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The Michigan Daily
By RICK KAPLAN
Don't expect to see Bo Schembechler walking
a National Football League picket line. The
Michigan football coach expressed his displeasure
with the NFL's labor situation yesterday at his
weekly press luncheon.
Schembechler believed the NFL Players
Association will not be able to keep its players
on the picket line if the strike becomes
prolonged. "It doesn't look like they're going to
settle the strike," he said, "and if they don't, I
think a lot of guys are going to go back in. They
don't give a damn what the union will say -
they'll go back in. When you're losing that kind
of money, boy...
"Those rich guys that own the teams can
survive (a strike), but those players, they're
going to have to go to work."
Schembechler stressed the short career
expectancy of an NFL player - less than three
years on average. "The ultimate goal of the
athlete is to make enough money while they play
so whatever they do afterward is what they want
to do," he said. "If you last five years in
professional football, you are a hell of a man."
Schembechler believes walking off the job is
damaging the players' ability to achieve financial
independence after retirement. He said that too
many players fail to take advantage of the
THE SPORTING V
By MICHAEL J. GILL Others
Last Wednesday, my roommate prolong its
and I were readying ourselves for the A runner o
showdown. No, not The Game, the score the v
fierce Long Beach State-Michigan the tag. Ne
matchup, but rather the Toronto- balls throu
Detroit series. As the discussion Unbias
,progressed, we began script writing Divorce yo
the perfect finish to a baseball game. Wrigley
What would be a fantastic finish? Fenway fa
Usual givens are two outs in the you can sti
ninth inning and your team trailing want to se
by less than three runs. The batter Bobby
has a 3-2 count. pennant!
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prefer the end all approach. A be the ulti
homerun. Bam. Game over. game. Last
opportunities offered them in college and in pro
Among his former players in pro football,
Schembechler said he had spoken to former
Wolverine standout Curtis Greer, now a defensive
end with the St. Louis Cardinals. Greer said he
may break with the union and return to the team
if the strike lingers.
The 19th-year coach also spoke to Chicago
Bears rookie quarterback Jim Harbaugh about the
strike last weekend. Schembechler relayed their
Schembechler: "Jim, Do you know what's
Schembechler: "When are you going back?"
Harbaugh: "Whenever I can."
On the other side of the NFL labor strife,
several former Michigan football players have
crossed the picket lines to play for the "scab"
teams. The Detroit Lions signed former
Wolverines Jerry Diorio (1980-83), Gilvanni
Johnson (1984-85), Ivan Hicks (1984-86), Jerry
Quaerna (1985-86), and NFL veteran Stanley
Edwards (1977-81). Former Wolverine running
back Gerald White (1984-86) signed with the
Schembechler said he was shocked by the
"stupidity" of some of the non-union players,
saying that one ex-Wolverine should "get a job."
- Guard Michael Dames will return to the
active roster against Wisconsin on Saturday, but
last week's line, which shifted tackle Mike Husar
to guard, will remain intact.
- Schembechler continued to be dismayed at
the season-ending injury to inside linebacker
Andree McIntyre. "In all my coaching career I've
only seen two torn Achilles tendons, (nose guard
Mike) Reinhold last year, and McIntyre this
year," he said.
y The 49-0 score against Long Beach State
Saturday could have been worse if offensive
coordinator Gary Moeller had had his way. "At
the end, Moeller said, Let's' practice some
passes.' I said, 'I don't think we should do that,"'
" The kicking specialists are a source of pride
for Schembechler. He praised placekicker Mike
Gillette and punter Monte Robbins as a pair of
fine all-around athletes. "If I had known then
what I know now about Robbins, I would have
made him a wide receiver and a punter," the coach
said. "He has a great pair of hands." About
Gillette, Schembechler said, "He could be a
quarterback - and a good one."
Baseball resembles the movies...
...Tigers need new script writer
Former Michigan star Ivan Hicks is now playing for the Detroit Lions
ask for the drama to
elf. A shot up the alley.
on first racing around to
winning run, just beating
w Yorkers prefer ground
gh first basemen's legs.
yourself. No loyalties.
urself from Tiger heaven,
Field ivy, Jay fever,
naticism, or Met? Well,
ill hate the Mets. All you
e is a great baseball game.
(The Giants win the
The Giants win the
Thompson's blast might
mate ending to a baseball
year's playoffs and World
'In changing times,
Griddes is a fixture
Series included great finishes.
IN THE conversation, we
decided one cannot script write
sports, except in the movies.
The Natural had the emotional
and the dramatic. We know that's
coming when we plop down our
money and know we'll probably
There is no such guarantee in
sports. One may see a real dud.
Often the classic confrontations turn
out to be background noise for sleep
- witness the Super Bowls. We
cannot plot a perfect ending n o
matter how hard we try. In fact, I
thought, four one-sided games might
be played this weekend.
Please stay unbiased. We saw one
good game and three epics in
Toronto. Total length:
approximately 13 hours, 35
minutes. ABC is already planning a
24 hour mini-series on the games
titled The Game, Parts I through IV
(sorry Long Beach State).
The Game : Part I. A 4-3 pitchers
dual. Team B comes from behind to
win, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Game: Part II. 2-0 Team A
with one out in the bottom of the
ninth. Final score: 3-2 Team B.
The Game: Part III. Team A
looks asthough it finally will win,
but a ninth inning collapse, in
which three runs were scored, shows
another peculiar loss.
FINALLY, The Game: Part IV.
Only three outs. left for Team A
from avoiding a sweep. They trail 1-
0 until a monstrous blast knots the
game. Rallies are squelched. Rallies
are squandered.' Then the aging
veteran, Darrell Evans homers for
Rejoice. Hallelujah. What a great;
game. What a great ending! But,
wait. The team's best player, Alan;
Trammell boots a ball, becomes a,
goat, and we go on. Team A barely
escapes. 12th inning. 13 inning.;
And then, its the little guy, Jim
Walewander, racing around the bases
when muscle-man Kirk Gibson pops
a ball past second base. Is it over
now? No. Team B threatens and
then- the rain stops. The sun
comes out. It is over.
What a movie? Four great games,
all decided by one run. In the last
three games, the losing team was
three outs away from winning. A
series in which the team that scored
first, lost each game. A series in
which in each game, the winning
run scored as the ball got past
Now, let's become biased. Let's
trash this Team A, Team B junk.
The Tigers got ripped off in the first
three games, but they clawed hard
and won the most dramatic game of
all. Hell, Rocky lost his first fight.
And who says sequels don't get
better? They're filming The Game:
Parts V, VI, VII this weep, to be
shown at Tiger Stadium on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday?
Hey, I can't wait. I wonder if they
need a scriptwriter?
Bruce blastsLSU fans
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State
football coach Earle Bruce railed
against fan intimidation and
expressed his disappointment in a tie
at LSU during his weekly media
Bruce said he was angry at LSU
and CBS-T.V. for asking his team to
take the field Saturday just before a
stadium cheer at Tiger Stadium. He
said that the intent of the cheer, led
by cheerleaders from a microphone at
midfield, was to intimidate the Ohio
"All they had to do was say no
cheers, or else let the home team
come out first. That was the
courteous thing to do," Bruce said.
"That baloney goes on and the
intimidation should be wiped out
completely so we can have a football
game. That's the fair way to play."
With all the turmoil in today's
world, it is good to know that some
things are consistent in life. Yes, the
Griddes college football contest will
continue for a long, long time. We
will not declare or threaten all out
war against any other publication's
contest nor will we plagiarize any
In the past, we have mocked and
generally made fun of anybody and
anything. At this time, with the
recent 200th anniversary of the
United States Constitution, it is
important to restate probably the
most important and influential of all
statements in the Griddes bible.
Skipping all the rules of style and
the like in the first 50 or so pages,
one gets to an interesting and yet,
infamous statement. The phrase that
every Griddes staff member is
required to learn is: "Anybody or
anything can be made fun of. No
matter how serious or how stupid,
there is always something funny in
t Well, all sentimental thoughts
aside, there really wasn't anything
that funny that went on in the past
few days except that Ohio State
couldn't beat LSU after being handed
the game on a silver platter.
Last week's contest winner,
Robert Ouellette had a perfect record
of 17-0-3 and predicted 46 points for
the Michigan game.
If you have heard of anything so
preposterous and yet worth writing
about, drop by the Daily and tell us.
And by the way, don't forget to
bring in your Griddes picks.
1. Wisconsin at MICHIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Michigan State at Iowa
3. Northwestern at Indiana
4. Ohio State at Illinois
5. Purdue at Minnesota
6. Boston College *a t
7. Miami, Fla. at Florida
8. Florida at LSU
9. South . Carolina at
10. Texas A&M at T e x a s
11. Georgia at Mississippi
12. Colorado at Colorado
13. Colgate at Holy Cross
14. Washington at Oregon
15. Penn State at Temple
16. Navy at Virginia Tech
17. Auburn at North Carolina
18. UCLA at Stanford
19. San Diego State at
20. SLIPPERY ROCK at
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