-Fans9 basketball poll
Four Chapel Hillians work to get one started
Friday, November 11, 1977 The Daily Tar Heel 5
By PETE MITCHELL
utl , , Staff Writer
i ne coaches have their poll, the sportswriters have theirs; why not let the fans
have a chance to pick the top 20 collegiate basketball teams each week?"
That was Earl Barker's philosophy when he formulated plans for The N ational
Fan Poll, an idea Barker is trying to sell nationwide for the upcoming college
Barker, a Chapel Hill barber, Doug Bullock and Bob Royster of the UNC-TV
network and Richard Price, who is in the heating and air-conditioning business,
are attempting to spread the news of their unprecedented idea through press
releases, newspaper advertisements and the wire services to get national
What we want to do is have people send us their preseason picks for the top 20
basketball teams in the country," said Bullock, the company's vice president.
"Fiom that response we'll randomly pick 1,000 fans who'll pick the top 20 every
week of the season to comprise the poll. Hopefully, those 1,000 will represent a
reasonable geographic distribution and will be knowledgeable and interested
The financial reward for the company will come when a national syndicate
buys the idea, and the poll appears in newspapers regularly, as do the Associated
Press and United Press International polls.
"It should be interesting reading," Bullock said. "We're not trying to compete
with the other polls, just trying to give the fans a chance to have their vote."
There are obvious problems with the notion of a weekly poll made by the fans,
"We're not trying to compete with the other polls, just trying to give
the fans a chance to have their vote."
Baseball fans vote for the starting lineups each year for the Major League All
Star Game, and the system has gotten mixed reactions. Those opposed to it claim
the fans couldn't possibly know as much as the writers because they don't see the
games every day.
"That's one of the mountains we'll have to get over our credibility, that is,"
Royster said. "But with as large a sampling as we're taking, a lot of nonsense
votes will mean little. The poll should be as accurate as either UP1 or AP."
The major problem the company has run into since its inception in August is
selling the idea nationally. The National Fan Poll ballot has appeared in the
Sanford Herald and Charlotte Observer. Barker has secured a trademark for the
product, but to buy ads for every paper in the country would be financially
impossible, he said. The company is relying on press releases and help from the
wire services to gain exposure so the initial sampling is both large and
representative of the country.
"I don't think it'll take long to get the ball rolling," Barker said. "It's a new idea,
and in our case, the top 20 teams rated means what it says the top 20 rated
teams by sports fans, sportswriters. players, coaches and broadcasters. Everyone
is qualified to vote."
The National Fan Poll hopes to have its preseason survey out before the Big
Four Tournament Dec. 2 and 3. From those responses, 1,000 people will be
selected and asked to fill out ballots each week. Deadline for the preseason picks
is Nov. 18. Selections for the preseason top 20 should be sent to:
National Fan Poll
P.O. Box 2715
Chapel Mill, N.C. 27514
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Hockey in Southeast tourney Rams top 'Cats'
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The 11-3-1 Carolina field hockey team
takes its next step toward that dream trip to
Colorado and the national finals this
weekend when it plays in the Southeast
Tourney in Williamsburg.
The Heels left for the William and Mary
campus last night and will get into action this
morning against the winner of the Kentucky
The UNC women's volleyball team played
UNC-Cireensboro Thursday morning in the
first round of the Division I tournament of
the North Carolina Association or
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The
Tar Heels defeated the Spartans. 15-2. 14-16.
15-10. 15-7. Carolina played Duke later
Thursday in the double-elimination
state tournament. The Heels received their
Southeast hid by winning the North
Carolina tourney last week with wins over
Duke and High' Point.
UNC Coach Dolly Hunter said she hopes
her Tar Heels will put things together as well
as they did in the North Carolina
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for
Women (NCAIAW) finals against High
Point in which they put recent below par
performances behind them and whipped the
Panthers 3-0 in an impressive show.
The Heels will have to he at their best if
they are to come out ahead of a solid eight
team field that includes Virginia, which beat
Carolina 3-2 earlier this year, and defending
champion William and Mary. Only the
winner of the tourney advances to the
- ISABEL WORTHY
Chris Melton and Dwrght Davis ran for
touchdowns as the UNC Club Football
Rams clinched a playoff spot with a 14-0 win
over the Clemson Alley Cats Sunday on the
Melton scored on a 10-yard option sweep
in the first half, and Davis ran in from three
yards out in the second half to secure the
UNC win, its fourth in eight outings. The
Rams are 4-2 in conference play.
The Rams play at Robbin Friday night
and close their regular season against Duke
Nov. 20 on the Astroturf. Later, they will
sponsor the first round playoffs against an
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UNC fencers in amateur tournament
The Carolina men's and women's fencing teams will participate in
a National Collegiate Amateur Fencing League of America
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Duke, N.C. State, St. Augustine and UNC will compete in the
open tournament with other schools possibly taking part.
Carolina fencing coach Ron Miller said the tournament is a good
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"This weekend's tournament will be a good one for us as we
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Psalms 2:1 and Acts 4:25
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husband, and He shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he
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shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out
of it wast thou taken Unto Adam also and to his wife did the
Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. So He
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Eden, cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every
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Exodus 20:25 & 26: And if thou wilt make me an altar of
stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for If thou lift up
thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted It. Neither shalt thou go
up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not dis
The following selections are from the 5th Chapter of Mat
thew: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven. Blessed are the meek; for they shall Inherit the
earth. Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
Ye have heard that It was said by them of old lime, Thou
shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you. That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath com
mitted adultery with her already In his heart. And If thy right
eye oftend thee, pluck It out, cast It from thee: for It Is
profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,
and not that they whole body should be cast Into hell. It
hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wile, let him
give her a writing ot divorcement; But I say unto you, That
whosoever shall put away his wlte, saving for the cause ot
fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever
shall marry her thai Is divorced commltteth adultery.
The following selections from the 16th chapter of
Revelation. "And I saw unclean spirits like frogs come out
of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast,
and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the
spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the
kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to
the battle of that great day of God Almighty. ""Behold I come
as a thief - BEHOLD I COME AS A THIEF. BLESSED IS HE
THAT WATCHETH ANDKEEPETHHIS GARMENTS LEST
HE WALK NAKED, AND THEY SEE HIS SHAME."
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presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:
then shall I be upright, and I shall be Innocent from the great
transgression. LET THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH, AND THE
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