Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 23, 1987
BY SCOTT G. MILLER
Collusion. It's spreading. There's
no other way to explain the
comments about this weekend's
football opponent Long Beach State.
Wolverine coaches, players, and
boosters must have taken lessons
from Major League Baseball owners.
People associated with the Michigan
program just won't say anything bad
about the 49ers. Here's a sample.
"Washington State was a pretty
good team, and Long Beach State is
not as good as Washington State,"
said Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler. "I'm not going to say
we're playing another Notre Dame.
But they're on the schedule. The
officials are hired...."
"We're just trying to get better
every week and go out and destroy
the opponent," said wide receiver
"This week is a bigger mental
challenge than other games," said
linebacker J.J. Grant. "Anybody can
beat anybody in college football.
Look what Miami of Ohio did to
LSU last year."
"We can't take Long Beach State
lightly at all," said defensive back
"I would like to have Michigan
play a schedule like Notre Dame
every year," said Gerry Zonca, the
president of the UM Booster Club of
Detroit. "But a contest is a contest.
It's nice Long Beach State has a
fairy tale chance to try to beat a
"Goliath always better be ready to
take on David."
Enough. Stop the civility. David
vs. Goliath? This game is worse.
After careful consultation with
California's own Inspector Joe
Friday, here's the real story. Just the
Long Beach State's athletic
department almost went bankrupt
last year. Had it not been for an Oral
Robert's type campaign - donate or
we die (or fold in this case) -
Saturday's game may have never
Long Beach State is an awful
football team. The 49ers of the
PCAA lost to Cal State Fullerton,
31-12, last week for their first defeat
of the season. Long Beach State had
beaten Division I-AA schools
Montana State and Weber State to
start this year.
The 49ers have played in front of
16, 634 fans so far this season. That
number is the total from two home
games and one away contest. More
Michigan fans stand in line waiting
to use a port-o-john during one
Long Beach State is the worst
football team Michigan has faced
since it beat Central St. Teachers
SLong Beach State
Michigan football and treat games as
social gatherings, they won't start
laughing until Saturday when they
check their ticket books.
Someone offered a scalper $50
and two Long Beach State tickets for
a pair of Iowa seats last weekend.
The scalper refused the offer. "Long
Beach State, that just shouldn't be
allowed," he said.
Letterman's top ten
Here's the projected David
Letterman top ten reasons why
Michigan is a sure bet this weekend.
1) The 49ers are the type of team
Northwestern plays on homecoming.
2) The 49ers get their name from
the average amount of points the
opposition scores on them.
3) The number 49 also represents
the number of injuries Long Beach
State expects to sustain against
4) The 49ers won't have enough 4
money to get to the game. The team
bus will break down in Nevada.
5) The 49ers may look past
Michigan to next week's nationally
televised matchup on ESPN against
- 6) The 49ers football training
table consists of tofu, seaweed, and
California wine coolers.
7) The most popular major at
Long Beach State is surfboard
management and maintenance.
8) The most popular class at
LongaBeach State is sunscreen
application and use.
9) Long Beach State is playing
Michigan so they will appear in
Griddes this week.
10) Long Beach State is only
coming to Ann Arbor so they can
see the Beach Boys concert on
October 17 at Crisler Arena.
College, 27-0, in 1931.
The point spread for Saturday's
game is 35. 5 points. The contest is
such a mismatch that no sane bookie
will take a bet on the game.
Maybe the only honest opinion
that can be found on campus is from
ticket scalpers if you can find any.
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New York (AP) -
Commissioner Pete Rozelle
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for striking NFL players and owners
back to the bargaining table
yesterday, and the two sides agreed to
more full-scale talks in hopes of
cutting short the day-old walkout.
Rozelle was identified by several
sources as the "mystery man' who
union chief Gene Upshaw said had
the authority to end the strike.
His involvement came as all but
a handful of the 1,585 players
reluctantly went to picket lines, and
teams lined up substitutes.
Quarterbacks Gary Hogeboom of
the Indianapolis Colts and Marc
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safety Leonard Smith of the St.
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John Jones, a spokesman for the
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owners' regular bargaining team
would be joined by two members of
the council's executive committee
- Tex Schramm of the Cowboys
and Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Rooney was instrumental
in negotiating the agreement that
ended the 57-day strike in 1982.
Day one of the strike began with
almost universal union solidarity and
almost universal griping from both
Hogeboom and Wilson broke
ranks along with some players on
injured reserve. Greg Aiello, a
Cowboys spokesperson, said he
expected White to report to camp
today along with Don Smerek,
another defensive lineman.
"Apparently both sides are stupid
enough to get into this situation,"
said Keith Fahnhorst, San
Francisco's player representative,
after the 49ers, despite some
dissenting votes, agreed to walk out
Ron Wooten of the New England
Patroits, a former assistant player
representative, was equally
"If Upshaw can't get it resolved
in a hurry, we want -omeone else
who can," he said. "Gene's not
getting paid just to paint the offices
The union announced it had filed
an unfair labor practice charge
against the league with the National
Labor Relations Board. Two weeks
ago, the league did the.same against
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officially scheduled, but the league
said it probably would call them off.
The television networks were
scrambling to find alternate
programming with CBS announcing
it will show a replay of the last
Super Bowl, the New York Giants',
39-20, victory over Denver.
Teams, meanwhile, went ahead
with plans to resume games a week
from Sunday with free agents,
retirees and whatever other players
they could get.
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to make preparations to have a
replacement team. So we are making
preparations," said George Young,
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Giants, who uitil the last few days
has been reluctant to sign players.
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