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'Hoosier Hysteria':
So What's a Little Show?
"And now for the Indiana weather. Our state has been
ravaged today by the worst snowfall in its history. The Governor
has pleaded for disaster aid from the Federal Government and
has labeled the situation 'a tragedy of the greatest proportions.'
All schools have been closed at least for tomorrow.
"In sports, as every Hoosier knows, it's high school basketball
tournament time again. Every opening round game of the
sectionals is still slated to be played tonight. According to the
Governor, "A little snow never hurt anybody.'"
Yeah, so what's a little snow. When it's pitted against the U.S.
Mail, the Canadian mounties, and Indiana basketball. Since when
can frozen water wipe out Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
Truth and Justice maybe, but never the American Way. Especially
Indiana style.
According to Hoosier legend, when God created the heavens and
the Earth, the Earth had to settle for mountains and oceans while the
heavens were blessed with a hardwood floor. When He rested on the
seventh day it just happened to be the day of the NBA all-star game.
Adam was naked except for gym shoes and athletic socks. Eve
had no less that a pom-pom. The Garden was really located at
Madison Square, not Eden. Original Sin is just another term for
Growing up in Indiana is like attending a non-stop basketball
clinic. In grade school you don't learn the multiplication tables,
you learn how to keep score. The teachers are identified by big
numbers on their backs instead of names. Parents have to bring
a scorecard when they visit classes. If you act up in class, the
teacher doesn't paddle you, he blows a whistle and the kid behind
you,gets to shoot a free throw.
Report cards are made out like box scores. If you get an "F" you
haven't failed, you've fouled out. First graders get a gold star for
every defense they can read correctly. Instead of desks, students sit
on bleachers. Teachers hand out lineups when you walk into class.
If any kid wears a black-and-white striped shirt to class, every-
body throws bottles at him. At a school dance if there are ever more
than ten people out on the floor at one time the chaperone calls a
The smallest schools are the most fanatic. School reconsolida-
tion has been fought for years because no village wants to lose
its basketball team. If Mrs. Cleafwaters had ordered her three
sons not to play basketball for Belle Union three years ago, the
Panthers would have had to face Roachdale with only two players.
The Belle Union gym has a ceiling so low you can't shoot a jump
shot. They would have built a new one but the contractors
couldn't find the town. Nearby Fillmore has a gym which seats
3,000, however. That's because they have 150 students. All you
need to get a charter for a town in Indiana is one kid over six
feet and a fieldhouse.
Every school competes in the state tournament on an equal
basis. Last year Cloverdale, boasting less than 200 students, almost
defeated Indianapolis Tech, with over 5,000 in the semi-finals. If
a small school even wins merely its sectional tournament, school is
automatically closed for a week. It's a bigger event than when Clem
wins the state hog-calling contest.
During tournament time every cop in town is at the game. That's
OK, because so is every crook.
It's all in fun, but "Hoosier Hysteria" dos have its drawbacks.
After all, when the churches declare Oscar Robertson's birthday to
be religious holiday things are going too far. And making players
from out-of-state high schools carry passports when they play in
Indiana is ridiculous. Even if everybody else is considered a foreigner.
And other sports don't really get a far shake. For years I
thought a football was only a basketball with knots on both ends.
Baseball was something we read about on bubble gum cards. The
current rate of exchange is ten Frank Robinsons for one Reggie
Harding. For Lew Alcindor you have to throw in the bubble
gum too. Hockey was something that pawnbrokers played. Golf
was gasoline.
Even the school textbooks present a distorted view of the world.
In English class we studied The Basketball Years, which was sup-
posedly the part of Carl Sandburg's biography of Abraham Lincoln
dealing with his Indiana youth. "I do not choose to run" was a quote
attributed not to Calvin Coolidge but to a basketball coach who
preferred a slow game. Indiana was said in the history books to be
named after the Blackfoot Indians, who ran out onto a blacktop
court before it was dry. The nickname "Hoosier" supposedly origin-
ated with a drunk referee who always asked "Who's here?" because
he could never remember who was playing.
I grew up thinking James Naismith was the Father of Our Coun-
lv try. I still can't believe that chopping down a cherry tree is greater
than setting up peach baskets to throw balls through. I've finally
learned the truth about a lotofhthings since I left Indiana. You see,
George was chopping down that cherry tree to make room for a
basketball court ... .

With only a few minutes left in it-on-the-chin contest, 9-4. sported five occupants.
the third period of last night's Mel Wakabayashi led the scar- Michigan Coach Al Renfrew was
Michigan-Waterloo hockey game, ing parade with five points. Wa- pleased with the results as he
center Eric Pass of the Golden ka's two first period goals ;n quick puffed his victory cigar in the
Hawks skated around the red line succession staked the Wolverines locker room after the game. "We
all alone, hooked his skates to- to a lead they never relinquisned. skated pretty well offensively," he
geher, tripped and lost the puck. Two other Michigan players, Bruce allowed. Both teams spent most of
That summed up the night for Koviak and Doug Galbraith, iat- their time around Waterloo's net
Waterloo as the Wolverines out- tied the nets for two goals apiece, and goalie Ken Payne had to
skated, outshot, outhustled and while Danny Walter, Dean Lucier, come up with an amazing 63
outscored the napless Ontario vi.- and Bob Baird each chipped in saves to keep the Wolverines out
with a score. of double figures.
The referees saw fit to whistle Renfrew wasn't quite so happy
players to the penalty box 20 with his defense. Waterloo man-
times. The penalty action culmin- aged to make all four of their
ated with the Ron Ullyot-Jonn O'- goals look easy. "Lapses," sighed
W estern open Flaherty disagreement at 10:09 of Renfrew. "Herman didn't have a
the third period. After the situa- chance on any of them." Mich-
tion cooled off. both were sent to i an L Soalie Harold Herman did

31 shots to give his teammates a frew of this year's crew, "but gibility runs out at the end of
2-1 victory in the second game. we're sure going to miss that little this semester.
Wakabayashi's first goal came number 9." He was, of course, re- The two teams will meet tonight
with 8:36 gone in the opening ferring to Wakabayashi, whose eli- at the Coliseum at 8 p.m.
stanza on a neat backhand shot
from 10 feet out. Just a few sec-

onds later the Wolverines were
knocking at the door again. The
diminutive Wakabayashi waited
for a pass, only to find himself
knocked flat from behind by Wa-
terloo's Bruce Dobie, a 6'3", 230-
pound defenseman. Finding him-
self free in front of the net, Waka
got up and guided in a pass from
Bill Lord.
Bruce Koviak slapped in a four-
footer two and a half minutes la-
ter to give Michigan a 3-0 lead.
All three goals were scored with
the teams at equal strength.
"We're coming along," says Ren-

iTaka Plays Wellington with Waterloo

Wakabayashi (Domm, Baird) 8:36;
M - Wakabayashi (Lord, Baird)
9:28; M - Koviak (M. Marttila)
11:57; W--Minnerson (unassisted)
14:20; W-Hagerman (Allen, Cress-
man) 15:47. Penalties: W -- Dobie
(elbowing) 2:40; W-Dobie (trip-
ping) 11:50; M - Thompson (inter-
ference) 11:50; M--Walter (tripping)
Koviak (Wakabayashi) 3:45; M -
Walter (Lucier) 19:39. Penalties: w
-Cressman (interference) 2:33; W-
MacDonald (tripping) 8:11; M -
Galbraith (tripping) 8:40; M-Domm
(illegal check) 11:34; W-Watts
(high sticking) 14:39; M -hal.
braith (high stick) 14:49; W --

Banks (cross check) 14:57; W-Do-
bie (slashing) 15:33 (delayed); M
--Baird (slashing) 15:33.
Galbraith (Wakabayashi) 1:35; M-
Lucier (Hansen) 10:19; W-Minner-
son (Tucker) 12:54; M - Baird
(Thompson) 13:10; W -- Seager
(Tucker) 13:20; M -- Galbraith
(wakabayashi, Baird) 19:49. Pen-
alties: M--L. Marttila (slash) 5:24:
W-Seager (roughing) 9:43; M -
Domm (roughing) 9:43; W - 0'-
Flaherty (rough) 10:09; M-Ullyot
(roughing) 10:09; M - Galbraith
(interference) 13:21; w - Banks
(charging) 18:36.
Herman (M) 13 6 7-27
Payne (W) 11 27 18-63

Michigan's gymnastic squad, un-
der head coach Newt Loken, will
compete for the first time this
season in the Midwest Open held
today at Oak Park High School
in that Illinois city. The Wolver-
ines will not be competing as a
team, as the events are all scored
on an individual basis with no
team points added.
All the Big Ten schools will be
on hand as well as defending
NCAA champion Southern Illinois
and several other Illinois colleges.
Some Michigan freshmen will en-
ter unattached to gain valuable
experience against varsity compe-
There will be several outstand-
ing Wolverine performers at the
meet, including defending Mid-
west Open trampoline champion
Wayne Miller. Preliminaries will
take place this morning and after-
noon with finals slated for tonight.
Duke, 85-71
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (')-Virgin-
ia Tech, hitting consistently from
the outside, pulled away in the
second half and defeated Duke's
fourth-ranked basketball team 85-
71 last night in the Charlotte Col-
After a close first half, Glen
Combs and Ron Perry spearhead-
ed an attack that carried the
Techmen into a 10-point lead aft-
er the score had been tied 45-45
three minutes deep into the sec-
ond period.
Then, with two goals by Don
Brown, the Gobblers rattled off
eight straight points.
Perry and Combs each scored
23 points to lead the scoring. Ted
Ware added 18.
Duke's 6-7 Mike Lewis was held
in check and missed frequently
from inside. Bob Verga, the Blue
Devil playmaker, also failed to
reach the sort of performance he
achieved last season. Each scored
16 points.
It was Duke's first opening game
loss since 1959-60.
Detroit 119, Boston 116
Philadelphia 138, L. Angeles 130
St. Louis 109, New York 107
Villanova 72, Phila. Textile 63
Nebraska 79, Oregon 56
Virginia Tech 85, Duke 71
St. Bonaventure 100, Quincy 64

LIl UM L, "L1W gSZLt rl gc1 t6Uu1rillUu
serve time under the ref's euph- kick out 27 Waterloo shots, in-
emism of "roughing." O'Flaherty cluding a couple of breakaways.


was fineshed with that though as "They're a better team than last
he flipped his stick at a specta- year," said Renfrew of the Gold- SPORTS NIGH
tor as he assumed his penalty PO- en Hawks. "They'll be ready to ;
sition. play again tomorrow night." Last LBOBI
Twice both teams were down to year Michigan copped the open- I
the minimum four players each on t er, only to see Payne kick aside


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