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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Graham Kelly Very few surprises The current CFL campaign has reached the half-way point with few surprises. Those teams that should be doing well are performing up to expectations, with the have-nots experiencing difficulty. The only real exception to all of this is Ottawa, with a record of three wins and five losses. They seem to be smitten by the jinx that attacks all Grey Cup champions when they attempt to defend their crown during the ensuing season. However, don't count Ottawa out. Despite averaging Jess than a touchdown a game during their last seven contests, they have the potential and should be dangerous. If any word can aptly describe the first half of the 1974 cam- paign, it would be inconsistency. The only Western club that has really got it together is Calgary although they have a record of one win and six losses, they've lost six games by a total of 16 points and are playing over their heads in the process. Calgary is not going to get much better. The Edmonton Eskimos are plagued with inconsistent performances, particularly from Tyrone Walls, the tight end. Coach Jauch stated after his team beat Calgary on Labour Day: "We're still not playing good ball consistently. If some of these guys don't start playing better then we'll make some changes." Soon after the Eskimo mentor cut Marvin Huff adrift, moving veteran Ron Estay to that middle linebacking position. Other Eskimos are forewarned that a similar fate may await them. Although Edmonton has a record of five wins and two losses, they have only recently bust up the opposition on one oc- casion. That was against Ottawa when Edmonton looked terrific. However, they looked bad against Calgary, they lost to B.C. and didn't really impress offensively when they dispatched the Blue Bombers last Sunday. Part of the problem has to do with blocking on the running plays. Tom Wilkinson likes play-action pass stuff which must be set up by a good ground game. Take the running game away and Wilkinson is finished. That is what has happened four times this year with Bruce Lemmerman coming in to relieve Wilkie, usually successfully. The Eskimos should still be the team to beat. Roy Bell and Calvin Harrell were hampered by minor but irritating injuries. The linebacking was green. Dave Cutler isn't nearly as deadly this year as has been the case in the past and George McGowan is still out with injuries. But even with these problems, Ed- monton has a tremendous offensive line, a fine front four and a good defensive backfield. The quarterbacking is excellent. But they must learn to play all out each time they take to the field. If they come up stale for a big contest, the Eskimos could very well break the hearts of their rabid fans who expect, even demand, that the Green and Gold bring back the Grey Cup this year If the Eskimos have anything going against them (besides Saskatchewan) it would be the schedule. Edmonton has played five of their seven games at home. Beginning this Friday in Regina, the Eskimos play six of their remaining nine games on the road. If they run into injury problems, or hit a slump, the Eskimos could find that schedule imbalance a serious problem indeed. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are currently tied for first place with Edmonton but have lost one more game. This they hope to rectify when Edmonton comes to town for another ver- sion of World War II on Friday the 13th. If that contest is anything like the last one, fans in Regina should be in for a tremendous night of football. Naturally, this potentially ex- citing tussle for first place isn't being televised. Roughriders are doing surprising well when you consider the number of injuries they've had. At one time or another the Mean Green lost Ed McQuarters, Frank Landy, Elbert Walker, Jack Abendshan, Charlie Collins, and now, Pete Watson. George Reed played the last two games with a pulled hamstring but managed in typical Reed fashion to totally an- nihilate, clobber, decimate, wreck and destroy the opposition B.C. that is. The rest of the league doesn't want to see old George healthy. Despite injuries, Coach John Payne has juggled his line-up and come up with a good combination. Ted Dushinski is back in the Rider defensive fold. John Gant a former All-Eastern offensive tackle from Hamilton has joined the Riders after failing to come to salary terms with Ralph Sazio (Yes, Virginia, there is one cheaper team in the league than Jack Abendshan should be off the injury list anytime now. In other words, the Roughriders should get stronger as the year wears on. Regardless of strength in other positions, Saskatchewan is still the Ron and George show with Lome Richardson thrown in on defence. When Lancaster is hot, as he was in the last quarter against B.C. the other night, the Riders are unbeatable. But when he's not, he really is not. As Dick Monroe of Calgary says, "Saskatchewan doesn't win when Lan- caster and Reed have off nights. But when do they have off Watch for Saskatchewan to bandage themselves up, and come out fighting this Friday to defeat Edmonton and move into sole possession of first place in the West. The book on B.C. is simple. The Leos have excellent per- sonnel at most positions. But not quarterback. Don Moorhead is still the biggest asset that Lion opponents have. Unless Eagle Keys gets himself another boy, the Lions will not roar in 74 and the big bin! from Turkey Neck Bend will be seeking the ranks of the unemployed. But let's look on the positive side of things. Although Jim Young is hurt, Johnny Musso, the best back in Canada, is ready to run again. Moorhead has two first class Canadian receivers to go to in Slade Willis and Brock Aynsley. The offensive line is solid Lou Harris and Monroe Ealey round out an effective backfield. The defensive front four is as good as any. The linebacking is sound. Grady Caveness has improved the Lion defensive backfield 100 per cent But Eagle, get yourself a quarterback. Practically anyone will do. With Moorhead the Lions could easily miss the playoffs. If the Leos do miss the playoff sit will be Winnipeg who will finish third. The Bombers have Chuck Ealey, Bud Riley's type of quarterback. If Ealey can effectively utilize Tom Scott and Tom Bledsoe, plus retain the passing game of a Jonas, the offence will im- prove. Winnipeg lacks a receiver as well as another quality running back. On the plus side, the Bomber defence is looking surprisingly strong- The front four is excellent, toe linebacking fine. Bud Riley, a defensive specialist is restoring respectabili- ty to his ball club. They have looked much better on defence than they did during the early going. Big four in running PINEHURST, NC Four of the first 13 members of golf's Hall of Fame-Jack Nicklaas, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Sam be in (he field for the richest tournament on the PGA tour, the World Open. The players inducted today into the new hall will be on hand when the 72-bote chase for a first prize starts Thursday. Ntcklans, Player and Lee Trevino, PGA and World Series of Golf champion, rank as the men to beat Nicklaas is fresh from his victory in the Tournament Players Division cham- pionship in Atlanta Player, the Sooth African won the Masters and British Open titles this season, took Trevino to seven holes of sodden-death before bowing Monday in the World Series at Akron, Ohio. YOU WON'T BE LOST FOR LONG--SHE'LL POR. YOU 6Y THIS TIME... MERE ARE YOU? NOT ME, KlDtJO -I'M SATISFIED IF YOU ARE! LOOKING- FOR. ANYONE IN Wwtnttday, Stptombtr LETHBRIDGE HERAl.U "Hometowner" Aii arrives in Zaire Jonas changes mind about retiring, trade to Ti-Cats gives him new life HAMILTON (CP) Don Jonas complained last week that Winnipeg Blue Bombers should have been good enough to at least let him play out his last Canadian Football League season in Winnipeg instead of trading him to Hamilton Tiger-Cats But after only a week in Hamilton, Jonas has changed his mind about retiring "This trade has' given me a couple of extra years on my playing Jonas said in an interview The 36-year-old quarter- back, traded for Tirat quarterback Chuck Ealey after Jonas began feuding with Bombers management, has found Ticat coach Jerry Williams easy to get along with "If I had to be traded, this was the place for me to said Jonas. "This is my kind of team and my kind of coach." Jonas says he is impressed with Williams.who is known as an offensive-minded coach who prefers a passing attack to the scrambling of a quarterback such as Ealey. "That's why I think I can play for another two years. It could be fun again Jonas said he didn't know if he would be starting in tonight's game against Calgary Stampeders. Jonas sat out most of his first game with Ticats last Saturday against Ottawa Rough Riders while Bill Etter directed the club to its fourth win "It's tough to come in ana pick up a brand new system in a said Jonas. "I know a lot of things I would like to do but because of the terminology, it would be hard to do. It could even be embarrassing "Look at it from the ball players' situation If I didn't execute properly they might say 'geez, what a helluva trade that was.' They might lose confidence in me." Game time is 8 p m EDT and television coverage is scheduled for the full CTV network The CBC national network will televise Thurs- day night's encounter between British Columbia Lions and the Argonauts in Toronto, also set for 8 p m EDT. KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) Muhammad Ah arrived in Zaire from Pans Tuesday, saying he would be the hometown favorite and George Foreman "the stranger" in their Sept 25 (Zaire time) title fight in the heart of Africa A crowd of more than including barefoot spear throwers, ceremonial drummers, and a rock band screeching Welcome Ah, gathered at N'Djili airport and made the former cham- pion appear to know what he was talking about. The crowds swept to the foot of his airplane and smash- ed in a glass door in the air- port lounge trying to get close to Ah during a brief news conference "I feel I am at home Ah said "I feel that George Foreman is the stranger, the man who is coming into our home Ah looked drawn and slight- ly unnerved by the enthusiasm of the welcome Ah seems to have wide backing among the Zairois When he asked a group of local reporters how many fans Foreman had among the country's population of 22 million, the reply was giggles and embarrassed silence "I'm in the best condition of my whole Ah said "I can see no problems for me in this fight Ah again stated that he would retire after the fight "I'll go out still on top Suns play two more Taber Golden Suns of the Alberta Junior Hockey League will be out to better their exhibition record this weekend Suns took it on the chin twice at the hands of the Spokane Jets this past Satur- day and Sunday but will go at it Friday night and again Sun- day afternoon Friday night at 8 30 in the Civic Centre at Taber the Suns host Red Deer Rustlers, defending Alberta League champs Sunday afternoon Albany, New York Red Wings will pay Suns a visit at two o'clock BLEMISHED RADIAL PLY SNOW TIRES -TC Sears Tire and Auto Centre Personal Shopping Please While Quantities and Sizes Last Made with 2 radial rayon body plys plus strong rayon belts for longer mileage and superior control An aggressive tread pattern for excellent snow traction. 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