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Thursday, September 14, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 13A

TO)e of the tape
This Saturday's Michigan - UCLA game in
Southern California gives us a perfect chance to
see how the fabled schools stack up away from
the classroom and off the grid iron.

ESPN plans 'M' show

AiM Arhoer
We have: The Diag
We have: Women's crew
We have: Coffee shops
We have: David Allen Grier
We have: Car plants, smog
We have: Students smoking hash
We have: Winter, more winter
We have: NCAA violations
We have: Jack Kevorkian
We have: Touchdown's
We have: The Wings
We have: Riots in '69
We have: Intramural basketball
We have: Eight Mile and
Woodward

West woil
They have: The Bruin Walk
They have: Motley Crue
They have: Cafes
They have: Everyone else
They have: Vineyards, smog
They have: Celebs smoking crack
They have: 75 and sunny
They have: NCAA violations
They have: O.J. Simpson
They have: Hard Rock Cafe
They have: The Kings
They have: Riots every year
They have: The Clippers
They have: Heidi Fleiss on
speed-dial

By Benjamin Singer
Itaily Spors Repoter
If people have been watching ESPN at
all, they probably already know.
ESPN has been plugging - almost
non-stop - that its Classic Sports
Network will show memorable
Michigan-Michigan State match-ups this
Saturday from Noon-3 pm. The live
event will be simultaneously hosted by
Michigan alum Rich Eisen at Dominick's
in Ann Arbor and Gary Miller at Harper's
in East Lansing. Eisen and Miller will be
joined by former Wolverine and Spartan
players and coaches.
During commercials, there will be raf-
fles, trivia and prizes.
Richard Devarti, who has managed
Dominick's for the past 15 years since
taking over for his father, said that ESPN
contacted him with the idea about a
mnonth ago.
"First they called by phone, then they
came in, had lunch and looked around
and told us what they'd like to do,"
Devarti said.
Because ESPN has done more than its
share of promotion, Devarti has taken no
action in letting students around campus
know about Saturday.
"They've already done overkill,"
Devarti said. "I think we'll have ten times

more people than we can handle. We get
large group reservations all the time. But
it's a different kind of event"
Devarti said that ESPN is going to
build a stage in the back of Dominick's
from where Eisen will host the show.
Some preparations have already been
done by ESPN, Devarti said, but the bulk
of the work will be finished late Eriday
night.
Devarti's father, Dominick, will show
up for the big event.
Though still the owner of the bar,
Domimick Devarti hasn't been very
involved in the goings-on for Saturday.
But, he still looks forward to the event.
"It's going to be good for Ann Arbor
and the University of Michigan,"
Dominick Devarti said.
Not only does the elder Devarti think
that the school can benefit from the
nationwide attention, he also imagines
that the students who show up will be
exposed to parts of their school's history
that they don't know about
"The classics means the old-timers"
Dominick said. "I don't think (the stu-
dents) have had contact with them
before"
The doors to Dominick's will open at
10 am on Saturday. Identification of
being 21 or older will be required to
enter.

*ior DeShaun Foster has seen trial and nea
FOSTER
Continued from Page 9A
The only back who could hold a can-
die to Foster in High School? A kid
named Justin Fargas. (Says Toledo: "I'd
have liked to have them both.")
Foster was a young offensive
machine - the perfect fit for UCL A's
top-rated offense.
0"I knew the tailback position was up
for grabs," Foster said.
fiHe took it, and simultaneously, the
wins began to roll in. Texas, Houston,
Washington State, Arizona - "each
week was a crescendo," Toledo said.
Before they knew it, quarterback
Cade McNown had positioned the
Bruins at No. 2 in both polls. Foster
-ad positioned himself to lead the team
b rushing and rushing touchdowns.
! By midseason, UCLA's march to the
national title game seemed almost
unstoppable. Team after team fell prey
to the Bruins' high-powered attack -
it seemed the only thing that could save
opponents was a hurricane warning,
which postponed UCLA's midseason
contest at Miami.
The one thing that stopped Foster
was a knee sprain - which benched
him for the Cal game - but he
,urned to score all four touchdowns
UCLA's heroic romp of Southern
Cal at season's end.
Foster had all but locked up the
UCLA freshman rushing record, the
Bruins were virtual shoe-ins for the
national championship game, and all
that remained was a pesky make-up
game with Miami.
Then, the turning point.
"We just slipped up," Foster said.
tie led the Bruins against the pesky
Hurricanes with 79 pesky yards. All for
' nothing.
After that early December loss, it
was all downhill for the UCLA Bruins,
and all downhill for former hero
DeShaun Foster.
Toledo calls playing in the Rose
l3owl every week a disadvantage,
tecause to the Bruins the New Year's
Day variety is "just another game."
True or not, UCLA managed to lose to
Rsconsin in its Consolation Bowl that
year, and it was enough to dig the
Bruins a deep hole.
U..
After a summer of discontent,
autumn arrived again in Westwood
The weather was the same, but the
buzz on the Bruin Walk had changed
No more talk of gridiron glory or
isman prospects.
And the Bruins followed suit.
Ohio State got UCLA off to horren-
dous start, hosting the Bruins and
handing them a 42-20 early season
loss. When the Pac-10 season came to

ir-triumph in his three years as a UCLA Bruin.
opener to Stanford - and in the
process, Foster lost his mobility. The
slumping sophomore severely sprained GRIER
his right ankle, sidelining him for the
next two games and hampering him for
the rest of UCLA's season from hell.
"It was tough," he said.
A loss to Arizona State, another to
Cal, and all Fster could do was gaze at t
his team that, lessthana year ago,was
playing for it all.
When he finally returned, Foster was
a fraction of his former self. By Richard Haddad
Two more Pac-10 losses. Daily Sports Wrier
"You have to watch your team out
there and you can't do anything," The Michigan vo
Foster said. "And then you finally get Ten campaign, the h
out there, and you still can't do any- kicks off next week
thing. It's frustrating." endure one final tun
The season was lost, and Foster This wcckend, No.
couldn't recover from his own injury travels to Fayetteville
- let alonesave the team. the Arkansas Ban
And as he watched all the bowl Invitational. In wha
games on TV last year, he was surely Mark Rosen calls th
thinking the same thing that ran tournament of the;
through his head every second last year Wolverines will take
on the bench. Virginia (4-3) and At
"I just wanted to get healthy." "The opposition is

Michigan heads
for Hog tourney

Aleyball team's Big
eart of the season,
. But first, it must
e-up.
23 Michigan (5-1)
Ark. to compete in
k of Fayetteville
t Michigan coach
ie most challenging
young season, the
on Houston (4-2),
kansas (1-4).
tougher this week-

Foster's third season in Westwood
has, he says, a solitary goal.
"I just want to stay healthy."
That's it?
"That's it," Foster says. "I just want
to stay healthy and win all our games."
Okay, two goals. So far, things are
fine on both accounts, and Foster is
wasting no time heading up the cam-
paign.
He and roommate Thomas have
accepted the weight of the Bruin Walk
buzz on their shoulders. When things
get tight - and this season they
already have - Foster and Thomas
step up together.
On the sidelines, "we just tell each
other, 'lim the MVP of the defense,
you're the MVP of the offense,"'
Thomas recants. "'If we've got to win
this game by ourselves, we're going to
do it."'
What will be said Saturday on the
sidelines is a mystery. Foster knows
how to win. But he and his teammates
know disaster all too well
"I use it as motivation," Foster says.
"After three years, you're almost a vet-
eran. It's time for me to step up
GO TH ERE NOW.

end than it has been so far to prepare us
for Big Ten-level teams,' Rosen said.
Last year, despite an eighth-place fin-
ish in the Big Ten. Michigan received an
NCAA Tournament bid based largely on
its 8-1 record against a daunting non-
conference slate. Accordingly, the
upcominmg three matches are crucial to
the team's national standint.
The Invitational also provides an
opportunity fur seniors Sarah Behnke
and Joanna fielder, both coming ofH of
injuries, to return to the lineup before the
Big Ten season starts. Behnke, a captain,
will be making her season debut, while
Fielder hopes to build on the successful
comeback she made in last weekend's
All Sport Invitational.

"We want to be a balanced team and
not have to depend on anyone," Rosen
said, and Behnke's presence as an out-
side hitter as well as Fielder's at middle
blocker will help the Wolverines achieve
that balance.
louston, Arkansas and Virginia each
joined Michigan in earning invitations to
the 1999 NCAA Tournament, and each
of them should be just as formidable this
time around.
Rosen calls Houston the "toughest
team in the tournam ent," citing their
size, balance and athleticism.
Virginia is young, but extremely tal-
ented, while Arkansas' subpar record can
be attributed to the brutal schedule it has
played.
Tlie Rcazorbacks have been nationally
competitive for years, and they don't
expect that to change.
Rosen noted that Arkansas has four
foreign players, fostering a different
style of play for the Wolverines to adjust
to. Michigan also faces the prospect of
the raucous and confrontational crowd
that comes with the Razorbacks' home
court advantage.
Michigan upset Arkansas last year,
and Rosen is sure they'll be hungry to
redeem themselves."
If Michigan can match that hunger, it
will build on the national respect it cur-
rently enjoys.

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