ABC Gets Game Seven
The Baseball Network, a television partnership between ABC, NBC and
Major League Baseball has awarded the television rights to the seventh
game of the World Series, if necessary, to ABC. The two networks had
already agreed to split the first six games, as well as the divisional and
championship series. ABC will carry the first, third and fifth games,
while NBC will cover games two, four, and six.
September 13, 1995
'M' student may be
first Chinese ironman
Where to get a pickup
game in the home of the 'U
By David Rothbart
Daily Sports Writer
For three weeks in September and
early October the conditions are just
right for a game of pickup basketball.
Gone is the blinding heat ofthe summer
sun, and November's first frost remains
a blip on the horizon. Want to play?
Ann Arbor is brimming with outdoor
courts andpickup games. Here's aguide
to the best courts in town so you can
choose which one best suits you:
BURNS PARK (between Wells and
Granger, at Lincoln)- A couple
blocks past Hill Street is where you'll
find the best comp in the city. There
are two separate courts. When Rumeal
Robinson was at Michigan, he could
often be found at the upper court,
further from the elementary school,
swishing jumpers through the chain
nets. Full-court games start up in the
early afternoon and run non-stop un-
til it's too dark to play. If you want to
see dunks, Burns Park is the place.
Players drive in from neighboring
Ypsilanti and even as far as Detroit to
play at Burns Park.
Players on the lower courts vary
greatly in size and skill, so you could be
matched up against Doogie Howser or
the next Big Dog or Big Nasty. Rope
nets occasionally decorate the rims, but
they rarely last more than a week. Ifyou
need a break from basketball, you can
join in a game of ultimate frisbee or flag
football on Burns Park's spacious fields.
ELBEL FIELD (on Hill Street at S.
Division)- The marching band prac-
tice surface provides four tough rims
for half-court action. The backboards
and rims are so stiff that if you don't
swish your shot, it's not going in. Try
letting a little air out of the ball before
you start the game. Elbel is perhaps the
most popular outdoor court for Michi-
gan students because of its proximity to
South Quad and West Quad and also
because it often remains lit after sun-
down. The towers of white fluorescent
lights usually blink on at 9p.m. and
flicker off around 11. Though you may
find yourself battling for space on the
asphalt with roller hockey aficionados
and stray tuba players, Elbel offers solid
WHEELER PARK (on Summit Street,
across from the Amtrak Station)- Fab
Fivers Chris Webberand Juwan Howard
loved the two Wheeler courts on the
northwest side of downtown. The min-
iature fenced-in courts make every pos-
session a fast break. Trains rattle into
port across the street while high school
kids from Community and Gabriel Ri-
chard hoop it up with locals and hurl
good-natured barbs at one another.
Wheeler Park used to host an unoffi-
cial all-night basketball league, but an
Ann Arbor Police Department crack-
down on rowdy behavior in city parks
brought the league to a halt. Don't
bounce a ball in the vicinity after mid-
night or you may find yourself in a
holding cell at City Hall. Make sure not
to miss the inventive playground next
to the picnic shelter.
PALMER FIELD COURT (next to the
track, between Alice Lloyd and
Couzens)- The gentlest rims in town
pair with an easy-going crowd to make
it the most user-friendly court in Ann
Arbor. The east rim is a foot low which
makes every Spud and Muggsy feel like
a Shaq. Ifyou don't have enough to run
full-court, harass a few joggers on the
track or sunbathers by the dorms-they
can usually be coaxed into playing a
game or two.
The court is well-lit at night, but if
there are classes the next day, early-
morning matches may inspire threats
from groggy dorm-dwellers.
PARKING LOT COURT (on Packard at
Madison and Thompson, across from
South Quad)-Games get going once a
year or so, but if you're looking for a
place that's not too crowded, and if
cockeyed rims and rusted backboards
are your thing, there's no place better.
Legend has it that J.P.Oosterbaan and
Antoine Joubert played one-on-one at
this court in 1985 but the game was
called off at five-all when someone
parked a U-Haul under the basket.
CRISLER ARENA (next to Michigan
Stadium)-It's tough to get in a game,
but ifyou sink a half-court shot, you can
win a vacation to Hawaii. Only court in
town with referees.
The best place to play in town is a
cozy, shadyhalf-courtnestlednear cam-
pus. The rim is generous, the players
are a cross-section of students and old-
timers, and the games are intense but
friendly. Where can you find this hoops
haven? No one's telling.
It will be snowing before you can
say, "Ballgame!" so get out and play.
By Brian Sidwr
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan graduate student Fan Zhang
will compete in an event that even some
of the best athletes in the world are not
capable of completing. This event,
which is known to parade some of the
world's elite athletes, is the Gatorade
Ironman Triathlon World Champion-
ship, which will be held on October 7 in
The event consists ofa 2.4-mile ocean
swim that must be completed within
two hours and 20 minutes, a 112-mile
bike course that must be completed
within 10 1/2 hours, and a marathon
that must be run by the 17th hour after
the start of the race.
While these are all difficult tasks, the
athletes also have the challenge of con-
tending with the rough waves of the
ocean, the intense heat radiating off
black lava fields which surround the
bike trail, and the fierce heat of the sun
during the marathon. Undoubtedly, the
triathlon requires its participants to have
both the physical strength and endur-
ance to compete, as well as the psycho-
logical stamina to remain in the event.
Sharron Ackles, race director of the
championship, said that the athletes have
to have extreme emotional strength to
compete in an event of such tremen-
"The athletes can be physically fit,
but they need to be mentally tough in
order to finish the event," Ackles said.
see IRONMAN, page 14
" COURTESY OF FAN ZHANG
Fan Zhang, a Michigan doctoral student, will participate the ironman Triathlon on
October 7. He is attempting to become the first Chinese ironman.
by Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
You don't have to be an engineer or an
architect to know that you can't have a
structure without first building a solid
foundation. It takes time, patience, and all
the right materials or a building will not
withstand the elemeints. The Michigan
men's soccerteam is iddinganother brick
to its foundation today as it travels to
Macomb Community College.
With an 0-2-1 record to date, the
Wolverines are building from the base-
ment up, which is only logical consid-
ering you can't begin building from the
penthouse. The team is not discouraged
by the early losses.
"The University of Detroit and For-
est Park (St. Louis) are strong scholar-
ship schools," captain Ryan Carriere
said. "(When) we compete with (schol-
arship schools), we don't expect to win
Still early in the season, Michigan is
concentrating on building team unity
on the field.
"Our game just really didn't click
against Forest Park," junior Dave
Colliver said. "Everyone's clickingnow
and we are definitely going to see about
our cohesion (today)."
Michigan's instability on the field is
partially attributed to early season inju-
ries of key players. Early last week, as
many as 11 Wolverines were out of
commission. Both Carriere and co-cap-
tain Rick Weinberg are inactive, with
their return expected in two weeks.
Carriere is out with a torn ligament in
his knee and Weinberg has been bat-
tling a lower back problem since train-
ing camp began.
"Leadership is missing on the field
because both captains are out," Carriere
said. "It's been mediocre play until now;
we really need someone to step up."
Another reason for the slow start this
season is due to the adoption of a new
formation. Michigan is working on a for-
mation similartothat used by the German
National Team. The 5-3-2 set-up adds
two wingers to the defensive line. The
object is to move the ball through the
middle of the field to one side. When the
team has grouped, the ball is sent to either
the sweeper or the center midfielder, who
swings the ball around, exposing the
opponent's weak side. The wing fullback
then begins the attack.
"This should work really well bi-
cause most forwards are really lazy and
won't track their marks," senior Ian
"We've had some success withJhe
new formation but no one has-stepped
up and put the ball in the net," Kurth
said. "We really need someone to put
their head down and score."
Michigan is finding strength in its
defense, with solid play by Kurth,
sophomore Eric Frickel, and goalkeeper
Another structural strength of the
Wolverines is coaching.
"Steve Burns is keeping a positive
attitude," Carriere said. "He's trying to
build it so we're peaking at the middle
of the season because that's when our
club play starts. I think that's the right
time. Usually we peak early in the sea-
son and we don't have it all together in
"Burns is doing a really good job,"
Colliver added. "He is really player-
oriented this season. He's letting every-
one know where they stand."
All the building blocks come together
tonight against Macomb. Carriere,
Kurth and Colliver agreed that this
evening's game should be a stepping
stone for upcoming matches against
"They are an average team," Kurth
said. "Last year (against Macomb), it
was 0-0 at half. As soon as we scored,
Expanded field event areas
mean more practice space
By Mike Levy
For the Daily
We've all heard that practice makes
perfect. Well, with anew and improved
practice facility, the track andfieldteam
has a better chance to reach perfection.
Jack Henry, coach of the Michigan
track and field team, is excited with the
renovation being done to the facility.
With the new design ofthe infield of the
track, it will be easier for both the men's
and women's teams to practice at the
same time. The reason is because each
event will now have dual facilities.
The long jump, triplejump, pole vault,
shot put, discus, and javelin will all
provide two facilities to work with.
Before, the one facility would be inad-
equate for both teams to practice on
because the athletes would not receive
enough repetitions fortheir event. Also,
the track is being resurfaced, which will
help track star Kevin Sullivan improve
his time of the mile at 3:52.
The project is expected to be fin-
ished in mid-October. The cost of the
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project will be around $500,000. For
people who enjoy to run, the track
will still be available to use even
though it is being renovated. The
fencing around the track is being re-
done but it will not be locked to the
public. The track team usually prac-
tices from two o'clock to six, so if
running is in your schedule, try not to
do so around that time.
The Michigan men's soccer team takes on Macomb Community College today.
The squad is looking for its first win after starting the season with two losses and
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