Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 5, 1986
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
McNamara receives AL award
BOSTON (AP) - This time,
John McNamara won a -close
Eight days after hisBoston Red
Sox were edged by the New York
Mets in the seventh game of the
World Series, McNamara scored a
narrow victory yesterday to become
American League Manager of the
"THAT WAS the furthest
thing from my mind," he said of
"I would have rather had a win
and let somebody else be manager
of the year."
But the win didn't come in the
sixth or seventh games of the
World Series, even though Boston
led both, and some of McNamara's
decisions were questioned.
"YOU'RE GOING to be
subject to second-guessers, but you
stay with what got you there," he
said at a news conference. "That's
what we did."
McNamara, 54, is the man who
got the Red Sox to within one
strike of the 1986 world
championship after they finished in
fifth place in the American League
East in 1985. That
accomplishment brought him the
first manager of the year award in
his 13 seasons at the helm of the
The self-effacing leader of the
surprising Red Sox beat Bobby
Valentine of the Texas Rangers by
a single first-place vote in the
balloting conducted by the Baseball
Writers Association of America
before the post-season games.
Each got eight second-place
votes and six third-place votes from
a panel of 28 sports writers, two
from each AL city. But McNamara
received 13 first-place votes, one
more than Valentine.
McNamara had 95 points based
on a system awarding five points
for a first-place vote, three points
for a second and one point for third.
Valentine had 90 points.
"I did my job," McNamara said.
"I'll let somebody else evaluate
what I did."
Bears activate Flutle
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -
Quarterback Doug Flutie was
activated by the Chicago Bears
yesterday but Coach Mike Ditka
would not reveal who will start at
quarterback Sunday against Tampa
Bay. "We have four quarterbacks
and one, Jim McMahon, will not
play," said Ditka in the aftermath of
Monday night's 20-17 NFL loss to
the Los Angeles Rams.
McMahon definitely has been
ruled out this week because of his
shoulder problems. On Monday, the
Bears thought about putting him on
the injured reserve list but ruled out
TO MAKE room for Flutie,
who was signed last month after
leaving the U.S. Football League
when it decided not to play this
year, the Bears released wide
receiver Clay Pickering, who they
plan on signing to a future contract.
While Ditkawould not commit
himself as to the starting
quarterback, he did say that if
running back Walter Payton is
unable to start, Thomas Sanders
would replace Payton.
Payton injured the big toe of his
right foot in the third quarter
against the Rams. Sanders replaced
Payton and scored touchdowns on
runs of 10 and 34 yards to put the
Bears ahead 17-10.
But Los Angeles came back to
tie the game on a 65-yard
touchdown pass from Steve Dils to
Ron Brown and won on Mike
Lansford's 50-yard field with four
seconds to play.
"We had our opportunities but
didn't't capitalize on them," said
Ditka. "Give the Rams credit. They
drove when they had to and kicked a
50-yard field goal."
Hubbard signing close
RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - The
Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly
close to signing former Michigan
center Phil Hubbard to a one-year
contract worth about $425,000.
Hubbard, who missed 59 games
last season because of a wrist
injury, was one of two Cleveland
free agents who remained unsigned
when the NBA regular season
opened this past weekend. the other
was guard World B. Free.
The (Akron) Beacon Journal
reported yesterday that Hubbard, a
6-8 forward, might be in uniform
by Wednesday, when the Cavaliers
open a seven-game road trip in
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THE SPORTING VIEWS
Pistons and Wings...
..winter season is hot
By ERIC MAXSON
As Vin Scully would say, it is the best of times, it is the worst
Sure, the Tigers have returned to the days of being mediocre chokers.
Sure, the Lions are looking at another high draft choice this year.
Okay, so things have been boring on the Detroit sports scene this
year. But don't despair, sports fans. Wake the kids. Phone the
neighbors. Winter, usually a last bastion of boredom for Detroit
sports, is nearing and bringing with it a couple of teams that will be, if
not champions, at least interesting.
First, there's the incredible emergence of the Red Wings. Last year,
they were doormats for the doormats, but here they are in '86 at .500
and near first place. It may look like someone put the Norris Division
standings in upside down (Toronto and Detroit at the top? C'mon, snap
out of it. Slap), but it's true.
The Red Wings, once the Dead Things, have no one to thank but
new coach Jacques Demers. Jacques, a strapping French-Canadian, has
them playing a full game of solid hockey. It isn't trickery, and they
aren't playing beyond themselves. They now have discipline and desire,
things previously more rare to the Wings than octopi in the spring.
They should be strong all season.
They may get better. This is a young team, with a lot of hot-shot
maturing draft picks (that happens when you're in the cellar long
enough to personally know several generations of rats). Offensively,
Shawn Burr, Joe Murphy, John Ogrodnick, Petr Klima, Steve
Yzerman, and Adam Oates are all expecting improvement. This team
could score more than James Bond.
The big change, though, has been on defense. While a pack of
epileptic ostriches on skates would be better than last year's defense,
this year's team ranks third in the NHL so far. Whodda thunk it?
At any rate, the Wings are looking good, and in the Norris Division,
who knows where they could end up?
Meanwhile, over at the Silverdome, the Pistons have stormed out of
the gate a rip-roaring enigma. After a 7-1 preseason, including victories
over Boston and Milwaukee, they're 0-2 after humiliating defeats at the
hands of the Bucks and ever-powerful Indiana. Would the real Pistons
please stand up.
They should be improved. They picked up Adrian Dantley and
rookies John Salley and Dennis Rodman. Dantley finally gives them
some inside scoring, Salley was impressive in the pre-season, and
Rodman is an exciting leaper and scorer.
So far in the regular season, though, the Pistons have been in a
strange position. Their defense has been better than the offense. And
the defense has been nothing special.
Of course, they've always needed more defense. Their only shot
blocker last year was 7-5 Chuck Nevitt, a kind of Manute Bol without
the talent. And he rarely played. If Bill Laimbeer ever blocks a shot
the refs will stop play and award him the game ball. He's tall, but his
legs are lily white. This year, Salley should help defensively, and the
team will be better as a whole.
But it wasn't meant to come at the expense of the offense, which
still has some kinks to work out. Once that's done, this team should
be good enough to challenge for the division crown. They can't wait
too long to get it together, though, because the Central Division has
turned into one of the best in the NBA.
The fates of the Wings and Pistons Will be interesting, certainly
more so than the Lions and Tigers. So don't be afraid to take those
sports pages to class for when the prof starts droning on about left-wing
Fascist or linear curves. Or whatever.
This winter, they'll keep you awake.
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Amr El-Bayoumi and Laura
Bourgeau tied in last week's Griddes
by turning in identical 17-3 records
and predicting that Michigan and
Illinois would score 37 (37?!)
points. So they only picked 37
points for the tie-breaker -- they
still won 17 games.
Pizza Bob's, every Gridde fan's
favorite sponsor, has happily agreed
to donate a second pizza to the
cause. Make sure to thank Pizza
Bob during your next stop in his
State Street shop.
A grant from Pizza Bob has
made possible the Official Griddes'
Hall of Fame. At-this time we'd
like to take time out from out
regularly scheduled programming to
honor the following inductees:
Scott Kremkow: Griddes'
organizers dream about participants
like Scott. Not satisfied with being
just another Griddes' player, Scott
provides a full sheet of fun-filled
and sometimes thought-provoking
comments next to his picks, as
well as a weekly update on his
record for the previous week.
Griddes' organizers sympathize
with his distaste for the Fighting
Irish, and more specifically Notre
Dame's proclivity for being on
national television all the time.
On top of all that, Scott wished
us a Happy Halloween. What a
Linda Rapp: Not only does
Linda consistently finish near the
top of the Griddes' pack week in
and week out, but she has the most
amazing handwriting we've ever
seen. We always appreciate
compiling her picks after wading
through a pile of crumpled, pizza-
stained, illegible picks.
Rene Bergero: Rene turned in
her picks last week on the back side
of what previously had been some
sort of personal note. The note read,
"Hi Honey, give me a call around
two-ish. I want to talk to you about
- " before abruptly cutting off. We
were getting pretty excited reading
that stuff - we sportswriters don't
get out of the office very often.
Congratulations to all three.
We're looking for more
inductees - turn in your picks by
midnight Friday and win a free
pizza from Pizza Bob's, an FTD
bouquet, and glory among your
1. MICHIGAN at Purdue
. (Pick total points)
2. Northwestern at Ohio
3. .Indiana at Michigan
4. Iowa at Illinois
5. Minnesota at Wisconsin
6. Maryland at Penn State
7. Miami, Fla at Pitt
8. Florida State at South
9. Georgia vs. Florida at
10. LSU vs. Alabama at
11. North Carolina at
12. Nebraska at Iowa State
13. SMU at Notre Dame
14. Arkansas at Baylor
15. Houston at Texas
16. Arizona at Washington
17. Stanford at UCLA
18. Washington at Oregon
19. Morehead State at
Middle Tennessee State
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