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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wmlnwday, October 2, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-27 Graham Kelly Next year for Stamps A funny thing happened to the Calgary Stampeders on their way to a play-off spot. They got dry-gulched on the verdant Regina plains, the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The odds were against the Roughrider 34-10 victory. Saskatchewan was winless in their last three starts at Taylor Field. They had dropped five of their last six games, looking terrible in the process of doing it. Against Edmonton, Hamilton and Ottawa, the inept stubble jumpers turned the ball over 20 times Now everybody knows that none are more generous than those who live in or come from Saskatchewan. But really now, 20 turnovers in three games is being generous to a fault. In other words, Saskatchewan stunk out the ball park during September. As goes Lancaster, so go the Roughnders. Lancaster has been simply awful. On top of all of this, the Mean Green were hurting, with no less than nine starters on the injury reserve list. On the other hand, the Stampeders were coming off an im- pressive performance against the Montreal Alouettes. With Liske playing better than any quarterback in the country, Calgary rose up and stung the best team in the country with im- punity and a devastating passing attack. That meant that the Stamps were on a two-game winning streak, having dispatched the mystifying Ottawa Rough Riders 16-9 at Lansdowne Park. Genial Jim Wood added Ozell Collier to his secondary and Larry Moore at defensive end. Both performed very well, tightening up the defence where it needed it the most. With Dick Wesolowski at tight end, the Cowboy offence seemed more potent. Even Cyril McFall, the placekicker was beginning to resemble a bonafide football player Calgary appeared to be ready to challenge. If Montreal had beaten Winnipeg last Satur- day, a Calgary win over Saskatchewan would have put them right in the play-off thick of things Unfortunately, it was not to be. Part of the reason was Lancaster. Some people were having the audacity to suggest that the little man was through. He leads the league in interceptions. He's had the ball batted down his throat by onrushing defensive heavies so many times he's lost coun.t In fact it appeared that the diminutive pivot was trying to throw the ball from deep in a sewer. The quality of his passes added to that impression. Against Ottawa, he threw three interceptions on a down and out pattern to Tom Campana. Same play, same mistake. He threw the ball behind the former Buckeye back Why does the smartest quarterback in the league do such things at times? Don't always blame the quarterback on these interceptions. Sometimes the receiver runs the wrong pattern. Sometimes a defensive player makes an outstanding play. But sometimes, too, the quarterback throws poorly or to the wrong place. With Lancaster there is another factor involved, pnde. Or call it over- confidence if you like. Ron Lancaster is a cocky, confident quarterback. His patented and legendary comebacks of the past have convinced this man as well as his teammates, coaches and fans that he can accomplish any feat on the football field. When things go wrong, I don't think he really believes it. If a pass pattern results in an interception, it is Ronnie's nature to throw it again just to show the opposition that they can't stop him if he is really determined to succeed He does this on running plays as well. He'll pitch out to some unfortunate wretch (usually Bobby Thompson) who will proceed to try and negotiate this way around the end The wretch usually ends up under a ton of op- position beef with a five yard loss to boot. But Lancaster will keep coming back to that play time and time again. Finally, it will produce a first down. Once that has been done, Lancaster has shown that the end-run can in fact produce results and will promptly forget about it for the rest of the game. Ronme admitted to me last year that sometimes he thinks that he could throw the ball through a brick wall, and will try to do so The mentality of a very confident man. Against Calgary, stung by criticism and defeat, Lancaster came back to complete 13 out of 15 passes. He threw four touchdown passes, two to newcomer, Rhett Dawson. His mate, old George was on the ball as well, trampling through the Stampeder line for 117 yards bringing his season total to yards. This marks the 10th time that George Reed has had over a yards in a season. He now has 55 games of over a 100- yards per contest, just three shy of the record held by Jimmy Brown. If George Reed doesn't win the Schenley Award this year they should bring back Prohibition. So poor old Calgary ran into the George and Ronnie show when it was hot. With a three and eight record, the Stampeders are, for all practical purposes, finished for 1974. Edmonton and B C would have to lose all their remaining games while Calgary won all the rest for the Stamps to knock one of those two clubs out of the playoffs. Saskatchewan, having defeated Calgary three times, would have to lose all their games or tie a couple while Calgary won all the rest. That prospect is pretty remote. So the Stampeders can look forward to next year, having missed the playoffs three years in a row. Dodgers clinch pennant. Orioles have at least a tie Race results CALGARY (CP) Race results Tuesday FIRST S2.500. claiming 2-year-old maidens 6 furlongs Russian Lad (Wiseman) 3 30 2 70 2 50 Be There Julie (Dunham) 3 30 4 20. Freddys Hope (Hendncks) 6 00 Time 1 15 4-5 Mtslasene. Parson's Hilf Montana Pnncess Brown G. Hurricane Hank. Oa.sy Buds. Mergers Return also ran SECOND claiming 3-year-olds. 6 furlongs Marries Venture