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Page 8-Sunday, January 21, 1979-The Michigan Daily

Super Sunday:

Dallas' hopes for upset depend
on putting squeeze on Bradshaw

In the second part :ofe his, Super Bowl
prerieu . Daily sporswriter Scott M. Lewis
assesses the strengths and reaknesses of
Dallas and Pittsburgh. the two opposing
teams.
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
The oddsmgkers in Las Vegas pick
Pittsburgh. Nparly all the NFL head
coaches pick Pittsburgh. Who do I
pick? Pittsburgh. Here's why:

PITTSBURGH OFFENSIVE BACK-
FIELD vs. DALLAS LINEBACKERS:
Franco Harris, finishing his seventh
year, has been the Steelers' bread-and-
butter back all season and will be coun-
ted upon heavily to approach his per-
formance in Super Bowl IX, when he
rambled for 158 yards against Min-
nesota.
Running mate Rocky Bleier is the
perfect complement to Harris. A good
blocker, Bleier's biggest job will be to
pick up Thomas Henderson on the blitz.
Henderson has amazing (9.6) speed for

a linebacker and should be able to
shake off Bleier's blocks.
Pittsburgh may try running Harris to
the right side behind Sam Davis and
Jon Kolb. D.D. Lewis holds the weak
side linebacking slot for Dallas and at
age 33 has lost a few steps. SLIGHT
EDGE - Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH RECEIVERS vs.
DALLAS SECONDARY:. Lynn Swann
and Jon Stallworth riddled opposing
secondaries for a combined 102 catches
for 1,678 yards. Swann was MVP of
Super Bowl X against Dallas and
usually will be double-teamed by Ben-
nie Barnes and one of the linebackers.
Barnes, slowed this season by various
injuries, and cornerman Aaron Kule
are sometimes victimized by the bomb,
and Bradshaw likes to throw long,
especially to Swann.
Safeties Charlie Waters and Harris
will have to help out, leaving tight end
Randy Grossman guarded by a
linebacker. Grossman can beat most
linebackers - unless that linebacker is
as fast as Thomas Henderson. EDGE -
Pittsburgh.
DALLAS OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD
vs. PITTSBURGH LINEBACKERS:
Robert Newhouse, sidelined for much
of the season with a broken bone in his
leg, will play. That means more inside
running from the Cowboys, who use the
fireplug Newhouse and scrappy Scott
Laidlaw on a rotating basis. Jack Lam-
bert will be put to, task, but the bruising
middle linebacker should respond in
typical Lambert fashion - slamming
the door.
Tony Dorsett gives Dallas a distinct
breakaway threat, but Jack Ham and
Lambert pursue well and will close off
the outside unless the Cowboy offensive
line moves off the ball in a hurry.
Look for a lot of quick openers to Dor-
sett, especially early in the game to
keep Pittsburgh honest. Screen passes
are also a Landry favorite, but they will
be used cautiously; Pittsburgh's agile
linebackers cover them as well as'

anyone. SLIGHT EDGE - Pittsburgh.
DALLAS RECEIVERS vs. PIT-
TSBURGH SECONDARY: Tony Hill,
not Drew Pearson, will be the receiver
to bear watching. He's up against Ron
Johnson, the rookie cornerback from
Eastern -Michigan who has improved
steadily but still must be considered the
most vulnerable member of Pit-
tsburgh's secondary.
The Steelers field an intimidating
quartet of defensive backs. Mike
Wagner and Donnie Shell, both

ds per punt, is apt to run out of punt
formation and scramble or pass for a
first down.
Gerela's future status with the
Steelers is shaky. His distance on
kickoffs is poor, and his field goal ac-
curacy declines after 30 yards. EDGE
- Dallas.
QUARTERBACKS: Terry Bradshaw
has silenced the critics, perhaps
forever. Bestowed with the best
receiving tandem in the game and a
supportive offensive line, Bradshaw

No, the picture at right is not
a mutation. It's Super Bowl
coaches Chuck Noll (left) and
Tom Landry (right) contem-
plating today's super game bet-
ween Pittsburgh and Dallas. Only
thing is, when the game gets un-
der way today, the two coaches
will be facing each other on op-
posite sides of the field. In this
case, two heads are probably bet-
ter than one.

Daily, he remarked that the Steeler
quarterback is just now arriving at
peak performance.
"Terry has been the best quarterback
all year," said Malavesi.
"Roger,, though, runs hot and cold.
Sometimes he's just brilliant, and other
times he's very erratic." EDGE - Pit-
tsburgh.
DALLAS OFFENSIVE LINE vs.
PITTSBURGH DEFENSIVE LINE:
The Cowboys' interior' line has made
great strides since Game 1, but it is
susceptible to an aggressive, blitzing
defense like Pittsburgh's. Despite
Dallas' shotgun formation, Atlanta
repeatedly poured its safetymen
through the Cowboys' line and sacked
Staubach and White a total of eight
times.
Key matchups include L. C. Green-
wood against Rayfield Wright on the
right side and Herbert Scott against Joe
Greene in the middle. EDGE - Pit-
tsburgh.
PITTSBURGH OFFENSIVE LINE
vs. DALLAS DEFENSIVE LINE:
Dallas gave up fewer points (205) than
all but one team - Pittsburgh.
The Cowboys' upset hopes rest or
their defensive line harassing Brad-
shaw. Given adequate protection.
Bradshaw can dismantle the Dallas
secondary. The Cowboys know that
their flex defense must put the heat or
the Steelers' offensive unit, and they
have the right people to do it.
Steeler guards Kolb and Davis will bE
hard-pressed to harness Randy Whit(
and Jethro Pugh, while end Harvey
Martin will square off against Larry
Brown. SLIGHT EDGE-Dallas.
The outcome of today's contest may
boil down to one factor - whether the
Steelers can contain Dallas' pass rush.
If they can, Pittsburgh should deal the
Cowboys another Super Bowl defeat.
FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh 17,
Dallas 12.

ferocious tacklers, are strongest again-
st the run. Mel Blount will attempt to
keep pace with the lithe Pearson, whose
reception total dipped this season.
Tight end Billy Joe Depree will be
closely checked by Ham, so Dallas
might use Jackie Smith in a double
tight end formation. SLIGHT EDGE -
Dallas.
SPECIALISTS: Punter-quarterback
Danny White is Dallas' biggest asset on
the special teams, while placekicker
Roy Gerela is a liability for the
Steelers. White, who averaged 40.5 yar-

has emerged this season as the NFL's
most productive quarterback (25
regular season touchdown passes).
Roger Staubach, on the other hand,
hasn't played well since he bruised his
hand December 10 against
Philadelphia.
Rams' coach Ray Malavesi, whose;
team topped both Pittsburgh and
Dallas in the regular season, thinks
Bradshaw will be the difference
tomorrow. In an interview with the

DALLAS LINEBACKER Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, who has created
waves of amusement with his outlandish commentary this week, frolics in the
Miami surf prior to today's Super Bowl game with Pittsburgh. The game will
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THE RECORDS

PITTSBURGH

DALLAS

28
21
28
15
28
31
34
17
27
20
7
7
24
13
35
21
*33
*34

Buffalo
Seattle
Cincinnati
Cleveland
NY Jets
Atlanta
Cleveland
Houston
Kansas City
New Orleans
Los Angeles
Cincinnati
San Francisco
Houston
Baltimore
Denver
Denver
Houston

17
10
3
9
17
7
9
24
24
14
10
6
7
3
13
17
10
5

38
34
14'
21
5
24
24
14
10.
16
42
27
37
17
31
30
*27
*28

Baltimore
NY Giants
Los Angeles
St. Louis
Washington
NY Giants
St. Louis
Philadelphia
Minnesota
Miami
Green-Bay
New Orleans
Washington
New England
Philadelphia
NY Jets
Atlanta
Los Angeles

0
24
27
12
9
3
21
7
21
23
14
7
10
10
13
20
0

It's QB or nothing
or Leach in NFL
By United Press International
BOSTON-Riclk Leach, who re-wrote the Michigan and Big Ten record
books, said yesterday he will only play professional football if he can con-
tinue as a quarterback.
"I've been a quarterback allmy life. That's the only position I know and
it's the only positon I'd play in the pros. There's no way I'd want to play
defensive back," the 6-foot-1, 190 pounder said.
Leach.was in Boston to receive the 33rd annual Swede Nelson Award for
sportsmanship.
Leach said he still hadn't decided whether he could play pro football or
baseball., An outstanding center fielder on the Wolverines baseball team,
Leach twice has been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.
"I'll play anywhere they want me to in baseball," said Leach, who led
the Big Ten in batting last year with a .473 mark.
Leach said he had received questionnaires from all NFL teams and had
been approached by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League
at the recent Hula Bowl game in Hawaii.
"They were interested in me. But right now, I've got no preference. I'll
wait until both drafts are finished. Hopefully I'll go high in both," he said.
The pro football draft is in May and the baseball draft a month later.
Leach, who holds 10 Michigan and three Big Ten offensive records, said
he was saddened by the recent events resulting in the dismissal of Ohio State
coach Woody Hayes. Hayes was fired last month after punching a player in
the Gator Bowl game.
"The whole thing is kind of a shame. Woody meant a lot to college foot-
ball. It's too bad because people will remember that one incident and forget
about all the good things he's done. It was probably just the result of a
buildup of everything around him," he said.
The Nelson Sportsmanship Award is presented to a college football
senior by the Gridiron Club of Boston. It is named after former Harvard
player and coach Nils V. "Swede" Nelson.
Previous winners include Doak Walker of SMU, Floyd Little of
Syracuse, Brian Dowling of Yale, Steve Smear of Penn State, and Otis Ar-
mstrong of Purdue.

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*denotes playoff game

FIGHTING SIOUX SCALP BLUE, 5-1:

Losing streak continues for icers

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washtenaw

By BRIAN MILLER
Special to The Daily
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - If nothing
else, the Michigan Wolverines are a
consistent hockey team this year. The
icers have been hurt by injuries, inex-
perience and an inability to score all
season long. Those problems cropped
up once again as North Dakota skated
to a 5-1 victory over Michigan here
Friday night.
A sellout crowd of 5,850 watched the
Wolverines completely dominate the
first period and a half as Michigan out-
skated, outhit and outhustled the Sioux
all the way. However, North Dakota did
score first when sophomore left winger
Doug Smail banked a shot into the
Michigan net off of Blue defenseman
Brian Lundberg's skate seven minutes

into the game.
But after that, Michigan shut off the
Sioux attack with Wolverine goalie Bob
Sutton playing his finest hockey of the
year. Sutton made incredible saves
again and again, at times even bringing
the North Dakota fans to their feet.
Michigan finally tied the game at
15:13 of the opening period when defen-
seman Tim Manning slid a screen shot
past Sioux goalie Mel Donnelly during a
Wolverine power play.
The first period ended 1-1 in goals but
10-8 in favor of North Dakota in
penalties. In fact, the Sioux were given
109 minutes in penalties to serve com-
pared with Michigan's 100 minutes.
Most of the penalty time came from
game disqualifications handed out to
Michigan's Mike Coffman and Dave
Richter and North Dakota's Brad Cox

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and Howard Walker. All four players
were ejected for fighting.
The Wolverines continued to play
well at the start of the second period,
but halfway through it, the bottom fell
out for the Blue.
First, Michigan lost its leading
scorer Murray Eaves to a knee injury,
making him the fourth key.Wolverine
player to be sidelined this year (Terry
Cullen, Dan Lerg and Dave Richter
being the others. Cullen is the only
player currently out of action.)
Next, the Wolverines were forced to
kill off penalties the whole second
period. Frequently a man short, and
minus the ejected players, the young
Wolverines soon ran out of gas.
North Dakota, sensing the kill, took
advantage of the situation by scoring
the tie-breaking goal midway through
the period and another just two minutes
later. After that, the Sioux were never
headed.
The final score of 5-1 was not an in-
dication of how closely the game was
played. "We played a great first
period'," said Michigan Coach Dan

Farrell, "and a brilliant second period,
despite the penalties. We just couldn't
keep killing them off like we did in the
first period."
And despite his team's improved play
throughout the game, Farrell couldn't
help but speculate what might have
happened if he had a healthy and com-
plete team to work with. "Those game
disqualifications forced us to break up
our lines," said Farrell. "Our players
were very tired. Take Lerg, for instan-
ce, he was stopped on two breakaways
(he just couldn't skate).
"If Donnelly doesn't make the
saves," he said, "we're up 3-1 instead of
tied 1-1. We're the lowest scoring team
in the league, and when we didn't get
those goals, well, that was the
ballgame."
BULLETIN
Michigan's hockey team trailed
North Dakota, 5-3, at the end of one
period last night. For the full story, see
Tuesday's Daily.

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