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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 6, 1979-Page 11 C
GEISLER FIRST-ROUND PICK

Out of the Blue
By Geoff Larcom
Welcome to the U ...
... sports wishes for you
After that nifty pre-college summer interlude Michigan affectionately
calls "orientation," you might be wondering just where you're going to find
some support in this gargantuan academic environment. That how this
student felt at this time.
Well, right from the start this year, somebody's in your corner. With the
goal of making the local sports scene as enjoyable for the incoming students
as possible and having a wishbone in hand, the following sporting wishes are
made for the year 1979-80.
FOOTBALL
" That the Michigan gridiron monster receive some competition from
the rest of the Big Ten, and that if it does, it will be attributable to the im-
provement of the Iowas, Indianas and Wisconsins, and not to an off year for
the Wolverines.
" That Northwestern plays out of its mind on September eighth in the
Blue bowl in the Wolverines opener.
* That (this one's a toughie)--Bo Schembechler will let his players talk
to repprters during the week more. Maybe then the student-fan will under-
stand the student-athlete more than has previously been the case at
Michigan.
M That Woody Hayes' successor, Earle Bruce, resurrects the Ohio State
football program, leading to a new chapter in the Michigan-OSU season
deciding rivalry.
BASKETBALL
" That assistant Michigan basketball coach Bill Frieder continues his
honest, open relationship with the press.
" That head coach Johnny Orr, a truly charming man when he wants to
be, follows his assistant's example.
" That the athletic department offer students more seats closer to the
court in Crisler Arena, which is now easily the most sedate place in the Big
Ten to stage a basketball game.
" That sophomore John Garris and junior Paul Heuerman bear up well
under the pressure that will confront them as possible replacements for
departed pivotman Phil Hubbard.
" That Mike McGee again has a year like his freshman season, when he
finished second in the Big Ten in scoring.
" That those who attend the basketball games not sit on their hands, as
was the case much of last year. The team might have been ordinary, but the
crowds were worse.
HOCKEY
" That the Wolverines get some goaltending this year.
" That Yost Ice Arena sell out more than once, with the crowd's roar
echoing off the cavernous roof and people seemingly ready to spill out on to
the ice, due to the proximity of the seating.
BASEBALL
" That we -get a few, just a couple, okay?, sunny days in April for
Michigan home games, so people will find out how relaxing it is to catch an
afternoon twinbill in Fisher Stadium with one, two, three or more cold ones
to refresh.
* That Michigan again not lose the Big Ten title by virture of rainouts
with conference doormats Northwestern and Indiana.
e That the athletic department continue to not charge students for wat-
ching the Blue nine, making it the best sports deal in town.
SCHTICKS AND STONES
* That the prices at the football stadium's concession stands aren't
jacked upward once again. Green hot dogs 'nd minute Cokes at a buck a shot
would not a pleasant autumn afternoon make.
* That Phil Hubbard's play with the Pistons justifies his decision to
leave Michigan with a year of eligibility remaining.
* That academic ineligibility doesn't claim any Michigan athletes as a
victim.
" That it continues to cost only $3.00 for a student to play one of the finest
golf courses in the state-the University Course on Stadium Blvd.
" That the Slippery Rock-Shippensburg State game, which takes place in
Michigan Stadium on September 29th while the Wolverines play in Califor-
nia, is decided in the last minute.
" That the facility improvements fought for by departed women's gym-
nastic coaches Scott Ponto and Ginger Robey be reconsidered by the athletic
department.
" That Michigan's softball team, which went 21-8 in its second year of
existence, get a new field, replacing the present one which has a chicken
wire backstop, a grass infield and a snow fence for a home run barrier.
" That Brian Eisner's men's tennis squad win its 11th straight Big Ten
title.
" That somebody go and watch Brian Eisne's team win its 11th straight
title.
" That someone go and watch any "minor" Michigan sport, i.e., those
other than footblal, hockey or basketball.
" That the pep bands continue to play at as many home hockey and
basketball games as possible.
* That you all have a good first year, and that Michigan sports be a
:positive part of it.

iTS HARD TO GET FREE CIDER
FOR THE 20TH YEAR
1960

Pro ranks beckon to lucky few

By GEOFF LARCOM
For most of the Michigan senior let-
termen last spring, graduation marked
an end to their top-level athletic com-
petition.
For a select Wolvering few, however,
it could be only a beginning, as the pro
sports dollar beckoned in an eventful
draft season for the football and
baseball Wolverines.
First came the pro football draft, and
with it the surprise selection of Blue of-
fensive lineman Jon Geisler in the first
round by the Miami Dolphins.
AS THE DOLPHINS' first pick, it's
hoped the former Michigan tackle can
shoreupthe Dolphins' aging offensive
line, whose duty it is to protect the
golden arm of Bob Griese.
"I'm happy to be going with another
winner," Geiser said shortly after his
selection. "I compare Don Shula to Bo
(Schembechler); both are winners."
Following Geisler's surprise success,
no Wolverines were selected until the
fourth round, when the Pittsburgh
Steelers tabbed fullback Russell Davis.
Later, Blue tight end Gene Johnson
signed on as a free agent, also with the
world champion Steelers.
THEN CAME the lucky fifth round,
and with it the selection of Tom Seabron
(San Francisco), tailback Harlan
Huckleby (New Orleans), linebacker
Jerry Meter (Minnesota) and oft-
injured guard Bill Dufek (New York,
Jets).
The Denver Broncos, who two years
ago had drafted a fellow by the name of
Rob Lytle, tood a fifth-round gamble
and grabbed Rick Leach, who had run
the option for Bo Schembechler with
such expertise for four years.
But Leach put off signing with the

Broncos, in order to see what sort of of-
fers the baseball free agent draft, then
a month away, would bring.
THE DETROIT TIGERS then com-
pounded the difficulty of Leach's im-
pending decision by making him their
first selection, in much the same man-
ner they'd chosen Michigan State two
sport star Kirk Gibson the year before.
The chance to play with the local

team was too good for Leach to pass up,
and he signed a standard one-year pact,
then was farmed out by the Tigers to
their Lakeland, Fla., farm club.
Along with the lefthanded Leach, pit-.
chers Steve Perry and Steve Howe were
also picked in the first round, both by
the pitcher-shorn Los Angeles Dodgers.
PERRY WAS subsequently assigned
to the Dodgers farm affilliate in Lodi,

Calif.,O while Howe began his pro
baseball career with the LA's San An-
tonio club.
Both Leach and Perry had used up
their four years of eligibility, but the
loss of Howe, who had one year
remaining, could complicate things a
bit this spring in Bud Middaugh's first
season at the Michigan helm.
Howe was 7-2 in his final Michigan
season, with an overall era. of 1.79.

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