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The Salina Journal Monday, April 1,1985 Page 13 Thompson, Massimino: a study in contrast LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - John Thompson is big and brusque and says he is amazed that his players put up with him. Rollie Massimino is huggable and a father and a brother to his players. The coaches in tonight's NCAA championship game are a study in contrast. There is Georgetown's Thompson, who guards his privacy so much that he won't say why because then "I become public." And there is Villanova's Massimino, who has been known to shed tears in public. Thompson, reflecting on His third trip to the title game in four seasons, let his guard down a little Sunday. "I probably couldn't even have played for me," he said. "I probably wouldn't like my attitude, to tell you the truth. Sometimes I'm amazed my players stay here with a guy who hollers all the time. I couldn't stand anybody hollering at me." To point guard Michael Jackson, Massimino Thompson Thompson is at least two different people. "When he takes off that whistle, he's a friend," Jackson said with a grin. "You get two types of people with Coach Thompson. He never ceases to amaze me. "At practice, he'll tell a joke and we'll all be laughing, and five minutes later, he's on somebody really hard." Villanova center Ed Pinckney said Massimino can be the same way, despite his lovable, Italian- uncle image. "When Coach yells at you, you know he's yelling at you for a good reason," Pinckney said. "He compares basketball with life. With hard work and dedication you can accomplish something on the court. The same goes for off the court." As Pinckney talked and point guard Gary McLain described his coach as "a brother, a friend, a father, your boss, your coach," Massimino daubed at tears. A week ago, he and Dwayne McClain embraced and sobbed on national television after a victory over North Carolina that earned Villanova a trip to the Final Four. "We did it for you, Coach. We did it for you," McClain said. "We told you we would." Thompson's players do it for him, too. But he noted that they let him be a "bully" and are chosen partly by their ability to conform to a system. "Sometimes I believe we're judged by our personalities, rather than how we perform on the floor,'" he said. "To let our personalities overshadow our technical ability is a bias... "I'm not a humble person. All I want to do is win a national championship one time. I don't care if it's two consecutive, the first time someone has repeated in 13 years or the first Northeastern school to win it in 30 years. It's just another stat." Talk of personalities tries Thompson's patience. "People have a tendency to talk about us as regimented — and we are that a lot — but we also have fun," the Georgetown coach said. "We've gone to horse farms and on wagon rides here. We do the things other people do, we just do it alone. "There's a distinction between privately having fun and publicly having fun. When the mallet hits the table, though, we get serious." Massimino, 5-foot-8, roams the sidelines in anguish, running his hands through his thinning hair and grimacing when things don't go well on court, waving his arms and Mets pound Soto, Reds, 15-2 beaming when they do. Thompson, 6-10 and 300 pounds, towered over one of the referees during Saturday's semifinal game against St. John's, hollering and holding the ball until he'd made his point. St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca screamed for a technical foul, but didn't get one. Referees aren't the only people Thompson tries to correct. He recalled an airport meeting with a boy who wanted an autograph. "I said, 'I'll be glad to give you an autograph if you say please,' " Thompson said. "A guy walking by jumped all over me for that. I couldn't understand because I was just doing what I always do — I'm a teacher." While he and his players profess not to care what the crowd, press and public say about them, Thompson bristles at mention of his "Hoya paranoia" rap. Yet he blew a kiss to the fans Saturday after the Hoyas' 77-59 victory, and admitted Sunday that awards do mean a lot. "It's a funny thing — recognition," he said. "I'm no different than anyone else. I want it." Rain postpones Valley dale 500 BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The Valleydale 500 Grand National stock car race at Bristol International Raceway was postponed Sunday after a steady rain hit the area moments before the scheduled start. The race, which was slated to begin at 1 p.m. EST, officially was postponed at 2:45 p.m. EST as the rain continued to fall on the .533-mile, high-banked oval. NASCAR officials said the 500-lap, 266.5-mile event would be run next Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. The cars were released to the teams following the postponement, but they will be reinspected and allowed to practice for 1% hours on Fridav afternoon. Tune in TODAY The ALL NEW KSA J RADIO 98.5 FM Stereo By The Associated Press The New York Mets scored 11 runs off Cincinnati ace Mario Soto in six innings Sunday and went on to an easy 15-2 exhibition baseball victory, the Reds' ninth loss in the last 12 games. Reds player-manager Pete Rose said it was a bad game in every aspect, and some fans began to boo his ball- club. "I don't blame them," Rose said. "It was just one of those games you have to play, but not one with many positive things." Soto, who complained of pain in his right elbow in a game against Toronto March 24, said, "I've got to get my arm ready. The elbow bothers me, and I'm just getting work. You can't pitch for the crowd; you have to get your work in." Soto, who gave up 14 hits, including a second-inning home run by Clint Hurdle, saw his earned run average climb to 8.00 in 18 innings. Soto is scheduled to pitch the National League opener in Cincinnati against Montreal April 8. The Mets collected 22 hits off Soto and Bob Buchanan, including two doubles by Danny Keep and doubles by Ron Gardenhire, John Christensen, Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco and Kelvin Chapman. In other exhibition action, Atlanta split squads defeated Los Angeles 53 and Baltimore 4-2; Philadelphia edged Pittsburgh, 6-5; St. Louis downed Montreal, 5-3; Toronto and a split squad of the Chicago White Sox played to a 2-2 tie; the White Sox's other team defeated Kansas City, 6-5; Detroit beat Minnesota, 75; the New York Yankees beat Boston, 8-6; Texas outscored Houston, 11-8; Seattle stopped Cleveland, 9-4; San Diego edged Milwaukee, 4-3, California beat the Chicago Cubs, 21, and San Francisco tripped Oakland, 6-4. Ken Oberkfell slugged an inside- the-park grand slam homer and Paul Runge tripled and had two singles to lead one of the Braves' squads over the Dodgers. In the other game, Glenn Hubbard's bases- C'mon America, Drive Over To KV 721 s than i rodials soldi . P14S/80RI3 Whitewoll. 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Stanford finished with 403.5 points to 329 for Florida. Texas was third with 306. Nine American records were set and a U.S. Open record tied in the three-day meet. Morales, a Stanford sophomore, closed with an American record in the 200 yards butterfly Saturday night as the Cardinal squad finished on a high note, leading the competition wire-to-wire starting on Thursday. Morales clocked a 1:42.85, which bested the old American record of 1:43.81. "Individual titles are great, but when you share something with a buch of guys who have almost been like brothers, who have shared all the disappointments and the highs, well, it's the greatest," said Morales. Stanford finished third last year, fourth in 1983, third in 1982, and ninth in 1981. "This is the qulmination of a fantastic season," said Kenney. "The team chemistry has been great." Rules meetings set for softball umps A state ASA rules and umpire mechanics clinic will be held April 14 at the McPherson Recreation Center, 220 N. Walnut. Amateur Softball Association umpires, though not required, are encouraged to attend the meeting which will start at 12:30 p.m. after registration at noon. In addition, Bob Reynolds, ASA Umpire in Chief for the North-Central Kansas District, has announced the dates for seven rules and mechanics clinics that will be conducted at various sites. Each clinic will start at 7 p.m. The dates and sites of the clinics are: April 4, Concordia Middle School; April 9, Abilene Courthouse; April 10, Junction City (7th and Jefferson); April 17, Herington Recreation Center; April 24, Manhattan Recreation Center; April 30, People's National Bank in Clay Center; and May 7, Beloit (site to be determined later). Annual ASA membership costs $15 and may be obtained at any of these clinics, each of which is free. Reynolds also noted that a two-day ASA umpire development school will be held April 20-21 in Kansas City. The school costs $40. 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