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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tliurlday, July 27, 197] What are they looking for? By V.KV 'Montreal Star AIOSCOW A lew ques- lions about tills Cajiada- Sovict scries; namely what are the Soviets REALLY look- ing for? The National Hockey League has been in business lor more than one-half a cen- tury, so why now, in the year 1972, did the Soviets decide to challenge? And now that Ihn series is gelling closer, arj Ihere any second thoughts on (he matter? Any hint of anyone running scared? By now, most people in the Western world have learned that it is not a simple matter lo read Ihc Soviet mind. In sport, as in politics, the Sov- viet people involved don't go from point A to point B, dispensing information and hard theories along the way. Spend a few days with them, and you leave wilh Ihe reali- zation that in their view, the shortest distance between two points is a circle. They know where they would like to go, but they don't issue maps of the terrain. They know what Lhey wanl lo accomplish, but lime mil provide Ihe ans- wers. They make what ap- pears to be simple things dif- ficult ar.d difficult things impossible. What can be more simple than a journalist setting up an appointment wilh the coach of a hockey team. "Ah says Alexander Alexeevich Gresko, who is the Deputy Chief of the. Depart- ment of International Sports Relations of the Commillee for Physical Culture and Sport under the Council of .Ministers of the U.S.S.R., "that would be the elusive Bobrov. "You will telephone me tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and we will arrange to talk wilh Bobrov." It's 10 o'clock the following morning. Mr. Gresko, as pro- mised, is there. "I have not yet heard from Mr. Bobrov." says Gresco, "hut you will give me your telephone number and I will have more information for you in one half an hour." It's "You will rest R little he says, ''and then we will have the information we need." When was Ihc last time you sat in a Moscow hole! room for eight hours wailing for a Lelephone call Unit never comes? When was the last time you sat beside Ihe tele- phone and called the same number every 15 without a cighl hours? A journalist from Soviet- sky Sport had visited the room for an interview during what seemed like an incuba- tion period. lie clucked sympathetically several times. "As a he sajd cheerfully, "I can understand that it is not always easy to discover Bobrov. As a journa- list, I have sympathy for you. "It is not Bobrov you are trying to lie said, "it is James Bond." Alas, Bobrov remains a fig- ure of mystery to me as do, indeed, many of the ideas en- tertained by the Soviets of what faces them in the Can- ada-Soviet series. A Harry Sinden or a John Ferguson will sit in a Mos- cow dining room and someone will ask of them what, in their minds, is the star they're shooting for? Eight victories in the eight-game series? Seven out of eight? What is acceptable? Sinden will smiie slightly and say "All I want to do is win the first game. Then I want to win the second and the third. You can't win all eight until you win the first one." Ferguson, who deals more In directness, says: "We've got to win them all." "It's not enough to says Gary Smith, a Canadian embassy who has done volumes of work bring- ing both sides together for this series. "You've got to win big. By five and six goals a game." "Anybody who Ihinks we've got to win by five and six goals a game is out of his says Ferguson drily. "But we've got lo win them all. Anything less isn't good enough." They don't have to win The Soviets, no doubt, have ideas of their own of what would constitute a successful challenge, but of most im- portance to them perhaps wen more important than the winning of games is what they can retain from the ser- ies. In other words, winning is not a desperate cause. Learning is what matters, because wilh learning will come winning eventually. If not this year, the year after or the year after that. I think the Soviets expect to win as many as three games in this series. They expect to win lhal many be- cause they have made a car- eer out of winning and it boggles their minds to think that there is somebody, some- where, that can handle them. They are losing everything they can to win in terms of conditioning and in putting together Ihe best team pos- sible. They feel that, normal- ly, that should be enough be- cause it has been more than good enough in the past. But their one big weakness going into the series, I feel, is that they don't really Ihe Canadian professionals are as good as they have demon- strated they are. Put it an- other way: Ihey feel that the talent of the Canadians has been over-stated by Cana- dians and for anyone lo say lhat Canada would "win eight, or even seven of the tight games, is unrealistic. They look back on the flood of championships they havo won and say simply: "The games will show." Talk with the Soviets often enough and the idea begins to build that they do not have what amounts to better lhan a hazy picture of the opposi- tion they face. They are wise enough to understand that when they look at a Stanley Cup highlights film, as they have done repeatedly, it would be "far better to have a film of n standard game." As one Soviet hockey official said: "I would think that a more true picture of the Ca- nadian professionals would come from the film of n stan- dard game." lie's righl, of course, hut there is much more the Soviet o'ficinl and player must know the Canadian profes- sional before be cnn put lo- fcethfT an ,'cninile picluro of v.iial awnil.s his loam. In my convprs.'ilioiis wilh Ihom, Ibry flfn'f seem lo rr-fihrr. or, more likely they refuse lo be- lieve it that almost all of the personnel on Team Can- ada can shoot harder, more quickly and more accurately than all of the Soviet players. They still assess all Canadian hockey players by the feeble talent they have faced in in- ternational competition. They should know better, and per- haps they do, but they don't admit it. a Soviet official said, "is he on your Seth Martin is a journey- man goaltender who played a total of 20 games in the Na- tional Hockey League. Before playing those 26 games with St. Louis in the 1967-68 sea- son, his time was divided be- tween senior hockey assign- ments and international com- petition. His record on the in- ternational level was a good one and, obviously, still is re- membered here. "Your Dryden, is he as good as the Soviet official asked. I said, "was a very gool international goal- tender, but he was not good enough to play in the Nation- al Hockey League. He was not good enough, at any lime, to play in Ihe National Hock- ey League. That's how much better Ken Dryden is." The official shook his head. For an instant, he looked be- wildered. The Soviets surely know what a Bobby Orr can do, but it is unlikely thai they have ever heard of a Vic lladfield. They can, perhaps, recall that a young Gilbert Perre- ault played against a Soviet team in Montreal and domin- ated Ihe game, but they will be looking at a Brad Park for the first time. Il's surprising. In every- thing they have accomplished in other fields, preparedness of Ihe highest order lias been an integral part of their pro- gram. But for this hockey scries, Ibey leave the im- pression thai it is only pre- paredness from their side of things. Their players will br ni their best, which means lhal Ihey will gel 'he test from Ihcir hesl. But knowing Iheir compctilkm is nol some- thing Ihcy linvc done well for this series. H is Iheir Achilles heel, and by Ihe lime Ihey realize il, Ihere is they will alili' In r.bnnl il. Not in limn for llu.i ni -iny LAS VEGAS, Nov. (NEA) [Lewis's credentials seemed edge is that he has a cautioned. "Don't you listen and words, it like a violin with slac- And now lire meandering caravan of Ali Babble, having played Las Veens with the cx-peclcd results, moved on to Dublin, Ireland, where one Al (Blue) Lewis was the setup. Now it's on to New York and iigiiil! Floyd I'atlcrsoiv; to Mexico City against some that he spent a stretch in the pen. Patterson is the aging psychic recluse whose talents are spent. The Mexican no nnc ever heard of. And Foster is a skinny guy who can't tight effectively over 179 pounds, a ballpeen hammer alongside a heavyweight sledge tongue and it produces greater paydays. From the Quarry put-down, lie got 35 per cent of a closed circuit event which grossed 52 million and pulled down at the gate, exceeding his half-million guarantee. Before he could even mouth and lei it overshadow my ability." Frankly, the mouth Is what, makes him liffercnt and entertaining. A press interview wilh Ali Babble is a verbal sparring session. The bitlerness lias begun to seep oul of him oilier man's best efforts, reducing Ibe compelilion of a boxing malcli lo a charade. He'd be a lol more impressive if he'd just go aboul his business and quickly and professionally dispose of his game, overmatched punching passages. He's llicir symbol lor defying Ihc establishment and Ali manages to pill every opponent in the latter camp. His histrionics are also a psychological ploy to unnerve Ihn other guy in Uio ring so just before the Quarry fighl began he was in a violent descript Mcxicaiio; with Bob Foster al the end of the trail in Las Vegas or Houston Quarry, just disposed of, is a puncbcd-up target who can't get his head out of money, he was already preparing the Irish for his he's an old man of 30. lie can kid himself and he can sit good nalurcdly next to Hie arrogant pos-lures in Iho ring arc just what (urn on Ali's adherents wilh George Foreman. Part of thai was lo condition Foreman for a future meeting. Albucjuerquc. It gives yon an idea George Chuvalo before him was even a greatly developed, nr-lislic, scientific and extnl him as "a big, black man who can punch It's really a sociological lesson lo walch the crowd is now the only legitimate contender around for both boxing's all about these is the type of crowed in one big gulp. got to walch of his fights. Those lor and He's also one It's n travelling carnival. which Ali Babble I'm ready to go 15. some ways il's a lot fanatically are the the two fighters least likely Ali Babble Is both the shill his testing ground for a now than the lirst than what we've both black and while be psyched oul by Ah'. Tho flic guy in the tent who with Joe fought in the ring they respond with is Frazier. the local talent to stay in Frazier's to make sure the cruelly in the way to his Ali shuffle and j That's why neither rinc with him the full nothings like of words didn't drown an out-classed extroversions. It's one big [or Ali Babble's monthly The most impressive of and Ron impact of the product, taunting him with jag, ar.l Ali Calgary players apologize lor unjust Is it cruel the way lie demeans an, outclassed opponent? Muhammad Ali: Just a tower of babble or not? Lakers received raw By LLOYD YAMAGISIII llorahl Sporis Writer "I don't even know what happened in Calgary Tuesday remarked Lethbridge Lakers' coach Hector Negrello. Negrello is still shocked and a little confused with Calgary umpire Jim Gathercole's deci- sion, in halting the Calgary Giants and Lakers Alberta Major Baseball League encoun- Icr during the eighth inning. The Lakers, who were trail- Ing 3-0 al the time, were charg- ed wilh a loss, but the treat- ment Ihey received hurt them more than anything else. The Lakers carried only 10 players to Calgary Tuesday night and after Rich Matlock and Marty Maxwell left the ball game, Negrello was forced to fill in the open position. Negrello took over the right- fielders chores and was not near the scene of the distur- bance al the time and could not elaborate on the incidenl. The closest one lo the scene was Lakers' trainer Harry Swan, who seemed very upset with the whole incident. According lo Swan, the whole mess started around the fourth inning when umpire Gathercole warned Marty Maxwell to swing at all the pitches, since they would all be strikes. Maxwell never really said anything lo Gathercole and managed to poke a single. After the side retired, Gath- errole headed towards the first base umpire and on his way met Maxwell running to his position. Maxwell in confronting Gath- ercole, said he had made a bad call in telling him to strike at all the pitches. "That's all Marly said, and he even added, 'please don't do that again.'" commented Swan. "Next thing I hear is Gather- cole telling Marty to get the hell out in the field and play ball and those were his exact he added. According to Swan, Maxwell told Gathercole he didn't have to use foul language and that was it for him. Gathercole immediately ejected Maxwell from the ball game. When all this was happening, Matlock, who had injured his finger in the early innings came back from the hospital and sat in the Lakers' dug-out. After a few remarks, he too was ejected from the playing fipld. As the game progressed Max- well and Matlock along with Swan sat in the spectators scats to watch the remainder of the game. The sparse crowd on hand rcallv laid into Gathercole, who finally got so upset, that he ordered the scorekeeper lo kick everyone in the stands out of the park. "The scorokecpcr just looked at Gathercolc, who walked off Ihe field and called the said Swan AMBL commissioner, Russ Parker of Calgary, who was in the stands al Ihe time checked into the matter Wednesday and come to a conclusion lhat Galhcrcole may miss a few games or Ihe remainder of the season for his action. Apparently lour or five Giant ball players approached the Lakers aflerwards and apolo- gized for the Ircatmenl Ihcy had received. Peiii.ips the Lnkers were not fully to blame likn one Calgary newspaper if. There's always two sides lo every story you know. M r a n while commissioner Pnrkrr Wednesday upheld a prnlp.sl. by Lolbbridfic Lakers 010 300 170-10 IS J 100 001 05ft- 7 11 I'll, Parr 111 rtrvl Hr-nUny; ll.wi'. fM rtr.rl John vii rm mi }G? 1''0 A 7 and awarded them victory of a game against Unity Cardinals of the North Saskatchewan Baseball League. Unity, who oulscored Lelh- bridge 22-3 in the game en July 22, was found guilty of using an ineligible player pitcher Greg Walte. Parker said Walle had rat been signed lo play in (he league. The victory gives Lclhbridge 13 wins in 28 games and fourth place in the six-team league. In Edmonlon the Tigers scored one run in the botlom of the ninth inning lo edge Red Deer Elks 6-5 in a a league game Wednesday. Mark Newson tripled off los- ing pitcher Wayne McKee lo lead off the ninth. McKee walk- ed the next two batters then Red DCET catcher John Van Ornum allowed a pitch to get away, allowing Newson to score from llu'rd. The Elks, who trailed 5-1 at one point, lied the game with three runs in the eighth and anolhcr in Ihe lop of Ihc ninth. Tom Sharpe, who entered the game in relief of Ronnie Funk- in the ninth, was the winning pilcher. In Calgary the Giants moved to within 1C percentage points of first-place Calgary Jimmies Wednesday by dumping the leaders 10-7 in Ihe AlbcrU Major Baseball League. The victory gave Ihc Gianls a 19-8 record compared wilh Ihe Jimmies' record of 18-7. Lefthander Lee West won his fourth game without a loss and got relief help from Ray Parr. Lefthander Ron Stephens was the loser. The Gianls broke open Ibe panic in Ihe eighth inning, bat- ling in seven runs on seven hits. An error by Jimmies' second baseman Dave Morris on a po- leulial third-out grounder open- ed the gales for six of Ihe runs. Plnying-manager Hi Lewis and Bruce Lofting had three I hits each as Giants hit 15. ANDY CAPF CAN I TOIN SOU, PET: I FELT SO UONESOME AT 'OME ON ME OWN BEING- LONESOME ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES W L Pel. GBL Jimmies IB 6 .750 Cal. Gianls 18 B .692 1 Edm. Tigers 14 9 .m 3Vj Red Deer 9 13 .J29 Lelh. Lakers 1? 14 .475 0 Edm. Blue Wil. -l 20 .147 14 VIRDON LEADS PRACTICE -PiMsburg h Pirales' manager Bill Virdon, shown hifling ground balls, put his learn ihrough a pracli ce session Wednesday, the final day of Ihe All-Sfar break. The Pirales, leading by games in the National League easl, meet second-place New York Mels Jonighl in a d oubleheader. (AP Wirephoto) Leads lo victory over Als Theismann, Eben connect MONTREAL (f.'l'i Qiiartor- back Joe Thcismann combined wiLh flanker Mike Kbcn for two f i r s t -h a 1 f touchdown passes Wednesday night to lead To- ronto Argonauts lo a 24-15 v.'in over Montreal AloueUcs in the final game o[ the Canadian Football League exhibition schedule. The ArRos look an parly lead in the contest before 11.X3 fans anrl never fell behind wilh Thcismann and flrcc Bai-lon sharinR Ihc quartcrliackinK dulics. 'Ihe scorn tied V-V al Illn end nl Ihc firsl qunrler but To- i rontt) was ahead and 2-Ht at Hie ends of Ihe second and third rcspcclively. A rally hy the Aloucilps in a heclir fourlh quarle.r drew Monlrcal lo wilhin nine points of Toronlo, but Ihc Als were slallcd nn tlir. one-yard line anil (ailed lo pick up even ,1 The game was a wai niup for Iho KnMrrn Footbiill Confcrcnu loams, who face each olhcr in Toionto next Thursday in what will be the first, regular season game for both teams. The game- was a nightmare Tor quarterbacks ns far as pass- ing was concerned. The Argos picked off five Montreal passes while AloucUc defenders inter- cepted three Toronto aerials. NATIONAL LEAGUE Easl W L Pet. GBL PHIsburgh 55 33 .625 New York..... 19 3B .543 5Vj SI. Louis M .511 10 Chicago 4i -H .511 10 Montreal W Philadelphia 31 57 .302 2-1 Wesl Cincinnati .21 33 .675 Houston 51 Jl .55J 6 Los Angeles 17 M .57B B1 i Atlanta A1) .J62 M': San Francisco ill 52 .iUI 161: San Diego 33 .371 22V: TODAY'S GAMtS Chicago Jenkins (12-9) and Hoolon (7-Bi al Philadelphia Reynclds (0-6) and Champion t-i-ll' TN New York Kowman '7-5' and Mai- lac (9-5) iit Pittsburgh Briles (9-3) and Mocse (S-fi) TN SI. Louis Cleveland 111-5) at Mon- Iroal Tcrrei Hl-5t N San MaricM U-101 a! Atlanta Reed (S-10) N San Diego Arlin (8-11) al Cincinnati Billingham 169) N Los Angeles Osleen (107) al HOLE- lon Forsth (5-5) N AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L Pet. GBI. 50 37 .575 Baltimore 50 3fl .568 1 Roslon -15 Jl .573 5 New York...... 42 43 .494 7'A Cleveland 36 il .JH U''a Milwaukee..... 35 52 .402 15Vi West Oakland S6 35 .615 Chicago....... 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