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Women's Indoor Track
Michigan Relays
Tomorrow 6:30 p.m.
Track and Field Building
he Miehigan Daily
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By TOM KEANEY
You can throw everything else out the win-
dow. Forget the Seattle Seahawks, forget the
Pittsburgh Steelers, forget the NFL regular
season. Ed Muransky knows that.
The only thing that matters to him now is
beating a bunch of guys known as "The
Hogs," "The Fun Bunch," "Riggo's
Rangers," "The Smurfs," and collectively as
the Washington Redskins.
"THIS IS just a regular game week for us
except for the (11:00 p.m.) curfew," the for-
mer Michigan offensive tackle said from the
os Angeles Raiders' hotel in Tampa. "We're
going to play our regular game. On offense
we'll especially concentrate on their secon-
dary, which seems to be a little suspect.
1Muransky is going to play in his
first Super Bowl this Sunday, and he is a hap-
py man.
'The 6-7, 270 pound Muransky will probably
see most of his action on the special teams,
blocking for field goals, extra-points, punts,
and kickoff returns. But he's not complaining
too loudly.
"OF COURSE I'm always itching to get into
the game," he said. "But playing on a great
team like the Raiders, you don't seem to mind
as much."
Just a little over two years ago Muransky
played his last game for the Wolverines. He
was a first team All-American that year
(1981) along with teammates Anthony Carter
(wide receiver) and Kurt Becker (offensive
guard).
He was chosen in the fourth round of the
Tational Football League's draft by, the then,
Oakland Raiders. Shortly after the draft, the

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SPORTS

Men's Swimming
versus Eastern Michigan
Tomorrow 7:30 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

Thursday, January 19, 1984
VERINE IN SUPER BOWL

sky hits big time

team moved to Los Angeles, so Muransky
never actually played in Oakland.
THE MOVE TO L.A. hurt the Raiders in
terms of a loyal f bllowing and player con-
venience.
"My first year we lived in Oakland and
went-to Los Angeles for all of our home
games," said Muransky. "To go into a place
like Los Angeles where the fans are already
loyal to the Rams is tough, but Raider owner
Al Davis is going to make the team successful
no matter where he takes it. We're still
drawing 45-50,000 fans a week. Last week we
had 95,000.",
The Youngstown, Ohio native cannot say
enough about being a Raider.
"I LOVE IT;" he said. "Al Davis treats us all
like men. The practices are much more
relaxed than at Michigan. Everyone already
knows how to hit. The big change between this
and Michigan is the mental preparation that
goes into the games. There's no Bo to get us
going, get us ready for the games. The
motivating force now is money."
Muransky, who was married last March,
said that he considers Michigan's 23-6 Rose
Bowl victory over Washington during his
junior year as his greatest memory from his
college days. Muransky also mentioned the
last game he played as a senior for the

Wolverines. "You sort of take for granted the
fact that you're playing in front of 100,000
plus until you leave," he said.
But all that is behind him now. Muransky is
a Raider, "those guys with the bad
reputation." Sure, they're tough guys. Ac-
tually, they're a history of tough guys, with
names like Lyle Alzado, John Matuzak, and
Jack Tatum.
"WHEN YOU wear black, that alone gives
the alley-type gang dimension," said Muran-
sky. "Teams, like us and the Steelers, always
carry that image."
When reminded that he nearly ended up
playing against former Michigan teammate
Bubba Paris, now of the San Francisco 49ers,
in the Super Bowl, Muransky laughed and
said "that would have been interesting. Bub-
ba and I still keep in touch - we played them
(the 49ers) during preseason."
"I was looking at a picture of Ed and Bubba
the other day and some one asked me what
kind of players they were," said Jerry Harlon,
Muransky's offensive line coach while at
Michigan. "I told him that they were a real
pleasure to coach. They were good kids and
always tried to improve their game."
Muransky's high school coach, Don Bucci of
Cardinal Mooeny High School in
Youngstownechoed Hanlon's sentiments.
"Ed was 6'7" in high school," said Bucci.
"As he developed strength and ability, he
became one of the greatest athletes this
school has had."
He may not have been one of Michigan's
greatest athletes, but Muransky sure did his
job well.
Just ask the Raiders.

Government
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The federal gover-
nment has asked the Supreme Court to rule
the NCAA's multimillion-dollar college foot-
ball broadcasting package as anti-com-
petitive because it limits the number of
games on television.
In legal papers , submitted to the court
uesday, the federal government urged the
nine justices to uphold a lower court's ruling
against the NCAA.
"IT IS CLEAR .. . that absent of these con-
trols, the amount of such broadcasting would
be much greater, the televised games would,
better coincide with consumer preferences,
and payments received would vary con-
siderable to reflect anticipated viewer in-

opposes NC4
terest in each particular football matchup,".
government lawyers argued.
The NCAA has asked the high court to rule
that it can continue its broadcasting deal,
which involved $74.3 million in payments in
1983 and audiences of up to 22.5 million for
each game broadcast.
A federal appeals court had ruled the
package is anti-competitive because it
reduces the number of games available to TV
viewers nationwide.
In the past, Michigan Athletic Director Don
Canham has supported the NCAA and its con-
tract.
Solicitor General Rex Lee argued the
NCAA's joint operating venture restricts the
opportunities for smaller schools to appear on

AA conttact
television and reduces the chances for major
football schools to appear "as frequently as
consumer demand would dictate."
The exclusive NCAA contracts result in ad-
vertisers paying "more. . . then they would
pay if schools could sell rights outside the
package as well."
The television contracts were challenged by
Oklahoma and Georgia, big football
draws that want to make their own deals.
NCAA rules restrict them to six appearan-
ces every two years. Each broadcast can net
a school up to $600,000, plus national publicity.

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