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Page 8-Wednesday, January 11,.1978-The Michiaan Dailv

For the most part, the past eleven Super Bowls
have been anything but super. In previous seasons,
the NFL's most exciting moments occurred in the
playoffs, the championship games being generally
This year, however, post-season contests have
prodluced two outstanding conference winners, the
Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. Both are
indisputably the finest teams in their respective
conferences, and should provide fans with an ex-
citiAg and entertaining performance this Sunday in
New Orleans.
-THE DENVER BRONCOS must be considered
oneof professional sports' greatest surprises of the
decade. In 1976 the Broncos were merely another
good team, compiling a commendable 9-5 record.
After the season, a group of Denver players deman-
ded~he dismissal of then-coach John Ralston.
'heir demands fulfilled, the Broncos came to
tra'ibing camp this year with a new, unproven coach
in ked Miller, and a banged-up, aging quarterback
in Craig Morton. Few "experts" predicted Denver
to top the .500 mark, let alone dethrone divisional,
anal'uper Bowl champ Oakland.
-Denver did more than reach .500, much more.
They reeled off six straight victories, including a 30-
7 Himiliation of the rival Raiders in Oakland, and
finished 12-2, tying Dallas for the league's best
IN THE PLAYOFFS the Broncos handed the
tough Pittsburgh Steelers a 13-point defeat and on
New Year's Day edged the Raiders, 20-17. Although
Raiders' President Al Davis claimed that his team
was the victim of poor officiating, Denver clearly
outplayed Oakland in front of over 75,000 Bronco-

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The Broncos are a team charged with emotion.
Its success is built around the Orange Crush defen-
se, a 3-4 alignment that includes nose guard Rubin
Carter and a pair of All-Pros, Tom Jackson and
Randy Gradishar, at linebacking spots.
The most flamboyant defenseman is end Lyle
Alzado, another All-Pro. He was a one-time New
York street fighter who developed into a top-fiight
lineman at tiny Yankton (S.D.)College.
ALZADO AND his defensive teammates
responded to the frenzied Denver atmosphere and
performed this season as they never had before.
The Broncos and their fans hope that their exuber-
ance and enthusiasm will carry them past Dallas.
The Broncos' roster has a distinct Big Ten
flavor. Gradishar (Ohio State), Otis Armstrong
(Purdue), Rick Upohurch (Minnesota), Jim Jensen
(Iowa), Ron Egloss (Wisconsin), and Rob Lytle
(Michigan) all play in the Mile High City.
The Cowboys, seeking their second Super victory
in five appearances, enter Sunday's showdown with
six straight victories, including a meaningless 14-6
win over Denver in which both coaches rested top
players in order to prevent injury.
IN POST-SEASON action, Dallas romped over
the inept Chicago Bears and subdued venerable
Minnesota, 23-6. In that Cowboy victory, however,
Coach Tom Landry's crew did not look particularly
impressive, committing frequent turnovers.
The key to Dallas' performance is its intricate
flex defense, which was ranked tops in the NFL. If
Ed (Too Tall) Jones, Harvey Martin, and friends
can prevent Denver from scoring first, the Broncos'
emotional bubble may burst.
And if the Dallas secondary, anchored by safety-
men Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters, can force QB
Morton to throw costl# interceptions, an enormous
burden will be thrown upon the Orange Crush.

THE DENVER DEFENSE, which effectively
shut off much of Oakland's attack, will be hard-
pressed to contain the portent Cowboy offense.
Roger Staubach, a perennial All-Pro and one of the
game's most versatile quarterbacks, has a large
and talented supporting cast. NFC Rookie-of-the-
Year Tony Dorsett gained more yardage (1,007)
than Denver's entire starting backfield. He gives
the Cowboys a breakaway threat which the Broncos
can't match.
Receiver Drew Pearson is easily the equal of
Denver's Haven (holy) Moses or chiropractor-
turned-football player Jack Dolbin, while tight end
Billy Joe DuPree is nearly on a par with Denver's
outstanding Riley Odoms.
In the kicking game, Dallas' Efren Herrera has
more range and accuracy than, 36-year-old Jim
Turner, and Cowboy punter-quarterback Danny
White has the option of passing, running, or kicking
from punt formation.
is that the game will be played on artificial turf in
the Superdome. An artificial surface favors a fast
team, and Dallas had more team speed than Den-
ver. The Broncos do have Upchurch, a fine punt
returner capable of breaking a long gain.
Who will emerge from Sunday's game as World
Champions? I'm not sure. Dallas led the NFL in
total offense and total defense. Its secondary is un-
matched and should thwart Denver's passing game.
Denver's upset hopes lie with its inspired defense
and with Craig Morton, its spiritual leader. Morton,
a former Cowboy, must have his greatest game if he
is to lead his team past Dallas. My guess is that the
Doomsday Defense won't give him a chance.
Final Score: Dallas 20, Denver 9.

FORMER.MICHIGAN halfback Rob Lytle will have his hands full trying to run
through Dallas' vaunted Doomsday Defense on Super Bowl Sunday. Lytle shares
Denver's running back responsibilities along with other former Big Ten players,
Otis Armstrong, Jim Jensen, and Lonnie Perrin.

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By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS-Psst, wanna buy a
ticket? How about a room, gotta nice
one about 90 miles from here.
The men with the trench coats aren't
hawking watches here this week-they
are dealing in Super BowJ tickets for
hundreds of dollars and living space in
exchange for vacation retreats in the
Colorado Rockies.
The matchup between the veteran
Dallas Cowboys and the rookie Denver
Broncos has jammed hotels in a 90-mile
radius and driven up the price of a
ticket to the Superdome game from $30
to $250 or more, despite the fact that
scalping is illegal.
Those handling tickets say there
haven't been any available here in
- about 10 days, a fact which has put
some travel agents in a bind.
"We got tickets for our package deal,
through somebody who knew somebody
who knew somebody," said one agent in
New Jersey who asked that he not be
identified. "We paid a lot of money for
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s selling
them and now we find they weren't
delivered. We are now in the process of
trying to replace them-at top prices."
The agent estimated that his,,$17,000
investment in tickets for about 250 per-
sons on pre-packaged tours would cost
$34,000 to replace-if he can get more
Another agency, basedsin
Washington, has taken out ads in
newspapers from Mobile to New
Orleans, offering to pay the $30 face
value of a ticket plus $50 for bringing
the ticket in. It says the response has
been excellent.
In Denver, where rabid Bronco fans
seem willing to pay almost anything to
see the game, newspapers are filled
with ads to buy and sell tickets.
"To sell: Three Super Bowl tickets
and a '65 LeMans," read one ad in the

at super prices

Denver Post. "Runs good, needs body
work All for $700 or make offer."
One Denver stockbroker bought two
tickets and a package trip to New
Orlenas for $900. He later sold the deal
for $1,600, deciding the money meant
more to him than the game. However,
when his wife complained, he bought
the package back-for $2,000.
With no room at the inns, hotel
bellmen are reportedly being offered as
much as $1,500 to come up with two
tickets and a place to stay.
And area residents are earning as
much as $100 a night for renting out
their homes-or they are swapping
their abodes for a Rocky Mountain high
later in the year.
Like John Bergin of Ocean Springs,

Miss., about 70 miles from here. Bergin
will entertain two couples and their
chauffeur this week-in exchange for
staying at a Colorado cabin later this
Then there is poor Jim Lucas, a disc
jockey at New Orleans radio station
He paid more than face value for
three tickets to the big game, which he
put in a brief case, which he acciden-
tally left in the lobby of his office
He got the brief case back, complete
with his wallet, the $180 in it and a raft
of credit cards.
But not the tickets.
"They were the only thing missing,
he said. "I hope somebody has a .real-
good time with them."


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SUPER BOWL Sunday is right around the corner with the highly touted Dallas Cowboys taking on the Denver Broncos in
New Orleans. Seated left to right are three key players, wide receiver Golden Richards, quarterback Roger Staubach, and
halfback Tony Dorsett, whom the Cowboys will rely heavily upon-if they are to defeat the spirited Denver team.

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By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Keith Jackson,
AI3C's college football play-by-play
announcer, was named winner of the

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