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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta January 29, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Rozelle starts the ball rolling Football holds its annual auction of human flesh By RED SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK At 10 a.m. precisely, Pete Rozelle took his stance at the front of the room and addressed a microphone in patently reasonable terms: "Order in the With those words the supreme being of professional football opened the National Football League's annual auction of human flesh, the draft of college boys which Judge William P. Schweikert of the United States District Court has ruled patently unreasonable and illegal. In spite of the court's finding, not to say in defiance of it, the roping and branding of educated livestock went on in the New York Hilton Tuesday as usual, if not more so. More than ever before, it turned out to be a spectator sport accompanied by cheers, boos and catcalls just as though the New York Giants were losing another. Rozelle looked patently reasonable in a sincere suit with a tie of regimental stripes. Behind him was an.electric Scoreboard showing which team was laying claim to which im- mortal soul in what order, with a digital clock ticking off the 15 minutes allowed each slaver to make a choice. STEVE BARTKOWSKI Davis was ready THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When the public address an- nouncer called off the starting lineups at Tuesday night's Na- tional Basketball Association game in New York, Knicks forward Mel Davis got a sur- prise. "I didn't tell him he was said Knicks coach Red Holzman. "He heard it for the first time when they announced his name. But he's -a pro and if he's called upon to play, he should be ready." Davis was ready. He scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and helped the Knicks to a 115- 111 victory over Atlanta Hawks. decided to see if we could get Phil (Jackson) to come off the Holzman said of the switch. Jackson had been starting. "Mel's very anxious to go to the the coach said. "And I like Phil to come off the bench." Guards Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe produced the bulk of New York's offence, as usual. Frazier had 39 points, all but four in the first three periods, while Monroe added 22. In other NBA games Tuesday, Chicago beat Cleveland 125-97, Houston defeated Los Angeles 104-89 and Portland defeated Phoenix 115-107. In the American Basketball Association, the East beat the West 151-124 in the annual all- star game. Bob Love's 37 points led Chi- cago to an easy triumph over Cleveland Cavaliers. Five Houston players scored in double figures, led by Rudy Tomjanovich's 19, as the Rockets jumped off to an early lead and never were really threatened in the match against Los Angeles. Gail Goodrich paced Los Angeles with 22 points while Happy Hairston added 21. Portland took over sole pos- session of second place in the Pacific Division with its vic- tory over Phoenix. Sidney Wicks scored a season-high 36 points, with 24 coming in the second half as the Blazers fought off a series of Phoenix rallies. Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis scored 26 points to lead the East in the ABA all- star match at San Antonio, Tex. George Gervin and James Silas of the host San Antonio Spurs scored 23 and 21 points respectively for the West. Lewis, voted the game's most valuable player, led in assists with 10. Julius Erving of New York added 12 for the East players as they claimed a 70-60 half- time margin in the wide-open contest. WANTED for occasional evening work INSTRUCTORS Canada Safety Council NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE TRAINING COURSE This course is for novice riders or those who want to improve their knowledge and skill. Courses to meet the demand will be offered in this district if suitable instructors and sponsors can be found. Applicants should have mature personality ex- tensive riding experience instructional ability and be motivated to work for driver improvement as a modestly paid volunteer. Successful applicants will go to Edmonton or Calgary for a week-end .instructor development course about February 15th. For information write now ALBERTA SAFETY COUNCIL 10526 Jasper Ave., Edmonton ALSO WANTED LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION TO SPONSOR MOTORCYCLE TRAINING COURSES Assume full administrative responsibility. Expenses met from course fees. Hard but satisfying work for com- mittee of four to six people. For Information, Write: ALBERTA SAFETY COUNCIL 10526 Jaipor Avo., Edmonton Canada's figure skating future bright hopes high for revival of pairs, dance QUEBEC (CP) If Cana- dian figure skating were an iceberg, only the very tip would be visible as 176 young skaters began competing to- day for 12 national titles. Beneath the select group of seniors, juniors and novices who have made it to the Cana- dian championships is the hid- den army of young- sters hoping to be the Toller Cranstons and Lyn Lightingales of the future. Optimism about the prospects for Canada in com- ing years was expressed Tues- day by Stanley Allen of Ot- tawa, president of the Cana- dian Figure Skating Association. Alien said that with almost skaters affiliated with the CFSA, there are more registered in Canada than in the rest of the world put together. He noted.that Canada has been strong in singles in're- cent years, the highlight hav- ing been Karen Magnussen's 1973 world championship, but that "the novices coming up show promise and there should be a revival in pairs and dance competition in a few years." Canada has won 13 world ti- tles since 1947 when Barbara Ann Scott captured the first of two consecutive gold medals. CRANSTON HAS CHANCE Frances Dafde and Norris Bowden won the pairs in 1954 and 1955, Barbara Wagner and Bob Paul held the title from 1957 to 1960, Maria and Otto Jeiinek were the 1962 cham- pions, then the singles took over again. Donald Jackson, the first man ever to execute a triple Lutz in competition, won in 1962, Don McPherson was the 1963 champiohi Petra Burka won the women's crown in 1965 and Magnusson captured it eight years later. Cranston, the 25-year-old Toronto skater who has held the Canadian championship the Jast four years, is regard- ed as a sure bet to retain his title here and is also given a good chance of winning the world championship at Colorado Springs, Colo., in March. Cranston was third in the world last year at Munich after a tremendous free- skating program that earned him marks as the best free- skater in the world. He had been eighth after the compulsory figures but has been putting a lot of work into perfecting them and will get a chance to display his improv- ed form on Thursday. Lynn Nightingale of Ottawa, who also begins competing in the compulsory figures Thurs- day, is strongly favored to re- tain the women's title she won last year! But after that the senior competition is wide open, with dance champions Louise and Barry Soper having retired and Sandra and Val Bezic un- able to appear here because of an ankle injury to Sandra. Allen said the figure skating association's total budget for the year ending March 31 is but the showpiece of its activities is a national development program. This program, started with a profit made when the world championships were held in Calgary in 1972, concentrates on Canada's top 100 skaters. Although parents are ex- pected to contribute to the cost of programs for their children, the development fund provides additional benefits. It is used to send skaters to international competitions, to sponsor seminars and to pro- vide special assistance for promising skaters. For ex- ample, Allen said, the associ- ation might pay a professional to help a skater with a specific problem. The program now is five years old and Allen said the aim is to strengthen it in all parts of Canada, especially in areas that have not been no- tably strong in figure skating. One such area is the Mari- times where two technical di- rectors have been It was all over rather quickly West Castle team second The Seventh Annual Cana- dian Ski Patrol First Aid and Toboggan Handling Competitions were held at Sunshine Village in Banff and the West Castle women's team placed second in the overall competition. Consisting of Jody Fry, Sharon Grismer and Karin Buhrmann, all of Lethbridge, the girls placed second in both the First Aid and the toboggan handling segments. Red Deer's women's team won the event with a total of 365.78 points. The West Castle gals had 326.02 points. A total of 16 teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan took part in the competition. The men's competition was won by the Lake Louise B team. NEW YORK the time Tuesday's session of the National Football League draft was half over, the thing had once again degenerated from a thoroughbred auction to the usual body count, wherein the announcement of a player selection was greeted by "Who's The Steve Bartkowskis, the Randy Whites, the Ken Huffs, the Walter Paytons all were long gone, gobbled up by the talent-hungry and talent- rich teams in the opening round. Only occasionally did a name strike a familiar chord. Placekicker Steve Mike- Mayer of Maryland, kid brother of Atlanta Falcons' kicker Nick Mike-Mayer, was 72nd to go, chosen 20th in the third round by San Francisco. Roosevelt Leaks, Texas' star running back had to wait to become No. 105, Baltimore's pick leading off the fifth round. Leroy Jones, a defensive end from Norfolk State now with Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League, was picked by Los Angeles Rams in the second round. Noah Jackson, an offensive tackle with the CFL Toronto Argonauts, had his NFL rights dealt by Baltimore to Chicago for a seventh-round choice! The draft was to continue today with the remaining 10 of the 17 rounds to complete this annual 442-player draft. There were few surprises, if any, in Tuesday's pickings. Atlanta Falcons started off by naming Steve Bartkowski, the all-America quarterback from California. Dallas Cowboys then took defensive end Randy White of Maryland, the Outland Trophy winner as the top U.S. college lineman in 1974. Baltimore picked guard Ken Hull of North Carolina. Chicago Beard followed by naming running back Walter Payton from Jackson State, then Cleveland took defensive end Mack Mitchell of Houston. Payton's team-mate, line- backer Robert Brazile, was picked next by Houston, New Orleans chose wide receiver Larry Burton of Purdue, then came a trio of defensive tack- Johnson of Grambl- ing by San Diego, Mike Fann- ing of Notre Dame by Los Angeles and Jimmy Webb of Mississippi State by San Fran- cisco. Los Angeles, which had three first-round picks by vir- tue of past trades, took tackle Dennis Harra of Miami, New York Jets dealt away their No. 1 to New Orleans for defensive end Billy Newsome and the Saints picked Ohio State tackle Kurt Schuma- cher. Completing the first round, Detroit took guard Lynn Boden of South Dakota State; Cincinnati got linebacker Glen Cameron of Florida, Houston picked Texas A and I running back Don Hardeman; New England went for tight end Russ Francis of Oregon; Denver took defensive back Louie Wright of San Jose State; Dallas picked line- backer Tom Henderson of Langston; Buffalo grabbed linebacker Tom Ruud of Nebraska; Los Angeles used its third choice to take tackle Doug France of Ohio State; St. Louis picked defensive back Tim Gray from Texas A and M; San Diego chose defensive back Mike Williams from Louisiana State; Miami got Tampa tackle Darryl Carltqn; Oakland selected defensive back Neal Ce'zie of Ohio State; Minnesota picked Colorado State defensive end Mark Mullaney, and the Pitt- sburgh Steelers, 1-13 just five years ago but now Super Bowl champions, completed the opening round by choosing Michigan defensive back Dave Brown. Allen's daughter Patricia, an accredited judge and former skater, in Moncton, N.B., and Mary McGraw, a former pro, in Halifax. A technical director has also been named for and one has been appointed to a part-time post in Manitoba. In Ontario and British Columbia, where figure skating is already strong, the technical directors are not so much concerned with develop- ing programs as with co- ordinating them. Quebec has no director yet because, Allen said, the job requires a person who is bilingual and also has the necessary technical knowledge. But the associa- tion is looking. There are only 11 Quebec competitors here and although some .are French- speaking all are in the Montreal area. "It is difficult to get an Eng- lish-speaking teacher who can communicate with French- speaking Allen said. But a first step in strength- ening the Quebec program will be the production shortly of a French rule book which "will permit French-speaking skaters to understand skating fully and will also help instructors." Allen, a financial adviser at the department of transport whose accounting background has helped him in the financial end of his skating job, was elected president last May for a two-year term. In front of the commissioner representatives of 26 teams sat at 26 desks, each connected by telephone to his home office where decisions would be made. Beyond the desks, fenced off by long tables covered with green baize and set end to end, were several hundred spectators. Most of them were young, all wore expressions so avid they gave the impression of panting, and two or three wore neckties. The first of 442 bodies to be claimed, Rozelle announced, would be selected by the Atlanta Falcons. The words were hard- ly out of his mouth when he was handed a slip with a name inked in. "The he said, "select Steve Bartkowski, Universi- ty of California." It was the most dramatic line in the whole show, and it laid an egg. Every listener had known all along that Atlanta would go for the big quarterback from Berkeley. "Next Rozelle said, "The Dallas Cowboys, from the New York Giants." Four minutes later the cowboys picked Randy White, a defensive end from Maryland. Somebody an- nounced that he would be employed as a linebacker. Behind the green baize tables, the cognoscent nodded knowingly. After the Baltimore Colts picked Ken Huff, a North Carolina guard, Rozelle told the press: "Steve Bartkowski is on the way to New York. He will be available for interviews about The Chicago Bears chose Walter Payton, running back from Jackson State, and a man in the front row booed. He wore glasses and a yellow shirt open at the throat and his lap was loaded with documents. He identified himself as a Chicago businessman in New York for a convention. He was disap- pointed that the Bears had not grabbed a lineman. As the traffic in people went on, the gallery grew more and more crowded, more and more vocal. Each name brought gas- ps, hoots, small animal sounds. The crowd grew tense as the New York Jets got their turn, 12th in line. Rozelle said, "We have a trade on this pick. The Jets have trad- ed this pick for Billy Newsome, defensive end of New Orleans." There were small noises suggesting disgust. The Saints used the turn to put the irons on Ohio State's offensive tackle, Kurt Schumacher. It took two hours and five minutes to complete the first round. By then the bulging gallery had shoved the green tables out into the main arena and a cop was breasting the tide. The tide was cheering, for now the Giants, having traded their first round turn for Craig Morton, were getting into the act. Vic Del Guercio, the Giants' director of special projects, clutched a red telephone, the hot line to Pleasantville, N.Y., where the club's best brains were whirring. They whirred for 7 minutes, 35 seconds. Then: "The Giants select Allen Simpson, offensive tackle, Colorado State." An unknown. Horrified silence. Then hoots, howls, boos. Jim Kensil, the league's executive director, laid hold of the mike. He was patently disapproving. "I'd like to remind the fans in the back that they booed Tom Mullen last year." The guard from Southwest Missouri State is a good one. Bartkowski .arrived, a beautiful hunk of man with a lush blond.hairdo, a symphony in blue blue jacket, shirt, tie and eyes. He sat with great hands clasped between knees and said it felt great to be number one. "Off and on I dreamed of it a cou- ple of he confessed. He said he didn't understand "all the details" of Judge Schweikert's decision but "it seems to me. pro football would fail apart if there wasn't a draft." A history buff from Long Island nodded. "When they put it up to Nat Turner, he said the cotton fields would go to seed if the abolitionists got their way." During Apollo's SURPRISE VOW ill SALE Clip Thlt Coupon Bring It In It't Worth ;