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A big day for the small fry
William Taaffe
October 11, 1982
CBS sent its NFL heavies out into the boonies to air Division III games
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October 11, 1982

A Big Day For The Small Fry

CBS sent its NFL heavies out into the boonies to air Division III games

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Nor could the announcers prepare for the games with the normal 100,000 pages of statistics they are accustomed to getting from the NFL. Occidental Sports Information Director Gary Etcheverry was too busy to run the mimeo machine during the game anyway, seeing as how he's also the team's defensive coordinator. "I know the media expect stats at the end of each quarter," said Etcheverry. "We normally don't have them until Monday."

Finally, there was the matter of prestige. Upon arriving in Springfield, Summerall called a friend in New York City, who asked him which game he was working on Sunday. "I told him Baldwin-Wallace and Wittenberg," said Summerall, "and he said, ' Baldwin, Wallace and Wittenberg? I thought there were only two teams playing.' "

"Most Division III players lack size," said Stockton, assessing the quality of the football he had broadcast. "They're about two-tenths of a second off what decent speed for the 40 would be, and the overall ability is lacking. But these kids want to play." Added Madden, "I volunteered for this. This is important; it's good. With all the money talks and strike talks, this is refreshing."

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