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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Vfedntiday, July 11, 1973 Graham Kelly "FEW creatures are as full of hope as football fans in July especially if they reside on the Prairies. While residents of beautiful British Columbia automatically know how their football team will fare during the upcoming sea- son, those in Edmonton, Win- nipeg, Regina and Calgary all hope fervently that this year will finally bring that wonder- ful Grey Cup. The summer of '73 is no different. Nearly twenty thousand fans bought their way into McMahon Stadium in Cal- gary last Wednesday to watch their glzdtators snatch cer- tain defeat from the jaws of victory fay losing to the B.C. Lions in that last two minutes of play. But many had reason to be optimistic. As was usu- ally the case last season, it was the Stampeder offense that came up with the disas- terous play that gave the Leos the win. The Stampeder defense generally showed to advantage during the exhibi- tion encounter. Perhaps the Cowboys are beginning to shake off the effects of losing Wayne Harris their all-time great middle linebacker. Last season was a com- edy of errors for the Calgary Stampeders. Naturally, it was also a year of humiliation and dissension. Players can po- sess terminal cases of tunnel vision when it comes to their own performance. When I commented to General Man- ager Rogers Lehew that at least one consolation of a los- ing year was that he would have a fairly easy time nego- tiating the players' contracts. "Hell, Rogers replied. "None of them think they were to blame for a losing year. The way they talk, all of them had tremeendous sea- sons." So.why did the Stam- peders fall from the lofty heights of Grey Cup Champ- ions to league door-mats? The major reason had to be injuries. With only thirty- two ball-players, no club in this league has any depth or bench strength. Calgary suf- fered injuries to personnel such as quarterback Jerry Keeling, tight end Herm Harrison and, of course, Wayne Harris. Few people appreciated just what a de- vasting blow those injuries were. In the case of Harris, the loss was obvious. What was not so obvious was the loss of Jerry Keeling. While not spectacular, Jerry Keel- ing has to be one of the finest journeyman quarterbacks in the CFL. In his quiet, rather dun fashion, Mr. Keeling gets the job done. Because he was so greatly under-rated, few fans realized how his loss for games, and his sub-par performances during those he played hurt the dub. But those dreary days of desperation and defeat are behind us now. What have Jim Duncan, Rogers Lehew, and George Hansen done to remedy the situation, and res- tore the tattered fortunes of -Southern Alberta's only pro- fessional football team? They have recruited a good look- ing linebacker from Louisia- na, picked up a veteran half- back, and with the help of The only word to describe Calgary's pass defense is im- pregnable. Larry Robinson, Howard Starks, Frank Andru- sM are par excellence. Floyd Priester has been beaten, but he is improving quickly. If Don Moulton, second year Canadian from Calgary can 1 continue to improve, Duncan should have few worries in the secondary. For awhile, Calgary's defense will be vul- nerable to the run, especially with the inexperienced Koin- zan and Goree backing up the line. But I don't reafly think damage will be too con- siderable. The real unsung heroes of the Stampeders are the of- fensive linemen. I guess this is generally true in profes- sional football. Fans became more appreciative of the hunters on defense. They al- ways loved the ban carriers. But the offensive line has toiled in relative obscurity. The only consolation they have is the fact that at least one sports commentator com- ments at least once a week about how the efforts of the tackles, ends, guards, and center go unappreciated. Anchoring the offensive line will be all Canadian Basil Bark. Granny Liggins. the quickest guard in die league will be at right guard with holdover Marion Latimore on the left At tackles will be veteran Lanny Boleski and Max Huber. The real ques- tion marks on offense are at medical science, restored their quarterback to good health. All in all, the Cal- gary Stampeders should have a fairly respectable football team in 1973. The bright side of the pic- ture for Calgary has to be defense. With Craig Koinzan switching to linebacker, along with Joe Forzani and Roger Goree, the Cowboys will be improved over last year. Their defensive front four is as good as any. John Helton looks meaner than ever, bad news for the quart- erbacks of the league who Jtave had their hair stand on end at the sight of monstrous No. 77 barrelling in. Join- ing Lineman of the Year Hel- ton will be Fred James, capable if not spectacular, converted linebacker Dennis Coteman at defensive end, and Jim Bond at the other end. This foursome will not be as fearsome as last year's bunch due to the loss of Ko- inzan. But if linebacker hope- ful Chuck Dee works out, Craig may join his mates up on the line where the going is the heaviest. Don't bet on it, though, because Coach Dun- can has to play the old im- ports Canadians numbers game. each end. Veteran great Herm Harrison has very bad knees. Coach Duncan is attempting to convert former fullback Fritz Seyferth into a tight end. As of now, he seems to be giving Herman a good run for the money. Don't be too surprised if "Ham hands" hangs up the cleats soon. The major candidates at split end are butterfingers John Senst and roadnmner like Gary Kerr. Both should make the club. Because Seyferth is labor- ing at the vital tight end po- sition, the Stamps are conver- ting Rudy Linterman to a fullback. Rudy had his best year ever last year, and des- pite fumbling away the game last week showed pretty good form on most occasions. With Jesse Mims injured, the half- back spots are really wide open. Former Saskatchewan star Silas McKinnie is mak- ing a determined bid to find employment at the foot of the Rockies, a bid that win almost certainly be success- ful. The other halfback spot will likely be filled by either Bfll Taylor or Bob Wyatt. At flanker will be the incompar- able Gerry Shaw. At quarter- back, looking better man ever, will be old reliable Jerry Keeling, itching to have a good season. Jim lindsey is a more than adequate back- up. Still, the Stamps Achilles heel wffl likely be then- back- field. Reed carries Fullback George Reed of the Saskatchewan Roughriders bolls ahead as linebacker Dale Potter (78) and two other Winnipeg Blue Bomber defenders try to discourage his efforts. Saskatchewan won the Western Football Conference exhibition 25-16 Tuesday night in Winnipeg. ________ More people support his bid Victors in exhibition tilts Ti-Cats, Roughies serious once again Aaron's mail changes NEW YORK (CP) There is a sickness in the country, and Hank Aaron experiences it ev- ery day of his life on and off the baseball field. It often digs him deep and it is spread among a segment of American society which simply resents a black man trying to break Babe Ruth's lifetime home run record. But love can triumph over hate, and it has in Aaron's case. The slugging Atlanta Braves outfielder was victimized by a rash of hate mail earlier in the season when he launched his at- tack on the former New York Yankee great's record of 714 home runs. Things have changed. Fan mail letters and postcards ac- cumulating by the thousands in the Braves' offices have been overwhelmingly in support of Aaron. CLOSING FAST He has since closed within 18 of Ruth's career mark. Six weeks ago, hate mail ad- dressed to Aaron filled with racist slurs was not uncommon. Hurt by some of the remarks, Aaron said at the time: "You have to be black in America to know how sick some people are." The mail, about 75-25 against him, was growing in volume and intensity. He told a re- porter: "Most of it is racial. They call me 'nigger' and every other bad word you can imag- ine. If I was white, all America would be proud of me." Sports writers who know Aa- ron have found him one of the most co-operative figures in baseball, and the word went out: How about some happy mail for Hank? Last week, some letters for Aaron were in the Braves' office, still waiting to be opened. Secretary Carla Coplin, assigned to handle the huge flow, says the letters and post- cards are running 99 to 1 in support of Splinter. Atlanta's Splendid When he gets hate mail, the thing that upsets Aaron most is the postcards because they are open and everyone can read "the terrible things" they say. Aaron is divorced and his for- mer wife and three children live in the Atlanta suburbs. Some of the hate mail has found its way to his family. Aaron makes no bones about the hate mail being .an in- dication of "something very low" in the country. But he wants to see it want to see what people are writing." While the vicious letters have upse thim, Aaron is more deter- mined than Ruth's mark. ever to break Twice he swung his 34-ounce, 35-inch bat at balls that weren't strikes Sunday and drove tham out of the park. They were homers No. 22 and 23 of his 20th season with the Braves. They also enabled Atlanta to beat the Mets 4-2 in New York. NO FAVORITE HERO Another generation who never saw George Herman Ruth play cheered Aaron on the home grounds of another great black home run hitter, Willie Mays, now in the twilight of his ca- reer. At 39, Aaron figures next sea- son will be his last. His huge wrists provide the power which will earn nun this year, but surpassing the Ruth stand- ard this season is going to be tough. "I need 42 this year to break it. I think I can hit 35, but I doubt if I'll hit 42." Aaron sat out the Braves' game at Phila- delphia Monday and Tuesday nights with an ailing back. Aaron has a home ball park made to order for the slugger. Atlanta Stadium is known in the trade as "the launching pad." But Aaron can hit homers in any park. After the Milwaukee franchise was shifted to the Georgia capital in 1966, he had successive home run totals of 44, 39, 29, 44, 38, 47 and 34. Chicago players take families on road trip By THE CANADIAN PRESS Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Sas- katchewan Roughriders, the fi- nalists in last years' Grey Cup game, showed Tuesday night that theyll' have to ba taken se- riously by Canadian Football League opponents again this season. The Tiger-Cats, visiting Brit- ish Columbia Lions, moved the ball at wul to rack up a 35-20 win, white the Roughriders, playing in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers, were 25-16 vic- tors. In Vancouver, the Ticats moved the ball through the air and over land with three quar- terbacks sharing time, grabbing four touchdowns by passing over the seemingly-hypnotized B.C. secondary. Chuck Ealey, Hamilton's Mr. Everything last season-when he led the Ticats to the Grey Cup in his rookie year, played only the first quarter but Jim Etti- nger and Bill Etter, fighting for the privilege of sitting on the beach behind Ealey once the tegular' season starts, were equally impressive. Etter comp.eted seven of eight passes for 115 yards in leading the Ticats to a pair of touchdowns and showed some scrambling ability akin to Ea- ley's hi dancing through the lumbering B.C. pass rush for 47 yards on six runs. GAINS 10 POINlS Ettinger, who played most of the final half, guided the Ticats to 10 points as he was good on 10 of 14 passes for 114 yards. With Ealey's four completions in six .attempts, Hamilton com- pleted 21 of 28 throws for 284 yards, giving the Ticats 411 yards of total offence. Garney Henky also threw one Hamilton Ian Sunter got most of the points for Hamilton, cha'king up field goals of 29 and 20 yards, a touchdown on a broken field goal attempt, four con- verts and a single on a wide field goaL Tony Gabriel got two other touchdowns and rookie George Milosevic, who ted all receivers with nine catches, got the final six-pointer for Hamilton. Lefty HendrlCKSon caught two touchdown passes and Jim Young snared the other for tie Lkns. Ted Gerela converted two. The strangest touchdown was Sorter's. The willowy Hamilton locker was hack to try a field goal when holder Henley bob- bled the ban. Henley, one of the league's star receivers, showed he can pass the ball, as he lof- ted a 12-yard strike to Sunter, who had slipped unnoticed over the goal line when the snap was fumbled. _____ HAS LITTLE EFFECT The B.C quarterback situation was anything but good. Don Moorhead, the top pivot for the SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Chicago Cubs' venture of taking players' wives on their current road trip has turned out to be a questionable sec- ond honeymoon so far. The Cubs, leaders in the National League's Eas_t Divi- sion, lost two of their first three baseball games on the trip on which they came, with an entourage that included 17 wives and 13 children. However, following Satur- CONGRATULATIONS Our studio was pleased piesent both these students with their teaching de- grees of the Green Belt. BLAIR ORR ORR KARATE (Kang Fu) STUDIOS 2S8A 73th Street North day and Sunday defeats at San Diego, Cub manager Whitey Lockman, who brought his wife Shirley, com- mented: "Don't blame the wives. We just haven't been hitting lately. K isn't the fault of the wives." Hie idea of taking the fam- ily on the Cubs' current 10- Phone 328-1241 Smith shot dead while talking CINCINNATI, Ohio fAP) Former lightweight champion Wallace (Bud) Smith. 44. died Tuesday as he has lived since his boxing career the street and being friendly. Smith was shot dead while talking to a friend. As they spoke, another car drove up. Smith, seeing a gun, told Mrs. Watts to fall on the front seat just before the gun fired. The bullet struck SmJlh in the forehead. John Latnar, 36, and identi- fied as a former friend of Mrs. Watts, was arrested several hours later. He was charged with first-degree murder and scheduled for arraignment to- day. day West Coast junket, was attributed to pitcher MOt Pap- pas, the club's player repre- sentative, and was approved by owner Phfl Wrigtey. Other big league officials are watching the experiment, believed a major league fust, to determine whether the presence of wedded mates will ease the strain of pro- longed road trips on players. PROUD OF HUSBAND Mrs. Carol Pappas said: "I'm proud of Milt for think- ing of it And I'm thankful to Mr. Wrigky. love it It is a chance for the family to be together." Coach Hank Aquirre, ac- companied by his wife and two children, observed: "The guys who aren't hitting are the guys whose wives aren't here." He referred to Ron Santo, 0- for-11 at San Diego, and Billy Williams, who hasn't driven across a run since June 20. Santo said: "I wish my wife could have made the trip, but we have a three-year-old girl and ft would have bees tough." Williams said his wife and four children were unable to come because the family is in the process of moving inlo a new home. Pitcher Ferguson Jenkins explained why his wife didn't make the trip: because I'm not hen- pecked. I wear the pasts in thelamfly." past two seasons, was largely ineffective, while Eric Outline, backup man last season, was little better. Rookie Karl Douglas was the choice of the three, but had trouble sustaining marches, Rae inks Agros' long term pact TORONTO (CP) Mike Rae, a 21-year-old quarterback who directed the University of Southern California Trojans to a 42-17 win over Ohio State in last year's Rose Bowl, was signed Tuesday by .Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League to a three-year con- tract. Rae, who said hs had rejected a no-cut contract with Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, is guaranteed his salary with the Argos. "I had a good deal with Oak- Rae said. "They offered' me a no-cut contract and the salary was good. "But I would have been on the taxi squad, at full salary of course, and I didn't want that. I wanted to be part of a team where I would play. "I would not have matured sitting on the bench at Oakland. I may spend some tuns on the bench here, too, but I think I'll get plenty of chances to play." Perhaps he'll play more than he figures, if Toronto's No. 1 signal caller, Joe Theismann, decides he can't come to terms with the Eastern Conference club and plays out the option year of his contract. several times moving the Lions to two or three first downs and then stalling. The B.C. trio was good on 17 of 30 passes for 246 yards, but had two passes picked off. In Winnipeg, ft was a differ- ent story, as Saskatchewan vet. eran Ron Lancaster played all but 8 minutes at quarterback, directing the Roughriders to all their scoring. Lancaster handed off to the other Saskatchewan bacfcfieM ancient, George Reed, for two rushing majors and gave the ball to Steve Molnar for the other. Jack Abendschan added three converts, a field goal and a single. Tom Walker ran two yards for one Winnipeg touchdown and Clay McEvoy got another major, also on a two-yard run, with quarterback Don Jonas adding a convert and a field goal. PLAYS BULK OF GAME The big difference in the game was the time played by the opposing quarterbacks, with Lancaster playing almost all the first three quarters, while Jonas, the CFL's most valuable player in 1971, saw action only in the first quarter and the last two minutes of the second. The Roughriders had 280 yards of offence, compared to 374 for the Bombers. Saskatchewan backup pivot Brian Lindstrom failed to .gen- erate any scoring, while Winnt peg substitutes Tommy Pharr and Bob Bigp failed to move the Bombers with any con- sistency in guiding them to just one touchdown. Saskatchewan coach John Payne defended his extensive use of Lancaster. "Quarterbacks need to get their timing Payne said. Lancaster played "as much as he felt be needed the rookie head coach added. Short sport FORMER CHAMP SHOT CINCINNATI (AP) Form- er world lightweight boxing champion Wallace (bud) Smith was shot to death Tuesday while trying to stop a fight, police said. A male suspect was arrested within hours of the shooting. Police said Smith, 44, born and raised here, was killed in the Avondale area of Cincinnati after he had intervened in a street corner fight between a woman and an armed man. He was shot several times in the upper body, they reported. WINS FENCING TITLE GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) Rolf EdUng of Sweden beat Olympic champion Csaba Fen- yvesy of Huntary Tuesday m the final match and won the men's individual title at the world fencing championsSups. Another Swede, Hans Jacobson, took the silver medal, and Jonu Pezza of Italy won the bronze medaL MAY ON WAIVERS NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets asked irrevoca- ble waivers, on catcher Jeny May Tuesday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional re- lease. May, purchased from Kansas City Royals May 14, .had two hits in eight at bats in four National League baseball games before being placed on the disabled list June 9 for a pulled hamstring plus strained ligaments in his left arm. BUY-RITES SUMMER SPORT SHIRTS Asserted cetera. IU0. KNIT SHIRTS long Sizes 15V4-1716. All colon. Special long as they last SALE! MEN'S LIGHT JACKETS Sins 38-52. Reg. SUMMER DRESS JACKETS Plaids, checks, an colon. Sizes 36-44. JUST ARRIVED GREAT SELECTION OF LINED SUMMER JACKETS, ALL SIZES, ALL COLORS. All SALES CASH NO EXCHANGES NO REFUNDS BUY-RITE MEN'S WEAR 318 Sth St. S. Open Thwn. till 9 327-4210 ;