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Harris gets starting nod
Lee Harris has gained the. nickname of "super-sub" for
coming off tne bench to spark the Nebraska basketball team.
But Harris will draw a different assignment Saturday night
at 7:35 when Nebraska meets Missouri in the Huskers' final
home game of the season. Husker Coach Joe Cipriano said
Thursday that Harris, a favorite of the Coliseum fans, will
replace Tom Bryan in the Huskers" starting line-up,
Cipriano hopes the Huskers, whose Big Eight title hopes
were severely crippled with a loss last week at Colorado, can
return to their high-scoring form exhibited against Kansas two
"Some people who saw us beat Kansas and then went to
Boulder to see the game could not believe it was the same
team," Cipriano said.
Saturday's game is the last appearance in the old Coliseum
for four Husker seniors-center Chuck Jura, guard A1 Nissen
and forwards Mike Peterson and Tom 8ryan.
The Husker freshmen entertain their Missouri counterparts
Saturday in a preliminary game that starts at 5: 15 p.m.
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There is a new form of competition in the
world of sports these days that is making
headlines. The new sport is simply deciding
which sport is America's national pastime.
The fierce competition is mainly between
pro football and pro baseball. At first glance
it seems as if the debate over the national
pastime is nothing more than a good subject
to start a free-for-all in any American bar.
However, the debate really does reveal a lot
about the American character.
For one thing, sex is not mentioned as
the national pastime and we all know that
sex is probably America's No. 1 sport. The
omission of sex from the list of candidates
competing for the honor of national pastime
obviously reveals the puritanical nature of
the American mind.
While sex is being ignored in the sports
contest, it appears that football is replacing
baseball as the nation's No. 1 game,
according to two recent polls.
At first it appears that football is the
logical choice to be the nation's most
popular sport. The game is fast.
action-packed and violent. In short, football
is just a microsoosm of the American life
that features jet planes, super highways,
sky-rocketing crime and the Vietnam war.
While football fits the style of American
society, baseball seems totally unfit to be
the national pastime. The game is usually
slow and passive with most of the action
being confined to a game of catch between
the pitcher and the catcher.
"Baseball is about as exciting as batting
rocks with a stick on a country road, Keith
Booth, of radio station KEEL in Shreveport,
La said for the AP poll.
However, baseball does have a certain
appeal for Americans. ! still vote baseball as
our national pastime, John Stead man,
sports editor of the Baltimore
News-American, said. "Baseball has a certain
simplicity to it that is genuine and good.
Because the silent majority, likes to
leisurely drink beer while watching baseball
the "si mple" game of baseball will be
popular for a long time. Maybe it's good that
our complicated society still has a game that
is slow -paced and non-violent.
Thinclads confront Big 8 track jinx
by Kent Seacrest
Some people call it a jinx. Others call it
But no matter what one calls it, the fact
remains That the Nebraska indoor track team
has gone into the Big Eight championships
the last four years with an undefeated
record, yet has failed to win the title. The
Huskers' best finish in the last four years was
a third place in 1969.
This year the Huskers will again take an
undefeated dual record 44-0) into the 44th
annual Big Eight championships Friday and
Saturday in Kansas City.
Will the Huskers finally be able to break
the jinx and win the Big Eight title?
"In the past, Nebraska has won a lot of
seconds and thirds in the Big Eight meet,"
Nebraska Track Coach Frank Sevigne said.
'The maji ity of those years, Kansas was an
overwhelming power and NCAA champion.
But it appears now that they are not in that
category this year. The Big Eight titfc is up
or grabs this year for the first time in a long
Sevigne said there are five teams who
have a crack at the title: Kansas, Kansas
State, Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
Kansas is looking for its seventh straight
'The Nebraska team is definitely one of
our better indoor track teams and it has the
possibility of becoming the best," Sevigne
said. "Come Saturday night, we'll know
exactly how good we really are. We have the
capability of winning almost any event and
scoring in every event if we have a good
But the Huskers are still faced with the
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possibility of being jmxed again this
weekend in Kansas City.
"1 don't think we are the only team with
a jinx in the Big Eight," Husker high jumper
Oan Brooks said. "There are six other teams
in the Big Eight with the jinx. Kansas is the
only team who seems to avoid the jinx. But
this year 1 think it will be different."
To help break the jinx, Nebraska will be
wearing the same warm-ups the 1963 track
team wore when they won the last Big Eight
title for Nebraska. "The 1963 warm-ups
which we'll be wearing this weekend,"
Brooks said, "will help us break the jinx."
The Huskers' top entries include: Garth
Case 0:10.9) and Wes Leonard 0:11-9) in
the 600; Leighton Priestley (48.1) in the
440; Bob Unger (8:41.4) in the two-mile;
Horace Levy 6.0) in the 60-yard dash; Jim
Hawkins (2.122) in the 1,000; Randy Butts
12 and 6.9) in the high and low hurdles;
and Case, Priestley, Leonard and Larry
Cimato 13:075) in the mile relay. Case's
1 : 105 in the 600 and the mile relay team's
performance lead the Big Eight this season.
Women cagers to clash
Eight teams will compete in the third
annual Nebraska Women's Intercollegiate
Basketball tournament to be held Friday and
Saturday at the Woman's P-E. Building.
First round games Friday in the
competition pit Wayne State, the top-seeded
team in the tournament, against Concordia
and defending champion Midland against
UNO at 4:30 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. round
sends UNL against Nebraska Wesleyan and
Kearney agrinst the College of St. Mary's.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1972
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