Page 10-Wednesday, October 14, 1981-The Michigan Daily
L.A. tops Expos, 5-1
Yanks beat A's, 3-1
THIS BUD'S FOR YOU
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ron Cey, who
hadn't swung at bat in a game in more
than a month, lined a run-scoring
double, and Pedro Guerrero and Mike
Scioscia hit consecutive eighth-inning
home runs yesterday to back Burt
Hooton and the Los Angeles Dodgers to
a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Expos in
the first game of their National League
Both Eighth inning homers came af-
ter two were out. Cey started the
uprising with a single to center and
Guerrero followed with his homer to
left off reliever Jeff Reardon who
replaced started Bill Gullickson.
Scioscia then belted his shot to right-
The Expos were shut out until the nin-
th inning when they scored their lone
run on doubles by Gary Carter and
Larry Parrish. That was only the four-
th run off Dodgers pitching in the last
Game Two of the best-of-five series is
scheduled for tomorrow night at
Yankees 3, A's 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Graig Nettles, a
batting flop in the East Division playof-
fs, hammered a three-run double with
two out in the first inning and the New
York Yankees went on to defeat the
Oakland A's 3-1 last night in the
opening game of the American League
Veteran left-hander Tommy John, his
sinker pitch working to perfection,
scattered six hits in six innings and was
nicked for a run in the fifth on Dwayne
Murphy's RBI grounder.
Ron Davis and Rich Gossage, New
York's bullpen aces, held Oakland
hitless over the final three innings.
The second game of the best-of-five
series is scheduled for Yankee Stadium
Wednesday afternoon with Oakland
right-hander Steve McCatty opposing
another New York left-hander, Rudy
May. The rest of the series will be
played in Oakland beginning Thursday
EXPO OUTFIELDER Jerry White can't climb high enough to reach Mike
Scioscia's eighth inning home run which finished the scoring in yesterday's
5-1 Dodger playoff victory over Montreal.
No more powerhouses...
... parity in college football
ELIEVE IT OR NOT, there once was a time when the Michigan
football team didn't make its fans wait until the fourth quarter to see
who was going to win the game. No matter who the opponent was, the
Wolverines usually powered to an early lead so that the crowd didn't need to
sit on the edge of the benches with sweaty palms until the end of the game.
Michigan fans will no doubt remember those Saturdays as being fun. You
could sit in the stands, reach for a beer, and by the time your attention was
fixed back on the game, the Wolverines had added three more touchdowns to
It was also quite fun back them to laugh at Michigan coach Bo Schem-
bechler. Every week, Bo would put on his sternest face and tell the world
that Northwestern, Illinois, or whoever happened to be on the Wolverines'
schedule that week, was sure to be a tough opponent for his boys. Then on
Saturday, Michigan would win 65-0 and everyone would walk out of the
stadium chuckling at Schembechler's pessimism.
Well, 1981 has arrived and no one's laughing at Bo any more. When he
stands up and says that Iowa is going to be a tough opponent, people believe
him, because Iowa is a tough squad. So is Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and
several other teams in the league.Like it or not, it appears as though the day
of the superpower has finally come to an end.
The experts gave warning
Actually, the experts have been warning us for quite some time now'that
parity was reaching college football, but no one really believed it. It seemed
that the top teams in the country were always Alabama, Nebraska,
Oklahoma, USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, and a few others. The
only thing that ever changed was the order of finish.
But this year, the evenness among the nation's teams is finally starting to
show. The aforementioned kingpins are starting to be supplanted by such
upstarts as Iowa State, Florida State, North Carolina, and Mississippi State,
not to mention the Big Ten's Wisconsin and Iowa. It's getting to the point
where it's no longer an upset when a Michigan or a Nebraska is beaten.
To see that this parity has indeed arrived, one needn't look any further
than the Big Ten standings. The Wisconsin Badgers, a team that made it
hard in the past for anyone to keep a straight face when talking about their
football, are currently sitting pretty atop the pile, with victories over
Michigan, Purdue, and Ohio State to their credit. Certainly, no one would
have guessed that they would be in the driver's seat for the Rose Bowl at this
stage of the season.
The reason that coaches and others who are familiar with college football
have been saying that parity was on its.way was because of a rule initiated in
the early 1970's. This change limited the number of football scholarships a
school can offer to 95, down from the previous 120. That made it much harder
for a powerhouse school to stock up on the high school blue-chippers. The
previously weak teams were given a chance to rebuild, and the results are
starting to show.
The junior colleges lend an arm
Another trend that has helped the weaker teams become stronger is the
recent influx of college transfers to the major universities. The schools out
west have been raiding the juniors for years, but it has only been recently
that the teams in the midwest have caught on to this source of immediate
Illinois started the trend and gained national attention last season with its
use and misuse of juco transfer quarterback Dave Wilson. But the Illini
aren't the only Big Ten team to rely on help from the junior colleges.
Michigan State, Indiana, and Minnesota also start'junior college transfers,
and the other schools in the league are quickly catching on to this effective
rebuilding tool. Recently, Michigan battled the explosive juco connection of
Babe Laufenberg to Duane Gunn.
So with the nation's colleges playing football on a more even keel now, it
won't be long before all the major bowls start showing new faces.
The Big Ten just decided to get a head start on the rest of the country this
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