The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 23, 1980-Page 9
BY MARK MIHANOVIC
The clock reads 1:40 . . . 1:39. .
*38 . . The Michigan Wolverines are
trying to protect the ball and their 72-70
overtime lead over second-ranked Ohio
State. Forward Thad Garner receives a
pass at mid-court-dribbles the ball
across the key, and brings it back out
All of a sudden, quicker than you can
say, "C'mon, Thad, get the ball ,to a
guard," Garner breaks to the basket
along the left of the lane and lays it in at
*21 for a 74-70 lead: Michigan upsets
the powerful Buckeyes 75-74, with Gar-
ner totaling 19 points and seven
rebounds against the massive OSU
ASSISTANT COACH Bill Frieder
described Garner's final basket. "Ohi
State really spread out, so Thad was
trying to get floor balance. He saw the
opening, he went for it, and he layed it
"He did it under control. He didn't try
make a fantastic play out of it, or
unk it, and as a result, it was a fan-
It was the kind of aggressive play
that has become the trademark of the 6-
7,, 190-pound sophomore from Ham-
mond, Indiana this season, making him
a Crisler Arena favorite. He doesn't
always appear to have his lanky frame
in complete control, but he gets the job
done, whether it be diving into the stan-
s to save a loose ball, or helping Paul
euerman defense OSU's 6-11 Herb
Williams and hold him to five rebounds.
The highly-touted Garner came out of
Bishop Noll H.S. In. 1978, but he spent a
great deal of time on the bench behind
senior Alan Hardy and averaged only
SOPH STANDOUT PLEASANT SURPRISE
s Thad just havin' fun
2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
This season Garner has emerged as a
team leader and is scoring at an 11.1
ppg clip, while leading the cagers with
an average of seven boards per game.
"He's more mature and more
familiar with the system," Frieder ex-
plained. "It's a tough job to jump right
in and play as a freshman. As long as he
continues to work as hard as he has,
"WHEN WE recruited Thad, we
knew he was a good player. He'd be an
even better player if he had bigger and
better players around him so he could
let loose. As it is, we need him on the
boards. He has a great attitude, and he
works extremely hard. His weakness is
his shooting, but that's getting better
Garner elaborated on the reasons for
his improvement. "I have a lot more
confidence," he said. "I came in as a
freshman and really didn't know what
my role was. They told me to play
defense and help out Hub (Phil Hub-
bard), so I didn't worry much about of-
Despite his improvement on the of-
fensive end of "the floor, Garner
remains, first and foremost, an active
defensive player. He recklessly dives
for loose balls and has no fear of bat-,
tling taller and heavier oooonents un-
Doily Photo by BRAD BENJA'MIN
Michigan forward Thad Garner moves to the basket guarded by Jerry Davis
(33) of the University of Detroit, in a game that the Wolverines won, 85-72.
The sophomore from Hammond, Indiana, has been a standout for the cagers
By DREW SHARP
T he gun had sounded. The third period
tory. And in my apa'rtment, disbelief
its occupants. My friends and I just gazed
in utter silence for we coukj not believe
that was taking place before our eyes. T
Pittsburgh Steelers were trailing the lowl
Rams, 19-17, in the Super Bowl at Pasadena
We had come together on this XIV Sup
watch a massacre take place. The Steek
posed to beat the Rams even if their thir
Dynasty. Just the mention of that wordr
vision something that is awesome, pov
Very few sports teams have been able
nearly impossible plateau. The Boston Cel
made a habit of taking the NBA title with t
Russell, John Havlicek and Bob Cousy. Fo
years, the Montreal Canadians have drop
NHL teams to their knees with their conse
Cup victories. John Wooden's UCLA E
dominated college basketball by taking
championships from 1964-1975 with pla
magnitude as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (th
Lew Alcindor), Gail Goodrich and Bill W
cannot forget the Green Bay Packers of Vi
and heroes like Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor,
the biggest Starr of all, quarterback Bart.
The title of dynasty has accompanies
evaded so many. It looked as though it wo
Steelers following three-fourths of the Su
true to fashion, Pittsburgh scored two touc
fourth quarter and went on to defeat the R
was the Steelers' fourth Super Bowl victor
and it earned them the mythical distine
called "Team of the Decade."
Well, in my opinion, the Steelers were
team of the seventies and are going to be a
ce in the eighties. They truly are~a team tl
be called a dynasty. And nowhere was th
than during the Super Bowl.
The Steelers were forced to abandon the
consuming, running-oriented offensive a
high-powered explosive variety. A 47-yar
pass to Lynn Swann and a 73-yard TD s
Stallworth paved the way for the victory
Bradshaw was able to rise above a horren
terceptions to pass for 309 yards and shat
Bowl records in the process.
Steelers cut it...
And finally, there is that one characteristic that all
was now his- championship teams must possess - depth. When All-
had inhabited Pro linebacker Jack Ham broke an ankle during the
at each other season, reserve Robin Cole stepped in to substitute, and
the spectacle the famed Steel Curtain defense wasn't weakened one
the invincible bit.
y Los Angeles The formation of this powerhouse is one of the more in-
a's Rose Bowl. triguing stories in all of sports. Pittsburgh owner Art
per Sunday to Rooney, who will turn 79 on January 26, has been the
ers were sup- main man in the Steeler organization since 1933. He suf-
d-string team fered through many losing seasons when the Steelers
were considered the doormat of the NFL and then, in.
makes you en- 1969, the foundation for the Super Bowl champs was laid.
werful or un- Rooney hired an assistant coach from the Baltimore
Colts named Chuck Noll. Noll's first accomplishment
to reach that was to make a relatively unknown defensive tackle his
tics of the 60's first-round pick in the college draft. The man's name
he likes of Bill was Joe Greene. The .Steelers finished 1-13 in Noll's
r the last four initial season and earned the honor of getting the first
?ped the other choice of the college seniors.
cutive Stanley They chose a young quarterback from Louisiana Tech
Bruins totally by the name of Terry Bradshaw. But perhaps the finest
ten national draft the Steelers ever had came in 1974 when they
yers of such picked four future All-Pros: wide receivers Lynn Swann
en known as and John Stallworth, linebacker Jack Lambert and cen-
alton. And we ter Mike Webster.
and of course, I think it's safe to say that one of the reasons Pit-
tsburgh is where they are today is because the front of-
d so few and fice has an excellent eye for talent. Are you listening,
)uld evade the William Clay Ford?
per Bowl but, I don't feel that it would be fair to finish without com-
hdowns in the plimenting the Los Angeles Rams on their valiant effort
lams, 31-19. It Sunday. They gave Pittsburgh all they could handle and
y in six years more and have nothing to be ashamed of for they gave a
tion of being complete effort.
Quarterback Vince Ferragamo and running back
the premier Wendell Tyler are bonafide future NFL stars and the
powerful for- Rams earned the respect that was so thoroughly
at deserves to withheld from them during the two weeks of
hat more true preparation.
ir usual time- The Rams have finally shed the blanket that had them
ttack for the labeled as bumbling boobs who always choke in the big
rd touchdown game. They didn't choke Sunday. They were merely
trike to John outdueled.
. MVP Terry They were beaten by a team that deep down inside
dous three in- believes that they cannot be defeated, now or in the
ter two Super future. And that is how dynasties are made.
derneath the hoop. In fact, it seems that
he actually enjoys it. Hence, coach
Johnny Orr's pre-season quote, only
half-joking: "It'll be hard for him to
make it through the year without being
GARNER ALSO possesses an innate
sense of timing which has allowed him
to make 31 steals this year, tops on the
team. And he talks to his teammates on
"That's the way I've learned it,"
Garner replied when asked about his
penchant for persistent on-court chat-
ter. "I'm the defensive leader. I have to
credit my junior high and high school
coaches with that. I'm from Indiana,
and aggressive defense is what they
Garner received a temporary boost
from the obscurity that the cagers have
waded in all season when NBC announ-
cer Al McGuire proclaimed to America
that Thad would be an All-american
within the next two years. However,
Garner doesn't see himself or any other
Wolverine asa standout, at least not in
"WE'VE GOT MIKE McGee, a
highly explosive offensive player," he
said, "but we don't have any one man to
carry us. We do have a lot of offense,
with Mike, Marty Bodnar, and John
Johnson, but not any dominant player.
And we're so small, we can't come
down and take wild shots because we
might not get another chance."
Garner's philosophy was best sum-
med up when he said, "I just go out
there and have a lot of fun."
All the Wolverines have had their
share of fun this year, as they've upset
Marquette and Iowa, as well as Ohio
State, and compiled a surprising 10-5
"IF WE CAN keep playing at the
pace we're going at right now, we're
going to be in contention for the title,"
The next step towards that Big Ten
title comes tomorrow night when the
Michigan State Spartans invade. Gar-
ner has battled a slight case of the flu
this week, but it's a good bet he'll be
ready come gametime.
After all, he's just havin' some fun.
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