New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday, July 26, 1985 7AWrestling: Normal fans turn wacko
aul Orndorff, better known as Mr. Wonderful, took a fri 1 tful beating at the Catholic Youth Center in St i anteri, Pa , in April of last year.
fie vt a> punched, then kicked in the groin. While he was doubled v. r, Orndorff was smashed on the head with a folding chair Ordinarily, this sounds like just another day's work on the wrestling circuit.
What makes this incident noteworthy is that it took place ut'de the ring and it was the spectators, not the lion Sheik nor \bdullah the Butcher, doing the dirty work
What ' more, the fans were doing it for real. The
•.lunches were real, the kick was real, and the metal hair. Hi ■>; assuredly, was real Mr Wonderful could tell
the difference right away ria 't-;. 260-pound wrestler took a blind swing at .is assai on is. missed and hit an 81-year-old bystander. Tin \ ii tic i. Elmer Bieniuller. suffered three broken false ti el a br *en i >e and a fractured bone near his eye Bien miler w.t' hospitalized and Orndorff was charged with .i. a voted assault and recklessly endangering ic. th.-! noes- That us how the story ended, but let us
* outsider how it began
W ’ were these fans who jumped Paul Orndorff and wVv w .. I if • \ lose control that way-’ OK. Orndorff is a
• i..oc: hi prances a lot and does sneaks things to his
-Pl : >ut really a kick in the groin Wouldn't a
W: "h it seems. 'Hrs a unique and volatile passion ' u: * I ore is something about this “sport"
’ .at i n.' ti • rw normal people - students, teachers.
laborers intl* raging wackos Not all ■ them. mind you Many people come to the moieties k:.> wing it is burlesque in rhinestones and tights Thi > ... . jh at Brutus Beefcake and his overfed
brethrvr l’fiey keep things in perspective.
I* ts tee ’her element, the fans who identify too Strongs Witt ai,at s tiappemng on stage, that makes the
st-univ lard' and the wrestlers themselves —
I w >i .cs a. o, a fan knocked down an Atlanta police ii, er an . imbed into the ring with a knife He was iutdtjeici fa* mid do any damage, but there was no
question he meant business
: • • i 'W.t. amt to the police station in tears She asked rn ■ w he mid d- such a stupid thing. The man t . at’ ' . ar’ a: !>jk* without so much as a traffic
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IU ref . .I Didn t vi.u see what was happening'’ It a *v% st • that ring & mebody had to even it
’ .. | real Iv believed hi'eves .And
I nside Professional Wrestling
• ally Blanchard was standing rn a hallway outside the Greensville S.C. i Coliseum, listening to the roar of the sellout crowd.
Blanchard wasn't wrestling that night He came in to tape a television interview with Ricky Steamboat. The two exchanged insults and threats, then walked away snuling while the announcer said. “You heard it folks There's bad blood between these two...”
As Blanchard left the set. fans threw paper cups at his head Tully. you see. is a bad guy. l^ast year. he snuck up on Steamboat and cracked him with a chair Wrestling fans don t forget things Uke that.
' That's the name of the game, you've got to give em color 'aid Blanchard, a former wishbone quarterback at West Texas State “These people aren't here to see a sport Ihi.> is showtime. Honky Tonk. U.S.A.
I-a st vear. thev put on a couple of full-contract karate matches before us The people sat there like this bored». Then wt- came out kicking and body-slamming and the place went nuts
Yeah, thev hate rue but so what1 Ifs all money in the bank I don't mind when thev yell things. I just don't like it w hen they >tab me .An old lad) got me w ith a nail file in I-iredu A man crushed out a cigarette on my back in Richmond.
“You can nl> hike so much. In Corpus Christi, a guy hit me and I shoved him down. Somebody behind me kicked him in the face. now I’m on trial for assault. I could .spend a year in jail Do you believe that bull...?”By RAY DIDINGER Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Followers of Jimmy 'Superfly'' Snuka appear calm as they wait for their man to emerge from the dressing room. But once the action starts and Superfly executes his most spectacular move of leaping off the top rope onto a fallen opponent, the fur is likely to fly at ringside
Other wrestlers have similar stones. Killer Kowaski was hit with a chair on his way to the ring. Hans Schroeder was hit with a bnck (a lady had it in her handbag i. Scroeder’s wife, Pat. also a wrestler i her ring name is Leilani Kai), was struck with a bottle.
They have been cursed out and spat upon. Matinee “Mad Dog" Vachon recalls an old lady attacking him with an umbrella. Vachon's brother had his throat slashed, ear-to-ear, by a 75-year-old man.
"You try to be polite," Vachon pointed out, "but these people make you rude.”
nuclear power that scares the hell out of us.
"Most of the time, we feel powerless. We were powerless during the (Iran) hostage cftsis and we're powerless whenever Russia flexes a muscle. But we aren’t powerless when Sgt. Slaughter gets these guys rn the Cobra Clutch and chokes the daylights out of them “We aren't rooting for the wrestlers as much as we are rooting for ourselves These fans like participants You don’t find that in a baseball or football crowd, at least not to this extent. Look around...”
Robertson gestured toward the huge Philadelphia Spectrum crowd 119,699 a sellout» which was full of Sgt Slaughter fans dressed in camouflage gear and Manne Corps hats.
“The last time I saw this many people fatigues." Robertson said, "I was catching a C-141 from Saigon " The most intriguing question in all this, of course, is how many fans really believe what they see taking place in the ring0 An informal survey taken at several matches indicates fewer than half the customers take all the grimacing and eye-gouging literally.
A few like Anthony Pastore, Sr , 41, and Debbie Yocum. 30. of Philadelphia, think the whole thing is a farce So why did they come to a recent Spectrum show0 "It's funny.” Pastore said. “It s entertainment "
hat is behind this rage? Why is it that fans at other sports are content to vent their displeasure vocally0 What is it about wrestling that pushes them over
Spectators relate to the action on more of a gut level here than they do at. say, baseball or football,” said Bruce Robertson. 37. a clinical social worker and a graduate student at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) College.
This is a sport, yes. but it taps into an entirely different emotion.” Robertson said. "In baseball, you have the home team and the visitors. In wrestling you have the good guys and the bad guys. And the bad guys are really bad. It s like a John Wayne movie.
Look at the characters. We have Sgt. Slaughter, the U S Manne. against the Iron Sheik and Nikolia Volkoff. The Sheik is from Iran, the nation that humiliated us in front of the whole world Volkoff is from Russia, the
larger segment of the audience, well over half, agreed some of the action was fake but felt at least part of it was authentic.
“They get out of hand sometimes." said Maureen Bradley , 16. a junoir at Bishop McDevitt High School. She was carrying a sign the read: "I Love Barry Windham!.”
It is a relatively small but rabid group that believes, wholeheartedly and unashamedly, in what's happening You may call then naive, or worse, but they call themselves loyal.
One such believer is Duane Graves. 21, of Bridgeton. N.J. Graves was at the Spectrum that night dressed like the Junkyard Dog. the Sarge s valiant tag-team partner. His attire consisted of camouflage pants, and a cap with a chain around his neck. He was carrying a large dog bone • two paper bags tied in the middle with tape )
"We're standing up for the U S A.," said Graves, a special education teacher.
"I have people come up to me in restaurants." Slaughter said. "and say You make me proud to be an American.’ That makes me feel good. One guy asked me to autograph a HOO bill. A lady asked me to kiss her baby. I .ast year when the Sarge was a bad guy t she would have hid the baby under the table.”
Next: The crusader who wants lo clean up the industry
Frogs spread the word on The Temple Tornado'
I saw a horned frog scuttling around in my back yard the other day. and for some ikW reason I thought of TIU running back Kenneth Da\ is No, Davis, a prime candidate for the Heisman Trophy this fall, doesn t have little horns t»n his head and ey es I fiat can see who's chasing him and where he's going at the same time.
He's somewhat darker complected and runs slightly more upright than the • >dd little reptile
But Davis and the honied frog are related, because the senior halfback :.a> all but become Mr TCL’ Homed Frog already The TCU publicity people have been pushing Davis for the Heisman and all kinds of other
Unicorns ranked sixth; Canyon rated topcontenders
ranks among the state's top Class 4A again this fall, according to pre-season is Football magazine
who were 10-2-1 last season and a state • r tile third straight time, are ranked tgaiine’s top IO and are picked to win the any -Mi is listed as the top contender for the
JA pi lam it.
SA Bandera is the pre-season pick, with Boerne a •ond Bandera is ranked third in the state in the ca sort poll on the strength of returning play ers umpton, Gene Matthews and Cliff Bronson. cam all-staters from a year ago team in the JA top IO are Hempstead. Post. finally. Navasota. Iuttlefield. Columbus, Vernon, dvarado and Port Isabel.
Otho: top IO teams in Class 4A are: I, Tomball, a state
finalist last year. 2. Sweetwater, a quarterfinalist; 3. Deruson. the surprise state champs; 4. Gregory-Portland, which beat New Braunfels and Canyon on the way to the semifinals last year; 5. Bay City; 7, Wichita Falls Hirschi; 8. Huntsville; 9. Corsicana; and IO, Port Arthur I lincoln.
In this region, district favorites are South San West and Uvalde in 14-t.A's zones, Gregory-Portland in 15-4A and Rio Grande City in 16-4.A
Regional favorites in 3A are Rice Consolidated, Medina Valley, Cuero, Sinton, Hebbronville and Port Isabel.
In Distnct 31-2A. defending district champ Randolph is listed as the favorite and the state's second-ranked team. Other 2A top IO teams are Electra. Abernathy, Grand Saline, Hamlin. Alto, East Bernard. Pilot Point, Crandall and Stamford.
Dorsett given extension by Cowboys
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif (AP)-Tony Dorsett won’t have to report to training camp until Saturday night while the Dallas Cowboys' running back works with the Internal Revenue Service on his tangled finances
A “third party” representing Dorset! called at the deadline Thursday night for Cowboys veterans to report to camp to ask Coach Tom Landry and club president Tex Schramm for a 48-hour extension.
Schramm said Dorsett and his advisers hope to work out an agreement with tile IRS to repay back taxes the agency says he owes.
“Coach laundry granted the ex
tension. We are disappointed he is not here, but we are more disappointed about the position Tony has arrived at. It's sad that a player of his ability and personalty finds himself in this role,” Schramm said.
"It’s a sad situation. I just wish Tony had come to us earlier with his problems," Schramm added. “However, he is still under contract and needs to abide by terms of the contract.”
Dorsett in the fourth year of a 7-year deal that brings him $400,000 a year.
Dorsett’s problems include liens by the IRS.
‘‘The boat Tony finds hunself in was caused by poor planning and
advice,” Schramm said.
We are looking for a structure where he can play the next three years and have something left. We want him to come out of football in a healthy financial situation. He is a fine young man with a lot _ problems. We have a lot of empathy for him.”
Dorsett at one time had a 15-year deferred contract at $100,000 decided he wanted the money up front. Investments turned sour, and trouble with the IRS has drained a lot of the money away.
Teammates were generally sympathetic to Dorsett’s financial plight.
honors this summer.
A poster with Davis pictured as “The Temple Tornado," swirling out of a football stadium, has been printed A special photo package was mailed out earlier this month Heaven knows what else we’ll see before the season ever starts maybe little bumper stickers on the backs of horned frogs.
Former New Braunfels resident Jason Schindler is playing soccer in Europe this summer as part of the Buccaneer soccer team from San Antonio.
Schindler. 16. will pla> with the team in Portsmouth and Birmingham. England and Fulda. West
Germany Members of die team come from IO San Antonio : N.
and IO players — including -V randier — are memers of the National Honor Society*
He is the son of Billy and Jaella Schindler and the grandson of Allvnne Schindler and Kila Elmer