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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Answer on Unitas still NO SAN DIEGO Pitts- burgh who didn't want John Unitas in say they still don't want him. San Diego who bought Unitas from Baltimore Colts for this year and signed him to a two-year con- tract reported at a offered the 40-year-old quarterback to the Steelers this week. The who originally drafted Unitas but released him before the not V ice-President Dan Rooney said Wednesday that coach Chuck a former assis- tant at turned down a deal for Unitas even though starter Terry Bradshaw is sidelined by a shoulder injury and backup Terry Hanratty has bruised ribs. Since the National Football League trading deadline has players can change clubs only by in which teams can enter a claim in reverse order of last year's finish. The new team assumes the player's current salary. San Diego wants more than the waiver price for the NFL's all-time leading passer. Unitas started San Diego's first four games but was benched midway through a 38- 21 loss Oct. 7 to Pittsburgh and hasn't played since. Coach Harland Svare is using rookie Dan Fouts and indicated this week he might turn to third- year man Wayne Clark before trying Unitas again. November THE LETHMIDQE HIRALD-15 Becomes No. 1 Terry seen watching Sunday's Pitts- burgh Steeler will take over the starting role after injury to Terry Bradshaw put the Steelers' first string quarterback on the shelf. The Steelers Wednes- day turned down an offer to buy John Unitas. Bobby Orr coaching hockey in By JOHN BURNS Copyright The Globe and Mail PEKING Bobby Orr coaching hockey in It could become a reality within six months if proposals laid before Chinese officials this week are accepted. Alan a key figure in the hockey series between Team Canada and the Soviet has suggested that five or six National Hockey League players visit the Chinese capital next spring to coach Chinese players. He has also proposed that some of Canada's top figure possibly including Karen visit China at about the same time to END-OF-MONTH USED CAR and Truck Specials 1971Galaxle500 2 auto vinyl roof radio 1963 Mercury 'A good unit 1969 Townsman 9 fully radio 1972 Chev Impala 2 hardtop. excellent unit radial 4 3s miles to tne gallon 1967 Ford Cuttom 4 door p.s. 1973 Ford Rangvr Ton completely equipped 1967 Pontlac 6cyl. automatic 1 premium unit SOMMERFELDT CAR SALES 13th North coach and skate some ex- hibitions. executive direc- tor of the NHL Players reports having received very positive from the Chinese on both proposals. Eagleson will pursue the matter through the Chinese embassy in Ottawa after his return to Canada next week. Eagleson came to Peking a delegation from the Ca- nadian Importers but stayed on after other members of the group for his talks with the sports officials. Eagleson says he has not ap-. proached NHL players with the plan as yet. However he says he is sure many of the top players would be keen to make the trip. Among players he names as being sort I would like to see come over are Bobby Paul Yvon Cournoyer and Ken Dryden. Orr's business affairs are managed by Eagleson. Eagleson coupled his proposals to the Chinese with an invitation for a group of Chinese hockey players to at- tend Orr's hockey camp next summer. The camp is held over a 10-week period at a lakefrdnt facility hear Orillia. This proposal also met with a positive response. Eagleson indicated the camp would be prepared to stay open past its usual September closing date to accommodate the but officials indicate that their players would prefer to attend the camp while it is in full session. The Chinese eagerness to get some NHL coaching is no surprise to those who have watched the Chinese national team in action. Though the sport has been played in China in one form or another for more than 50 the national squad is about the standard of an average Cana- dian college team. One problem has been the emphasis that is placed on putting friendship ahead of competition in sport. In hockey this has brought a reluctance to indulge in some of the rougher techniques that are an essential part of the such as body checking. However standards of skating are usually quite high and the all Chinese models of fitness. NOW IS THE TIME to save on reconditioned Snowmobiles 12usedSki-Doos 335cc to 640cc All at pre-season savings Fren '475 PLUS One two Scor- one Arctic Cat. one Snow Cruiser all at similar savings. YCLE LTD. Avenue South PHONR 327-3221 Opfrt TlMifirtBW wid Prtdey unM p.m. Southern Alberta for over 30 NHL offers to purchase HOMOSASSA Fla. The National Hockey League's board of governors Wednesday em- powered a committee headed by Bill Wirtz of Chicago Black Hawks to continue negotiations to buy California Golden Seals for resale to another owner. The-present owner is Charley who also owns the world baseball champion Oakland Athletics of the American League. The NHL previously offered to buy the Seals from Finley but he turned the offer down. The issue was reopened recently and the league in- dicated interest. Serving with Wirtz on the committee are Bill president of New York Jack Kent president of Los Angeles Jim president of St. Louis and league president Clarence Campbell. If negotiations with Finley are the NHL then will be in the market for a new Seals said Don MUI STAN FISCHLER The case for Bobby Orr u the bett hockey player has been made so many tlmet it has become u much of a bromide as declaring Rules The Britannia once did rule the waves. Great Britain did boast the most powerful navy in the world. But that was once upon a time and long ago. the melody lingers on. Bobby Orr once was the best major league hockey player. His reign hardly was as long as Britannia's rule of the waves. In it lasted two seasons and 1JT1-72 when Orr not only led Boston's Bruins to The Stanley Cup but also led the National Hockey League in Scoring and wofl the Hart Trophy as the Game's most valuable player. Let's get it straight here and now that I am putting down Orr as a superb hockey player. I admire his skills as much as a classical music lover would worship the fingers of Van Cliburn. it is one thing to be a superb hockey it is quite another to be indiscriminately labelled the best in the world. In 1971 and 1973 Phil Esposito has been a better player than Orr and so has Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers. At times it has seemed as if Brad Park of the New York Rangers was superior to Orr over an entire season. It has APPEARED that Orr has been THE greatest because we live in the era of image-building and Bobby's has been better-constructed by the media than most. When he was a mere 16-year-old stripling skating for the Oshawa Generals the name Orr already was a household word in Canada. boy will save the Boston was the promise generated by Boston Garden mimeograph machines. By the time he did become a Bruin everybody who knows the difference between a stick and a puck had heard of Bobby Orr. The fact that Boston finished in last place in Bobby's rookie year never blemished his image. Rather it was enhanced as he won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and was toasted by hero-hungry NHL promoters preparing the world for expansion. Orr was a gifted young man and proved it in the seasons to come. My point is that his image was created and reinforced well in advance of his abilities. It was only in 1969-70 that Orr genuinely fulfilled his notices. He did it again when Boston won The Stanley Cup in 1972 by that time Phil Esposito had caught and passed Bobby as a truly great hockey player. Esposito proved it with his effort for Team Canada against the Russians in September 1972. After Boston's 1972 Cup win Orr has never been the figuratively and physically. His endless succession of knee injuries have been the principal cause of his drop from the pinnacle. Orr's game is predicated on speed and but mostly on speed. He's not a stickhandler in a class with Park nor is he a defensive defender in a class with Chicago's Bill White. The great Bobby Orr we once knew is the fellow who lugs the puck out of his own end and whirls his way past the enemy like a thunderbolt with what one observer described as variations of That aspect of Orr's superiority ended during the 1972-73 campaign when it becamse quite clear that the variations of had been sliced to three and Bobby could be stopped. If Orr w5s the superman his supporters claim he the Bruins would have finished first in the NHL East and won The Stanley Cup. They did last spring. Not only that butit was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ocr without Phil Esposito at .his side is just another good hockey player. how does one explain the Bruins' dis- integration and capitulation at the sticks of the Rangers in the five-game Stanley Cup playoff opening round in as I define requires more than a barrelful of press clippings and a wellrbuilt image. It takes more than trophies won in seasons past and a legion of hockey writers determined to perpetuate the idea of Superman Orr. 'As I deHne greatness is what happens on the ice that is both seen by the average fan and appreciated by every player. This includes the obvious and the offense and the nitty-gritty and the glorious. To me the Orr of today is bask- ing in past glory. He lacks the total game that less-publicized skaters particularly Walter the New York Rangers' center. I think he's the best player of them right now. Tkaczuk is more indestructible than Orr. He now is stronger than Orr as a skater and a body and stick-checker. He is a smarter player than Orr and he plays offense and defense with equal zeal and with no harm to either aspect of the game. Don't confuse me with statistics or trophies. I am more than aware that Tkaczuk has won nothing. But that's old same as all of Orr's and Esposito's and Bobby Hull's silverware. I'm talking about the now. It is what you DON'T see Tkaczuk do that makes him a genius. Many of his talents are obvious but he has more subtle assets than any skater in the game and if you don't believe me ask Phil Esposito or some of the other centers who have tried to cope with-him To me Walter Tkaczuk is the best-balanced player in the mentally and any other way you care to mention. As for Bobby I'll take him on my team any time providing that I can have Walt Tkaczuk May traded for Reuss PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh Pirates said Wednesday they had traded reserve catcher Milt May to Houston Astros for left- handed pitcher Jerry Reuss. Reuss is the second left- handed pitcher the National League baseball club has ac- quired this month. On Oct. Pittsburgh sent second baseman Dave Cash to Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Brett. had his finest sea- son in the majors last year. Look At Your Everyone Elso Doosl Full Size Range to 7V. In Fur Feltt and Cloth UncrueheMea 8.95 J 6.95.1 ALBERT'S MEN'S APPAREL Needham was wrong I Hull proved him so By GERRY SUTTON Cuadlaa PretrStaff Writer Coach Bob Needham told Cleveland Crusaders to let rival Bobby Hull his and it paid off in a 6-4 win over Winnipeg Jets. In the only other World Hockey Association game Wednesday Quebec Nordiques did what they do defeat Van- couver Blazers 5-1 for their fourth win in a row. At the end of the the Nordiques were in sole possession of first place in the East Division with 16 one more than New England Whalers and two ahead of Cleveland. The with three defeats and a tie in their last four remained deadlocked for second in the West with Houston Aeros and Minnesota Fighting all with nine points. Needham said the key to stopping Winnipeg's line of Hull. Norm Beaudin and Chris Bordeleau letting Hull freewheel and do his we have to do with Hull is let the wing on his side skate up and down with him all evening. We want to run at Volleyball action set Five teams will participate in the second last round of games in the Alberta Senior Men's Volleyball League at the University of Lethbridge gym Saturday. The volleyball action which will be organized into a round- robin tournament will feature two teams from the host U of University of Calgary Olds College and Red Deer College. All matches will be a best- of-three affair and the games will be staged between 1-6 p.m. Tickets are available for the general public at for for students and free of charge for U of L students. Beaudin and can't let them run Briefly in the second it appeared the Crusaders' plan had backfired. Hull grabbed the puck at centre and outskated his opponents before beating goalie Gerry Cheevers on a giv- ing Winnipeg a 2-1 lead. Danny Spring added another goal a few minutes later to give the Jets a 3-1 margin. The got three goals before the period ended and outscored the Jets 2-1 in LCI Rams eye title The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Rams and Medicine Hat High Mohawks will battle it out for the 1973 Southern Alberta High School Football League championship title Friday night. The western conference Rams will be seeking their se- cond straight league cham- pionship title in the eight o'clock match at Henderson Stadium while the eastern conference champion Mohawks are looking for their initial crown. This season-the Rams concluded league play with a brilliant 7-0 record and are favored to win the sudden- death but by a small margin. The Rams defeated the Mohawks 46-12 in their only meeting this but the Gas City ciub great- ly since then. the final 20 minutes for their sixth win against a defeat and two ties. Jim Wiste scored the winn- ing goal when he beat Joe Daley at of the snapping a 4-4 tie. Wayne Hillman added the in- surance-marker into an empty net at with Daley on the bench for an extra player. Russ Walker paced the Crusaders with two goals. got a small team so we've got to said coach Jacques Plante after his Nordiques outshot the Blazers 24-19 before 7.406 fans in Vancouver. got to play basic headman the chase play good positional hockey. We played our game well tonight because Van- couver wasn't The Nordiques scored three power-play two in the first period. They led 3-0 after the opening period and 3-1 at the end of the second. Five players shared Quebec's scoring with Rejean Houle. formerly of Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey getting the winner midway through the first. It was Houle's sixth goal of the year. Serge Bernier. who played for Los Angeles Kings of the NHL in picked up three assists to take over the points lead with 19. He has eight goals and 11 assists. Action resumes Friday night with Quebec visiting Ed- monton Oilers. New York Golden Blades going to Win-' nipeg and Minnesota visiting Los Angeles Sharks. NEW LIFETIME WARRANTY BATTERIES 24.75 29.75 EXCHANGE NEW 3 YEAR WARRANTY BATTERIES 18.75 2O.75 EXCHANGE LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 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