The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 1, 1987-- Page9
NFL owners bring
So you thought the USFL was
dead forever. Well, you couldn't have
been more wrong.
Football fans will be happy to
know that the "other league" is alive
and kicking, and ready to resume
play this weekend at a stadium near
The only difference is that this
time around the league is being
formed and financed by the same
people who ran the old USFL out of
town - the.NFL owners.
Although these owners will be
putting out players wearing NFL
uniforms and competing in NFL
cities, don't be fooled. This is the
beginning of the new look USFL-
the United Scabs Football League.
Ok, so the talent level may be
lower than in the NFL, but who
cares? Let the union players strike.
Football is back.
What? You don't want to watch
this new league? Come on, give the
guys a chance. Las Vegas and the
television networks are. The
oddsmakers have set the lines for
this week's games and the networks
will broadcast them.
You may be wondering how Las
Vegas can determine the odds on
these unknown teams. Apparently,
the experts have analyzed the talent
and have come up with the new elite
teams in the USFL. B r e n t
Musburger of CBS told us on
Sunday that the best teams were the
Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco,
and Green Bay. Yes, it seems that
the Pack is back.
Don't count out Detroit, though.
This new team could turn out to be
pretty good. After all, they couldn't
be any worse. The Lions are
favorites to win this week with the
replacement players and hey, the
"real" Lions weren't favored in either
of their first two games.
Also, take a look at the one of
the Lions' new quarterbacks, Brdnden
Folmar. He was a star in the Arena
Football League with the Pittsburgh
Gladiators and even threw a
touchdown pass the entire length of
the field. And just think, he's not
even good enough to start for the
"new" Lions. Now, when was the
last time you saw Chuck Long
throw a pass from one endzone to
So you're starting to see that this
may not be that bad, eh? Just wait,
it gets better.
The best thing about the USFL is
that if the play ever gets boring, you
BY GREG MOLZON
can still be entertained by the off-
the-field action. Remember, sports is
an entertainment business and the
union players have been entertaining
us with their hilarious actions for
the past nine days.
Take the case of Charles Martin.
Remember him? The last time we
saw the former Green Bay Packer, he
was throwing down Jim McMahon
about - oh, five days after he threw
a pass. Now, Martin has shown he
has a flair for comedy that rivals
The defensive lineman was cut by
the Packers right before the strike,
picked up by the Houston Oilers,
and decided to picket with his old
Packer teammates. Never one to
miss out on any action, Martin was
arrested for throwing an egg at a car
carrying USFLers. And what was his
excuse? He said that he "dropped the
egg." Heck, this guy shouldn't be in
the NFL. With lines like that one,
he has a future in comedy.
And how about the Kansas City
Chief players who drove up in a
pickup truck waving shotguns. Or
their teammates who tackled a team
scout, Otis Taylor, and wrestled him
to the ground because he was
bringing a strike breaker across the
picket line. Hey, this stuff 'is better
than the World Wrestling Federation.
Don't forget union chief Gene
Upshaw and the big deal he made out
of his mystery man who supposedly
was going to step in and stop the
strike. Surprise, surprise - the
"mystery man" turned out to be NFL
commissioner Pete Rozelle. Geez,
Upshaw fooled us all with that one.
And if all this isn't enough, just
wait until this weekend. The union
has promised to cause disturbances
and problems around the stadiums,
where the USFL games will be-
played. Wow, betcha can't wait to
see what happens then. This is
going to be great!
So cheer up sports fans, this
strike could turn out to be pretty
entertaining. Maybe they'll even
decide to have one every year.
And if you miss the exploits of
the real superstar athletes, don't fret,
the NBA will be starting before tdo
What's that, the NBA's players
may be going on strike too? Oh my;'
does that mean the NBA will have to'
change its name to the USBL?
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dino Hackett (standing) tugs on the shirt
of teammate Jack DelRio during a scuffle between DelRio and Chiefs
scout Otis Taylor. The fight erupted when DelRio accused Taylor of
bringing a replacement player into the stadium.
Epkrs stunned win
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By PETER ZELLEN
The Michigan volleyball team
arrived in Ypsilanti Tuesday hoping
its match against Eastern Michigan
would give, it a good workout in
preperation for another weekend of
Big Ten competition. What it came;
back with was a mind-boggling loss.
The Wolverines won the first two
games, 15-12 and 15-6 and led the
third game, 9-0. Then t h e
unexplicable happened. The Hurons
won the match. They came back to
win the third game, 15-12, and
proceeded to win the last two, 15-3
"It was an ugly and extremely
poor performance," said Michigan
head coai~ Joyce Davis. Neither
team played particularly well, but we
were the ones who created every
situation and couldn't capitalize on
It was a nightmare statistically for
the Wolverines. They combined for
31 hitting errors, 14 service errors,
and 15 receiving errors. The team
also compiled a .170 hitting
percentage. It was the first time this
season that Michigan was under .200
in a match.
Despite the loss, Davis tried to
find a silver lining within the murky
"I'm not going to waste energy on
what's behind us," she said. "We've
got to concentrate on what's ahead. It
was a non-conference game so all it
means is an L' in the column. But
we better not ever do this again."
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