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State High School
Basketball Championships
Today and Tomorrow
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Western Michigan
Today, 10:30 a.m.
Huron Valley Tennis Club

%4 Michigan Daily Friday, March 22, 1985 Page 7

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THE SPORTING VIEWS

Georgetown, Memphis St.prevail

Silverdome collapses...
...let's dump the domes
By MARK BOROWSKY
You can't fool Mother Nature. An epithet most of us are familiar with. Ex-
cept, it seems, the owners and designers of the Silverdome.
Down, down, down came the cloth roof of the Pontiac complex under the
weight of snow and rain. Like the teams it housed, the Lions and the Pistons,
the dome collapsed under intense pressure late in the (winter) season.
Mother Nature, no fool, had a field day with the flimsy, inflated top.
The Silverdome is scheduled to be repaired by football season, just in time
for the Lions to see if they'll be much worse than in 1984 under new head
coach Darryl Rogers. The cost of repair is now estimated to be about $8.6
million, and is likely to rise by summertime.
The money would be better spent elsewhere. While the damages are
covered by insurance, the money should stay in the coffers of the guy in
Woody Allen's recurring nightmare, the insurance salesman. Down went the
dome, and there it should stay.
Domed stadiums are to sports what shopping malls are to suburbia.
Domes, like shopping malls are safe, convenient, and protected from the
elements. In other words, there's no challenge in it.
Since the challenge is gone, watching a game in a Plastidome is reduced to
becoming something of a sheltered child. There is something to be said in
battling the elements, and not all of them four letter words. It's the players
who suffer most from the dome's protection.
A domed stadium is perfect for the image that the NFL is trying to
project: cool, modern, slick. Gone are the days of the weekend warriors
slugging it out in the slush and mud, cheered on by the steelworker who had
something stronger to drink before the game than ice tea. Bodies flying
caked with mud and snow was the archetypal image one thinks of when
thinking of the Dick Butkuses and Alex Karrases.
Not that people don't enjoy throwbacks to the old mud bowls of the '60's.
Anytime a football game is snowed on, the media gives it bigger play than it
usually would. The Broncos-Packers blizzardfest easily gave Monday Night,
Football its biggest audience of the year. Football players are real men, and
shouldn't be treated like quiche-eaters by keeping them from the wind, rain,
and snow.
Imagine the Super Bowl in a cold weather city with an uncovered stadium.
Have it in Michigan Stadium, for example. None of this high-tech, ultra-
complex offense stuff. The game would be reduced to its barest components,
like blocking, tackling, and trying to stay warm.
And if a football dome is bad, a baseball dome is blasphemy. Even though
only three teams play baseball in a dome (Houston, Seattle, and Minnesota),
there has been talk of building more domed arenas for baseball teams to
play. And while a roof means no rainouts, it also means you're no longer
watching a baseball game.
Baseballs bounce off the turf like silly putty dropped off the World Trade
Center. Baseballs carry in the Kingdome and Metrodome like they were shot
out of a gun, while at the Astrodome a homerun is rarer than an uncooded
steak. For all you physics majors, watching a baseball game in a domed
stadium is like travelling near the speed of light: everything becomes distor-
ted.
Basketball teams do have, it seems, some excuse for a domed multipur-
pose arena. It's plain and simple economics when you can get 30,000 people
into the game instead of 15,000. Lots of fun, too, when you're having to watch
with binoculars and listen on the radio to know what those little people are
doing down there on earth.
economics is exactly the mess that the Pistons are in, forced to play their
remaining games at Joe Louis Arena. The Pistons brass estimates that it'll
lose around a million dollars in ticket revenues for the playoffs alone.
Still, the best thing would be to forget to fix the dome and make the Silver-
dome the Monte Clark Grounds or something to that effect. If the planners
think that this type of disaster couldn't happen again, then they are bigger
fools than anyone ever expected. It happened once, it could happen again,
but with fewer pleasant consequences. Billy Simms stopped at the two by a
snowdrift. Isiah Thomas rejected by a roof panel. Or, closer to reality, a
death caused by the stadium collapse. Not a happy thought, but one that
designers did not seem to think about.
Besides getting athletes back to the elements, the best thing about dum-
ping the dome is domes are ugly enough to make South Quad appealing. A
concrete monolith for the sole purpose of spectacle is enough; a dome
separates man from nature and his environment. And in baseball and foot-
ball, interaction with Mother Nature is important. No fooling.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - All-
American Patrick Ewing's strong
second half letdtop-ranked Georgetown
to a hard-fought 65-53 victory over
Loyola of Chicago last night that snap-
ped the nation's longest winning streak
at 19 games and put the Hoyas in the
NCAA East Regional finals.
The Hoyas, 33-2, who rolled to their
14th consecutive triumph, will face six-
th-ranked Georgia Tech in Saturday's
regional final. The Yellow Jackets
defeated Illinois 61-53 in last night's
other semifinal.
THE 7-FdOT Ewing scored 14 of his
21 points in the second half and was a
dominant force with his rebounding and
shot-blocking after limping off the court
with 1:25 to play in the first half with an
ankle injury.
The defending NCAA champion
Hoyas, known for their relentless
defense, held Loyola's scoring sen-
sation, Alfredrick Hughes, to eight
points.. He entered the game with a 26.9
average, second in the nation, and had
hit in double figures in 94 consecutive
games.
Hughes, a 6-5 senior forward, picked
up three personal fouls early in the first
half and sat out the last 10:02. Yet, the
Ramblers gave the Hoyas trouble and
led at halftime 28-26.
GEORGETOWN, the Big East Con-
ference tournament champion, still
trailed 38-36 early in the second half as
Hughes found the range for two
baskets. But Georgetown went on a 8-0
run with Ewing contributing six points
to give the Hoyas a 44-38 advantage
with 13:17 to play.
But Loyola, 27-6, didn't go down
easily as Andre Moore, a 6-9 center
operating from the outside, hit a three-
point play to reduce the Ramblers'
deficit to 46-43. That was the closest
Loyola, the Midwestern Cities Con-
ference champion could get as Ewing
continued to be a force from the inside
and Georgetown spread out its offense,
taking just the easy shots.
Still, the Hoyas led only 56-51 with a
little more than four minutes remaining
but Georgetown outscored the Ram-
blers 9-2 the rest of the way.
DAVID WINGATE added 14 points
for Georgetown while Moore had 19 and
Andre Battle 10 for Loyola.

Memphis St. 59,
College 57

Boston

DALLAS (AP)-Andre Turner's 17-
foot jumper with one second to play lif-
ted No. 8 Memphis State to a 59-57
NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal vic-
tory over Boston College last night, of-
fsetting a rousing rally by the Eagles.
Top-seeded Oklahoma defeated
Louisiana Tech 86-84 in overtime in the
other semifinal game and will provide
the opponent for second-seeded Mem-
phis State in Saturday's 1 p.m. CST
final.
TURNER'S SHOT, his second
straight game-winner for the Tigers,
came after a steal by Vincent Askew as
Boston College, 20-11, stalled almost
two minutes for a chance at the final
shot.
Boston College, which finished sixth
in the Big East Conference, overcame a
12-point deficit with 12 straight points to
tie the score at 55-55 with 4:31
remaining on two free throws by Roger
McCready.
William Bedford, who had a career-
high 23 points, missed the front end of a
one-and-one. The Eagles stalled the last
2:03 off the clock and called time out
with 14 seconds to play. Two more
times they called time outs to one for

Memphis State as the coaches mapped
strategy.
MCCREADY THEN lost the ball to
Askew, who fed Turner. Bedford scored
three straight baskets to lead a 16-4
start in the second half by the Tigers,
30-3, champions of the Metro Conferen-
ce.
All-American Keith Lee got into early
foul trouble just as he did in the Tigers

other two tournament games. He was
benched when he picked his third foul.
Although he didn't return, Memphis
State managed a 31-31 tie at inter-
mission. Lee finished with only eight
points.
Stu Primus finished with 14 points for
Boston College, while Michael Adams
added 12.

Turner
...smks Eagles

Associated Press
Boston College's Skip Barry battles Willie Becton of Memphis State for a
loose ball in first quarter action of last night's game.

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Oilers get
Woolfolk
from N. Y.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
(AP-Butch Woofolk, the New York
Giants' first-round draft pick in 1982
and their leading ground gainer in 1982
and 1983, was traded yesterday to the
Houston Oilers for a third-round pick in
the April 30 National Football League
draft.
The trade, which gives the Giants the
58th pick in the draft, follows a disap-
pointing season in which Woolfolk
gained just 92 yards in 40 carries for
just a 2.3 average and lost the starting

halfback job he had held since his
rookie year to Joe Morris.
"It wasn't an easy decision," said
Giants General Manager George
Young, who said he had been talking to
Houston about Woolfolk since the Gian-
ts were eliminated form the playoffs
last January. "We felt that Butch has a
lot of ability but that a change of scene
would be to his benefit. He struggled
last year and we had to make the
decision."
The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder, who grew

up in nearby Westfield, N.J., was the
Most Valuable Player in the 1981 Rose
Bowl for Michigan and was the leading
rusher in the Big Ten his senior season
with 1,469 yards.
As a rookie in the strike-shortened
year of 1982, he led the Giants in
rushing with 439 yards in 112 carries,
a 3.9 average, then picked up 847 yards
in 1983. He set up 847 yards in 1983. He
set an NFL record with 43 rushing at-
tempts in a game against the
Eagles in which he ran for 159 yards.

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NCAA TOURNEY ROUNDUP:

Yellow ackets sting Illini, 61-53

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)-Mark
Price bombed from outside while Yvon
Joseph and John Salley scored inside as
sixth-ranked Georgia Tech rode a
second-half explosion to a 61-53 victory
over No. 12 Illinois in the NCAA East
Regional semi-finals last night.
Georgia Tech broke a 29-29 halftime
tie, grabbed a 52-37 lead with 7:02
remaining and withstood Doug Alten-
berger's outside shooting that brought
the Fighting Illini within 55-51 with 1:33
to go.
Leading 39-35, Georgia Tech reeled
off seven consecutive points, the first
five by Joseph and the last two by
Salley.
Altenberger
...sharpshooting withstood
After Illinois' Bruce Douglas sank
two free throws to cut the gap to 46-37
with 10:16 to go the Yellow Jackets took
off on a six point spurt. Salley, who had
14 points, started it with a stuff and

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Altenberger followed Norman's poin-
ts with a bomb from the right corner.
Salley countered with a dunk, making
the score 27-23, but Norman and Welch
hit field goals to create the game's
seventh tie 2:52 before the intermission.
THE YELLOW Jackets went ahead
again when a goaltending call gave
Joseph a basket with 2:29 to go. But.
Altenberger connected again from the
right corner with 2:01 remaining to ac-
count for the halftime deadlock.
The Yellow Jackets, who have won
their last six games--three in the Atlan-
tic Coast Conference postseason tour-
ney and three in the NCAA Tour-
nament-built the advantage to 25-18,
their biggest lead. of the half, when
Price canned consecutive long jum-
pers. But a three-point play by center
Ken Norman with 5:37 left in the half
launched a 9-2 run by the Illini and
evened the. score at 27-27.
The setback ended Illinois' five-game
winning streak and eliminated the only
survivor of the six Big Ten Conference
teams that made the tournament. .
Oklahoma 86, Louisiana
Tech 84 (OT)
DALLAS (AP) - Three-time All-
American Wayman Tisdale's soft jum-
per bounced on the rim five times then
fell through the basket with two seconds
left in overtime last night to carry No. 4
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Oklahoma to a racehorse 86-84 victory
over No. 8 Louisiana Tech in the NCAA
Midwest Regional semifinals.
"It seemed like it took forever to go
in," Tisdale said of the game-winning
shot. "I had two men on me and tried to
shoot it soft so I would get the bounce. I
did, a bunch of them."
TISDALE ADMITTED, "I thought
I'd missed it completely. It was almost
on the outside of the rim, but it still
went in."
Tisdale scored 23 points including
eight in overtime as Oklahoma, the Big
Eight Conference champion and No. 17
seed in the Midwest, increased its
record to 30-5. The standout junior also
had 12 rebounds.
Louisiana Tech, 29-3, Made full use of
the two seconds left, throwing a long
pass -and the Bulldogs were granted a
time out with one second to go.

HOWEVER, Robert Goldbolt's attem-
pted lob to Karl Malone on the ensuing
inbounds pass hit the rim and bounced
away.
Malone led Louisiana Tech, the
Southland Conference champions, with
20 points.
Louisiana Tech's Willie Bland tied
the game at 74-74 with a basket with 14
seconds to play in regulation.
LOUISIANA TECH came from 10
points down to tie the game at 72-72 on a
bucket by Alan Davis with 2:20 left.
Darryl Kennedy scored 21 points for
the Sooners and Anthony Bowie added
16.
Davis and Bland each scored 18 poin-
ts for the Bulldogs.
Oklahoma ran off 12 straight points
late in the first half to lead 32-28 at in-
termission after Louisiana Tech had
built an early eight-point lead.

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