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Pocket picked Take a seat
WHERE: 921 Church St.
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 10:50 a.m
WHAT: A student reported
that her wallet was removed
from her backpack by
two males while walking
between Church Street
and Hill Street, University
Police reported. No sus-
pects have been identified.
WHERE: CVC Parking,
M-85, 1421 Ann Street
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 4:30 p.m
WHAT: A woman real-
ized her back window was
broken after she returned to
her parked car, University
Police reported. The inci-
dent appeared accidental.
WHERE: University Car-
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 1:40 p.m
WHAT: Three office chairs,
valued at $800 each, were
reported missing from an
office an office, University
Police reported. The chairs
haven't been located for
about a month. There are no
WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 9:55 p.m
WHAT: A female student
reported that her MCard
went missing around noon
near North Quad, Universi-
ty Police reported. Purchas-
es totaling $4.75 were made
on it without her consent.
There are no suspects.
WHAT: The event, orga-
nized by theAlpha Phi
Alpha fraterntiy, will
feature a poetry slam and
performance by Grammy
award-winning artist J. Ivy.
WHO: Multi-Ethnic Stu-
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art.
WHAT: The Department of
Musical Theatre performs
the musical which details
the maturation of teens.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Walgreen Drama
Center Arthur Miller The-
Film and music
WHAT: Mark Slobin of
Wesleyean University will
discuss how music supports
a movie the way different
structures support build-
WHO:School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Burton Memorial
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and make Valentine's cards
for children in the hospital.
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Leafs' favor - but only slightly -
The announcement also made
official the transition of the
2012 Great Lakes Invitational
to Comerica Park, instead of its
regular location at Joe Louis
Arena. Several other games will
be played on the outdoor rink at
Comerica Park by teams of the
Ontario Hockey League,'Ameri-
can Hockey League and various
other youth teams.
As in previous years, the Win-
ter Classic will be coupled with
HBO's "24/7" series, a behind-
the-scenes documentary series
leading up to the game that
chronicles the each team's prep-
aration for the New Year's Day
"We do a reality show and
then we put another element on
it, and that's playing in the ele-
ments," said NHL commissioner
Gary Bettman. "So this is the
ultimate reality show."
At a secondary press con-
ference at Michigan Stadium
on Thursday, Bettman handed
Michigan Athletic Director
Dave Brandon a $250,000 dona-
tion from the NHL's charitable
gifts fund. Brandon said the gift
would be deposited into the gen-
eral student scholarship fund.
The timing of the NHL's
announcement is atypi-
cal, considering that previ-
ous announcements about the
event's location had typically
been made in late summer or
"That's frankly because of the
enormity of the event," Bettman
It'll take time to sell 115,000
tickets in two countries - or to
turn away the latecomers.
"Even at 115,000, we're going
to have demand for tickets that
we're not going to be able to sat-
isfy," Bettman added.
Red Wings coach Mike Bab-
cock is no stranger to Ann Arbor.
His daughter Alexandra is a stu-
dent at the University, and the
coach has been to a few hockey
games at Yost Ice Arena and
football games at the Big House.
"Football Saturday out there
is hard to beat," Babcock said,
"(The Big House,) it's grandi-
ose, it grabs ya. The first time I
went in it didn't have fans. When
you go.in with fans, it's some-
thing else.... It'll be spectacular."
The biggest hurdle for final-
izing the Winter Classic at
the Big House was taking the
match-up away from Detroit
yet still appeasing Mike Illitch.
Ultimately, implementing the
secondary rink at Comerica
Park for the Hockeytown Win-
ter Festival and the ability to fit
over 50,000 fans in a stadium
won the owner over.
"It's going to be great," Illitch
said. "I think it's going to build
some confidence into the city of
"What matters to me," Bab-
cock added, "is that playing in
Ann Arbor was going to give
more people a chance to see it
and I think a bigger stage for us
to celebrate hockey."
The NHL is expecting an
attendance of 115,000 at Michi-
gan Stadium on New Year's Day,
as well as a total up to 200,000
participants and fans enter-
ing Detroit for the festivities at
"Based on what we're doing
for this Winter Classic and
Detroit, I'm not sure if anyone's
going to be able to top it," Bet-
tman said. "(That's) both in
terms of the number of events
and the sheer enormity of how
fans can connect to it."
Brandon talks attendance record .
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan Athletic Direc-
tor Dave Brandon treasures the
record Michigan set last year,
when it hosted the largest crowd
to ever watch a hockey game
during the Big Chill at the Big
House. So the prospect of the
NHL breaking that record dur-
ing the Winter Classic must
At the announcement of the
event on Thursday at Michigan
Stadium, Brandon said that if
the record falls, Michigan will
simply have to break the mark.
Yes, that means Big Chill 2.0,
though the event will probably
go by some other name.
Though the Athletic Depart-
ment has not yet initiated plans
for another game, Brandon said
he isn't content to just have the
record set in Michigan Stadium.
It must belong to Michigan, too.
"We'll digest this," Brandon
said. "We'll let this happen, but if
they break the record ... records
were set to be broken."
Brandon did not appear wor-
ried. After all, Michigan doesn't
have too much competition.
"We can only break the record
in this stadium," Brandon said.
"I don't think you're going to
see a hockey game in the Rose
Skeptics argue that the allure
of outdoor hockey is wearing off
thanks to a flood of such games.
The Winter Classic has become
an annual staple, and with the
Great Lakes Invitational at
Comerica Park next season, the
senior class of the Michigan
hockey team will have played an
outdoor game every season in
Brandon shares those con-
cerns, but said the fans still
desire hockey in the open air.
"I do (worry), except the mar-
ketplace speaks," Brandon said.
"These things wouldn't keep
happening if there weren't peo-
ple really enjoying them."
Will Brandon be among the
thousands of those people? Not
Athletic Director Dave Brandon mentioned that there won't likely be an outdoor football game at the Big House in 2012.
if he has his wish.
The timing of the Winter
Classic conflicts with a certain
bowl Brandon has his eye on.
"I'm not sure I'm going to be
here," Brandon said. "I hope I'm
going to be at a football game in
LIGHTS OUT ON 2012 NIGHT
GAME: While Brandon was in
the prognosticating mood, he
said another prime time football
game is also in the works.
Just not for the 2012 season.
"It's getting pretty late in
the game for us to be looking at
scheduling a night game," Bran-
don said. "I am just reluctant to
have a night game here unless
it's going to be really big. I think
we set the bar high with our first
one, and I want the second one to
every bit as good.
"I don't think it's probably
going to happen this next year
... (but) I bet it's going to happen
the following year." .
That's probably a pretty solid
bet considering Brandon has
the authority to schedule such
Brandon cited the potential
match-up and the time of the
year as factors that may influ-
ence a decision to play another
game under the lights.
PLAYOFF? PLAYOFF?: Though
the Big.Ten has been discussing
ideas for a college football play-
off system, Brandon is skepti-
cal that any such plan would be
effective or feasible.
"I'm happy to look at a pro-
posal, I just haven't seen one yet
that solves any of the problems
that people say they're trying
to solve," Brandon said. "People
want a playoff, they want to fig-
ure out a way to determine a true
national champion, and I frankly
haven't seen anything yet that
will get you there."
The idea of the plus-one play-
off format, with the top four
teams meeting at two campus
sites before the National Cham-
pionship game, has gained trac-
tion with Big Ten commissioner
Jim Delaney recently. }
Brandon cautioned that none
of the ideas have developed into
The athletic director said
te recognized the desire for
change, but a plus-one playoff
format would have the same ten-
sions about rankings as the cur-
rent system. Instead of teams
fighting over the No. 2 spot,
they'd fight over the No. 4 rank-
ing. And often, those teams come
from different conferences, play
different competition levels and
have few or no common oppo-
"I like the bowl system, I
think the bowl system is great,"
Brandon said. "You look at the
situation this year with us. We
go to New Orleans. We had kids
that had never been to New
Orleans in their life. We hadn't
been there as an alumni base in
"We play Virginia Tech, a his-
toric program that we have never
played. That's a terrific opportu-
nity. And we go down and played
a great game and came back with
a trophy, and our kids just loved
that experience. I don't want to
screw that up."
The Rose Bowl remains . a
major sticking point for Brandon
and other Big Ten athletic direc-
tors. Any plan that diminishes
the importance of the Rose Bowl
or its connection with the Pac-
12 and Big Ten could be a non-
"If we figure out a way to
come up with some new scheme
that puts at risk the history and
tradition of that Rose Bowl, and
the relationship that the Pac-12
and the Big Ten have, then that
would be a sorry day," Brandon
NOTES: Brandon said the
NHL will have the freedom to
put up advertisements in the
Big House for the Winter Clas-
sic game, similar to the ones
Michigan used for the Big Chill.
Brandon also ruled out the idea
of holding a concert at Michigan
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