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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta iHE LeiHBRIDGE HERALD September 25, Graham Kelly Rodgers ordinary superstar Johnny Rodgers superstar. "I want to win the Grey Cup with my teammates, score 20 touchdowns, and win the Schenley Award." Those are the stated goals of Johnny Rodgers put to me in an interview with the Montreal halfback on the eve of their interlocking confrontation with the Calgary Stampeders. With the Montreal Alouettes in first place in the Eastern Conference, touting the best record of any team in the country, the first of those goals certainly seems well within reach. If he scores those 20 touchdowns, the Schenley is assured. So far the "ordinary superstar" has scored nine touchdowns, is seventh in the East in rushing, and second in pass receiving. Except in the rushing category, where fellow Alouette Steve 'Ferrugholli leads the con- ference, Rodgers is the stellar performer for the Montreal entry in the CFL. And yet. "I don't know why it's happening now, but this is the worst year I've ever had for injuries. In fact, I never had any real injuries in my career except for this season. I've had broken ribs, ripped some ligaments in my chest, hurt my foot, hurt my hand. Why, I even had the flu. I hope that's all over with now." Rodgers is one of the most exciting, and certainly the most heralded football players to come into the league in years. A Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska, Johnny was everybody's Ail-American, a football player who could do it all. He set countless records while playing in the Big Eight. He rushed, he caught passes, he was spectular on punt and kickoff returns. When it came time for this phenomenal athlete to turn pro, Johnny surprised almost everybody in football by spurning an offer from the NFL San Diego Chargers and signing with Montreal. In his rookie season, the exciting Cornhusker won the. Schenley Rookie of the Year Award. People came to see him play his exciting brand of football in every stadium in the country except Montreal. In this, his sophomore season, even Montroalers are turning out to watch him perform, seldom be- ing disappointed. What makes Johnny run? "I've always been an overly confident person. I never feel pressure in a football situation because I know I can do it. It's when you have doubts about your ability to perform, to get the job done, that you feel pressure. I have always been successful as a football player, and there is no situation that I can't handle on a football field." "Other football players have the same physical ability as I have and the same desire. But I'm smarter than the average football player. I really think out there, study the game. I have football down to an art. Naturally, then, I perform better than other football players." Before you say that Rodgers is a big mouthed egotist, take into consideration that he came by his super confidence the hard way. "No. you sure couldn't say I had a happy family life. My parents were divorced as long as I can remember, and I was raised by my stepfather and mother in Omaha. It would be a real understatement to say that we didn't get along. I was left on my own most of the time, and I had to survive or be in real trouble. I survived. I met those challenges." He gives an enormous amount of credit for his success to those who have coached him. "My high school coach, Dick Christie, was a wonderful man. When I got to Nebraska, Coach Devaney was more like a father to me than a coach. I couldn't have gone to a better school to learn to become a professional football player which is why I went. They gave me such an excellent background in football that I could coach at a smaller college right out of university. But the people were the thing. Devaney and the others did so many good things for me. It was a heckuva asset to go to Nebraska." The paternal guidance of Devaney was important to Rodgers. "It was a predominantly white school. Outside of foot- ball it wasn't a particularly happy life. A black college football player doesn't get the same kinds of advantages in terms of un- iversity life that a white does. But the coaches helped me through." Rodgers is happy with Montreal. "I can't say there's no pre- judice in Canada, because there is. But there's a lot less head to head direct, obvious prejudice, so the living here is better. I do miss black people, though." Rodgers is enthusiastic about Montreal's chances this year. "We have a much better attitude on the club this year. We have the same coaches, players, management, but Jimmy Jones and I have instilled a winning attitude on the club. Last year, the at- titude was bad. Now players are concerned with doing more than their job they want to do that something extra, everything necessary to win." They're doing exactly that. Johnny Rodgers no ordinary superstar. Wood out for year CHICAGO (AP) The baseball season ended Tues- day for veteran pitcher Wilbur Wood of Chicago White Sox. a 20-game winner for the fourth successive year. The knuckle-balling left- hander suffered a bruised left leg against Oakland A's on Saturday night and left for his Lexington. Mass.. home after an examination disclosed his leg was bruised so severely he would be sidelined for at least two weeks. Wood. 32. had records of 24- 20 last year: 24-17 in 1972. and 22-13 in 1971. and this season became the first White Sox hurler to win 20 or more games for four straight seasons. Many Southern cowboys could make it to Finals Happy fain ily Al Kaline of Detroit Tigers joins his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kaline just after his major league hit. Orioles leap frog Yankees, Red Sox stay alive with sweep ASSOCIATED PRESS A tie-breaking squeeze bunt by Andy Etchebarren brought Brooks Robinson home from third base, catapulting Balti- more Orioles past New York Yankees and into first place Tuesday night in the American League East. Etchebarren's squeeze bunt allowed Robinson to score the winning run in the eighth inn- ing and gave the Orioles a 5-4 victory over Detroit Tigers. The Yankees, who started the day with a one-game lead, dropped a twi-night doubleheader to Boston Red Sox 4-0 add 4-2 and fell to se- cond place. Baltimore's climb to the top of the AL East took some of the glamor away from Detroit's Ai Kaline, whose fourth-inning double made him the 12th player in major league history to reach 3.000 hits for his career. "I'm happy it's over with, but I'm sorry we didn't win." Kaline said. "That would have capped it perfectly." Elsewhere in the American League. Milwaukee Brewers nipped Cleveland Indians 4-3 in 11 innings. California Angels defeated Kansas City Royals 9-3 and Oakland A's trimmed Minnesota Twins 5-1. Chicago White Sox" doubieheader at Texas Rangers was rained out. ORIOLES TRAILED Trailing 4-3 after seven in- nings, the Orioles tied the score on doubles by Don Baylor and Robinson in the eighth. Robinson moved to third on a wild pitch >o Etchebarren s f'im" Etchebarren. got his bat on the high curve-ball from Tigers' relief ace John Killer and tapped the ball down the first base line. There was no play on Robinson, who scored with the winning run, and Finnish goalie not bad THK CANADIAN PRESS jonna Valtonen. who only a week ago plaved goal for Fin- land side against a team Hu.ssia. made a debut with Pitt- sburgh a; Peterborough. Ont.. 33 -he P-'nguins defeated New York Islanders 4-2 Tuesday night in one oi two National Hockey League exhibition games.. In the other game, played at Moncion. X.B goaltender Wayne ThV.mas was not quite as impressive as Montreal Canadiens lost 5-2 to Atlanta Flame> In tnc .mSv World Hockey mutch, at Bran- Phoenix an expansion V. innipeg Jets M-l !'-r 'hvir iJiirrf consecutive Etchebarren even beat it out for single. Kaline. 39, playing in the 2.827th game of a 22-year ca- reer, is the first player to reach since the late Roberto Clemente did it on the final day of the 1972 season. Kaline got the milestone off Baltimore's Dave McIX'ally in the fourth inning, then added a single for No. 3.001 in the six- th. He gave the bat and ball to American League President Lee MacPhail. for shipment to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. N.Y. The Yankees were stopped on six hits by Luis Tiant in the opener and on seven hits by Roger Moret in the nightcap. ENDS NEXT WEDNESDAY The Orioles have seven games !o go and the Yankees six sn the regular season. which ends next Wednesday. Boston in third place, is game? behind the Orioles. The second game was marred by rowdyism among some of the 46.448 at Sliea Stadium in. New York. Debris was hurled onto the field, including a bottle which splattered near home plate. Gene Tenace's third grand- slam home run of the season helped the A's stretch their lead in the AL West to five games over Texas. Tenace's grand slam was his 25th homer of the year. It came off Joe Decker. 16-13. in the fourth inning and helped Vida Blue to his 16th victory 15 losses. There are only four opportunities left for Canadian cowboys to qualify for the first annual Canadian National Rodeo Finals, Nov. 4-9 in Edmonton. The top 10 money earners in each of the five major events as well as the top six boys' steer riders and novice saddle bronc riders will qualify for the Finals. The top 10 women's barrel racers will also qualify for the finals as will the top 12 in the cutting horse standings. The Finals will be run under a sudden death format. The contestant earning the most money in each event as well as the all around category, through the six performances of the Finals will be declared the Canadian champion. A queen contest will also be held in conjunction with the Finals. The contest is open to Canadian girls 18-24 years of age and will be judged on personality, horsemanship, and appearance. Any girl wishing to enter the competition should send her applications to Radio Station CFCW. Many Southern Alberta cowboys are either sitting securely entrenched in the standings or are just out of the top 10 with still a good shot at making the Finals. Cardston's Jim Gladstone leads all the calf ropers while D. C. Lund of Taber and Arnold Haraga of Skiff are one two in the steer wrestling. Lynn Jensen of Cardston is seventh in the bareback event and Bob Wilson of Cardston eighth in the bull riding, third ALL AROUND 1. Tom Bews. Pekisko.......S8831 2. Kenny McLean. Vernon___8087 3. Bob Wilson. Cardston .....6943 4. Phil Doan. High River ......4625 5. Bob Kartell. Strathmore___4509 SADDLE BRONC 1. Melvin Coleman. PiercelandS6368 2. Jim Kelts. Consort.........6138 3. Tom Bews. Pekisko........5057 4. Mel Hyland. Calgary....... 4439 5. John Gratton. Edmonton 4193 6. Ivan Daines. Innisfail.......3422 7. Jerry Sinclair. Lloydminster 3277 8. Lester Gurnett. Airdrie.....2360 9. Oliver Louis. Vernon.......2357 10. Bart Brower. Craigmyle 2168 BAREBACK 1. Dale Trottier. 2. Doug Flannigan. Madden 3798 3. Allan Thorpe. Bowden .....3734 4. Mel Hyland. Ponoka.......3209 5. Jim Clifford. Edmonton 3006 6. Phil Doan. High River......2675 7. Lynn Jensen. Cardston 2219 8. Greg Butterfield. Ponoka 2113 9. Gene Miller. Busby........1910 10. !van Oaines. Innisfail......1891 BULL RIDING 1. Brian Claypool. Saskatoon 2. John Doo'ds. Morningside 4473 3. Jim Freeman. Caroline.....4009 4. Dale Rose. Medicine Hat... 3985 5. Bob Robertson. Yellow Grass3661 6. Bob Phipps. Marshall......3364 7. Lawrence Hutchison Cremona...................3178 8. Bob Wilson. Cardston .....2751 9. Bob riartell. Strathmore___2652 10. Tom Davies. Medicine Hat 2202 CALF ROPING 1 Jim Gladstone Cardston S5271 2 Bob Rusr. B-jrnaby 4940 3. Kenny McLean. Verron 4204 4. Lome Weils. CaJcary 3810 5. Gera'd Bcivden 3408 6. Sparky Trof.t-r. 3350 7. Lee PhilliDS. Caresland 3074 8. J. W Campbell. Deiacour 2405 9 Lloyd Fowlie Bindloss.....2204 10 Arnold Harooa. Skiff......2006 STEER WRESTLING 1 Lee Phillips. Caresland S7491 2. D. C Lund. Taber.........3946 3 Arnold Haraga Skiff.....3422 4 Bob Wilson. Cardston .....3326 5 Tom Bews. Pekisko........ 3231 6. Joe Cnomistek. Scandia 3175 7. Clark Schlosser. Stavely 2677 8. Ken Hyndman. Kamoops 2078 9. Ph.i Doan. High River......1986 10 Bicparc Todd. Wood Mountain.............1821 AMATEUR SADDLE 9RONC 1. Dave Pincher OeekS2832 2. Ke'tn Gowe' Edmonton 1640 3 Do" McMahei Edmonton 1067 4. John AHen. HazeUon......670 5 Glen Gn'frtn. Cessford 631 6 Clmlon Meadow Lake 546 Ten Minvte Service Free Installations Guaranteed As long As You Own The Car Qua) Exhaust Specialists Monroe Shocks Walker KH pyorn SPV i oi n i IAWNCAIGAPY A 17if AVf ALL CANADIAN Now will Al Kaline retire after reaching hits? A; im- Uie fans ol native UdUimore. bu! the TWITS' star was calmest person JTJ S'jrJnn'i TV VIYJT nlrj veteran was f T. rr-'.JMDf ovation by thf -nrA'3 oi i.7. whpn he ITI 1hc inning of 1 mpbl s gamr 1-o be- irnc ihr 32th flavor in major history to reach the -V T '-hi- 329-4666 272-1210 272-2122 r was halted for ap- freTnonips honor .Msnn. bat Kaline mi H? delivered a in the sixth. 2 tie wilh the Orv Aflcr raiiicd for rnnal 5-4 victory in the Amewan League's tagbt Division race. Kaline ihf (Ificat was the only darnwr the whole evening i-'TnnR ;o }he reaching of Ka'ino said: happy it's over with, but I'm sorry we didn't win That would have capped pcrlerUy Oc'roit s designated hitter. onr-o one