Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE August ANDYCAPP NICE, NURSE, JACKIE-] ANDY SftVE YOUR BREATH J TIGER -t NOT MY TYPE I I WANTED A D4TF A (BLOW Sheriffs deputies sit him down Justice benches John Matuszak ASSOCIATED PRESS John Matuszak has snuffed out screen passes, counteracted trap plays and smashed through double blocks, but he couldn't come up with anything Wednesday night to stop the wheels of justice Matuszak, a 6-foot-8, 285- pound defensive giant, found a loophole in his contract with the National Football League Houston Oilers and drove through it, winding up in the camp of Houston Texans of the World Football League where he signed a multi-year contract Matuszak. the No. 1 NFL draft pick in the 1973 collegiate draft, entered Wednesday's WFL game early in the first quarter. "We wanted to serve it (the restraining order) before Ma- tuszak got on the Oiler owner Bud Adams said, "but they left the sheriff's office too late to issue it before the game started." After a defensive series in the second period, Matuszak, escorted by Texans' owner Steve Arnold, walked down the sidelines where he was served the restraining order by sheriff's deputies. Matuszak accepted and signed the paper, then waved it to the Astrodome crowd. The restraining order sidelin- ed Matuszak for the rest of the game and, according to his lawyer, Gary Koposta, would keep him inactive until a hear- ing Sept. 5. But Matuszak had the last laugh on the Oilers. He spent the rest of the game on the Houston bench and watched the Texans beat New York Stars 14-11. equalling the number of victories he watch- ed the Oilers pick up in 1973. Elsewhere in the WFL, Memphis Southmen beat Florida Blazers 26-18, Southern California Sun defeated Portland Storm 45-15 and Philadelphia Bell beat Detroit Wheels 27-23. Matuszak, who shocked the Oilers, wasn't surprised by the NFL team blowing the whistle on him. "I guess I expected them to do Matuszak said "I would expect anything from them. My plans now are to go to Hawaii with this team and become as much a part of it as possible." Earlier in the day, Matuszak said money wasn't the chief motivation for the move. "The most important aspect was not the the big second-year pro said. "I do not wish to demean the Houston Oilers or the National Football League. I'm just looking for a better means of employment." A vice-president at play By RED SMITH New York Times Service Phil Bieber is a racing man who has lived in this world a spell and walked up and down in it and laid by a store of in- formation on a variety of sub- jects Some of his knowledge such as little-known facts about famous broodmares, the personality traits of Mexican bandits and the origins of American folk sayings he has shared from time to time with readers of this column. Recently Bieber fell to mus- ing on the fact that although names like Lyndon B. John- son, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford had grown more or less familiar, others whose owners could make similar claims on our memory had flipped into obscurity. That is, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks and James S. Sherman served as vice president of the United States, too This reminded Bieber of the musical, "Of Thee I a political satire by George S. Kaufman, Ira Gershwin and Morrie Ryskind that delighted audiences in the early 1930's. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dentil Mechanic 303-Sth Street So. Metcalf Building PHONE 328-7684 In the play vice president Throttlebottom tries to enter the White House, is turned away by guards and manages to get inside only by joining a conducted tour. "I thoroughly enjoyed this lively Bieber writes, "although of course nothing like that could happen in real life. Back in those days, when Herbert Hoover was president, we raced in New York until the middle of Oc- tober, closing at Empire City. Then we shipped to Pimlico and after that to Bowie until after Thanksgiving. From there, our winter racing started at Oriental Park in Havana. "It was cold at Bowie but racing there was well attended. Space was limited; the paddock was so small that only owners, trainers and grooms who had horses in the upcoming race were allowed inside. There was a balcony from which the patrons could look down and see the horses saddled. The horsemen usual- ly gathered outside the pad- dock to see the goings-on and chew the fat. "Bowie being close to Washington, many senators, congressmen and other bigwigs attended regularly. Oftimes between races a somewhat stout fellow wear- ing a wide-brimmed hat walk- ed through the paddock talk- ing freely with officials and horsemen. I often wondered who he might be but he seem- ed of no great importance. "Bowie's track had a deep, soft cushion of sand. One night we had a terribly strong wind- storm and the entire cushion was blown away. The bare base was as hard as concrete. The next day we had two horses in the entries. One was Princely, who didn't like a hard surface and thus had lit- tle chance. 'While we were saddling, along came the stout fellow and his wide-brimmed hat and asked me if we liked Princely in the race. I told him the horse did not like that sort of track, but also told him to come back later and perhaps we might win a bet. As predicted, Princely ran poorly. As we were saddling Irish Marine for the next race, the man returned. "I had given to me by our stable help to bet on Irish Marine. When Big Hat in- quired about the horse I told him we liked him and that he ran best over a hard track. I also gave him to bet, say- ing that if we won I would meet him outside the pad- dock area. He said he would bet for himself. "He certainly did not look like a person who could afford to bet that much, so I told him to go easy. I proceeded to give him a tough lecture on going overboard, explaining that only of our bet was my money. He thanked me, smil- ed and said he would be careful. "He had no sooner gone then a thought struck me. I said to my brother: 'Holy Mac! I gave that guy and I don't even know him! He may never show up.' My brother looked at me. 'You mean to say you don't know who that is? Why, you dope, that's only Charles Curtis, vice president of the United "Irish Marine won and, of course, Curtis returned. I was embarrassed after the rough talk I had given him. I told him of my embarrassment and explained I had not known who he was. He laughed hear- tily. 'I knew he said, 'and I want you to promise it won't make a darn bit of difference and you'll just keep on acting as before. You can't imagine how I love Trap event postponed The Cahoon Memorial Trap Shoot, originally scheduled for the Labor Day weekend, has been postponed until the Thanksgiving long weekend, October 12, 13 and 14. 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