New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
NFL playoff races going down to wire
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
If the race for the three remaining playoff spots in the National Football Conference looks too complicated to figure out, look at it this way — most of the confusion could be cleared up before Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants.
To the naked eye, things look hopelessly muddled, particularly in the NFC East, where the Washington Redskins lead with a 10-5 record and the Giants, Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals are a game behind at 9-6. Along with the Rams, who are 10-5, they will get the NFC’s three remaining playoff berths along with San Francisco and Chicago, champions of the West and Central.
But the Rams and Giants can make things simple.
The Rams play at San Francisco Friday night in a game to be televised nationally by ABC and can clinch a wild-card spot if they win.
If that happens, the 9-6 Giants can win the other NFC wild-card berth if they beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, leaving only the NFC East title to be decided in
Sunday’s game in Washington between the Redskins and the Cardinals. The winner of that game would be the division title, the loser would be out of the playoffs.
The AFT is simple. Miami is the East champion; Pittsburgh or Cincinnati will win the Central, and either Seattle or Denver will win the West with the loser joining the Los Angeles Raiders as a wild-card entry.
But the NFC is so muddled that nearly 24 hours after Sunday’s games, the league office still was trying to confirm all the possibilities involving the Redskins, Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys and Rams.
Here’s the breakdown:NFC
The San Francisco 49ers, 14-1, have clinched the West title and any home-field advantage for the playoffs. The Chicago Bears, 9-6, are the Central Division champions and but cannot get a homefield advantage.
The other three playoff berths will be decided among four NFC East teams and the Rams.
The best way to sort them out is team-by-team.
ST LOUIS, 9-6: If the Cardinals beat the Redskins
Sunday, they’re the NFC East champion based on a 6-2 division record; if they lose, they’re out because they’re 9-7.
WASHINGTON, 10-5. The Redskins edged the Cowboys
30-28 Sunday to take over the division lead. If they beat the Cards Sunday, they win the division based on their 11-5 record.
Even with a loss to the Cardinals, the Redskins could still be a wild card Should the Giants lose, Washington earns a berth. If the Giants win, the Redskins would still make the playoffs if Dallas loses to Miami.
NEW YORK, 9-6: The Giants, who lost to the Cardinals
31-21 Sunday, cannot win the division.
But they can get a wild-card berth by beating New Orleans if the Rams beat the 49ers or if the Cardinals and Cowboys both lose. The Giants could also lose and get the wild card if Dallas and St. Louis lose because if all three are 9-7 the Giants have the best combined record against the other two.
DALLAS, 9-6: Like the Giants, the Cowboys can't win the division title. But they can earn a wild-card if they beat Miami and the Rams lose to San Francisco. If that
happens, they eliminate the Giants regardless of the outcome of their game with New Orleans.
If the Rams beat the 49ers, the Cowboys can still get a wild card if they beat the Dolphins and the Giants and Cardinals lose.
LOS ANGELES, 10-5: The Rams can clinch the wild card and the home-field for the playoff game by beating the 49ers Friday night If they lose, they can still earn the wild card if either Dallas or St. Ixouis loses.AFC
Both Denver and Seattle are 12-3 and the winner of their game at Seattle Sunday wins the AFC West. If the Broncos are the wild card, they’ll be at home against the Raiders; if it’s the Seahawks, they’ll play at Ix>s Angeles unless the Raiders lose one of their two remaining games, Monday night at Detroit or Sunday at home against Pittsburgh.
If Cincinnati, 7-8. beats Buffalo at home and the 8-7 Steelers lose to the Raiders, then Cincinnati wins the Central Division because it has the better mtra-division record. If Pittsburgh wins or ties, or both teams lose, then Pittsburgh is the champion.
Motta calls for testing of all NBA players, staff
DALLAS i AP) — Dick Motta, head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, has called on the National Basketball \ssociation to stiffen its drug policy by allowing teams to make random spot-checks that would reveal if players are using drugs.
“The only way a kid can be tested now is to almost be indicted,’’ Motta said.
“If I go to the league, and I say I suspect a player has a problem, they say, Do you have any proof?’ I say, ‘No, just a feeling.’ That's not good enough i for the arbiteri,” Motta said.
Motta's remarks in published accounts today came in the wake of weekend revelations that Utah's John Drew and Houston’s John Lucas, two players with past drug problems, have been forced out of the NBA because of a recurrence.
He made his points in his weekly column that appeared today in The Dallas Morning News and in an inters lew with the Fort Worth Star Telegram
Under the agreement between the Players Association and the league, the only way a player can get help is to voluntarily come forward and
admit he has a problem. A team cannot spot check its players and then confront the players with the
The best deterrent to doing wrong, Motta said, is fear — “fear of being caught, fear of embarrassment to self and family, fear of losing the lifestyle. The only way we can instill this fear is to have across-the-board spot checks of entire teams, including players, trainers and coaches,” Motta said.
He suggested the testing be put in the hands of an independent group, periodically and without warning. If a test comes up positive, the league’s program of education and rehabilitation should take over, he added.
A subconscious trap has been set for NBA players and coaches because we have a lot of money, too much free time, and we’re overexposed." Motta said.
“There is a tremendous pressure to be successful. It’s a fast-lane existence. There is a constant reminder you’re in the spotlight 24 hours a day," he added.
“We challenge our players when things are tough, to reach down
within themselves and find something that refuses to let them fail. My fear is that sometime they’ll reach down into their equipment bag and pull out a substance to help them through the tough times," Motta said.
The Dallas coach said he is a strong believer in the league’s commitment to drug education and rehabilitation, but said the Drew and Lucas tragedies have convinced him “there is a problem out there destroying people, and we've got to stop it."
Drew and Lucas had clauses in their contracts allowing their teams to conduct urinalyses at their discretion. Drew missed a practice in Oakland last week, was suspended and failed a test. Lucas missed a plane Friday from Oakland to Portland, where he was tested and traces of cocaine discovered.
Under the NBA’s current agreement with the Players Association, a player with a drug problem who voluntarily asks for help will receive it once without penalty. His team will pay for the
. . .wants to end 'tragedy'
treatment, and he will remain on salary.
A second voluntery request will result in suspension with no pay but no other penalty .
A third voluntery request will result in “immediate, permanent dismissal from the NBA" although after two years a player can apply for reinstatement.
If the play er does not ask for ! dp and is caught, or if a play er is < on-victed of. or pleads guilty, to a crime involving the distribution of cocain. or heroin, he is permanently banned from the NBA.
'No prisoners' Sooners rip Pirates
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Billy Tubbs has a very simple basketball philosophy win by a bunch And in Wayman Tisdale, he has just the fellow to lead the assault.
With Tisdale, a member of the gold medal-w inning U S. Olympic team, exploding for 55 points Monday night, the 15th-ranked Sooners demolished the Southwestern University Pirates 126-76.
This is a perfect example of us taking no
prisoners," Tubbs said after Oklahoma improved to 5-2 If I did take prisoners, it would be Southwestern." where Tubbs coached for two
I have a lot of friends there and I know how they feel," Tubbs said "I ve been there before. But I don’t mislead anyone. I’ll try to beat you by HK) if I can. ”
In other games involving Top Twenty clubs, No. 18 Kansas ripped South Carolina State 81-54 and
Michigan, newly elevated to the No. 20 position, beat Western Michigan 83-59.
Tisdale scored 36 points in leading Oklahoma to a 60-35 halftime advantage over Southwestern, and finished only six points shy of his single-game school scoring record of 61. Tisdale also collected 13 rebounds.
“He got the hot hand early.” said Tubbs. We didn t plan for him to score that many. but I’m not surprised at any thing he does.”
Tim McCalister added 20 points for Oklahoma w hile Bobby Deaton had 27 points and IO rebounds for Southw estern.
Kansas Coach i*arry Brown said he “had fun” watching the Jayhawks. 6-1. run past South Carolina State.
“We got everyone to play and I like to see everyone play,” Brown said. “The opportunity to play is what the players look forward to.”
Roil Kellogg scored 16 points and Greg Drolling 15 for Kansas, which romped to a 46-27 halftime
advantage. The Jayhawks built their bicgrM margin at 73-45 with 5:41) to piay .
Ralph Miller had 16 points to pace South Carolina State, which is whiles-1. e in.
Michigan, unbeaten in five gaii.es u.-t -I points from Roy Tarpley. including 15 during a m .aid-half explosion. Michigan led only 36-31 it intermission. but used a 12-4 run to quickly settle the issue at the start of the second half Another 14-2 tear made it 65-45 and cleared the way for subs to mop up.
Don Fettles scored 19 points for Western Michigan, now 3-3.
In other games Monday night it was Niagara 79. Penn 73; Pittsburgh 89. Indiana. Pa . 64; Mahonia 68. Austin Peay 48; Kansas State j8. Northeast Missouri 48; Michigan State 50. St. Pe:- rA 38; Missouri 70, Tennessee 61; Nebraska /). Wyoming 65; Arizona 85, Pan American 60. and Tev.s San Antonio 80, Rice 65
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Serious Raiders slash Detroit, 24-3
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Just when the rest of the National Football league thought it was safe to venture into the street, the Ix>s Angeles Raiders came swaggering back to town wearing their playoff faces.
The defending Super Bowl champions used an awesome defense, led by Bill Pickel, and big offensive plays — a Raider trademark — by Marc Wilson, Cle Montgomery and Jim Plunkett to crush the Detroit Lions 24-3 Monday night.
The Raiders, given up for dead after losing some key players through injuries and dropping three .straight games last month, now are riding a four-game winning streak and their 11-4 record in the AFC West assures them a w ildcard spot in the playoffs.
And, lest you scoff, remember that tho Raiders rode a wildcard berth to th*' championship over Philadelphia in Super Bow l XV.
Pickel, who had 34 of the Raiders' eight sacks, led a defense that shut the Lions down at every turn. Detroit finished with only IO first downs, 257 total yards and had two passes intercepted.
It was a good win because we play ed hard,” Raiders’ Coach Tom Flores baid “The defense played well all night. We wanted to play well, win a rid stay healthy Going into tlx playoffs, our biggest concern is to stay healthy ."
Wilson, who completed ll of 19 for 194 yards with two interceptions before leaving the game with back spasms in the fourth quarter, tossed a 12-yard TD pass to tight end Todd Christensen in the second quarter and had a 72-yard bomb to Dokie Williams that set up a 37-yard Chris Buhr field goal in the third quarter.
“I ve never had these spasms) and I don’t know what to expect," W ilson said. “It's real tight now."
Ironically, it was an injury to Plunkett that gave Wilson a chance to start in the first place. Plunkett. who Int 3 of 4 for 102 y ards most of it on a 73-y ard TD strike to Marcus Mien late in the fourth quarter - was seeing his first action since suffering pulled abdominal muscles Oct. 7.
I felt a little more comfortable late in tile game," Plunkett said. “I felt very apprehensive going in."
One of Plunkett’s passes also went to Cliff Branch who hung on for his only catch of the game, but it was the 500th of his career.
“You don’t know if you’ll ever get a
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chance to achieve that and I’m glad I’m a part of it,” Plunkett said.
The Raiders fumbled the ball seven tunes, but the Lions failed to recover any ot them. The bedraggled Lions dropped to 4-10-1 in the NFC Central.
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