1984 MEN'S FINAL

The same two problems that had plagued the 1983 Superstars continued in 1984. No preliminary rounds; and the men's final was held the same weekend as the Pro Bowl, eliminating most of the best football players. Another uncompetitive final as Tom Petranoff wrapped up the championship after six events. This was particularly anticlimactic as ABC aired the final four events live. The result was already decided. What's more, the athletes competing were generally not the best in their fields. Athletes like Tippy Martinez and Bill Pickel could hardly be called "superstars." As a result, Petranoff set a record by scoring 61 points, breaking the record of Bob Seagren in the 1975 preliminaries. Petranoff would not compete in the Superstars again. It was to be the last year for the Superstars on ABC before moving to NBC in 1985. Also, the Olympic curse began as any track athlete competing in the Superstars in an Olympic year does not fare well in the games. Petranoff, ranked second in the world in 1983, finished ninth in the Olympic final. Foster was the favorite to win the 110 hurdles, finished a surprising second. Olson did not even qualify for the Olympic pole vault team. The quality of the competition pales when compared to the women's competition held a week later. The women's qualifying times were superior to the men in both swimming and rowing. As a matter of fact, women would have beaten the men in swimming, rowing, golf and the bike race. The only event where results can be compared that the men would have won is bowling. It is likely that Lieberman could have beaten Petranoff in tennis also.

Key Biscayne, Florida

Live:

Announcers: Al Michaels, Reggie Jackson and Anne Simon.

PLC. NAME, SPORT

TEN

SWIM

WL

BOWL

ROW

GOLF

100

BIKE

HALF

OC

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Tom Petranoff, Javelin Throw

10

10

7

7

10

10

-

-

-

7

61

$21,100

2. Greg Foster, 110 Hurdles

-

-

1 1/2

0

4

0

-

10

10

10

35 1/2

$13,550

3. Billy Olson, Pole Vault

1

7

-

0

-

4

7

-

4

4

27

$7,700

4. Marcus Allen, Football

7

-

1 1/2

2

-

-

4

7

2

2

25 1/2

$2,550

5. Cliff Branch, Football

3

-

-

1

-

2

10

4

1

scr

21

$2,100

6. Tippy Martinez, Baseball

0

1

-

10

7

0

-

2

-

0

20

$2,000

7. Ray Mancini, Boxing

3

0

-

0

-

7

1

-

7

0

18

$1,800

8. Mark May, Football

 

 

10

4

1

1

-

 

-

0

16

$1,600

9. Bill Pickel, Football

 

4

4

0

2

 

-

-

1

11

$1,100

10. Storm Davis, Baseball

-

2

-

0

-

0

2

1

0

0

5

$1,000

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

TENNIS

1. Tom Petranoff

10

2. Marcus Allen

7

3. Cliff Branch

3

3. Ray Mancini

3

5. Billy Olson

1

Petranoff def. Branch

6-3

Allen def. Mancini

6-3

Petranoff def. Branch

6-2

SWIMMING (50 Yards) - heats

1. Tom Petranoff

27.6

2. Bill Pickel

31.8

3. Billy Olson

31.9

4. Tippy Martinez

32.8

5. Storm Davis

33.3

SWIMMING (50 Yards) - final

1. Tom Petranoff

28.3

2. Billy Olson

N/A

3. Bill Pickel

N/A

4. Storm Davis

N/A

5. Tippy Martinez

N/A

WEIGHT LIFTING

1. Mark May

290

2. Tom Petranoff

280

3. Bill Pickel

240

4. Marcus Allen

220

4. Greg Foster

220

BOWLING - qualifying

1. Tippy Martinez

195

2. Tom Petranoff

N/A

3. Mark May

N/A

4. Marcus Allen

N/A

5. Cliff Branch

N/A

BOWLING - final

Martinez def. Petranoff

59-48

ROWING

1. Tom Petranoff

37.7

38.2

2. Tippy Martinez

38.9

41.3e

3. Greg Foster

42.4

43.5e

4. Bill Pickel

N/A

5. Mark May

N/A

GOLF- closest to the pin

1. Tom Petranoff

19' 3"

2. Ray Mancini

32' 11"

3. Billy Olson

N/A

4. Cliff Branch

N/A

5. Mark May

N/A

100 YARD DASH-final

1. Cliff Branch

9.6

2. Billy Olson

9.8e

3. Marcus Allen

10.2e

4. Storm Davis

11.57

5. Ray Mancini

11.87

BIKE RACE-heats (Quarter Mile)

1. Greg Foster

N/A

2. Marcus Allen

N/A

3. Tippy Martinez

39.04

4. Cliff Branch

N/A

5. Storm Davis

N/A

BIKE RACE-final (Half Mile)

1. Greg Foster

1:15.35

2. Marcus Allen

1:16.9e

3. Cliff Branch

1:17.2e

4. Tippy Martinez

1:17.3e

5. Storm Davis

N/A

HALF MILE RUN

1. Greg Foster

2:18.04

2. Ray Mancini

2:19.3e

3. Billy Olson

2:31.6e

4. Marcus Allen

2:31.8e

5. Cliff Branch

2:34.2e

6. Storm Davis

2:35.4e


OBSTACLE COURSE

1. Greg Foster

27.40

27.40

23.94

2. Tom Petranoff

25.92

25.92

25.48

3. Billy Olson

27.47

27.47

4. Marcus Allen

27.7e

27.7e

5. Bill Pickel

29.68

HB

34.68

6. Ray Mancini

32.70

HB

37.70

7. Tippy Martinez

31.20

TR+WH 41.20  
8. Storm Davis

36.61

WH+HB 46.61  
9. Mark May

47.18

WH+HB 57.18  
10. Cliff Branch *

34.3e

  34.3e  

* - Branch had scratched, wanted to reenter was allowed to run "unofficially." He was not awarded any points.


e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

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