to skip the academic
uldings in lieu of spending time in the Dome. Thatt
hould be respected.r
Another difference in this year's matchup is the lack
f cNabb. Defensive coordinator Jim Hermann must Tate Schanskil and the Michigan tvo Im I
See BERKA, Page 16 deafening crowd noise that they wil f
$ophomore Matthews leads
By Chris Grandstaff 0 Daily Sports Writer
ikeable? Definitely. Maturity? know it's in the back of everyone's out and play. I jus
Beyond his years. One hell of a mind." a cut-down se
golf game? Without a doubt. But Matthews, who has been going putter and let him
Look out Sergio Garcia, there's a to Michigan football games with his got older, and h
ev kid in town. family since a very young age, started playing, g
Okay so maybe that's going a lit- almost didn't end up at Michigan. our family get ta
letoo far too soon, but 19-year-old Matthews was being recruited by a has really become
tchigan sophomore Andy number of schools, including Notre tant part of o
4tthews has a very bright future Dame. The Irish, said Dan Pupel, because when we
head of him. Matthews' high school coach, had the course we're a
"Matthews, who was named Big accepted Matthews on a Thursday We still take a h
e freshman of the year last season, during his senior year, and told him vacations."
be a key member of this season's that they were trying to get him a But when An
's golf team - a group of scholarship. But Notre Dame's poor school, golf becam
flverines that have a very promis- time management cost the Irish one than just a failN
n future ahead of them. star-to-be. The very next day the ence. It became a
'Led by Matthews and senior cap- Michigan coaching staff was knock- could excel Ma
sib Michael Harris (the individual ing at the door of the Matthews' year All-conferenc
I Ten Tournament co-champion household and the rest is history. tion at forest I i
a season) this season's group of Matthews' golfing career has School in GrandR
dlverine swingers should make a been a long time in the making. He conference tourna
trbng run at dethroning defending first learned the game of golf from was named to th
i Ten champion Northwestern. his father, Jerry, who is also a Team his senior ye
"We're going to have an awesome University alum, almost 15 years "Andy's probab
this year," Matthews said. "We ago. I've ever coached
't lose anyone from last year. "I got him started on golf when coached guys thatt

wding into this season we should be he was about five years old," the Super Team,
odking at a Big Ten championship. elder Matthews said. "I used to bring who have made
haven't talked about it yet, but I him along with me when I would go I would have ts
READ 'TEEING OFF' TO FIND OUT
WHAT T.J HAD FOR LUNCH.

Blue to prepare
for dome noise
' By Any Ltaacl
Daily Sports Editor
For the next few days, residents of South State Street might
have trouble finding some peace and quiet.
Some may awake from afternoon naps to hear loud music
blaring. Others will have to turn up their televisions to drown
out the noise.
But the nuisance will not come from an inconsiderate next
door neighbor. Rather, it will be the Michigan football team,
preparing for what may be the noisiest environment any of its
players have ever encountered.
The Wolverines travel to Syracuse on Saturday, and will
face the Orangemen in the Carrier Dome, one of the loudest
stadiums in the country.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, in an effort to prepare the
Wolverines for the elevated decibel levels, will use gigantic
speakers to provide simulated crowd noise during Michigan's
practices this week.
Carr doesn't want his team to be affected by the raucous
Carrier Dome crowd, especially in a game he sees coming
down to the wire.
"Chances are, this game is going into the fourth quarter,"
Carr said.."And you know that, if you are trying to win on the
So Carr is going to make his team deal with the crowd all
week. He'll make them practice their communication with
his giant-sized speakers blaring away on the sidelines.
Many of the Wolverines might not realize how loud a
domed stadium can get.
In the past three seasons, the only indoor games Michigan
has played have been at Minnesota. And, while last year's 15-
10 Michigan win was a little too close for comfort, the
Metrodome fans don't always show up in full force to support
their Gophers.
The Carrier Dome is a different story. Senior quarterback
Tom Brady, who was a redshirt freshman in Michigan's last
dome loss - a 22-20 defeat by Texas A&M in the 1995
Alamo Bowl - knows the crowd gives the Orangemen a dis-
tinct advantage.
"Certainly, the dome is very tough for an offensive team'
Brady said.
"I remember when we were in the Alamo Dome, I've never
been in a place as loud as that. And I've heard that the Carrier
Dome is louder."
In addition to playing indoors, the game's 8 p.m. EDT
kickoff is also unfamiliar to the players.
Carr says that the Wolverines won't prepare any different-
ly for the night game, but will alter their game-day schedule
slightly.
"We'll go to bed a little bit later and get up a little bit later"
Carr said.
LOUIs BROWN/Daily The same probably holds true this week for those living on
pare for the State Street.
Hoops iks first
recruit for 2000-01

_ ,
it
in
ur

iy rSpobably theO
Sy a
- Dan Pupel
Matthews' high school coach
was always so mature and was
tays loing things for the team. I
i ciber he used to make motiva-
ionil tapes for the car when we went
o Iave matches out of town. He
wantcd to get everybody pumped
;.p
le should have won Mr. Golf for
the state of Michigan his senior year,
hat probably didn't because he was
fros Grand Rapids and the guy that
won was from the Detroit area,
here most of the voting media is
Matthews hasn't always been so
srfotunate though. In fact when
atihews arrived at Michigan last
See MATTHEWS, Page 20
rf Sept. 11- Dec. 12, 1999
fo our classes 1271 CCRB
de Alter. Fitness
a sI Yoga
vs Special Shatsu Massage
ciep Tai Chi Chuan
_s Taa Kwon do
Dance
Daonce Aerobics
V1 i p FHop
an Bllroom Dance
Uots Swing Dance
Self-Defense
___ $5** Lifetin e Fitness
more if ormation

From staff reports
Michigan basketball coach Brian
Ellerbe kicked off his 2000 recruit-
ing class by gaining a verbal from
6-6 wing forward Bernard
Robinson from Washington, D.C.
The Wolverine reported that
Robinson committed to Ellerbe
early this week, making him the
first member of next year's class.'
Robinson averaged 18 points, eight
rebounds and six assists per game
his junior season.
Michigan beat out Temple,

Syracuse and New Mexico for
Robinson's services.
Robinson's commitment will give
the Wolverines even more depth at
wing forward. Incumbent starter
Brandon Smith will be a senior
when Robinson arrives, and highly
touted freshman LaVell Blanchard
will be a sophomore.
Robinson already has a qualify-
ing score of 890 on the SAT and
carries a 2.35 GPA.
Compiled by Daily Sports
Editor Chris Duprey.

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