New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Shula says he won't be conservative
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The charge: Conservative, boring football.
The defendent: Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins.
The plea: Guilty.
Shula admits he was one of those coaches less concerned with winning than he was with not losing in some of his four previous Super Bowl trips.
But times and coaches change, and he promises that Sunday’s Super Bowl XVII against the Washington Redskins will be anything but dull.
“In the past, teams have gone out afraid to lose,” Shula said. “So you had cautious games. But I think we’ve seen a turnaround in the last few years, and more teams are doing the things that got them there. The Cowboys and Steelers played a pretty wide open game a couple of years ago.”
And that, said the Dolphins' boss, is what he plans to do, too.
“I think you have to go for it. We’ve opened up our offense in the last few weeks and we’ve played aggressively defensively. In this game, I think we’ve got to go the same way. You can’t be afraid. You’ve got to do what got you here.”
Joe Gibbs, who’ll be across the field at the Rose Bowl on Sunday directing the Redskins, agreed.
“I don’t think you can finesse people to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “You’ve got to be physical. Our approach is to be aggressive on offense and aggressive on defense. We’re not going to sit back there, waiting for something to happen. We want to make it happen.”
Shula, preparing for his fifth Super
Bowl, and Gibbs, in his first, both seemed relaxed as they moved toward Sunday’s confrontation.
“I’ve learned to live with things a lot better now than in my early years,” the Miami coach said. “I’ve mellowed. I’m not as quick to fly off the handle.”
Gibbs’ Redskins are talented with the best record in the league, 11-1. “And they’re smart,” the coach added. “I said to them at halftime last week, ‘Think of this. You’re a half away from $16,000.’ They screamed $18,000.”
Gibbs sees a lot of the elements of past Super Bowl winners in his team.
“History paints a sketch of what world champions are like,” he said. “First is a good aggressive, tough defense that went after people. An offense that is very consistent, with strong running backs who don’t fumble. A quarterback who is hot. You’ve got to be physical and have great special teams to win.”
But even Gibbs must admit that the Redskins are rather unique with offensive linemen who call themselves Hogs, pintsized pass catchers called Smurfs after the television cartoon characters, and a fullback who rarely talks, even to the coach. No other Super Bowl teams offered that strange combination.
Two of the Hogs, guard Russ Grimm and tackle Joe Jacoby, room together. Grimm is 6-foot-3, 273. He looks like a miniature standing next to Jacoby who, at 6-7, 290, resembles an airplane hanger.
“He cooks breakfast,” said Grimm, nodding at his roommate. “I’ve seen him make steaks and eggs. Three steaks.”
How about bread?
“He doesn’t eat bread,” said Grimm.
“He says bread is fattening.”
Grimm says the hogs are down-to-earth sorts, more comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans than a three-piece suit.
“A three-piece suit?,” exclaimed Jacoby. “I don’t own one of them.”
The hogs like to dine together. “We went to a restaurant in Washington one night,” said Grimm. “Seven of us. The bill was $850 and that was without liquor.”
You get the picture.
Fullback John Riggins, who has rushed for 444 yards in three playoff games, is an honorary Hog. He was in acceptable uniform for Wednesday’s interview sessions, wearing camouflage pants, tan work boots and a purple t-shirt labeled “Five O’Clock Club” on the sleeves and chest. He has resumed limited relations with the press after a long silence and explained his reasoning.
“A couple of years ago, I didn’t play for one season. Football wasn’t fun, so I took a year off. Doing interviews wasn’t fun, so I took a year off from that, too.”
Working beside the hogs are the Smurfs, Washington’s corps of tiny pass receivers. They include Charlie Brown (5-10, 179), Alvin Garrett (5-7,178) and Virgil Seay (5-8,175).
They are dwarfed by the hogs, but that’s OK with them. "I like being 5-7,” said Garrett. “You ought to try it some time.”
And while the hogs stuff their faces, the Smurfs have their own recreational interests every week, and the Super Bowl won’t disrupt them.
Says Seay: “I’ll be watching, 8:30 Saturday morning” when the Smurfs come on the tube.
Mavs win five in a row
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - At least something wasn’t in dispute after the Dallas Mavericks came out on top of their match with the Kansas City Kings.
“I guess we would agree on two things,” Kings Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said Wednesday night after his team fell to the Mavericks 125-115. “Dallas played a good -gaiVft: arr.d we struggled.”
Dallas stretched its winning streak to five, a club record, and notched its seventh win in eight games. For Kansas City, however, the loss was its third in a row and its eighth in ll games.
“When you’re on a roll, you make all the plays you have to and win games,” said Fitzsimmons. “When you’re struggling, negative thoughts come in.”
Dallas guard Mark Aguirre threw in a game-high 35 points, including 12 rn the fourth quarter, and pulled down ll rebounds to power the Mavericks past the Kings. Kelvin Ransey and Jay Vincent finished with 28 apiece for Dallas.
“I told our guys before the game that I wasn’t talking about the playoffs or anything, but that if they were going to make a serious threat, tonight was a two-game game,” Dallas Coach Dick Motta said. “One win in our column, and one loss in theirs.”
Kansas City, 23-19, is 24 games behind Midwest Division leader San Antonio. The Mavericks, 20-22, are three games behind the Kings.
Players from both teams had bruises from the game, during which referees called 74 personal fouls and four technicals. Motta was ejected from the game after receiving back-to-back technicals.
“The game was very physical and
loosely officiated,” Fitzsimmons said. “That’s about the only thing I can say without drawing a big fine.”Lakers 115, Bucks 113
“We are playing as good as our team can possibly play and have been for over a month,” Milwaukee Bucks Coach Don Nelson said.
That has been good enough to make the Bucks the runaway leaders in the National Basketball Association’s Central Division, but it wasn’t enough to beat the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 points, including six in the last four minutes, to bring the Inkers from behind and defeat Milwaukee 115-113.
“It’s a super game between two divisional leaders, the type of game I was expecting,” said Lakers guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who had nine points and 20 assists. “We played well in the first half. They played well in the second half and the game consequently was up for grabs in the last minutes.”
The Inkers, who led 60-54 at halftime, trailed by seven points with 4:11 remaining before scoring ll straight points to take a 115-111 lead with one minute to play.Bucks’ center Dave Cowens scored to close the gap to two points and Milwaukee had a chance to tie when the lakers missed a shot at the 20-second mark.
But Cowens missed a follow shot with two seconds left to give the Lakers the win.Celtics 125, Bullets 99
Kevin McHale led eight Boston players in double figures as the Celtics avenged a
Memphis St., Louisville have rough New York trip
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two of the nation’s Top Ten college basketball teams visited New York and learned that it’s not always Fun City.
Fifth-ranked Memphis State and No.8 louisville had to fight for their lives before coming away with hard-earned victories over Iona and Rutgers Wednesday night in a Madison Square Garden doubleheader.
First, Memphis State held off Iona 94-88 behind Keith Lee’s 28 points, including a pair of free throws with three seconds left when Iona called a timeout although it had none remaining and was hit with a bench technical.
Then, louisville froze the ball for more than seven minutes late in the game and nosed out Rutgers 54-49 for its eighth consecutive triumph.
In other games involving The Associated Press Top Twenty, second-ranked Indiana outlasted Northwestern 78-73, No.6 Virginia trounced George Washington 59-44, ninth-ranked Houston clobbered Rice 76-40, No.12 Arkansas nipped Texas Tech 62-59, No.13 Missouri defeated Kansas 76-63 and No.15 Georgetown crushed Seton Hall 7148.
two-point loss to Washington two nights earlier.
McHale, starting in place of flu-stricken Cedric Maxwell, had six points as the Celtics scored the first 14 points in the game. They also got the first IO points of the second period for a 44-24 advantage.76ers 113, Suns 102
Moses Malone had 34 points and ll rebounds, while reserve guard Clint Richardson sparked a fourth-period rally by Philadelphia against Phoenix.
The 76ers trailed 83-79 going into the fourth quarter after the Suns outscored them 25-13 in the third period. Richardson had eight points in the final 12 minutes, and the 76ers never trailed again after his basket gave them a 93-91 lead.
Walter Davis led the Suns with 30 points.Sonics 118, Pistons 109
Gus Williams and Jack Sikma had 26 points apiece as Seattle beat Detroit to break a nine-game road losing streak.
The Pistons led 4644 before the Sonics scored ll straight points to take the lead for good.
Isiah Thomas led all scorers with 27 points for Detroit, which had won three games in a row before the loss.Bulls 124, Cavaliers 119
Reggie Theus scored 27 points and Dave Corzine 21 as Chicago handed Cleveland its 35th loss in 42 games.
The Bulls led at the end of each period although the Cavaliers cut a 106-93 deficit to 120-116 with 26 seconds to go. A free throw by Quintin Dailey and two by Corzine kept Chicago in front.Top Ten
Memphis State, 15-1, took advantage of foul problems by Iona’s top two scorers — Steve Burtt had 31 points and Gary Springer added 15 — to move from a 61-59 lead to 70-61. l^ee and Bobby Parks, w ho finished with 21 points, each scored four for the Tigers during that span.
Memphis State’s first 15 opponents had averaged only 61.4 points a game and Coach Dana Kirk called Iona “the first team we’ve had this year we couldn’t contain offensively.’’
In the nightcap. louisville Coach Denny CYurn said he thought it was obvious why he ordered the Cardinals to freeze the ball with a 5149 lead and more than eight minutes left.
“We shot 37 percent in the first half, and I doubt it was that good in the second half,” he said. “When you play against a zone, you don't get any easy shots.
We were shooting to begin with, but they obviously didn’t want to come out and play us.”
Rutgers’ Tom Young said his players didn’t challenge Louisville’s stall “because we were tired.
I wanted to rest our players and then come out and foul with two minutes to go. Who figures they’re going to stall against us for five minutes?”
The slowdown finally was interrupted with 31 seconds left when Scooter McCray was fouled and made two free throws. Sophomore Milt Wagner led the Cardinals with 22 points, including two baskets that gave them a 5147 lead.
In Chicago, Ted Kitchel scored 29 points after being held scoreless for the first nine minutes and led 15-1 Indiana over Northwestern in a Big Ten game. The Hoosiers trailed through most of the first half, but finally went ahead to stay early in the second half on a three-point shot by Kitchel and a basket by Jim Thomas. Randy Wittman added 25 points for Indiana, while Art Aaron topped Northwestern with 21, including a trio of three-pointers.
Kitchel, who connected on four three-point shots, said he doesn’t like the new rule.
“I don’t like messing with the game of college basketball,” he said. “It’s a good game. You don’t need new rules and shot clocks. They should leave college basketball alone."
At Charlottesville, Va., Virginia’s Ralph Sampson scored 16 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots and the Cavaliers, 16-2, pulled away from George Washington in the final seven minutes. Reserve Jim Miller added ll points, all in the second half.Second Ten
At lawrence, Kan., Steve Stipanovich scored 25 points and Jon Sundvold poured in 18 of his 22 in the second half as Missouri eased past Kansas in a Big Eight game. The Tigers are 15-3 overall, 3-0 in league play.
At l^indover, Md.. Patrick Ewing had 22 points, ll rebounds and four blocked shots as Georgetown, 14-4, pummeled Seton Hall. The Hoyas scored the first eight points of the second half as part of a 22-2 blitz that broke open a close contest.Sports shortsSeguin Ladies' to hold softball meeting
The Seguin Indies' Softball league will hold a meeting concerning the spring schedule Tuesday. Feb. I,at 7 p.m. in the OBRA conference room on 933 East Court Street.
All interested teams are urged to attend.City bowling tourney scheduled for February
The New Braunfels combined men and women city tournaments are scheduled for Feb. 19-20 and 26-27 at the Comal Bow l.
Entry forms are available at the Comal Bowl and must be completed by Sunday, Feb. 6. For more information, contact the Comal Bow l.NB Eagles hold soccer tryouts
The New Braunfels Eagles soccer team, which completed its fall season with a 7-1-2 record, will hold tryouts for next season's team on Monday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. on the HEB complex.
The Eagles will be playing in C Dvision Blue. All boys with 1970 or 1971 birthdays are eligible to play.
For more information, contact Bob Thrift at 625-3671.Woodlands schedules Florida Scramble
Woodlands’ next tourney will be a Florida Scramble on Jan. 30. Tee time is IO a.m.. The tournament is open to men and w omen.
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