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THE SPORTING VIEWS
By IAN RATNER
Fighting is an integral part of professional hockey. No doubt about it. If:
a team wants to contend for the Stanley Cup, it must be armed with quality
goons. They must fight and they must win.
Case in point: the Montreal Canadiens, last year's winner of Lortt
Stanley. The Habs sport the league's premier goon, Sir John Kordic:
Granted I could outskate him, but the bullish Kordic possesses an arsenal of.
punches and a steel chin that make him the most feared man in hockey. His
psychotic mentality kept opposing teams honest in last year's playoffs.
When Calgary's Tim Hunter, a Mask child lookalike, got dirty in lasI
year's finals with the Canadiens' little man Mats Naslund, Kordic was there
to lay down the law... and lay out Hunter. Montreal won the battles and
won the war.
LOOK BACK AT THE previous decade of Stanley Cup victors and
you will find that each team fielded the league's premier goons. In fact;
some of these boys could actually play hockey.
Montreal won the Cup in 1976, '77, '78 and '79 on the goal scoring of'
Guy Lafleur and the fists of Mario Tremblay and Larry Robinson.
The Islanders won four straight thanks to the inimitable presence of
Clark Gillies, the master blaster. Oh yes, Bossy and Trottier played on
those championship teams as well.
The Edmonton Oilers won two straight Cups before Dave Semenko
decided he could get by on his skating ability alone. But the Oiler
management has smartened up and recalled minor leaguer, Wayne Van Dorp
(6-7, 245 pounds).
THE DETROIT RED WINGS will not win any Stanley Cups if
they continue to trade away premier fistacuffs men like Basil McRae.
Although Jacques Demers has done a superb job in revitalizing the Wings,
he admitted he made a mistake in trading McRae and has already expressed
an interest in reacquiring him. The absence of MeRae will definitely hurt the
Red Wings come playoff time.
I condone fighting for two reasons. It is a highly effective form of
intimidation and it keeps the dirty players honest, since the National Hockey
League's one-referee system has proven insufficient in monitoring fair play.
Two of the league's top three teams, the Hartford Whalers and die
Philadelphia Flyers, are 15-6 and 11-5, respectively, following first-period
major fighting penalties. The point is more lucidly illustrated by the last
place Toronto Maple Leafs who are 11-8 when they fight in the first periodf. I
You can't talk about the Leafs without mentioning Wendell Clark, pound
for pound the game's best player. Forget Gretzky, Wendell can score goals,
play defense, and stand up to anybody.
AND THOSE PATHETIC referees. Why doesn't NHL president
John Ziegler smarten up and employ a two-referee system like pro
basketball? NHL refs miss more than half of the high-sticks and butt-ends
that go on behind the play.
The visors that many of the players are now wearing are ruining the
game. Many cheap-shot artists, like Montreal's Claude Lemieux, who don
the shield are now encouraged to blind-side a guy with a cross check in the
The biggest joke in hockey, however, is the instigator penalty, which
inhibits a player from retaliating. The players are urged to fight back with
their sticks behind the play rather than their fists.
Flyer General Manager Bobby Clarke expressed his displeasure over thec
nstigator rule during a Hockey Scene interview
"You hate to have to much emnphasis on fighting, but the threat of figits
kept people on their toes," said Clarke.
Buffalo Sabre Shawn Anderson (37) and Detroit Red Wing Mark Kumpel tangle in an example of NHL violence.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -
Coach Bob Knight says his Indiana
basketball team struck a blow for
the good guys in college athletics
by winning the NCAA champion-
ship - just as he believes Penn
State did in football.
"I think it's great that two teams
with high graduation rates and no
recruiting garbage can win the
national championships in the same
season," said Knight after capturing
his third national title.
"Maybe people will look at that
and say, 'Well, if they can do it that
way so can we."'
Knight takes pride in Indiana's
adherence to NCAA's rules and his
insistence that student-athletes ful-
fill the first part of the description.
"It pleases me tremendously for
the kids and for our system," the
coach said in the afterglow of
Indiana's 74-73 victory over
Syracuse Monday night in the
NCAA championship game.
BOSTON (AP) - Heisman
Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde is
expected to sign a contract with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers within a
week that would make him the
NFL's third-highest paid player, a
source said yesterday.
Bob Woolf, Testaverde's
attorney, refused to confirm whether
a deal had been reached. "I'm very
optimistic of making an agreement,
although we don't have one yet," he
The Bucs had no immediatO
comment, club public relations
director Rick Odioso said.
The source said the contract for
the former University of Miami
quarterback would be the most
lucrative ever for an NFL rookie
and would place Testaverde behind
quarterbacks Jim Kelley of tlio
Buffalo Bills and Dan Marino of the
Miami Dolphins as the highest paid
Kelly's contract reportedly is f6o
$8 million over five years, while
Marino's reportedly is for 9 I
million over six years. The source
said the contract for Testaverde
wouldn't be much less than
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THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Winter Term 1987 Calendar of Events
WEDNESDAY, April 1. "Winter Colloquium Series on Schooling and Intellec-
tual Development" - Tribute Room, 1322 School of Education Building,
4 to 5 p.m.
Speaker: Robert Glaser, University of Pittsburgh, on "Expertise, Knowledge, and
Free: for information, contact the Center for Research on Learning and Schooling, 3112 School of Education Building,
or call (313) 763-2374.
WEDNESDAY, April 1. "Administrator's Update: Mathematics from the Prin-
cipal's Perspective" - Ann Arbor Inn, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Speakers: Prof. Joseph Payne, U-M mathematics educator, and administrators and
teachers in service.
Cost: $15 for University of Michigan EESA Title II Science and/or Math Institute participants; $30 for others. Fee
includes lunch. Intended for principals and other instructional leaders in elementary and/or middle schools.
This and the March 18 workshop on science are a series. Cost for both sessions is $25 for EESA participants
and $50 for others.
For information, contact Professional Development Office, 1225 School of Education Building, or call (313) 763-9497.
FRIDAY, April 3. School of Education Awards Ceremony - Schorling Auditor-
ium, School of Education Building, 2 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Foster B. Gibbs, Superintendent of the Saginaw Public Schools,
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