New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
NBG plans pre-game 'extravaganza'
By DAVE GOLDBERG AP Sports Writer
Hype One. Hype Two. Hype Three....
There’s a television show originating from Pasadena, Calif., on NBC Sunday.
It starts at 3 p.m. CST, continues until about 9 p.m. and stars Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen and Len Berman with a supporting cast of 130.
Not to mention Ted Danson and the cast of "Hill Street Blues.” Plus dancing girls, card stunts, helicopters, a Goodyear blimp, and 20 — count them — cameras and six tape machines (six cameras and two tape machines suffice for the average regular-season game).
Oh yes, and the Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins.
Live, from Pasadena, ifs Super Bowl XVII, of which Cecil B. DeMille would be proud. Ifs as much show biz as football — more than IOO million people
will watch, a goodly number of whom don’t know a Riggins from a Duhe. So NBC has to hook ’em with pizzazz.
“Media hype has taken it from a game to a media event,” says Ted Nathanson, who will oversee the entire show. Larry Cirillo, who will produce the game coverage, calls it "an extravaganza.” Whatever it is, ifs lucrative — sponsors will pay $200,000 plus per minute for the pregame show and nearly half a million per minute for the game itself.
There will be two hours of pregame, hosted by Len Berman with Mike Adamle and Pete Axthelm. Ahmad Rashad and John Brodie will analyze the Redskins; lien Dawson and Bob Griese the Dolphins, and, no kidding, Adamle and Jim Turner will analyze the special teams.
Then there are the unabashed plugs.
Danson who plays a bar-owning, ex-baseball
pitcher in a show called "Cheers” (on NBC of course), makes his prediction from his fictional bar. The "Hill Street Blues,” cast, including ex-NFL running back Ed Marinaro, will also be called upon to give us the benefit of their football knowledge.
Finally, the game. Having discovered at the World Series that four men in the booth are two too many, it’s just Enberg and Olsen.
As Cirillo said this week: “There won’t be very much different from the regular season. We’ve been practicing for this for most of the season. I may have a few more technical things to worry about, but basically, we’re still covering a football game.”
But only if you don’t tune in until game time.
NBC’s work on the AFC championship between the Jets and the Dolphins bodes well for what we’ll see Sunday. The telecast was all it should be: a game that viewers could both watch and understand.
Smithson Valley basketball player Pat Bruce broke his hand in an accident at home, not in a “fight” as reported Wednesday in
the Herald Zeitung.
We regret the error and any inconvenience or embarrassment it may have caused Pat or his family. We wish him a speedy
Basketball: Tonight: Hays at
Canyon girls, 7:30 p.m., New
Braunfels girls at Gonzales, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28: Boerne at Smithson Valley — girls at 6:30 p.m., boys at 8; New Braunfels boys at Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
Junior league: Saturday, Jan. 29. The Junior league will play its first games at the NB Middle School at I, 2
and 3 p.m.
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Thursday, January 27,1983 6Coaching legend Bryant dead at 69
College's win leader felled by heart attack
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - As a youth, he wrestled a bear. As a man, he wrestled with something else — a drive for perfection the world of college football had never seen before.
Paul William "Bear” Bryant — craggy-faced, gravel-voiced, the toughest kind of field master, the softest touch to friends in need — is dead at 69.
Flags at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery flew at half-staff today as though a national hero had fallen. And for many, including the president of the United States, one had.
"We Americans lost a hero who always seemed larger than life,” President Reagan said as eulogies for Bryant came in from every corner of the country.
Bryant, four weeks to the day after he shuffled off into retirement as the winningest coach in the history of his sport, died Wednesday of a heart attack, a death that stunned Alabama’s followers and reduced
Reagan eulogized Bryant as “a hard, but loved, taskmaster. Patriotic to the core, devoted to his players and inspired by a winning spirit that would not quit, Bear Bryant gave this country the gift of a life unsurpassed.”
strong young athletes to tears.
"Quit coaching? I’d croak in a week,” he once said. It took almost a month.
The entire 1982 Alabama football team — a squad that struggled to an un-Bryant-like 8-4 record but capped the Bear’s career with a 21-15 victory over Illinois in his final game at the Libery Bowl last Dec. 29 — will serve as honorary pallbearers at funeral services Friday.
Eight will be selected to carry the casket of Bryant, who earned his fabled nickname as a youth when he wrestled a bear in a traveling circus. He will be buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham after services at the First Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa.
Many of the foremost figures in college football are expected to attend, many of them Bryant disciples who played or coached under him during the course of his record-setting 38-year career.
Bryant's death, caused by a sudden massive heart attack at a hospital one day after he was admitted with chest pains, left Crimson Tide followers in tears. Some wept on the air as radio stations broke off regular programming to open call-in shows about Bryant.
The death was also mourned at the highest levels of government.
Reagan eulogized Bryant as "a hard, but loved, taskmaster. Patriotic to the core, devoted to his players and inspired by a winning spirit that would not quit, Bear Bryant gave this country the gift of a life unsurpassed.”
Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, ordering flags at the capitol lowered, called Bryant “a man among men who brought great fame and honor to Alabama.”
Bryant captured the imagination of many by sending his often small, always well-disciplined teams to the
top of the rankings, winning national titles in 1961,1964 and 1965.
Irater he would add two more — in 1978 and 1979 — and closed his career with a 323-85-17 record. He passed Amos Alonzo Stagg’s mark of 314 career victories in 1981.
Bryant’s death was unexpected, even though he suffered from mild heart trouble in recent years.
His doctor, William A. Hill, said Bryant’s heart stopped at 12:24 p.m., CST, Wednesday and efforts to restore his heartbeat began immediately.
"We did put a pacemaker through his chest and were able to restore a weak heartbeat” for about an hour, Hill said. Bryant was declared dead at 1:30 p.m.
Hill said Bryant suffered ' a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest” only moments after appearing in good spirits, joking with nurses and making plans for a duck hunting trip to his native Arkansas. He said the cause of death was "a massive corona ry occl usi on."
Members of Bryant’s family, including his wife. Mary Harmon Bryant, were summoned to Druid City Hospital and were present when he was pronounced dead.
Ray Perkins, the former Alabama star and New York Giants coach who was picked to succeed Bryant last month, learned of the death while on a recruiting trip in North Carolina and planned to cut short his trip and return to Tuscaloosa.
Bryant, whose 38-year career spanned coaching stints at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and finally Alabama for the last quarter-century, sent players like Joe Namath, I-ee Roy Jordan, Ken Stabler and Richard Todd to the pros.
Others among Bear’s Boys,” who became head coaches and are still active, include Bum Phillips of the New Orleans Saints, Charley Pell of Florida, Danny Ford of Clemson, Jackie Sherrill of Texas A&M, Howard Schnellenberger of Miami, Pat Dye of Auburn, Jerry Claiborne of Kentucky, Steve Sloan of Duke and Perkins.
He went to Maryland in 1945, fresh from serving in the Navy during World War II, began his career with a 60-6 rout of Guilford and finished his first year as a head coach with a 6-2-1. Some 317 victories were still to come.
Then he moved to Kentucky, where in eight seasons his teams went 60-23-5, appeared in four bowls and, most memorably, whipped Oklahoma 13-7 in the 1951 Sugar Bowl to end a 31-game Sooner winning streak.
In 1954, his first year at Texas A&M, Bryant went 1-9, the only losing season of his life. Before that campaign, Bryant took two busloads of players to training camp at a dusty spot called Junction, Texas. It was hot and it was brutal. By the end, barely one-fourth, 27 players, stuck with him.
But he had laid the groundwork for a 24-5-2 mark the rest of the way at Texas A&M, winning a Southwest Conference title in 1956. Also while at A&M, Bryant produced his only Heisman Trophy winner, halfback John David Crow.
Alabama had won a total of only four games in the three years before Bryant came home — hearing "Mama call,” as he put it. His first Crimson Tide team went 5-4-1. His secdnd one went 7-2-2, inaugurating the Liberty Bowl and a record 24 consecutive bowl trips for Alabama.
In 1961, Alabama won its first national title with an 11-0 season.
A legend at Alabama had been born.
A legend now reserved to memory.
Staff photo by Kau Mitchell
'Bear' Bryant talks to CBS' Frank Glieber after 1982 Cotton Bowl game.SWC basketballArkansas escapes Lubbock with win; Texas and Rice both play doormat
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
His team barely survived an upset bid by Texas Tech, but Arkansas coach Eddie Sutton says he’s pleased, nonetheless, with the 12th-ranked Razor-backs.
A 62-59 victory Wednesday raises his squad’s record to 16-1 for the season and 6-1 in Southwest Conference action.
That’s good for only second place in the league, since the lone loss was at the hands of ninth-ranked Houston, which drubbed Rice 7640 Wednesday to run its mark to 16-2 and 7-0.
In the only other SWC game Wednesday, Baylor pounded Texas 76-43 for its second victory in six conference matches. Texas fell to 1-5.
"It’s never easy to win here,” Sutton said of Arkansas’ victory in Lubbock. The Razorbacks lost only one of four key road games they had in the first half of the conference race, he added.
"If we can beat Rice at Barnhill Arena, we will have gone through the first half of the conference season 7-1,” Sutton said.
"In looking at the schedule, knowing we had to play at A&M, SMU, Houston and Tech in the first half, we would have been glad to be 7-1. Now we have to keep winning and keep the pressure on Houston.”
Houston’s Cougars didn’t feel much pressure against Rice, which lost its seventh league game without a victory. Seven-foot Nigerian sophomore Akeem Olajuwon scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Houston to its lith straight win and 15th consecutive SWC regular-season victory.
Houston coach Guy Lewis said the key to the
victory was guard Derek Giles.
“I wasn’t too happy with our offense until I put Derek in. He started to penetrate. I would say that got us uncorked offensively and got us going,” Lewis said.
Houston jumped out to a 24-8 lead, but the Owls outscored Houston 124 to trail by only 28-20 at intermission. Michael Young, who finished with 13 points, fueled an 11-0 rally early in the second half that settled the issue.
Arkansas took a 28-19 halftime lead and widened its margin to 14 points on three occasions in the second half, the latest at 49-35 with 84 minutes left.
Vince Taylor scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to bring Tech back, and the Raiders trailed by only two points at one point.
The Razorbacks suffered from missed free throws, but clutch foul shots by I.eroy Sutton and Ricky Norton kept Arkansas ahead.
Darrell Walker, who hit six straight free throws before missing late in the game, led Arkansas with 18 points. Alvin Robertson added ll and Joe Kleine had IO.
"Our inability to hit free throws and some turnovers hurt. We made it hard on ourselves.’ Sutton said. "But I don’t want to take anything away from Texas Tech. They played very well and gave a great effort.”
Tech fell to 5-14 and 24.
Daryl Baucham scored a career-high 22 points to lead Baylor to its victory over Texas, which could hit only 26 percent of its field goal attempts. The Bears took a 24-6 lead in the first half and were on top 36-14 at the half. Bill Wendlandt led Texas with 13.Aggie players remember Bear
COLLEGE STATION (AP) - The fear and respect that his former players held for Paul "Bear” Bryant didn’t stop when their college eligibility ran out, former Texas A&M athletic director Marvin Tate recalls.
I>ast year. Tate and others who played under Bryant at A&M between 1954 and 1958 went to Washington, D.C., for a dinner to honor Bryant as the winningest coach in college football history.
“All of were over 40, but no one dared to have a drink because we were going to see the coach," Tate recalled Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Bryant died of a massive heart attack while undergoing x-ray tests in an Alabama hospital.
Tate, who was A&M’s athletic director until Jackie Sherrill’s arrival a year ago, was a senior on the Aggie squad when Bryant made his college head coaching debut in the fall of 1954.
"There is absolutely no way you can measure the influence he has had on so many people," said Tate, now a real estate agent in College Station.
Charlie Krueger, as a freshman during Bryant’s first season at A&M, had a chance to look at things from a different perspective.
"I was absolutely scared to death of him my entire freshman year,” said Krueger, who went on to become a two-time all-America under Bryant’s tutelage and an all-pro defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers.
Krueger and Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow said they consider themselves fortunate that they played at Texas A&M the same four years that Bryant was there as head coach.
After a 1-9 start, the Aggies improved to 7-2-1 in 1955, when an end by the name of Gene Stallings made all-Southwest Conference, and to 9-0-1 in 1956 and to 8-3 in 1957. Bryant had three all-America players in 1957 — Krueger, guard Dennis Goehring and fullback Jack Pardee — and two more in 1958 in Krueger and Crow.
Bryant won many games during halftime in the locker room, Krueger said.
"Knute Rockne was a high school debater compared to Bear Bryant. I never knew Knute Rockne, but I know his record is not as good as Coach Bryant’s,” Krueger said.
Crow took the news off Bryant’s death harder than others. He was broken up at the news.
"This hurts me and my family. The one thing I am thankful for is that Coach Bryant knew that I loved him before he died, because I told him so. Anyone who ever played for him was touched by him,” said Crow.
Stallings, now the defensive secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, said he didn’t appreciate Bryant as much when he played for him as he did in later years.
Stallings was coach at Texas A&M when the Aggies defeated Alabama, and Bryant, on Jan. I, 1968, the last time A&M went to the Cotton Bowl.
"We lost a great man and a great friend. It was a privilege to have been one of the fortunate few to have known him intimately. He lived his life to the very end, coaching. He was a special man because he was special to all those with whom he associated,” Stallings said.
Sherrill, one of 16 active college or pro coaches who played under Bryant, said he found himself fashioning himself after Bryant.
"I don’t know of any man who touched as many lives in a positive way as he has. He has done that for so many people that it’s hard to explain my true feelings,” Sherrill said.
"Subconsciously, I think I was trying to follow what he did. I studied every meeting, every talk, his mannerisms and how he handled different situations. I put it in my mind and stored it,” he added.
"I’m no different than a lot of guys that played for him. I called him at different times in my career, whether it involved taking a job, a discipline problem, or other phases of the garre. He had forgotten more than a lot of us will e' er learn,” Sherrill said.
Jones Ramsey, sports information director at the University of Texas, held the same job at A&M while Bryant was there.
"He obviously was the greatest coach that ever lived. Working for him for four years was the greatest experience of my life,” Ramsey said.
"He taught people so much about life. As much as he was wrapped up in football and Winn* Mg, he had the ability to teach his players how to live ife, how to pay your bills and take care of your responsibilities,” Ramsey added.
"What his kids thought of him as a person meant more to him than winning, and that’s what they’ll remember him for.”