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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 20, 1999 - 3B

STAFF PICKS

Winners in bold.
All picks made against'
the spread. Home teams
T.J. Berka
iegan (-5) vs. SYRACUSE *tie* Michigan
UJRDUE (-37) vs. Central Michigan Purdue
UKE (-8.5) vs. Northwestern Northwesterr
DIANA (-7.5) vs. Kentucky Kentucky
DTRE DAME (-6.5) vs. Michigan State Notre Dame
'isconsin (-26) vs. CINCINNATI Wisconsin
erin-State (-2.5) vs. MIAMI (Fla.) Penn State
HIO STATE (-43) vs. Ohio Ohio State
)WA (-14.5) vs. Northern Illinois Northern Illinoi

n

Rick Freeman
Michigan
Central Michigan
Duke
Kentucky
Michigan State
Wisconsin
Penn State
Ohio State
Iowa
Tennessee
Nebraska
N.C. State
Texas A&M
UCLA
Wisconsin
5-7-2 (0-1)
13-13 (1-1)

Josh Kleinbaum I
Michigan
Central Michigan
Northwestern
Indiana
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Penn State
Ohio State
Iowa
Tennessee
Southern Miss
Florida State
Tulsa
UCLA
Florida State
5-7-2(1-0)
10-16(1-1)

is

Andy Latack
Michigan
Purdue
Northwestern
Kentucky
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Penn State
Ohio State
Iowa
Tennessee
Nebraska
Florida State
Tulsa
UCLA
Wisconsin
6-6-2 (0-1)
15-11(0-2)

WEEK 2:
T he second w.eek
of staff picks
saw a big
rebound by T.J. Berka,
who topped all three
of his colleagues with
an 8-4 record.
Overall, now three
of the Daily's four
football writers have
achieved the .500
Slateau (sorry,
leinbaum).1 ronically,
though, Berka and
Andy Latack, the two
leaders, are 0-2 in
best bets. Go figure.
Congratulations to
Ohio and Cincinnati,
both of whom were
able to fool all four of
our "expert" pickers
by managing to stay
within their inflated
spreads.

Teeing Off

Beer, sweat and memories

At

ORIDA (-2) vs. Tennessee *tie*
WSKA (-26.5) vs. Southern Miss
.QRIDA STATE (-28) vs. N.C. State
EXAS A&M(-31)vs. Tulsa
CLA (21) vs. Fresno State
est Bet
uis week
verall(ties omitted)

Tennessee
Southern Miss
Florida State
Texas A&M
Fresno State
Wisonsin
8-4-2 (0-1)
1412(0-2)

T J.
BERKA

N1' stickers turn Orangewomen blue, 3-2
eld hockey assistant coach to play on IHF's President's Elite 11 team in Egypt

Michael Kern
y Sports Writer
he No. 12 Michigan field hockey
m improved its record to 4-3 yes-
ay defeating Syracuse, 3-2.
ul'r midfielder Courtney Reid
theattack for the Wolverines,
ring.the game'winner and assist-
on,ancother goal.
eid is Michigan's leading scorer
s season with five goals and six
ists. Her sixteen points so far this
son are
o a career
t - a mark FIELD HOCKEY
p i a l l y Notebook
> ,b 1 e ___ _ _ _.._ _ _..--
ause the
lverines are just seven games into
season.
ive just been having a really,
d year," Reid said. "At the begin-
g of the year, (Michigan coach
rcia Pankratz) had a meeting with
and said, 'I think this is your
r. You're really going to step up
be a part of our success.'
I0 just gone* out every game
given it my all, and shots are
ling for me. But it's a total team
ort."
he Wolverines battle cry is "be
entless." True to this motto, the
>lverines dominated the attack,
tshooting the Orangewomen 21-
But despite its shooting advan-
e, Michigan headed into halftime
th 100 lead after junior midfield-
Regan Wulfsburg took a pass
>m Reid and pushed it past the
racuse netminder with just 40 see-
ds left in the first half,
The Wolverines came out strong
ain in the second half, taking a 2-

0 lead six minutes into the period on
freshman midfielder Stephanie
Johnson's second goal of the season.
The Orangewomen (4-3) fought
back, scoring four minutes later. But
Reid's goal gave Michigan the lead
for good with 3:30 left in the game.
Syracuse would come back to
score again with 2:30 to go in the
contest, but could not muster anoth-
er goal before time ran out.
COACH HONORED: Assistant coach
Tracey Fuchs has been named to the
International Hockey Federation's
elite President's I1 team.
Fuchs, a two time Olympian and
captain of the United States women's
field hockey national team, will play
for the world all-star team against
the current World Champion
Australian national team Oct. 27 in
Alexandria, Egypt.
"It's just a great honor," Fuchs
said in a written statement. "I'm
more in shock than anything else
and very grateful just to be nominat-
ed.
"It's wonderful to be recognized
by the top people in hockey and it
should be fun."
This summer, Fuchs served as
captain for the silver medal U.S.
team at the Pan-American Games in
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Before heading to Egypt, Fuchs
will travel with the U.S. team to
Australia to play games against
Australia, China, and Spain in the
Olympic Test Event,
"I think my nomination is a tribute
to the team I played with," Fuchs
said. "You are only as good as the
people around you. I would not be in
this position if it were not for my
U.S. teammates."

-the real col
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -The fan
takes a left turn from the sun-
lit sidewalk into the darkened
door, propped open to filter out the
beer and sweat odors that emanate
from inside. As the fan walks in, the
quiet bustle of the street is translated
into a deafening ruckus.
"Let's go Orange," says another
fan, whose bright orange helmet is
counterbalanced by his dark blue jer-
sey and orange facepaint. Various bar
patrons, inspired by the cheers of the
sharply dressed fan, roar in approval.
But not all agree with Mr. Orange,
which is what we will call the rabid
Syracuse fan. After hearing the
chants from the Syracuse faction of
the bar, a random fan bellows out a
"Let's Go Blue" chant.
Mr. Orange, not at all pleased that
some foreigner had attempted to
make a mark in his territory, repeated
his pro-Syracuse cheer. The
Michigan fan soon followed, accom-
panied by some friends, inspired by
their friend's lack of regard for his
personal well-being. This war of
attrition continues, at least until the
patrons run out of beer.
U..
Football is a religion at most col-
lege campuses every Saturday from
early September to January.
Alumni drive back to their respec-
tive campuses in droves, setting up
camp in any sort of parking lot they
can find. These revelers come pre-
pared, armed with grills, coolers and
all the meat and beer that they can
find.
Like Santa Claus at
Christmastime, these partiers share
their gifts with all who will talk foot-
ball with them, friend or foe. Parking
lots near football stadiums become a
party all their own, Everyone in a
two-mile radius is invited to come
over and share food.
But alumni aren't the only ones
suckered into a frenzy on autumn
Saturdays. The students, intent to
show that the alumni aren't the only
people who know how to party, line
the campus streets, sporting the garb
of their home university.
As students walks down these
streets to the stadium, they witness a
lot of things.
People standing on house lawns,
equipped with a glass of beer and a
football, talking in high tones about
how good their team is. There is also
a guy running down the middle of
the street, pretending to score the
game-winning touchdown.
But all this bustle is drowned out
by the music that is booming from
the houses. Whether it be Guns &
Roses, Jay-Z, the Outhere Brothers
or the school's fight song, the tunes
consume every inch of a fan's
eardrum - in the process, revving
up that person's excitement for the
action at hand.
That, folks, is the essence of col-
lege football.

7ege football
College football isn't about the
final score of the football game.
College football isn't really even
about the game at hand.
True, the hoopla surrounding the
game probably would not exist
before a glee club recital. The con-
cept of one school proving that it is
superior to another in the field of
battle is something that can't be
overlooked.
But it isn't the only reason why
people flock to stadiums on
Saturdays. If seeing two teams kick
the living snot out of each other was
the only attraction to college foot-
ball, the only people that would show
up to games would be liquored-up
frat boys, wannabe athletes, and
vengeful alumni.
But those factions of spectators
don't even come close to making up
the dynamics of a college football
crowd.
Sitting with the wannabe athletes
are their roommates or housemates,
who don't understand how one per-
son can be depressed for hours over a
simple game. And a couple of sec-
tions down the alum's spouse is at
the game, trying to help his/her hus-
band/wife relive the glory days of
years gone by.
But people like the indifferent
roommate and the supporting spouse
are what make college football great.
When you store a game in your long-
term memory, the image of who
scored what touchdown is not what
stands out the most.
Instead, it is being cramped in
close quarters with thousands of peo-
ple yearning for a good time which
burns in your mind. Slapping hands
and hugging a total stranger after a
good play. The flavor explosion that
comes from a juicy hot dog -
grilled to perfection - -after taking a
bite at a pre-game tailgate.
That is what brings people to col-
lege football stadiums around the
country every Saturday. And that's
what keeps them, and their sons and
daughters, to}keep coming for
decades to come.
- T. Berka can be reached via e-
mail at berkat (a umich.edu.

J4

DANA LINNANE/Daily
This weekend Ashley Thomas - here in early season 1998 action - and the
No. 12 Michigan field hockey team held on to defeat Syracuse, 3-2.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
rian Griese didn't have a great start
his Michigan career, either.
Wi the Broncos, he's 0-2 as a
arteFand was yanked in favor of
ubby Brister with 9:17 left in
ansas City's, 26-10, victory over
enver yesterday.
Converting points off a Terrell
avis fumble and two turnovers off
riese, the Chiefs dropped the two-
me defending Super Bowl champi-
is to 0-2.
Griese, who threw just three passes
st year in his rookie season, was
l-o for 107 yards, with one
terception and one fumble, before
ing'replaced by Brister.
Brister didn't fare any better,
rowing an interception that led to
ete Stoyanovich's fourth field goal,
27-yarder with 2:14 left..
Perhaps most embarrassed was
ale Carter, Kansas City's former
to Bowl cornerback who was mak-
g his first appearance in Arrowhead
:ad after signing a free-agent
ntract with the Broncos.
Carter got beat twice on deep pat-

terns by former Michigan receiver
Derrick Alexander, who totaled 117
yards on six catches.
He also nullified a 15-yard sack of
another former Wolverine, Elvis
Grbac, when he was called for illegal
contact on the Chiefs' last touchdown
drive.
Kimble Anders, who injured his
ankle late in the fourth quarter, car-
ried 22 times for a career-high 142
yards as the Chiefs (1-1) handed
Gunther Cunningham his first victo-
ry as a head coach.
Griese, who did not throw an inter-
ception in Denver's 38-21 loss to
Miami last Monday night, was picked
off early in the second quarter by
safety Jerome Woods on the Chiefs
43.
A few minutes later, Pete
Stoyanovich made it 3-3 with a 19-
yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Derrick
Thomas sacked Griese, stripped him
of the ball and recovered the fumble
on the Denver 27 late in the third, and
Stoyanovich converted a 44-yarder
for a 16-3 lead.

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41
to

Yesterday's
Denver-Kansas
City contest was
a showdown
between two
fomer Michigan
quarterbacks -
Brian Griese and
Elvis Grbac -
despite the fact
that a Bubby
Brister intercep-
tion is being
returned here.
AP PHOTO

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