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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 2, 2004
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Kayakers find way around chill of winter

By Seth Gordon
For the Daily
Michigan's cold winter months
have a tendency to shut down many
of the outdoor activities of its resi-
Golfers are doomed to spend the
winter months dreaming of sunny
days and manicured fairways, while
the ground is covered with snow and
the wind blows bitterly cold.
Kayakers, it would seem, would be
in the same boat - if not for the Raw
Strength and Courage Kayakers.
This University club waits out the
winter by practicing in the North
Campus Recreation Building pool
Wednesday nights and Sunday
The club, whose name originated
from a Peanuts cartoon, is actually
one of the oldest on campus,
formed in the late 1960s. The club
welcomes paddlers, student and

non-students alike who want to
practice their skills when it's too
cold to take to the rivers.
The club is mainly composed of
whitewater kayakers, but sea kayak-
ers are welcome to brush up on their
skills as well.
In addition to winter practice ses-
sions, the club offers students
access to equipment, an opportunity
to learn from experienced paddlers
and a chance to go on extended
river trips.
Most of all, the club offers a com-
munity for paddlers in a place that
might not otherwise be known for
Bryan Toth, a junior nuclear engi-
neering student from Livonia, has
been active in the sport for over five
years and the club for more than
two. In addition to attending weekly
practice sessions, Toth has planned
and taken numerous trips with the
help of the club, including

escapades when he kayaked the
entire length of the Au Sable, Huron
and Manistee Rivers.
Toth says that he "fell in love
with the sport when he was a kid,
but wasn't able to get his hands on a
kayak until high school."
When Toth arrived on campus, the
club was the perfect opportunity for
him to meet fellow paddlers and
continue to be active in the sport he
In any typical year the club plans
one or two weekend trips - usually
in April or May, to Slippery Rock
Creek in Pennsylvania.
However, much of the club's
worth is in planning informal trips
of all kinds.
Membership in the club has
afforded Toth the opportunity to
meet like-minded paddlers and take
trips all over the state and country.
In addition to the three longer
trips that Toth has taken in Michi-

gan, he has traveled as far as Col-
orado to find whitewater.
The kayaking club, maintains at
least a 50-percent-student member-
ship in order to hold its status as a
recreational sports club.
The club is always looking for
new student members, and is spon-
soring a free pool session for begin-
ners at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the
NCRB pool.
No experience is necessary, and
even experienced paddlers are
encouraged to attend.
The clinic will offer hands-on
experience for anyone willing to
make the trek to North Campus. All
you need is a bathing suit and a
The organization is informally
run, with the only elected position
being student president. Member-
ship in the club is inexpensive - a
full year's dues is only $25 for a stu-
dent, or $15 per semester.



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M Gymnastics Winter Cup - Las Vegas, NV
W Tennis vs. Maryland
M Swim/Dive vs. Michigan State
Water Polo at UC Santa Cruz
Wrestling at Ohio State
W Gymnastics State of Michigan Classic - Ann Arbor, MI
Ice Hockey at Alaska-Fairbanks
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W Basketball vs. Ohio State
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Deji Blue: Brady
grabs another MVP

W Tennis vs. South Carolina
Wrestling at Penn State
W Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Water Polo Stanford Invitational
Water Polo Stanford Invitational

- vs. Southern Cal
- Finals

HOUSTON (AP) - Tom Brady is
getting quite a collection of playoff
wins and Super Bowl MVP trophies.
The New England quarterback has
won all six of his postseason games,
including two Super Bowls in three
years. He threw for 354 yards and
three touchdowns yesterday in leading
the Patriots past the Carolina Panthers
Brady also made up for a critical
interception in the Carolina end zone
by guiding the Patriots to a go-ahead
score with 2:51 remaining.
"We realized we had done it so
many times this year," Brady said of
coming back. "We knew we could
come up with the plays."
When the scrappy Panthers came
back to tie it, Brady engineered a 37-
yard drive in the final minute. His 17-
yard completion to Deion Branch on
third-down - against a shockingly
soft defensive alignment - set up
Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard field goal to
win it with four seconds remaining.
In all, Brady was 32-for-48, with
five-yard touchdown throws to
Branch and David Givens and a one-
yarder to, of all people, linebacker
Mike Vrabel, who reported as a
tight end.
It was a more masterly performance
than in 2002, when Brady, then a
first-year starter, helped New England
upset St. Louis 20-17. Vinatieri also
won that game on a late field goal,
from 48 yards.
"I think each game is different,"

Brady said. "To win this the way we
did is incredible, unbelievable. A
great all-around game.
"I don't know how I do it."
And just as against the Rams,
Brady made clutch throws throughout
the final quarter in taking New Eng-
land to its 15th straight victory.
Indeed, he made sure the intercep-
tion by Reggie Howard with 7:38 to
go did not cost New England the
Carolina turned that pickoff into an
85-yard touchdown pass from Jake
Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad, the
longest play in Super Bowl history.
With Carolina on top 22-21,
Brady went six-for-eight on a 68-
yard drive.
He converted two third downs on
the series with perfect passes, then
found Vrabel in the front portion of
the end zone.
After Delhomme rallied Carolina
again and the first overtime in Super
Bowl history loomed, Brady and New
England got a break. John Kasay's
kickoff sailed out of bounds, giving
the Patriots the ball at their 40 with
1:08 left.
Brady had two 13-yard completions
to Troy Brown, leading to the 17-
yarder to Branch when the Panthers
played a conservative defense.
"Deion ran a great route, I laid it up
for him, and it gave us enough time
for Adam to run on the field," he said.
"We made enough plays at the end
there to win it."

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@ 5 .Toronto 69 pts.
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sdlegitimacy to ther pyof hopes,. quickly chasing down the Pistons.

8. San Jose 64 pts.
" Not the kind of week San Jose
hoped for. After beatingCalga ry,they
dropped a pair to Dallas and Nashville.
9, New )ersey 65 pts~
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10. Dallas 61 pts
" The Stars are sneaking back,. _
into the playoff race thanks to Marty
Turco rediscovering his game.


Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after
leading the New England Patriots to their second Super Bowl win in three years.

The guys at ESPN can talk all they want on why this years Super Bowl was great, and the CNBC gurus
can mull over the best commercials of the night. But the Daily felt the need to expose all that went
terribly wrong on football's biggest stage. - Ryan Sosin
Adam Vinatieri - Set up winning field goal by botching a pair early
What kind of man would leave his teammates in a lurch only to create an
opportunity for personal glory? Adam Vinatieri botched his first two
field goal attempts when the score was knotted at zero, and most fans
only had two or nine beers in them. But as fans got more liquored up,
they cheered louder, and Vinatieri popped home another Super Bowl-
winning touchdown.
Budweiser "Sleigh Ride" commercial, second quarter
Budweiser is clearly the king of Super Bowl commer-
cials, but it made one major mistake this season. A blatant rip-off of a Sein-
feld episode was embarrassing. And seriously, fart 'okes aren't funny.
Monkeys hitting on uman women. Donkeys wantin to be one
of those silly horses from Denver. Referees being yelled at. Now,
those are funny!

The '90s music tribute
If the NFL really felt a tribute to '90s music was in order, the least it
could have done was bring back Britney Spears and her stylish tube
sock sleeve. It was nice to see Janet is still alive and well, although
the end of the show was a little too much Janet for these eyes.




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