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Page 12-Friday, November 12, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Muransky adjusts to NFL walkout

By JOE EWING
As the National Football League
players' strike drags into its ninth week
with seemingly no end in sight, it would
seem that the rookies would have the
least understanding of the walkout. But
this is not the case with former
Michigan standout Ed Muransky.
"It will give me a chance," said
Muransky, an All-American tackle last
year at Michigan who is now a backup
for the Los Angeles Raiders. "I'm get-
ting married in March and it gives me a
chance to get some things done."
TO THE 6-7, 270-pounder, the

possibility of resuming the football
season looks more bleak with every
passing day.
"I think they have to negotiate. If
they don't get in about 11 or 12 games,"
said Muransky, "I think the season will
be lost. They're cutting it real close
right now."
During the disruption in the playing
schedule, Muransky has kept himself
busy working as an insurance represen-
tative and by doing sports assignments
for WYTV in his hometown of Youngst-
own, Ohio.
"I HAVE A communications degree

and I was on their morning show (Good
Morning Youngstown)," he said. "They
had heard I wanted to get into the area,
so they gave me a screen test and I got
a spot doing football three nights a
week and I have a Friday night spot
covering high school games.
"Truthfully, it is something I think I
would like to do full-time," said Muran-
sky.
When Muransky left Michigan for the
West Coast earlier this year, he had one
year of college eligibility left after
being red-shirted as a freshman.
However, he has no regrets about

giving up his additional year at
Michigan-a year in which he could be
playing instead of manning a picket
line.
"I'M HAPPY with the Raiders and
the package I got. I got my degree
(Bachelor of Science) in Com-
munication and Chemistry and I'm
happy."
In addition, Muransky cited that his
switch from college to professional
football was not really a difficult one. "I
was doing pretty well," he said. "They
(the Raiders) liked me and they were
happy with my size.

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THE SPORTING VIEWS
Help! ...,
.. .M' Stadium seating needs it
By STEVE HUNTER
H OW MANY TIMES has the following happened to you? You're all set for
the halftime show when you hear: "All right kid, I've got tickets for 21
through 26." Innocently you look up to see some balding, grey-haired man,
his blue-haired wife, and his two grandchildren. The man, of course, waves
four tickets in your face which say STUDENT I.D. REQUIRED, NOT FOR
RESALE. He naturally sees only the seat number.
Usually, most people just move to the aisle or crowd together on another
bench. If you confront the obvious non-student, however, the usher is called
and he invariably rules in favor of the outsider.
All of this makes one wonder;- why is the stadium so crowded? It's
especially perplexing since at the last Michigan-Michigan State game the
reported attendance was 106,113.
"So what?" you say. Well, the maximum capacity according to the 1982
program is 101,701, which is a discrepancy of 4,412 people.
The sports information office explains that reported attendance includes
the press, the bands, the players and coaches and anyone else legally inside
the stadium.
But let us conjecture for a moment. Suppose we allow 500 people for ven-
dors, 500 for the band, 200 for each team, 200 for the press, and 1,000 for
miscellaneous people. Even with such generous estimates, this still totals
just 2,600 people. That leaves 1,182 unaccounted for. It really makes one
wonder.
It might be argued that if everyone sat in their own seats, those non-
students who buy scalped tickets would be irrelevant. To me this attitude
seems naive. When over 100,000 people are in one place, some people are
bound to try to improve their seats. And can anyone be expected to sit in row
one in the corner of the end zone? Furthermore, people like to sit with their
friends, and when you order your football tickets you don't always know who
your friends will be the following fall.
One way to try to sit with your cronies is to come early, but that doesn't
always work. Donna Harmon, a University senior, said, "We got there an
hour before the (MSU) game started . . . about five minutes into the first
quarter the people with the seats arrived."
Harmon and her friends wound up in the aisle, and in the third quarter an
usher told them they would have to move. When she asked the usher to help
them retain their own seats, the usher refused.
Other students are more satisfied with the situation, though. Freshman
Steve Sugerman maintains he is happy with his seat, but adds, "I wouldn't
be if I sat where I was assigned." When asked if he would move if someone
with the proper ticket arrived, he replied, "Personally I would get out of my
seat and sit somewhere else." But, when asked if he would move after the
first quarter, he said he would not.
The solution, of course, is to have general admission by section. This would
insure improved seating as one moves up the academic ladder, but would
also prevent anyone from losing his seat after the game had started (a fate
worse than death).
This point is the one I most passionately argue. Few would contest the fact
that trying to obtain seats after kickoff is an intolerable breach of fan ethics,
and should be corrected.
And so it is my request, my plea, that God,'or Don Canham, or Bo, or
shaky Jake; or somebody have pity on us poor students who only want to
watch the game.
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"The only transition was that you
play for money and they expect you to
be doing things on your own," Muran-
sky said. "In college you have the
coaches pushing you.
"IT'S MENTALLY tough on you
though, you could be playing cards with
someone one night and the next day
they could be gone."
But now with the strike, there is no
football and the mental anxiety for the
players does not come from practices
or games, but from finding out what
they can do outside of football.
"I think it is giving everyone a chan-
ce to see what they can do outside of
football and it proves to them that there
is more than football."

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president to spend more time on Grid-
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revealed yesterday how he picks
teams. "I like defense, the more the
better," said the aged wonder. "I like it
when they put 12 or 13 guys on the field
on defense. Unfortunately, they always
get whistled for too much defense,
whatever that is. On offense I like
bombs, lots and lots of bombs," con-
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enough bombs. It's no fun if the other
side is only afraid you might start
throwing bombs. You've got to actuallyO
throw them just to see what happens."
Show that you know your football bet-
ter than our fearless leader by bringing
your picks to theDaily before midnight,
Friday, for a shot at the small one-item
Pizza Bob's pizza.
1. Purdue at MICHIGAN
(Pick score)
2. Ohio State at Northwestern
3. Illinois at Indiana
4. Minnesota at Michigan State
5. Wisconsin at Iowa
6. Georgia at Auburn
7. Penn State at Notre Dame
8. Washington at Arizona State
9. Clemson at Maryland
10. Missouri at Oklahoma
11. Stanford at UCLA
12. Virginia at North Carolina
13. Tulsa at New Mexico State
14. USC at Arizona
15. San Diego State at BYU
16. Mankato State at Nebraska-Omaha
17. North Dakota State at St. Cloud
18. Kutztown State at Layfayette
19. California State at Slippery Rock
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