THE SPORTING VIEWS
houghts at large .. .
tirades and tennis balls
By JAMIE TURNER
Elsewhere in this paper you will find one G. Kicinski recounting to his
friends various things that have transpired since last April. Since these early
issues normally have a what-I-did-over-summer-vacation-tone, here are
some more impressions that have festered over the long summer.
The newest member of the TV2 sports team badly contracted a case of
hoof-in-mouth disease this past week when on Monday he verbally attacked
Oakland Raider defensive back Jack Tatum for Tatum's part in the play that
resulted with New England Patriot Darryl Stingley's paralysis.
In the course of his commentary, Hillman accused Tatum and defensive
backs in general as thugs whose motivation must come from a deep, dark
desire to maim, cripple and otherwise incapacitate. Despite evidence that no
player, coach or official saw any wrongdoing on the play, Hillman persisted
in his belief that big, bad Jack Tatum must have caused the injury with
He went on to state his answer to the violence inherent in pro football; on
the occasion of a serious injury (serious injury? a knee? a neck? an arm?) a
warning would be issued to the player who caused the injury and if the tran-
sgressor repeated and injured another player he would be suspended.
On the surface, Hillman's idea is laudable. Pro football is becoming
more and more violent, and certain measures should be taken in order to
protect players from viciousness and unnecessary roughness. However,
ootball is a collision sport, and until the owners or officials decide to change
he game to two-hand touch, unfortunate occurrences like that to Stingley
The most objectionable part of Hillman's speech was his attack on
Tatum. Hillman comes across too much as a fan who doesn't really under-
stand that athletes are more than hulking physical specimens. To accuse
Tatum of deliberately causing Stingley's injury and being little more than a
hit-man in a jock-strap is just not understanding the game of football. Worse
yet, it is not understanding human nature.
Why are fans reacting so severely following the Lions' defeat at the han-
ds of Green Bay? Surely no one this side of Al Ackerman (how'd he sneak in
here?) really thought that Detroit would be in anything but a rebuilding
year? For better or for worse, Monte Clark has decided that the Lions are
going to go with younger players, and to his credit, despite Sunday's dismal
performance, Clark isn't panicking and changing his mind.
Whether you like it or not, Sports Illustrated's projection for Detroit is
liable to be quite accurate.
This past summer I was in Europe with the Michigan Men's Glee Club
and was able to visit the All-England Lawn Tennis Championships ... oth-
erwise known as Wimbledon. Flushing Meadows has a long way to go to
match Southfields, a gently rolling countryside which hosts the Champion-
I was able to see both Virginia Wade and Guilermo Vilas on Center
Court, which was probably the most intimate sporting arena I have ever
seen. In contrast to the U.S. Open, where I'm sure 10,000 people will greatly
enjoy the matches that they see, the fans at Wimbledon are part and parcel
of the tournament. They are seasoned tennis fans, who are more likely to
detect the ebb and flow of a match than their American counterparts.
And the grass (courts) wasn't bad either.
The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 8, 1978-Page 15A
e e "
Xnew grappler coach
By BILLY SAHN winning tradition."
There's a new freshman in town. Bahr plans to institute Iowa
Yet, this one will not be enrolled in State's wrestling philosophy. That
any classes. Nor will he have to go
through the pressures of the Univer-
sity Cellar's "Ballroom Bonanza" or
the shocking experiences of dorm
This past week, Michigan's
Athletic Department announced the
appointment of Dale Bahr as
wrestling coach. Bahr,eboth a for-
mer NCAA champion and assistant
coach at Iowa State, will replace Bill
"I always wanted to be a head
wrestling coach," said Bahr.
"Michigan fulfilled my three
criteria for such a job."
According to the newly-arrived
Iowan, the criteria concerned are:
"1) either a Big Ten or Big Eight
school, 2) a state with a good high
school wrestling program, and 3) a
is, wrestle to win. This includes the
NCAA championships, which are the
most important team goal, followed
by the Big Ten conference title, and
in the case of the Wolverines, to beat
Michigan State for the state title.
Throughout his career at Iowa
State, both as an athlete and as a
coach, this philosophyhas worked
well. It helped develop the team that
won the 1977 NCAA Championship
and finished second by .25 points last
year. (Iowa State is in the Big Eight
Bahr hopes to establish a certain
consistency to the Michigan
wrestling program. According to the
new coach, this entails a ranking in
the top ten every year.
"I'm excited about this new oppor-
tunity," stated Bahr.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - No rth-
western and Illinois open the Big Ten
football season a week earlier than
usual Saturday when they clash before
an expected crowd of more than 40,000
The game originally was scheduled
for the final week of the season, but
Illini Athletic Director Cecil Coleman
sought to move it up so it wouldn't con-
flict with the annual showdown between
Michigan and Ohio State, always a
strong television attraction.
NORTHWESTERN'S Rick Venturi,
who last year was an assistant at
Illinois, will make his head coaching
debut and promises to employ a ver-
satile, wide-open attack with plenty of
Illinois Coach Gary Moeller is expec-
ted to show little mercy towards his
former aide mainly because North-
western upset Illinois 21-7 for its only
victory in the 1977 campaign.
Illinois is a solid 11-point favorite and
Moeller will have a new look at quar-
terback in the person of Rich Weiss.
"WE WANT a quarterback who has
the ability to run the option," said
Moeller. We want a quarterback who
has the ability to be a strong running
quarterback, yet who can throw the ball
anytime we want and have some suc-
cess with it. Weiss could be a heckuva
quarterback because option football is
Kevin Strasser will quarterback Nor-
thwestern's pass oriented offense and
when the Wildcats decide to run they'll
probably give the ball to fullback Dave
Mishler who, as a freshman tailback
last season, led the team in rushing
with 520 yards although he didn't start
until the fourth game.
Illinois' running game will be headed
by Wayne Strader and Charlie Weber.
Venturi believes Illinois will be a
much improved team because of retur-
ning personnel lost at midseason a year
ago and Weiss as a constant threat with
DO YOU- KNOW WHERE
YOUR FRIENDS ARE?
If it's between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. they're probably at
PIZZA BOB'S masticating the munchies away, ingesting epicu-
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their taste buds to salacious assaults of indescribable ecstacy.
Or, in other words, they probably slud on down to P.B.'s to
wrap themselves around one of the best tasting meals in A2.
Okay, so you've just moved back to
Big U, classes have just started and
ur cupboard, like your stomach, is
re? Tired of those long lines in the
okstores with nothing to do? Dozing
f on the first day in class while the
of tells you of the 132 books that are
the required list? Is that what's
thering you, bunkie?
Well, fret no more. That's right, it's
e for those annual pigskin
-ognostications, the GRIDDES. What
tter way to start off the school year
an with a small one-item pizza from
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New Mexico at Hawaii
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Texas A&M at Kansas
Miami (Ohio) at Ball State
Memphis St. at Mississippi
Eastern Michigan at Ohio U.
TCU at SMU
Oklahoma at Stanford
Florida St. at Syracuse
Texas Tech at USC
Tulane at Maryland
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