The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 22, 1987- Page 9
THE SPORTING VIEWS
Star search has ended...
0.. McMahon has returned
BY ADAM SCHRAGER
With all the negative feeling toward the NFL
Players strike, it is good to know that there was
a definite positive result from all of the
absurdity. No, I am not talking about the
expansion of the roster or the possible,
upcoming union victory in court. Instead, I
wish to address an occurrence that will save the
Chicago Bears this season.
Jim McMahon has been taken off injured
reserve. Yes, McMahon's shoulder is healthy.
McMahon - the greatest leader to step onto the
football field since Roger Staubach - is back.
The player strike was a time consuming,
perfect diversion from the always confusing
Bears quarterback situation. People could only
wonder what was going on when the Bears
traded mighty mite Doug Flutie to the only
place that wanted him, the New England
Patriots. What were the Bears doing?
What people seemed to forget was that
McMahon, the perennially injured "bad boy" of
professional football, was patiently biding his
time, waiting for the appropriate moment to
announce his complete recovery. McMahon, one
must realize, could not come forward during the
strike because he would not have been the center
of attention that his show-boating personality
This season started in tremendous fashion
when the Bears showed some of their 1985-86
Super Bowl form by destroying the New York
Giants in the first Monday night game of the
season. After another easy victory the following
week, the strike transpired and the scab Bears, or
"Scares," took over.
The "Scares" even fared very. well for the
Mike Ditka-led Bears. In their first two games,
both victories, they recorded 20 sacks making
many wonder if anyone could budge what
seemed to be an unpenetrable defense.
This past weekend, though, put an end to the
ecstasy and firmly entrenched in my mind that
this debacle we called a strike had to end. When
someone like Florian Kempf can become a hero
and the New Orleans Saints can win in
Chicago's Soldier Field, it is time to call for
With the regular Bears back, joined by a few,
"Scares," the Bears will be a contender. But
being just a contender for Ditka and the Bear
organization is not enough. In order to be
champion, Chicago needs Jim McMahon.
Now, I will be the first to recognize Mike
Tomczak's improvement at quarterback this
year, but he can not, and will not, win the
Super Bowl for the Bears. Neither Doug Flutie
nor Steve Fuller could accomplish that elusive
goal. McMahon is the answer and no matter
whether one likes him or not, no one can deny
the extent of McMahon's success.
He has won over 90 percent of the games
that he has started in a Chicago uniform. But it
is not his talent that has been missed because
everyone knows that McMahon rarely throws a
tight spiral. It is the leadership and character that
has been sorely lacking in Chicago since
Charles Martin ungratiously introduced
McMahon's shoulder to the hardened astroturf in
Soldier Field last winter.
Now that McMahon's leadership and his
wobbly passes have returned, the season has
been given new meaning for Chicago. The Bears
have the talent, confidence, arrogance, and now
leadership to win the Super Bowl. If McMahon
remains healthy, I think the word destiny will
take on new connotations.
2nd Annual Fall Stereo Sale
Just one year ago we celebrated the opening of our Ann Arbor store. We're very
pleased and gratified with the success we've had in Ann Arbor in just one year.
To celebrate our 1st Anniversary we're having a 3-day
FALL STEREO SALE
Thurs 11-8 * Fri 11-8 * Sat 10-6
What an event filled week this
has been! There has been concern
over the health of the first lady.
Tension continues to mount in the
Persian Gulf. The Twinkies are in
the Series. And, of course, everyone
has followed the rollercoaster on
Perhaps themost shocking event
of the week, however, has been
overshadowed. Yes, George
Steinbrenner has rehired, or should I
say re-re-re-re-rehired, Billy Martin.
Even the most avid sports fan may
not understand George's reasoning
for bringing back Billy Ball. Over
the past ten years, Martin's status
with the Yankees has fluctuated
more than the Dow Jones industrial
But this time George has some
every good reasoning. Over the past
six weeks, Billy's Griddes record has
been remarkable. As a matter of fact,
this past week he accumulated a near
perfect 19-1 score. However, he
Tailed to turn in his Gridde Picks on
time to qualify for the $10
,Domino's Pizza coupon.
So here's your chance to become
;a part of this monumental week."
'Just bring in your Griddes picks to
420 Maynard Street by 5 p.m.
Friday, and if you score a perfect 20-
0, you too, could go down in
1. MICHIGAN at Indiana
(pick total points)
2. Purdue at Iowa
3. Minnesota at Ohio State
4. Illinois at Michigan State
5. N'western at Wisconsin
6. Colorado at Oklahoma
7. N.C. State at Clemson
8. USC at Notre Dame
9. Oklahoma St. at Missouri
10. Oregon at Stanford
11. Kentucky at Georgia
12. Pitt at Navy
13. Texas A&M at Rice
14. Georgia Tech at Tenn.
15. W. Va. at Boston Coll.
16. Colgate at Syracuse
17. Brown at Holy Cross
18. Duke at Maryland
19. Indiana St. at Illinois St.
20. UT-Chatt. at Appal. St.
Dozens of products on
- hee' just 9 examples:
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* No frills
" Compact size
" Digital plus analog filtering
" Programmable up to 20 selections
" Interactive infrared remote
* 16 bit technology
* two times oversampling
" wireless remote control
wiad Expires 11/15/87
The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Edward Parmentier, conductor
American Premiere of G.B. Draghi's
Ode to St. Cecilia
Hill Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. Free.
BANDORAMA: featuring University of
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H. Robert Reynolds, Donald Schleicher,
Edward Sarath, and Eric Becher,
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Tickets: $6, $5, $4, call 764-0582 between
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Hill Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.
* 35 watts per channel
* 16 station presets
* high dynamic power
" variable loudness for optimum listening
" 55 watts per channel
* two tape deck inputs$
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" Interactive infrared remote control
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* Dolby B, Dolby C
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* 8 inch 2 way
* large bookshelf design
* handles 5-85 watts
BOSTON ACOUSTICS A100
" 10 inch 2 way floor standing speaker
* rich walnut vinyl finish
" a "best seller" for years
Reg. $390pr. $299 pr.
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