IOA - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 21, 2000
In Indiana, a treat for
Blue field hockey
By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Games aren't played on paper, but
with an outcome this clear, maybe
this one's on a transparency.
The fourth-ranked Michigan field
hockey team opens its Big Ten sea-
son with a non-conference feel by
traveling to Indiana in the Hoosiers'
inaugural season this Friday.
"We've never seen them before,
we've never been to Bloomington,"
Michigan head coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "We hope it has a con-
ference feel because it is the first
conference game and the Big Ten is a
really tough conference that we
respect and take seriously."
'The Hoosiers have struggled this
season, having yet to score a goal.
Indiana won't be very experienced
for Michigan's game with only three
games under its belt
"It will be a building process for
them," Pankratz said. "But we're
going down to a field we've never
played on and a team we've never
played before. You have to take them
seriously and pay attention to what
we're trying to get better at."
Further indication that Michigan
will dominate is Indiana's previous
game was a 9-0 loss to Miami
(Ohio), a team that Michigan beat
10-1 last Tuesday.
"Transitive properties," Pankratz
said. "It's going to be rough, huh?"
Perhaps the only plus for Indiana
is home field advantage, although
the game will only be Indiana's sec-
ond game at Mellencamp Pavilion.
Michigan goes back on the road
for its first time in five games.
"It's been strange to be home
every weekend," Pankratz said. "I
didn't know what to do with myself
on Sunday which was great. The road
is where we normally are.
Sometimes it's good because the
team gets focused."
Michigan will come home on
Sunday to face tougher Big Ten com-
petition -- No. 16 Ohio State.
The Buckeyes only beat Miami 2-
I, but that was the first game of the
Who: No. 4 Michigan (&1) vs. No. 16 Oho
When: Sunday, noon.
Latest: After playing at Indiana on Friday,
the Wolverines will come back to Ocker
Field to play Ohio State who will be coming
off a game with Ball State. Michigan has
only four losses over the last four seasons.
season in August. Since then, they
have recorded four shut-outs on their
way to a 6-3 record. All three losses
came against top-ranked teams.
It has been a while since
Michigan's defense has faced a real
challenge, after Michigan outshot
opponents in the last five-game
home stand, 129-25. But Pankratz
doesn't believe her defense should
have reason to worry.
"We were tested," she said. Miami
was in our circle a lot. I think we'll
be fine. Our defensive corner is
strong and our goal tenders are
Michigan will have to deal with
Ohio State senior Katie Hobson and
freshman Mariana Solorzano. each
leading the team with seven goals.
Hobson also has six assists.
OLD SCHOOL NT
ESPN ANCHOR RECALLS RIVALRY AND HIS OWN CLASSIC MICHIGAN MOMENTS
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By Benjamin Singer
Iaily Sports Writcr
On the upstairs level of Dominick's,
Rich Eisen waits for his order of cheese
More importantly, he wfits for some-
body to please switch the monitor
which is stuck on ESPN Classic
to what may become an
"I'm going out of my skin
here not watching this game,"
UCLA and Michigan kicked
off about 15 minutes ago, and
Eisen has vet to see a down.
Scurrying downstairs, Eisen maneu-
vers to the front of a television once
deemed to have too much glare from the
sun, but now is Dominick's only link to a
highly anticipated game.
Just as Eisen approaches, Michigan
tailback Anthony Thomas finishes the
final 40 yards of his 68-yard touchdown
"A-Train," is all Eisen says.
Earlier in the day, Eisen co-hosted a
show for ESPN Classic in the garden
area of Dominick's while fellow ESPN
anchor Gary Miller was at I amecr's in
East Lansing. The three-and-a-half-hour
show celebrated moments that fuel the
fire of the Michigan-Michigan State
"It's truly bizarre to be coming back to
Dominick's and doing a program where
I had many classic moments myself,"
Eisen says. "I suggested Dominick's
Eisen's homecoming to Ann Arbor
was no accident.
"No coincidence at all," Eisen says.
"As soon as the director knew he was
doing this, he thought of me."
To enjoy the experience fully. Eisen
made sure evervone at home knew he
was partisan during this show. He
announced that he was the class of 1990
and took a jab at Michigan State by
mockingly praising its Agricultural
On SportsCenter, Eisen knows that's a
no-no. But for today, as he said, it's about
rivalries. The product of Staten Island,
N.Y. wants there to be no mistake: "I'm
a Michigan guy."
Being a Michigan guy, doing a show
at Dominick's is not your ordinary
assignment for ESPN.
"I would definitely place this above
being the guest host on RPM 2 Nite,"
Eisen says. "I'm probably the only RPM
host that has had trouble changing his
Eisen covered football for The
Michigan Daily in 1989, which was Bo
Schembechler's final team. For Eisen's
first Daily road trip, he covered the hero-
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ics of Elvis Grbac and "J.D. for three,"
when kicker J.D. Carlson kicked the
game-winning field goal at the end of
Michigan's 24-23 win in Pasadena for
their win over the Bruins. Now he's
watching the rematch I1 years later with
a small crowd of drunk Michigan stu-
have been at this,"
Eisen says of the show while watching
the television. "But Bo is at the game."
Somewhere in that Rose Bowl is Bo.
Somewhere in that Rose Bowl is the past
and present greatness of the Wolverines
"I've got to leave at halftime," Eisen
sans. "I have to soak it all in."
Eisen did all lie could to enjoy the
return to his alma Riater He spent the
eveiiing before at Rick's. He'd been
before, but never as a student.
"When I graduated, I was 20," Eisen
says. "I could never get in there. They
were very strict about checking IDs."
"They still are," someone chimes in.
Eisen also played the Michigan golf
course. He cannot praise it enough.
"I love the course here," he says. "It's
beautiful. It's one of the best I've ever.
One of the students pipes up again and
asks "What do you think about on the
18th green when you're looking out at
Eisen responds "I look out and I say,
'Why do these people say 'pop' instead
Eisen then recalls other cultural differ-
ences he ran across as an out-of-stater.'
"My freshman year I lived in
Markley," he remembers. "My second
day there, someone knocked on my door
and said, You wanna euch?' I thought,
'Does he think I'm bulemic or some-
thing?' Somebody had to explain to me
that it was cards."
A collective gasp of amazement come
from those watching the game as David
Terrell makes a circus touchdown catch
that will surely make the SportsCenter
highlights, as the Wolverines go up 13-3.
Eisen missed it. He hasn't really been
able to "soak it all up" like he wanted.
He's been busy answering questions and
relating stories. He watches the replay
with the same objective expression that
he would use if he were announcing the
. One student then starts telling Eisen a
crude story about one of the high-profi*
Michigan players that apparently "half
the campus knows" The story includes
vulgar expressions. Students joke with
Eisen that one should become his new
catch phrase for which SportsCe;nter
anchors are so famous. ic says he'll
work it in somehow.
One girl is outed by her boyfriend
as a wanna-be sports broadcast-
er. She savs she'll probably
end up announcing dog-
sledding for a while befo@
A she finds a decent job.
"What advice do you have
for an aspiring broadcast-
er?" her boyfriend asks. w
Eisen clearly has. no
immediate answer. Eventuallyhe
says it's the same clich6 as for any other
job. "Just don't let anyone tell you you're
not good enough"
For Eisen, it almost came too easil1
After graduating from Michigan, I
went back home to Staten IslanId I
wrote for a local paper for three artig
hialfy ars. Then he decided to go to gri
school. "Going back to school w~s'aU
best thing I ever did:' he says.
After graduating from Medill's g"ad~-
ate school ofjournalism at NorthweSt .
University in 1994. Eisen becari)
sports anchor at KRCR-TV in the smNil
market of Redding, Calif. (population
Then ESPN offered him a spot
SportsCenter. "I'd only been working 16
months and I got a job at ESPN," he
says. "It's like winning the lottery."
When writing for the Daily, his by-
line was Richard Eisen.
"Rich is more like a sportscaster-
Eisen explains. "If I'm Richard, I could
be the King of England."
The half ends. Eisen has to go. He has
a plane to catch. He bids farewell to 0
his newfound friends. They are forever
linked by their outstanding passion for
not just Michigan football, but the
"It's a home away from home," Eisen
says. "It's a cozy town. Friendly, laid-
back people. It's great. I can't wait to get
back here whenever I come."
As for the game, there were no J.D.-
for-three-type heroics this year.
Michigan kicker Hayden Epstej
missed two field goals in the gany
including one in the final minutes frqon
24 yards out that would have tied'tthe
But Eisen will miss the end. HG'tr
basically missed the beginning, as well,
He'll just have to catch the highlights
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