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DAILY SPORTS BREAKS DOWN THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
2B - Monday, December 11,D2006

M' SCHEDULE
SATURDAY-12.16
M BASKETBALL VS NORTHERN
ILLINIS,2 P.M.
W BASKETBALL VS. DARTMOUTH, 7P.M.
M GYMNASTICS VS. MAIZE AND BLUE
INTRASQUAD, 7 P.M.
*home games in all caps
*all times EST

SAID AND HEARD
"It's bullshit. Until the BCS gets a playoff
system, the BCS will always be a joke....
I believe Michigan is the best team in the
country with the exception of Ohio State."
- Former Michigan wide receiver BRAYLON EDWARDS

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEVE LUKE
WRESTLING
Luke took down sixth-ranked Brandon Sin-
nott, 4-2, in the second overtime to give
Michigan a chance for a comeback win over
No. 11 Central Michigan.

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Only in America: Crowning a king

The Bowl Championship
Series isn't perfect.
But then again, what is?
Through all
the yapping,
bashing and
trashing about
the BCS lately,
I've yet to hear
many alterna-
tives mentioned
other than a
playoff. So in
the interest of go,
adding to the
never-ending, JACK
list of sports
what ifs, let's HER AN
see what would
happen if the
NCAA used a different method to
name a champion.
Golf
In an effort to emulate one of the

more successful pro sports leagues,
the NCAA could adopt the PGA
Tour's system of tracking the money
list.
This year, things wouldn't really
change that much, as the Buckeyes
win the title. I'm pretty sure the
Ohio State players receive more cash
than anyone else in the country.
Boxing
The good news: Under this sys-
tem, Michigan wins a champion-
ship.
The bad news: So do 50 other
schools.
After Ohio State refused to play
Michigan ina rematch, the WFAOA,
WFLOU, WFAOL and IFAOL all
stripped the Buckeyes of their
heavyweight titles, which negated
any chance of a unified champion.
The Wolverines grab two of those
championships with a win over
Southern Cal, as well as the IFLOL

and USFLOU belts that were vacant.
Other teams get in on the fun, too.
Undefeated Boise State lays claim to
a number of junior-middle-micro-
nano-giga-welterweight titles. Even
Florida, blown out by Ohio State in
the National Championship game,
captured a belt - the JWCFALNC
- sanctioned by the boxing associa-
tion run by infamous Harris-poll
voter Jim Walden, who continued to
rank the Gators first.
NASCAR
Under NASCAR rules, the best
racers can compete in Busch Series
races, essentially the minor leagues,
even if they will be participating in
the big race the next day. The night
before the Southeastern Confer-
ence Championship game (thanks
Dr. Pepper), Arkansas took on a
local high school, and punt returner
Reggie Fish got injured. There's no
chance for him to muff a punt the
following day, and Arkansas beats
Florida, sending Michigan to the
championship game.
In front of the neutral crowd
(sponsored by Citigroup) on a bet-
ter field (brought to you by Sprite),
Michigan tops Ohio State for the
title (provided by Pepsi) and con-
troversy ensues (paid for by Micro-
soft).
The Grammys
Last year sparked controversy
when the Recording Academy
showed how out of touch it was by
ordeorinL,a match-un of inamesn

Notre Dame and Penn State. This
year, the Academy set out to prove it
was still cool.
Impressed by Boise State's unde-
feated record, mid-major status and
blue turf, the voters make the trendy
pick and send the Broncos to face off
against Ohio State in Glendale, Ariz.,
for the National Championship.
Ohio State wins, 76-3.
Homecoming queen
After Lloyd found out that Jim
didn't cast a vote, he called Charlie
who asked him if he heard what
Mack found out Urban said to Phil
about Lloyd, who had, in fact, not
heard what Urban had told Phil,
who didn't tell Mack but called
Bobby who then talked to Mack.
Disappointed, Lloyd complained
to Principal Slive, who dismissed it
because he's Urban's second cousin.
Electoral college
The election is filled with hanging
chads (not Hennes), faulty electronic
voting machines and days of specu-
lation. Controversy hits Ohio again,
as many of the voters follow their
esteemed leader and fail to cast a
ballot. Florida barely ekes out a win
in its home state, after thousands of
people accidentally vote for Troy.
I'd like to tell you the winner
under this scenario, but I can't really
predict it. If George W. Bush was
elected twice, anything can happen.
-- PETESCHOTTFLS/i
- Herman can be reached The BCS gave Lloyd Carrgood reason to be angry after leaving his team out of
at jaheroman@umich.edu. the title game. But a look at some other systems shows things could be worse

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Club Jcers compete for
pride, love of the game

By ALEX PROSPERI
Daily Sports Writer
In order to play club hockey
at Michigan, a player needs one
thing - a love of the game.
"This is the most fun I have
ever had playing hockey," senior
forward John Dobrez said. "It's
the first time playing with people
from my school because I played
travel hockey in high school. The

camaraderie is amazing. It's a lot
of fun, it's still competitive and
you make so many friends.
"I can't imagine going to col-
lege without club hockey. It's the
greatest part of college life."
When Dobrez came to Michi-
gan, he said club hockey sounded
appealing. But he was unsure
how high the level of competition
would be.
"I didn't know what to expect

coming to play club hockey at
Michigan," Dobrez said.
But that uncertainty was about
to pass.
"At tryouts, I finally realized
just how good the competition
was," Dobrez said. "There were a
lot of really good players."
Dobrez cites the locker-room
atmosphere as another reason
why he knew that club hockey
was going to be a blast.
"Everyone in the locker room
was great," Dobrez said. "The
upperclassmen took me in right
away and made me feel welcomed.
I knew it was going to be a great
time."
One advantage of club hockey
is that the time commitment isn't
too extreme. The 25-player team
practices twice during the week,
and plays twice during the week-
end. That schedule gives the play-
ers plenty of time off to do other
things.
Pat Georgoff, for instance, is
involved with Crossing Borders, a
group whose mission is to inform
students of foreign cultural preju-
dice.
At the same time, these players
realize that club hockey could be
the end of their hockey careers.
"What motivates me is the
realization that this is my last
four years to play real competitive
hockey," Dobrez said.
Just'like any other team at
Michigan, the Wolverine's biggest
rivals are Ohio State and Michi-
gan State.
"Those games mean a lot to
all of us regardless of the teams'
records."
For these players, it's one thing
to win a game against opponents
of that caliber. But the pride they
feel when wearing a jersey that
sports the block 'M' on the front
is quite another. That translates
into exemplary team chemistry,
which is one of the reasons this
rookie-laden team has gotten off
to a 10-6-1 start even with losses
that Dobrez believes the team
should have won.
The Wolverines have a 33-
game season with home games at
Yost Ice Arena that barely draw a
couple hundred fans.
But that doesn't matter to
Dobrez and the rest of the Wol-
verines.
"We do it because we love the
game," Dobrez said.

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