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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - June 14, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico First football team in new Mexico i thunderbird leave nest saturday by Bill Adams the games Are played in the summer the players All work at regular jobs and the league has no hassles about local television blackouts or Bubble gum card contracts. But it is professional football and it is Here in Albuquerque. The franchise is the new Mexico thunderbird a member of the southwestern professional football league. State representative John Radosevich president and general manager says that about $30,000 a will have been invested in the team by opening night june 16. He Hopes to get it Back i eventually. There Are four or five minor football i leagues in the country with some of the better i teams having names like the Pottstown a. Firebirds and the Wheeling West a. Iron men. The leagues have three main purposes to provide sports entertainment ? in Small towns to offer College dropouts or y National football league rejects a Chance to prove themselves and possibly make the major c league after All and in the larger cities to i prove to the nil that football draws fans and i Community support and that a major league franchise will succeed. A getting an nil franchise eventually is definitely one of our goals a says Radosevich. A Phoenix is getting heavy consideration for a team and it is logical that Albuquerque would rank just below them on the the new Mexico thunderbird will play an 11-game schedule six games in the Duke of City one in las Cruces and Only four out of the state. A we get so Many Home dates because of the California teams in games on the Road a notes Radosevich. A Competition for the entertainment Dollar is so fierce out there that i the owners have Little by saturday june 16, the opening game i the thunderbird will have a 35-Man Active roster Down from the 48 who initially reported a for pre season training. The game will be at Unm stadium starting at 7 30 ., against a the los Angeles Mustangs. The rest of the Home schedule will be i played in Wilson stadium. Radosevich found Unm non receptive to i letting the thunderbird use the Lobo a ii stadium All season but very cooperative in i helping the first game get off to a Good Start. A we wanted the Albuquerque sports of stadium for our final two Home games but ii found the expense and the necessity for Quick i conversion from baseball to football Field to be i insurmountable problems a added i Radosevich. The thunderbird Are new Mexico own hed coached and dominated on the Field. It every player is either a resident or a former a player at one of the states colleges. Head coach is Gary Sloan who is assisted m by Leon Fuller Mike Barbere and Larry a Bielat. The Trainer is Larry Wilock. Two of the a players most familiar to fans Are quarterback a Sal Olivas of new Mexico state and kicker Joe Hartshorne of Unm. A a lot of our players could have made a Canadian team and picked up perhaps $15,000 a for six months work Quot Radosevich says. A they la like living in new Mexico however and Many a of them work in career oriented jobs so they cof selected to stay with us pick up $50 or so a ii game and keep More control Over their own f the southwestern professional football a league is in its second year and consists of height teams some of them new like the up thunderbird while others have been affiliated with a different minor league. Do they play High Quality football a Radosevich feels that the so pal Champ is to Guthe nil superbowl Champ what the Albuquerque Dukes were to the los Angeles dodgers last year that is the league is like a triple a baseball league. It consists of Young players in need of More seasoning older a veterans a step too slow for the big time and some very Good players who stay on a plateau in Between College level Competition and the nil. For instance Karl Sweetan former backup quarterback and sometime starter with several nil teams played for a team called the Dallas rockets in �?T72, and roman Gabriel feuding with the . Ram management threatened to play for the las vegas casinos this season another so pal entry. Gabriel now looks like a future Philadelphia Eagle. And the difference in Quality Between the eagles and the las vegas casinos is Likely minute although the pay is certainly better in Philly look at some of the won lost records of thunderbird opponents the Lakewood Colorado oilers were 10-0 last year in the mid America league scoring 282 Points while giving up Only 44. Lakewood is a suburb of Denver the . Mustangs have a log of 51-8-2 in five years of Competition 80 per cent on the Road. The Mustangs were Western football league champs in 69 and �?~70 and once won 42 games in a Row. That 42-game Streak was broken by the Phoenix blazers 20-4-1 in two years who Drew 13,439 fans to a game in August 1971. The san Antonio Toros called by sports illustrated the finest Independent football team in the nation have a 79-win, i a loss record in seven years of play. Ticket prices for thunderbird games will be $3.50 reserved $2.50 general admission and $1.50 for Junior High and under. All games Are on saturday nights. A family plan season ticket costs $48, or $ 18 for one adult and $7.50 for a season pass to Junior High schooners and below. Season tickets or Advance tickets for the first game at a slight discount can be obtained from Radosevich a office 1821 Carlisle . 265-5728. July july july july August 18 August 25 least once. If there was another Large football facility available in a different part of the state we could even schedule a game for our open Date. Id like the nil to know that football is attractive enough to draw people in from hundreds of Miles away. That a Why we Are the new Mexico thunderbird and not the Albuquerque so and How a the team look in practice a you can Tell your readers a Radosevich smiled a that we have the finest Bunch of Young athletes Ever assembled in new Mexico and the meanest football players Ever put on one Field. We be been averaging More than two fights a night at scrimmage. And we Only pay $5 per practice. I can to wait until Effie real thing a Radosevich is hoping for an opening night crowd of 25,000 in a stadium which holds about 30,000. A it is vital to the future of sports in Albuquerque that we have a Large turnout june 16. We have to show the nil that Albuquerque ans want and will support professional football. When we move Over to Wilson stadium Well Only be Able to accommodate 7,000. We Hope we keep it filled but it takes a five figure crowd to impress the nil a he commented. The so pal teams Are in addition to the thunderbird oilers Toros blazers Mustangs and casinos already mentioned the Oklahoma City wranglers and the so. California Razorbacks Fullerton the 1973 schedule june 16 a Home against Mustangs Unm stadium. June 23 a away Phoenix blazers. June 30 a in las Cruces against the Razorbacks. 7 a Home to face Oklahoma City Wilson stadium. 14 a open Date. 21 a Home against Razorbacks. Wilson stadium. 28 a away Oklahoma City. August 4 a away san Antonio. August 11 a Home against oilers. Wilson stadium Home v. Phoenix. Wilson stadium. Home v. San Antonio. Wilson stadium. Sept. I a away v. Lakewood oilers. The las Cruces game will be played at new Mexico state University stadium. A a we be got several former Umsu and las Cruces area High schooners on the roster and some of our opponents have sex aggie playing for them Quot says Radosevich. A we Are a state team and we d like to draw fans from All Over and go out to them at scrimmage gets rough says the water Florist Cynthia colavito gets ready for the june 29-30 arts and crafts fair. New Mexico arts and crafts fair runs june 29-30 the 12th annual new Mexico arts and crafts fair will be held in Albuquerque on june 29-30, and july i 1973. The last weekend in june has been selected As the permanent Date for this major tourist event for new Mexico. The fair began As a Small event in Albuquerque a historic old town. Because of its growth and the need for More space it has since been moved to the new Mexico state Fairgrounds. Last year the attraction called the Best Ever Drew 208 artists and craftsmen and Over 122,000 visitors from every state and several foreign countries. It is unique in bringing together artists and craftsmen with a Multi cultural heritage. The Booths display Many varied crafts sculpture and paintings in various medias. Because of a Large number of applicants this year s fair was the first one to be juried by a standards committee. Seven leading new mexican artists and crafts people reviewed the More than 600 entries. The fair is held outdoors on the tree shaded grounds with Many events for All Ages including a youth Art and crafts exhibit. A Beer Garden refreshment stands and working demonstrations by various exhibitors As Well As a keynote exhibit by Painter George Catlin highlight the fair. The new Mexico arts and crafts fair is open from 10-10 on Friday and saturday and from 11 . To 8 On sunday. Admission is 50 cents for adults. Children under twelve Are admitted free. There is an abundance of free parking at the Fairgrounds. Anyone desiring a brochure with a map May obtain one by writing to the new Mexico arts and crafts fair . Box 8801, Albuquerque new Mexico 87108. Vav

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