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'M' Opponents Do Slow Burn
When Daddy Cool' Gets Hot



As long as Jim Myers is "Dadd
Cool" instead of "Cool Daddy,'
things should go fine for Michi-
gan's basketball team.
For two1 weeks now Jim ha
held the "Daddy Cool" title while
teammate John Thompson, his
archrival in the matter, has beer
relegated to the status of "Coo
Daddy." And in those same tw
weeks Myers has scored 88 points
in five games, easily his largest
output since his senior year ir
high school.
Yesterday Thompson explainec
the significance of the phras
"Daddy Cool" and its relevance tc
Myers. "Yes, Jim is currently the
winner of the Daddy Cool Con-
test, which is open to only tw
entrants, Jim and I. The winne
is determined each day by a
,twenty foot set shot before prac-
tice. The first one to mis is 'Cool
Daddy,' the one who doesn't miss
is 'Daddy Cool'."
Rules of Order
Thompson elaborated on the in-
tricacies of the contests. "We
warm up each day at separate
baskets. Then the loser must chal-
lenge the current champion on
the ltter's 'home court.' All this
is done according to a very formal
"Jini hasn't lost since we got to
Portland and it's easily his longest
tirme span without losing since we
bean holding the contest as
sophomipres. tip 'until two, weeks
ago, I won quite regularly."
And up until two weeks ago,
Jin Myers had always fallen short
of his potential and predicted
As a sophomore at Michigan
iwo years ago, Myers started the
fist eight games of the season.
From that point on, until the
Duke game December 21st of last
year, he was just a good "sixtl
Mian.": Even against Duke and
Bu3ler before the Portland tour-
ney, he was not sensational, scor-
ing 1T points in the two games.
Happy Holidys
But on the coast he finally came
into his own. He picked up 23
tallieS ag inst Arizona State, and
39 inore in the wins over Air Force
and Washington St.
Monday night against Indiana
Myers won his way into the aortas
agd ventricles of the Wolverine
fans.Playing perhaps the finest
gme of his life, his 24 points
and 10 rebounds were the crucial
difference in Michigan's 88-68
win over the Hoosiers.
With still ten minutes showing
9nf the clock the Wolverines were
~ai~ouha i d hat cach Dave
t , k felt secure in removing
Myers.. from the gazme and Jim
received a standing ovation.
But when Indiana fought back
and cut Michigan's lead to nine,
Strack sent Myers back in and
the 6'8" center responded with
three more baskets, helping to
clinch the victory.
What's the difference between
the Myers of 1966 and the one who
spent most of his time on the
Pench in 1963, '64 and '65?
Rather than consequence of an
actual improvement in Myers'
play, the change is due to what
might be called a more favorable
Scores at Center
Jim is the first to admit this.
'Bill. Buntin was a great center,
and naturally I was used more as
a forward than a center in my
sophomore and junior years. This
year I've been Used at center and
with our type of offense and my
particular style of play, its much
easier for me to score from the
middle than from the side."
Myers came to Michigan from
Defiance, Ohio, where he was a
high school standout. His senior
year he set a school scoring record
by averaging 26 points a game. He
was named to the all Ohio first

string team and received offers
from more than 70 colleges. Strack
described him as "one of the out-
standing high school prospects in
the country,"
"Easy Decision"
Why did Jim choose. Michigan?
"It was really a fairly easy de-
cision! I've always been interested
in engineering and this was the


It is said that the only thing in
this world that is more demanding
than the drive to success is the
retention of success.
Defending Big Ten champions
for the fifth consecutive year, the
Wolverine gymnasts will unlimber
their well-trained muscles tomor-
row afternoon in an attempt to
maintain that success as they go
for their third consecutive win of
the season, against the Eastern
Michigan Hurons.
Eastern, hardly considered a
major power in the nation's gyms,
does boast a 4-0 record in official
meets and a solid performance in
a December exhibition against
Coach Newt Loken's expert
charges. Then again, Michigan has
what may be considered another
championship team, fresh from a
185-116 drubbing of the Ohio State
Buckeyes, and the Hurons can
hardly get overconfident.
"No, we can't say that we really
expect to win this one," states
EMU Coach Mary Johnson. "Al-
though our performance this year
has been far above previous ex-
pectations, Michigan hasn't been
under theirs." And those have
been some expectations.
Starting from the top, the
Wolves boast what Johnson calls
the "world's best trampoline team
-unquestionably." An all-soph
quartet, led by world-team mem-
ber Wayne Miller, they finished in
flawless 1-2-3-4 order last Satur-
day in Columbus. Followed by
fellow bouncers Vic Conant, Steve
Davis, and Keith Cooley, Miller
turned in a 9.35 performance en
route to his victory.
And things hardly look bad in
the other events. Coach Loken as-
serts that "we are now ready. I
am sure the boys will meet the
challenge whichhas been present-
ed to them, that theyshit 90 per
cent of their routines with the
accumulated top three routines in
each event averaging 9.0 or bet-
Loken lavishes praise on his
boys as he affirms that "they are
a very capable group, so it should
not be too earthshaking if1 they
accomplish this." Records will roll
if they do.
Another top performance may
be expected from senior Rich
Blanton, a double-winner on the
parallel bars and the rings at
Columbus. Also to be relied on by
Loken will be Captain Ned Duke

on the rings, sophomore Scott
Paris on the horizontal bar, and
the Fuller twins, Chip and Phip,
in floor exercise and on the long
Meanwhile, Eastern's Coach
Johnson, whose Hurons scored a
solid 160 points against Michigan
in their earlier meeting, points out
that "the only way we can go

4Iash i
from there is up. Not being an
example of direct competition due
to individually-determined scor-
ing, a gymnastics team's showing
does not reflect the prowess of the
opponent. Thus, on December 8
we were a 160-point team, and
last Saturday Michigan was a
180-point team. In this light,
enough improvement since Decem-

ber could provide an inte
Expected to star for EM
Jim Arnold, a rings speciali
participates in all events b
trampoline, and Captain
Monroe, who is scheduled t
ticipate in all seven events
card, scheduled to begin a
Friday in the main gym
IM building.

resting This is to be a homecoming for
Johnson, who captained the Mich-
4U are igan squad in 1954, and it might
st who give cause for special Eastern in-
iut the spiration. But New Loken has been
Dave here for 19 years, and he has
o par- provided enough inspiration to
on the place Michigan in the position of
t 4:15 success which is now held. And
of the neither he nor his boys want to
lose it.


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JIM MYERS HITS FOR TWO OVER the objections of Indian's
Jack Johnson (33). The 6'8" Myers has come into his own this
season after two years of substitute activity. His 24 points in the
win over Indiana gives him a total of 88 in the past five games,
his hottest scoring splurge since high school.

one school which combined a good
engineering school with a good
basketball team."
Myers realizes that he might
have been a college super star,
had he attended a smaller school,
instead of a place where high
school All-Americans come as
often as final exams. "But I like
bigness. You experience more here.
To me being part of two Big
Ten championship teams and go-
ing to the NCAA finals has meant
more than being a super star
ever would have."
And it isn't as if Myers has
played an insignificant part the
past two. years either. Says Strack,
"Jim has been instrumental in
our success. It tough to come off
the bench in the middle of a game,
and do a really good job, but Jim
did it several times last season.
He certainly deserved, a starting
shot this year:"
Takes It Easy
Natural ability has; probably
played a larger share in Myers'
success than hard work. He's not-,
ed for his easy going nature, both
on and off the basketball court.
Myers is quite frank about this.
"I'm not the serious type. Maybe
that's why I've been so mediocre
at times in my career. I don't
play basketball as a future em-
ployment. I play it for fun and
nothing more. If the pros take me,
fine. If not, that's fine too.
"Of course, the satisfaction of
accomplishing something is very
important. Perhaps with me its
more a matter of self satisfaction.
It's my last year and I can't say,
'Weil, maybe next .'year,' because
there 'is no next year. This. is
probably one reason why I'm do-
ing better this season."
Strack also pointed to a change
in Myers along the same lines
this year. "His attitude has be-
come more serious, especially since
he's been playing regularly. He's
carrying his fair share and he
knows it."'
Sense of Humor
Myers' sense of humor has made
him very popular among team-
mates and reporters alike. Ques-
tioned about his main assets aside
from his height, he replied "it's
my good looks. They do it for me.
every time."
Asked about sleeping problems
the' night before a game, his of-
fering was, "I can't get to sleep
on these beds any night."
Marriage in his immediate fu-
ture? "No, I haven't found any
girl that deserves me yet. I won't
get married for five or six years

because I want to enjoy life for
a while."
Genius at Work
Actually graduate school in
mechanical engineering is in
Myers' immediate future and he
showed off some of his intellec-
tuality by reaching for a slide
rule when asked about his scoring
average for the past five games.
His hobby is also highly in-
tellectual. It's a giant auto race
set which he purchased recently,
and it occupies most of the living
room floor in his apartment. "It
involves a great deal of skill," he
Nor does Myers regard the fact
that he is the current champion
of "the Daddy Cool contest" as
especially important in his recent
success. Thompson doesn't agree,
however. "I just may let him be
'Daddy Cool' the rest of the sea-

RICH BLANTON, DOUBLE WINNER in last Saturday's 184.9-
1,16.3 victory over Ohio State, shows the form that got him 9.45
points--second highest score of the day-and a first place in still
rings. Blanton also copped first prize in parallel bar competition.
JAN. 18 and 19
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