Wednesday, January 15, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednsday Jauary15,1969THE ICHGAN AIL
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from the seat
of my pants
Strategy key to Michigan tank hopes
Hpow the Jets'a
Shattered the Dream
There is something gone forever now that the upstart New York
Jets have conquered the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. Sure, the
underdog has triumphed. The American Football League has been
vindicated. And Sports Illustrated's Tex Maule has been humiliated.
But the dream has been shattered.
The Jets really did beat the Colts They didn't squeak out with a
hairy 16-7 victory. They just beat them.
That AFL dream has materialized but there is something
vulgar in the realization of a dream. It's always better as just
that, a dream. A dream is like a comic book. As a kid, you wished
that there was a Superman but you would have been disappointed
if he really appeared. He was part of your imagination and that's
where you wanted him to be.
The Superman television show was even a vulgarization of the
comic strip. George Reeves, the TV Superman, didn't have all the
rippling muscles that the cartoon Superman had. Instead, he had a
small tire around his waist and a bulge around the middle. Everybody
knows that Super'man is perfect.
While the American Football League, the New York Jets, and es-
pecially Joe Namath are far from perfect, there was something dream-
like about them.
Here was this little upstart football league with teams in cities
like San Diego, Oakland and Denver claiming that it was good enough
to challenge the National Football League, the establishment, in a
test of strength. The AFL, with NFL castoffs George Blanda and
Tobin Rote, thought that it could wage war against the money league
with the latter's most potent weapon, the dollar, and come out with a
The odds from the beginning were against them. The All-
American Football Conference had tried it in the late 1940's and
failed. Sure, the Baltimore Colts (who had entered the league as
the Dallas Texans, version number one), the San Francisco '49ers,
and the powerful Cleveland Browns did make it into the NFL. But
the conference didn't.
Even with the big money betting on its demise, the AFL began
operation in 1960 with the Dallas Texans (version two and now the
Kansas City Chiefs), the Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego) and
the New York Titans (now the WORLD CHAMPION Jets) among
What followed was a six-year war for recognition that finally r
culminated in, the AFL-NFL merger before the 1966 season. It was
the most costly merger in pro sports history.
The; six year war was fought by the AFL before miniscule au-
diences in cavernous stadiums and small television audiences. It was
fought by millionaires with the dollar and even when they finally got
their merger they had to pay more. It is costing the AFL $20 million
to be recognized by the NFL.
There is one main reason why the AFL is able to pay that
price and that is television. The exposure and the money that the
;junior circuit got from television in the early '60's kept it barely
alive while the owners were taking blood baths at the gates.
The Jets, for example, averaged little over 5,000 fans a game
their first year of existence in 1963. The only reason the AFL stayed
in New York was its audience potential. Everytime the Jets play at
home before a capacity crowd of 63,000, the wisdom of that decision
The turning point for the junior circuit was 1965 when the Na-
tional Broadcasting Company, after losing the NFL money war to
CBS, shelled out $36 million to televise AFL games over a five year
period. The transaction put the junior circuit in the black. and the
AFL on the map to stay.
It was that move, along with rookie money wars, that convinced
the NFL that merger was better for their health than the galloping
inflation of salaries which might cause bankruptcy.
The year 1967 marked the beginning of the Super Bowl but
the dream was still intact. The AFL representative in the first two
contests, Kansas City and Oakland, got whopped by the Green
The AFL did win 13 exhibition games before the 1968 season but
everyone knew that pro teams experiment in those games and that
the scores were probably not indicative of the teams' strengths. In
a real showdown, the writers reported, the NFL would continue to
run herd over the competition.
All the reporters did was to make the dream seem that much more
unreal. Everybody knew that Namath was good but the people who
are supposed to know, the bookies, made his team 18 to 20 point un-
derdogs to the Colts in the Super Bowl. Who was going to disagree
with men who bet money for a living?
Well, the dream disagreed, but then it was only a dream. The
dream saw Joe Willie fading back to throw three touchdown pass-
es to flanker Don Maynard to give the Jets a 21-10 victory over
Namath didn't throw a touchdown pass but New York did win
and the biggest loser besides Doni Shula, his Colts and NFL fanatic
Tex Maule was the dream. It was now reality and there is nothing
worse to face than that.
Well, at least, there still are the New York Mets.
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By ROD ROBERT
"I'm waiting for God to strike
and tell me what to do," says
Michigan Swimming Coach Gus
TheWolverine mentor faces the
ungodly task of placing swimmers
in just the right events, so that
his team can knock off power-
house Indiana at 7:30 tonight at
Matt Mann Pool.
As usual, the Hoosier team has
more depth than the Wolverine
squad. Stager is the first to ad-
mit, Overall, Indiana has a better
team." But if he can put his swim-
mers in events that will emphasize
Michigan's strengths, while at the
same time covering up weak-
nesses, Michigan has a real chance
to sink Indiana.
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through, the chance for victory
will then lie upon the shoulders
of the divers and sprinters. This is
because Stager does not expect to
pick up any extra points in the
breaststroke or butterfly. He com-
ments, "Since the fly and breast
are pretty well set, we're going to
have to surprise Indiana in the
Bill Mahoney is Michigan's on-
ly tanker capable of doing well
in the 200 breast, while Tom Arus-
so and Lee Bisbee usually swim
well in the 200 yard fly.
Therefore, Dick Rydze and Jay
Meoden must upset Olympians
Jim Henry and Win Young in
At the Big Ten Relays, these
four divers proved to be the class
of the Conference. The Hoosier
duo, however, were just a little
classier than their Wolverine com-
petitors. Still confident that Rydze
Meaden will make a fight out
of these crucial events is Diving
Coach Dick Kimball. "Dick and
Jay are both tough and are a
Every single one of the twelve |.| |||| |
events will be crucial. So if Mich- GUS STAGER
igan fails to pick up a point hereG
and there, or loses some race un- Sophomore sprinter Bob Zann
expectedly, the chances for vic- says, "All we need to do is pick
tory will become slim, up about seven or eight points,
Nonetheless, Stager still might and we could eke out the biggest
pull off the biggest upset of the victory of the year."
year in the swimming world. He The two swimmers that Stagerl
has a fine crop of sophomores, will have to count on most are
possibly the best since the Robie- Junior Juan Bello and Gary Kink-
Scheerer-Kingery class. As sopho- ead. They both will have to make
mores in 1965, they helped knock excellent showings if Michigan is
off the Hoosiers 70-53. Michigan even to hope for victory.
sank Indiana the following year, Right now Stager is still un-
but this time by only a 62-61 decided where to put these two.
score. Kinkead can swim distance free-
If the Wolverine squad is going style, backstroke, and the individ-
to win tonight, one point could ual medley. Bello is also strong
again be the margin of victory. in the I-M, as well as most of the
Pre-meet estimates put Michi- freestyle events.
gan's total at just under 55 points. If Bello and Kinkead do come
JUNIOR GARY KINKEAD warms up for his unenviable task of swimming against Indiana's Olym-
pic silver medalist Charlie Hickcox tonight at 7:30 in Matt Mann Pool. Kinkead may have to face
the indomitable Hickcox three times, in the 200 yard back, 200 individual medley, and in !a back-
stroke leg of a relay. If Kinkead can win one event, Michigan may have a good chance of upset-
ting the top-ranked Hoosiers.
Grid rulesmakers face dilemma I
lot better than what we had
against Indiana last year."
But each diver will only compete
once, since Kimball and Indiana
Coach Hobie Billingsly have an.
agreement not enter any man
more than once. So Michigan is
lucky this year in that Indiana's
Olympic divers aren't competing
According to most of the swim-
mers, though, the sprints will be
the most crucial races all night.
These include the 50, 100, and 200-
yard freestyle. In these sprint
events, the seconds and thirds
are almost as important as cap-
turfing first place.
Michigan's only favorite here is
Juan Bello in the 200. The other
two events will feature Hoosier
speedster Bryan Bateman, one of
the Big Ten's best sprinters for
the last two years.
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In fact, Indiana hopes to sweep
the 50, and maybe even the 100.
It will be the responsibility of Bob
Kircher, Bob Harmony, and Greg
and Bob Zann to prevent this
fatal result. To stay alive, the
Michigan speedsters almost have
The relays might give the Wol-
verines the final key to victory.
A victory in the medley or free-
style relay is a must. But If Mich-
igan happens to take both relays,
they're going to have an excellent
chance to lock the door against
a Hoosier triumph.
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. (A) - for big squads, and colleges are
College football rulesmakers met worried about the increasing costs.
Monday to try to extricate them- Nothing will be decided or an-
selves from the horns of a dilem- nounced until the sessions end to-
ma. day. But a spokesman for the 16-
College football has just com- member group said it appears the
pleted its biggest season ever. Im- present substitution rules will not
proved offense is given the credit, be changed pending a thorough
and unlimited substitution is the study of the costs of all athletics
main reason for the higher scores. - not just college football - this
But unlimited substitution calls year,
ber of the rules committee, is ex-
pected to offer a resolution Wed-,
nesday proposing such a survey.
It is no secret that college of-
ficials are deeply concerned with
the rising costs of athletic pro-
The administrators, however,
are well aware that college foot-
ball enjoyed one of its most suc-
cessful years. For that reason, the
spokesman said, committee mem-
bers don't want to tamper with
the more basic rules at this time.
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