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By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
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N O MATTER HOW MUCH of a sports fan you might be, you probably
never realized how many illogical, idiotic, and downright stupid things
there are connected with the world of athletics. Be it pro, college, pee wee
league, or whatever, almost every aspect of sports contains certain elemen-
ts that just don't make sense.
It would be impossible to list all of the stupidities in the sporting world, so
let's just consider a few.
BASEBALL MANAGERS-.Actually, there are several things about
baseball managers that don't make sense. First off, why are they called
managers? Bo Schembechler isn't a manager. Neither are Bill Frieder,
Monte Clark, Bobby Knight, and a host of other people whose job it is to call
the shots for their respective teams. But Sparky Anderson is a manager. His
job is essentially the same as Schembechler's or Frieder's-to run the
team-but he gets a different title. Any reason for this?
My only guess would be that baseball folks figure their sport is so different
from all the others that their field boss deserves a unique title. As well as a
unique style of dress.
Frieder wearing shorts?
Only in baseball does the head guy wear the same uniform as his team
does. People would roll in the aisles with laughter if Bo appeared on the
sidelines in shoulder pads and a jersey, and there might even be a few heart
attacks if Frieder showed up for a game wearing shorts and sneakers. But no
one thinks it odd that baseball managers dress like their players. Just
because things have been going this way for 100 years doesn't mean they
can't be changed now.
TENNIS SCORING- Aside from ,being a great sport to play, almost
everything else involved with tennis is void of any logic. Especially the
sport's scoring system.
In case you didn't know, tennis is scored through "sets." The first player
to win six games wins the set, and a match is usually two out of three, or
three out of five sets. The only problem is, a player can win more points and
games than his or her opponent, and still lose the match. Example: Player A
wins the first set, 6-0, but loses the next two, 6-4, 6-4. Player A won more
games, 14-12, but Player B wins the match.
You don't see anyone complaining about this method of scoring but
imagine if the same system was applied to another sport. In basebalI, the
two teams would play three "sets" of three innings each. The team winning
the most sets would win the game. It wouldn't matter if one team scored
more runs overall, that team could still lose.
Or in football, teams would play three "thirds" of 20 minutes each. The fir-
st squad to win two thirds would win the game. Sound dumb? Of course.
One will get you 15
And then there is the way in which the gamnes in tennis are scored. The first
time you score a point, you don't get one point, you get 15. The next time you
score you get another 15 points, boosting your tally to 30. But for some
reason, the next winner you score is onlyworth 10 points, giving you a total of
40. And if you don't have any points, it's not called "zero" or "nothing",or
anything normal like that. No, in tennis, they refer to being scoreless as
having 'love," as if it's something nice to shoot for.
Some might call tennis' scoring system tradition unique, or whatever. I
call it stupid.
PRO SOCCER SHOOTOUT- If you're part of the miniscule portion of our
society that actually follows this sport, then you're familiar with the
shootout. It's the method used by the pro soccer league to decide a tie, and it
consists of having each team take free shots on goal, with the team scoring
the most free shots earning the win.
It c'ould be compared to settling a basketball tie by shooting free throws, or
deciding a football deadlock with a field-goal kicking contest. Rather than
resorting to such a stupid device to decide the winner, just leave the game as
Obviously, this is only a small sampling of the idiocies which exist in the
world of sports. There is, however, one more worth mentioning: sports
writers who put out meaningless columns. I've never been able to under-
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Michigan, but that' wasn't enough to
carry him over the Celtic cut.,
Johnson, a shooting guard, had been
playing behind two other rookie back-
courtmen, Charles Bradley from
Wyoming and Notre Dame's Tracy
Jackson, throughout Boston's
preseason and exhibition game
THE ONE-TIME Wolverine, who was
unavailable for comment, did not dress
for Boston's Monday night exhibition
game against Denver, a game in which
Bradley started and Jackson played a
strong scoring role.
Johnson apparently was not very
surprised by his release, for on Wed-
nesday last week he said that Jackson
and Bradley were "both ahead" of him
and that "(Boston head coach Bill Fit-
ch) is playing them all the time...It
looks like the writing's on the wall."
Johnson left the city of Boston
yesterday. He said last week that if he.
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