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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Graham Kelly There is an old French more things more they remain the This adage could very well iescribe the 1974 edition of the Calgary Stampeder Football A new broom is sweeping away in the foothills hop- ng to come up with the kind of entry in the Western Conference that will put an end to the Cowboy's temporary slide from the pinnacles of success. Over the last 10 Lhe Calgary Stampeders played generally excellent culminated by a Grey Cup victory over Toronto in 1971. The last two years have seen nothing but trouble and lue in part to several factors aoor and questionable coaching. A brand new General Manager and Gary Hobson and Jim are moving in the direction of a total rebuilding job that might bring about a return to good fortune in two or three years time. But not this year. Gary Hobson came to Calgary from to replace Rogers Lehew who has become Assistant General Manager with the Detroit Lions. Lehew put together the last Stampeder Hobson hopes to be the architect of one for the 1970's. former Blue Bomber assistant to Earl is loaded with to some other clubs in the our problems aren't really that Pondering over trade decisions made or about to be Hobson made it clear that Calgary is building for the and won't let sentiment stand in his way. The depar- ture of two Stamp veterans were cases in Frank Andruski and Lanny Boleski. we had held on to Boleski for one more he wouldn't have had very much trade ex- when I asked why he was traded to the Lions. 32 or 33 years of a good football player but nearing the end of his career. Keys needs a veteran offensive lineman now because he is under pressure to produce this year or else. Lanny fills the bill. In exchange we picked up Lome a top-notch Canadian prospect who will give us 10 years of service. We're looking to the future. With kids like Sherbina we'll have a damn good Sherbina looks like a good acquisition. He was playing first string during the exhibition season for B.C. He's a Canadian who attended the University of weighs 255 and stands 6' tall. He was protected by the Lions in the 1974 non-import draft which means they thought he was an almost sure-fire The feisty little Hobson is convinced that changes must and will be made. This puts rookie head coach Wood on the spot because he's young and inexperienced and knows that some of his cuts are going to go deep into the heart of a proud but aging football club. Hobson sees thathe has a special role to play in terms of helping his rookie mentor do the job. believe in what Jim is doing. Some of our veterans are going to have to go. That's pretty tough on Jim but I'm behind him all the way. Part of my job is to give Jim Another old by Leo Durocher guys finish Unfortunately in this will likely be true for nice-guy Wood. He is a refreshing coach in that he tells you honestly what he thinks without an argument. He is young and it is true. But he isn't afraid at this point to make some of the changes that will in the long run produce a winning football team in Calgary. The personable new head hasn't been given much to work with. The recruiting job done over the winter has yielded slim pickings. with typical honesty acknowledges this. He is also keeping some veterans on his club that he really doesn't only because he has no alternatives at this moment. I suspect that Jim Wood was a little apprehensive of making big decisions regarding personnel with Rogers Lehew in the front by the time Gary Hobson it was too late to recruit other people. Like a good coach Wood has now assumed control of his football making it more or less certain that recruiting from here on in will be different. It must be different because although Calgary has a new line-up running the they still have the same old problem no running game. When I asked Coach Wood to assess his progress to he have failed to establish a running game. We know we cannot win without and we failed to get one. One guy quit Mims was others didn't work out. In the future I want to sacrifice some speed for size. Instead of getting the fast back who can run the 100 in no time I want tough running backs who are who won't get hurt Calgary goes into their opener tonight against the Lions with an injured Rick dependable tough Dick and Canadian Rudy Linterman. Also appearing will be Gene billed from the Kansas City Chiefs. he was in their training camp last but he didn't really play for the Kansas City None of these names are likely to terror into the hearts of Ray Nettles and his Leo associates on the coast. Galbos is the best of a mediocre lot. One of the Calgary assistant coaches described him as a a kid who'll never beat you by an error or mistake. Rick is a real steady ball If only he were and healthy. As then. Calgary is left to depend on the pass. But even Wood was less than describing this aspect of football by we have possibilities in the passing Only potentially. What Wood wants is something the Stamps are woefully shy of. Although grudgingly admitting to this reporter that Gerry Shaw is a good it was still ob- vious that he didn't really think that Shaw is what is required for a winning Stampeder effort. that's what counts. It is almost as if everything is the coach wants fast receivers and Shaw-type halfbacks. Leading the passing battery of veteran Peter Liske. Liske is still a very good especially at but his offensive line is he has no running game to set up his passing and his receivers are mediocre at best. Shaw can catch anything that comes his way if he can run to the spot and get open. Tom Forzani should come into his own this year at wide receiver. New tight end Robert Frazier has possibilities. Blocking sometimes for Pistol Peter will be the great centre Basil Marion Latimore and possibly Jim Bond at Harold Holton and Geary Murdock at both newcomers. They'll have their work cut out for them. The bright Stampeder light is defense. have to be en- said Wood. All-Canadian John Helton will anchor the Stamp front four. Playing along side Big John are Craig Fred James and Brian Marcil. They're good. At linebacking spots are Roger Goree. Joe and either Mickey Doyle or Steve Brown. The defensive backfield will feature Howard Ted Larry Robinson. Jim and Don Moulton. Offensively Calgary should be nowhere. they will prove surprisingly scrappy. Wood admitted that he doesn't yet have the personnel to win regularly in this league. GM Gary Hobson figures that Calgary will have to beat out Saskatchewan and B.C. for a play-off spot. I figure they won't. Fifth place for wait'H next Miners' bats boom Wednesday Tape Deck twice crushing By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer Lethbridge Miners almost vore out their bats Wednes- lay night as they pounded Pape Deck twice in a pair of Calgary Major Men's Fastball L.eague games staged at Dave 31ton Park. The Miners' awesome offen- sive attack was just too much or the Calgary visitors who vere whipped 11-5 in the and 10-3 in the shorten- ed five-inning final. The two victories left the Miners near the top of the eague standings with 14 i tie and four losses. They'll be out tc improve .heir win loss record again night as they play host the Calgary Mustangs in mother league jame time is set for a start at Dave Elton. Meanwhile in the ioubleheader opener last the Miners' bats were nore-or-less idle until they for four big runs on live straight hits in the bottom the sixth inning. The locals had jumped to an early 1-0 first inning lead on Don Dietzen's 240-foot blast over the right-centre wall but Tape Deck managed to reverse the margin by tallying a pair of runs in the top of the second. Their one-run lead was short lived as the Miners Jim Tratch cranked a solo shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the frame to even the score 2-2. The locals regained the lead in the bottom of the third in- scoring three runs on two base hits and two Calgary errors and it seemed as though they were on their way to an easy win. Neither club managed to hit the scoresheet in the fourth frame but the Calgary crew gave the Miners a little scare in the fifth by rallying for three runs to even the score once again. The 5-5 deadlock was quick- ly broken as the Miners came back with two runs on Mitch Mychasiuk's two-run home run in the bottom of the frame. The two-run lead could have stood up for the final in- nings of but the Miners added four insurance runs on five base hits in the bottom of the sixth. Mychasiuk led the Miners' 13-hit assult with a home double and single while Garth Lamb chipped in' with three consecutive singles in as many attempts. Dietzen also blasted a triple along with his home run while Larry Tratch aided with a pair of singles. Clare Spicer was the big hitter for the losers as he pok- ed a home1 run and a single while team-mate Rick Cheetham added two singles. George Santoni earned the mound win allowing just eight hits while Bob Provan suf- fered the loss. The Miners continued swinging their hot bats in the second game of the evening which was stopped after five innings on account of the seven-run ruling. I Treat her gently. Hiram Walker's Special Gentle Rye VWusky. The Miners were never in trouble as they led 2-0 after the first 6-1 by the end of the second and 9-3 in the fourth. Darryl Leavitt picked up the lop-sided win giving up eight hits in the five-inning tilt while Lance Standford was tagged for 10 safeties in taking the loss. Terry Lyon and Dennis Hydychuk paced the local's attack with triple and single each while Corrido San- toni and Mychasiuk added a double and single apiece. Norm Pulliam and Cheetham managed two singles each in a losing cause. Junior in the COLEMAN Crowsnest Pass hockey fans will be treated to top grade Junior B hockey this winter as the newly formed Pass Junior Blues are preparing plans for a 42 game schedule. Enzo Brazzoni of Bellevue was recently named coach for the new team which will be open to all hockey players up to 21 years of age. One of the priorities of the new club is to arrange a schedule that will not conflict with the Pass Red Devils in order to provide local fans with the greatest number of hockey games. The Blues will be opening training camp in early Oc- tober in one of the Pass' three arenas. Uniforms for the new team will be royal blue. President of the new club is Bill Ozar of Cowley who will be assisted by secretary Roy Paton of Bellevue and manager Ed Amell of Coleman. The executive is planning a fund raising drive and a money banket will be drawn for. Tickets for the draw are available and persons wishing to make a donation to the Club should contact any executive member. Workout for playoffs Pat third baseman for the Lethbridge Senior Little League and Keith Johnson workout at Henderson Park Wednesday in preparation for their weekend playoff. Baseball tournaments set to go Local baseball fans will have the chance to see two Lethbridge teams in playoff action tonight at Henderson Park. The Lethbridge Senior Little League representatives will take on Edmonton in the se- cond game of the Prairie Provinces Senior Little league championship finals beginning at 6 p.m. Immediately the Lethbridge Junior Miners will take the field against the Vauxhall Jets in Southern Alberta Junior Baseball League playoff competition. The first game of the even- ing triple header will see Moose Jaw and Calgary squaring off in Senior Little League play. That one is set to go at 4 p.m. at Henderson. The Little League tourna- ment has been changed from a modified single-knockout to a double knockout affair. Two games set for Friday at and p.m. will go as but the double knockout format may necessitate as many as three games on Saturday to deter- mine the winner. The champion will move on to face the champions of British Columbia in the Western Canada finals slated for Lethbridge August 3 and 4. the Junior Miners and the Jets both face elimination tonight as the se- cond half of the SAJBL double knockout playoff tournament opens here. Both clubs have already lost once in the which began with five games last weekend in Acme. The two undefeated the Calgary Golden Spikes and Junior will meet at 2 o'clock Saturday while tonight's winner will advance to meet the Acme Pirates in another second round contest set for 8 p.m. Saturday. A tournament champion and representative to the Alberta Junior Baseball Cham- pionships in Provost will be delcared sometime Sunday at Henderson Park. BOYCOTT SOUGHT Ohio Union workers throughout Ohio were asked Wednesday to boycott Saturday's Football Hall of Fame game in an ef- fort to aid the striking National Football League Players Association. The re- quest came from the United Auto Workers Community Ac- tion Program Council in Ohio. Auto Workers help football pickets Plot thickens as Unitas retires THE CANADIAN PRESS Johnny Unitas is headed for the pro football of but there's a growing chance St. Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills may not see the shrine this year. The National Football League players' which earlier this month kayoed Fri- day night's college all-star is going after Satur- day's Hall of Fame game between the Cards and Bills as its next target. And the players received support Wednesday when spokesmen for the United Auto Workers Union said they would join players picketing the game. Contract talks between the NFL Players Association and the owners' NFL manage- ment rnnnril oollanseH Mon- day. There have been no meetings since then and none are expected at least through the weekend. acclaimed one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of pro retired Wednesday after 18 years in the The strike had nothing to do with it. Two weeks Unitas was the lone San Diego veteran to cross the players' picket line and enter the Chargers' camp for workouts. LEGS ARE GONE who passed for more touchdowns and more yards than any other player in the didn't feel my legs were capable of taking the punish- ment they would have had to take I hate to quit playing football. The mind is willing but vour bodv wears out The 41-year-old who left Baltimore Colts for San Diego a year said he would return to Maryland although his contract for two years will be honored by the Chargers. On the 50th anniversary of the Unitas was named Player of the Decade by the Associated Press. Among his records are his passing 290 47 consecutive games with touchdown passes and 27 games with 300 or more yards passing. The United Auto Workers community action program council in Ohio asked union workers throughout the state to boycott Saturday's game. football players have a right to free and unfettered collective bargaining which the owners aren't eivine Joe president of the said Wednesday. is the home of pro- fessional Bill a UAW regional said. do not want to see it become the home of the first professional Neither St. Louis nor Buf- falo are ready to throw in the towel though. Cards Coach Don Coryell named rookie quarterback Bill Bynum of Western New Mexico to direct the attack against the Bills. The are keeping their plans in- cluding the travel arrangements to the game. A team spokesman said the club is attempting to minimize demonstrations which might occur because of the strike. Cubs name Marshall CHICAGO Jim the third-base was named manager of Chicago Cubs replacing Whitey Lockman who said he will devote full time to the job ol player development director. who replaced dis- missed Leo Durocher in the middle of the 1972 said he had recommended Marshall as his replacement. Marshall was promoted to the Cubs' coaching staff this year after six seasons as a manager in the team's minor league system. In he was named manager of the year in the American Association after directing Wichita Aeros to a division title. Marshall said his managerial contract runs for the rest of the season only. Nice guys finish first. WWe think we're first among car dealers m this simply because we put you first. You tell us what you we'll show you what we can nice change from what you might expect. More Our first-rate selection of new and used cars. Our service. Our top trade- allowances and easy financing. You'll appreciate doing business with nice guys like yourself. 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