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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 28, 1981-Page9

91K Weekl.j Iigeat
Intramural football continued this week, with many of the games played in
the mud. The poor condition of the playing areas on Mitchell field helped to
decide the winner of a few close games, and was a factor in many of the wide
open ones.
Sigma Alpha Mu 36, Delta Chi 0: Tom Stotter threw for four touchdowns, two
to Gary Desberg, one to Ken Kaplin, and one to James Sprayregen, while
Jeff Hagen ran for another as Sigma Alpha Mu overpowered Delta Chi in the
mud. Stotter of Sigma Al pha Mu felt that a factor in the game was that "our
defense was playing pretty well. They probably got no more than two first
downs the entire game.
Phi Gamma Delta 36, Sigma Chi 0: Kevin Gilligan scored four touchdowns,'
and Gordon Erly scored once to lead Phi Gamma Delta., According to Erly,
one of the key plays was a 65-yard bomb that "kind of opened up the game."
Lambda Chi Alpha 54, Chi Psi 6: Lambda Chi scored two touchdowns with
their defense, and five offensively to dominate Chi Psi. Defensive touch-
downs were scored by John Jerge and Kurt Grosel. Offensively, Dave Knolls
scored three and Mike Kinna and Bob Glaser scored one each, while Joe
Parke quarterbacked. Chi Psi "didn't really get past 3rd down," said Dave
Knolls, and Scott Weinberg commented that "we were pretty much in con-,
Acacia 30, Trigon 0: Acacia scored four times, all in the air. Passes-were
caught for touchdowns by Brian Grau, Yong Kim, Scott Stroud, and Tim
Disturbed Furniture 8, Weekend Warriors 6: In a close game in the mud,
Disturbed Furniture won after Mark Denha scored and Gary Tocco made
the conversion. The Furniture also got great defensive work from Chris
Kelleher. The Weekend Warriors only score was by Rob Hyman.
Beaver Patrol 2, Cambridge Dogs 0: The only score of the game was when
Scott Guy scored a safety. 'It was a close game," said Fran Morel of Beaver
Patrol, "because it was hard to run (in the mud)." Another problem was
some questionable officiating.
Warlocks 2, Browns 0: "Basically, it was a boring game," said Dan Stulberg
of the Warlocks. The Warlocks outscored the Browns in first downs, but
couldn't get any points until they scored a safety in the second half.
Funky Grovites 8, Daily Libels 2: With the score knotted at 2-2 from a pair of
safeties, the Grovites intercepted a Daily Libels pass with about a minute to
play. They then threw a pass to Dan Eddy, who caught it for a touchdown in
the waning moments to give the Grovites the win.
Crush 20, Elliot Zukowskis 8: The Crush was lead by Kelvin Johnson, who
scored twice, and Andy Lasky, who intercepted a pass and ran it back for a
Bursley Boozers 36, Hamilton Fothermuckers 0: Defense was the key in this
game as Bursley intercepted five passes. Scoring touchdowns for the
Boozers were Lou Ramos, John Wystera, Fred Schaenzle, Tom Hines, and
George Page.
Michigan Hoqse 46, 6th Lewis 0: "We played well offensively and defen-
sively," said Ken Shields of Michigan House, which scored almost every
time they had the ball, and only allowed one first down on defense.
The IM Digest relates briefly the activities of the Michigan Inter-
mural program during the previous week. This week's information
was compiled by Daily sportswriter James Lombard.


George dominates series .. .
... causes the problei



H ERE WE ARE again, at the 1981 World Series.
As this strangest of all baseball seasons comes
to a close, the annual Fall Classic is being played on-
ce again by the New York Yankees and the Los
Angeles Dodgers. But thisWorld Series is different
from all of its predecessors. It is not being dominated
by men named Jackson, Winfield, and John, or Gar-
vey, Cey, and Valenzuela, it is being dominated by
the Yankee owner, George Steinbrenner.
Steinbrenner is grabbing all the headlines, as he
either chews out his collection of superstars or tries
to punch out his critics in elevators. But if King
George would just keep quiet and let the manager
motivate and the players perform, he would garner
an unparalleled record of victory from his team.
Steinbrenner has in fact already received fantastic
results. The Yankees are in their fourth World Series
in six years. They have, undoubtedly, "the best team
money can buy" in all of professional sport. And the
Yankees are supposedly everything anybody would
want to be: wealthy, glamorous, and'above all, win-
ners. Yet while Steinbrenner's millions have assem-
bled a true powerhouse, his system is flawed.
No matter what King George does, he cannot buy
wins and losses. His managers and players are
ultimately responsible for those wins and losses.
Steinbrenner cannot prevent a key injury (Rich
Gossage in 1979), and he cannot prevent a .390 hitter
(George Brett) from ripping a double up the-gap.
Last year the Yankees were swept by a superior Kan-
sas City Royals team in the American League playof-
fs, so what did Steinbrenner do? He fired the most
successful manager in baseball for that season, Dick

For the past three seasons, Steinbrenner's
behavior has been growing worse and worse. If the
team is doing poorly, Steinbrenner will not hesitate to
single out the slumping players. Just this past season,
Steinbrenner has embarrassed such stars as catcher
Rick Cerone, pitcher Ron Guidry, and the Yankees'
number one draw at the gate, Reggie Jackson.
There is one area, however, in which Steinbrenner
has illustrated a complete misunderstanding of the
game of baseball. One cannot play the_ game of
revolving managers and expect to win the World
Series every year. What Steinbrenner has done since
1973 is either fire or alienate six different managers:
Ralph Houk, Bill Virdon, Billy Martin (twice), Bob
Lemon (in his second term), Dick Howser, and Gene
Michael. Steinbrenner's reasons for the various
dismissals are very shallow indeed.
In 1979, during the off season, Billy Martin was ac-
cused of punching a marshmallow salesman in a bar.
Steinbrenner immediately fired Martin, claiming
that Martin gave the Yankee organization a bad
name. Steinbrenner never liked Martin, because the
manager would never let Steinbrenner intimidate
him. Steinbrenner always fumed because Martin was
incredibly popular with the New York fans, much
' more so than the owner. Steinbrenner made a wise
move by replacing Martin with a longtime and
p6pular Yankee coach, Dick Howser.
the one year that Howser was in New York, the
Yankees went through a very calm year, and breezed
into the playoffs with the best record in baseball (103
wins). When the Yankees were swept by an obviously
superior team, however, Howser was abruptly
dismissed. Howser's dismissal by Steinbrenner was

severe, as Steinbrenner pinned all of the Yankees'
misfortunes on Howser's shoulders, Ironically, this
season Howser guided the Kansas City Royals into
the playoffs where they lost to the Oakland A's.
Howser's replacement was Gene Michael, an old
friend of Howser whQ was also a player and coach for
the Yankees. Michael easily and efficiently led the
Yankees to the championship of the first half of this
season's split-season. However, when the Yankees
weren't as awesome in this season's second half, the
blame and pressure was placed on Michael.
Michael reacted harshly to Steinbrenner's criticism
and was quickly replaced.
Bob Lemon succeeded Michael, and led the
Yankees to where they are now, in the World Series.
By now, Steinbrenner must surely realize that his
managerial moves have been a mistake. His super-
stars are professional athletes that have a huge
amount of pride. These athletes are going to win
baseball games even if Mickey Mouse is the
manager. Changing managers constantly cannot
help a team, it can only cause problems by way of,
dissension. Even George Steinbrenner will surely
admit that a team with stability is going to do better
than a team without stability.
In the final analysis, Steinbrenner has caused far
more problems than he or anyone else is worth. Now
that he has assembled a long-term powerhouse,
Steinbrenner should keep to his shipping business,
and be content with reaping the profits that come
from being the owner of a strong New York Yankee
team. The Yankees are now the strongest
organization in baseball, and the best thing that King
George can do is not interfere.

I Wednesdays & Thursdays

Entries for the all-campus and co-rec
doubles racquetball tournament are
due today, as are team racquetball en-
tries for fraternity, women's,
graduate/faculty/staff, residence hall
and. independent divisions. The all-
campus singles racquetball tourney
will be held Saturday at the IM building
beginning at 1:00. a. m. If necessary,
the tyurnament will continue on Sunday
at 11:00a.m.
On November 4, instant scheduling
will be held at the IM building from
11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the foot-
ball playoffs. This scheduling will con-
tinue on November 5 from 11:30 a.m.
until4:30 p.m.

1981-82 hoop season
ticket sales sluggish,

"You don't know how to choose a
anager," said a heckler to New York
ankeeowner George Steinbrenner.
If you did, you wouldn't have to fire
them every year.
Steinbrenner ignored his antagonist
and walked on.
You don't know how to choose the
team either," said the heckler's
sidekick. "If you did you'd buy the
Dodgers and dump the Yankees."
Once again, Steinbrenner ignored the
derogatory comments.
"And you don't know how to pick
riddes either," said the first speaker.
Steinbrenner could control his anger
no more, and he went after the two. "I
know he's missing three teeth," the puf-
fy lipped Steinbrenner said afterwards
of one of the hecklers. "And he's
probably still looking for them."
If you have the courage to compete
with the Yankee owner in griddes and
possibly face his wrath, get'your picks
.nto the Daily (420 Maynard) by mid-
5ight Friday., The winner receives a
one-item pizza from Pizza Bob's and an
opportunity to compete with the "ex-
perts" from the Daily-football staff.
1. MICHIGAN at Minnesota
(Pick score)
2. Iowa at Illinois
3. Ohio State at Purdue*
4. Indiana at Michigan State
5. Northwestern at Wisconsin
6. Penn State at Miami (Fla.)
7. Southern Cal at Washington State
8. Stanford at Washington
9. Mississippi State at Alabama
10. SMU at Texas A&M
11. Princeton at Pennsylvania
12. Western Michigan at Northern
13. North Carolina at Maryland
14. Navy at Notre-Dame
15. Colorado State at Wyoming
16. Colorado at Oklahoma
*7. Florida at Auburn
18. Lockhaven at Slippery Rock
19. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Langston
20. DAILY LIBELS at The Little Brown
A weekly series of

Believe it or not, Michigan has a
basketball team. You sure wouldn't
know that by looking at this year's
season ticket sales - or lack thereof.
The sales are "not going that good,"
said Al Renfrew, Michigan's athletic
ticket manager. - "The economy and
everything else probably has a part to
play with that."
SO FAR, theAthletic-Department has
sold tickets for an estimated 1,400 of
Crisler Arena's 13,000 seats, aboutt600
less than the total number gone by this
time last year. Nearly all the blue seats
- those in the arena's lower level -
have been sold, but the gold section is
still wide open to all prospective fans.
The ducats went on sale Monday, Oc-
tober 19, and from that date until Oc-
tober 23, Michigan students had first
crack at the available season tickets.
Since then, the seating has been open to
the general public on a first-come first-
serve basis.
Despite this priority system, the first
major announcement of the ticket sale
came no earlier than October 24, at
last Saturday's Michigan-Northwestern
football game..
"IT WAS misleading," said an
athletic department employee, concer-
ning announcement. "Students have
been coming in saying they didn't know
anything about the tickets before they
heard the announcement. They should
have announced it at the Iowa game
(October 17)."
Registered Michigan students may
still receive a discount ontheir season
tickets until the Wolverine hoop cam-
paign starts against Windsor on
November 3: The tickets cost $35 for
students - about $2.50 for each of
Michigan's 14 home games - and $70
for memebers of the general public.
"THE KIDS (Michigan students) get
an' advantage," said Renfrew. "It's a
good buy if you like basketball."
Renfrew noted that the fact that
Michigan lost four starters from last
year's team may have something to do
with subpar sales this year, but that the
Wolverines will still play "good, ex-
citing ball."

Renfrew added that during the Big
Ten, season, Michigan fans will be
treited to "the best basketball in the'
country. I would think that would be
enough of a stimulus."

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... explains slow sales

The Department of Romance Languages
Wednesday, October 28
4:10 P.M.

One is the loneliest numbePhto
New York Yankee first baseman Dave Revering is not the only one in
Yankee Stadium as the scoreboard flashes an array of the numeral one after
the sixth game of the World Series was called due to bad weather yesterday.
The Yankees and the Dodgers will play the sixth game tonight if Mother
Nature permits.
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