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Wolverines hit multimedi market

Highlight video, book hail
tradition of 'The Victors'

By Jim Ros
Daily Sports Writer
According to former coach Bo
Schembechler, tradition is the most
important part of Michigan football.
And every year, as the college season
reaches its pinnacle, discussions turn to
great moments of the past.
The approaching bowl games never
-fail to conjure up memories of classic
contests and captivating players.
It's the perfect time for "Hail to the
Victors: Greatest Moments in Michi-
gan Football History" to hit the stores
-conveniently in time for the bowl
season and the holiday shopping season
as well.
The Wolverine highlight collection,
which retails at $49.95, includes a 48-
.minute video and a 224-page book,
both ofwhich overflow with proud dec-
larations of the history of Michigan
football.
The video is narrated by long-time
Wolverine announcer Jim Brandstatter,
with additional commentary provided
by Schembechler.
The book, which is actually a compi-
lation of newspaper articles (plus a tra-
dition-trumpeting introduction by
Schembechler), consists of 51 game
summaries and five feature stories.
The video starts with the very begin-
nings of Michigan football, underlin-
ing the origins of such traditions as the
Little Brown Jug and the Rose Bowl.
Aparticular attention is given to the Notre
Dame and Ohio State rivalries. High-
lights and commentary continue all the
'way through the beginning of the present
season.
. Although a bit difficult to follow, the
video does provide interesting footage
of games from long ago. The best clips
from the black-and-white archives fea-
Iture Illinois' Red Grange burning the
-Wolverines for five touchdowns in
1924, and Michigan's Tom Harmon
flashing the form that earned him the
1940 Heisman Trophy.
The lack of visual material avail-
able from the early years, however,
-makes the first half of the video seem
more like a Bo Schembechler press
'pnference than a highlight film.
While Schembechier's interruptions
lend authenticity and, yes, tradition
("THIS IS MICHIGAN! THIS IS
WHAT COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS
ABOUT!"), the first half of the pro-
gram has him discussing an era of
Michigan football of which he was
not even a part.

The second half of the video, loaded
with modern-day clips and replays, is
the best part of the show. The heroics of
Rick Leach, Butch Woolfolk and Jim
Harbaugh, among others, are recalled
through a number of vivid highlights.
And, of course, Michigan football's
most recent darling, Desmond Howard,
receives his fair share of screen time.
No Wolverine highlight film would be
complete without Howard's fourth-
down, diving touchdown catch that
stunned Notre Dame in 1991.
Interspersed throughout the video are
10 "Michigan Memorable Moments,"
which take an isolated look at some of
the more remarkable events in Wolver-
ine football history. Included in the
"Moments" are Anthony Carter's win-
ning touchdown reception against Indi-
ana in the 1979 Homecoming game,
and the 1950 snow-fest with Ohio State,
in which the Wolverines failed to earn
a first down, punted 24 times ... and
still won the game.
The book is essentially a chronologi-
cal collection of newspaper articles
about the games in the video. In addi-
tion, there are feature stories on
Schembechler, Harmon, Howard, Field-
ing Yost and Fritz Crisler.
One of the nicest aspects of the book
is its photography - there are at least
one or two pictures per story.
But while careful attention was paid
to the artwork, it is equally apparent
that the editing of the written work was
not nearly as important to the book's
authors. Glaring grammatical errors -
even in headlines - make the book
seem like a rather hastily produced gift
item.
The end of the book contains selec-
tions for Michigan's "All-Time
Teams" - one for pre-1945 players,
the other for players since then - as
well as a list of the "101 Greatest
Football Games" in Wolverine his-
tory. Games on the list range from
last-second, heart-wrenching losses
(1988 vs. Miami, 1994 vs. Colorado)
to dramatic victories (1986 vs. Notre
Dame, 1995 vs. Virginia).
Overall, "Hail to the Victors" pro-
vides an interesting look at Michigan
football. The video is entertaining,
but the distracting errors in the book
mar an otherwise commendable pub-
lication. Holiday season ornot, there's
no excuse for the blatant number of
mistakes. After all, THIS IS MICHI-
GAN! Bo shouldn't have settled for
anything less.

The Michigan football team Is now featured In various forms of multimedia -- a book, a video and a CD.

'Michigan Football' CD will grab die-hards, bore casual fans

By Avi Ebenstein
Daily Sports Writer
If you like Michigan football, you
will love "Michigan Football."
"Michigan Football," anew multime-
dia presentation, consists of raw Wol-
verine pigskin action.
This ABC Sports presentation pro-
gram covers every aspect of the Michi-
gan football program except its de-
feats. The Macintosh and Windows
compatible program will convince you
that Michigan has lost about five
games in the past 70 years.
In spite of the blatant Michigan
propaganda, though, Sierra
Interactive's CD-ROM will impress
you with its gorgeous replays, abun-
dance of statistics and even 200 Michi-
gan trivia questions.
ABC's Keith Jackson hosts this his-
tory of Wolverine football which of-
fers a guided tour of the interactive
presentation.
You just have to click on an icon

and explore six sections - the Head
Coach's Office, the Locker Room,
the Trophy Case, the Field, the Media
Booth and the Fan Club.
Jackson sits at a chair in the Me-
dia Booth and simply "tap him on
the shoulder" to begin his tour.
Jackson's commentary is interest-
ing during the first visit and the
computer-generated voice sounds
amazingly human.
The Fan Club room is somewhat
empty. It contains a jukebox which
plays a selection of Michigan songs.
The Fan Club does have a few qual-
ity replays, including a video ofMichi-
gan players singing "The Victors"
after an important win.
The Head Coach's Office has a num-
ber of features including clips of Bo
Schembechler, replays of offensive
and defensive plays and a wide array
of team statistics.
A small biography ofall Michigan's
past coaches is in the file cabinet.

You just have to point and click to
learn about leaders from Fielding H.
Yost to Fritz Crisler. A scrapbook
lays on a shelf with video clips from
various non-game moments. Also in-
cluded are replay medleys of great
offensive and defensive achieve-
ments.
The Locker Room offers statistics
on many Michigan players, including
more obscure Wolverines. The locker
icons are labeled by position, and you
only need to click the pointer on a
locker to access the Michigan players
at that position.
The Locker Room also features a
player search, making it possible to
directly access a player using the
player's last name.
The Trophy Case includes descrip-
tions of Wolverine team and indi-
vidual records. Desmond Howard and
Tom Harmon are featured for their
incredible Heisman trophy winning
efforts.

Adjacent to the Trophy Case are
more videos. The Field is a compre-
hensive time-line with video clips
from selected highlights from the 116
year history of Michigan football. It
is. possible to relive Desmond
Howard's catch against Notre Dame
and the Snow Bowl of 1950 against
Ohio State.
ABC is unbelievably thorough in
its presentation, leaving no kickoff
ignored or star offensive lineman dis-
regarded.
As an encyclopedic device, "Michi-
gan Football" is impressive and use-
ful.
But as for entertainment, one must
truly love the Wolverines to enjoy
wading through obscure stats.
Overall,"Michigan Football" is im-
pressive and well-suited foroverzeal-
ous Wolverine fans. Unlessone wants
to breathe Michigan, this disc is ex-
pensive and will become tiresome
quickly.

'M' volleyball loses to Butler, San Diego in NIVC

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
The final match served as a foot-
note.
The Michigan women's volleyball
team dropped out of the National In-
tercollegiate Volleyball Champion-
ship early on, losing the first and third
matches to Butler and San Diego.
While Michigan's closing match
could have been dubbed "inconse-
quential," its tournament standing al-
ready having been decided, the Wol-
verines chose not to bow out quietly.
Michigan (19-15) closed out the
1995 season with a three-game vic-
tory over Arkansas (25-15); the Wol-

verines beat the Lady Razorbacks 15-
1 1, 15-11, 15-10.
"It's nice to beat a team as a strong
as Arkansas to finish the season,"
coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
The victory over Arkansas came
too late for the Wolverines to advance
to the second round of the NIVC. A
strong finish didn't mask the fact that
the team's slow start to the tourney
left them doomed from the beginning.
"Against Butler, we didn't play very
well," co-captain Shannon Brownlee
said, referring to Michigan's first
match. "The other three (matches) we
played consistently well."
In beating the Lady Razorbacks,

Michigan utilized its senior duo of
Brownlee and Suzy O'Donnell. Both
competing in their final collegiate
matches, the co-captains led the team
in kills with Brownlee spiking 15, and
O'Donnell had 19.
O'Donnell's performance shined as
the most impressive. The middle
blocker hit at an extraordinary 56 per-
cent of her blocks.
The Wolverines also got contribu-
tions from their bench. Freshman
middle blocker Linsey Ebert chipped
in with 1 1 kills while junior outside
hitter Colleen Miniuk had l0 kills and
led the team in digs with 12.
O'Donnell and Miniuk proved to
. be the team's stars this weekend.
"Suzy pl ayed an absolutely tremen-
dous match," Giovanazzi said. "And

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high level."
Playing in Pool D, Michigan had
difficulty opening the tournament. Fri-
day morning, the Wolverines were
drubbed by Butler (20-11), 15-6, 15-
11, 15-13.
The loss took a lot out of a Michi-
gan team that was playing in its first
postseason tournament in 14 years.
The Wolverines had trouble execut-
ing on offense. Miniuk led the team
with 12 kills. However, her effort
made little difference; the team hit
.149 for the match.
The Wolverines rebounded by beat-
ing Massachusetts (24-13) Friday af-
ternoon 15-7, 15-4, 15-13, marking
the second time Michigan has de-
feated the Minutemen this season.
An improved offense was the key
to the Wolverines' turnaround. Again
it was Miniuk leading the Wolver-
ines. The junior led with 15 kills,
helping the team to a .316 hitting
percentage.
The Wolverines were unable tokeep
up the momentum the next morning.
Michigan fell to San Diego 13-15,.6-
15, 17-15, 15-8, 10-15, effectively
eliminating them from second round
contention.
The Toreros were able to repel a
Wolverine comeback after jumping
out to a two-game lead. In that game,
San Diego improved to 3-0 in the first
round and clinched a spot in the semi-
finals.
O'Donnell led Michigan against the
Toreros. She tallied a team-high 20
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