THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY; FEBRUARY 14, 1967
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By GRAYLE HOWLETT
Joe Mitch, the associate sports
editor for the Michigan State
News, confronted Spartan hockey
coach Amo Bessone after Satur-
day night's game and fired:
"How come our first line played
so well tonight, coach?"
"That's the dumbest question
I've ever heard, Joe!" Bessone shot
back. "How the hell should I know.
They just skated well together and
got the puck in. Jeez, that's a
Amo Bessone isn't always that
nice. But Saturday night was a
special occasion. His hockey team
had just drubbed the Wolverines
twice. Things looked good and
even Bessone had to crack a smile
when he was reminded about the
"Hey, that's right. We win the
thing. It's a trophy given by the
Lansing Journal, the Houghton
Daily Mining Gazette, and the
Ann Arbor News to the team in
those cities which wins the most
games played against each other.
Let's see; we split four with Mich-
igan, beat Tech onee and then
tied them. It's ours all right."
Lay It On 'Em
But the smile didn't last long
because Bessone suddenlt remem-
bered the disputed call on Friday
night on what the Spartans al-
leged was a goal: "It was a goal,
you know it was in there. (Doug)
Volmar fired it right past your
goallie. The goal judge didn't call
it and the refs weren't looking.
That could have lost us the game
if we didn't score in the last two
minutes to prevent an overtime.
You bet I'm still burning."
But Bessone always seems to be
burning. This past weekend Bes-
sone took on all kinds of foes.
First, Clarence Campbell, presi-
dent of the NHL:
"Campbell made the statement
that the NCAA had better change
their hockey rules concerning
checking (in college hockey, check-
ing is only allowed- in the defen-
sive zone). Because of the rule,
he says that our players lose two
to three years of experience to the
"Who needs the NHL? They need
us. With expansion coming up
they have to look to the colleges.
Actually the college game is better.
It's much faster. There aren't as
many whistles. They have that red
line rule which we don't have.
That adds 40 to 45 more whistles
to slow down the game.
"Besides, 90 per cent of the kids
who come here aren't initerested
in playing pro hockey. There down
here to get a college education.
"We don't need the NHL."
Next, Friday night's referees:
"Well, you guys had another
great game. You took a goal right
away from us."
"But, Amo, we worked hard to-
night," one ref countered. "We
aren't the ones they credit with
"No, but you should at least get
a couple of assists tonight."
Shot on Goal
Finally, Bessone did battle with
his goalie Gaye Cooley. It seems
that Cooley had lent his car to
a friend to drive down to Ann,
Arbor for the game. Cooley's car
got stuck in the Coliseum's park-
ing lot and he wanted to stay be-
hind to get it out. Bessone told
him to get on the bus.
When Cooley carried on his
arguments out in the hall with the
manager, Bessone broke loose from
the reporters, danced out into the
hall, and bellowed:
the Michigan icers surrendered
their first place WCHA berth to
"We should have won Friday
night," Michigan coach Al Ren-
frew managed, "but we just
couldn't put the puck in the net.
Lord had a breakaway, took the
shot from ten feet, and it hit
Cooley's skates. They got the re-
bound and scored.
"Lucier had another one. He
went down, pulled the goalie com-
pletely out of the net-really had
him faked-and then fanned on
"But hockey is a game like that.
When you're getting the breaks
things all go your way. We ran
into a team like that. They were
getting the bounces. I don't think
that anyone could have beaten
Monday's p r a c t i C e produced
some changes in the lines, notably
Bruce Koviak as center now for
Lee and Mike Marttila.
Also, leading Wolverine scorer
Bob Baird had his knee twisted
by a check and definitely is out
for this weekend's home series
Of course it's almost playoff
time. And of course State has a
reputation for coming on strong.
But after watching the Spartans
blitz the Wolverines twice last
weekend, there's only one ques-
tion to ask. How come Michigan
State played so well?
Now all that's needed is the
courage to ask Amo Bessone.
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"Cooley, shut up and get on the
The methods may be a little
crude but when you cross Bessone,
you get stung.
Case in point are the Wolverines
who dropped their second and
third straight in the conference
to the Spartans last weekend. Also,
Mou ssea Proves Capability
By Overcoming Handicaps
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At first, Tim Mousseau thought
he was part of a sideshow, the
silent stares of hundreds of spec-
tators d e n o t i n g astonishment
rather than interest.
It wasn't easy.
Nor was it easy when the senior
gymnast, at the time an active
eighth grader in his hometown of
Alpena, fell across the tracks of
the New York Central and a
multi-ton carrier crushed his legs
at knee level, causing double am-
And it wasn't easy when the
s o p h o m o r e parallel - barsman
Mousseau, who is equipped with
artificial legs and relies on an
automobile as his major mode of
transportation, was ready to start
on the Michigan squad and broke
his forearm in a traffic accident,
which eventually led to extremely
painful calcium deposits in his
For an eager, hard-working
young man from a sports-minded
family, for a fellow who has put
out as much or more than any
athlete can be asked to do, none
of it has been easy for Tim Mous-
seau. Virtually legless (one limb
is severed a few inches below the
kneecap, the other a few inches
above), Tim Mousseau has man-
aged to overcome his tragic hand-
icap in grand fashion.
"My first varsity meet this year,
was an entirely exhilarating ex-
perience," Tim attests. "When I
was in high school and it bothered
me to be on display, I just pledged
to work harder and accomplish
As a senior at Alpena High, Tim
became state champion on both
the parallel bars and the rings.
Still, Tim says he's "been dis-
appointed by my showings so far
this year, and I hope that I'll be
able to hit a nine before the sea-
son is over."
Coach Newt Loken, who saw
Tim perform in high school and
since has been one of his most
active boosters, insists that a high
point showing by Tim is entirely
possible, and .adds that a peak
performance in Wednesday's
Michigan State meet "will just
inspire his teammates to do even
Rare is the day when the casual
observer cannot walk into the
gymnastics practice room and see
Tim working out on the bars,
often alone. "I see no point in my
not trying," Tim says. "If I wasn't
going to try, there would be no
reason for me to be on the team."
And Loken insists that Tim be-
longs on the team, saying that
there is no doubt that, even with
his handicap, he is of Big Ten
calibre. "I actively recruited Tim
TIM MOUSSEAU ON THE PARALLEL BARS
when he was in high school," the
coach affirms, not even alluding to
the fact that there was any kind
of, sympathy involved-a problem
that Tim might be encountering
when judges have to grade his
performances in intercollegiate
"I realize that the judges can-
not view my showing in the same
way they look at others," Tim
says. "On certain moves, I have
definite advantages over some of
my opponents -mainly involving
the lesser amount of weight I have
to maneuver with. On maneuvers
like a back somersault, though, I
cannot adequately acquire the
necessary amount of momentum."
Judge Not ...
Loken agrees that there is a
problem in judging Tim's perform-
ances. Beside the question that
Tim brings up, Loken stresses that
the crucial problem that the judges
face is that one concerning the
dismount, one of the most impor-
tant parts of a gymnast's routine.
"Often, judges and other coaches
approach me and ask what should
be done about Timmy's dismount,
it being impossible, of course, for
him to fly off the bars in a flip
and land gracefully and without
injury. I simply tell them to judge
his performance as they see it, and
to credit him with points that are
in line with the proficiency of his
Still, Tim Mousseau faces the
same problems week by week.
As do the spectators.
One ardent gymnastics fan,
Richard Frey, '69, pointed out that
it, is hard to view Tim In a nor-
mal perspective. Frey said, "You
have to admire him for his abili-
ties and his perseverance, but
there is still the aura of his handi-
cap that prejudice's the viewer's
Still, it can't be ignored that
the greatest applause of each meet
is saved for Tim Mousseau; that
there is no one who knows him
that cannot say good things about
him; that Tim himself is able to
look at gymnastics as a pasttime,
rather than as his life's blood.
"I'll be graduating in June from
the engineering college," Tim re-
lates, "and plan to go into private
business of some kind. At one
time I considered coaching, but
I've frankly realized that I really
don't know .that much about
He says that his only peeve in
gymnastics is the way that he is
judged, but he also affirms that
he understands the problems the
judges face. He says he could use
a dismount that would get him
points, but realizes the obstacles.
Yet he manages.
In fact, Loken enjoys describing
the flip over the bar and swing to
the floor that Tim has adopted as
his standard exit move:
"A stuz into an immediate flank
vault over the bar to a regrasp
into a flying kip, releasing one
arm to a stand on the mat" is
what the coach calls it.
And that's a dismount. no mat-
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