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22—The Daily Collegian Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1986
'phi's, Sixers make long hot summer even longer
For a Philadelphia sports fan, this was
basically a summer of discontent.
Returning home the day after finals ended,
I was prepared to settle into the habit of
catching up on everything I'd missed while
immersed with books and bars, not necessar
ily in that order, of course.
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But I quickly encountered a few problems.
The Flyers had already concluded their sea
son earlier than expected, leaving only the
Sixers and Phillies to occupy my time.
So much for the Sixers.
I arrived home in time to watch the second
half of Game Seven of the Eastern Confer
ence semi-final series against the Milwaukee
Bucks. It was, in fact, the last half of basket
ball played by the Sixers as we knew them.
The sewn ended for the club when Julius
Erving's last-second jumper clattered harm
lessly off the rim. After that, things got worse
as I watched the dreaded Celtics defeat
Houston for the title.
The summer months figured to be a hectic
time for the Sixers, but what happened bor
dered on the mind-boggling.
With two first-round picks, it seemed as if
Head Coach Matty Goukas would add the key
players necessary to reload the club. Instead,
in the space of 24 hours, the club was rebuilt
It started with the trade of Moses Malone
and Terry Catledge, the club's top pick a year
ago, to the Washington Bullets for Jeff Rul
and and Cliff Robinson. To sum it up, my
initial reaction was one of outrage.
That, however, was just the beginning.
In the next breath it was announced that
the club had traded the first pick in the draft
to. Cleveland for Roy Hinson. Just what the
hell did these people think they were doing
The club claimed it was searching for a
quicker squad, better suited for the transition
game. Still, many questions remain.
In Ruland, the Sixers are gambling on a
player who's missed half of the last two
seasons with injuries. What happens if he
suffers another one? Robinson has been trad
ed constantly, causing one to wonder if he's a
disruptive influence something the rebuilt
club doesn't need.
Hinson, while a proven talent, is not exactly
the 'big' player the team had said it was
looking for. And besides, how will three
players like Ruland, Hinson and Charges
Barkley feel dividing up the playing time?
The club still lacks the true•center needed to
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After that it was time to turn my attention
to the Phillies.
And by now it's evident how futile that idea
Sure, the Phillies have surprised many by
landing in second place as the season heads
towards September. Unfortunately it's a pre
tty meaningless position in the National
League East. The Phils trail the Mets by 20
games and are further from the top than the
last-place teams in the other three major
The team has been beset with pitching woes
the most prominent being the demise of
Steve Carlton. While his latest performances
have shown the club made the right decision,
I was still dismayed with the way his release
After countless meetings, the club an
nounced on Monday, June 23 that Lefty would
be given his normal start in the rotation four
days later in St. Louis. Then, two days later,
the club called a press conference to an
nounce that his career in Philadelphia had
come to an end.
This, in my opinion, didn't show a lot of
respect for the greatest pitcher ever to wear
a Phillies uniform. But then this was the
same organization that unceremoniously
dumped Pete Rose so I really shouldn't
have been as surprised as I was.
The team also lost its new ace Shane
Rawley and promising rookie Fred Toliver
to injuries. The only bright spots on the
mound have been the emergence of Bruce
Ruffin and Don Carman as starters. Both
have looked impressive and have made the
team worth watching on occasion.
It has, however, been unscientifically de
termined that watching Charles Hudson and
Mike Maddux pitch can be dangerous to the
mental health of a Phillies fan. The duo has
been consistent they've been smoked by
nearly every team they've faced start after
In fact, if it weren't for those two, the club
might be closer than three weeks behind the
Mets. Offensively the team has been fun to
watch, as the MVP season of Mike Schmidt
and the emergence of Von Hayes and Juan
Samuel as superstars-to-be has bolstered last
season's disappointing offense.
Schmidt, in fact, is having an MVP season
despite the attempts of the New York media
to convince the masses that Gary Carter is
more deserving. The only other series candi
date should be Houston's Glenn Davis. With
out Schmidt, the Phils would be battling the
Pirates for the cellar.
But, hey, Howard Katz made sure the
Sixers stayed in the spotlight. As soon as the
furor caused on Draft Day had subsided, the
attention turned to the attempt to sign Julius
Although Erving still hasn't signed, he's
agreed to a contract saving the team's
future in the City of Brotherly Love.
If Dr. J had in fact signed with Utah, I
guarantee that attendance in the Spectrum
would have gone from pitiful to virtually
nothing in one fell swoop. Sixers' fans are a
fickle bunch to begin with, and the departure
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of Erving, who's become almost as big a
fixture in the city as the Liberty Bell and the
statue of William Penn on City Hall, would've
been the final straw.
But that doesn't mean things have grown
calm in the club's front office. General Man
ager Pat Williams has left, leaving John
Nash the task of signing Maurice Cheeks
something that must be done. Without Cheeks
running the offense, the team will never
develop the up-tempo it's looking for.
Then there's Andrew Toney and the saga of
his aching feet.
News of Toney's progress has varied
throughout the summer the latest being
that he played just five minutes in a Baker
League contest and then left before halftime.
Toney would welcome a trade, but it appears
he'll have to play for the Sixers to prove to
other clubs that he's healthy.
The one bright spot has been the Eagles
at least they've been interesting with Buddy
Ryan at the helm. It's too early to tell how the
club will perform once the season begins, but
I guarantee they won't be boring.
But, after a summer of countless disap
pointments and moments of sheer anger, I
can put Philly behind and get down to concen
trating on sports Happy Valley style.
In tradition holds, the wins across the
board will far outnumber the losses and once
again, the bars will outnumber the books.
Mark Ashenfelter is a senior majoring in
journalism and the sports editor for The
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JUST SOME random thoughts on some random
sports happenings . . .
• No one knows for sure just who Joe Paterno
will name as his starting quaterback for the
season, but don't be too suprised if he sticks with
last season's signalcaller. Although John Shaffer
suffered the slings and arrows of the Penn State
faithful after the disappointing Orange Bowl loss,
his experience with the team, the opposition, and
the role of starter give him an edge over Matt
Knizner. However, if a game situation arises
where Shaffer struggles and begins to make mis
takes, I believe Paterno will be quicker to replace
him than he was last season.
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• Eddie Murray, despite expressing a desire to
be traded, will remain with the Baltimore Orioles
for the remainder of his career. Although Murray
is having a sub-par season (which means his
season stats nearly equal those of an ordinary
player's entire career), his immense talent and
contributions to the Birds make him an untradea
ble commodity. Then again, it could be that his
five-year, $12.7 million contract is untradeable,
• Although they are still mired at the bottom of
all of baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made
considerable gains both in the stands and on the
field. The attitude of the fans and the team has
made a near 180-degree turn from this time last
season and the outlook is bright: both the team and
another championship trophy should be in Pitts
burgh in 10 years.
• Okay, maybe 15 years.
• Equally positive is the situation in Cleveland;
where Tribe Fever is catching like wildfire. The
Indians' resurgence bodes well for' both the city
and Major League Baseball.
• American League fans keep asking if the
Boston Red Sox can and will hold on to their lead in
the Eastern Division. Relax, Sox fans, the boys
from Beantown will capture the division crown
and beat the California Angels for a spot in the
World Series. The point, however, is moot because
the Mets will still easily win the championship.
• While the Mets may deserve to win the World
Series simply because of their sheer raw talent,
nothing would make me happier than to see them
lose it. Five years of having cable television
channel WOR (the Mets flagship sta
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into my suburban Pittsburgh home had made me a
mild Mets fan but their antics this year have
changed all that. The Mets have become the bad
boys of the National League with their unbridled
egotism and constant fight-picking. Call me a
traditionalist, but shaved heads and barroom
brawls do not a champion make.
• For those of you that still care, yes, the Major
Indoor Soccer League does still exist. In fact, a
new team has been formed in New York. Former
all-galaxy goalkeeper Shep Messing is both the
president and (suprise! ) starting goalie on the yet
unnamed team. Stay tuned to the radio talk shows
for more details on this story, as I'm sure it'll be a
hot topic of discussion.
• The Big Ten football conference recently
redefined its rules on crowd noise at games. Under
the new wording, a referee is to define what are
`unplayable' conditions and can stop the clock
twice in a game to wait for noise to subside.
Ultimately, the home team could be charged a
time out or five-yard penalty if the noise persists.
Perhaps they could simplify this rule even further
by mandating that all games be played in a secret
location, far from any people, in the dead of night,
under tight security. Maybe then they'll realize
that football is a game played for the fans and that
there are more serious problems in college foot
ball than crowd noise.
te Speaking of more serious problems, it was
announced that more than half of Oklahoma Uni
versity's new football recruits are ineligible to
play this season due to the new Proposition 48
academic eligibility requirements. Eight of the 18
signed by Pitt will have to sit out the year as well.
Even venerable Notre Dame had two ineligible
players. Obviously, the new rules are hurting
some teams and there have been (and will contin
ue to be) wails and whining from a select few head
coaches across the country. However, the 2.00
G.P.A./700 minimum SAT score rule is not overly
harsh and those who treat it as such insult the
intelligence of students (athletes and non-ath
letes) all over. It is time that universities are
recognized for what they really are educational
institutions, not training camps.
e Remember the pre-Orange Bowl antics (in
cluding barking at reporters) of the Oklahoma
Sooners football team? If so, are you still suprised
,by their high number of ineligible recruits?
e The Pittsburgh Steelers will not win the AFC
Central Division title this season. Not many people
in Pittsburgh will be suprised, though, they'll be
too busy booing quarterback Mark Malone. Unless
Malone improves, the Steelers will continue to
struggle and the fans will continue to plea for
• The Philadelphia Eagles won't make the
playoffs, either, but at least their fans will be
pacified by the plethora of Buddy Ryan ancedotes
in the Monday morning papers.
• The Nittany Lions' bid this season for a
national championship may not be decided in a
major bowl on New Year's Day, but rather in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Oct. 25. This game
against the Crimson Tide is without a doubt the
season's keystone: a loss would not drop the Lions
out of the Top 10, but would most assuredly end
any realistic chance for the top spot at season's
o The sad case of Steve Carlton is a perfect
example of a player remaining in the game after
his time has past. Carlton is not only one of the
greatest lefthanders ever to take the pitching
mound, he is one of the best pitchers ever (keep in
mind that this is coming from a die-liard Pirates
fan who spent years enjoying every base hit Lefty
gave up). However, the punchline that is his win
loss record the past two seasons indicates that the
time has come for him to hang up the cleats - for
good. It would indeed be tragic if the lasting image
of Carlton for today's fans is an aging hero who is
unable to outduel even sub-par American League
o Geez, don't you just wish the Goodwill Games
were still going on?
e There was talk this June of forming an indoor
football league (yes, you read that right, I said
indoor football) that would be played in the civic
arenas of major cities. As you could probably
guess, not much has been heard from the founding
fathers-to-be of the I.F.L. since they made their
idea public. Let's just hope that they don't meet up
with some disgruntled owners of United States
Football League teams.
e How did the U.S.F.L. owner split up that
three dollar award, anyway? Perhaps more im
portantly for them, how will they manage to pay
their lawyers with season tickets?
to I don't know about you, but I can't wait for
Monday Night Football to start up again. I espe
cially await the wonderful words of wisdom from
the network announcers, most notably Frank
Gifford. It was just two seasons ago that Frank
gave us this scintillating tidbit on why the L.A.
Raiders start superstar running back Marcus
Allen: "He can do so many things. I guess that's
why they put him out there." Sheer brilliance,
• It's extremely doubtful, but maybe just
MAYBE the undeserved success of the Montre
al Canadiens last season will convince the higher
ups in the National Hockey League that the time
has come for a change in the playoff system. The
free-for-all (and I do mean all) that now exists not
only cheapens the regular seaon, it cheapens an
otherwise exciting sport.
• I'm stopping here to go out and collect $12.7
million so the Pirates can aquire Eddie Murray.
Rob Biertempfel is a senior majoring in journa
lism and an assistant sports editor for the Daily
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