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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 26, 1990

Women's soccer
unfazed by CMV

by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
Although the Central Michigan
women's soccer team remains some-
what of a mystery to their Michigan
counterparts, the Wolverines already
know all they need. Their game
against CMU should be an easy
Coach Phil Joyaux, in his first
year at the Michigan helm, does not
know what to expect from a CMU
team that he has never seen before.
However, despite not being able to
specifically prepare for today's
competition, he isn't worried.
"I'd rather have us just go out
there and play our own game," he
said. "We should make them deal
with us,"
"We only play them once a year,
and we've beaten them the past few
years," senior center forward Krista
Towne said. "They're not major

Still, the team has been
practicing several new techniques
this week, focusing mainly on the
halfback line. Earlier in the season,
there was a lack of smooth move-
ment between the halfbacks and the
fullbacks, so the halfbacks have now
been moved up.
"(Moving the halfbacks up) gives
the fullbacks more space, and also
gives the forwards more support,"
Towne said.
Several changes in the line-up
have also been made. Senior Amy
Stock was made the new stopper,
and Jenny Steinhebel has been
moved to center halfback.
"The moves have worked out
well," Towne said. "(Stock) has been
more aggressive, which helps the
defense out. Jenny distributes the
ball well, and also has been getting a
lot of shots on goal."

Dallas trades Walsh
for three draft picks
Cowboys move disgruntled back-up
quarterback to struggling New Orleans

NEW YORK (AP) - Dallas
Cowboys' quarterback Steve Walsh,
who has been Troy Aikman's
backup since both were drafted last
year, was traded to the New Orleans
Saints today for three draft picks,
two of which may be first-round
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said
his team will receive the Saints' No.
1 and No. 3 choices in 1991 and a
No. 2 pick in 1992. Jones said the
No. 2 pick could be upgraded to a
No. 1 if Walsh performs well for the
Walsh, who started five games
last season when Aikman was
injured, will compete for the starting
job in New Orleans with John
* Fourcade, who has been erratic in the
Saints' first three games.
In the first two weeks of the
season, the Saints could not manage
to score a touchdown, dropping both
contests. But last week, New
Orleans trounced the Phoenix
Cardinals behind four offensive
touchdowns, 28-7.

The deal was concluded at NFL
headquarters in New York City just
prior to a meeting of the league's
Walsh, who led Miami to the
national championship in 1987,
completed 110-of-219 passes for
1,371 yards last season. He threw
five touchdown passes and nine
University of Michigan fans can
recall the September 17, 1988 game
in which Walsh engineered three
scoring drives in the final five
minutes of the game to help the
defending champions overcome a 30-
14 deficit and defeat the Wolverines
31-30. He connected on 24-of-45
passes for 335 yards in the game,
including a string of 11 consecutive
complete passes in the fourth
For the Cowboys this season,
Walsh was 4-of-9 for 40 yards.
In addition to Fourcade, the
Saints also have veteran Tommy
Kramer on the roster at the
quarterback position.

AP Photo
Editor meets Doughboy
Ok. So what if the picture of the Pillsbury Doughboy has absolutely
nothing to do with Griddes, sports, or even the University for that matter?
But due to the fact that it is the Doughboy's 25th birthday, Daily
Sports Editor Mike Gill made a special trip to Minneapolis to
congratulate the big guy and meet the whole family.
After filling out an honorable Griddes form in Mr. Pillsbury's name,
Mike just had to find something out.
To put the entire experience in his words, "I couldn't believe it! He
really does giggle when you poke him in the tummy!"
Turn in your picks at the Student Publications Building (420 Maynard)
to try to win a $12 gift certificate to O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub.
1. Maryland at Michigan
2. Michigan St. at Rutgers
3. Purdue at Notre Dame
4. Tennessee at Auburn
5. Southern Cal at Ohio St.
6. BYU at Oregon
7. Iowa at Miami
8. Texas A&M at LSU
9. Washington at Colorado
10. California at Arizona
11. W. Virginia at Pittsburgh
12. EMU at Indiana
13. Duke at Clemson
14. Va. Tech at Florida St.
15. Kansas at Oklahoma
16. Oregon St. at Nebraska
17. Arizona St. at Missouri
18. Colorado St. at Arkansas
19. W. Michigan at Iowa St.
20. Boston College at Navy

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sporting views * the sporting views
High market drives
upHo Rod's value
by David Schechter
Daily Sports Writer
After John "Hot Rod" Williams signed his $26.5 million dollar contract
with the Cleveland Cavaliers he probably did a few things.
He definitely went to the bank where he cashed his four million dolla.
signing bonus. After that he probably drove home, locked all the doors, shut
all the shades so no one could see, and then threw the four million into the
air. Rolled in it on the floor. Rubbed his nose in it to see what it smelled
like. Then he probably laughed until his stomach muscles hurt.
Escalating salaries in professional basketball seemed to sneak up on the
world sports community. Most felt that a million dollar show stopper was
worth the price. Highlight headliners like Jordan, Bird and Ewing knew how
to lead a team and were paid well for it. But then there was John Koncak of
the Atlanta Hawks who couldn't lead the blind without falling over one of
his left feet.
Last year Koncak took advantage of his restricted free agency by pitting'
the Pistons and the Hawks against each other in a bidding war. Both teams
lost and Koncak won. A player who posts anemic numbers and marginal
playing time, Koncak was not the cause of rising salaries in the NBA but
one of the first to benefit from a changing league.
Since the early 1980's when Julius Irving played leading man in the
NBA, the sport's popularity has been on an ally-oop. Pro hoops discovered
its niche in the athletic market, capitalizing on big names to bring in the
big bucks. Since the good Doctor's day the prices for television rights have
gone into orbit as has the marketing craze for NBA merchandise. Both of
these are a major sources of revenue to the league.
It just so happens that in this profession everybody loves the boss. NBA
rules guarantee the players of the league 53 percent.of the gross revenue,
something unheard of in the real world. Imagine making $110 dollars an
hour in McDonalds. Flipping burgers just doesn't draw the crowds anymore.
So, in many ways, to be competitive teams must pay the high salaries. If
one team doesn't dole out its share of the 53 percent, some one else will.
So what's with all the B-school talk? This is just a game, right?
Obviously not. It is just as much of a money making machine as any other
entertainment business. No one moans when Jack Nicholson makes five
million on a film just for saying a few lines. No one complains when
Michael Jackson collects millions from Pepsi for doing a couple little ads*
And no one should complain when Hot Rod Williams gets paid five million
to score a few points.
Basketball players possess a rare skill that is in high demand, and they
are paid accordingly. Hot Rod is another beneficiary of the system. Just like
any other popular entertainer, if you're in demand there are dollars to be had.
Without question, five million dollars is a hard number to swallow for
most any task. Especially for Hot Rod. He's no Jordan (who makes $2.95
million a year) or Olajuwon ($4.06 million), but he's got what the market
would bare. And the Cavaliers hope he will keep their market profitable.
In the end it all comes down to winning. If the Cavs ever make it to the
finals and win it all in front of audiences in 70 different countries, it may be!
because they paid Williams to stay with the team. And when all the fans in
Cleveland are celebrating the victory they won't be screaming about those
five million dollars.
Instead, they'll probably choose to call it something else.
Money well spent.

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