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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Wtdnwday, OetobV 30, 1974 Stags were rolling ANDYCAPP THE CANADIAN PRESS Michigan Stags have been hit by what they call "Wheelitis" but Detroit's newest pro sports team didn't let it ruin their home debut. The Stags, who staggered through four consecutive World Hockey Association losses on the road after winn- ing the opener, got a sudden- death overtime goal Tuesday from Danny Gruen to beat Minnesota Fighting Saints 4-3. In the only other WHA game Tuesday, .Houston Aeros beat Chicago Cougars 4-2. There were only per- sons on'hand at plush Cobo Arena for the Stags game, played neatly without penalties. That compares with a usual attendance of about to for Detroit Red Wings' National Hockey League games cross town at Olympia Stadium. "There's 'Wheelitis' in De- troit." said Stags -owner Chuck Nolton "There's skep- ticism because of the Wheels' bombing." He referred to Detroit Wheels of the World Football League who filed for bankruptcy a few weeks ago. "The Wheels went down the tube and they said in the papers they'd consider season ticket holders like just another Nolton said. He said that Stags season ticket sales came to a halt at that point. Michigan has sold about 200 season tickets and is 2-4 on the season, the same record sported by the slow starting Fighting Saints. He said the Muhammad Ali- George Foreman fight probably drew many hockey fans to watch the closed- circuit broadcast. "That's why the NHL cancelled four games tonight." Gruen, who scored the win- ning goal in Michigan's only other triumph, took a pass from Steve'West and slithered the puck between goalie Mike Cufran's legs for the winning goal at of the 10-minute overtime period I'D TAKE YOUR OLD F1 THE CASH COME tDUANCwCOAT ONEAN'AUtOWK-'HiH. TwEMTr PER CENT FOR INFLATION.' HUH.' PAT CHANCE.' WOULDN'T KNOW Vancouver Canucks bomb Wings VANCOUVER (CP) A week ago, it was Detroit Red Wings playing Cinderella in the National Hockey League. Today, it's Vancouver Canucks' turn The Red Wings, also-rans last season along with the Canucks, made a surprising appearance in first place in the Division 3 standings a week ago and today the Canucks hold a share of-first place in Division 2 after shipp- ing the Red Whigs 7-0 Tuesday night. Four other NHL games originally scheduled for Tues- day night had been reschedul- ed due to arenas being com- mitted to closed-circuit telecasts of the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman heavyweight fight. Goalie Gary Smith had an easy time'picking up his se- cond shutout of the season in Vancouver nets, stopping only 17 shots while .the Canucks bombarded Detroit netminder Jim Rutherford with 38 shots. That was in sharp contrast to Smith's first shutout against New York Rangers when New York outshot the Canucks 33-15 and -Vancouver emerged with 'a 1-0 win on Garry Monahan's, goal. Monahan, acquired from Toronto Maple Leafs in an Oct. 14 trade, again helped out in the scoring department Tuesday night with an un- assisted goal midway in the second period. Chris Oddleifson, Paulin Bordeleau, Leon Rochefort, Andre Boudrias, Dennis Ververgaert and Bobby Lalonde each scored once. The Canucks now share the Division 2 lead with Chicago Black Hawks. Each has 12 points but the Hawks have played one game fewer. Dimetapp Elixir One-a-Day Vitamins Bottle of 250 with 599 sinus congestion colds Secret Anti- perspirant CONTACC Dimetapp Elixir 4-o? or Extentabs Box of 12 Maalox Suspension 12 oz Algemarin '8' Foam Bath Contac C Capsules of 10 Head Shoulders Shampoo 3 6 3 7 I'jp 01 7 fV Pampers Disposable Diapers Newborn B'.v .of 30 Daytime Box of 30 3 i -I -i Graham Kelly Roughies not poor One of the all-time great myths of the Canadian sporting scene has been the legend of "poor little Regina" and the heroics of her loyal fans in keeping the "Green Bay of Canadian Football" in operation. According to the story, it is only through the sacrifice of the people of Regina and Saskatchewan, plus the kindly wisdom of the managing directors that allows the, Roughriders td continue. Players talk of taking a cut to toil for a football club that has something special a spirit of togetherness unmatched anywhere else in the league. As a close' observer of the Saskatchewan Roughrider. scene for nearly 20 years, I say, "Balderdash." The Saskatchewan Roughriders have one of the heftiest bank balances of all the CFL clubs that are community owned Those so-called "loyal fans" have managed to fill Taylor, Field to capacity only twice in the last four years. In the lean years through 1961, the Saskatchewan Roughriders sold less than 50 season tickets outside of the city of Regina. In 1967, less than fans showed up to Watch a thrilling final game between the Jolly Green Giants and their arch-rivals the Calgary Stampeders. Crowds have been down this year as well. But despite all of this, Saskatchewan, through good management, has managed to field the winningest team in the league over the last ten years, and do it with the lowest payroll in the CFL s When the Riders almost went down the drain in 1961, the fans didn't bail the club out. The team was saved by Bob Kramer, owner of Kramer Tractor who personally guaranteed the financial stability of the club. That is a far cry from the directors of today, who like the directors of the Calgary Stampeders go along for pretty much of a free ride at team ex- pense. In other words, the wealthy of Regina and Calgary have their own football teams to play with at someone else's expense. The Roughriders manage to make ends meet because of shrewd management by Ken Preston, great coaches such as Stove Owens, Bob Shaw, Eagle Keys, Dave Skrein and John -Payne, and players like George Reed and.Ron Lancaster who have other things going for them in Regina besides, football. I know that professional sport is a heartless business. I know that when an athlete can no longer help the club, he has to be released for the good of'the team. I know also that in professional football winning is all that counts. But the actions .of some teams in dealing with football players are more callous than others. Some clubs are actually-humane about the whole thing, case in .point being Gary Hobson and the Calgary Stampeders. Most are not. But the most sickening example of, sports callousness, plus the cheapness and venality of the Saskatchewan Roughriders has to be the recent treatment of Roughrider great, Ed McQuarters Two weeks ago. Saskatchewan cut Ed McQuarters because they didn't want to pay him They could have kept him until the end of the season by putting him back on the injury reserve list Sure he was ready to come before the last B.C.- Saskatchewan game, but the General Managers of the CFL have been above misusing the injury reserve list and five-day trials for their own nefarious purposes. But this wasn't good enough for Ed McQuarters' When Coach John Payne called McQuaarters to tell him he wanted to see him, the big defensive lineman knew his career was over and was prepared to retire. But when Payne and Ken Preston told him they wanted him to retire because he was costing them money and they didn't want to'keep paying him, McQuarters reacted rather strongly and told them they would have to cut him, because he wasn't going to retire under thos circumstances. Ed felt, and quite rightly, that his services to the team were'such that he deserved better treatment when it came time for him to hang them up McQuarters came to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966 He had been considered a sure-fire All-Pro prospect for the NFL St Louis Cardinals but was cut because he refused to suffer the humiliation of racial discrimination in the Missouri city. TheSt Louis Cardinals were so notorious for racial dissension that Sports Illustrated did a series of articles on the team In his first year with Saskatchewan he was an All-Star 1 remember him that year for his quick pursuit of enemy quarter- backs, and his contribution to winning the western cham- pionship In the second game of the best-of-three western finals in Winnipeg, McQuarters knocked the ball out of Kenny Ploen's hand, picked it up and scampered 60 yards, for the winning touchdown. Saskatchewan was Grey Cup bound for the first time since 1951. Ed played an important role harrassing Russ Jackson in the national final which saw Saskatchewan win their first Grey Cup ever. In 1967 Ed McQuarters won the Schenley Award as the out- standing lineman in the nation. He was an all-star five of the nine years he played. Saskatchewan needed him, and used him. In 1971, McQuarters lost his eye in a household accident. He decided to retire from football. But the Riders begged him to reconsider, knowing full-well that another accident would have blinded him. McQuarters came back and played. Last year he wanted to retire again, but Ken Preston and John Payne practically begg- ed him to come back. He did. he got hurt, spending most of the season on the injury list Rather than bring him back, Preston decided to save the'club some money and cut him. What a helluva way to go! Ken Preston, you should be ashamed of yourself When McQuarters tried to talk to Preston about the matter over the phone, they couldn't see eye to eye. Ed got heated up about and Preston hung up. Another nice Roughrider president Al Sangster is quoted as saying that he thought they treated him very well. That tells you something about sangster. doesn't it? So after years of faithful service. Ken Preston. Al Sangster and John Payne decided to cut Ed McQuarters adrift to save the club a few dollars. Not for a better player, not because McQuarters was a malingerer, but to save the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club a-few bucks. Steep well. Preston. Davidson is out Tamblyn and Super City dmgmarts College Mall, Mayor Magrath Drive and 20th Ave. S. 457 Mayor Magrath Drive CHICAGO (API A power play by Chicago Fire owner Tom Origer left Gary Davidson ousted as com- missioner of the World Foot- ball League, but the league, itself, afloat for at least the rest of this season. At an emergency meeting Tuesday, Davidson tendered his immediate resignation as czar of the circuit he founded in opposition to the National Football League Donald J. Regan. WFL gen- eral counsel, was named league executive director in lieu of a commissioner, but for the time being the league obviously will be directed by Us six-member executive committee. Davidson will continue in .WFL operations as a member of the executive committee, chairman of the expansion committee and part-owner and governor of the Southern California Sun franchise. But his departure as com- missioner was triggered by Origer's threat to drop out of the WFL immediately with three games still left to play. Origer earlier had tried un- successfully to strip Davidson from the commissioner's post, contending be spread the league's operation too (bin fi- nancially with less than well- heeled franchise investors Onger declined comment on his withdrawal letter and, when asked if he thought he scored a victory in forcing Davidson's resignation, said: "I got my point ;