November 7, 2002
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a magical time
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
Lost amid all the trophies and banners along the
concourse at Yost Ice Arena, a Sports Illustrated with
Red Berenson on the cover in a St. Louis Blues uni-
form is inconspicuously displayed. It reminds people
of the days when Berenson was not a coach pushing
the Wolverines to the top of the CCHA standings,
but rather when Berenson was the "Red Baron," one
of the National Hockey League's first expansion
stars as the league's transcontinental movement
The legend of the "Red Baron" grew 34 years ago
today when Red Berenson scored six goals for the
St. Louis Blues in Philadelphia against the Flyers,
their bitter rival. Berenson was the second player to
accomplish the feat since the Great Depression and
just one player, Darryl Sittler of Toronto in 1976, has
done it since.
But despite the rarity of the performance, Beren-
son's players know little about it.
"I don't think they know a lot," said Michigan
associate head coach Mel Pearson, who was 10 when
it happened. "I think their parents know a lot and I
think they can identify more than our players."
Berenson had become the first Canadian to
enter the NHL straight from college hockey in
1961, but didn't really become a star until he was
traded from the New York Rangers to the expan-
sion Blues in 1967. Berenson scored 22 goals and
helped the Blues defeat the Flyers to go to the
Stanley Cup Finals in their first year. Berenson
played well at the beginning of the 1968 season,
but had just scored three goals in the season's
first 11 games.
Then on Nov. 7, the Blues traveled to Philadelphia
to play in the hostile Spectrum. Berenson scored first
late in the opening period, when he went around
Flyer defensemen Ed Van Impe, and circled the net
before hitting the top shelf. Afterward, Red said to
himself, "Thank God I can still score."
And score he did. In the second half of the second
period he scored four goals, tying the NHL record
for most goals in a period. At that point the Philadel-
phia crowd, which had its hearts broken by this same
Blues team just a few months earlier, was on its feet.
Then in the game's final minutes with the score 7-0,
Berenson took a shot from the top of the circle into
Athletes must be held
accountable off the field
Hockey coach Red Berenson doesn't often reflect on his pro hockey career, but on the anniversary of his record-
setting six-goal game, Berenson could be forgiven if he takes a few moments to reminisce.
the top corner of the net. The crowd gave Berenson a
"If anyone could do it in that era, it would have
been Red," said Gary Sabourin, who was the team's
second leading scorer behind Berenson that year.
"He was one of the premier skaters in the league."
But while he had earned one of the greatest feats
in NHL history, Berenson still acted like the team's
"To him it was just another day in the office," said
Terry Crisp, who scored the sixth Blues goal of that
game and was treated to a resounding number of
boos. "Red is so quiet, so unassuming in that area."
Blues coach Scotty Bowman wanted to send
Berenson out on the ice for one final shift, but Red
declined, as he was more than pleased with his per-
formance and the Blues up 8-0.
"The good thing about the goals, when I looked
at them, is that they were all clean cut goals,"
Berenson said this week. "There were no rebounds,
or deflections, or powerplay goals. They were just
To this day, no one has scored more goals in a
period or in a game.
"The only thing I'm surprised about is the fact that
no one else has done it," Berenson said.
But except when he tells stories that are applicable
to something he wants to get across with the Wolver-
ines, Berenson doesn't talk about his performance
that much or any of his other accolades as a player.
"He doesn't like to bring up his stats, he's not that
type of person," Michigan captain Jed Ortmeyer said.
"He's a team guy, and he throws in things here and
there that will help the team."
On that night in 1968, the "Red Baron" certainly
helped his team.
higan State star quarterback
Jeff Smoker has a substance
Was that Bobby Williams' fault?
Co-captain and starting tailback
Dawan Moss was arrested for drunken
driving, having an open intoxicant in his
vehicle and resisting arrest by dragging
a police officer several feet with his car.
Was that Bobby Williams' fault?
Or was Moss to blame for such irre-
And would Williams have been fired
on Monday if the Spartans were 6-3,
coming off a 49-3 victory over rival
Michigan in the Big House - even with
such off-the-field problems in the back-
It's the athletes who abuse drugs,
get arrested for drunken driving and
soliciting prostitution. And they
should be held accountable for their
actions, instead of always leaving the
coach as a fall guy.
Under the current sports culture,
coaches feel the pressure to recruit the
blue chip athletes - those that can
make plays, win games and make fat
cash for the University through market-
Unfortunately for coaches, those kids
that are high on talent aren't always high
It's no secret that collegiate coaches
are placed in a very unforgiving situa-
tion that rewards winning and shuns
everything else. Some veteran coaches
like Indiana's Gary DiNardo say it's not
just the fans or media that exacerbate the
win-or-your-out culture, but it comes
And he says that's a main reason
why you see the percentages of off-
the-field incidents and arrests for ath-
letes are much higher than they've
been in the past.
"I think it's an institutional issue,"
DiNardo said. "I think the only ones'
who can control these things are the
presidents, the CEOs, the board
members that we work for. When
they say that enough is enough, then
we'll toe the line. Until then, the
message is clear that winning is the
most important thing. I think that if
it wants to be stopped, it's stopped at
A coach can trade in winning for a
cleaner program, which can often be as
well-received by fans as a dramatic tax
But there's a simpler solution -
Before fans shift the blame for such
embarrassing incidents toward the Uni-
versity athletic directors, presidents and
coaches, a finger should be pointed
directly at those "can-do-no-wrong ath-
letes" that the fans pay the big bucks to
adore and watch from afar.
Once those athletes sign on the dotted
line of their letter in intend, they're often
entitled to a free education, room and
board, national television exposure and
even food vouchers for Wendy's.
But with the gain of such privileges,
there's a loss of freedom. No longer are
their parties with friends "private," or
their grades just between them and their
parents. Everything the athletes do, from
scoring touchdowns to sneezing, reflects
on the University and its image.
"You're always under the micro-
scope,",said Michigan senior Ron Bel-
lamy. "You never want to do anything
that would cause a distraction to the
team or the programs or embarrass
Bellamy said his teammates are
harped on "every day" by coaches about
making sure to take care of business on
and off the field.
Some have spent their four years
unnoticed - other than the box score
- while understanding the values and
rules that come with donning the maize
and blue uniform every Saturday in
front of 110,000 fans.
Others have seen their mug shots on
the front page of the newspaper after
being charged with assault, soliciting
prostitution, drug possession and wreck-
And college coaches like Lloyd Carr
surely don't spend an extra amount of
time baby-sitting certain players, mak-
ing sure they get home OK and are
tucked into bed at night.
Carr has bigger fish to fry. He has to
win, keep the alumni and administration
happy and run a squeaky clean program.
Oh yeah, and did I mention win?
All the athletes have to do is stay out
of trouble and take responsibility for
Is that too much to ask?
Joe Smith can be reached at
'Madden 2003' keeps Blue's juices flowing
By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
Their games are watched by mil-
lions of fans around the country and
media outlets follow their actions
closely off the
field. But the
members of the
team ale still just
like other college
students - they
put their pants on
the Michigan players thrive is in the
simple head-to-head matchups.
Just like real life, home-field advan-
tage plays a big part in victories and
losses. The most intimidating arena is
at Victor Hobson and Cato June's
apartment, dubbed "The Stadium,"
where Hobson turns up the surround
sound when his opponent has the ball
and lets his pit bull run around.
"It is the most hostile place to
play," receiver Ron Bellamy said.
As if the added crowd noise and a
pit bull weren't enough, aiding Hob-
son is June, who will get behind
Hobson's opponent and try to distract
him by whispering in his ear.
The players have a rankings system
similar to the BCS, based on wins
and losses and, of course, strength of
schedule. At the top of the rankings
sit Hobson, June and linebacker Roy
Manning, who is the clear-cut No. 1.
"Roy is the best player. He has that
time to play. He is out for the year so
all he does is play video games!
That's why he is the best right now,"
Bellamy says Manning has com-
mitted one or two cardinal sins to
reach the top.
"He goes on the Internet to get
cheat codes and he looks at my plays
when I call them too," Bellamy said.
Bellamy is placed behind those three,
mostly due to strength of schedule.
"Those guys keep throwing me
down, they say I haven't played anyone
yet. I beat up on Tyrece (Butler). They
say Tyrece is garbage," Bellamy said.
The players aren't afraid to take
strategies from their opponents. After
Bellamy, a Louisiana native, defeated
Carl Diggs, Diggs started to play with
Bellamy's New Orleans Saints but uti-
lized the team in a different way.
Whereas the passing-oriented Bellamy
will immediately go to a five-wide set,
Diggs - like a typical Michigan man
- likes to pound the defense.
"I'll line up in goalline at the 50-
yard line," Diggs said.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr isn't
familiar with Madden 2003, but he
knows NCAA Football 2003 - Mad-
den's college counterpart - in which
Carr was filmed saying EA Sports'
slogan, "If it's in the game, it's in the
game," for one of the many introduc-
tions to the game.
Carr doesn't like that video games
can overwhelm his players, but
understands the attraction - in part
from his own experience.
"The challenge is being able to
enjoy it and have fun with it, but not
let it consume you, to not let it take
away from going to class or study-,
ing," Carr said. "There is always
something out there to distract you,
and when I was a kid it was pinball
one leg at a time and play plenty of
video games. Their game of choice:
Madden 2003 for PlayStation2.
Madden 2003 is the latest in a
long line of games from the popular
NFL series created by EA Sports.
The game features every NFL team,
team-specific playbooks and a fran-
chise mode where players can guide
their team for 30 seasons. But where
Crumpton a finalist
for Herman Trophy
Women's soccer senior forward
Abby Crumpton was selected as one
of 15 female finalists for this year's
Hermann Trophy. The trophy is
awarded annually by the Missouri
Athletic Club to the top male and
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female athletes in Division I soccer.
Crumpton has totaled 10 goals and
10 assists on the season for the 24th-
ranked Wolverines, who are 13-5-1.
Crumpton has already been named to
two All-Big Ten first teams and is
third on Michigan's career points list
with 111 points.
She needs just four points to sur-
pass Kacy Beitel as the all-time
Harriers earn Big Ten
After its victory at last weekend's
Big Ten Championships in West
Lafayette, the Michigan women's
cross country team collected a few
individual awards. Rebecca Walter
earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year
honors after her fifth-place finish at
the Big Ten meet with a time of
Head coach Mike McGuire was also
named Big Ten Coach of the Year. It
was McGuire's fourth such award in his
10-year career at Michigan. McGuire
led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten
title since 1994, and their fourth in
honored after OT win
Junior forward Kevin Robinson and
freshman goalkeeper Peter Dzubay
earned Offensive and Defensive Ath-
letes of the week on Monday for the
Michigan men's soccer team. The
'awards came after the Wolverines' 1-0
overtime victory over Ohio State on
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