FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1967
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1967 TIlE MICHIEAN DAILY
THE. VANDA S
mw m v u itiu m - Ui V7 By BILL LEVIS
Doug Heller Al Doty is more than just aj
H*l*er football player.
He is a symbol of all the sen-
iors who have worked their hearts
out for three long years but have
never been able to break into
SH istor .Babbthe starting lineup.
Like most high school players
who journey to Michigan" to play '
once upon a time the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, had a college football, Doty had all the
genuine major league professional basketball team, credentials. He had set all his
This wasn't too strange. After all, cities like Rochester and Syra- school's records and he came to
cuse had them .too. Anyway, Indiana has to be the world's basketball Ann Arbor with high hopes.
hotbed, unless it's Kentucky. He was not only looking forward
The only trouble with these Indiana people is that they have to to great games with the Wol-
have a pretty good team or else everybody around, won't go to every verines but also to a stellar career.
single game. And that's just aboutwhat has to happen in a city the in the pros.
size of Fort Wayne or the team won't make money. Then it will have soon found that his dreams would
to move. not be fulfilled. "I was told I
Anyway, one day this basketball team got up and left town. was just one in a million and I
Just about the only thing it took with it when it left was its nick- had to start fighting for a posit-
name: Pistons. ion," Doty relates.
Well, the team didn't go all that far away. Instead of playing Fighting was just not enough.
in a city named after Mad Anthony, they moved to where the whole IHe has spnt tre ya a ot-
c'ounty was named after him.infrmoe)Oiintaiohr
without making the first string.;
Now the Pistons were 100 per cent Big League. Ready to go in "My big 'problem is that I sin
the fifth largest city in the country. Their court was even set up over not a standout at any position.
an ice rink, just like the Boston Celtics and New York Knickerbockers. I don't have the great speed,
To bad the similarity ended, there. Unlike Boston, they weren't weight or power. I'm sort of a
very good. And unlike New York, Detroit just doesn't love a loser. Mr. In-Between," he says.
"I started out my sophomore
It wasn't that the Pistons didn't have any good players. They year on the kickoff team but I
had some really good shots like Bailey Howell and Don Ohl. And dislocated my shoulder in one of
even though they could never get a competent center, they com- the early games. I thought I had
promised by fooling around with tall ones, like Walter Dukes and a chance at fullback behind Dave
Reggie Harding. Fisher so I just wasn't hustling
At last the Pistons got their first really big break. They moved when I got hurt."
again. They took their basketball court off the ice and onto the floor 1 He was granted an extra year
"And Al has had two real gooo+
games for us. He even won the
kicking award one week for his
"Doty has made seven ±rckles
this year on kickoffs," James
states, "and while this figure mayE
not sound impressive, you must
realize isn't playing all the time."
Doty's play has been so ag-
gressive that this week, he will
also play on the punt return
squad. "I'm in there to block fora
George (Hoey) and Jerry (Hart-
man)," he notes.
While he has never started a
game, Doty is still optimistic that
his day will come. "I'm just like
any other guy. I have to go out
there and wait- my turn. You
practice until you get your
AndDoty will be prepared if
that chance comes. "We prepare
for the games in the same way
as the starters and we're just as
ready to go. We know when we
go in there we've got to make the
"You know I feel we even have
to be mere mentally- prepared
than the starters because when
we go in a game we have to make
the play or else," he stresses.
Sill, Doty feels that "riding the
bench," a player can get himself
down quite easily. You just have
to keep coming back."
"If I were to quit now there
would always be the point later
on in my life when I would say
to myself: 'Maybe I could have
made it.' Meanwhile it hurts you
to think you're not good enough
to be a starter."
Doty feels that the solution to
alfback. He now backs up George
oey and Brian Healy in the
"He played behind Rick Sy-
ar last year," defensive back-
eld coach Don James reports.
He played a little at left safety
the Minnesota game."
"This year, he's also been on
he starting kickoff team because
e's real aggressive. He's got good,
peed, quickness and toughness,"
this dilemma is not to think of
yourself as inferior. "Rather, I
have to think that I am as good
as or better than the first
stringers. This may sound cocky
but I think everyone on the sec-
ond team feels the same way."
And Doty does have his own
number one booster to cheer him
on in times of despair - his wife.
"It's a great feeling to have some-
one always backing you."
He does know, though, that his
football career is nearing its end
and because of this he is turning
his sights to teaching.
"Right now I am planning to
be a coach. I'm student teaching
at Forsythe Junior High School
in Ann Arbor and I also have been
doing a little bit of coaching. I
do it because it is someth ng I
love teaching kids."
And by coaching, Doty can stay
associated to his favorite short,
football. "I also find that coach-
ing has helped me as a player. I
can spot weaknesses and strong
points that I didn't know of be-
At Forsythe, Doty also feels he
experiences some of the problems
his coaches face at Michigan.
"The hardest thing is gettting your
plans across to the players and
convincing them they will work.
"Besides coaching, I'm teaching
classes in physical education be-
cause I can be close to the stu-
dents. It's a thrill to watch boys
improving specific skills when it's
,all part of your doing. You just
have a great feeling."
Still, the big thing foi Dopy this
fall is preparing for Michigan's
football games. But for a second
stringer it can soihetimes be a
Sits easy to get discouraged
when you have been around for
three years and you don't get
0 play often," James noes.
I '(ty concurs. "It's quite a pres-
sure going through the season
not playing but knowing you have
to keep in shape. You ave to be
ready if your chance comes."
And Doty is still looking for that
chance. If it isn't in the defen-
sive backfield, maybe it will be
at some other position.
He'll always be ready.
of Cobo Hall. Now, people had to show up just to find out what the of eligibility and he indicates he'
new buildinglooked like. of course, this didn't mean they had to come will probably play next year. th
back twice. And they didn't. Last year, Doty was switched he
Then came the all-time greatest break in Detroit Piston history. to linebacker but he spent most sp
hof the year as a reserve defensive Ja
They lost a coin flip. Instead of getting Cazzie Russell, the greatest.
college player of 1965-66, they got Dave Bing, the best professional
rookie of 1966-67. I UNBEATEN IN STATES:
Trouble was, with only Bing and hometown favorite Dave De-'
Busschere doing anything consistently well, the Pistons didn't even1
come close to being winners. But they looked like they had potential.
Then came the unkindest cut ever. After years of mediocrity
in the mediocre Western Division of the National Basketball Asso-
ciation, they were switched.
Any time the Pistons approached being good again, they would
be crushed by the competition of the league's unbelievably rough
Eastern Division, where they were moved due to expansion to the
Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, New York. Help.
Detroit started this year ready to be slaughtered. No doubt about
Except they won a game. And another. Soon their record
was 7-5. Too bad they had to play St. Louis. The Hawks came
into town with a 16-1 record. Detroit stomped them.
Terry Dischinger, back after two years in the army, and DeBus-
schere went crazy while Bing had an off-night.
Two nights ago Philadelphia came, to Detroit with a 16-game
winning streak over the Pistons. They were so cocky, Chamberlain
eveni fooled around in the first quarter, trying to "steal" from a team-
mate, before the 76'ers built up a big lead.
Detroit came back. Bing stopped mising shots altogether.
The Pistons won by three points going away, if such 4 thing is
possible. They're now only two games behind the defending world
Cobo Hall might sell out. yet before it falls down.
Ruggers Boot Ili-ni, Meet Badgers
' The Michigan Rugby Football
Club, unbeaten against American
competition this season, travels to
Madison tomorrow for a confron-
tation with the Wisconsin ruggers.
Michigan knocked off Illinois
18-6 in Champaign last weekend
as the club continued its domi-
nation of Midwest rugby. The road
victory was led by inside center
Mike Johnson's nine-point per-
Johnson, the club's captain,
scored a try late in the first half,
giving Michigan a 9-6 intermis-
sion advantage, then booted a
penalty kick and tallied his sec-
ond try to'sew up the win.
Rick Spears, Shingo Oda, and
Bill Fleischman each recorded a
single try to round out the 18-
Club president John McKenzie
credited fine scrum play, led by
hooker D a v i d Campbell, for
springing the backs loose in the
team's defense of its unblemished
The Wisconsin tilt will mark
the end of regular season play -,r:,
the ruggers, although tourna-
ment action remains before the
club calls a halt to its fall
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