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By MATT SLOVIN Berenson with those players in
Daily Sports Editor (Yost Ice Arena)."
The relationship between Mich-
'PITTSBURGH - The Winnipeg igan and the Jets is a new one, but
'nets, like Michigan hockey coach the team also holds the rights to
Red Berenson, know the Wolver- sophomore defenseman Brennan
ines are getting a special player Serville. Berenson readily admits
in defenseman Jacob Trouba. So he isn't as familiar with the orga-
when Trouba was still available nization as he is with others.
at the ninth selection of the first "We don't know them very well,
round of the NHL Entry Draft on but we're happy that Jacob was
Friday night, the Jets snatched drafted," Berenson said. "It must
him up. be nice for him to be recognized in
Trouba, watching with family the top nine in the world."
as six defensemen's names were Once Trouba does end up in
called before him, waited patient- Winnipeg - and the scouts that
ly until Winnipeg general man- had him in the top 10 of nearly
wager Kevin Cheveldayoff called his every mock draft believe it's only
name. a matter of time - it won't be so
Professional hockey will have unfamiliar. Trouba played at the
to wait patiently for Trouba, as . MTS Centre as part of the World
well. The self-described "two-way U-17 Hockey Challenge last year,
defenseman who's responsible in and while he enjoyed the city,
(his) own end, and physical" made that's hardly to say the city enjoyed
a commitment to Michigan in Sep- him.
tember 2011 - one he fully intends After colliding with the Cana-
to honor. dian goaltender, the fans in Win-
When asked by a reporter if nipeg made sure to boo Trouba
he might waver on that promise, on every ensuing puck touch. But
Trouba remained adamant. Trouba is thrilled to return to
"I'm going to Michigan next what he considers to be a suitable
year to play there," Trouba said. new home.
"I'm excited to get my educa- "It's a great city with a lot of
tion underway and play for coach hockey tradition," Trouba said. "I
know they were pretty excited last
year to get a team back. I'm excited
to be a part of it."
The Rochester, Mich. native
paused to make a mental note of
what to pack.
"It's pretty cold (there). I'm
going to have to get the boots out."
Winnipeg seemed a likely target
for Trouba entering the draft, and
he noted that the club gave him
positive signals during their inter-
actions. The Jets met with Trouba
in Pittsburgh earlier in the week,
which only made him listen more
intently when the Winnipeg first-
round slot came up.
"You never know what's going
to be a good fit for a player down
the road," Berenson said. "You
never know if an organization is
more desperate for players to come
in even though they might not be
But Trouba made sure the Jets
and Cheveldayoff understood his
one condition before he placed the
Winnipeg sweater, with his name
already stitched on, over his head.
He told them he was Ann Arbor
bound in the fall.
"They respect that," Trouba
said. "I'm glad they do. I was
pretty clear that that's what I was
Freshman Jacob Trouba will, for now, forego the NHL for a career at Michigan.
doing and they knew that picking
"I'm set on going to Michigan."
Berenson wants his new blue
liner to take it all in - and Trouba
is happy to oblige.
After taking batting practice
and nearly homering at Pitts-
burgh's PNC Park on Thursday,
Trouba napped Friday and spent
time with family until -the draft
finally came. Saturday, he and the
35 family members that flocked
to Pittsburgh converged on PNC
Park once again to watch Trouba's
beloved Detroit Tigers play the
But after that, the honeymoon
"This is his day in the spotlight,
and then tomorrow you go back to
hard work to justify why you were
drafted so high," Berenson said.
Berenson and Trouba used
the "hockey town" moniker to
describe Winnipeg. Trouba, who
grew up admiring Nicklas Lid-
strom and the Detroit Red Wings,
will feel right at home - once his
Michigan days are over, that is.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court
will announce its ruling on whether
portions of the Affordable Care Act
- also known as
al. In March, the
court heard oral
three days that ,
ous parts of the MATTHEW
law. But people ZusKA1
are mostly inter-
ested in whether
the court will
strike down the individual man-
date, which requires most Ameri-
cans to either carry insurance or
pay a penalty.
Three days of hearings is an
extremely rare phenomenon in
modern Supreme Court cases,
but the court deemed it neces-
sary to spend a lot of time hearing
"Obamacare" arguments because
intelligent people, who study
these types of arguments for a
living, come down on both sides
of the mandate's constitutional-
ity. The questions the law raises
have no obvious answers, and a
reasonable person should be able
to respect thercourt's decision on
this difficult issue, even if he or
she disagrees with it. This, unfor-
tunately, will not happen, and it is
a disturbing example of America's
On one hand, the court may
strike down the mandate. If the
Commerce Clause of the U.S.
Constitution, which regulates
interstate commerce, says that
Congress can force Americans
to buy health care, Congress also
could require Americans to buy
products from, say, a president's
campaign donor, since purchas-
ing any product that crosses state
lines affects interstate commerce.
To some people, the Commerce
Clause doesn't seem to be intended
to allow such laws.
On the other hand, previously
decided cases like Wickard v. Fil-
burn may provide precedent for
the court to uphold the mandate.
In Wickard v. Filburn, the court
ruled that Roscoe Wickard was
not allowed to grow more wheat on
his own land than the government
allowed, even if the wheat was
intended for his own consump-
tion, because growing extra wheat
would cause him to buy less. The
court decided that this affected
interstate commerce, so it's possi-
ble that the court may extend this
ruling because Americans' aggre-
gate decisions on whether to buy
health insurance affects its price.
The arguments for and against
the individual mandate are com-
plex, and both sides have their
merits. Yet the hashtag #Obam-
acare on Twitter has thousands
of tweets declaring that the man-
date is obviously constitutional or
unconstitutional, and if another
user has the opposite opinion, he
or she is an idiot. Why the court
wasted three days on this case is
anyone's -guess - the issue can
apparently be resolved in fewer
than 140 characters.
Politics has never been as polar-
ized in my lifetime as it is now, and
I doubt our republic has thrived
for so many years by having its
citizens call each other idiots for
having differing opinions about
complex questions. I believe this
polarization exists because now
people only get their information
from extremely biased sources.
When I was a college freshman,
there was no Facebook or Twitter.
People's main sources of informa-
tion were the morning paper and
nightly news. People were given
all the information they needed
to form opinions and seemed to be
more respectful of others' opin-
ions. Since I've been in college
and graduate school, the nightly
news has morphed into shows
such as Rachel Maddow's and Bill
O'Reilly's, which give their viewers
all the bias they need to form the
exact same opinion as the show's
host. Meanwhile, most newspa-
pers essentially have become news
pamphlets, and everybody seems
to think everybody else is stupid.
Social media and cable news
aren't going away anytime soon,
but that doesn't mean you have
to become part of the troubling
trend produced by these mediums.
When the court makes its decision
this week, social media and cable
news will erupt with talk about the
stupidity of the court's decision.
Ignore their banter, and maybe, on
the way to work or school, pick up
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By MATT SLOVIN
Daily Sports Editor
PITTSBURGH - Michi-
gan sophomore forward Phil Di
Giuseppe stood just feet away from
where future teammate Jacob
Trouba stood the night before and
made the same promise.
Though the Carolina Hur-
ricanes drafted his rights with
the 38th overall pick of the NHL
Entry Draft, Di Giuseppe will play
for the Wolverines this season.
"It's great hockey," Di Giuseppe
said of the Michigan experience.
"That's why I went to school there
and played there. I'm happy with
my decision and I'm happy to go
back next year."
Michigan coach Red Berenson
sat right behind Di Giuseppe as
his name was called, applauding
his forward's accomplishment, but
knowing he'll benefit from more
time in Ann Arbor.
"He's been around so many
prospects and so many NHL play-
ers," Di Giuseppe said of his coach.
"He had a lot of years in the NHL
himself. He knows so much about
the game and passes that on to
his players. That's why I think
the program has done so well -
because it was built around Red."
Most draft projections accu-
rately had Di Giuseppe going in
the early part of the second round,
so the timing wasn't a surprise,
but the team was something of one
for Di Giuseppe.
"I had no idea," Di Giuseppe
said. "It's kind of hard to tell....
I'm just proud to be drafted by this
"It's like a beauty contest. Obvi-
ously you want to go as high as
possible, but I couldn't be more
happy with where I am now or as
honored as I am now."
Carolina met with the Maple,
Ontario native at the NHL Scout-
ing Combine and liked what Di
Giuseppe, a promising scorer in
a proven system at Michigan,
brought to the table.
And from. that system, chock
full of skaters that have gone
through the draft process, came
the best advice Di Giuseppe
received going into the weekend.
"(Teammates) just told me how
to handle myself and not to get
caught up in it," Di Giuseppe said.
"I thought that helped a lot."
Di Giuseppe cited junior defen-
seman Jon Merrill, sophomore
forward Alex Guptill and senior
forward Kevin Lynch as team-
mates that provided valuable
He hadn't yet gotten a chance to
speak to Trouba since the Winni-
peg Jets selected him in the draft's
Di Giuseppe is coming off a
campaign that saw him emerge
as the team's second-best rookie.
Only forward Alex Guptill had
a better freshman season. Di
Giuseppe recorded 26 points for
the Wolverines in 2011-12.
"Last year, I came in strong and
started scoring right away," Di
Giuseppe said. "The biggest part
of my game that kind of fell was
my consistency. That's what I'll
work on in the summer. We lost
a couple guys so I'm going to be
relied on for scoring."
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