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By BOB MILLER
"The time has come," the Wolverine said, "to speak
many things; of goals that weren't and losing streaks;
NCAA championship rings."
With apologies to Lewis Carroll
NOW THAT the Wisconsin Badgers have taken their trophy and
rings back to "Madtown", there is little else to do in this,
the final hockey column of the year, but to pause and reflect on
what was, in many ways. a season to remember.
But what the ADR (that's slang for Average Daily Read-
er) and I will recall are not necessarily, the same things.
There were many incidents and anecdotes that a journalist'
encounters in the course of covering a sports team, but be-
cause they don't fit into the story, few ever know about them.
To be sure, some may not actually be funny to everyone, but
try to put yourself in my position.
The 1976-77 season began in Madison against a rejuvenated
Badger squad that the year before was without coach Bob John-
son, and standouts Steve Alley and John Taft.
Those three participated with the U.S. Olympic Team and
while they were gone, Wisconsin finished with the worst record
in the WCHA.
Michigan and the new Wisconsin played back-to-back 7-6
overtime games with the Wolverines winning the first con-
test. Little would anyone realize that would be their only
victory in seven games against the Badgers.
Hot water over Lake Michigan
Michigan fans, however, almost never got to read about the
games. As I was trying to call my articles in, Dane County Coli-
seum closed up ardund me and I found myself in hot water
on both sides of Lake Michigan.
Especially with the time difference, I had to file my story
faster than usual. Thinking of no other solution, I hailed a taxi
and actually said "411 State Street, and step on it."
But, the taxi system in Madison doesn't work in the
normal manner. Everything within a certain distance costs
a specific amount, but just like a bus line, the taxis pick up
anyone they can between Dane County Coliseum and my des-
The first night wasn't so bad, there were no other passen-
gers all the way to State Street, but the second night was a doozy.
Again the game went into an extra session and when it ended,
I flew out of the Coliseum looking for a cab.
That night however, we stopped at the hospital for a fare
that never showed up and travelled to the ghetto section of town
and waited while a black passenger went into a bar and came
out with a pile of money that he nonchalantly counted in the
Another time, at Michigan State, the MSU public relations
man forgot to leave press passes at Munn Arena for me and
Rick Maddock. It turned out that he accidentally took the
passes with him to Illinois for a basketball game.
The man at the will-call window suggested that we wait out-
side (while it was raining) until a person of authority could come
and straighten out the situation.
WHO'S going to win!?
Rick and I were in no mood to stand outside with game time
just minutes away. Instead, we shoved our Michigan Daily sea-
son hockey passes in the face of the ticket takers and were ad-
mitted without any trouble.
Of course, one ticket taker originally said he would let
us by if we answered the question, "Who is going to win to-
night's game?" We said Michigan, walked past him and since
we were not stopped, I guess that was the right answer.
But the real excitement, n only reason I wanted to cover
hockey in the first place, was to be able to go to Grand Forks,
North Dakota. Seriously (if you can take Grand Forks seriously),,
I went to NoDak country because the series with the Fighting
Sioux turned out to be pretty important.
It was so cold up there that the wind chill factor was
100 degrees below zero. The wind could, and frequently did,
stop a person dead in his tracks and push him in whatever
direction the wind happened to be blowing.
The temperatures were not the only things frigid though, as
the Wolverines were pasted in their two worst defeats of the
year, not to mention that those were the fourth and fifth straight,
setbacks during a seven game losing streak.
And to top off the whole year. while driving back from the
Olympia, Rick and I stopped talking for a minute about how
close Dan Hene came to scoring .(the puck just layed in the
crease) and listened to the wheels singing, just like the low
TA1RHEELS SLIP 67-59:
ATLANTA (A) - The Marquette Warriors blew a 12-point
halftime lead, then scrambled like street fighters in the closing
two minutes to give retiring Coach Al McGuire his first NCAA
basketball championship with a 67-59 victory over North Caro-
lina last night.
McGUIRE, ENDING a twenty-two coaching career with his
404th victory, began to weep on his bench with six seconds left
in the game as Gary Rosenberger hit the final two free throws.
When the buzzer sounded, he remained seated on the bench,
his head slightly bowed and tears streaming down his face.
THE VICTORY left Marquette with a 25-7 record, most de-
feats ever for a national college basketball champion. It re-
moved the 1958 Kentucky team, which had gone 23-6, from the
record books with that distinction.
North Carolina began a comeback from a 39-27 halftime
FRESHMAN Mike O'Koren hit his first four shots of the
second half, two from deep in the corner, to trim the lead to four
and moments later Walter Davis hit a 10-footer from the free
throw lane to tie the game at 41-41 after only 4:02 had elapsed.
Boylan and Davis swapped baskets before Tom Zaliagiris
put North Carolina ahead 45-43 on a layup with 13:49 remaining.
THE WARRIORS broke a 47-47 tie with a little more than
six minutes remaining on a pair of free throws by Butch Lee,
a star last summer for the Puerto Rican Olympic team.
North Carolina never was able to catch up as,
went to the free throw line repeatedly in the final1
hitting 14 foul shots to preserve the triumph.
In the consolation game played earlier, Eddie Owens and
Reggie Theus combined for 58 points and led high-scoring
Navada-Las Vegas to a 106-94 victory over North Carolina-
THE RUNNIN' Rebels, becoming the highest-scoring team
in NCAA tournament history, broke the game open with a 17-2
streak about seven minutes into the second half.
Owens scored 34 points and Theus added 24 as Las Vegas
closed its season with a 29-3 record.
Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell and freshman
each had 30 points for the 49ers, who finished 28-5.
MARQUETTE COACH Al McGuire puts his hand to his head
at the conclusion of yesterday's NCAA basketball champion-
ship game that his Warriors won, 67-58 over North Carolina.
It will be the last, and biggest, win for the retiring McGuire.
USC swims to NC4A title;
Blue tankers finish 14th
By DAN PERRIN
In a meet where NCAA, American or meet
(or all three) records were set in every event,
defending champion USC picked up wins in
eight of 16 events and swam off with its
fourth consecutive NCAA swimming crown.
Led by Montreal Olympians John Naber,
Bruce Furniss, Rod Strachan and Joe Bot-
tom ,the Trojans had little trouble pulling
away from runner-up Alabama, followed by
Tennessee, Big Ten chamipon Indiana and
MICHIGAN finished a respectable 14th and
was led by sophomore diving sensation Matt
Chelich, who edged out Ohio State's Kent
Vossler for the one-meter springboard title.
Senior Gordon Downie also performed well
for the Wolverines, finishing sixth in the 500
SEEDED TENTH going into the 200 yard
freestyle, Downie was called for a false start
and consequently placed' only 22nd in that
event. The following day in the 1650 yard
freestyle, Downie was swimming at a very
strong pace after 1000 yards, but tightened up
and fell to 20th in the longest event of the
ALTHOUGH Downie didn't come home an
individual champion, he still seened satisfied
with his swims, "I was really happy with
my 500 (free). Finishing behind guys like
Long Beach State's (Tim) Shaw and USC's
(John) Naber is nothing to be ashamed
Individual winners in the meet included:
Tim Shaw-500 free, Scott Spann (Auburn)-
200 IM, Joe Bottom (USC)-50 free and 100
fly, Rod Strachan (USC)-400 IM, Bruce Fur-
niss (USC)-200 free, John Naber-100 and
200 back, Graham Smith (California)-100.
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