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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, August 2, 1985
Wade, Cofield lead unstoppable Bradley
By DAN COVEN the offensive threat on the front line shooting, deadly; his drives, unstop-
Things certainly aren't going to that Bill Frieder needs. pable. His flashy ball-handling, relen-
get any easier for Franklin Wright (5- Cofield, the point guard, runs the at- tless, hounding defense, and court
3) in the Sanders League playoffs. Af- tack, keeping his teammates happy charisma make him a real crowd
ter knocking off favorite Stein & with his crisp passes and scoring only pleaser.
Goetz, Tuesday night, they must now when he needs to. When he needs to,
face first place Bradley Pontiac (7-1). though, he does it with gusto - his "FRED IS THE best guard in the
league, no doubt," said former EMU
To say Bradley Pontiac is favored is teammate Percy Cooper.

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a gross understatement. With
Michigan forward Butch Wade
bolstering the front line and New York
Knick hopeful Fred Cofield manning
the backcourt, Bradley Pontiac is un-
doubtedly the class of the 1985 siim-
mer league. Victories by 15 to 20 poin-
ts are routine, as they run opponents
off the court with their devastating
fast break.
THEIR HALF-COURT game is
equally as strong with Wade
dominating the forecourt.
Wade is clearly the league's most
improved player. He now sports a
decent shooting touch and seems
more comfortable handling the ball.
Averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds
in the last three games, he's become

Despite lesser overall talent,
Franklin Wright isn't intimidated.
"We can hang with anybody," said
swing-man Herb Brooks. "We just got
a bunch of guys who like to play
together and scrap on defense."
The Brooks brothers (Ray and
Herb, who play for the Detroit Spirits,
and the younger, Keith) along with
Michigan forward Rob Henderson
form a cohesive unit that uses
tenacious defense to force turnovers
and ignite its fastbreak.
Tonight's second game will pit
Domino's Pizza (6-2) against Orchard
Lake St. Mary's (4-4). Domino's
edged Forner Construction, 116-114,
behind Antoine Joubert's 42 points
Tuesday night.
Garde Thompson's 33 points helped
St. Mary's to a 85-74 upset of First
Martin.

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Track star jumps
onto Lions scene
ROCHESTER, Mich. (UPI) - asking me howI could just get up and
Jason Grimes has never played one leave," Grimes said. "They way I ex- Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
down of organized football, but that's plain it is I had a nice, comfortable Michigan's Robert Henderson (top left) and Roy Tarpley (top right) bat-
not stopping him from trying to make lifestyle. On one side of the street te iout in a Sany Sanders playoff game Tuesday.
the Detroit Lions roster this year. there's comfortable and on the other
While he admits he never took a hit side there's sky's the limit. I wanted,
or ran a pass route before reporting to to see what that other side was like, so
the Lions' Oakland University I took a chance."
training camp, the 5-foot-1, 171-Ge ra s nd am l s
pound former world class long jumper Grimes said his original interest in
said he's got something over all the a pro football career was sparked by"d e
players on the field - speed. Memphis Showboats' defensive end mJjn "" a tea m '
and close friend Reggie White.

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IN A december workout by Lions' "I HAD been talking about how I NEW YORK (UPI) - The owners of year and Houston was 10-8. Both were
coaches in the Pontiac Silverdome, thought I could play and he (While) the New Jersey Generals and Houston eliminated in the first game of the
Grimes ran a 4-yard dash in 4.2 said that I should give it a shot," Gamblers yesterday announced the playoffs.
ran a200-meter dastin 7riealso Grimes recalled. "I told him that if I two USFL teams will merge to form "This is truly the building of a
"I think I've got a good shot of had the opportunity I would. The what league commissioner Harry dream team," Usher said.
making it," Grimes, 25, said yester- Showboata were having a tryout so I Usher calls "a dream team.', Kelly's arrival in New Jersey
day."I'e gt smethng hatthetried out and they liked what they
day. 'I've got something that the saw, but we couldn't come to terms." New Jersey owner Donald Trump means 1984 Hesiman Trophy winner
Detroit Lions need and that can help and Steve Ross, a friend of Trump's Doug Flutie will be dealt by the
them maybe to a Super Bowl. More twsteSobas apta n elwNwYr 'a ae Generals to another USFL team.
teams are looking for speed teday cIncase rmShbatshemy haet and fellow New York real estate Gnrl oaohrUF em
rather than the-foot- players." convinced Grimes that he may have a developer, made the deal less than a Although a coach won't be officially
future in football. week after Ross bought the struggling named for several weeks, a club sour-
The switch from track and field tyia Houston franchise for more than $5 ce said Gamblers coach Jack Pardee
pro football career came unexpec- "Realistically I went down there to million. and his staff will be retained and New
tedly. Grimes was rated No. 2 in the make a fool out of myself," Grimes Jersey's Walt Michaels set free.
world in the long jump two years ago admitted. "I didn't know if I could TRUMP SAID the club will continue
after finishing second to only Carl catch. I didn't know if I could run the to be called the Generals and he plans "WE'RE LOOKING for exciting of-
Lewis at the World Track and Field routes or catch under pressure. But I to stay in New Jersey. fense. If Walt can provide exciting of-
Championships in Helsinki, Finland. did . . . everything just came "It's probably the best team in foot- fense we'll keep him," Trump said of
Grimes jumped 27-feet, 2i/ inches to natural." ball," said Trump, who is eager to the conservative Michaels.
claim the silver medal.Jer roizonofteomr
Now the former University of Ten- pair league-leading runner Herschel Jerry Argovitz, one of the former
nessee athletic wonder finds himself Walker with Jim Kelly, Houston's Gamblers' Director of Football
FOLLOWING a disappointing in a silver and blue uniform trying to USFL-leading passer. Operations and Houston general
season in 1984, Grimes appeared win a place on the Detroit roster as a manager Gene Burrough will hold the
ready this year to pick up from where wide receiver. "With a backfield of Herschel same position with New Jersey.
he left off at Helsinki. In June at the "We're giving him a fair shake just Walker and Jim Kelly, and all those Argovitz said 22 Houston players
TAC meet in Indianapolis, he leaped like everyone else," said Lions' head (Gamblers) receivers and our defen- and 15 Generals - including Flutie -
7feet,8-inches for asecond-placecoach Darryl Rogers. "If we think we se ... I don't just want the best team wmustbe rsubitt e to th er that
a a. can use him, we'll keep him. I'll say in the USFL, I want the best team in Saturday.
Mike Conley's 28-feet, 1 -inch jump, one thing, if you get get him the ball and football." Most of the Generals office and
was better. he catches it look out. He's one of the public relations stati will probably be
After I jumped 27-8, everyone was fastest guys I think I've every seen." NEW JERSEY finished 11-7 last retained.

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