WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22,1967
I'ME, MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1967 I'HE MICliIf~AN DAILY
By ROBIN WRIGHT
rhe living room is centered
around a child's playpen. A little
girl'named Bryn directs the ac-
tion. At. all times she has full
command of the audience, even a
large, frisky German shepherd
The production begins when
Bryn's father walks in the room.
She tumbles toward him gurbling
lots of nothing. As they play the
audience finds it hard to equate
the gentle father and Pete Mair,
the 228-pound offensive tackle
for the Michigan football team.
How does marriage affect a
Although he doesn't know how
the University of Michigan coach-
es feel about it, Mair, one of half
a dozen married men on the team,
supports it. "Obligations naturally
give me less time to fool around,
and I Must be really serious about
the game to be able to balance
a family and a heavy practice
schedule, so I see no reasons the
coaches should oppose it." Smil-
ing, he added, "Most of the pro-
fessional football players are
married men, and it doesn't seem
to hurt them.
"My family has in no way
made me feel like a loner on the
team. You might say the married
men have a fraternity or dorm:-
tory situation of our own. We
fire up for a game the same way
boys from South Quad might. The
only way.in which I feel distant
is that most of the boys I came
up here with have graduated. This
is my fifth year here due to a
knee operation my junior year.'
Mair brought up an interest-
ing fact. "I didn't get married
to be a better football player, but
it has made a definite difference.
I've settled down, and look at
everything I do more seriously-
first out of necessity, now out of
habit. I think I'm trying harder
because I'm no longer responsible
ust to myself."
Huff Leads Ohi State Ground Invasion
By FRED LaBOUR But even though they pass this has managed to accumulate 476 tucked away up there
The scene is set deep in the year. it's a consensus opinion that yards in 97 carries. time snacks.
recesses of Ohio State's locker the Buckeyes win on the ground. Huff was injured in practice Both teams should be
room in Columbus. Woody Hayes, "They've got great balance." a week ago and could not play tively full strength for
Buckeye coach, is discussing said Michigan Coach Bump El- last Sautrday against Iowa but, son's finale. The only N
game strategy for this Saturday's liott. "They still have that grind' tne Hawkeyes could find little who probably won't star
game in Ann Arbor. em power but they've added a solace in his abscence. Sopho- of injuries are Garvie X
Hayes: "I don't know. It sounds passing attack. I'd have to say more Jim Otis filled in for Huff Phil Seymour. Craw is s
a little radical." that they're becoming one of the and broke out for 149 -yards. pered by a pulled mu
ait a l strongest teams in the Big Ten." Whether the recovered Huff or Seymour has a bad knee.
Assistant: "I tell ya Woody, it Otis will start against the Wol- Tom Goss is pract:
just can't miss. It's about time :::.:;.... a..:.:.:.:.::.::..... verines is a moot point. time this week and
razzle-dazzle returned to this The Ohio State-Michigan game Michigan will probably 'And is recovering satisfacte
school anyway." begins at 1:30 and will be car- themselves taking to the air more a dislocated elbow. Den:
Hayes: "You honestly don't regionally on ABC-TV as well than usual because of Ohio State's and Warren Sipp, bot
think it's too radical?" as radio stations WWJ, 950 crushing ground defense. Woody's at Wisconsin last week
Assistant: "Naw. I seen a team AM; WPAG, 10510 AM; WAAM, kids have allowed just seven tirst to full strength.
use it last week on television. 1600 AM; and WUOM, 91.7 PM. idowns on the ground in Big Ten The game is wrought
They didn't fumble or nothin.'" - play. They lead the league in dition and pride. The :
PETE MAIR, Michigan offensive tackle, waits for any Duke defenders trying to get to the Wolverine
quarterback. An offensive blocking standout, Mair is married and a father. Marriage has helped his
,football career with its settling down effects.
Hayes: "Okay, we'll give it a
try. What do you call it again?"
Assistant: "It's pretty catchy.
'Fulback over right tackle.'"
Hayes: "I like it, but it'll never
replace the quarterback sneak
for sheer drama."
Woody Hayes does not exactly
believe in radical football. He's
earned the title of "Dean of Big
Ten Coaches" with the immort-
al, trite line about "three yards
and a cloud etc."
Hard-nosed is probably the best
adjective for a Hayes' team. His
boys are taught to live clean, love
Ohio State and level the opposit-
Watching Buckeye football is as
exciting as standing in line at
But what ho! This year Hayes
has a quarterback who can and
does throw. He is junior Bill Long,
a tall thin boy who has completed
39 passes out of 96 this year.
This- much of an aerial game is
as foreign to Ohio State football
as ham is to Thanksgiving.
Spare time isn't spent with the
guys watching TV or rehashing a
game. Mair, rough and good
looking, relaxes by writing short
stories and poetry, and occasion-
ally pheasant hunting on Sun-
days. An English major, with po-
litical science minor, he has fore-
thought his future, insuring al-
ternatives in case of any let-
downs. So far law school is in-
cluded in his plans. "I was accept-
ed at Southern California for this
fall semester, but football had
more appeal at the time."
At the moment Mair is finish-
ing the requirements for a teach-
er's certificate. What he terms "a
regular job" involves "taking
over" three high school English
classes in Plymouth. His day con-
sists of getting up at 6:30 in order
to make class by eight, instruct-
ing until 12:30, then coming home
in time for lunch and football
practice. Lesson plans take the
remaining of the day. Despite his
busy schedule, Mair enjoys teach-
ing. In case law school doesn't
work out, teaching will be his
"Playing offensive tackle does-
n't offer much to shoot for.
There's very little glory or credit
at that spot," Mair explains about
the position he's played since
ninth grade. "The satisfaction lies
in starting, knowing my physical
ability and mental training are
being tested against another in-
And Mair was willing to stay
an extra, unnecessary semester
and temporarily give up law
school 'to test his ability.
Mair has had disappointments,
such as bobbling the ball during
an extra point kick at the Navy
game. But according to Tony Ma-
son, offensive line coach, "Mair
has made 100 per cent improve-
ment. He's stronger, and knows
the game better. The extra se-
mester has helped him master the
techniques which make him a
more stable player.I
"He's always ready for action.
This is not true of many players.
Mair can even play under pain.
He utilizes all his equipment and
as a 'result makes few assign-,
ment errors and can adjust well
to' any new defense. This is evi-
dence of a hard worker and an
This season has gone generally
well for Mair. The last three
weeks he has received the team
His family is proud of him too.
Mair's parents and wife attend
every game. Bryn made it to the!
warmer games. She likes to jump
up and down to the bands in her
"My daddy is number 73" sweat-
Mair's wife, Peggy, finds it
"amazing that our lives won't be
disrupted by football after this
year. I don't mind it for myself,
in fact I even have more spare
time since I don't need to fix
meals for him because he eats at
training tables. But I know how
rough it is for him to work long
and hard everyday from 6:30 to
11:00 p.m., allowing no spare
"Football and fall have been
synonymous for so long. I know
Saturday means the game, and,
cleaning the house for guests. A
lot of our friends are football
players and their wives. It's been
a large part of our lives and I
think we'll both miss it."
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