IS PEN MIGHTIER THAN SWORD?
When Northern Arizona opened its season, the team played awful while losing to Southern Utah 27-17. Especially the defensive line.
So, swallowing all pride, the 13 defensive linemen wrote a letter to The Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff to "apologize for our poor, lackluster performance...." The players went on to promise "we will be giving a 100 per cent effort in hopes of both rebuilding a winning attitude in our football program and regaining the respect and support of our classmates, fans and community."
In the two subsequent games, a 24-13 win over Angelo State and Saturday night's 28-6 loss to Eastern Washington, the Lumberjack defense showed some improvement. But the point is not whether games are won or lost. The point is that these players admitted to an inadequate performance, without blaming another soul, and were courageous enough to put in writing that they will try to do better. Now that's the old college spirit.
WHAT HATH ROTH WROUGHT?
Rock star David Lee Roth stopped by at halftime of the Iowa-Iowa State game last Saturday, and he turned out to be the afternoon highlight in a game of lowlights. As the Iowa State band played his hit Yankee Rose, Roth raced onto the field and, amid pandemonium, led the musicians.
Wearing a white safari hat, a ripped-up, gray T-shirt, tight stretch pants with psychedelic design and a gold earring in his left ear, Roth looked just darling. Following his entrance, he proceeded to grind his backside up against same of a flag girl, Laura Uhl, a freshman from Kingsley, Iowa. That sort of thing isn't done a lot in Kingsley, so Laura couldn't decide whether to be mortified or thrilled.
Said Uhl, "I thought, Oh, God, that's me he's doing it to. I'm so embarrassed.... And I had even written to my parents and told them to watch the game because the band might be on TV."
LOOKING FOR A NEW MR. NCAA
A six-person search committee is taking cautious steps toward finding a replacement for NCAA executive director Walter Byers, who has announced he will step down as early as the summer of 1988. Secrecy is paramount, but insiders admit they are looking for a dynamic, big-deal type—along the lines of Bart Giamatti, former Yale president and now head of baseball's National League—to take over.