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May 13, 1981 - Image 14

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THIS BUD'S FOR YOU A winning tradition .. .
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSEmaes for soiledans


N O ONE REALLY expected last weekend's
Big Ten Tennis Championships to be any dif-
ferent from the previous 13. The mighty Michigan
netters would waltz to the conference crown for
the fourteenth straight time - there certainly
didn't seem to be any doubt about it. "We'd beaten
Minnesota, we'd beaten everyone else, so our plan
was to continue to win the tournament outright,"
said Wolverine coach Brian Eisner.
Someone forgot to inform Minnesota of the host
Wolverines' plan. The upstart Gophers pulled off a
major upset as they tied Michigan for the title; the
first time that's happened in the 72-year history of
the tourney. But luckily for Eisner's gang, they
get the nod to represent the Big Ten in next
weekend's NCAA tournament because they
defeated Minnesota in a dual match earlier this
year, 6-3.
More than anything, the results of last
weekend's competition proved once again that
success is relative. Michigan was expected to once
again smother the field and emerge alone on top.
So it has to be somewhat of a disappointment for
the Wolverines to end up as co-champions. But for
the Gophers, tying for the title has to be con-
sidered a huge success. Each team achieved the
same result, but it didn't have the same meaning

to each. One man's honey is another man's
This same phenomenon occurs continually in
sports, and it certainly isn't the first time we've
seen it on this campus.
Two years ago, Bo Schembechler's gridders
plodded through an 8-3 regular season, finishing
an unheard of third in the Big Ten. Then to top off
the embarassment, the Wolverines lost to
unheralded North Carolina in the Gater Bowl. It
was a season that most Michigan supporters
would just as soon forget. Finishing at 8-4 and
ranked 18th in the country was considered a sub-
par year for the gridders.
A Northwestern or an Illinois would have given
an eye-tooth for such a year. They aren't ac-
customed to the type of success that Michigan and
Ohio State have enjoyed in recent years. Thus, a
third place finish and a trip to a bowl game would
have made for a banner season.
Michigan sports fans are fortunate that success
has become so hard to attain for this institution's
athletic teams. Aside from a few sports, all of
Michigan's athletic teams rank with the best in the
conference, and often the best in the country.
Wolverine fans seem to take it for granted that
winning has become as much a part of the Univer-

sity as Angell Hall or the Diag. Success and
prominence have spoiled Michigan's athletic
backers. That's why it's a disappointment instead
of a delight when Bill Frieder's cagers are invited
to the National Invitational Tournament instead of
the NCAA. Michigan's fans have come to believe
that they should be second to none when it comes
to collegiate athletics - no matter what the sport.
Whetherthis attitude is good or not is certainly
debatable. On the one hand, a winning athletic
program can reap numerous benefits fora univer-
sity. A successful football or basketball team will
bring in heaps of alumni donations as well as gain
national recognition for the school. Around the
country, Northwestern is remembered not so
much as being an outstanding academic in-
stitution as it is for its perenially downtrodden
football team. Because people in other parts of the
country often remember a school for its athletic
achievements, a successful sports program can
put a university in a favorable light.
But on the other hand, taking the attitude that a
university must have a winning tradition in
athletics undermines the whole idea that "It's not
whether you win or lose - it's how you play the
Some of Michigan's sports fans might disagree.




Tigers top
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Milt Wilcox hurled a
five-hitter at the Seattle Mariners last
night and John Wockenfuss drove in
three runs to give Detroit a 6-2 victory
at Tiger Stadium.
Wilcox, whose season record now
stands at 5-2, gave up single runs in the
first and ninth frames, but was vir-
tually untouched otherwise. Both
Mariner RBIs were credited to the hot
hitting Richie Zisk, whose single to left
drove in Julio Cruz in the top of the first
and who laced his eighth home run of
the season into the leftfield upper deck
in the ninth.
DETROIT GOT ITS first run in the
second when Lance Parrish drove the
ball to the wall in right centerfield for a
standup triple and Wockenfuss' groun-
der back to the mound brought him in.
The Tigers then went ahead for good
in the fourth, as Steve Kemp led off with
a single, stole second, and scored on a
Wockenfuss line drive single to left.
One half inning later, Kemp came up
with a defensive gem as he tracked
down a Cruz drive over his head in left,
turned one way, then all the way around
and stretched out to make the catch.
THE TIGERS PUT the game away in
their half of the fifth after Mick
Kelleher drew a walk from Seattle star-
ter and loser Floyd Bannister (3-3), Lou
Whitaker drove the ball deep to right-
field as Mariner outfielder Jeff
Burroughs moved to the ball quickly
but let it skid off the top of his glove,
giving the Detroit second baseman a
double and advancing Kelleher.
Then when a wild Bannister delivery
got away from Mariner catcher Jerry
Narron, Kelleher scampered down the
line and dove head first across the plate
with the Bengals' third tally of the
game. Rick Peters proceeded to rip a
liner to left to make the score 4-1.
A balk and another Wockenfuss
single accounted for the other two Tiger
Forment Michigan football and

baseball standout Rick Leach entered
the game at first base in the eighth in-
ning in his Tiger Stadium debut.
The Tigers, still in sixth place in the
American League East, are now 13-16
on the year. They will try to make it two
in a row over the Mariners tonight at
Braves 2, Pirates 0
ATLANTA (AP)-Phil Niekro fired a
two-hitter and recorded his 235th career
victory as the Atlanta Braves trimmed
Pittsburgh 2-0 last night for their 11th
consecutive victory over the Pirates.
Atlanta scored both runs without an
RBI, the first a controversial one that
brought a protest from Pittsburgh
Manager Chuck Tanner.
It came in the fifth inning when Dale
Murphy was trapped between third and
home in a rundown and backed onto the
edge of the infield grass avoiding a tag
by Pittsburgh catcher Tony Pena.
Toronto 5, Orioles 2
TORONTO (AP)-Buck Martinez,
making his first start in a Toronto
uniform, keyed a five-run fifth inning
with a two-run double, and Dave Stieb
checked Baltimore on four hits Tuesday
night to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-2 vic-
tory over the Orioles that ended a four-
game losing streak.
Martinez, acquired Monday from the
Milwaukee Brewers, doubled home two
runs to tie the score 2-2 following a walk
to Barry Bonnell, Garth Iorg's single
and a force play.
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