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SPORTS

Page 10

Thursday, October 9, 1980

The Michigan Daily

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Blue-MS U:

An intrastate rivalry
typified by domination

By RON POLLACK
In a 72 game series that has seen
everything from upsets to mismatches,
119-0 routs to 0-0 deadlocks, there is,
only one generalization that can be
made. The Michigan-Michigan State
rivalry has been a game typified by
domination.
The Wolverine-Spartan game started
in 1898 with Michigan beating State
(then called Michigan Agricultural
College) 39-0. The Wolverines continued
to roll over Michigan State the next two
times they met by the lopsided scores of
119-0 and 46-0.
The Spartans finally scored a touch-
down against Michigan during their
seventh meeting in 1912. While the
touchdown served as a moral victory
for State, the score did not, as Michigan
destroyed Michigan State 55-7.
During the' 1910-1912 seasons, the
Michigan game proved particularly
frustrating to State, as the only blemish
on the Spartans records in those three
years (18-3) came versus Michigan.
With this in mind, MSU finally ended
their futility against the Wolverines
with a 12-7 victory at Ferry Field in
which Michigan nearly pulled the game
out with a last second pass.
After trading victories the next two
years, Michigan began a victory binge,

unparalleled in the history of the
rivalry. In the 14 games from 1916-1929,
Michigan not only went undefeated ver-
sus State, but they also recorded 12
shutouts while outscoring Michigan
State 390 to 9.
The next two seasons the Wolverine

against Michigan quickly came to an
eno when H.O. 'Fritz' Crisler became
the Wolverines mentor, in 1938. Under
Crisler's 10 year tutelage Michigan had
a perfect 8-0 record against MSU.
While the 40's saw Michigan go un-

was,4-3, Daugherty's teams compiled a
10-7-2 record over three different
decades. When Daugherty retired
following the 1972 season, the Spartans
were riding a three game losing streak
against Michigan.
As Daugherty's successful career
was winding down, Bo Schembechler's
tenure with the Wolverines was just
beginning. Following a loss to State in
Schembechler's initial season,
Michigan won eight straight contests.
This streak came to an end in 1978,
when Schembechler's troops entered
the game with a 4-0 and a ranking in the
top of both wire services. They left the
field stunned, their defense having been
riddled for 496 yards of offense in
Michigan State's 24-15 win that would
catapult them to a 10 game win streak.
Last season, Michigan regained the
bragging rights of the state when they
beat State 21-7 to run their record
against the Spartans to 46-21-5.
When Michigan plays Michigan State
at Michigan Stadium this Saturday,
they will be favored to add yet another
victory to their already commanding
series lead. However, the Wolverines
had best not put too much value on their
past victories or the Spartans will be
celebrating win number 22 over
Michigan.

defense continued its mastery over the defeated against State, the 50' and 60's
Spartan offense as it posted its fourth were not as kind to the Wolverines.
and fifth consecutive shutouts versus These two decades saw Michigan State
MSU. thoroughly dominate Michigan while
When Charles Bachman was named compiling a 14-4-2 mark against the
as the Spartan's head coach in 1933, the Wolverines.
rivalry swung into State's favor. The head coaches behind this im-
Following a 20-6 loss in 1933, Bachman pressive record were Clarence Biggie
proceeded to lead Michigan State to Munn and Hugh Duffy Daugherty. Of
four consecutive wins over the the 16 MSU head coaches to field teams
Wolverines. against Michigan, These two are the
The Spartan's illusion of invincibility only ones to have career winning recor-
ds against the Wolverines. While Munn

HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS

Thyroid drug drained
stamina, M iclaims

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LAS VEGAS (AP)-Muhammad A,
who claims an overdose of a thyroid
medicine left him "physically unfit" for
last week's heavyweight title bout with
Larry Holmes, did not show charac-
teristic signs associated with the drug
the fight's ringside physician said
yesterday.

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Ali said Tuesday that medication he
took for a thyroid condition weakened
him to the point that "I couldn't pick up
my legs" while jogging three days
before the fight.
RINGSIDE physician Dr. Donald,
Romeo said Ali's reaction to an over-
dose of Thyrolar was not charac-
teristic.
"An overdose of Thyrolar tends to
make a person overly nervous, overly
anxious and overly excited," Romeo
said. "In two examinations I conduc-
ted, Ali showed none of those signs. He
was exactly the opposite."
Romeo said Thyrolar is commonly
used as a weight-loss aid and could
result in the user feeling weak. Ali, who
underwent a weight loss from 254 to
2171/2 in three months, disclosed
Tuesday that he was taking twice the
prescribed dosage-a three-grain
tablet-of Thyrolar.
ROMEO SAID a daily dosage of six
grains "seemed high."
Meanwhile, Larry Holmes, back
home in Easton, Pa., said last night he
doesn't want to fight Ali again "because
I know what I'll.do to him."
"At one time after the fight," Holmes
told The Associated Press by telephone,
"someone asked Ali if he could have
beat me when he was in his prime,
when he was 30. He said, I don't know.
Now he's trying to find excuses. That's
not like Ali."

Sporting Views
Detroit slumps in,70's:. .
... Sports no joke anymore
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
T WOULD BE a prime example of understatement to say that the
1970's were not kind to Detroit's sports fans. The sports enthusiasts of the
Motor City were forced to suffer through a decade which saw each of the
city's four major sports teams occupy their respective cellars at one time or
another.
Except for the Tiger's first place finish in the American League East in
'72, none of Detroit's teams came close to winning a championship. Not only
were there no championships, but the Motor City's squads consistently
finished at the bottom of the heap. This display of ineptitude peaked last
year, when the Lions, with a 2-14 record, and the Pistons, who ended the
season at 16-64, each had the worst record in their respective leagues.
Needless to say, Detroit became the butt of numerous jokes.
But thankfully for all of Detroit's weary fans, the situation is starting to
change.
The first indication to Detroiters that the situation was improving came in
March of this year. That's when Hilmer Kenty, a native of Columbus who
moved to Detroit to train under Emanual Steward at the Kronk Recreation
Center, knocked out Ernesto Espana to win the World Boxing Association
(WBA) lightweight championship. Detroit's sports fans, so hungry for a
champion, happily accepted the personable Kenty as-one of their own.
Then, about the time of the All-Star break in early July, the Tigers found
themselves riding a nine-game winning streak into second place in the A.L.
East. They were the hottest number in the major eagues, and business at
the ticket window at Michigan and Trumbell began to pick up dramatically.
The fact that the Bengals slid back into fifth place-which seems to be
their reserved slot-is not the important thing here. What is important is that
for a brief time this summer Detroit fans didn't have to feel ashamed of their
team. They certainly didn't win and championship, not even close to it, but
for a little stretch of time this summer, Detroiters were given something to
take their mind off their problems. For that little bit of time, Sparky Ander-
son's squad gave Detroit something to smile about. That cerainly isn't any
championship, but it must be worth something.
Then on August second came the moment that Detroiters had been antici-
pating for a long time. That was the night that a skinny 21-year-old from
Detroit's west side, Thomas Hearns, sent Mexico's Pipino Cuevas reeling to'
the canvas in the second round of their fight to win the WBA welterweight
championship of the world. That was the night that Detroit had her first
native-born world boxing champion since Joe Louis, who ruled the
heavyweight division from 1937-1949. Anyone who saw how Hearns an-
nihilated Cuevas can tell you that it's unlikely that anyone is going to take
Tommy's belt away from him. It would take a brave man to even try.
That brings us to the Lions. Ah, yes, the good-ole-Lions. The team who was
the laughing stock of the NFL with a 2-14 record last year. The team who
finished at the .500 level countless times during the 70's. The team who
currently sits all alone atop the NFC Central Division with a 4-1 mark.
Yes, even the Lions are bringing pride to Detroit. And in a big way. With
rookie running back Billy Sims, the reward for last season's suffering,
leading the way, the Lions have gained the respect of everyone in the NFL by
whipping their first four opponents before falling to the Atlanta Falcons last
Sunday.
And the home town fans are loving every minute of it. In fact, the Lions are
not only the hottest sports commodity in town, but the top musical stars as
well. Jimmy "Spiderman" Allen's version of Queen's "Another One Bites
the Dust", the Lion's adopted theme song, is currently the number one single
in the Motor City.
With the pansy schedule that the Lions were awarded as a result of last
season's dismal showing, they have an excellent chance of making the
playoffs for the first time since 1970.
Being able to brag to friends in other parts' of the country is not the most
beneficial aspect of this resurgence in Detroit. Cities such as New York or
Los Angeles don't need good sports teams to take pride in. They have so
many other things that make them stick out. New York has Broadway, Wall
Street and a million or so other attractions; Los Angeles has Hollywood,
Disneyland and Charlie's Angels; Detroit has the auto industry, but we all
know there isn't a whole lot there to take pride in these days. That's why it is
so important to a city like Detroit to have a good sports image. It gives the
citizens something to identify with and take pride in.
This is what pulled Detroit out of the tragic race riots that plagued the city
in the late 60s. The r'acial tensionthat was at a peak was brought to a halt.
when Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Willie Horton and the other members of the
'68 Tigers showed the country who has the best baseball team. Blacks and
whites united to take pride in the group of men who bore the name of their
city as they went around the country playing baseball better than anyone
else. The mayor couldn't stop' the fighting, nor could the police or the
National Guard. Only a bunch of guys playing a game could.
So cheer up, Detroit. There's no reason to hang your head any more. The
recent conquests of athletes representing the Motor City have given everyone
something to be proud of. So the next time a friend from Pittsburgh or New
York ribs you about Detroit's athletes, simply ask them, "Just who do you
have who could whip Tommy Hearns?!"

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