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SCORECARD
Edited by Ron Reid
May 09, 1977
ANIMAL ACT ON ICE
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May 09, 1977

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Buffalo, which dropped the sport after the 1970 season because of a reported $300,000 deficit, will field a team next fall on a budget of $20,000—which is both good news and bad news for Canisius.

Buffalo will play Canisius as one of its four 1977 opponents, and the game should generate some intracity interest. But when Canisius, which dropped football in 1949, revived it as a varsity sport two years ago, Buffalo loaned Canisius some equipment and its practice uniforms. Now Buffalo wants the uniforms back. Quipped Buffalo's new head coach. Bill Dando, to the Canisius athletic department, "Bring them back filled."

THE TILT OF RECREATION

Students unskilled at or uninterested in interscholastic sports at Johnston ( Iowa) High School were offered an alternative—trips to the pinball parlor at a local shopping center.

"Pinball offers them a chance to develop hand-and-eye coordination," says phys ed teacher Larry Strickler. "It also offers something that has a carry-over value. On top of that, it was an opportunity to get the kids out of the building."

Unfortunately, when the story of the Johnston High pinballers made the local paper, parents cried, "Tilt," and the program was cancelled after two visits.

"I think some of the parents recalled when pinball machines were in saloons and bowling alleys," Strickler says, "and thought we were taking the students into that kind of atmosphere."

Strickler did receive three letters of support, including one from a Johnston High alumnus who said he thought visits to a pinball parlor might be exciting. The alumnus is a minister.

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