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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 8 HeraldZeitung Thursday May Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 Sports Day Playoff bound i t HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The New Braunfels Unicorns District 284A CoChampions are getting set for their district playoff game with Hays Saturday at at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos Bradley Clark above will be among a contingent of hothitting Unicorn batters Spurs shouldnt shun New Braunfels faithful Local sports briefs Soccer tryouts slated The Seguin Sidekicks are spon soring Division II team tryouts for boys and girs ages 1418 Registration dates are set for May 7 at Saturday May 20 at and Saturday June 3 at Tryouts will be at Seguin High School practice field on East College Street Players must bring a written release signed by a parent The Seguin Sidekicks was iformed in 1994 to encourage player development through train ing and competitive level play The team U14 finished the fall season with an 82 record and were third in the Alamo Classic Tournament For more information call Ray Stahl at 210 3798325 Cougar Field site of 4A playoff game The Pflugerville Panthers will take on the Churchill Chargers in a 5A state playoff game Thursday at 7 at Canyon High Schools Cougar Field SVHS golf tournament rescheduled for June The Smithson Valley High School Booster Club Golf Scramble has been rescheduled for Saturday June 17 at the Rebecca Creek Golf Club in Spring Branch The tournament originally scheduled for April 22 was reset because of conflicts with spring sports activities Proceeds from the tournament will go to support the SVHS ath letic program and college schol arships awarded each year by the Booster Club to senior stu dent athletes Fourmember team will begin with a shotgun start at Bull riding event on tap The Wrangler Bull Riding Blowout is scheduled for Friday and Saturday June 23 at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio Top major bull riders will compete Tickets may be pur chased at any Ticket Master out let Comal Saddlery offers two vouchers redeemable for two tick ets to customers who purchase two Wrangler garments at the store For more information call Comal Saddlery at 6259641 Schlitterfoahn Three Parks 5K Run scheduled The eleventh annual Schlitterbahn 5K Run is set for Saturday June 3 beginning at 8 on Liberty Street and Hinman Island in New Braunfels The event is dedicated in mem ory of Mary Ann Phillips a member of the New Braunfels Running Club who died of breast cancer in 1993 Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research and Hospice New Braunfels The event also offers a 5K com petitive walk a kids 1K 10 and under and wheelchair kids Participants may bid for prizes in an open auction Prizes include season passes to Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels The top 300 finishers will have their name published in Southwest Athletics Magazine Entry fee for the 5K and walk is before May 25 and after that date including the morning of the race The kids 1K fee is or without receiving a Tshirt The wheelchair kids race is free For more information call Dan or Susan Phillips at 6095030 or 625 3776 Spurs earn time to rest By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO AP The San Antonio Spurs claim they dont care whom they play in the Western Con ference semifinals Theyre just glad to have time to rest and practice before the bestof7 series starts against either Seattle or Los Ange les The Spurs swept Denver 30 in their firstround series with a 9995 victory Tuesday in a wild game marred by tech nical fouls and fan misbehavior At one point fans threw cups coins and other objects onto the court San Antonio could learn who it faces next as soon as today when the Lakers and Supersonics meet again Los Ange les leads that series 21 Hopefully those other guys will bat tle it out for a Spurs forward Sean Elliott said after reluming home Wednesday Other Spurs players said they have no preference but hinted Los Angeles would be their choice Hopefully well go to a place where we can gel some golfing said center David Robinson I dont know what the weather is like in We want some rest but we dont want too much added point guard Avery Johnson Preferably we wanl to play on The only way they could play then would be if the Lakers advanced The Spurs regularseason records against the two teams also might have something to do with preferring Los Angeles San Antonio won its season series with the Lakers 31 but tied the Sonics 22 Spurs coach Bob Hill said his team has broken through the psychological battles of playing Seaille The Spurs won ihe last iwo games of their regular season series Weve played both teams fairly he said We can win either series Im ihe Spurs nexi round doesnt start until next week Hill plans to take his team back to Kerrville a town in the Texas Hill Country where San Antonio held training camp Thomas Godley Public relations people know that New Braunfels is home to thousands of loyal San Antonio Spurs fans Not long ago they bought tickets for a special Com munity Night dedication to our city and many of us felt like the Spurs really cared about people liv ing just outside the big city We were a part of a winning pro basket ball organization So it was quite a slap in the face recently when our nearby NBA friends allowed the blackout of the teams first two playoff games and added insult to injury by depriving locals the option of paying for it At a time when the Spurs could easily lure legions of new fans aboard the championship bandwagon the team pulls a stunt like an exclusive payperview deal that leaves us out The Spurs are the kind of team looking to achieve legitimate NBA charm This year they were begin ning to show signs of maybe becoming a classy championship franchise in the mold of Boston or Los Angeles The image now seems a long way off and potential fans around here arent as to sign up Not after last Friday night when many New Braun fels residents were left wondering if theyd missed payment on their cable bill or if weather had knocked out the television reception of Game 1 between the Spurs and the Denver Nuggets The screen went blank about five minutes into the opening period Giving fans a taste of the action and yanking it away made it all the more cruel Why tease viewers who get off late from work and want to spend a relaxing evening at home rooting for their NBA neighbors TV Guide clearly listed the game TNT 24 NBA Playoff Game 1 San Anto nio Spurs vs the Denver Nuggets Why wasnt it on Smart basketball fans knows why It has to do with money The NBA can make a lot more if it sells the game rights to a cable company which then charges customers for a special homeviewing connec tion Paragon Cable of San Antonio purchased that right Because TNT was airing the same game nation wide to regular cable subscribers Paragon also acquired the right to blackout that station to area cus tomers forcing them to pay for it The move was a business deal pure and simple No law against two entities striking a deal If fans are willing to pay the hefty price let market forces fall into place Still it seemed the Spurs werent too concerned about fixedincome fans who paid their cable bill and were looking forward to a free game on television That was only part of the sham Worst was that New Braunfels fans were left completely out of the picture Regardless of the cable company the blackout applied to all cable customers living within a 35mile radius of San Antonio New Braunfels lies about three miles inside that limit Some people blame TCI the cable company which serves our area for not offering the pay perview option to its local customers TCI could buy the rights if it chose to Gary Kennedy a New Braunfels citizen and long time Spurs fan is one of those people critical of TCI saying the company should offer the game They told him theyve tried Kennedy said he investigated and learned that TCI hasnt made an effort for its cus tomers Like a lot of Spurs fans he wants answers Mostly he just wants a chance to watch his favorite team His point is that a company which buys exclusive rights to remove broadcasts from public airwaves should at least give those who are willing to buy it the chance to do so Some say take it a step further and tell Paragon it is not a sound public relations move cutting off a chan nel included in a cable package which residents of New Braunfels pay a month to get Paragon will tell you they have no control The blanket 35mile blackout is an NBA rule The Spurs claim to have even less sayso in the matter because it is entirely between Paragon and the NBA The NBA is hard to reach for comment More than likely we will get a blackout in round two of the playoffs Someone has to be responsible and the sneaky sus picion is that the Spurs organization could do some thing to remedy this travesty if they truly wanted to The blackout has nothing to do with ticket sales to the game If they truly cared about Spurs fans in New Braunfels they would make a phone call the NBA Do it for the little guys Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald Zeitung MINT IUUEPS UVE IAZZ AND TRIPLE CROWN RACING Saturday May 6th bring your party to Retama Park to Watch and Wager on the Worlds Greatest Sporting Event The Kentucky Derby Celebrate racings most exciting moment at your new million major league racetrack WERE THROWING THE BIGGEST DERBY PARTY IN TEXAS A lucky fan will win a trip for two to see the second jewel of the Triple Crown The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Maryland including race tickets hotel accommoda tions and airfare The winner will he drawn by the winning jockey of Retama Parks Julep Cup Stakes 7th RETAMA PARK is YOUR TICKET To THE TRIPLE CROWN Retama Park offers a triple threat for the Triple Crown fun excitement and enter tainment you can bet on Enjoy live and Blues from pm pm In the spirit of Kentucky Mint Juleps will be served in special 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