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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 11, 1982-Page 9


Blue QB takes hike back in time

On the road again...
turn the page
TT'S NOT JUST a job, it's an adventure. Although this slogan is directed
1 toward our friends in the Navy, it could apply to our student paper as
well. From dodging comments from irate readers, like "Why can't you stop
the idiots on the Opinion Page" and "How come my IM team isn't ranked?",
to ducking interrogations from political theorists, like "How can you work
for that commie pinko rag?", living the life of a Daily sports editor has had
its trying moments.
Well, putting these trying times off to the side, the Daily has provided
one advantageous opportunity denied most students.
Extensive road tripping.
The life of this psuedo sportswriter has included trips to Chicago, South
Bend, Houston, and all the Big Ten schools but one (who goes to Iowa City for
fun anyway). Some observations follow:
Despite a string of 2-9 and 3-8 seasons in the 1970's, the Badger fans
always jammed into the 77,000 seat Camp Ran-
dall Stadium and had themselves a damn good
time. So you can imagine the reaction after the -
Wisconsin victr over Michigan last season.
The Badger faithful literally rocked the pressbox
during the game and lingered long after it was!
over, celebrating the upset.1
On State Street (Madison) that evening bon-
fires fueled by Michigan paraphernalia and
drunken chants of "Michigan sucks" to the tune
of "Hey Jude" filled the air. Witnessing the
Badger football fanatics dancing on the tables
and jeering the Wolverine fans was a new low for
this Michigan supporter. uCl£,
Bo Schembechler and Bobby Knight say Purdue, but Notre Dame wins
here. Any school with bumper stickers saying "God made Notre Dame No.
1," a touchdown Jesus on its 14-storgy library, and a first-down Moses on
campus obviously has its priorities on the gridiron and not in the church.
This quote from an overzealous Irish alum last summer says it all-"The
Michigan game (last fall) may be the only game Gerry Faust will lose-
ever."God help ya.
Imagine three adults plus luggage on the seven-hour trek to Wisconsin in
a 1970 VW Bug. Now imagine the trip in a VW which leaked gas fumes the
whole way. Now imagine the ride in a VW with no muffler. Now imagine the
trek with no FM radio to speak or hear of. Now imagine a VW which back-
fired every time you shifted. Now imagine a VW with the front right portion
of the car flapping in the wind. Now imagine ...
On the scenic Evanston campus, a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake
Michigan seemed like the Northwestern thing to do. Unfortunately, we chose
to take the walk along the shores of the Great Lake at the end of January.
The only experience on this campus which can compare to a walk by Lake
Michigan in the winter is to pace back and forth in the Grad Library wind
tunnel until your body turns blue-or purple if you're from Northwestern.
If the Greeks run out of beer on this flat, flat campus, you're out of luck.
"Go to Harry's, go to Harry's," was the cry when the Greeks' kegs were dry,
so we did. And we are still wondering why. If Harry's is the big bar on the
Purdue campus, the students there need a batch of boilermakers. Harry's is
abut one-third the size of Dooley's and you need about 30 pieces of picture
I.D. to even get in. Advice-head to Bloomington. It's more fun.
How do you make a slew of weary sports reporters smile? Set up a
hospitality suite in a local hotel with free munchies and a bar with a jovial
Texan bartender who creates mean, mean Bloody Mary's at 10 in the mor-
ning: We could've had a V-Eight, but these Bloodies were an even better eye-
opener. In addition'to the hospitality suite, have a party in the Astrodome the
night before the game with hors d'oeuvres, a side of roast beef, an open bar,
Dave Diles, Dennis Franklin, Don Canham, and of course, Miss Texas. In
summary, the media related well to these events.
The Pistons' locker room is the home of a most unique pop machine. If
you yank down on the coin return slot and then hit a certain but-
ton-BINGO-a Michelob Light tumbles out. After each interview, you am-
ble over to the machine, perform the ritual and yet another cold brew makes
its appearance. You try to act natural in the process, but it's hard to get
quotes while you're juggling six beers. The Pistons'-brass has not said if
Detroit plays the other NBA teams for a Michelob Light or not.
By the way, this is my final column. Until further notice ...

Former Michigan football star Forest
Evashevski admits that to young
Wolverine fans, he is "just a difficult
name to pronounce." But in his time at
Ann Arbor, Evashevski's name was a
household word, when he was the
blocking quarterback who led Tom
Harmon and Michigan's powerhouse
teams of 1938-40.
Evashevski was the captain and one
of the hardest workers on those
Michigan teams. He was an All Big Ten
quarterback as a sophomore, even
though he had never played quarter-
b ack until that season.
"I ONLY HAD a week to get ac-
customed to it before I started,"
Evashevski remembered. "The reason
I was shifted was because Tom Harmon
was so fast that he was outrunning the
other quarterbacks. One day, they
asked me to stay after practice, and I
ran sprints with the quarterbacks and
' won. Then Fritz Crisler asked if I min-
ded switching to quarterback."
"Evy was the greatest blocking back
I've ever seen," said Tom Harmon, who
followed Evashevski's ferocious lead
blocks. "He had an uncanny knack for
hitting people, he was hard as nails, and
he was quick as a cat. You couldn't
have asked for anything more."
But Evashevski gave Michigan much
more. In addition to playing football,
lvashevski won three varsity letters as
a catcher on the baseball team.
"FRITZ CRISLER had a rule that if
you made another team you didn't have
to go to spring practice," the 6-1, 210
pound Evashevski said. "I liked
baseball and had great respect for
coach Ray Fisher, so I played, But I'm
lazy enough to admit that missing prac-
tice had something to do with it."
After graduation, Evashevski was
anything but lazy. He first spent nine
months coaching the Hamilton College
football team. Then he joined the Navy
for World War II.
After returning, Evashevski joined
the coaching staff of Biggie Munn and
served under him as assistant football
coach at both Syracuse and Michigan
State, before getting the head coach's
job at Washington State University.
EVASHEVSKI left WSU to begin his
long tenure at Iowa, where he served as

coach and athletic director until 1960.
He then retained only the AD job, until
resigning in 1969. Since then he has
been an Iowa broadcaster, although he
admits that this may have been his last
"I'm in the throes of making up my
mind as to whether or not to broadcast
next year," Evashevski said. "It's the
same as it was when I left coaching. I
have business interests that take up my
time, and I'm semi-retired now, so I
don't know if I'll continue."
Aside from his successes on the
athletic field, Evashevski has been a
business success as well. He currently

"In 1939, we went to Chicago, and
Tom had had his picture on the cover of
Time Magazine. And when we beat
Iowa, th* headlines read 'Harmon 27,
Iowa 7'," Evashevski remembered.
"So the Chicago Tribune comes out,
and all it says is.that Harmon is coming
to town.
"WE WERE ahead 35-0-we won 85-
0-and Bob Ingalls was the center, and
we were running from the single wing,"
he continued. "So we're waiting for the
snap count, and then we all move, but
the ball isn't snapped, and we get a
delay of game penalty. All this time,

could hear from the bottom of the pile is
every cuss word in the book.
"WELL, WHEN he got back to the
huddle, I just told him 'Evy, we just
wanted you to know how much we ap-
preciate you as a blocking back.'"
But despite the tomfoolery, Harmon
has only praise for his good friend.
"He's as fine and upright a man as
I've ever known-and that includes a
few presidents," Harmon said. "He has
as much integrity as anyone you'll ever
Young Wolverine fans may not be
able to pronounce his name, but older
fans will always remember the hard-
nosed, fun-loving Forest Evashevski
like a household word.
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... still remembers 'M'

Ingalls is sitting on the ground with the
ball between his knees.
"So he gets back to the huddle and 1
asked him if he had heard the snap
count, and he said 'I heard it, but Tom, I
wanted you to know how damned silly
you'd look if I didn't snap the ball to
Harmon also has stories about days
with Evashevski on the team that
Crisler once described as the wildest he
ever coached. 6
"IT WAS that same Chicago game,"
Harmon said, "and we were doing a lot
of things we didn't normally do because
we were winning by so much. So it's
late in the game, and I knew Evy was
going to call his own number, so I step-
ped into the huddle ahead of him and
said 'Evy's going to run the ball. Don't
"So he gets in the huddle and says
'Harmon, you play blocking back, I'm
going to show you how to run the ball.'
"Well he gets the ball and we all
stand up, and the Chicago guys go
flying by us and tackle him. And all you


runs a large insurance company in
Grand Rapids; and is on the board of a
number of other companies.
BUT ALL THE years at Iowa
haven't dimmed Evashevski's
memories of his years at Michigan. He.
reminisces fondly of the days that he
spent as a Wolverine with his close
friend Tom Harmon.
"I think the biggest contribution I
made at Michigan was keeping Tom
Harmon in line," Evashevski said.
"None of the guys on the team would let
him get a swelled head, and we had a
fun time doing it.

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their college preference-has arrived
and brought with it a vast array of
quality players for Bo Schembechler's
Heading the list of players who have
given verbal commitments to Michigan
are quarterback Jim Harbaugh,
placekicker Pat Moons, and defensive
back Ivan Hicks.
"WE HAVE to wait until these guys
can get enrolled in the University
before they are officially on the team,"
said recruiting coordinator Fritz
Seyferth. "But you get them to sign the
letter of intent to keep them from going
to other schools."
Harbaugh, a 6-3, 195-pound quarter-
back from Palo Alto, Calif., does bring
some Michigan ties with him. His
father, Jack, was a former assistant
coach under Schembechler and is now
the new head coach at Western
Michigan. Young Harbaugh is labeled
an excellent passer and is considered
one of the top signal callers coming out
of high school.
Moons, whose field goal-kicking
range is believed to be 60 yards, might
replace present kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh
on field goal attempts.

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HICKS, A 6-2, 180-pound defensive
back from Pennsauken, N.J. and.
brother of former Michigan star
Dwight Hicks, may prove to be a
valuable addition to the Wolverine
defensive backfield-a backfield which
will lose Tony Jackson and Brian Car-
penter to graduation.
Other notable players who will likely
don the Maize and Blue next season in-
clude: Mike Krause, a 6-3, 235-pound
All-State offensive lineman from' Clin-
ton; Tony Gant, a 6-2, 175-pound defen-
sive back who was Ohio's AAA back-of-
the-year last year; fullbacks Eddie
Garrett of Milwaukee and Robert
Perryman of Boston, and Jerry Quaer-
na, a 6-5, 250-pound offensive tackle out
of Ft. Atchinson, Wis.
Schembechler usually snares most of
his players from the Michigan, Ohio,
and Pennsylvania area. But, this year,
he seems to be branching out and lat-
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Coast as well as down South.

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Saers miss hurt Harte
0By DAVID FORMAN up my confidence these last


What can be worse than entering the
Big Ten tournament without your star-
ting point guard?
Michigan's women cagers must face
that situation as they open the tour-
nament this Friday in East Lansing
against Indiana without the services of
senior co-captain K.D. Harte, who suf-
fered a knee injury in last Saturday's
decisive victory over Detroit.
SURGERY WAS performed yester-
day by team physician Gerald O'Con-
nor to repair the torn medial cartilage.
Harte will be out for six to eight weeks,
which entails the remainder of the
Averaging 10.2 points per game and
4.8 assists per game, Harte will be
greatly missed from Michigan's fast-
break oriented offense.
"It's a big blow for us," said Harte's
replacement, freshperson Connie
Doutt. "K.D. is a big part of the team,
but I think we'll recover. It will be a big
change going into the Big Ten tour-
nament. I think I'm ready. I've built

weeks." Doutt contributed 11 points in
Tuesday's 75-74 win over Central

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