Saturday, July 13, 1985
The Michigan Daily
Summer s great hacky sack attack
This is the first of a weekly series accidental, and there in nothing worse during halftime on the sideline. I star- tually went down when I took it up." So the next time you find youraelf
on summer sports in Ann Arbor. than a group of beginners saying ted kicking it with my brothers at Playing takes place just about with nothing to do and the motivation
"sorry!" every few seconds. home, and eventually I was able to go anywhere that students congregate. to try aomething new, run to the cor-
Breaking of this rule results in getting down on the football field with the Prime hacking spots are the diag, in ner liquor store and buy yourself a
By LESLIE A. HAMEL pegged with the sack. cheerleaders. front of the Blue Front, and the sack. Instructions are included, and
"IT'S A GREAT hobby - I carry it basketball court at South Quad. your only real opponent is gravity.
Is hacky sack just another reason to THE REAL excitement of the game wherever I go. When I'm bored with
hate California? Probably not, begins with proficiency. Advanced waiting for a bus, or to meet a friend
because the west-coast fad has grown kicks have been labelled with that is late, I pull out my hacky sack.
into a recognized sport on a national imaginative names such as Helen When I am sick of studying, it's
scale. Ann Arbor, too, has a large Keller, rainbow, fiddler, and birth ideal."
number of participants that add color control. Often the experts break the While people can hack alone, the '
to street corners and public meeting "below the waist rule" to allow for beauty of it is in numbers. Players
places. more possibilities in the handling of usually welcome strangers who ask if
Hacky sack truly is entertainment the sack. Catching the sack in the they could "Hack in" to their game,
for everyone. Just about anyone with middle of the back from a high kick in The object of their hacking is to take
the desire and seven dollars or so can the air is a popular trick, as is the the sack "around the world," have all
pick up a sack and learn how to kick it "pack hack" - when he or she cat- players in the circle take a few kicks
around. ches the sack in his or her mouth. and then to pass it to the player on
THE BASIC IDEAS are simple. Officially, hacky sack has become a their right.
First, no hands are allowed. All action nationally recognized sport with the Putting the game to music makes
is to take place below the waist - organization of the Federation of playing easier for some. Benda likes
meaning the sack can only be kicked Hacky Sack. Tournaments and clinics '50s music and reggae because of the
with the knee, the inside of the foot, (often paired with frisbee) take place distinct beat. Music tends to take
the outside of the foot, and the toe. on both national and local levels. A away the player's inhibitions - they
a Secondly, the players cannot serve variation of the traditional hacking feel like dancing.
to themselves - they must toss the circle of players has become popular
sack to another player to begin action. for the sake of making hacky sack ANN ARBOR'S hacking population
This prevents any one person from competitive. Players stand on OP- is high because of the game's appeal
monopolizing the sack. Every time it posite sides of a badminton net, to students. It is a convenient activity.
accidentally falls, it must be re- volleying to see who will drop the sack You can do it anywhere, whenever
served. If a player could serve to him- first. you have a few minutes with nothing
self it would be to his advantage to get But for most people, hacky sack is to do. Pressures of studying can be lif-
the sack to fall when it is near him, primarily a fun and relaxing hobby. ted with a good game of hacky sack.
but not passed to him. Sophomore Rob Benda tells of his "I started hacking to get away from
Which brings us to the third basic fascination for the game, "I started the books," explained one anonymous
rule of hacky sack - a player can because my older brothers were into hacker, "and before I knew it, I had to
never say he's sorry. This came into it. One was a cheerleader. At the foot- tear myself away from the sack to
effect because all drops are obviously ball games they would kick it around start studying again. My grades ac-
NOT IN ATHLON'S POLL
Where are Wolverines?
Few people can remember when
the Wolverines failed to make a pre-
season top twenty poll. But Athlon's
Ath n 'Top Twenty Big Ten, an annual college football
magazine, doesn't believe Bo Schem-
bechler's team can rebound from last
year's 6-6 season. Athlon's, along
with The Sporting News 1985
CollegenFootball Yearbook, picks
the Wolverines to finish in the middle
Tx sAof the pack in the Big Ten.
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Daily photo by KATE O'LEARY
Rob Benda, not a native Californian, eyes the sack with hope. This time
he attempts the difficult flying clipper.
Twins topple Tigers
seventh straigWht time-
DETROIT (UPI) - Rookie Greg son blasted his 18th home run into the
Gagne singled home Tim Teufel from upper deck in right with one out in the
second base with one out in the seven- fifth.
th inning last night to keep the Min- Dave Engle ripped his third home
nesota Twins unbeaten against the run of the season to put Minnesota
Detroit Tigers with a3-2 victory. ahead, 1-0, in the first. The Twins
John Butcher, 6-8, gave up nine hits made it 2-0 in the third when Ron
in 6 2-3 innings for the victory. Ron Washington tripled to center and
Davis, the fourth Minnesota pitcher, scored when Tom Brunansky groun-
got the final two outs for his 12th save. ded into a force play.
Frank Tanana, 4-8, absorbed his first Detroit scored on singles by Bar-
defeat since being traded from Texas baro Garbey, Bob Melvin and Tom
to Detroit. Brookens in the fourth.
WITH THE score tied 2-2, Teufel led Garbey cost Detroit a shot at a run
off the seventh with a walk and Tim in the sixth when he was thrown out
Laudner sacrificed. Gagne lined a 1-1 easily trying to go from first to third
pitch over short to break a 2-2 tie that with nobody out on Chet Lemon's
had existed since Detroit's Kirk -Gib- single.
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1. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
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2. Ohio State
6. Michigan State