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Page 8-Thursday, January 17, 1980-The Michigan Daily
The s PITT
Champions

TIME FOR SUPER BOWL XIV:

Favored Steeler

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By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
A Daily Sports Analysis
They call it Super Sunday. It happens
every year during the dead of winter. It
is the culmination of 20 weeks of intense
competition. It features a game pitting
the best football team in the American
Conference against the best from the
National Conference.
Yes, whether you are ready or not,
another Super Bowl is upon us. In only
four days the once-placid community of
Pasadena, nestled peacefully in the San
Gabriel Mountains, will fill to the brim

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mighty Pittsburgh Steelers against the
team that had the worst record of any of
the playoff teams, the Los Angeles
Rams.
At this year's affair, the Steelers will
be trying to collect an unprecedented
fourth Super Bowl victory. According to
the oddsmakers, the Steel City boys
should accomplish that feat with ease.
The Steelers have been established as
solid 10-point favorites going into the
game. Only two other times in Super
Bowl history has a team been
established as a double digit favorite,,
and in both instances the favored team
lost.
It is, however, a point spread that ap-
pears to be well deserved. Terry Brad-
shaw will be trying to better his per-
formance in last year's game where he
threw for 318 yards and four touch-
downs. He has two of the best receivers
in football, Lynn Swann and John
Stallworth, to catch his nearly flawless
tosses. If the Rams manage to bottle up
the Steelers' air attack, they can shift to
the ground game, led by the old
warhorse, Franco Harris. Harris holds
the Super Bowl record for most carries
(34) and yards (158) ina game.
THE RAMS, on the other hand, must
be feeling a little like Rodney Danger-
field. They "don't get no respect." Due
to the fact that they come into the game
with a measly 9-7 record, many people
have suggested that the Rams have no
business even being on the same field
as the Steelers. This is upsetting to
many of the Rams players, who feel
that they are deserving of a little more
respect.
In an Associated Press story, Rams
running back Wendell Tyler said,
"Some peoplekare saying that it's going
to be a cakewalk for Pittsburgh Sun-
day, but anything can happen in foot-
ball." Tyler went on to say that, "We'll
answer our critics on Sunday."
Tyler has been one of the brightest
spots. for the Rams this season. The
second-year man from UCLA rushed
for 1,109 yards this season. The Rams
also sport one of the best offensive lines
in the league and a capable quarter-
back in Vince Ferragamo.

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ONE OF THE biggest factors in the
game may be the attitude being em-
ployed by some of the Steelers. Pit-
tsburgh defensive back Mel Blount was
quoted by the AP as saying that it it is
"just another game." You can bet that
the Rams aren't looking at it as just
another game. Back when the Cowboys
were eliminated by the Rams, Steeler
defensive tackle Joe Greene said, "I'm
disappointed that the Cowboys lost.
We're the best and we want to play
against the best." Depending on how
far the Steelers carry this-attitude, we
may see the "Gator Bowl Syridrome'
come into play, where one heavily
favored team takes their opponent too
lightly. The Rams can only benefit by
being such a heavy underdog.
If this game attracts your interest
enough to make the trek to Pasadena,
be prepared to set out a healthy amount
of money for tickets.
According to Rocky McAlister,
Public Safety Director for the
Pasadena Police Department, scalpers
are asking "$150 for cruddy seats in the
end zones and $350-450 for the better
ones." And you thought that $40 was a
fortune to pay for Ohio State tickets!
"WE'VE EVEN HEARD a report of
six Pittsburgh businessmen who are
willing to pay up to $1500 each for six
together," remarked McAlister.
All in'all, it should be an interesting
game indeed. Will the Steelers live up to

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their expectations and blow the Rams
off the field? Or will all the Rams'
critics be silenced, as Wendell Tyler
has promised? Due to'the fact that the
Rams appear to be at their peak, as
evidenced by wins over Dallas and

Pittsburgh Steeler coach Chuck Noll
will be looking to bring an unpre-
cented fourth Super Bowl champion-
ship back to tle Steel City Sunday with
the aid of his star quarterback, Terry
Bradshaw. The Steelers enter the game
as solid 10 point favorites.
Tampa Bay to earn the trip, the game,,
should be closer than expected. The ,
final score? Pittsburgh 27, Los Angeles
24.

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Los Angeles Ram coach Ray Malavasi
and his quarterback, Vince Ferraga-
mo, are preparing for this Sunday's
Super Bowl XIV battle against the
heavily favored defending champion
Pittsburgh Steelers.
with rabid pigskin enthusiasts from all
over the land.
Pity the poor residents of Pasadena.
Three short weeks ago their lovely little
hamlet was invaded by countless hor-
des of people who came to witness the
yearly Rose Bowl spectacle. As if that
onslaught wasn't enough to overwhelm
them, they now must prepare them-
selves for an even bigger assault.
AT THE CENTER of all the hoopla
and celebrating will be the game itself.
Super Bowl XIV will pit the high-and-

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DETROIT-Pete Mahovlich scored
a pair of goals and set up another to
lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 vic-
tory last night over the Colorado
Rockies.
As the Wings notched their first
triumph in three meetings this season
with Colorado, they pulled to within
eight points of fourth-place Pittsburgh
in the NHL's Norris Division. Colorado
shares the basement with Edmonton in
the Smythe Division.
Duke 67, Wake Foresi 66
DURHAM, N.C.-Mike Gminski
stuffed in 27 points and fifth-ranked
Duke overcame a six-point deficit and a
Wake Forest slowdown as the Blue
Devils pulled out a 67-66 victory over
the Deacons in an Atlantic Coast Con-
ference basketball game last night.
Duke took a 43-38 lead at the half but
the Blue Devils committed three suc-
cessive turnovers and Wake Forest
went into the lead, 47-45, on a shot by
Jim Johnstone with 17:05 remaining.
The Deacons held onto that lead,
building it up to as much a six before
Duke took control of the game with
steals and rugged play on the boards.
Virginia 69, Penn 39
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Lee
Raker, returning to the lineup for the
first time since a Dec. 29 injury,
sparked a 22-4 surge in the second half
that propelled 12th-ranked Virginia to a
69-39 blitz of Penn's Quakers last night.
Raker, who finished with 14 points,
scored 12 in the Cavaliers' surge that
began with 14:43 left and Virginia
ahead by only eight points.
Virginia's Jeff Lamp led all scorers
with 19 points while Ralph Sampson
scored 10 points, grabbed 20 rebounds
and blocked four shots.

Mar laI 84, Clemson 83 *6
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-A driving
one-hander by Greg Manning with
three seconds remaining gave
Maryland an 84-83 victory over 17th-
ranked Clemson in an Atlantic Coast
Conference game last night.
The losing Tigers, now 11-3 including
3-2 in the ACC, made two passes on an
inbounds play after calling time out,
but the final shot by Billy Williams was
attempted after the final buzzer and it
went through the basket too late.
Le s go., sn o)
ALBANY, N.Y.-Weather officials
plan to meet this week apparently to
consider cloud-seeding to make snow
for the Olympics at Lake Placid.
Bill Drewes, meterologist in charge
of the National Weather Bureau office
here said yesterday Olympic
organizers were "very concerned about
the lack of snow on the cross country
trails."
He said he believed the meeting bet-
ween weathermen and the Lake Placid
Olymic Organizing Committee would
be today or Friday in the Lake Placid
area, but had no further details.

ENGINEEP1NG & CC*APUTER SJENCE MAJORS

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College Basketball
Marliand84, Clenson 8:3
D~uke 67. Wake Forest 66
Virginia >, Penn :t9
Eastern Michigan 67, Ohio 65
Georgetown 64. St. Peter's 19
Bowling Green 69. Central Michigan 62
Toledo 72, Ball St. t30
Penn St. 75.,IW. Virginia 71
\Y hangers i. Winnipeg 1
Detroit 5. Colorado I
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Boston il. ('hicago 104
Indiana 117, Denver 99

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