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May 13, 1988 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily -:Friday, May 13, 1988 -Page 15


THE SPORTING VIEWS Doobies at the Derby: An
unforgettable weekend


Sun, booze, some really fast horses and a bunch of rowdy people from sailing. As the rest of our entourage slept, we smoked dope all the way
Kentucky - Derby Day 1988 was out of control, across Ohio.
Last Saturday, five of us sped down to Louisville in a monstrous brown Pulling into Ann Arbor and yearning for a hot shower and warm bed we
station wagon with pink and white streamers taped to the back and a stolen realized that we could never again let the first weekend of May slip by with-
"Just Married" sign. We didn't know any of the horses running. But, we did out lounging on the bluegrass infield of Churchill Downs. The Derby has
know post time was at 5:33 p.m. and we were determined to be there. won our patronage forever. We only hope that someday they will severely
Our first instinct was to head for Lexington where we were sure the Derby limit the number of people from Kentucky who may attend.
was run. Unfortunately, for the last 114 years the race has been run at
Churchill Downs in Louisville. This news upset one of our friends who had
driven the entire six hours from Ann Arbor. He was so gooned on cocaine
and Budweisers that he puked his brains out when he learned we had another
St. Peter 90 miles ahead of us.
...key catch Someone just as wasted, but not puking, took the wheel and we rolled
west across the misty bluegrass just as the sun was coming up. We pulled
into Louisville around 7:00 a.m. and parked about a quarter of a mile from
C1the track. As we wandered toward Churchill Downs, all of us still in a stu-
por, the madness that was about to unfold became obvious.
Continued from Page 13 THE QUIET of the neighborhood we parked in quickly turned into
whole series up to that point. mayhem as we neared the track. People were up and about and drinking al-
ready, some continuing a buzz they had started the night before.
Ross Powell, a Michigan hurler, As we slowly shuffled ahead in line, a recorded message described the
had come over to the stands in be- frisking every person seeking entry would be subjected to and the evils of
tween games and was discussing providing your own beverages instead of buying the official overpriced ones.
Michigan's shrunken lead with a fan. We parked ourselves on a nice patch of grass near the first turn and slept,
"So this is an important game?" the smoked dope and walked around aimlessly, waiting for three hours or so be-
fan half-asked, half-stated. "Yeah," fore the races got underway. Being rookies at this whole horse racing thing,;.
said Powell in a tone and with an it took us a little while to figure out what was going on. The first race went,
expression on his face that belied off at 11:30 but none of us realized that until the horses were already across
just how important it was. the finish line. The Derby wasn't until the eighth race.
We were pretty lit by the time the Derby was run and so was everyone ~
Powell relieved Lutz with only else we could see. Beer and Mint Julips topped the list of intoxicants, but
one out in the first, two runs in, and lack of cash forced us to settle for our old stand by, ganja.
runners on first and third. The lefty WE FORCED our way to spots near the starting line about half an
playing with a light temporary cast hour before race time. The race was over in a matter of minutes and winner
on his right hand, struck out the first and losers alike cheered with jubilation as the Derby ended.
two men he faced to get out of the The diehard racing fans or those who were still too drunk to leave hung
inning without any further damage. around for the last two races. We, unfortunately, fit into neither of these cat-
Powell got another strikeout in the egories and headed for the car, our bodies and minds baked from the 90-degree
second. And another in the third. afternoon.
Then two more in the fourth...and The drive back was nowhere near as much of a party as our arrival.Driv-
fiftht...hand sixth. Finally, inth tng without any real sleep for 48 hours can be bad. Kentucky state pigs dot- H.
svnt te stk tw Bucks went ted the road every mile or two until we hit Cincinnati. After that it was clear like falling in love for
down on strikes - 12 K's for( the very first time,
Powell for the game. hi i it.. nl. discovering junk food
Did Powell feel any pressure? Did with no calories and
he feel like the season was in his adding little rays of
hands? "Nah, I just wanted to show W E W O RK AS M I sunshine to your hair.
them I was alright to pitch," said
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And just like St. Peter grabbed
the ball out of the air, the Wolver-
ines grabbed the fourth game of the
series, 7-3, to get their lead back up
to two games.
Still, the most crucial games lie
ahead. The Wolverines travel to In-
diana this weekend. In order to win
the Big Ten regular season title and
earn the right to host the playoffs,
Michigan must win three of four
from the hot-hitting Hoosiers, or
else rely on Wisconsin and Ohio
State losing in Big Ten play.
Then come the Big Ten playoffs.
It has been shown that Michigan is
not invincible. Come playoff time,
Michigan can't afford to bobble any
games around.

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