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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta tZ - THI LETMBRIDCE HERALD - Wednesday, January 13, 1971 CFL to expand to Texas? 'Deep within my heart' By BRUCE LEVETT Canadian Press Sports Editor HOUSTON (CP) - Henry Hight's &'an Antonio Toros, dropped out of the Continental League last year, couldn't get into the National League this year, and plan to apply to the Canadian Football League next year. Hight, an industrial supplier and automotive dealer, purchased the Toros four years ago when they were in the Continental League. The en* tire division broke with the Continental League last year and set up the Texas League. And Hight, who bills his club as "the wlnningest team in professional football," is incensed because San Antonio -"the 13th largest city in the United States"-can't get into the NFL, a circuit comprising 28 cities. He's convinced the reason is that San Antonio is not part of a major television market area. He put his proposal to join the CFL to commissioner Jake Gaudaur, here for the convention of the American Football Coaches Association. Gaudaur said he could see difficulties, but told Hight that ill........................................... Stan Fischler's BASKETBALL, ANYONE? - Hubert (Oziie) Ausbie, one of the stars of the Harlem Globetrotters, enjoys a relaxing moment with the help of not one, not two but four basketballs. Ausbie and his world-famous mates will be in Lethbridge at the Exhibition. Pavilion one week from tomorrow night, January 21. The Globetrotter show, be- sides their laugh-a-minute basketball clash with the New York Nationals, features a star-studded pre-game and half-time show that includes jugglers, contortionist Eddy Seifert and even Victor, the wrestling bear. Tickets for the event are on sale at Doug's Music and Sports. Canadian game takes on new look Some things have changed HOUSTON (CP) ~ Cana-dian Football League spotters and television viewers will see more of the game, clipping has been reclassified as a less serious offence and there is a new rule about what happens when a football bounces off a goal post. These and other subjects were studied by the CFL rules committee Tuesday. All that remains is for the rule changes to be ratified at the league's annual meeting in Winnipeg next month. The committee and the nine general managers are meeting here in conjunction with the Convention of the American Football Coaches Association. Hap Shouldice of Ottawa, CFL's Eastern supervisor of officials, said that clipping, in which a player is cut down from behind, has been downgraded from a deed of unnecessary roughness to the classification of a technical foul. "It's not in the same category as an elbow," Shouldice said. "Most clipping penalties are not deliberate. "Before, there was no option-the penalty had to be Reeves wanted to be a coach Giinooks at home The University of Lethbridge Chinooks will once again have the home court advantage as they host the other two Alberta entries in the Western Canada Inter - Collegiate Basketbal League this coming weekend. Friday night the Chinooks will meet head - on with the Calgary Dinosaurs while Saturday night the University of Alberta Golden Bears will visit the city. The Dinosaurs contest was originally scheduled to be played in Calgary but due to change in the schedule November 28, 1970, the game will be held here imposed. The ball came back to the line of scrimmage, the guilty team was penalized 15 yards and lost control of the baO. "The way it was, it was a triple penalty. Now, the opposing team has the option of, accepting or rejecting the penalty. If they take it, the of- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Danny Reeves, the Elayer-coach of Dallas Cowboys, egan his year in a psychiatrist's office. "I hope to finish It on a snow-covfired ski slope with a Super Bowl ring on my finger," he says. Reeves told Dallas coach Tom Landry of his aspirations to be coach during the summer. Landry gave Reeves a chance. But first Reeves had to visit the team psychiatrist. "That guy kept me in there four and a half hours," Reeves remembers. "He'd stare out the window 15 minutes before asking a question. Once he asked me how I liked my mom and dad. It took two weeks for him to get the results back. I got to wondering if I passed." Reeves was the closest liaison between the players and the coaches after Dallas sank to its low point on Nov. 16 when St, Louis whipped the Cowboys 38 0, SAW CONFUSION "From playing in that game, I could see there was a lot of confusion on offence," Reeves says. Landry began calling the plays after that and the Cowboys reeled off seven consecutive victories, gaining the Jan. 17 Super Bowl date with Baltimore. Reeves says "Craig Morton the quarterback had a lot of pressure on him and Tom's move helped." Reeves says the season has been a strain when he had to play on Sunday and get up at 7 a.m. the next day to put on his | coachs' hat. Reeves played regularly in I three games at running back. Veitch, B.C. sever ties VANCOUVER (CP) - British Columbia Lions today officially severed relations with Dennis1 Veitch, announcing that agreement had been reached with the club's former general manager for termination of his contract. Veitch has been on leave of absence since the Canadian Football League club last month named former coach Jackie Parker as Lions' executive general manager and wooed Eagle Keys from Sask atchewan Roughriders to fill the coaching spot. Lions president Ian A. Barclay said Veitch had made an important contribution to the club, particularly in the devel opraent of minor football in B.C. Terms of the termination agreement were not announced. Veitch later issued a prepared statement urging fans to continue supporting the Lions. "Football has been good to me," said Veitch, who gave no hint of his future plans. "I am not looking for sympathy nor am I discouraged. But I am certainly disillusioned " Inside Hockey llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll'lllllllMlillllNlllllllllllllllllllllllililllllll.......hhiiihmiii.........i..............imniii.......iiiii .........3 Don't Miss Out On This Big Sole at Hoyt's! Giant Ski, Ski Boot AND Accessory Clearance Need skis? - Don't buy until you check-out the great buys now being offered at Hoyfsl fending team gets the down over." Another change is that a kicked ball will be called dead if it strikes the goal post or crossbar in flight and rebounds into the field of play. The receiving team puts it in play on the 10-yard line in the case of a punt or field-goal attempt. In the case of a kick-off, it comes out to the 25. However, if the ball bounces through the uprights on the fly, the field goal stands. And a ball which continues into the end zone after striking the post or crossbar will still be in play. Shouldice had good news for viewers, but said it all came about through a request by team spotters. From now on, only the two on-field captains will be allowed to crowd around the ball on a measurement. And a quarterback who draws his opponents offside- or makes a move to do so- will be warned once. It's a penalty if he tries it again. Until now, it was a 10-yard penalty if a player went out of bounds, and curled back on to the playing field to take a pass. Henceforth, such a pass will be called incomplete. The same ruling applies to intercepting pass defenders. STIFFEN DELAY RULE f Another one: "If a team deliberately delays the game, the final three minutes of either half, by refusing to put the ball into play, the referee will have the authority to order the team to play the ball or lose possession." Previously, all he could do was call successive 10-yard penalties. And no longer will a team be deprived of the ball by application of a penalty. The team will be entitled to another down following a penalty. Among suggestions the rules committee considered, but rejected, was one to allow two time-outs to be called by a team in the last two minutes. In the Canadian game, there are no time-outs other than those called by officials for television commercial breaks. It was suggested that pass defenders be allowed to bump the man they are covering as they run with him. No dice. And il also turned down proposals to permit blocking by a team which recovers its own punt. 'THE most pertinent voice to be heard in the hockey wilderness these days comes from Brian Conacher, the 29-year-old former Toronto Maple Leal forward, and now sports director of CKLW-TV in Windsor. Conacher, the son of Lionel Conacher, Canada's athlete of the half-century, has just published a superb called "Hockey In Canada - The Way It la." (Gateway Press, Toronto) Brian touches all ends of the rink, from the greediness of NHL owners to the problems of Hockey Canada. In between, be tosses some well-deserved shots at his former coach, Punch Imlach, but you can catch up on that when you iget the book. More important is the fact that Conacher has not stopped thinking now that his book is on the stands. He has continued to study hockey critically since walking out on the NHL in his prime and he is quite worried about the sport for some very good reasons. As Brian correctly perceives it two very relevant things are wrong - quantity has replaced quality and violence has supplanted skill. A lack of foresight on the part of NHL owners Has led to a subterannean level of hockey quality these days. "The NHL took the step to expansion without guaranteeing its most important element - the source of supply," says Conacher. "The owners assumed a quality that actually wasn't there. They simply saw a chance to make money and over-calculated." Those fans who are new to the game - especially In American expansion cities - have no idea how the quality of NHL hockey has plummeted! in the past five years. But Conacher knows. "There are players in the NHL now who would have had difficulty playing in the American League of a few years ago," says the man who helped Toronto to a Stanley Cup in 1967. if he was serious, to make formal application. "The NFL will move into Canada eventually," Hight saiid in an interview. "Why not beat them to the punch and expand into the U.&'.?" He said the NFL owners "don't care where the teams are, it's the advertising market they're after. "And your 20 million people would support three NFL teams." Hight says Gaudaur told him "it would kill the CFL" if the NFL expanded into Canada. The NFL can just go around the Canadian league and do to you what it did to me, saying 'Your game isn't good enough'," Hight said. "But if the Toros-and we've won 69 and lost nine the last four years-move into the Canadian league, it might scare the NFL just a little and delay things." ADMITS PROBLEMS Hight admitted there were problems he hadn't ironed out yet. "Your rosters, for one thing." In the CFL, each club is allowed to carry 32 "players 14 American imports and 18 Canadians. "We might have a problem getting that many Canadians, but look at it the other way down here, you'd be the import." And whereas he had visualized a string of 50,000-seat stadiums across Canada, he was surprised to learn that no stadium holds that many and several accommodate considerably fewer. Hight sat through a showing of the Grey Cup film and while he was polite about the calibre of play, he was appalled by the condition of the CNE Stadium field in Toronto. HAS OTHER IDEAS The proposed move to Canada wouldn't come this year, but Hight did not lack for innovations m the meantime. "We've got a lot going for us down in San Antonio," Hight said. "We plan to play spring ball. We will go into camp March 1. With that one move, we'll do away with all competition. JOHN DAVIDSON - The Sugar King netminder came up with 22 saves Tuesday at the locals belted Calgary Mount Royal Cougars 6-2. See story Page 13. Bills plan on moving franchise BUFFALO (AP) - Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. of Buffalo Bills says he wants some definite answers to stadium questions before he decides to move the National Football League team to Seattle. Wilson, a millionaire Detroit businessman, met in Seattle Tuesday with King County tWash.) executive John Spell-man and other local officials to discuss the "very serious" possibility of moving the club to the west coast city. Wilson told reporters He wanted a firm answer within 60 to 90 days as to whether Erie County, of which Buffalo is  part, would build a new stadium; preferably an open air, 80,000-seat facility for the Bills. He set the same deadline for Seattle officials to work out a lease agreement for interim! use of the University of Washington's 58,000-seat stadium and its expansion to 65,000 to 75,000 seats. "Look around today and you hist won't find many superstars. You won't find them because the teams are not going back and developing them and there Just aren't that many boys coming out of Canada and heading for the NHL." Just as alarming to Conacher, and many other serious hockey observers, is the fact (hat the NHL has become a hatchetman's league. The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins have set the style of the Seventies; play rough - and sometimes dirty - and you'll win. "The kids watch them on television," says Conacher. "and they decide that this is the way they too should play the game. As a result we're Having more brawls in junior hockey than ever before," * ? * "In the NHL other teams are starting to play catch-up with the Bruins. They're now going for players simply because they are big and tough, not because the players have any good skills." Conacher knows first-hand How brutal big-league hockey can be. He once accidentally clipped Bobby Orr with his stick during an NHL game and several Boston players jumped and pummelled him until he was a bloody pulp. This rough style is still practiced by the Boston club. "The pity of it all," says Brian, "is that Boston has th� most talent-laden team in the NHL. They don't Have to resort to such violent tactics to win; yet they do." While the Bruins' roughouse behaviour obviously panders to a certain bloodthirsty element of the sproting crowd, Conacher believes that more and more people are being turned off by it. "Personally," he concludes, "I think they're alienating the boys and, I'm afraid, the NHL is in very serious trouble." ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES --------------- NATIONAL LIAOUI �nt Divlilen New York ... . 79 7 6 142 (I U Bo"?" ...... 2� 7 S 1�5 108 �3 Montreal..... 1� 13 | m us 44 Toronto ...... JO 19 2 144 117 41 Vancouver ... .14 u 4 lia 151 32 g�!jo * .......13 23 4 115 164 30 Buffalo ... ... .1 14 7 IS 1S1 23 Wert Olvlilsn Chicago ...... 27 a 51S5 W S? S�..Loujs ... . . 1? 10 12 114 102 50 Philadelphia .... 15 it 6 tt 114 36 Minnesota .... 14 it t M 113 36 Pittsburgh ... . 10 20 11112 121 31 Lot Angeles . . Il 20 I 115 142 30 California ... . 12 27 J 103 150 26 ALBERTA JUNIOR Red Deer ... . it $ 7 152 195 44 Calgary ...... 11 10 s 164 140 41 Edm. 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"We talked about my career, that's all I can say," Kapp said The 32-y e a r -o 1 d quarterback played out his option in 1969 as he led Minnesota Vikings to the NFL title and won the league's most valuable player award, Previously he starred in the Ca nadian league with British Col umbia Lions and Calgary St&m peelers. 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It has taken Its position In our Canadian way ef Ufa because ef the keen desire of people in all walks of life) to support participation in Canada's Notional Sport by the youth of our nation. BECAUSE Wl BELIEVE ^ "Minor Hockey Is a Family Affair" we work together to interest more parents In the activities of their tons through attendance at Minor Hockey Week eventsj BECAUSE Wl BILIIVE that It is good advice to parents, we say "Don't Send - Take your Boy to the Arena". We suggest that they attend games during Minor Hockey Week, and urge them to continue to do to throughout the hockey season; BECAUSB Wl BELIIVE in providing for every young Canadian boy an opportunity to take part In Canada's National Sport - under properly supervised conditions* BICAUSi Wf BILIIVE that Increased participation In organized, supervised minor hockey will help develop good citizens. We solicit your participation and support! ELRICH TIRE LTD. 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