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Wednesday, March 14, 1973

ft-3E Mi':H1,03AN DAILY

Hoge, Eleven

WE MiCHIGAN DAILY ~-'age Eleven

Hoop saga stuns all

Sabres shutout 2-0;
Reed, NY dim Suns

The basketball certainly took ail
some strange bounces in the Big T cdo' 3A a
Ten campaign of '72-'73. A shaky
beginning saw title favorites Min- n at n1 s
nesota, Ohio State and Michigan ~j
all 'lose at least twice in the sea-
son's first month NIGHT EDITOR:
Still, with a week to go, things NIHT E R
had gotten pretty much back to JIM ECKER
normal with Minnesota in the
driver's seat. Only the Indiana
Hoosiers had even an outside rung on the Big Ten ladder, de-
chance at overtaking the Gophers stroyed the third-ranked Gophers
as Michigan partisans deserted 79-74 and opened the back door to
their own sputtering cage machine let in the Hoosiers, who had knock-
ed off Purdue 77-72 four hours
at spring break. er
But Michigan basketball buffs earler.
who lived it up combing the beach- For Indiana, the championship
es of Fort Lauerdale or cruising; is their first solo in 15 seasons,
New Orleans' Bourbon St. missed most of which had produced title
a truly incredible windup to the contenders. Coach Bobby Knight
Big Ten season. accomplished the feat with a ball-
With two games to play, Minne- club slated to finish somewhere in
sota at 9-2 enjoyed a half-game the middle of the pack. But his
lead over Indiana and a full game charges came through in enough
lead over Purdue. More impor- big games to come out on top,
tantly, the Gophers' two remaining beating both Minnesota and Pur-
games pitted them against confer- due once en route to the title.
ence tailenders Iowa and North- The Hoosiers were led in the
western. title race by Steve Downing and
But Bill Musselman's crew, John Ritter inside, and playmaker
winners of nine straight after a Quinn Buckner outside. Buckner
stumbling 1-2 getaway, somehow is one of three freshman who play
lost their cool. The Gophers blew regularly. Indiana Vvill meet Mar-
a 13-point second half lead and quette in the NCAA's Mideast re-
fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes by gional at Vanderbilt tamorrow
two, 79-77. The loss left Minne- night.
sota and Indiana deadlocked at Purdue and Illinois finished in a
10-3. Each team was expected to tie for third place along with Ohio
win their final game. A playoff State at 8-6. Both the Boilermakers
was scheduled for Monday night and Illini made runs at the title.
on a neutral court and even TV Illinois watched the favorites
coverage was prepared. trip over each other in the early
But the lowly Northwestern Wild- going, while playing sparingly
cats, unquestionably the bottom themselves. Harv S c h m i d t' s

squad stood at 4-1 after knocking
off Michigan in Feb. 3. But, they
could only win half of their next
six games, and soon faded into
relative oblivion, except for the
remarkable play of Nick Weath-
erspoon. 'Spoon averaged 24.9
points a game and awed Mich-
igan fans with a 27 point first
half performance in the Mich-:
igan-Illinois game Feb. 26.
Purdue, also sporting a young
team under new coach Fred
Schaus, spurted to a 4-0 mark be-
fore Ohio State brought them back
to earth Jan. 27. The Boilermak rs
whipped Indiana three weeks later
to tie the Hoosiers for league lead-
ership at 6-2. But a loss to Wiscon-
sin the following week crippled the
Boilers and they limped home with :
two season ending defeats.
Ohio State mysteriously failed to
put it together this year and never I
seriously'challenged the leaders in
the title race. The Bucks lost their
first two ballgames and were re-
liably inconsistent throughout the,
Senior guard Alan Hornyak con- :
tinued to display his deadly shoot-
ing eye, averaging 24.6 points a PRESSED BY THE RED WING
game. But Luke Witte, Wvho per- have been scouting the Podunkvi
formed so well before his run in ---- -
with Ron Behagen last year, failed
to regain his old form until late
in the season and did little to help
the cause.
On the heels of the Illinois-ur-
due-Ohio State trio came also-
rans iowa,tMichigan sttes and
eight losses apiece. By ROBIN WAGNER
Michigan State's road to the sec- In the recent Big Ten athletic
ond division was one of sustained director-faculty meeting held in
mediocrity. After a down to the Chicago, two liberal conference-
wire loss to Michigan at home in encompassing rule changes were
January, the Spartans, 9-3 at the passed. The much discussed "red-
time, lost their early season mo- shirting policy was approved and
mentum and slumped under .500s the number of non-football, non-
in the Big Ten. Slick-shooting basketball scholarships per school
Mike Robinson, however, won the was increased from 15 to 20.
scoring title for the second straiglt In the past Big Ten athletes were
year, firing from long range at a allowed four years of eligibility.
26.7 points-per-game clip. The new rule allows an individual
Michigan started strong with vic- to sit out one yearstill practicing
tories over Ohio State, Iowa anid with the team, and still compete
Michigan State, but a bitter, last- for four years.
second loss to Purdue stunned the According to Michigan Athletic
Wolverines and they never recov- Director Don Canham, "Only
ered. Indiana came into Crisler when the NCAA voted in January
Arena and soundly thrashed the for a formula that will limit
Blue. Another nip and tuck defeat football scholarships nationally
at Iowa City two days later all but to 105 per school, could we get
ended the title hopes of Johnny enough votes to liberalize our
Orr and company. policy."

By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS-Wings Phil Roberto
and Floyd Thomson rifled home
shots in the second and third per-
iods, lifting the St. Louis Blues
to a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo
Sabres in the National Hockey
Leag'ie last night.
Roberto's goal, his 18th, and
Thomson's, his 13th, kept the Blues
in fourth place in the tight NHL
Western Division standings.
The defeat was the fourth in five
games for the Sabres, who missed
an opportunity to move ahead of
the idle Detroit Red Wings into
fourth place in the NHL East.
* * *
Knicks knuckle
NEW YORK - Center Willis
Reed, scoring a season-high 28
points, flipped in a rebound of Bill
Bradley's missed shot with 1:42 to
play, then added a long iumper for
insurance in the final seconds to
carry the New York Knicks to a
115-111 National Basketball Asso-
ciation victory over the Phoenix
Suns last night.
Earl Monroe, who added 20
points for New York, restored the
Knicks' lead with a jump shot but
Van Arsdale hit to put the Suns on
top again before Reed gave New
York the lead for good.
Walt Frazier, scoring 28 points
to share New York honors, added a
pair of clutch baskets in the final
minute to hold off the Suns. Char-
lie Scott of .Phoenix, who fouled
out with five minutes to go, led
all scorers with 33 points.
* * *
JBruins blank
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Goalie Ed
Johnston turned in his fifth shut-
out of the National Hockey League
season last night as the Boston
Bruins blanked the New York
Islanders 3-0.
Johnston stopped 22 shots and
the Bruins grabbed a quick lead on
first period goals by Wayne Cash-
man and Ken Hodge. Boston shell-
ed New York goalie Billy Smith
with21 shots in that period and 36
in the game.

The victory moved the Bruins
within two points of the idle New
York Rangers in the battle for
second place in the NHL East.
* * *
bullets bully
BALTIMORE - Nate Archibald
sparkled with 42 points and 13
assists but was no match for Bal-
timore's balanced attack as the
Bllets trimmed the Kansas City-
Omaha Kings 103-99 in a National
Basketball Association game last
The Bullets grabbed a 29-25 lead
in the first quarter, but fell behind
37-29 after going scoreless the first
five minutes of the second period.
Boston 3, N.Y. Islanders a
Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 2
St. Louis 2, Buffalo 0
New York 115, Phoenix 111
Los Angeles 121, Buffalo 112
Baltimore 103, Kansas City-Omaha 99
Chicago 104, seattle 89
Cleveland 115, Atlanta 107
jUtah 131, Dallas 118
I Kentucky 139, Memphis 103
Denver 114, San Diego 96
Wisconsin, Green Bay 77, Dallas
IBaptist 66
Maryland Eastern Shore 114,
Eastern Montana 107
South Carolina St. 82,
Hastings (Neb.) 71
Quinnipiac (Conn.) 79,
Ouchita Baptist (Ark.) 66
Xavier (La.) 81, Marist (N.Y.) 65
Sam Houston St. (Tex.) 88,
Wartburg Iowa 62
Missouri Southern 70,
Fairmont W. Va. 63
Class A
Romulus 81, westland John Glenn 58
Royal Oak Dondero 50, Rochester
Adams 48
Northwestern 70, Pershing 48
Murray wright 70.
Livonia Franklin 59
Southeastern 65, Denby 64
Flint Northern 61, Flint Central 49
Class B
Dearbo6 nDivine Child 74, Romeo 57
Hudsonville Unity Christian 95
Grand Rapids West Catholic 84
Chesaning 69, Whitehall 54

AP Photo
S late season surge, it has been rumored that the Buffalo Sabres
ille PeeWee league for possible front-line replacements.


1 changes policy

recruiting, both for Michigan
other conference schools. In
past, some 'potentially good
letes who thought that theyi
need to be redshirted for s
reason, turned down Big
schools simply because of thel
of a redshirting policy."


.- ed


Of Kekich, Peterson..
. and the reserve clause
Dan Borus
SPORTSWRITERS ARE A notoriously conservative lot. There
are exceptions, to be sure, but many of the scribes who
religiously span the globe covering the ever unfolding drama of
athletic competition are combination hack and voyeuer.
The Kekich-Peterson affair, it must be noted, brought out
their most perverse and reactionary sentiments.
L'Affaire Kekich-Peterson, as you will certainly recall, cen-
tered around two Yankee hurlers who, during the off-season,
exchanged families. Though the intricacies of their relationship
are not exactly straight, it seems not all went well for the
couples, as they subsequently revealed to a gushing, guts-spilling
series of interviews.
The press had a field day. "YANKS SWAP TWO FOR TWO"
headlines screamed. The Boston Globe featured an editorial page
cartoon revealing four players stranded on a base with the
caption a simple "No runs, no hits, four left off base." Sports-
writers sprinkled their pages with cute little one liners, ranging
from speculation about wives with no-cut contracts to designated
pinch husbands.
For its part, the Yankee management replied with some
quips about discontinuing Family Day. All of which went to prove
that'America's favorite sport is not baseball or football, but
looking at other people's sex life.
After the jokes stopped, the old guard of sportswriting came
forth with its fire and brimstone account of the swap. Leading
the attack was Dick Young, one of New York's finest. Young,
blaming the Kekiches, Petersons, and the Yankees, for every-
thing from lax morals to spreading hoof and mouth disease,
railed for a good twenty or so inches on the problems that the
Kekich-Peterson affair has generated.
Not content to leave the private and intimate life of ball
players alone, Young advocated and almost demanded his brand
of morality for lefthanded pitchers.
What Young and many of the old line sportswriters yearn
for is something that they can never attain-the type of sports
idol that was abundant in the forties and fifties. In a way they
have fallen in love with their own creation. The times are much
too complicated for such blatant hero worship and such nostalgia
is misplaced.
I am sure that not everyone agrees, but frankly I find
this entire controversy rather boring. Kekich and Peterson
can Wkeeptheir personal problems. I certanly don't believe
that Western Civilization is going to crumble because Peter-
son likes Kekich's wife. Nor do I feel the Yankees will fail
to finish the season, and most likely they will finish it quite
near the top of the Eastern Division of the American League.
Baseball will survive, though one could hardly be sure after
the build-up the affair received on the nation's sports pages.
It is curious, however, that these same gentlemen of the
press who joke about wives obtaining no-cut contracts, are so
unfluchingly on the side of management in the most important
of disputes in baseball-the notorious reserve clause. While they
strenuously objected to partners moving around, these same
scribes ignore the outright ownership of human beings. Instead
of scripting soap operas, baseball wirters could be conducting a
more in depth and balanced look at the labor-management rela-
tions in America's favorite pasttime.
They missed their chance last week. On the day the Kekich-
' Peterson brouhaha hit the front pages across the country, a more
important but less spectacular story was unfolding in baseball.
Four National League umpires were being summarily phased
out without so much as a hearing. Stan Landes, Mel Steiner, Ken
Burkhardt and Augie Donatelli, names known to every National
League fan, were drummed out of the men in blue after a
combined 69 years experience.
I suppose every one's curiousity was tantalyzingly aroused
by the story (and Mrs. Kekich agreed that she too would be
curious), but ironically it suggests that the priorities of some
fans and writers are strangely awry.

As to how redshirting will affect
Wolverine football in the near fu-
ture, Canham said, "I'm sure we'll
redshirt two or three players in!
football next year because it will I
give them that extra year to ma-
ture physically and at the same'
time develop academically." E
Redshirted football players
have wreaked havoc on two Big
Ten schools in recent Rose Bowl
games. In 1971, Jim Plunkett, a
redshirted Stanford quarterback,
directed his squad to an upset
over Ohio State. In the following
Rose Bowl, another redshirted
S t a n f o r d signal-caller Don

and one is not quite as developed
as the other would redshirting be
a good thing in our sport." He
added, "This policy does not give
us a recruiting advantage over any-
body. It simply gives us an oppor-
tunity equal to the country's other
After being cut from 36 to 15
a year ago, the number of non-
football and non-basketball schol-
arships for a conference school
was increased to 20 at the meet-
ing. Canham stated, "I'm glad
the Big Ten liberalized its rule
on thesnumber of tenders for
minor sports.

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Combining honesty, vigor and
enthusiasm, the Michigan Foot-
ball Managers tA6k the field next
week with the opening of Michi-
gan's spring football practice.
Hurt by the loss of four seniors,
the managers are presently
lacking in manpower.
If you like to have a good time,
go to the Michigan practices and
get to know the players and
coaches, then you're the kind of
guy they want. If any added in-
centive is needed to encourage
your joining the staff, please
consider the FREE season tic-
kets and the possibility of go-
ing on road trips with the team
(for free). If this sounds cool to
you, give them a call - and
quick. Don't miss any of the
Wolverine gridiron action. Call
Jim at 769-1742.

Before the NCAA cut the number 04 ---- ----', -
of scholarships, each school was Bunce, led Stanford to a 13-12
permitted 120 football tenders. With upset over a highly-touted Michi-
such a large number of scholar- ! gan team.
ships available for gridders, many Will the redshirting policy have
influential people around, the con- much effect on sports other than
ference feared abuses, such as the football? Probably not in wrestling
redshirting of an entire freshman and basketball a c c o r d i n g to
football team, or as Canham put coaches Rick Bay and Johnny Orr.
it, "a team of fifth year men.' Orr said, "It won't have a serious.
In Canham's words, "This new effect on basketball. Only in the
policy will definitely aid in future case when we recruit two big guys
of Math, Science, and English as a foreign
language for programs throughout Africa
and Latin America.




1U O off




15, 9:00-4:30


Ip ---- _- _e__________

Gilve The
Bear abreak.
You're the only one who can.
Because all Smokey can do is ask you to help prevent forest fires.
He can't break your matches. Or douse your campfires. Or snuff out
your cigarets.
Only you can.
So, please, lend Smokey a hand.
And maybe while you're at it, lend-him your voice too: tell people to
give the bear a break
He deserves it.
So does America. :>

Bud Drinkescan
you figure thi out
Ralph bought a 6-pak of Budweisero and invited four friends over to share it.
Since he bought, he expected to have two cans to himself, but unfortunately
when he returned to the refrigerator for his second, he found it missing. So he
asked who took it. Al said, "Joe drank it." Joe said, "Dan drank it." Dan said,
"Joe, that's a lie!" And Bill said, "I didn't drink it." -If only one of these
statements is true, who really drank it?


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