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February 08, 1988 - Image 30

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By John Porretto
Daly Reveille
Louisiana State U.
"Hell with it, I don't think we can
heat 'em now anyway," said a
Cumerland U. footall player
shortly efore their 222-0 defeat at
the hands of Georgia Tech U.
On Oct. 7, 1916, Cumerland
gave up more points, touchdowns
and yards than any team efore or
since in college footall history.
Tech scored on every possession,
piling up 978 yards without throw-
ing a single pass and averaging 3.8
points per minute.
On the first play, Cumerland's
first-string quarterhack was
knocked unconscious and carted off
the field. Cumerland runningack
Morris Gouger plowed into the
Tech line for a 3-yard gain on the
next play. A 10-yard pass comple-
tion shortly thereafter was their
iggest gain.
On Tech's first possession,
Everett Strupper raced 20 yards for
a touchdown-his first of eight.
When Cumerland quarterack
Eddie Edwards fumled the snap
from center, he acked away from
the hall. "Pick it up," he yelled.
"Pick it up and run with it!"
A Cumerland backfielder
wouldn't touch it, having learned
the hard way on an earlier play.
"Pick it up yourself, you dropped
it," he said.
The Cumerland team, an infor-
mal group coached y a law stu-
dent, mishandled the all for nine
more fumles during the game.
Tech jumped out to a 63-0 lead at
the end of the first quarter. By half-
time, the score had douled.
Tech coach John Heisman (of tro-
phy fame) told his troops at half-
time, "Men, we're in front, ut you
never know what those Cumer-
land players have up their sleeves.
So in the second half, go out and hit
em clean and hit 'em hard. Don't let
Heisman's troops followed orders
well, as Tech added another 96
points in the second half.
"Somehody told us that Vander-
ilt had een awarded the South-
ern championship over Georgia
Tech the year efore on points
scored, and Heisman was out to see
that Tech got its share in 1916,"
said Cumerland player Charles
Early in the fourth quarter, eis-
man spotted an exhausted
Cumerland player hiding under a
blanket on the Tech ench.
"Son," he said, "you're on the
wrong ench."
"Oh no, I'm not," the attered
player responded. "This is the
Georgia Tech side, isn't it?"
"Well,.then, this is the only safe
place for me. If I go ack to my

bench, I'm liable to get sent back in
the game again."

G ~ ~HoST ZT
Sero seTYte
B T,
growth, internal death

By Stephen Lorinser
Minnesota Daily
U. of Minnesota
British amateur bodybuilder David
Daljit Singh, 27, was a healthy athlete
until he started taking anabolic ster-
He thought the steroids were build-
ing up his body, but they were des-
troying it from within. Four tumors had
begun growing on his liver, and last
spring he died of a ruptured liver. He is
one of the athletes most recently known
to have died as a result of steroid use.
The International Amateur Athletic
Federation Council, the governing body
for international track events, sus-
pended nine athletes for steroid use last
The risks of taking steroids-death
and suspension-are great, as are the
benefits. Athletic success in world com-
petition and American sports brings
fame and, more importantly, fortune.
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma's 1986
All-American linebacker, is big, strong
and mean. When he tested positive for
steroids, the NCAA suspended Bos-
worth from playing in a bowl game. The
Sooners indicated they didn't want him
But the National Football League's
Seattle Seahawks wanted Bosworth,
signing him to an $11 million, multi-
year contract.

Anabolic steroids have limited medic-
al purposes. Their greatest use, howev-
er, is in non-prescription consumption
by athletes. Coupled with exercise and a
high-protein, high-calorie diet, anabolic
steroids can increase muscle size,
strength, endurance and aggressive-
History of drug use
Drug use in sports is not new. As early
as 1865, there were reports of swim-
mers taking drugs. At about the same
time, cyclists used a heroin and cocaine
"speedball" to increase endurance.
Fifty years later, U.S. Olympian Tom
Hicks collapsed and nearly died after
winning the 1904 Olympic marathon.
Hicks took highly poisonous strychnine
and brandy in hope of running faster.
As competitions became closer, many
athletes took anything to gain the extra
half-inch or fraction of a second that
would mean the difference between fai-
lure and success.
In 1958, U.S. weightlifting physician
John Ziegler learned of Soviet testoster-
one use. Fearing they might gaina com-
petitive advantage, Ziegler helped de-
velop Dianabol, the first anabolic ster-
oid available in the United States.
Ziegler initially experimented with
small dosages of five milligrams daily.
Many of today's athletes, reasoningthat
more must be better, are taking up to

Anabolic steroids are an artificial
form of the hormone testosterone,
which causes puberty changes in
men and exists at minute levels in
When taken by healthy men,
anabolic steroids shut down the
body's production of testosterone,
causing men's breasts to grow and
their genitals to shrink.
Large doses of anabolic steroids
trigger masculine changes in
women. They experience lowered
voices, increased facial and body
hair, scalp hair loss, increased
acne, enlarged clitoris, decreased
breast size, changes in sex drive,
changes or absense of menstrua-
tion, increased aggressiveness, and
decreased body fat.
Anabolic steroids produce a state
of euphoria, diminished fatigue
and increased bulk and power in
both sexes. They also cause mood
swings, liver tumors, rising
cholesterol levels, high blood press-
ure, premature cessation of bone
growth, bleeding ulcers, enlarged
prostate, jaundice and premature
death. Stephen Lorinser-Minneso-
ta Daily, U. of Minnesota
500 milligrams a day-100 times th
usual medical dose.
As the adverse effects of anaboli
steroids became known, they wer
added to the International Olympi
Committee's list of banned substance
in 1974.
The NCAA voted in 1986 to institut
random drug testing to detect steroids,
amphetamines and illegal street drug
On Sept. 1, 1987, the U. of Minneso-
ta's men's athletic department declared
war on steroid use when it sponsored a
national, multi-media campaign emph-
asizing the adverse sexual side effects.
U. of Minnesota officials say educa-
tion is the key to stopping steroids.
The men's athletic department, in
connection with the Minneapolis adver-
tising agency Fallon McElligott, has
launched a "Steroids Are Big Troubl4
"The U. of Minnesota is concerned ab-
out people in general and athletes in
particular," said Frank Wilderson, vice
president for student affairs.
But will the casual and the elite
athlete heed the health warnings? Or
will the lure of a perfect body and a
multi-million-dollar professional con-
tract lead to greater abuse? q
Many athletes admit they will do or
take anything short of killing them-
selves to gain a competitive advantage.

I'll be moving up and should get some playing ball power. Philip Junker-The Hoya,
time at guard and center next year," said Georgetown U.,DC
Namath's nephew has Namath. Kevin Minnick-The Diamond-
hard act to follow... back, U. of Maryland
As the nephew of Hall of
Fame quarterback Joe
Namath, Frank Namath Cheerleaders seek athletic recogni-
has faced high expecta- Drum beat helps deaf team march to vic- tion ... In the past, cheerleaders have been
tions all his life. "Kids tory... Instead of barked signals from the stereotyped as dizzy, loud-mouthed fans who
from other schools quarterback that denote the play and precise like to prance in front of football stands. The
would think that I made moment of the center's snap, the hearing im- Kent State cheerleaders are trying to change
a team or was an All- paired players on Gallaudet College's football that image. "We're trying to make cheerlead-
Star because of my team must rely on hand signals and a drum- ing a sport, and maintain it through practice,
name," said Frank beat to execute each play. "Some teams say rules, and hard work," said Paul Pfahler, a
Namath. "But no one is 'How could we lose to a deaf team?' after we junior cheerleading captain. Twenty-five hours
going to give you some- , '' beat them," said sports information director a week, the 15 men and women work on their
thing for nothing." Bob Westermann. "Human emotion plays cheering, practicing as a group three days a
Heavily recruited while more of a part at Gallaudet than other schools week and with partners once a week. The
in high school, Namath where it's always 'win, win, win!' "The Bisons cheerleaders also work out with weights.
eventually chose the U. of Maryland where he got off to a 4-0 start this season and are rapidly Linda Sharkey-The BG News, Bowling
is vying for astarting spoton the offensive line. gaining national recognition as a regional foot- Green U.,OH.

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