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SPORTS

FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER 14, 2001

9

JOE
SMITH

ALL

IS QUIET

Time to show unity

resolve
T here will not be a fo
played in the "Big H
tomorrow afternoon
the circumstances, many w
probably the right thing to
After all, it's been just th
since one of the most horrif
in our nation's history shoc
world and hit painfully clos
for nearly everyone.
It's still even hard for me
Having to watch repeatedl
crashing into the World Trad
and the heart of our nation -
into a terrorizing form of inst
has paralyzed aspects of our
classes, jobs and sports.
Major League Baseball h
down all of its games for th
since- the "D-Day Invasion'
The NFL has cancelled a
games this weekend. Comn
Paul Tagliabue probably rei
Pete Rozelle making it kno
of his biggest regrets was p
ball on the Sunday after the
assassination - and didn't
make the same mistake.
College athletics, includi
football, has followed the s~
and postponed most of its g
saying that it's not the right
But when is a "right time
Will Monday all of a sudde
to play? Tuesday?
I believe it should be nom
While many are in suppo
ting down all sports out of r
what happened and with red
people's safety, others still
to be played and life to mov
There's nothing wrong w
Just as writing serves as
me, sports fill a similar voi(
students, athletes and coach
the University and the natio
give them a chance to come
unity, and even in the case
dent -, begin the healing p
together as a group.
"It's important for healin
and we need to return back
cy - and from there take ti
thing at a time," said Michi
soccer coach Steve Burns,
is heading to Louisville on
bus trip to play in two of th
uled games this weekend.
"Our players see a good t
being together on the road -
to take a mental break, to lea
other and start the healing pr
Burns' whole family was
York area during the attack
Two of his players had lov
working near the World Tr
but they were among the lu
And men's soccer isn't th
Michigan team in action this
the field hockey, volleyball a
teams are also playing.
"You don't want to try to
like nothing happened," vo
coach Mark Rosen said. "B
a huge tragedy - far wors
thing anyone has ever seen.
can't let it change your enti
That's what the terrorists' g
the intention to disrupt our
"Do we want to shut dov
thing and let them win?"
There are definitely mor
things than sports right now
friends, our loved ones. Eac
was touched differently by
event, and the appropriate h
must be gauged on an indiv
But letting some "faceless
as President George W. Busl

through sports
otball game control our lives and restrict us to a state
louse" of vulnerability is not the answer. Even
, and given Secretary of State Colin Powell said
ould say it's Wednesday in an address to the nation
do. that we need to return to "normalcy" and
ree days continue on with our lives.
ic tragedies This means going back to school,
ked the work and even football games. It's not
e to home going to be easy, that's for certain.
But neither is staying at home in front
to write. of the television tomorrow afternoon and
y the planes continually watching the horrific images
e Center-- on news broadcasts. Nor is talking about
- has turned it in every class we have.
ant replay. It The truth is that nothing can change
life such as what happened. None of us are ever
going to forget about the tragedy, the
ias shut loved ones we lost or what we were
e first time doing on that fateful day.
in 1944. There is no precedence. Nothing this
II of its terrible has ever happened here, and no
nissioner one knows when is the "right time" to get
members back on track and start playing again.
wn that one But I think the sooner, the better.
laying foot- "Sports will go on, people have to go
Kennedy on and do what they do," said Michi-
want to gan hockey coach Red Berenson, who
felt on Thursday that Michigan should
ng college play the football game tomorrow. And
ame path this is what we do."
Fames - Berenson remembers the night after
time. former President John F. Kennedy was
" to start? assassinated. He suited up with the rest
n be okay of the Montreal Canadiens to take on
the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy
v. City. Berenson said that while the play-
rt of shut- ers didn't really want to play, the fans
espect for didn't mind a bit.
gard for "They went crazy that night like they
want games wanted vengeance of some kind,"
ve on. Berenson said. "Sports can be a release
ith that. for that."
a release for And it's not like Berenson doesn't
d for many know firsthand how much different the
es around Kennedy assassination was from Tues-
n. Sports day's attacks. While Berenson was only
together in an infant when Pearl Harbor was
of this inci- attacked, he knew two people on one of
)rocess . the planes that crashed into the World
Trade Center. A former teammate, Gar-
g to begin net "Ace" Bailey, who is the Director of
to normal- .Player Personnel for the Los Angeles
hings one Kings was on Flight 175 from Boston to
gan men's Los Angeles. Also on the plane was
whose team Kings scout Mark Bavis, who had played
a six-hour golf with Michigan hockey assistant
ree sched- coach Billy Powers the week before.
They were on their way to training
hing of camp - but never made it.
-being able "This is not going to go away for a
n on each long time," Berenson said. "But we can
ocess." go on and learn from this."
in the New Berenson's first response to the
,but is fine. news of the attacks was, 'Can we give
ed ones blood?' Since then, he's sent his cap-
ade Center, tains to talk to the Red Cross to find
cky. out if he could set up a time where the
e only athletes could do their part. And he
weekend, as said that wasn't the only way we could
md both golf join together.
"It's a show of unity, strength and
pick up resolve to go back (to playing) - the
lleyball sooner the better," Berenson said. "We
ecause it is can't spend the rest of our life looking
e than any- over our shoulders."
. But you But 15,000 of us can spend a few
re life. hours at a candlelight vigil, hand in hand.
goal was - And over 110,000 of us could have
life. spent a Saturday afternoon together as
vn every- well.
Too bad it has to be next week.

'M' rearranges sports events
The Michigan athletic department announced yes-
terday the changes that will be made to this week-
end's schedule. Five teams will be in action with
various schedule adjustments, while three other
sports- including football - have been can-
celed.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
VOLLEYBALL AT NIKE INVITATIONAL - CANCELED
MEN'S SOCCER AT LOUISVILLE INVITATIONAL - CANCELED
WOMEN'S SOCCER AT HARTFORD - CANCELED
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
WOMEN'S GOLF AT MARY FOssuM INVITATIONAL - CANCELED
MEN'S SOCCER AT LOUISVILLE INVITATIONAL - WILL PLAY
VOLLEYBALL VS. ILLINOIS STATE - WILL PLAY
FOOTBALL VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN - POSTPONED
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AT SPIKED SHOE INV. - CANCELED
FIELD HOCKEY AT CONNECTICUT - CANCELED
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
WOMEN'S GOLF AT MARY FOSSUM INVITATIONAL - CANCELED
FIELD HOCKEY VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN - WILL PLAY
MEN'S SOCCER AT LOUISVILLE INVITATIONAL - WILL PLAY
WOMEN'S SOCCER AT CONNECTICUT - CANCELED
The athletic department is attempting to reschedule
the Michigan vs,. Western Michigan football game.
The field hockey team was originally scheduled to
play in Connecticut this weekend, but have scheduled
Sunday's game with Central Michigan instead. Volley-
ball also rescheduled and will play Illinois State in
absence of their original trip to the Nike -nvitation l.

DAVID rTZ/Dily
Michigan Stadium, and the rest of the nation's sports stadiums, will be eerily quiet tomorrow. Michigan
hopes to reschedule the Western Michigan game later in the season.

NFL cancels weekend slate
The NFL announced yesterday it would not play this
weekend. This week's scheduled games:
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON; ATLANTA AT ST. LOUIS; BUFFALO AT
MIAMI; CINCINNATI AT TENNESSEE; CLEVELAND AT PITrSBURGH; DAL-
LAS AT DETROIT; DENVER AT INOIANAPOUS; GREEN BAY AT NEw YORK
GIANTS; JACKSONVILLE AT CHICAGO; KANSAS CITY AT SEATrLE; NEW
ENGLAND AT CAROUNA; NEW YORK JETS AT OAKLAND; PHILADELPHIA
AT TAMPA BAY; SAN FRANCISCO AT NEW ORLEANS; MINNESOTA AT
BALTIMORE

Baseball to start on Monday
Major League Baseball originally was to reopen
play on Friday, but also cancelled games this week-
end. The plan for right now is to make up the
missed games during the first week of October and
move the playoffs back a week.
However, due to this announcement, future Hall of
Famers Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn are now
expected to end their careers with home games.

Sports world not safe

Olympian Ian Thorpe nearly becomes
another World Trade Center casualty
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A forgotten camera might have saved Aus-
tralian swimming star Ian Thorpe from being at the. World Trade Center
when it was attacked by terrorists.
Thorpe, who was on a promotional visit to New York, was planning a trip
to the buildings moments before he heard about the terrorist attack on the
first tower.
Frank Turner, one of the gold medalist's managers, said that if the attack
had occurred 20 minutes later, the Olympic and world champion would have
been on the viewing deck at the top of one of the Trade Center's 1.10-foot
towers.
"He was shocked," Turner said. "A few minutes later and who knows
what could have happened."
Turner said Thorpe awoke early Tuesday and walked past the World
Trade Center.
Thorpe returned to his hotel for his camera and headed back to the towers
to take some photos.
Just as he was about to leave his room, Thorpe turned on the television,
which revealed the first tower had been attacked, Turner said.
Thorpe won three gold medals at Sydney Olympics last year and another
six golds at the world championships this year in Japan.
Women's soccer ases
n trip to Connecticut
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
In light of Tuesday's tragedy, the Michigan women's soccer team has
canceled tomorrow's game at Hartford and Sunday's game at Connecticut.
Coach Debbie Rademacher said that it is doubtful that the games will be
made up at a later date this season.
The Wolverines originally planned to fly to Connecticut for the games,
but the team no longer feels comfortable flying. Michigan is not sure that it
could have found a flight to its games, anyway, given the confusion of the
nation's airports and airlines.
"We have a few people that are definitely afraid of flying to begin with,
and this doesn't help any," Michigan captain Carly Williamson said.
The team also considered busing to the games but decided that would
cause the athletes to miss too much class time.
On Tuesday, the Wolverines did hold practice, but it was not business as
usual. The team had a light scrimmage to try and get the players' minds off
of the crashes earlier in the day.
"It was certainly a pretty quiet, somber mood," Rademacher said.
Some of the players from the New York and Washington D.C. area were
especially upset. None of their family members were injured.
Michigan is currently 1-3 after defeating Dayton on Sunday at the Michi-
gan Soccer Field. The team has been plagued by inconsistency during its
first four games and lost games to California and Kentucky after leading
most ofthe way.
"That's the most frustrating part - losing it at the end," Williamson

Brother-in-law of Louisville coach
Pitino still among missing in disaster
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's
brother-in-law is among those missing after the terrorist attack on the World
Trade Center, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Bill Minardi, the brother of Pitino's wife, Joanne, was employed as a
bond broker on the 105th floor of the north tower, the newspaper reported
Thursday.
"He's still missing," Joe Iracane, a Pitino family friend who lives in
Owensboro told the newspaper. "We're still hoping for the best, hoping for
hope."
Iracane did not answer calls to his home by The Associated Press late
Wednesday.
Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein was not able to con-
firm that Minardi was missing, or if he indeed worked in the tower. Klein
said he had not talked to the Pitino, the new coach of the Wildcats, since
Monday.
"I don't know if that's true. I have no idea where (Pitino) is right now,"
Klein said late Wednesday. "I can't confirm or,.deny that report."
Pitino could not be reached for comment.
Earlier this year, Joanne Pitino's sister's husband was hit by a New York
City taxi and killed.

e important
v: Family,
ch person
this terrible
healing time
vidual basis.
cowards,"
[h calls them,

Joe Smith will be giving blood today.
Hopefully you will too.
His column normally appears on
Thursdays and will be returning in its
original spot next week.
He can always be reached at
josephms@umich.edu.

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Andrea Kayal (left) and Carly Williamson and the Wolverines and have gotten off to
a slow start this season and had hoped to rebound with two games this weekend.
Despite their sluggish start, the Wolverines are confident they will
rebound and hoping history will repeat itself. Last year's soccer team also
started out 1-3 but ended up third in the Big Ten and advanced to the sec-
--A -"Aof he NC A A Tnir t

said. umid ruwuv i N'.-I
Volleybndllfinn of t endpournanene.
Volleybalfnds new wee en opponent

By Charles Paradis
For the Daily
The Michigan volleyball team (3-3), like so
many other aspects of American life, has been
uprooted and turned around due to the tragic
events of this week. While head coach Mark
Rosen held practice this weekend, he
was empathetic to the situation of those
affected by the tragedy. "In the big pic- CLIFF K

have been canceled. Originally, the Wolverines
were scheduled to play at Notre Dame two days
ago and then host the Nike Invitational Tourna-
ment this weekend. They would have played
today against Central Michigan.
Michigan was slated to play against Montana
and Virginia Tech, as well as the Chippewas this
weekend. But as is the case with
many people and organizations this
AN ARENA week, travel plans have been can-

In an effort to retain some level of normalcy
but still respect the somber mood of the nation
and its people, the Michigan will play one match
this weekend. On Saturday night at 7:00 at Cliff
Keen Arena, the Wolverines will take on Illinois
State.
The Redbirds were scheduled to play against
Utah this weekend, but their travel plans were
also altered. After facing the Wolverines, Illinois
State will take on Eastern Michigan on Sunday

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