The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 22, 1991, Image 5

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Argos didn't
Draft day is always
good for a laugh.
And I started chuckling Saturday
when 11 heard that the Cowboys
traded for the top draft pick. "Great,
why do they need the Rocket?" I
It seemed ludicrous to waste a
pick on Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, a
nighly-overrated receiver/kickoff
returner. What the Pokes really
needed was defensive help.
And I laughed even harder when
the Rocket blasted off for the
Canadian Football League. I could
just see the Toronto Argonaut fans
dancing in the streets north of the
border, and Jimmy Johnson crying
in Dallas.
But, the Cowboys eventually
wheeled-and-dealed themselves
into a slew of talented picks.
Johnson then used those picks to
not only bolster but rebuild his
defense. The Pokes even said that
they intended to draft Russell
Maryland — who they took with
their top pick — as early as Friday.
I don't think anybody in Dallas
will be crying about the draft four
years from now, but they will be in
The Argonauts obviously think
that they've bought themselves and
their little-known league some
credibility for $18 million. But the
Agros could be stuck for as much as
$26 million, if Ismail's contract
stipulations are met.
Can anybody in Canada count to
20 million? If so, they didn't learn by
counting fans at CFL games.
How will Toronto get the money
to pay him? The CFL doesn't even
have a national television contract in
the U.S.
After Rocket spends a couple of
years outside the spotlight of Notre
Dame football, he'll be much less
than a household name. In fact,
after a couple of seasons in the
frozen wastes of Canada his
popularity will crash like a Scud
Anybody remember the United
States Football League? It folded
after two seasons because of lousy
attendance and inflated salaries.
The CFL is an established league
in its market, which is almost
exclusively Canada and the
northern hinge states of the U.S.
And it has so far remained
financially stable by sticking to the
$2 million per team salary cap
imposed on each CFL franchise.
But for the Argonauts to make
their payroll, they're going to have
to dramatically increase their
Will they get a U.S. television
contract now that they have the
Rocket as a calling card? No.
Will more fans go to CFL games?
Probably, but not that many fans. I
know that I won't trek up to the
"Great White North" to see Rocket
play. I got more than my fill of
watching him play last season when
almost every Fightin' Irish game was
And what will the league do if
Rocket suffers an injury? It can
happen to anyone. Bo Jackson is a
much better athlete than Ismail and
he went down with a career-
threatening injury.
Will the Argonauts overuse
Rocket? If I was paying him that
much money. I'd expect him to be
on the field every play. Heck, I'd
even have him wash the car and do
my windows for that kind of green.
I haven't always been a Jimmy
Johnson fan, but I have to admit that
he did a good job with this year's
draft. Much like his deal in 1989 that
fent Hershel Walker to the Vikings
for defensive help, Johnson has
again made the best of a difficult
His choices from this year's draft
will leave the Cowboys defensively
sound for years to come.
Meanwhile, Rocket will misfire in
the CFL, leaving Argo fans
disappionted and Toronto
management bankrupt.
And Ismail will laugh all the way
to the bank, or banks.
Ags sweep UT, jump into tie for 1st
A&M completes climb from cellar to top
By Alan Lehmann
The Battalion
The Texas A&M baseball team is no
stranger to pressure, but it reacted
strangely this weekend: by sweeping
the Texas Longhorns.
The Aggies, who blew a 9-0 lead
Tuesday night and lost to Sam Hous
ton State, beat the Longhorns 4-1 Fri
day night and took both games Satur
day 8-4 and 6-5. The sweep marked the
first for the A&M over Texas since 1966
and the first time since 1972 that the
Longhorns had been swept by a Sout-
west Conference foe.
"We didn't ever give up," said Aggie
right fielder Dan Robinson. "A lot of
times this season, the bloops have
fallen in for the other team, but not to
The bloop that fell in for the Aggies
Saturday night wasn't even a bloop.
In the series finale A&M trailed 5-2
going into the bottom of the eighth.
The Aggies, who had gived the Long
horns three runs on two errors earlier
in the game, roared back.
First baseman Conrad Colby drew a
leadoff walk, and was taken out for
inch runner Tim Holt. Robinson, who
ad misplayed a fifth-inning single
into a run-scoring error, belted his
third homer of the year to make the
score 5-4. The mammoth shot came
when Robinson turned on a Chris
Cox's inside fastball and rocketed the
ball high off the left field foul pole.
"I had a feeling he (Cox) would come
back with a fastball," Robinson said.
"This is probably the biggest homer of
my career."
Travis Williams, whose two errors
early in the game did not hurt the Ag
gies, followed by working a walk off a
3-2 count. With the Texas infield play
ing the bunt, A&M shortstop Jason
Marshall laid down a perfect bunt to
advance Williams.
After a groundout, pinch hitter Brett
Weinberger bounced a single up the
middle to score Williams from second
and tie the game.
SWC Standinas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
Friday's gam«s
Houston 8. Rice 7
Texas A&M 4, Texas 1
Arkansas 13, Baylor 5
TCU 9. Texas Tech 5
Saturday's gams*
Houston 4-8, Rice 2-7
Texas A&M 4-6, Texas 1 -5
Arkansas 7-6, Baylor 6-7
TCU 2-1, Texas Tech 1 -6
Designated hitter Billy Harlan then
ripped a double into left field off the
glove of Texas outfielder Calvin Mur
Aggie reliever Trey Witte survived a
pair of two-out singles in the ninth to
pick up the win. Witte (4-0) struck out
Texas' Charles Abernathy with a called
third strike to end the game.
A&M's Brian Harrison started the
nightcap against Texas' Scott Harrison.
Each pitcher went 4 1-3 innings before
giving way to relief help.
The Aggies had a fresh bullpen
thanks to complete-game victories Fri
See Ags/Page 7
TED W. ALBRACHT/The Battalion
A&M outfielder Tim Holt congratulates pitcher Ronnie Allen with a high five after Allen
turned in a complete-game victory over Texas Saturday afternoon. The Aggies came back for
another win in the nightcap, and swept the Longhorns for the first time since 1966.
A&Mnetters fall short in SWC title bid
From Staff and Wire Reports
The Texas A&M men's tennis team
fell short of winning the Southwest
Conference Tennis Championship this
Texas Christian University, the SWC
top-seeded tournament team, defeated
the Aggies 5-2 Sunday at Omar Smith
Tennis Center.
The third-seeded Aggies reached the
tournament championship after upset
ting second-seeded University of
Texas, 5-0, Saturday.
The fifth-seeded A&M women's
team lost to Southern Methodist Uni
versity Friday, in the first round of
their tournament.
The Lady Longhorns won the SWC
championship Sunday, beating TCU 6-
A&M men's Coach David Kent was
proud of his team's performance de
spite losing in the final.
"We've had a good year and I have
no regrets about the season," Kent
said. "TCU just has a great team and
they outplayed us.
"I have no excuses, they were just
better than us."
Steve Kennedy and Scott Phillips
grabbed the two wins for the Aggies
during the championship match.
Kennedy, a senior, defeated his op
ponent 6-3, 6-3, and might have played
his last match for A&M if he doesn't
qualify for the NCAA tournament.
"That's the best match I played this
season," Kennedy said. "That's the last
singles match competitively that I'm
ever going to play in my life, and I'm
happy to end it this way."
The A&M men's team defeated SMU
in the first round of the tournament
Saturday's results:
A&M 5, Texas 0
1. Matt Zisette, A&M, defeated
Mitch Michulka, Texas, 6-4, 6-3
2. Mark Weaver, A&M, d. Hubert
Karrasch, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
3. Clayton Johnson, A&M, d. Scott
Stewart, Texas, 6-2, 6-1
4. Doug Brown, A&M, d. Richard El-
Iman, Texas, 6-3, 6-1
5. Scott Phillips, A&M, d. Andy Ma
this, Texas, 6-2, 7-5
Suspended because match was
Sunday's results:
TCU 5, A&M 2
1. Luis Ruette, TCU, d. Zisette,
A&M, 6-0, 6-1
2. Tony Bujan, TCU d. Weaver,
A&M, 6-3, 6-4
3. Mark Tjia, TCU d. Johnson, A&M,
7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. Ricardo Rubio, TCU, d. Brown,
A&M, 7-5, 6-4
5. Phillips, A&M, d. Gerard Ronan,
TCU, 6-3, 6-3
6. Kennedy, A&M, defeated Devin
Bowen, TCU, 6-3, 6-3
1. Suspended, match was clinched
2. Rubio-Jeff Giesea, TCU d. Blake
Barsalou-Zisette, A&M 7-6, 6-1
3. Suspended, match was clinched
A&M’s Clayton Johnson vents a little frus
tration after being overruled by a judge
Cowboys wheel and deal successful draft
IRVING (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys
made University of Miami defensive
tackle Russell Maryland the first pick in
the NFL draft,
saying he — not
Raghib "Rocket"
Ismail — was their
No. 1 choice all
The 6-1, 275-
pound Maryland
rejoined his col
lege coach, Jimmy
Johnson, on Sun
day following a
trade the Cow
boys say they
made 48 hours
earlier with him in mind.
"We 100 percent traded up to get
Russell Maryland," Johnson said. "We
had every intention of doing what we
had to to get Russell."
The Cowboys traded their No. 11
pick, a second round pick, and undis
closed veteran players to New England
for the first pick —which many as
sumed would be Ismail, the Notre
Dame wide receiver-kick returner.
"We made good faith negotiations
with the Rocket but his numbers were
totally out of our range," said Dallas
owner Jerry Jones. "We found out pre
tty quick he was headed for Canada."
Ismail signed with Toronto of the
Canadian Football League early Sun
day in a deal that could pay him more
than $26 million for a four-year period.
Johnson said he was afraid of losing
Maryland, whom he recruited out of
high school and signed for the Hurri
"I was afraid we might lose him and
I heard teams were trying to move to
the second spot to take him," Johnson
said. "If I had a chance in 100 to lose
him, I didn't want to risk it. I didn't
want to be feeling sick on Sunday
night. We needed to bolster our run
defense and we did."
Jones said an agreement had been
reached with Maryland and agent
Leigh Steinberg which was over a $1
million per year for five years plus
signing bonus.
Jones also said an agreement has
been reached with Tennessee wide re
ceiver Alvin Harper, who was taken
with the 12th pick in the first round.
"We'll have both contracts signed
Sunday night," Jones said.
Harper caught the Cowboys' eye
when he was the most valuable player
in the Senior Bowl.
"He's got tremendous leaping abil
ity, good speed and good hands," said
Dallas offensive coordinator Norval
"When the Rocket left for Canada I
knew I had a good chance to go to the
Cowboys," Harper said. "It's great. I
like coach Johnson's style."
The Cowboys knew they were going
to take Maryland on Friday night even
though they negotiated with Ismail's
advisers on Saturday just to see what it
would cost them.
"We asked for and received an offer
but we could see Ismail was off to Can
ada," Jones said.
"We knew two days ago Russell was
our pick," Johnson said.
Maryland, the Outland Trophy win
ner and Associated Press All-Ameri
can, said he was "flabbergasted and
overwhelmed" to be the No. 1 pick.
"It's going to be great being reunited
with coach Johnson," Maryland said.
"Coach Johnson took a chance on me
coming out of high school when he
signed me. Now, I believe I can be suc
cessful in professional football with my
work ethic."
Maryland said his short stature
didn't mean a thing.
"A lot of 6-4 guys are lazy and don't
want to work," Maryland said.
"What's a few more inches? I rather
have a hard working 5-10 guy than a 6-
4 guy who slacks off/'
Dave Wannstedt, the Cowboys de
fensive coordinator, said Dallas des
perately needed run defense help. "In
our division (NFC) East if you can't
play run defense you have no chance,"
Wannstedt said.
Miami’s Russell
Maryland was
drafted No. 1.
Oilers pick
up defense
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston
Oilers, who traded away their first
round selection for second-round
depth, made Indiana free safety
Mike Dumas the first pick of the sec
ond round in Sunday's NFL draft.
They followed up by taking Ari
zona defensive back Darryll Lewis
with their second pick in the second
They also had the 17th pick in the
second round and two more selec
tions in the third round.
The New York Jets did not have a
first round pick in Sunday's draft,
leaving only 27 first round selections
and making Dumas the 28th pick,
normally a hrst round choice.
Will Dumas negotiate as a first
"I haven't thought about that, but
thanks for the information," Dumas
Dumas was more concerned
about just getting drafted.
"When the first round ended, the
anxiety started to build up," Dumas
said. "Then I got that telephone call
and the tension eased a little bit."
Dumas, 5-10, 178, finished second
on the team with 102 tackles last sea