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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 -THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 26, 1973 Expos trail by Mets add to margin as Pirates edged ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Mets hold the up- per hand in the National League East and are prepared to deal their aces in the re- maining games. "The Met pitching is com- ing on strong now." says manager Danny Ozark of Philadelphia Phillies, assess- ing the wild pennant shuffle. "And pitching is very impor- tant in the stretch." The Mets strengthened their lead to 1V2 games over Pitts- burgh with a 2-1 decision over Montreal Expos Tuesday night while the Phillies defeated the Pirates by the same score. Tonight, the Mets will pitch right-handed star Tom Seaver against Montreal in the win- dup of their two-game series at Shea Stadium. "The Pittsburgh club defi- nitely has the bats and good DON'T START, I'M TOO TIRED FIGHT- JVFSURNED ANOTHER TOUR SUPPER HOT-' AN1 THINK OF NOUR LOOKS "YOU'D ENt> UP WITH A FAT UP, r sow THE w_ I NEVER WAS WHAT fOUMlGHTCAUUA LOOKER EVEN AT OUR THE6KTJVVA.N WAS Wl'ME MOTHER.' Four trying out Swedish Wings? PORT HURON. Mich. (AP) Four Swedes on one National Hockey League team? It's not inconceivable that the four could stick with Detroit Red Wings this season. It is. however, un- likely. But just having one last sea- Thommie the Wings plenty of extra attention, as well as extra help on the ice. Bergman would like some company from his homeland, but it appears only left wing Tord Lundstrom has a real Chance to join him. The others, goalie Leif Hol- mquist and forward Ulf Sterner, may wind up with London English team set up by Red Wings owner Bruce Norris in the newly organized European league. Holmquist, 30, is battling Opening Soon In College Mall MEN'S FASHIONS Featuring 'FIRTH CLOTHES' several impressive young goaltending prospects, including Doug Grant, 25. an American Hockey League all- star last year: and Terry- Richardson. Detroit's No. 2 draft choice from New West- minster Bruins of the Western Canada Hockey League. Sterner. 32, played four games with New York Rangers in the 1964-65 season. He is with the Wings on a trial basis and hasn't signed a contract. If Bergman hadn't led the way, Lundstrom said he would not have left Gavle. Sweden, and his job as an engineer. He said Detroit tried for four or five years to sign him. but it. hadn't been worth his while until the Wings offered him a hefty money package. defence, but I know (manager) Danny Murtaugh is pressing for said Ozark. In the other games, Los Angeles Dodgers beat Atlanta Braves 5-1, Cincinnati Reds nipped San Diego Padres 3-2, Houston Astros stopped San Francisco Giants 5-1 and Chi- cago Cubs nudged St. Louis Cardinals 4-3. With the Expos in New York again today, the Pirates enter- tain Philadelphia. Chicago is at St. Louis, Los Angeles visits Atlanta, San Diego is at Cincinnati and San Francisco at Houston. CLEON IN STRIDE Cleon Jones slugged a tie- breaking home run in the sixth inning and made a game- saving catch in the seventh to pace the Met success. Jones, who has driven in 11 runs in the last six games, clouted a 1-1 pitch from rookie Steve Rogers deep into the visitors' bullpen in left field for the winning margin. Then with men on first and second in the seventh, Jones made a running backhand grab of a drive by Felipe Alou in left-centre field. Mike Anderson and Bill Robinson clouted home runs to back the five-hit pitching of Steve Carlton in Philadelphia's victory over Pittsburgh. Don Sutton fired a four- hitter to pace Los Angeles over Atlanta. Ron Cey hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers. Baltimore's talent-laden Orioles, marking time until baseball's American League playoffs, rested a regular and inserted rookie Jim Fuller in their lineup Tuesday night. The results, like the Orioles, were impressive. Fuller, who has hit 106 home runs in the last three minor league seasons, including an International League leading 39 this year, tagged a pair of homers in Baltimore's 8-3 vic- tory over Detroit Tigers. Elsewhere Tuesday night. Minnesota Twins whipped Oakland A's 9-4. Boston Red Sox nipped Cleveland Indians 3-2, Milwaukee Brewers went 13 innings to defeat New York Yankees 3-2. Kansas City Royals downed Chicago White Sox 6-2 and Texas Rangers defeated California Angels 4- 1. 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When the late, great American sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote those words, he was referring to more than gentlemanly con- duct and sportsmanship. I am sure that Rice was also think- ing about the kind of effort that the player was willing to put forth in the name of vic- tory. Do your best, go that ex- tra' mile, put out not one hundred, but one hundred and fifty per cent. Winning the game of foot- ball, as well as the game of life, requires dedication to the cause, and the will to do ones' best. A great player like Johnny Musso will play when badly hurt, so strong is the desire to help the cause and win the game. A great player will suffer humiliation and defeat and still keep striving toward the ultimate goal. Joe Kapp was an excellent exam- ple of that. The year before Kapp led the Minnesota Vikings to an NFL title, he had been pounded time and again into the mud by a savage Baltimore line.' Kapp The highly successful coaches in the business use the word a lot. George Allen of Washington comes across like a mixture of Jonathon Livingston Seagull and Dale Carneigie. Allen believes a man can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. He believes that if you are willing to pay the price for success, you will be rewarded in the end. Allen also holds to the dictum of the late Vince Lom- who said. "Winning isn't the only thing, it's everything." Bud Grant. Jim Spavital, Eagle Keys, all the coaches on the continent at the pro level believe in winning. All believe that personal pride is something intangible and hard to measure, but the vital Tom Gerela is a proud man. In the past, he carried the British Columbia Lions on his unerring toe. With no offense, the Lions would sputter and die within enemy territory. Side-winder Ted would trot onto the field and sweep the ball through the uprights. He has usually been the team's leading scorer. He has won most of the games the Leos have won over the past few years. He has won the league scoring championship before. He was kicking so well that he wanted to market his con- siderable skills in the United States. B.C. thought enough of his contributions to the club to pay him the kind of money to stay. Throughout it all, Gerela was the most popular football player on the bountiful West Coast. When the club stumbl- ed from one ignominious defeat to another, fans could at least take pride in the fact that B.C. had the best damned place-kicker in the country. Gerela was a hero. He was so good and so popular that A place-kicker must have excellent co-ordination. He must be strong. But he also must learn to relax, and be loose. A kicker gets in a groove where the whole operation of lining up, stepp- ing to the ball and swinging through it becomes automatic. The kicker has a good feeling that he is doing it right. Because of winds, the defensive rush, an errant goal- post, or lady luck, any kicker can miss on any given day. But no kicker really worries about it if he is in the groove, arid feeling good. I imagine it is similar to hitting a baseball. When you are on. everything falls into place. When you hit a slump nothing that you do seems to cure it. You're out of the groove. Gerela must think about his kicking day and night. He's probably at the point where he is spending all his time second guessing himself, trying to find the answer to his problem. This, of course, lost that play-off round, but was so gutsy and tough in the process that he and his mates came back stronger, and more mature, and more ready to face the challenge the follow- ing year. Defeat made Kapp a better quarterback. He proved he could take the worst that could be dished out and come back and win. The essential ingredient here, of course, is pride. It is true that the professional athlete is very well paid for his services. Johnny Rodgers of Montreal, a a year man complained bitterly after their loss to Edmonton that some of the players weren't putting out enough. "A lot of those guys figure that once they've thrown their block they are finished. Where's that second Where, indeed, Johnny is the pride? Peter Liske of Calgary toils for a not so modest sum of around per year. But Liske hates to lose. He wants to win everytime out. Ron Lancaster is so devoted to winning that when the op- posite occurs, you can't talk to him for hours. Pride. ingredient in a winning team. To be successful, the players must have that competitive spirit and drive to do what it takes to achieve the goal. For the proud professional who achieves success and vic- tory, the rewards are the cheers of the crowd, public recognition, plaudits of team- mates, and money in the bank. But consider for a moment the agony and hell that a proud athlete must endure when he can no longer perform to ex- pected standards. When the football player does well, he does so in view of an audience of thousands and sometimes millions. That's a tremendous kind of thing. Its opposite is the terrible humiliation he suffers, also in front of legions of fans, when he fails. youngsters began to desert the traditional way of place- kicking in favor of Gerela's soccer sweep. Now, looking at the brutal truth of the matter, Gerela can't kick worth a damn. While Larry Robinson, and Dave Cutler and Gerry Organ are winning games for their team, Gerela is losing for the Lions. Against Calgary on Sunday. Gerela missed two out of three from reasonably close in. In other games he has done the same. The margin of defeat was one point. Poor Ted had a bad year last year, missing the big ones on several occasions. To a man like Gerela, it hurts, and hurts badly. When he comes out to kick there is enormous pressure'on him. In the first place, he is all alone. He must do it all. Victory or defeat may ride on the swing of that foot. In the second place, because he has been doing badly, the pressure is even greater, contributing, naturally, to the poor perfor- mance. makes nim tight, nervous, and, largely, ineffective. When you think about the heroes of the game, the stars, and their moments of triumph, remember Ted Gerela. Here is a proud man, an athlete with an intense desire to win. and with an enormous responsibility on his shoulders. Here is a man who is suffering through a period of acute, public humiliation. The cheers of yesteryear have turned to jeers. Ted Gerela must be going through the worst period of his life. They say that the guy is getting paid well to kick. If he can't do the job, it is reasoned, he should be fired and replaced. Eagle Keys figures that Ted will pull out of his slump and become his former self again. That kind of com- passion could cost Keys his job. But Ted Gerela is trie kind of guy who deserves another chance. You made the right decision. Eagle. ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE LETHBRIDGE LONGHORNS HOCKEY SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT College Mall Booth AFTERNOONS Or Phone 328-7522 for Information Winnipegers aren't dead REGINA (CP) The odds finally caught up with Saskatchewan Roughriders Tuesday night as they dropped a 25-23 decision to Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Western Football Conference action. As home-town fans watched in frustration the Riders, who had pulled off so many last-minute miracles in previous games, blew the clutch plays. Winnipeg, meanwhile, coOl- ly fought back from a 23-10 deficit. Faced with a third-and-1 Vz situation on the Saskatchewan four-yard-line at of the fi- nal quarter. Winnipeg quarter-back Don Jonas opted tor a quick pass play tc Bob Larose. who cut in front of Saskatchewan's Lewis Cook for the touchdown reception. When Walt McKee converted, Bombers had the lead, 24-23 and it was time for Saskatchewan to get moving. FORCED TO PUNT But they remained stuck on their own 33, as a pitchout to Bobby Thompson produced no gain and a pass to George Reed was incomplete. After the punt, Winnipeg kept the ball for six plays before McKee kicked a single on a wide field-goal try from the 33. With a minute and 21 seconds left in the game Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster desperately started throwing, first at Tom Campana. then to Al Ford. Both attempts failed. On a third-and-10 gamble from his own 25, Lancaster then threw the ball almost 10 feet over the head of Rick Eber and the Bombers took over. Jonas gave the ball three times to fullback John Bled- soe. whose 81 yards rushing were 16 more than the entire Saskatchewan team managed, and with apparent unconcern let the Riders take over on their own 16 with 14 seconds left in the game. Lancaster connected on an 18-yard pass-and-run play to Reed, then on the final play of the game went for a down-the- middle pass that was in- tercepted by Phil Minnick. The win raised Bombers from the WFC cellar to a fourthplace tie with British Columbia Lions, who play Toronto Argonauts Saturday. Saskatchewan is still in first place, two points ahead ot Ed- monton. For Winnipeg, the victory meant keeping alive their chances for a WFC playoff spot and getting even for the 13-12 loss in their previous en- counter with Saskatchewan. Larose led Winnipeg's scor- ing, catching two touchdown passes, while halfback Stan Brown ran 33 yards for the other major. McKee made all three converts, adding a 10- yard field goal and a single. Saskatchewan's three touchdowns all came on pass plays, each on the second reception the scorer made yards for Eber, seven for Reed and 24 for Campana. Jack Abendschan made two converts and a 31- yard field goal. WINNIPEG 25, SASKATCHEWAN 23 WPG. SASK. First downs....... 22 18 Yards rushing 123 66 Yards passing 279 303 Net olfence....... 393 369 Passes 23-35 21-34 Interceptions 2 0 Punts--average..... 9-45.3 7-42.3 1-0 0-0 2-15 4-18 Western Conference W L T F A Saskatchewan 7 3 0 222 193 14 Edmonton .6 4 0 219 200 12 Calgary .....5 4 0 139 164 10 B.C...........3 7 0 166 217 6 Winnipeg.....3 7 0 180 189 6 ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pet. GEL New York 80 77 .510 Pittsburgh..... 78 78 .500 1 Vi Chicago....... 76 80.487 St. Louis 76 81 .484 4 Montreal 76 82 .481 4V4 Phila 70 87 .446 10 West Cincinnati 98 60 .620 Los Angeles 92 66 .582 6 San Fran...... 86 72 .544 12 Houston....... 80 79 .503 18'i Atlanta 75 83 .475 23 San Dieqo..... 58 100 .367 40 TODAY'S GAMES Montreal Moore (7-16) at New York Seaver (18-10) Philadelphia (6-9) at Pitt- sburgh Blass (3-9) Chicago Hooton (14-14) at St. Louis Wise (14-12) Los Angeles Downing (9-9) at Atlanta Schueler (8-7) San Diego Jones (5-6) at Cincinnati Gullet! (18-8) Snn Frrancisco Marichal (11-14) at Houston. Roberts (15-11) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Los Angeles 200 000 7 1 Atlanta 000 000 12 1 Sutton (18-10) and Ferguson; P. Niokro (13-10) Cheadle (9) and Casanova: Velazquez HR: LA -Coy Phila. 010 001 8 0 Pittsburgh 000 000 5 2 Carlton (13-19) and Boone: Rooker (9-6) R. Hernandez (9) and Sanguillen. HRs: Pha Anderson B. Robinson San Diego 010 000 5 0 Cincinnati 000 003 11 0 Grief Caldwell (8) and Kendall: Dilligham (19-9) and King. HR: San Fran 100 000 4 1 Houston 101 002 12 0 D'Acquisto (1 Barr (6) Moffitt (8) and Rader; Griffin (4-6) and Edwards. HR: Watson Montreal 000 001 7 0 New York 000 011 7 1 Rogers Marshall (7) and Boc- cabella; Koosman McGraw (7) and Grote. HR: NY Jones Chicago 001 000 6 2 St. Louis 100 000 7 1 Jenkins Locker (8) and Rudolph; Foster, Hrabosky (2-4) (9) Sogui (9) Pena (9) and Simmons. HR: StL AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L Pet. GBL Baltimore 94 62 .603 Boston 85 72 .541 Detroit 83 74 .529 11'.- New York 77 80 .490 Milwaukee 73 83 .468 21 Cleveland 68 89 .433 West Oakland 92 66 .582 Kansas City 86 71 .548 Minnesota 79 78 .503 12'.i California 75 82 .478 16'j Chicago 75 82 .478 16'> Texas 55 103 .348 37 TODAY'S GAMES City Splittorff (19-11) at Chicago Bahnsen (18-20) New York Dobson (8-8) at Milwaukee Colborn (19-11) Boston Lee (17-10) at Cleveland Perry (18-19) Detroit Lolich (16-14) at Baltimore Hood (2-2) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Boston 300 000 8 0 Cleveland 000 100 10 1 Morel Bolin (8) and Fisk; Timmerman (8-8) and Duncan. HRs: Box Cepeda Williams Detroit 010 110 9 3 Baltimore 412 100 12 1 Perry LaGrow Farmer Strahler (8) and Freehan: Jefferson Jackson (7) and Robles. HRs: Fuller (2) New York 000 000 011 000 15 2 Mil. 000 200 000 000 12 0 Peterson. McDaniel (12-5) (9) and Munson; Champion, Sprague E. Rodriguez (9-6) (10) and Moore. Kansas City 200 010 13 1 Chicago 101 000 10 0 Busby (15-15) and Martinez. Forster Acosta Gossage (9) and Downing. Texas 000 001 000 9 1 Calif G10 000 000 7 1 Dunning Foucault (10) and Billings: Singer (19-14) and Torborg. Minnesota 031 230 13 2 Oakland 100 001 6 4 Corbin (8-5) Campbell Mitterwald; Dobson Knowles Hamilton Hamilton Pina (8) and Tenace. HRs: Killebrew Oliva Tenace Carty (4) See Us For W-I-D-E IMPORTED TRACTION TIRES For Off the Road Driving ELRICH TIRES LTD. "Your Firestone Dealer" Complete Tire Sales and Service 402 1st Ave. S. Phone 327-6886 or 327-4445 ;