Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 LETHBRIDGE HERALD December 1973 The emphasis is on simplicity Innsbruck hosts This ti other than engaged in Blazer. There's more to for all intents and is over. Two unidentified to the fact they are from Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver this battle that looks as though it was over rather suddenly for the INNSBRUCK This Austrian city is staging Winter Olympics in 1976 for the second time in 12 the emphasis is on simplicity. Two reasons are given by of- licials for the simple To save money and to reawaken the old Olympic spirit at a time when sports leaders are worried by the menace of commercialism. Innsbruck has coined a name for the Unpretentious organizers say is in line with the city's modest aims. Olympic leaders are generally concerned over ris- ing costs of the Summer and Winter Games. Innsbruck says it is deter- mined to hold total costs to about million. Although that may seem it is only one-eighth of Montreal's projected budget for the 1976 Summer Olympics. BUILT IN 1964 The chief reason for In- nsburck's economies is that many installations were built for the Tyrolean city's first Winter Games in 1964. The ice stadium needs only minor modifications to house ice hockey and figure skating events while only small changes are needed on the ski runs and jumps and bobsled and tobogganing courses. Innsbruck got the Games when the Inter- national Olympic Com- mittee's original had to pull out. Colorado voters refused to allow the state to provide funds for the Games. Superbly confident of their ability to stage successful civic leaders are apprehensive about one whether there will be enough snow. There was little snow in In- nsbruck during the 1964 Games and organizers were forced to call in the Austrian army to haul snow from other parts of Tyrol province. we succeeded in without we shall be even more successful in the snow says Innsbruck Buergermeister Alois Lugger. Lugger says there will be nothing luxurious about the 1976 Games. want simple but they must be per- Lugger is an opponent of Olympic lavishness. would not be right only for the bigger cities of the world to stage Olympic games. This would be wrong from the standpoint of the Olympic The decision to stage the Games in Innsbruck has given a publicity lift to the local Eight NFL matches will settle spots NEW YORK It's go- ing to take eight more games before the National Football League knows for sure who's playing where in the playoffs. Minnesota cham- pions of the National Conference's Central are waiting to find out which wildcard team will be visiting them on Dec. at 1 when the first round of the playoffs begins. It could be Washington Dallas with an outside Atlanta Falcons. American Conference East champion Miami Dolphins are Sears Save to Bar stool bargains timed for the party season Save on contemporary bar stool. clean and versatile. 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What this means is when all the dust settled after last weekend's round of only Kansas City Chiefs were officially bounced out of the playoff although Atlanta's and Cleveland's hopes were all but extinguished by their losses. The easiest division to figure out is the AFC West. The and collide Sunday in Oakland. The winner wins the title and the loser watches all the playoffs on television. A tie will also give Oakland the crown and end the Bron- cos' playoff chances. Dallas and Washington are tied atop the NFC each at 9-4. If both teams win Sun- Dallas at St. Louis and Philadelphia is at Cowboys win the title based on their having putscored the Redskins 34-21 in their two games. In that Dallas plays host to the Washington heads for Minnesota and At- whether it beats New Orleans or not on heads for home and the long wait for next season. But if either Dallas or Washington loses and Atlanta the Falcons are still alive and here.'s.where it If Dallas loses and Washing- ton the Redskins take the title. The Cowboys and Falcons would then be match- ed on a points-scored and points-allowed basis against conference foes. With one game each Dallas has the edge. If Dallas wins and Washing- ton loses on or if both of them then it's the Cowboys who take the title and the Redskins and Falcons who are matched for the wild card. Using the same point Atlanta has the edge over Washington at the moment. Now consider the plight of Buffalo and barely alive in the AFC's wild-card struggle. Like the the Bills and Browns must win to even think about post- season play. The biggest scramble is in the AFC Central where Cincinnati and Pitt- sburgh are tied at 9-4 and Cleveland is a game back at 7- 4-2. If Pittsburgh beats San Francisco on Saturday and Cincinnati whips Houston on they stay deadlocked but Cincinnati takes the divi- sion title based on its better intra-conference record of 8-3 to Pittsburgh's 7-4. The Bengals then head for Pittsburgh takes the wild card and heads for Oakland or and Buffalo and Cleveland are out of the playoffs. If both teams play to ties on the Steelers would win the division based on their better intra-division 4- 2 to Cincinnati's and the Bengals get the wild card. If both teams lose on Sunday and Cleveland they end up in a three-way tie. In that Cincinnati would be eliminated because of its 3-3 division record as compared to the 4-2 records of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Then Pittsburgh would take the having outscored Cleveland 49-27 in their two and Cleveland would be matched against Buffalo for the wild card. The Browns have the edge now. If Pittsburgh wins and Cincinnati and Cleveland the Bengals get the wild having beaten Buffalo 16-13 this year. Killebrew on way Minn. Are Minnesota Twins trying to tell their famed home run Harmon The. offered Killebrew a year for the next three years if he is a player or if he doesn't play and works either as a coach or in the front office Killebrew's intention is to play at least in 1974. but he has not said if he will agree to take the cut from his a year salary. Under baseball Killebrew can refuse to take any reduction of more than 20 per cent. baseball's fifth greatest home run hitter of all swatted only four in 1973. tourist now suffering from heavy cancellation of bookings largely because of currency problems. Long regarded as a cheap holiday Austria is now considered costly fry Americans and partly because their own currencies have fallen in value while the Austrian schilling has twice been revalued in the last year. The cost of building a new Olympic village is regarded as an investment in the future. Thirty-five apartment blocks are being with a total of 624 apartments to be shared by an estimated sportsmen from 40 nations. When the Olympics are over the apartments will be used for as was The Olym- pic village built in 1964. MAY ROTATE GAMES A leading Olympic official said Monday that future Winter Olympics may be rotated among a few centres which already have facilities. discussions are ROW under said Dr. Karl Heinz secretary general of the 1976 Games. Such an ac- tion would eliminate problems posed by protests from en- Klee mentioned several sites which he said could share in such a rotation. They were Squaw Lake St. Garmisch West Ger- and Sap- Japan. Cubs lose Santo CHICAGO Third baseman Ron Santo said Mon- day he will not put on a Chicago Cubs' uniform because of what happened last week during major league baseball meetings in Houston. is no room for me on the Chicago Cubs any he said in an interview. a 14-season career player with the last week invoked his service status under a new major league rule and blocked an ef- fort to trade him to California Angels. during the apparently addressed Cub management with the com- to get me on the south side Chicago White Sox. This is all I After Sanlo's refusal to be traded to the the Cubs apparently tried to negotiate a deal with the White Sox which failed to develop as the inter- league trade deadline expired Friday night. It was believed the White who have an established ihiM sacked .in BilL offered the Cubs any four players from a list of 17. The top seven on the Sox list were said to be first baseman Tony pitcher Bart pitcher Steve infielder Luis pitcher Ken catcher Pete Varney and infielder- outfielder Jerry Hairston. Santo said bargaining with the White Sox would be no fac- asserting never has been a contractual problem for Last Santo received a salary. Potvin family watches two members in the NHL CAIRO When new- spapers from home arrive in the headquarters camp of Canada's peacekeeping con- tingent Capt. Bob Potvin leads the headlong scramble to grab the sports pages. Potvin's interest is hockey. With it's a family concern. His two younger Jean and are defencemen with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. it's really a fantastic ex- perience to watch them he the next best I is to read about them in three-week-old new- a 27-year-old Ottawa qualified electrical fighter pilot and now a press information of- ficer with the Canadian adds that if his interest in hockey is his father's is fanatical. when Denis played with Ottawa 67s and Jean was with New my fathf-r Armnnri Potvin iKpd tn have one radio at each ear to listen to both games and at the same time be watching Montreal Canadiens on DEFENDS BROTHER He hotly defends Denis first NHL draft choice in the 1973 season with a three-year contract of roughly against ail charges cf being an unnecessarily willing a good-natured taunt that few hockey fans in the camp can resist. never starts a fight. But if someone comes looking for they get their own says Potvin with a deadpan he's never lost a scrap Equipped with all the flair and dash popularly associated with fighter pilots. Potvin swears he has no regrets about giving up a com- paratively tranquil life in the skies for the job of facing at least in the first few weeks here a mob of bitterly often angry reporters. Journalists have been frustrated again and again by the United and the Egyptian authorities in their efforts to get to Canadian out- posts near the Suez canal. Their irritation has usually been directed ultimately at the. Canadian whose members simply lack- ed the authority to take reporters to the front. 'T don't mind says Pot- who has taken a fair share of the I got my taste of this kind of thing wher I was press control officer for the royal visits in Canada this year. see my job as trying to make sure articles are balanc- ed and factual and not one of just stressing the good things and covering up the bad. If a bad factual article is it means something is wrong with the organization and should be for a journalist who has withered under more than one cold stare of official resentment over stories reporting unfavorable aspects in the comes as a con- siderable broath of fresh air.