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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Double Rangers' McDowell hits for cycle Herald-Zeitung Wednesday. July 24, 1985    11A Dorsett in trouble with I RS DALLAS (API — The Internal Revenue Service could sell two homes it has seized from Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett within 30 days if Dorsott’s alleged $400,000 tax debt is not satisfied, an IRS spokeswoman said The homes in a far north Dallas subdivision and in Lucas, in neighboring Collin County, were seized by the IRS Tuesday in an effort to collect more than $400,000 in income taxes allegedly owed for 1979. 1980 and 1983. said IRS spokeswoman Marlene Gay sek The sale of the homes would satisfy the tax liabilities, but Dorsett has 180 days from the date of any sale to pay the taxes and reclaim his property, Ms Gaysek said Dorsett. 31. reported!) was in I ais Angeles with his agent attending to business matters and could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press Cowboys Coach Tom landry said Dorsett was not required to be at training camp in Thousand Oaks. Calif , until Thursday night, although the eight-year veteran from Pittsburgh had been asked to be at camp on Sunday I .andre said he only recently had become aware of IXirsett s financial problems *im always concerned when players have things on their mind that they have to handle.” Landry said “Its a distraction from football. But these things happen and they have to be dealt w ith * My bet is that Tony will be here Thursday night when every one else is reporting.” {.andre said "If he's not. he ll be fined $1 .OOO a day ” The IRS began filing liens against Dorsett s pri*perty in November 1*84. when agents first cited a $ lift .086 debt for his 1979 income taxes, officials said That figure was revised in March to $74,143. according to the IRS and deed records in Collin and Dallas counties. The Dallas Morning Aews reported in today s editions Since February, however, the IRS has filed liens for more than $339,000 for taxes owed by Dorsett for 1980 and 1983 according to the IRS and the deed recordsPromoters control every aspect of sport SA rookies put on show spot on World Wrestling Federation telecasts The big names get their slices. But for other wrestlers, the bad guys and fall guys, it is often a struggle to survive They travel town-to-town. usually driving their own cars, picking up purses that range from $25 to $200 In most cases, the wrestlers pay their own expenses A preliminary boy can earn $35 for a match in Kansas City and be tapped out dinner and a tank of gas > before he hits the turnpike Its a tough life with little glamor and less security. There is no medical or disability insurance and no pension plan. If a wrestler breaks his leg falling out of the ring all he gets from the promoter is his night’s wages and directions to the nearest hospital. "There are guys starving to death and there are guys making a fortune,” said Terry Funk. 39, a veteran who has seen both sides Funk began wrestling for $15 a night in Middlefield, Term., rn 1966 Today he owns a cattle ranch rn Amarillo. The key, Funk said, is hanging around long enough for the right people to notice you In the WWF, a dozen w restlers earn more than $100,000 Proven attractions such as Andre the Giant and Jimmy "Superfly” Sanka make twice that. They fly to major cities and stay rn nice hotels That’s the first string. The others — too inexperienced, too bland or too rebellious — trudge along in the minor leagues Mansfield — a Gulf Coast headliner who was demoted after a run-in with an Atlanta promoter — kept the pay stubs from his last tour in 1983 They read: — April 14: Kansas City $65 — April 16: Fort Scott. Kan. $50 — April 17: Des Moines, Iowa, $85 — April 18: Witchita, Kan., $65. Earlier Mansfield recalled drawing a $65,000 gate rn San Antonio. He says he was promised $6,000 plus a $1,000 bonus if he let his opponent cut his hair in the ring Mansfield agreed The show packed em rn and the promoter added to his profits by selling the Continental Lover’s hair ($2 a bag) at the souvenir stand Mansfield’s pay for the evening: $1,500. “Sure the promoter lied to me,” Mansfield said, "but was I gonna do, call a cop? As a wrestler, you have no union, no court of appeals, no rights basically. "The man hands you an envelope and says ‘Take it or .leave it.’ The bookers tell you, ’If you don’t like it quit,’ Finally that’s what I did. ”1 don’t believe half the stuff about how rich these stars are. They’d like you to believe that. I can show you stones they put out on me when I was hot, saying The Continental Lover has seven cars and lives in a $300,000 house ’ It w as all bull. "I had an apartment in San Antonio and I was driving the circuit rn one car, an Olds Cutlass These promoters use you every which way they can They tell you how to act. what to wear, when to win, when to lose, even when to bleed. "To get to the lop and stay there, you have to sell your soul." Mansfield said "I couldn’t do that. I was treated Uke a piece of meat for seven y ears That s long enough ”N. I o one in the business — no wrestler, promoter or even trade wnter — will admit the sport is a sham Wrestlers glower when the question is raised Promoters are indignant. PubUcists are incredulous Look at the injuries, they say . Didn’t you hear about Bruno Sammaruno’s broken neck’ How about Ray Gunkel, the wrestler who died in Atlanta? David "Doctor D” Schultz has had both knees dislocated and shoulder separated The active wrestlers say they go all out WWF heavyweight Ron Shaw says the winner is paid more than the loser, for one thing And, like a boxer, a wrestler needs to compile an impressive record to earn a title shot. "That’s a crock,” Mansfield said. "You’ll get a title shot when they (the promoters! decide, then they’ll tell you whether you’re gonna win or not. They're writing the story. you’re just reading the lines. ” How about the blood? "That’s the promoters' call too,” Mansfield said "He ll come in the dressing room and say I want juice tonight.’ That means blood, lf he says ‘I want double juice’ that means the baby face (the good guy I has to use the blade too. "I laugh when people say we use fake blood or blood capsules. That blood is real, we cut ourselves. We have little-bitty razors in our wristbands or trunks. Some guys have them m their mouths. At the right moment we pull them out and use them. "You look at most wrestlers and they have a ridge af scar tissue right here (forehead). All it takes is one nick in the right spot and the blood will flow. It’s not hard to do. Babyface distracts the crowd by talking to the ref, that gives me time to get the blade. "Then he slams my head into the ring post, I shoot my hands up to my face and zip. The Mood spurts out and the crowd goes wild. I cut myself in the same spot seven straights nights. I hated it but the bookers told me I was paying my dues ’ Next: The alce gays vt. the vice gay*. OC*' * C-A®*    ZE'TUNO Alfrederick Hughes in blaci battles with Tyrone Corbin for a rebound during Tuesday's game By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer SAN ANTONIO — In a game where slam dunks were more common than jump shots, the San .Antonio Spurs closed out their 1985 rookie camp Tuesday night in the annual Silver-Black game For the record, the Silver team walked over the Black 141-109. but for Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, the game was a chance to evaluate six draft choices and seven free agents, along with two regulars from Last season looking for extra practice .After the game, the squad had been trimmed to the eleven who will be invited to the Midwest Rookie Review beginning tonight. Forwards Tyrone Corbin and Joe Biruon scored 28 points each to lead the Silver to team to victory in front of 1.721 faithful fans at the Blossom Athletic Center. The Black squads Alfrederick Hughes. San Antonio’s first-round draft choice, led all scorers with 37 points. With players gunning for a spot cm the rookie squad and the $100 that goes to each team member of the winning team. Fitzsimmons said the game gave him a good look at this year's crop of young players "I was impressed by a lot of people tonight." he said "Tyrone played a good game, especially in the first half, and Binion had a nice second half .And .Alfrederick Hughes showed me a lot tonight." The surprise of the game. Fitzsimmons said. came in the play of till forward Michael Pitts "If I had to say someone came out and really did it in this game. I d have to say it was Michael," he said Pitts, a University of California graduate, is playing his first basketball since a 1984 knee operation He played in only four games his senior year in college and sat out last season after being dratted in the seventh round Playing for the Silver. Pitts scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 34 minutes of play "He was all over the court tonight I was very impressed by his performance. He definitely won a spot on our rookie review team." Fit- simmons said. Hughes, who played all but three minutes of the game, not only looked sharp on offense with his 360-degree layups, but also showed a lot of determnation. Fitzsimmons said. * Alfrederick really fought on the offensive boards I think he is going to be that type of play er — someone who will go after the ball following a missed shot," he said. Hughes said he was happy with his performance, rn spite of the final score. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t win. Ifs never as much fun to lose But I worked harder on defense and worked on my own game personally, and thought I did pretty well tonight." he said Another standout for the Silver team was Binion. who converted his last IO field goal attempts of the game He scored his 28 points in only 20 minutes of game time A 1984 grauduate of North Carolina A&T. Binion spent the last season in the Continental Basketball .Association after being waived by the Spurs rn the pre-season "Joe ran well tonight and scored in bunches," Fitzsimmons said. "He went to the CBA last year and worked hard there. You owe it to a guy like that to invite him to camp and I’m gald we did ’’ The Spurs w ill take eleven players into the Midwest Review Along with .Alvin Robertson and Ozell Jones from last year s squad. San Antonio will be represented by Hughes, Corbin. Binion, Pitts, free agent guards Victor Fleming and Stewart Granger, free agent forward John Devereaux. and rookie centers Mike Brittain and Clayen Olivier Cut on Tuesday were center Tom Piotrowski and Jay Shakir, both fret agents, fourth-round draft choice Scott Both and sixth round choice Chris Harper The Review starts today with San .Antonio playing Houston at 8 30 p m Before the Spurs game. Dallas will take on Denver at 6 30 p m I 198U, the Atlanta Constitution did a study on professional wrestling Naturally, the Question was asked "Ult fake or isnt if”’ Testifying on behalf of his sport was Eddy Mansfield, then known as The Continental louver, Rookie of the Year in 1977. and Georgia Wrestler of the Year in 1980 "If I wanted U> play around.” Mansfield told the Constitution "I’d go find a sandbox somewhere and play with a kid When I’m in the ring, I goad out laist December. Eddy Mansfield sat in an Atlanta hotel room, telling a far different story. Every so often, he would interupt himself and say, “God I hate to do this Mansfield was recounting the things he did in his career losing matches on purpose, cutting his forehead with a hidden razor blade so he would "bleed good for the fans, and playing the hero’s role with $5 in his pocket Why didn t Mansfield speak up when he had the chance'* Why did he tell reporters the wrestling business was on the level? "Fear,” he said simply "You’re afraid of what the promoters will do if you speak up They ll cut you off, they’ll tell other promoters not to use you That’s number I. "The other thing is you’re embarrassed. I never wanted to tell anyone I made $35 for a show. I d strut around like a big shot and I might have just enough to buy a hamburger at Hardee's. "No matter how badly a wrestler is being treated, Mansfield said “he ll protect the business Why? Because there is some promoter telling him to hang on casue he s this close to making it big “It’s promises, promises. They say, We're gonna do this and and that for you.’ You want so bad to believe it that you go along. I sold my clothes to pay for wrestling lessons. AU my dreams were tied up in the business “They cut my heart out and left me to die,” the 28-year old Mansfield said. “They’re so quick to teU you about the (wrestlers) who are making big money But there are a thousand guys who don’t make diddily.” Hogan, the World Wrestling Federation’s heavyweight champion, earns $750,000 a year. That’s more than a number of National Football League sure. Virgil Runnels, better known aa Dusty Rhodes, makes $100,000. Ha baa a ranch near Tampa, Fie. and a condo in VaU, Colo. He read* Th# Wa// Str—t Journal every morning to chack on big investments. Rio Flair la the National Wrestling Alliance heavyweight champion. Ho claims to have his own plane I nsideProfessional Wrestling By RAY DIDINGER Special to the Herald ZestingEddy Mansfield, covered with his ownblood, puts a headlock on an unknown opponent and yacht. He drives a Mercedes and wears an $8,000 robe lined with fur and leather by Gucci. Clearly, there is money in professional wrestling. The business grosses $250 million a year. Live attendance is up 32 percent. Sponsors are paying $30,000 for a 30-second ;