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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 15, 1982-Page 11

THE SPORTING VIEWS

Summertime, and the living is
...Prix dips, low blows,
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE Nine months of pro basketball just isn't enough.
" The New York Yankees are currently in sixth
The Summertime Blues: place in the American League East, 10 games out
" Is it just me, or does it seem like Jimmy Con- of first and just one game ahead of Toronto. Who
nors has been playing in four tennis tournaments a says there isn't a God?
week this summer? Enos Cabell of the Detroit Tigers was the first
w Didn't the Detroit media do a good job of Sports Illustrated Player of the Week this season,
covering the Detroit Grand Prix? I, for one, never while Tiger Larry Herndon earned the honor a
got tired of reading about Grand Prix parties, couple weeks ago. Both players came in trades
Grand Prix chip dips, Grand Prix drivers and from the San Francisco Giants. I'll bet the Giants
their favorite colors, Grand Prixs... are real happy with how well Larry and Enos are
" That's what I like about the two Detroit doing now.
papers-they never go overboard when it comes to " I'll bet the Giants are even happier with how
news coverage.
" From the fans watching the Larry Holmes-
Gerry Cooney fight on closed-circuit at Joe Louis
Arena, the biggest cheer came when Lola Falana
was shown singing the national anthem.
" The biggest groan came when Mr. Holmes was
hit in a place which allowed him to sing like Ms.
Falana.
" In a live fight at Joe Louis, Hilmer Kenty made
a comeback after a 14-month absence by knocking
out a veteran bum named Chris Fernandez. Or
was it Louie Hernandez? No, I think it was Chi Chi
Rodriguez...
e It was a bad night all over for Hilmer's mom.
Not only did she have to watch Kenty fight, but his
younger brother, Forrest Winchester, also fought
in a preliminary bout. Mom just sat at ringside
and cried the whole time.
And I'll cry if I want to
" If you think Kenty's mother cried a lot, you
should have heard Holmes.
" This score just in: Rocky III, Grease 2. LARRY HOLMES, in obvious pain after Gerry
" I sure was sorry to see the NBA season end. Cooney threw a low blow.

easy...
and high notes
Dan Schatzeder (who was traded for Herndon) is
doing. Schatzeder pitched so well for the Giants
that they decided to let him help their AAA minor
league team for awhile.
" A true story from Tiger Stadium: A youngster
was looking out on the field, trying to spot his
favorite player, Mark DeJohn. He asked an
orange-capped security guard, a breed known for
their intelligence, "Where's DeJohn?" Answered
the guard: "Upstairs, next to da souvenir stand."
" OK, so it's not a true story. But I'll bet it will
happen sometime.
" In the early balloting for the American League
All-Star team, Detroit's Kirk Gibson is in 11th
place among outfielders while Chet Lemon isn't
even in the top 16. I think Tiger G.M. Jim Cam-
pbell should hire the front-office staff of the
Detroit Pistons to help fix that up.
The best isn't enough
" Consider this: In the last four years, Michigan
fans have had the opportunity to watch the best
quarterback in the school's history (Rick Leach),
the best running back (Butch Woolfolk), the best
wide receiver (Anthony Carter), the most prolific
basketball player (Mike McGee), and the best
baseball player (Jim Paciorek). Why were there
no national championships in these years?.
" There is no truth to the rumor that Don Reese
will be doing a series of commercials for "Coke-
It's the Real Thing."
" Why is auto racing considered to be a sport? A
sport is something which has athletes competing
in it. Don't try and tell me that A.J. Foyt is an
athlete.
* Q. What's the difference between God and Bo
Schembechler?
A. God doesn't own a pizza parlor.

Shoplifting charges
against Smith dropped

EAST LANSING (UPI)- Shoplifting
charges against former Michigan State
basketball star Kevin Smith were drop-
ped yesterday because the prosecution
was unable to produce key witnesses, a
defense attorney said.
"This is a great day for Kevin-now
the cloud is removed from over his head
and he can continue with negotiations
with professional teams for his ser-
vices," said the attorney, Hugh B.
Clarke, Jr.
SMITH SAID he was "relieved."
No mention was made of separate
charges accusing the 23-year-old Smith
of driving on a suspended license.
Smith, named MSU's most valuable
player last year in his senior year, was
accused of stealing two bottles of wine
from an East Lansing convenience
store in February, 1981.
THE TRIAL date on the charge,
however, was delayed until April 5 of
this year-well after the end of the 1981-
82 basketball season.
When the standout guard failed to
show up for the trial, however, a bench
warrant was issued against him.
He was excused by East Lansing
District Judge Donald Tschirhart when
he showed up in court with his attorney
one day after news stories about the in-
cident broke.
CLARKE SAID at the time Smith
never received notice of his trial date

and was out of town, thinking the trial
later in the month. He said Smith was
tied up during the period before April 5
with various basketball camps across
the state.
Clarke, in discussing the latest
development in the case, said in ad-
dition to the failure of prosecution wit-
nesses to show, there was conflicting
evidence from others which "would
lead a jury to believe Smith was in-
nocent."
The shoplifting charge, a
misdemeanor, carried a maximum
term of 90 days.
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Adios, Enos
Detroit's Enos Cabell (center) didn't like the way umpire Dave Phillips
(right) was calling the balls and strikes in the first game last night. Neither
did Tiger manager Sparky Anderson (left). Guess who won the argument?
Right-and Cabell got ejected in the fourth-inning confrontation as a result.
(See story, Page 12.) . . . ..

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