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Page 18-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Sunday, April 13, 1975 The Sports Question Box by Murray Olderman The tipoff: There's no surprise in Jimmy Connors getting the Martini and Rossi Gold Racquet as the No 1 Tennis player in the world, but it is an eye opener that he was the unanimous choice of the press panel from five countries which did the voting. Q. —I feel Franco Harris was the best all-around back this past season, but what happened to the breakaway ability he had in his rookie year? — Mike Skarpelos, Fremont, Calif. Nothing, if you ask the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. During the regular season, Franco gained over 1,000 yards while missing three games - a terrific achievement. If there's any criticism of Franco, it is that unlike some heavy duty backs, nagging injuries reduce his efficiency (in his sophmore 7,'t season, the Steelers were almost ready to unload him). The breakaway reputation of Franco is based almost entirely on his "Immaculate Reception" as a rookie against the Raiders in the 72 playoffs. Q. —Who is likely to join Catfish Hunter on (he Yankees' starting rotation this season? What do you think of the Yankees' chances after recent trades? — Sue Strader, Huffin, N.C. Two obvious pitching mates for Catfish are Pat Dobson and Doc Medich, each 19-garne winners last year, with Rudy May a leading contender for the fourth starting spot, unless veteran Mel StoUlemyer's arm comes around miraculously. But Catfish is no title insurance since top rival Baltimore picked up pitcher Mike Torrez and outfielder Ken Singleton from Montreal, plus first sacker Lee May from Houston. I lean to the Orioles. Q. —During the Rose Bow, USC'S punter nearly missed the ball, It trickled forward a few yards and the punter picked up the ball and ran for a first down. Shouldn't the play have been whistled dead as a "downed" punt? — Terrcncc Schmal Fresno, Calif. No. A kick is not a kick until the ball crosses the neutral zone (i.e., line of scrimmage) and touches something — the ground or a player, for instance. On a blocked kick behind the line, the kicking team can pick it up and run for a touchdown if possible. Q. —As you point to the Steelers and Raiders (as teams heavy on Black starters), let me point to the two-time world champions, the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins 22-man roster of starters is comprised of 18 whites and 4 blacks. You count them: Paul War- Held, Larry Little, Mercury Morris on offense, just Curtis Johnson on defense. Why don't you publish this statistic? — Concerned, Wayne, N.J. It's published. But you forgot rookie wide receiver Nat Moore on offense, also tackle Wayne Moore. Q. —When I was growing up in Cincinnati, the Reds had a player named Ernie Lombard! with great hitting prowess but lack of speed (e.g., hit a bill off a fence and be thrown out at first). I don't believe he is in the Hall of Fame. If not, why, and what are his stats? — R.B. Leblang, Corpus Christl, Tex. Old "Schnozz" Lombardi, neglected and pumping gas in northern California, was a terrific hitter for 17 seasons in the National League, which he twice led in hitting. He had a career batting average of .306 and all his hits were legitimate. Ernie was as slow as a windshield wiper in a storm but he was a fine catcher. He also used a rare interlocking grip at bat. He should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. Q. —In the year of 1973, which player, Pete Rose or Johnny Bench, was the most highly paid? — Cincy Wallingford, Russellville, Ohio. Neither suffered, since both were over $100,000 that season, but Bench was the higher paid, Rose swept ahead of Johnny to" a $160,000 peak in 74 but after Pete's mediocre campaign, the Cincinnati catcher should sweep ahead of his mate again in '75 because Rose has had to take a cut. Parting shot: What sports needs now is a new phrase for its heroes. There are so many "super stars" floating around that the term has become pallid. We need something more celestial. Got a tough question about sports and the people who play them? All you got to do is ask Murray Olderman. Write him at (name and address of this newspaper). The most interesting questions will be answered in this column. Olderman regrets that he cannot write personal answers to all questions. Athletes Have Strong Hearts COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) University of Missouri Medical Center doctors have confirmed what some heart specialists long suspected —the hearts of highly conditioned athletes look and sound abnormal but are perfectly healthy. A team of MU cardiologists is preparing its findings for professional journals. They want to give other doctors guidelines so they won't keep normal, healthy athletes from playing just because their hearts sound different from those of nonathletes. A star basketball player for the Missouri Tigers is one of the first athletes who can credit the study for keeping him on the courts. Dr. Richard Martin, chief of cardiology at the medical center, coordinated an intensive study of 12 long distance runners compared to a similar number of healthy but more normal men of the same ages. All 12 runners had a loud, extra heart sound, a heart murmur and one or more abnormalities on their electrocardiograms which the control group did not have. "Fom this emerged a picture of certain kinds of abnormalities one can clearly expect and clearly account for based on the fact that the patient is a super athlete," Martin said in an interview. The MU doctors employed a variety of sophisticated tests, many made available only in the past few years, to come up with complete pictures of the athletes' hearts. "Their hearts are slightly larger, slightly more muscular and they contract with more force than normal —so they're super hearts in other words," Martin said. Martin said the study began last fall because heart specialists had grown increasingly concerned about what the true range of normal conditions is in the hearts of athletes. "We frequently have found things about the EKG in athletes which were questionable," he said. "The physician tends to make his decision on the conservative side. This might keep a guy out of a sport which he could have made a career out of." Willie Smith, a guard on the Tigers' basketball squad who has scored better than 20 points per game, was injured two days before a recent game. An elbow rammed him in the chest, and Smith had a bruise but no broken ribs. When Smith still was feeling pain on the day of the game, the team trainer sent him to a doctor who found abnormalities in Smith's EKG that could have been caused by a bruise directly on the heart muscle. There was also a loud extra sound that could have been another sign of a heart muscle bruise. Only five hours before tipoff, Smith was sent to Martin for further evaluation. "There was a loud third heart sound, as well as a heart murmur and those unusual findings on the EKG," Martin sari. "A year ago I would have had to conclude that these findings were sufficiently suggestive of heart damage to keep Willie out of the game and require observation for at least a few more days. Spring Good Time tor 'Spinnerbait' Boss Fishing CHICAGO (UPI) - Spring is considered the top "spinner- bait" period for largemouth bass fishing fanatics, who begin looking in shallows as soon as the water reaches about 60 degrees. Just as a young man's fancy turns to love, so does the largemouth bass, which starts looking for spawning grounds. In the far south, fish spawn earlier but in other areas the spawning period for largemouth usually falls in the months of March through May. During the spring months, bass fishermen begin looking for shallow water three to five- foot deep near dropoffs. The shallows should offer some cover for bass moving in—such as stumps, stickups and brush —where the fish have a sense of security. When the fish first begin moving into the shallows, they become targets for the "spin- nerbait," a lure shaped similar to an open safety pin. The lure has a jig-like head on the bottom in front of the hook and a plastic or rubber skirt that flutters when it is retrieved. The lure also is equipped with one or two flashing blades on top. The design of the spinner bait makes it an ideal lure to drag through heavy cover where largemouth bass like to hang out because it doesn't snag very easily. The spinnerbait can resemble any number of possible foods for bass and also can be worked in a manner which irritates the fish and causes it to strike in anger. Bassmen use a fast retrieve while working the lure in the spring. They find the lure effective worked just below the surface or ripped fast so the blades bubble across the surface in a manner called "buzzing." The buzzing technique, which often causes fish to hit the lure so hard they seem to want to destroy it, is best in murky water. The novice should be certain the blades move freely when selecting a spinnerbait and the hook is honed sharp so it can be driven through the bone-like hardness of the jaw of a lunker bass. If a smaller "buck" bass is caught in the spring near a bush, stump or some other structure in the shallows, the fisherman should work the area thoroughly as there may be a large bass in the vicinity. Even if another fish isn't taken, the angler should remember the spot and return to it later in the day. Chances are another bass found the area just as attractive as the first fish did. When working an obvious piece of structure, such as stickups, the angler should first cast and ^ retrieve the spinnerbait past the structure on one side and then the other. If no strike comes, he should cast the spinnerbait past the center of the stickups and then retrieve it through. Often the strike may come just when the lure hits the center of the stickups. Since the lure is being worked right in structure, a heavier line, such as IS or 20-pound test, is needed to pull a fish out once it strikes. Light line under the conditions can result in lost fish. Also, the line should be checked frequently for knicks and abrasions it receives while being dragged through structure. If bass are found on the beds, often a slower retrieve is needed to pull them off. The spinnerbait first should be retrieved to either side of the bed and if the fish doesn't react, the lure should be dragged through the bed. 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