New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Catching specks, Outdoors, Page 10A
Thursday, July 18,1985 8ATriathlon training good for heart, soul
Bradly overcomes obstacles in tough sport
By DAVID KING Sports editor
He looks like a Mack truck perfectly balanced on two spindly wheels as he buzzes smoothly around the corner. He’s one of the world’s largest blurs as be slips by, pedaling effortlessly.
A tiny white bicyclist’s helmet seems to hold onto his head for dear life as he disappears from sight.
And when it’s all over. 28 miles worth, Butch Bradly hops off the touring bicycle and runs a little over six miles.
■‘You know that feeling you had when you were a kid, when you jump on the trampoline and then get down and try to run0’’ he asked. ‘Well. you have that feeling for a lot longer. Rubbery-legged.”
But before he can ride and then run and then get that cooked-spaghetti feeling in the legs, he has to swim six-tenths of a mile. Whew.
It’s all part of the triathlon, a three-pronged competition that has had Bradly getting up at 4:45 a.m. to run, jogging two miles at lunch and swimming or biking after work for the better part of four years.
Triathlon training has whittled 60 pounds off Bradly’s 6-foot-l frame, slimming him down to between 225 and 230 pounds. It hasn't been a hindrance in other places, either.
“You start to learn about yourself when you do this,” said Bradly. a coach at Smithson Valley High School. “You find out that a whole lot of things are possible.
“Instead of thinking. I can’t do this or I can’t do that,’ you think you can. It’s a lot more than physical; your whole mental and emotional outlook changes.”
The sport caught Bradly’s attention the way the Boston Marathon catches some peoples’ eye — in a big way. He watched highlights from the Iron Man competition in Hawaii — six-mile swim, 110-mile bike ride, marathon at the end — and decided he wanted to give it a try.
After going iqto .serious training, he entered a triathlon — actually, a quarter-triathlon, the six-tenths swim, 28-mile ride, six-mile run — in Waco. Two weeks before the event, his application was returned because
the field was already full.
“That made me pretty determined to stay after it,” he said.
A year later, he competed in Waco.
“It was tremendous,” he said. ‘‘I really enjoyed it; it was such an experience.”
He’s been hooked ever since.
“I like the competition,” Bradly said. “I played football in college and swam, and I enjoyed that element of competition. And there’s something about competing with yourself.”
Bradly’s competition with himself one serious obstacle, an obstacle he knows well.
“I like the running part and I enjoy running, but that’s still my weakest point,” he said. “I’m just not built like a runner. I can run for a long time, but it’s never very fast.”
He all but makes up for that flaw with his edge in the swimming part of the competition. He swam on the team at Henderson State University in Arkansas (“People looked at us like we were crazy when I showed up at swim meets,” he said) and can handle both pool and open-water swimming.
“There are a lot of good athletes out there who won’t even attempt the triathlon because of the swimming,” Bradly said. “Especially if the swimming part is in a lake; the thought of taking out across the lake doesn’t excite a lot of people.”
Still, enough good athletes are attracted to the sport to leave Bradly shaking his head.
“There was a guy at Waco who did the whole thing, finished, then got back on his bike and rode back to Dallas,” he said.
In June, he competed at the Alamo City Triathlon, finishing fourth in his age group. The overall winner was a trained pentathlete, a man in his so-called athletic prime.
“The runner-up was a doctor who was 57 years old. An incredible athlete,” Bradly said.
Bradly doesn't hold to dreams of winning an Iron-Man event, especially at age 57, but he keeps it up.
“I'm just not made to do this kind of stuff," he said.
At least not physically.
Butch Bradly rides through tanda Park, then (inset) takes a break in front of Landa Lake
Teammates speculate about Dorsett's renegotiation
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP I- The Tony Dorset! watch is underway.
The financially troubled running back of Hie Dallas Cowboys has until 7:30 p.m. today to report to training camp or face $1,000 in fines daily.
I he betting line among some of Dorsett’s teammates is that he won’t come in until his financial problems are solved.
That would include a possible renegotiation of his $400,000 a year seven-year contract or a loan from the Cowboys to help settle his financial problems which were caused in part by bad investments.
Dorsett is on the fourth year of the contract.
Fullback Ron Springs believes good friend Dorsett won’t make the deadline “because
he wants a security contract."
Dorsett at one time had a 15-year deferred contract at $100,000, but decided he wanted the money up front.
Gil Brandt, club vice president, said It wouldn’t surprise me if Tony wasn't here Thursday."
“Tony is upset with his contract," said Springs. “Last week he saw what Danm
White and Hands White are making and he figures he deserves more He's been dissatisfied.
I don’t think lie will be here I’ve mike i to him a lot in two weeks.”
Tight end Doug Cosbie said, “Tony should get his personal affairs settled before he comes to camp That would only be smart ” Dorsett. who missed practice for a fourth
straight day Wednesday, will make $400,000 this season
Iknsett was hit in Dallas with a $400,000 back tax notice by the Internal Revenue Service, w Inch seized two of his houses
Dallas Coach Torn l.andry said Dorsett has until today to report to camp without being fined $1,000 per dayHeroes, bad guys always crossing the line
"onie fans have trouble keeping up with whether professional wrestlers are good or not.
Not “good” as in wins and losses but “good” as in virtuous. Do they stand for traditional American values or are they off somewhere putting the atomic spmebreaker on a Sunday school teacher^
You can ntver bt sure Thttt guys ar e in and out of | character more often than Rich Little.
Once upon a time Sgt. Slaughter was a bad guy. He topped every “Most Hated” list. Well, now the Sarge is beloved, all because he stood up to the Iron Sheik — the loathsome Iranian with the Ayatollah flag — one night in Allentown, Ha.
Kevin Sullivan went the other way. A former collegiate wrestler, Sullivan was a crowd favorite until 1982 when he announced he was a Satan worshippper, a follower of Abughdadien (Sullivan’s own creation). No kidding, it happened just like that
Th'ngs happen fast in pro w restling The Sarge’s story is probably the most compelling.
“We where in Allentown taping for television,” Slaughter said. “This was in February of last year. I was scheduled for the next match but the Sheik wouldn’t leave the ring. He was up there chanting, Iran is No. J.'
“Finally, I got ticked off. The promoter told me I couldn’t go on but I went on anyway. I told em to hit the music and I went out. I told the Sheik Let’s go’ so we wrestled and I won. The fans were chanting ‘U-S-A’ the whole time.”
It just happened like that, right? The promoter just happened to have the Marine Corp hymn cued on the public address sy stem The Sheik just happened to be cutting into the Sarge’s ring time. The Sarge's cold, cold heart just happened to be flooded with patriotic fervor. Hmmni...
"Well,” Slaughter said, smiling “These things do happen
I nside Professional Wrestling
By RAY DIDINGER Spacial to th# Harold Zaitung
“My phone never stop unum Hogan si. i I fit post office needs a separate truck just to deliver my mail It’s those talent scouts fi lii Holly wo I and the movie producers. (Hogan played the wrestler “Thunderlips in the film Rocky III > There s never been anything like Hulkmama."
Hogan’s popularity reached new heights last March 31 'when he joined fop . s a ’ ■ The A rein - Ar. I tagteam match with Rowdy Roddy Pipet and Paul Mi Wonderful” Orndorff at Modi on Square Garden Not only did the match sell out the Garden, but it attracted thousands more to close circuit theater locations around the country.
Major prize fights have gone the closed circuit television route for years, but this was a first for professional wrestling It is an indication that this “sport,” once thought to have a relatively small cult following, has hit the American mainstream in a big way
but I rn really saying OK, one tackle, drop down. hipiock, arm drag
We both know tfie moves so we do them ITI let him run me off Hie ropes, then put me in a hip-toss ITI feed him my arm so he can apply the (arm) bar ITI say ‘OK I .et me get some hair.* I ll get a good handful and pull “It’s hard to have a game plan going in You’ve got to see what Hie crowd is buying that night lf they want a lot of flips, you give em flips. If they want a lot of heads bouncing off Hie turnbuckles. Brat's OK, too.
Tile finish it set in advance,” Mansfield said ' That way we know it will look good We ll be iii a hold and I’ll say, “OK, lets go home.’ ITI throw a flyirig.elbow, he ll duck ITI hit the floor, he'll cover me One, two. three , good night.”
hatever, the career of Sgt. Slaughter took a screeching U-turn the wintry night. Instead of putting the Cobra Clutch on Hie goods guys like Hulk Hogan and incurring the public’s wrath, the Vietnam veteran was kicking the hell out of the Iron Sheik and Russian strongman Nikolai Volkoff and every arena sounded like
the end of World War II.
The Sarge became the hottest draw in the World Wrestling Federation and then jumped to the rival National Wrestling Alliance for a hefty increase in salary Ifs the same script only with different players. Today you’ll find the Sarge beating up on Nikita Koloff,
the NWA’s token commie. The fans still love it.
“I don’t know if anyone has ever gone from the top of one list (Most Hated) to the top of the other (Most Popular) that fast,” Slaughter said, “but I like it this way. I walk to the ring now and people shake my hand. They used to spit on me.
Tm getting calls to do endorsements now. I’m the (TV) spokesman for a fund-raising drive to restore the Statue of Liberty. They could have had anybody but they called me. That would have never happened before.”
So everything has changed for Sgt. Slaughter?
“Not everything,” Slaughhter said. “I drive around in a comouflage car and the fans used to tear it up because they hated me.”
“Now they tear it up for souvenirs,” Slaughter said. Casting is everything. Hulk Hogan was a journeyman wrestler working the midwest as a bad guy a few years ago. Vince McMahon, head of the World Wrestling Federation, spotted the 6-8, 310 pound former rock musician, and fed him the old line: ‘‘C'mon, kid. I’m gonna make you a star.”
McMahon put Hogan in a T-shirt that read “American Made” and matched him with every Iranian, Russian, and hooded assassin in sight. That’s how “Hulkmania” was born. Today, Hogan is the WWF’s heavyweight champ and standard bearer. (That’s part of the reason Sgt. Slaughter took a hike.)
t’s theater, sure, but ifs theater performed ..lid marketed in a way that’s almost irrefutable. In every match, there is a Good Guy He is called the Babyface He opposes the Bad Guy, known in the business as the heel.
The babyface is usually a nice fellow who wrestles fair and shakes hands with the audience. Handsome studs like Hogan and Barry Windham, the Sweetwater < Texas i Express, make good babyfaces as do former collegians and pro-football stars such as ex-('harger Ernie “ Big Cat” I .add.
The heel is just what one would expect, a lowdown scoundrel who will stoop to anything and usually does — to win. Ethnic types such as the Iran Sheik arid Volkoff are the rule.
Eddy Mansfield started out as a babyface rn 1977 but, after a few months, a promoter made him a heel. Why?
“I took a good bump (fall),” Mansfield said, “and I could talk good on television. I could really get the people riled up.”
And how does the match work0 Well, punches are either pulled or missed altogether Anyone sitting close to the ring can see that.
The puncher stomps his foot to make a loud noise. The punchee reels back into the ropes waving for the referee to intercede.
Flips and moves, Mansfield said are worked out much like a dance routine:
‘‘The heel calls the match because he’s the one who takes the bumps,” Mansfield said. “I get babyface in a headlock and everyone thinks I'm talking dirty to him,
.he babyface d>*sn't always win, however Sometimes the heel wins — usually with the aid of brass knuckles that somehow escape the referee’s attention -setting up a grudge rematch. Grudges are big box office “ Scott Casey and I worked a whole Texas tour like that.” Mansfield said “He'd win one night, I d win the next night. We worked it out between ourselves We didn't tell anybody.
“One night I pulled off his cowboy hat and spit in it He went on the television and said some kid who was dying gave him that hat and he’d mhke me pay. I put a bounty on him God, those people hated me.
“They set up a Cowboy Match between us That’s where Hie winner puts a saddle on the loser and rides hiir around the ring. Naturally, I lost But while giving Scott a ride I flipped him over, then whipped the hell out of Inn with the bridle.
“That set up a Texas Bullrope Match (Wrestlers arr tied together with an 8-foot rope ) the next week tha drew even a bigger crowd,” Manacled said. “We jus went on and on.”
Don't the wrestlers ever feel silly, playing those role night after night?
“You’ve gotta understand,” Slaughter said, “that* Sgt Slaughter, that’s not me. It s like Paul Newman He’s not Butch Cassidy, that was just a role he played When I leave here, I’m Bob Slaughter.
I’m a regular guy. I like my privacy. I like to play go! arid listen to music. My idea of a perfect evening is t cook a steak, build a fire and relax. I just wish I had mor time to do that. Family is important.
“When I was a bad guy, I wouldn’t let my daughter watch. I didn t want them to see their father treated tire way (by Hie fans). Money don’t make up for that.”
Next: The faux often become raging wackos.