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where the Wolverines must rebuild.
After losing running back
Tshimanga Biakabutuka, wide
receivers Amani Toomer and Mercury
Hayes, tight end Jay Riemersma, All-
American tackle Jon Runyan and last
year's team captain Joe Marinaro to
the NFL, players must step up to fill
Look for Tai Streets to start at split
end and juniors Tyrone Butterfield,
Todd Brooks and Anthony Williams to
fight it out at flanker.
Clarence Williams, who played well
and was used frequently toward the
end of last season, will be the person
to replace Biakabutuka.
The defense is led by First-Team
All-Big Ten senior Jarrett Irons. He
heads a defense that lost only two
defensive starters - defensive end
Jason Horn and defensive tackle Trent
Carr knows that not only Irons has
final year must be a leader," Carr said.
"One guy, two guys can't do it. It
takes the leadership of an entire class
if you want to be a championship-cal-
Carr said a lot needs to be improved
from last year's 9-4 season, but the
facet of the game that needs "dramat-
ic improvement" is the kicking game.
While senior place-kicker Remy
Hamilton successfully connected on
19 of 27 field goals last year, the
Wolverines' punting game suffered.
Paul Peristeris returns as the start-
ing punter, replacing Nate DeLong
midway through the season. Neither
punter averaged over 40 yards per
Carr also sees room for improve-
ment with his coaching. He knows the
expectations are high, so it's all or
"There's a lot of things that I have
learned and hopefully I'll do a much
better job coaching," Carr said.
"Certainly, we were not satisfied with
to step up on and off the field, but the "Anytime you don't win the cham-
whole class of 96. pionship or the Rose Bowl game at
."Every senior that returns for his Michigan it's a disappointment."
Although Ukraine's Ulla Podkopayeva and other athletes from the former Soviet Union are as competitive as they were before
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nice, comfy couch, a couple pillows
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two channels to watch the Games on -
an interesting afternoon would be in the
offing. But after just a few minutes,
something occurred to me.
I don't really care about these
Olympics. I'd rather take a nap.
And boy, doesn't that sound terrible.
Honestly, though, my summer would
be just as interesting without it all.
Strange. After all, I'm not only a red-
*blooded American, but I'm also a pret-
ty serious sports fan.
There are a couple of things that turn
me off about all the fuss in Atlanta, one
fairly superficial, the other a little deep-
The former is the candy-ass Dream
Team. All that hype, and they have
problems even scoring in triple digits.
The best players on the planet, and I've
seen better team hoops on the court at
South Quad. Just a bunch of bored mil-
*ionaires looking and playing like, well,
Which brings me to what's really
missing from the Olympics. Conflict. A
head-to-head fight that brings the
entire country, if not the world, to a
Anyone who grew up during the
Cold War knows what I'm talking
abdut - no more Soviets.
Gone is that most compelling of all
Wattles, the meeting of good and evil
that was the hallmark of international
athletic competition for almost five
Now that the world is pretty much all
taCK of whimh is another thing that piss-
es me off about the Dream Team), but it
isn't of the sort where, when athletes
take to the blocks, it's not just one
country against another, but wvhole
ways of life, philosophies and ideals
butting heads in an attempt to stand
atop the medals podium.
And when America lost to the Soviet
Union, no matter the sport, it literally
angered me, hurt my pride. As silly as
it may sound, it cut deep.
But now the bad guys are gone, and
we Americans are left without a chal-
lenger. It's great that we're winning, I
guess, but who are we beating?
I don't think the Games, and the
ideals of peace and competition for
which they stand, are any less noble
than they used to be, or that the athletes
are performing at lower standards.
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