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"Friday, February 16, 1973


Page Nine

Friday, February 16, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

full court

Ernie and Big Brady.

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... rap on the season
FOUR WINTERS have passed since Henry Wilmore, John
Lockard, Ernie Johnson, Leon Roberts, and Ken Brady first
came to Ann Arbor. For all but Roberts, who now plays profes-
sional baseball, only two or three months remain for them at
Assistant coach Dick Honig remembers them as making up
"an outstanding recruiting year for us. We had had some rough
years after Cazzie Russell graduated, but with these kids a Big
Ten championship seemed like a possibility.'
Following a so-so freshman season (8-3), the group, blended
with the splendid combination of seniors Dan Fife and Rodney
Ford and nearly won the league crown, finishing a strong second
to Ohio State with a 12-2 record. M' basketball was indeed back.
The next campaign was marked with Brady's knee prob-
lems and a gaping hole at Fife's old guard spot. Flashing
their expected brilliance only once, in 'the 64-52 thrashing of
Minnesota, 1971-72 was a year to forget: a 14-10 record overall.
As their fourth and final season dawned the seniors could
see that they finally had it all together-rebounding, experience,
not one, but two superstars, some superb sophomores up from an
unbeaten frosh squad, and excellent team attitude. It'd be tough,
sure, but this was definitely going to be the year.
Today, nearly three months later, the dreams have turned into
nightmares. The players must think about the Purdue game and
the Indiana game as they instinctively go through the drills for
tomorrow's Northwestern game. One wonders how much it would
be worth to them to have a chance to replay the final moments
of those crushing defeats.
Two of the battle-weary seniors who have gone through it
all, Ernie Johnson and Ken Brady, reflected back over the
season after a practice session this week. Both found it difficult to
do so.
"Man, I can remember walking around last summer and
having people coming up to me and saying, 'Do you think you
got a shot at beating UCLA'," Ernie laughs. "Some of the guys
on the team felt the same way, as if the Big Ten didn't exist."
"No," 'E' says, "I don't know how to explain it. With
the size, talent, and speed we had I didn't expect us to just
win the conference, I expected us to control it. As far as pure
talent goes, I still feel we're better than Indiana, and as good
or better than Minnesota.'
Big Brady had much the same feelings before the season.
"I felt very strongly that we could win the title this year," he
remembers. "We have the best personnel in the Big Ten. I try
not to think about it."
When you ask them about the four losses and how they have
occurred, they speak in generalities.
"We're just not as hungry this season as we were our
sophomore year," Ernie states. "Whenever it gets near 'the
end of a close game, we're the ones who make the mistakes-
just fundamental errors. Like in the Purdue game, when I
missed that layup at the end and then they stole the ball from
Campy. That kind of stuff has had a lot to do with it."
Another reason Ernie cites for the defeats is Michigan's lack.
of rebound dominance. "We're just not hitting the boards like
we did in the past. Maybe it's because more of our shots this
year are coming fr'omfarther out, making it tougher to rebound
Brady agreed that mistakes and bad breaks in the late
stages of games have hurt, but he had also detected something
else. "Everyone on this team doesn't go all out every game,"
the Big Fella feels. "Some people are into it all the time, others
aren't. And I'm talking about the older guys, too. The seniors
really haven't provided much leadership."
Both of the big men agreed that Fife would have made
a world of difference this year. "You just had to play hard
when he was around," Brady commented. "If you see some-
body going after a loose ball like he did, it makes you want
to do it. I wish we had a guy like him this year." Ernie added
that "he was always out in front in the sprint drills. Fife set
a perfect example."
Even though Michigan hasn't won a Big Ten championship
in eight years, Brady and Johnson 'each believe that opponents
play harder against them than any other team.
Brady said that "everyone in the conference seems to really
come after us when we play them. I think they all remember
us from two years ago." Johnson used the example of Illinois'
Nick Weatherspoon's incredible 34-point performance against the
Wolverines as being typical of opponent's play all season.
Neither player wished to comment on the coaching staff,
but Brady did make an interesting point about the role of
coaches in general. "A coach can only have so much to do
with it. He substitutes and that's about it. No matter how
good or bad the coach is it shouldn't make any difference
whetier we win or lose with the guys we have," he remarked.
It's tough to get a player to talk about the contribution he
thinks he's making to the team, perhaps because of ingrained
modesty. But Ernie did say that he felt that "I'm doing my
share which is probably better than a lot of people thought
I'd do."

Brady, though, was far more outspoken. "If we're down at
the end of a game the ball usually starts coming in to me," he
says. "But other than that, I guess they don't look at me as an
offensive threat. When you have two superstars firing it up 50
times a game, there's not many more shots to go around."
"We're just trying to salvage something from this sea-
son," he continued. "We're not eliminated yet, but we have
to rely on others to help us out."
And then, just as he turned to head for the locker room, the
Big Fella grinned and said, "There's a helluva lot more I'd like
to say, but I think I'll wait until I get out of school. I think I'll
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Sabres clip K
By The Associated Press
BUFFALO-Rene Robert and Gil
Perreault scored a pair of first 'gT
period goals and the Buffalo This W eeke
Sabres made the early edge stand
up for a 4-1 National Hockey TO:
League victory over the New York
Rangers last night. HOCKEY-Minnesota, at Minne
The victory moved the Sabres
into sole possession of fourth place WRESTLING-Wisconsin, at Wi
in the NHL's East Division, two
points ahead of idle Detroit. It TOMO
was the second straight loss for
the Rangers following a 16-game BASKETBALL-Northwestern,,
unbeaten streak.
Robert scored his 35th goal of HOCKEY-Minnesota, at Minne
the season with the game less than SWIMMING-Ohio State, at Mat
two minutes old, after breaking up
a Ranger pass and zeroing in alone TRACK-Michigan State at Yost
on New York goalie Ed Giacomin.
Then Perreault made it 2-0 when 5 seconds remaining in the first
he scored his 22nd of the season 1 peod w eaPingpithebacs-
with less than six minutes left in period when Phil Esposito back-
thess hnshanded a shot from the right wing
the periodt rthat Orr deflected into the net pastj
Jean Ratelle n ar r o wed the~ goalie Doug Favell. .
Sabres' edge to 2-1 with his 29th The Brui ae
goal of the season-the only score The Bruins made it 2-0 at 9:30
in the middle period.o e second period on a power
It stayed that way as Buffalo play goal, their 47th of the season,
held the attacking Rangers at bay best in the East.
through the early stages of the Philadelphia had just lost Barry
third period. Then, Don Luce hit Ashbee on a tripping penalty when
the . post with a shot and Jim Orr passed to John Bucyk who set
Lorentz banged home the rebound up Ken Hodge in front of the Fly-
for Buffalo's third goal. Norm ers goal. The winger slammed in
Gratton, obtained in a trade with his 28th goal of the season.
Atlanta only 24 hours earlier, Boston boosted its lead to 3-0 at
scored the clincher with less than 4:29 of the third period on a 30-
three minutes to play. foot goal by Greg Sheppard that
It was the fifth victory for Buf- was fired directly between thej
falo in six meetings with the. circles on the glove side of Favell.
Rangers this season. The Sabres It was the 18th of the season for
had managed only two ties in 12 Sheppard.
games against New York in their 13Philadelphia finallyascored at
S13:49 on a 40-foot goal by Gary

nd in Sports


at Crisler Arena, 2:00 p.m.
It Mann Pool, 4:00 p.m.
t Field House, 4:00 p.m.
I sota in the fight for second place
in the East.
Derek Sanderson, who recently
was paid $1 million to get out of
town by the World Hockey Asso-
ciation's Philadelphia Blazers, re-
turned here for the first time since
rejoining the Bruins. There were
some boos and uncomplimentary
signs directed at the controversial
penalty killer, but no outstanding
incidents. There were extra se-
curity guards in anticipation of any
problems. Sanderson was credited
with an assist on' Boston's first

SIX KEY THUGS in Ann Arbor's underworld staggered into this classy cuisine yesterday to celebrate
the completion of their own St. Valentine's Day Massacre, which came only one day late. From left
to right, Lager Greer, Muscles Stuck, Mississippi Borus, Drummer Boy Heuer, Eskimo McGinn and
Big One Bloom (in front) brutally gunned down the entire Papanek sports regime to take control as
the new senior editors. Also part of this group of low-lifes was Itchy Head Longo who had to be rush-
ed to the hospital immediately after digesting a burger biggie.


Sports staff

Orr scores
scored a goal and handed out two
assists as the Boston Bruins de-
feated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1
last night in a National Hockey
League game.
The Bruins, third in the East
Division, took a 1-0 lead with only'

Dornhoefer, his 23rd of the year.
Boston extended its unbeaten
string to six games-four under
new coach Bep Guidolin-as they
continued to chase after second
place New York. It was the 23rd:
time since March 13, 1969 that the
Flyers were unable to beat Bos-
ton. Second place Philadelphia re-
mained one point ahead of Minne-;

Today in Sports
Mat men face Badgers
RICK BAY and his array of wrestlers move into Wisconsin
tonight for their season-ending dual meet against the Badgers.
At stake are two feats never before attained in Wolverine wrest-
ling history: a sparkling 12-0 regular-season mark and Michigan's
first 9-0 Big Ten record.
According to the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll, the
Badgers rank sixteenth among the nation's grappling aggrega-
tions. The Badgers have won 12 of 15 dual meets: No. 1 Iowa St.,
the UCLA of wrestling, and Big Ten challenger Minnesota dumped
them, while Iowa salvaged a draw.
Jerry Hubbard (150) runs up against tough competition in
Wisconsin's Rick Lawinger. Lawinger, -third in the Big Ten a
year ago, pressed Hubbard (11-0) the last time they met before
succumbing 2-1.
Bill Schuck (142), returning to the lineup after an injury-
enforced hiatus, wrestles Wisconsin's Dale Spies in what Bay a
terms "a tossup." Michigan's mentor thinks Spies and Schuck
are 2-3 in the conference, trailing MUS's Tom Milkovich, the
defending conference and national champion.
Regular 167-pounder Roger Ritzman (5-2) moves up a class,
while reserve 150-158 pounder John King (1-4) returns to the
167 post he filled when Ritzman was out earlier in the year. King
and Ritzman grapple Ed Vatch and Laurent Soucie, a couple of
Wisconsin wrestlers with a combined 48-7-2 record this year!
Michigan expects victories at the remaining classes, giving
the Wolverines at worst a 6-4 individual match split. The 9-0 and
12-0 seasons appear imminent.

The new Daily Sports Editors
for 1973-74 were announced today
by retiring Sports Editor Johr
Papanek, who took time from his
collection of Currier and Ives
prints of Patchogue.
The transfer of power caused
little commotion although the
dollar was devalued and the un-
easy truces in the Mid East and
Far East were shattered.
Replacing Papanek in the
number one spot in the sports
batting order is Dan Borus.
Borus, an American Culturema-
jor from St. Louis, has had a
multi-faceted career, having ser-
ved both as a copy editor for a
pornographic sports magazine
and as a resident expert in
Serbo-Croatian poetry. It is quite
significant that the basketball
team started its decline as soon
as Borus assumed the reins of
the basketball beat.
Asked about his plans for the
future, Borus offered a terse,
"We're thinking about instituting
Batting second and playing
Managing Editor is Frank Longo,
a true representative of the gen-
teel tradition in sports writing.
Longo, a Mathematics major
from the Motor City, has never
uttered a word of damnation nor
has he ever played the flute. A
die-hard Tiger fan (43 games
last year), Frank lists as his
favorite sports thrill catching a
foul pop off the bat of Cesar
The new Sports Executive Edi-
tor is one Bob McGinn, a journal-
ism-poli-sci major who hails from
the thriving metropolis of Es-
canaba, Michigan. Not attending
the university on a ski-jumping
scholarship, McGinn has dis-
tinguished himself with his fancy
phrases and crisp writing on the
subject of handball. A part time


umpire, McGinn hold
distinction of being 1
of a Little League
applying an illegal su
the ball.
Two Associate Ed
tabbed for 1973-74. Cha
a sockhop king and Jou
major from Southfiel
Greer, have both been
a result of their splen
to the cause.
Bloom, the Mighty C
to his friends, has
many a lonely and
trainee with his impre
aggressive polar bea
during his three odd
the Daily. Tor was si
Daily scout after an
rendering of the Assoc:
version of the footbal
the off season, Tor
shape by chopping frie
Greer, a schoolboy
some reknown, has i
year career at the D
the world's second loi
ride in history, trav
distance between Dulu
sota, and Houghton, M
a scant six hours. "C

gains lead
public opinion," Greer stated,
"taxi drivers are really boring."
Greer is also adored for his abil-
ity to laugh out of context.
t Sc- RICH STUCK, a Bay City,
Michigan, product if ever there
was one, assumes the title of
)R: Assistant Sports Editor. Stuck, a
Speech-English major, has cov-
ered such varied topics for the
Daily as bean-bags and long-
ds the lone dstance spitting. When informed
sthew lone of his appointment, Stuck re-
thrown out sponded in his all so familiar
game for fashion, "Now I can breathe
ibstance to again." Stuck, whose repertoire
itors were of travelling salesman jokes is
rles Bloom, the biggest in captivity, knows
rnalism(?) all the nicknames of the players
1 and Joel in the National Hockey League.
named as BOB HEUER, one of the pret-
did service tiest faces ever to appear on a
press card, will join Stuck in
onstricTOR the all important Assistant Edi-
befriended tor's post. Heuer, a journalism
frightened major from Birmingham, is rum-,
ssion of an ored to be able to perform Walk
ir in heat the Dog with his trusty Duncan
- years at yo-yo and has the unique ability
gned by a to understand American operas.
Sexcellent Joining the Daily Sports Staff-

ers is David Margolick, a Put.
nam, Connecticut native. Mar-
golick will serve as the official
portrait photog of the new re-
gime and will insure that all the
exciting action from Michigan
sporting events will be in your
morning paper. When asked of
the challenge of his new assign-
ment, Margolick replied, "I have
never regretted working with the
Sports Staff and I always will."
Despite all the new appoint-
,ments, University geologists re-
ported t h a t all seismograpic
readings seemed normal.
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