Page 12-Tuesday, January 13, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Frieder pleased with rare
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
It doesn't take a mathematics wizard
to deduce that you can't win the Big Ten
title if you don't win on the road. Last
year Michigan won lonly one of nine
away contests, compared to a 7-2
record compiled in the friendly confines
of Crisler Arena. The result, of course,
was a sixth place conference finish..
Wolverine coach Bill Frieder said
back in November that if his team were
to accomplish its goal of reaching the
NCAA Tournament, it would have to
improve dramatically its conference
road record. While Saturday's contest
against Minnesota cannot be con-
sidered a forebearer of future road suc-
cess, the victory did provide some hope
that the Wolverines' biggest problem
during 1980 is a thing of the past.
"ANYTIME YOU win on the road in
the Big Ten it's a great victory,"
Frieder told reporters Saturday night
after Michigan's exasperating 68-67
double overtime triumph. "This will
help us coming off the loss (at Purdue).
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you've got to bounce back."
The win over the nationally-ranked
Gophers (19th by AP, 14th by UPI),
elevated Michigan into the eighth spot
in the UPI poll. Much more satisfying to
Frieder than the lofty rankings,
however, is the sudden emergence of
Tim McCormick as a Big Ten center.
The 6-10 freshman from Clarkston, who
prior to Saturday had failed to produce
with needed consistency, played 40
minutes against Minnesota, scoring 10
points, grabbing seven rebounds and
frustrating the efforts of 7-3 Gopher
center Randy Breuer.
MCCORMICK, who entered the game
after starting center Paul Heuerman
had three early shots blocked by
Breuer, limited the gargantuan center
to eight points and seven rebounds. On
offense, he displayed a delicate touch
on short baseline jumpers.,
McCormick, who remained in the
game throughout most of the second
half as Heuerman sat on the sidelines
with foul trouble (he eventually fouled
out), said, "I'm glad I was able to help
more than I have before. This is a great
thrill. With Paul out, it was a great op-
portunity to prove myself. I hope this
gives the coaches more confidence in
Indeed it does. "Tim came into his
own," Frieder said Saturday night.
"This was thertype of kid we'd hoped
he'd be when we recruited him. We
decided after the Purdue game that we
were going to have to go with him if we
were going to do anything in the Big
Yesterday, however,. when urged to
experiment with the starting front line,
Frieder demurred. "We have a good
group of starters," he said. "It's true
that we need his (McCormick's) size, but
I'm not going to make any changes."
Overlooked in the triumph was a solid
all-around performance from the
team's leading scorer, Mike McGee. "I
think McGee probably played his best
game ever, considering everything, as
a Wolverine," Frieder said. "He didn't
force one shot, scored 22 points, tied for
our high in rebounds (seven), led us in
assists (three), and played fine defen-
WOLVERINE TALES - Frieder was
nailed Saturday with the first technical
foul of his college head coaching
career. It happened during the second
half . .. Assistant Michigan Sports In-
formation Director Bruce Madej is
leaving the Athletic Department next
week for a similar post with a water
sports organization. Madej helped
make Crisler Arena a haven of
hospitality for journalists covering
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5. Minnesota ..............13-7
7. Boston College.......9-2-2
8. Maine................ 12-4
9. Ohio State...........13-6
Wisconsin ........ 9 5
North Dakota ......8 4
Denver .............8 4
Minnesota ..........8 5
MICHIGAN ........7 7
Mich. Tech .........7 7
Minn-Duluth .......7 7
Notre Dame ........5 9
Colorado Coll......5 9
Mich. State .........3 11
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"Hey, ref, look what he's doing," yelled a small group of enraged
wrestling fans as the gorilla-like Brazilian was relentlessly ramming the
brass ring into the local boy's face.
Within seconds, he was bleeding all over the ring, and the man in the
striped shirt was probably off in another corner, directing the camerman to
get the ugliest possible shot.
Well, there were some people who just wouldn't put up with that kind of
brutality, and it took just a few drops of the red stuff (it's really brown) to
bring a handful of off-duty wrestlers into the ring, ready to subdue the more-
than-violent Pampero Firpo.
This was Big Time Wrestling at its best, and to this day so many of us
who were weaned on Lord Layton, The Sheikh, and Flying Fred Curry will
never forget the outrageous hilarity that could be derived from regular
viewing of the show.
At first, I thought every movement, injury, and pin were totally real and
spontaneous. If The Stomper put his famous "sleeper" hold on Don Kent, the
guy was going to be knocked out until the winner woke him up with a tap on
the back of his neck. The Sheikh really did hurl fire in Layton's eyes; and
yes, it blinded him. After a few weeks of eyes glued to the tube, all I could say
was, "There's no way I would ever want to be a Big Time Wrestler (I had
brief aspirations of becoming one)."
In one 15-minute visit to the studio where the Thursday night matches
were taped, all my premonitions concerning the nature of this seemingly in-
sane form of warfare were dashed, probably for the better. My father and I
were returning from a Michigan football game, and I coaxed him into stop-
ping at old WXON-TV in Walled Lake to see the ring-and find out if this brutal
stuff really happened. One of the station's employees told it to me straight: it
was all faked. Nothing was real.
"Then why do they even bother to wrestle if it's not real?" I asked the
technician in my high-pitched, 12-year-old voice.
"Because people like to watch that kind of thing," he responded.
His words didn't deter me from camping in front of the tiny black and
white set in my parents' bedroom for one hour a week. I had my motives:
once, just once, couldn't a guy like Blaine or Kent stun the world by beating
one of those "bad" guys?
And one snowy winter night, following a series of unusually boring
shows, it happened. This wimpy-looking Australian named Fred Atkins put
The Sheikh away. All he did was outsmart the guy. I remember The Sheikh
getting caught in'one of the sport's most common traps: as he was charging
toward Atkins, the underdog moved hastily into a low crouch. The assailant,
who was champion at the time (but these bouts were just exhibitions),
whiplashed against the ropes and fell to the mat with a thunder.
Atkins pounced on him and applied some "Australian original" nerve hold to
The WXON studio held perhaps 100 people in three-deep rows of
bleachers (it as packed for every show), and when Atkins pinned The Sheikh
and bagged the upset, they went berserk. They broke an unwritten rule and
rushed the ring in a mob scene. Oddly enough, the show's producers didn't
write a good script for his future, because he was never heard from after
Weirdness was contagious. Bad guys like Bull Curry would return from
extended vacations and be transformed into good guy status. Good guys like
Hank James did the reverse. After a while you didn't know whether to cheer
or jeer certain wrestlers when they were introduced by the ring announcer.
More vicious types, like Firpo aid Bobo Brazil, battled it out in cages or
with chains attached to them. But those matches were too prestigious to be
aired on the Thursday night telecasts; they were highlighted in lengthy car-
ds every other Saturday night at Cobo Arena.
Between fights on Thursday, the announcer Layton, Bob Finnegan, or
the highly-regarded Chuck Allen) would usually interview the good guy who
was to face his dastardly foe in the Cobo ring. Without fail, the interviewee
would verbally abuse his opponent, who just happened to be near the studio.
Who could stop him from busting in on them and attacking his opponent?
Nobody, naturally. The next second they would be entangled on the floor,
clawing at one another, before a referee (who also happened to be near the
cameras) stepped in to break it up.
Somehow, it all seemed so much more entertaining when I presumed it
to be real and not staged.
I i 1 -1
Another semester all prepared for.
Now if I can just get it
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