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. The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1988 -Page 17

Belligerent Bosworth
bears all in narrative

BY ADAM SCHRAGER
As we enter this academic year, it
is somewhat difficult to envision the
hate you may soon have for your
new or old roomate. Imagine a hate
even more rabid than that and you
get what many people feel for
iSeattle Seahawks linebacker Brian
,Bosworth.
The flamboyant Oklahoma native
-did little to improve his public
'image when he co-wrote The Boz:
eConfessions of a Modern Anti-Hero
with Sports Illustrated writer Rick
,Reilly. In this personal narrative, the
;Boz's intention is to* "let a little bit
-more of myself out," and it is well
,worth it.
Personal feelings aside, Bos-
worth's quest for literary expertise
does fall a wee bit short. But if sheer
entertainment is what you are look-
ing for, the book provides that and
much, much more. This book qual-
ifies for vintage bedtime reading.
Where else can you find
bluntness, pretentiousness, obnox-
-Books
iousness, self-righteousness com-
piled and nestled within the friendly
confines of 252 pages published by
Doubleday? The Boz is not a
Harlequin romance or a kiss-and-tell
story, but instead it is an amusing,
easy-reading book that if you .really
hate Bosworth could bring you to
nausea.
By calling Denver Bronco
quarterback John Elway a "Mr. Ed"
look-a-like, NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle, "Czar," and pro-
claiming that as a sophomore All-
American at Oklahoma, "you too,
can own a Corvette and a Jeep,"n
Bosworth has caused more turmoil.
This comes from a player whose

contract caused a tumultuous uproar
in the league and on his own team
when he. signed for $10 million-
plus.
The accusations start from word
one of Bosworth's testimony,
probably the most serious of which
was hurled at the Oklahoma football
program. Bosworth clearly illustrates
the "real" story behind the success of
the- Sooner program.
Bosworth recounts an anecdote of
Buster Rhymes that explicitly
defines the god-like stereotypes. of
the Sooner players. Rhymes was a
running back from Miami, whom
Bosworth describes as "hating
snow." In the tradition of Norman,
Ok., every first snow of the year
warrants a major snowball fight.
Unfortunately, someone hit Buster
with a snowball .at which time he
took out his Uzi sub-machine gun
and shot off 150 rounds from his
balcony, thus effectively ending the
snowball fight.
The result was a team meeting
where "The King. Barry Switn'r our

head coach, was pissed. But not too
pissed, I guess, because nobody got
thrown in jail over it."
Because of stories such as this, as
well as reports over illegal alumni.
funding and car donating, the NCAA
has decided to look into the perennial
college power's program. This,
obviously, has not endeared Bos-
worth to his alma mater.
With all of the personal insults
absorbed by Bosworth, his 3.3
college grade point average is visible
through his actions. Bosworth writes
.how the "I Hate the Boz" T-shirts
selling rapidly around the country are
produced by a company owned by
Bosworth himself. What "an entre-
preneurial genius," he humbly
states.
The Boz is entertaining. For
$17.95 though, it might not be that
entertaining. But remember, if you
hate Bosworth, you should definitely
watch out because the No. 4
commandment of The 10 Boz
Commandments is "People that hate
you hate themselves."

'The King, Barry Swit-
zer, our head coach, was
pissed. But not too pis-
sed, I guess, because no-
body- got thrown in jail
over it.'
-Seattle linebacker
Brian Bosworth on an
incident involving a
teammate firing an Uzi
machine gun from a
balcony.

BOSS B art/Associated Press
National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti talks to reporters after being voted the
commissioner of major league baseball, yesterday. Giamatti who was voted in by team
owners will succeed Peter Ueberroth.

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Spartans

mr-

' open '88
Rutgers

to
vs.

EAST LANSING (AP)- Mich-
igan State opens the 1988 grid
season as Big 10 champion but
Coach George Perles said Tuesday
he's making sure the Spartans aren't
cocky.
He also said Rutgers, which
visits Spartan Stadium on Saturday,
shouldn't be taken lightly.
"Last year has nothing to do with
this year," Perles told reporters at his
weekly football news conference.
"The only thing that's really
important is when they come back
in 20 years for a reunion."
"It's always a new game," he said.
"These kids are off on the right foot,
they're not wearing there (Rose
Bowl) ring."
However, the championship and
Rose Bowl victory convinced the
Spartans it's possible to have
another championship year but no
sure thing, he said.
"We've got a good football team
this year, but we're at the mercy of
injuries," he said.

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