The Michigan Daily Friday, August 12, 1988 page 11
Jokisch tries to overcome
leg injury in NFL tryout
BY ADAM BENSON coach John Robinson coached he has found new appreciation for
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY Jokisch in the 1986 Senior Bowl the league and for the game.
LOS ANGELES - Paul and felt that Paul had enough skills "It means a lot to get this
Jokisch, the ex-Michigan wide re- to play in the NFL. chance," said Jokisch. "It's been a
ceiver, is getting his third chance Jokisch likes working for frustrating two years. I'm trying to
to play in the NFL. The 6-8 former Robinson and he likes the Rams keep my head in it, and not get
basketball player, who turned to office. He also feels that he can fit down on myself. That's all I can
football in his sophomore season into the Rams system. do.
with the Wolverines, is trying out "The Rams use the H-back, or a
this summer with the Los Angeles second tight end, and three wide re-
Rams. ceivers. This means the team needs
Unfortunately for Jokisch, he is depth at these spots," said Jokisch.
still hampered by a leg injury that "It's a good offense that I enjoy
troubled him in his senior season plaJkish feels that he is getting
tryouts with the San Francisco more of a chance from the Rams,
49ers and the Houston Oilers. than he did in either of his first two
"I've only been able to practice NFL tries.
once a day," said Jokisch. "I'm "I never even practiced at both
trying to survive and get my leg camps," said Jokisch. "I watched.
bac in shape. That's my biggest Both teams had tons of talent, and
problem. My leg needs to be a lot neither team wanted to see if my
stronger, but it seems to be com- leg got better. They felt that be-
ing along." cause I was hurt at Michigan, that I
The Rams are looking for re- wasn't their responsibility."
ceiver help and Jokisch might be This could be Jokisch's last op- Jokisch
able to give it to them. Rams portunity to play in the NFL and NFL hopeful
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NWA provides sadistic
pleasures for viewers
In my constant and eternal effort to garner, as INXS puts it, "New
Sensations," I travelled two weeks ago to Cobo Arena for The Great
American Bash or in other words, tie National Wrestling Alliance in
Don't misunderstand me. I've been to wrestling matches before, but
never a card that highlighted a scaffold match, an 8-man tag team match,
and the main event, a steel cage match that featured the return to the
Motor City of the "one and only, Sheik."
The "one and only Sheik?" This guy would have made Lerch in the
"Addams Family" seem normal. I mean in the television promotionals,
he was running his hand over the blade of his sword. Personally, I think
that he had one too many frontal lobotomies.
Getting back to the undercard and some of the "bathroom matches," as
I like to call them. Things were generally slow and predictable with the
fans chanting "USA, USA" at every foreign wrestler.
Being in the third row, I was treated to close-up views of sweat, spit,
and blood, and was the indirect recipient of a physical vulgarity hurled at
me from "The Russian Bear," Ivan Koloff. Seated where I was, I was also
forced to hear constant commentary from the gentleman behind me
because as everyone knows, wrestling is not just a spectator sport.
I think the guy behind me had seen every single wresting match ever,
and then some. He kept coming up with creative things to yell at the "bad
guy" wrestlers. The ancient, wise sage would yell such statements as
"You Communist!" to the Russian and "Go back to England, you
Sheepherders!" It just kills me when people get their facts wrong. The
Sheepherders tag team is from New Zealand.
Anyway, the 8-man tag team really stirred up the crowd. On the fan-
favorite side was the Road Warriors, whose motto is "We snack on danger
and dine on death." Now, you know why I declined the opportunity to
have a community dinner with them before the matches. Joining the
Warriors were "The Total Package" Lex Luger, and Sting, whose haircut
has drawn the attention of many, including football star Brian Bosworth,
who mentions him in his soon-to-be published book.
Facing the good guys were the greatest group in professional wrestling
today, The Four Horsemen. NWA World Champion Ric Flair, USA
Champion Barry Windham, and NWA World Tag Team Champions Tully
Blanchard and Am Anderson compose the ultimate bad-guy wrestlers.
Now unlike many, I view wrestling asa science, or a learned
profession. It takes personality, style, charm, arrogance, and an ability to
fall on one's face without hurting oneself to make a prototype wrestler. I
mean if wrestling is what they say, "The greatest form of sports
entertainment," then I want to be entertained.
And what is more entertaining than the thought of two people getting
knocked off a scaffold that is more than 20 feet above the ring? While the
8-man tag was enjoyable, I was expecting serious, maming injuries to
come from'the scaffold. It was a tag team match, so the losing team
would have both of its participants thrown off the scaffold into the ring or
wherever. What fun.
I was extremely disappointed when one guy had another above his head
in a bodyslam position and slammed him on the scaffold instead of
throwing him over the scaffold. I guess I'm kind of sadistic.
My sadistic cravings were satisfied when blood was shed by all four
combattants in the steel cage match. The Sheik, who had been called "the
son of a jackal," before the match (I have no idea what significance the
son of a jackal holds), went absolutely berserk, cutting everything in
sight, including his wrestling tights.
The evening ended as it had started; with anticipation of what was to
transpire in the future weeks of wrestling. Like a soap opera, things go
on in the wrestling world and while I wanted to get the impression that
this card in Detroit was important, somehow I couldn't shake the feeling
that everything was pre-planned.
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