New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Giants basking in success now that drought has ended
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Standing atop the NFL mountain, the New York Giants aren’t getting carried away with their success. They are humbled by their own history.
Team history, for instance, shows 30 years between Giant championships, a streak that ended Sunday with a 39-20 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos After their 1956 National Football League title, the Giants lost their next five title games and than went 23 years without even getting into one after falling 14-10 to the Chicago Bears in 1963.
Coach Bill Parcells and quarterback Phil Simms, the Super Bowl most valuable player with a record-setting 22 of 25 passing performance, can learn from their personal histories. Just three seasons back, they were surrounded by failure. It was a long climb from that 3-12-1 mark to this year’s 17-2.
“I know now what real euphoria is,” Parcells said Monday. "It’s a wonderful feeling and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to duplicate it.”
Just three years ago, Parcells wasn't even sure he'd be coaching, much less winning a championship. He had replaced Hay Perkins, who left the Giants for the University of Alabama, and those 1983 Giants weren’t really his players.
At that point, he was Just trying to survive in the NFL after stints at seven colleges and a job as linebacker coach in New England.
’’You don’t think in terms of the Super Bowl,” Parcells said when asked if he ever despaired of making it to the top. “You Just work hard and hope you put a competitive team on the field.”
Parcells began doing that in 1984, when the Giants were a wild-card playoff team with a 9-7 record. They moved up to 10-6 the next season but, each time, lost In the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl winner
'I know now what real euphoria is. It's a wonderful feeling and I don't know if I'll ever be able to duplicate it.'
Giants Coach Bill Parcells
“I felt we could have won last year,” he said ‘‘I was quite disappointed with what happened in Chicago.”
This year, the Giants started winning on Oct 27 — the same night the New York Mets won the World Series. The Giants didn’t stop winning, tak ing 12 straight games to give New York a Super Bowl-World Series exacta. Only Baltimore in 1971 and Pittsburgh in 1979 managed a similar feat
What does it all mean for the future, particularly since the 49ers and Bears didn t come close to repeating after thoroughly dominating the competition in 1984 and 1985, respectively?
’’We have to prepare ourselves for the next challenge,” Parcells said. “I don’t think history means one thing in football because every year is a new year and every game is a new game If you start thinking about history ... ifs all baloney. The historical aspect is for guys who used to play, or for fans.”
Simms might not agree with that He’s had enough ups and downs to fill a career, yet he's only 30. And he has taken inspiration from his past
“I had doubts that I would ever play as well as I thought I could,” said Simms, who was New York’s surprising top draft pick in 1979 out of Morehead State in Kentucky. "A couple of times
especially in 1983, I had a lot of doubts. I was always confident, but it just wasn’t working.” Simms missed all nine games of the strike-shortened 1982 season with a knee injury. By the next training camp, Perkins was gone, rarcells had been promoted from defensive coordinator to a head coach who was unfamiliar with Simms. Parcells knew that Scott Brunner had played well in place of Simms in 1982, so Parcells went with Brunner.
When Simms did get his chance, in the sixth game of the year against Philadelphia, he hit seven of 13 passes and moved the previously sputtering offense. But he broke his thumb when his hand struck Dennis Harrison’s arm while throwing and missed the rest of the season.
“In 1983,1 was lucky not to get the job, the way it turned out.” Simms said. “Scott played himself off the team If I was in the same position, I might have done the same thing.
“That was a year of the entire team falling apart together ’’
Simms complained loudly for several weeks after training camp about losing out to Brunner, and asked to be traded.
Thank God. Bill didn’t listen to me,” he said. “I wondered if they’d ever forgive me ”
Now, of course, all is forgiven. Simms set team records for completions, attempts and yardage by going 286 for 533 for 4.044 yards in 1984 The next season, he made the Pro Bowl. Now he is a champion
“I don t know how far I came." he said. ‘‘I came along w ith the Giants The best thing I did was hang in there and keep fighting “A couple of years ago, I didn’t know how long I would play After this, I told Lawrence (Taylor) I might play a little longer, if I don’t get hit anymore ”
Broncos get heroes' welcome
DENVER (AP) - A thundering crowd of 129,000 Broncos fans who mw Denver go down in defeat in Super Bowl XXI rolled out the orange and blue welcome mat for their homecoming heroes in a love-in for players and fans alike.
“You’re still No. I with us,” and “We still love you,” Mid signs held by the sea of orange-and-blue clad (ans who packed downtown’s 17th Street and Civic Center Park on Monday to cheer the AFC champions.
“We love you," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told the fans “You’re the greatest fans in the whole wide world.
“You have taken us from the outhouse to the penthouse today You’ve really lifted our spirits. We ll return; we'll be back. We will have the world championship. I promise you that.” he said.
"You don't know how much this means to us.” veteran linebacker
Tom Jackson told the cheering crowd, as the homecoming parade became a rally at Denver's City County Building. “It was a long plane ride home, but you ve welcomed us in a way we won t soon forget You guys are great . ”
“It s a love affair that I'm going to cherish forever.” cornerback lx>uis Wright told the crowd beneath a sea of orange and blue balloons
The Broncos, who lost the Super
Bowl Sunday in Pasadena. Calif. 39-20 to the New York Giants, were the guests of honor at a ticker tape parade and rally on a January afternoon that saw temperatures in the 50s
“Things didn’t come out like we wanted them to this season ... but I can see good things to come.” said wide receiver Steve Watson. "You guys stay behind us because next year things are going to get even better ”
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Both of the f irst place teams in the District 13 4A girls basketball race hit town tonight in key matchups. New Braunfels can inch closer to second place with a victory against Boerne. The Unicorns have won four of their last five games and are in third place with a 7-3 record. The Greyhounds come into town with a 9-2 mark. Canyon, still alive with a 5-6 mark, hosts Fredericksburg. The Billies are tied with Boerne for the top spot in the district. Smithson Valley's boys and girls teams both have the night off. New Braunfels' boys team will try to at least hold on to its share of second place tonight against 1-8 Boerne. Canyon, still looking for its first district win, will travel to Fredericksburg to take on the first-place Billies, who ares I.After 26 years, the Panthers win in Syracuse
By Th* Associated Press Synced has lost In the Carrier Dome only 19 times since it opened for the 1989411 season. The last two defeats have come at the hands of teams coached by Paul Evans Evans’ 17th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers ended a 29-year losing streak in Syracuse Monday night with an 84-70 victory over the No. 9 Orangemen and extended his personal winning streak in the Dome to two games.
In last year’s NCAA Eastern Regional quarterfinals, Evans’ Navy team, led by 7-foot-1 center David Robinson, beat Syracuse 97-89.
Evans preferred to concentrate on Monday night's Big East Conference game
“It was a good win for us in that we've had some trouble against the name teams in the Big East,” Mid Evans, whose Panthers. 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the league, lost conference games earlier this season to Georgetown and St John's, both of which are ranked
Pitt's sophomore forward Jerome Lane, the nation's leading rebounder, led the Panthers with 26 points and 15 rebounds
The Orangemen are 17-2 and 6-1.
In other games involving ranked teams
Monday night, No 3 Nevada Las Vegas beat Fresno State 106-58 No 13 Duke defeated Cornell 85-59. and No 14 Oemson beat Winthrop 96-69 The Atlantic lo Conference game between Bulgers and No. 7 Temple was postponed because of snow and was rescheduled for toni^Ht
No. 3 UNLV 106, Fresno St.SS
The Bunn in Rebels surpassed the 100-point mark for the eighth time this season as they scored the game's first 12 points and led
by as many as 34 in the first half. Nevada Las Vegas scored the first 20 points of the se cond half to take a 76-24 lead with 13 so to play.
Armon Gilliam's 23 points led UNLV, the nation’s luniest scoring team with a 94.7 points-per-game average The Runnin' Rebels improved to 19-1 overall and 8-o in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Fresno State. 7-12 and 2-6. was led by Mike Mitchell's 22 points
In action elsewhere. Youngstown state for
ward Tilman Bevely scored 55 points, tying the Ohio Valley Conference mark set 22 years ago by Clem Haskins, in the Penguins 115-87 victory over Tennessee Tech
Bevely. a 6-foot-4 junior, made 19 of 27 shots from the field — including four of eight from 3-point range — and made 13 of 17 free throws in matching Haskins' total which he set for Western Kentucky on Jan 30. 1965 against Middle Tennessee
Bevely also led the Penguins with 12 rebounds
On the air
6pm Basketball Connecticut at Boston College ESPN
7pm Basketball Dayton at Notre Dame USA
7 06 p rn Basketball Philadelphia at Ne* York WTBS
8pm Basketball ViHanova at St John s
4 30 p m Soccer Canyon at Seguin 6 pm Gals basketball Boerne at Ne*
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6 p m Boys basketball Ne* Braunfels at Boerne, frosh, JV. varsity
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6 pm Gals basketball Fredericksburg at
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6 pm Boys basketball Canyon at
Fredericksburg, frosh, JV, varsity 630 p m Boys basketball St Anthony at Smithson Valley, freshmen AGB teams
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■ pm. - Boys basketball Na* Braunfels at Boerne
• pm Soccer Na* Braunfels at Bound
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By Th* A ss oc la tad Press EASTERN CONFERENCE
Ne* Jersey Cantral Division
Cleveland 16 26 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division
Pac Hic Division
L A. Lakers
L A Clippers 6 36
Monday s Gamas
Seattle 106. Utah 96 Phoenix I 20. Delton I ll. OT Milwaukee ll*. L A Clippars94
Portland 146, Denver 141. OT
Baylor puts clamp on Anderson, UH Cougars in 67-62 SWC victory
HOUSTON (AP) — Baylor Coach Gene Iba said the Bears’ strategy was simple: Contain Houston’s Greg Anderson
The strategy worked, apparently, as Baylor downed the Cougars 67-62 in the only Southwest Conference game played Monday night.
"We knew we couldn't let Grog catch the ball or he would beat us, just like he's beaten some other teams," lba said.
Anderson was kept to four points and four rebounds while getting off only three shots.
Meanwhile, Baylor center Darryl Middleton ■cored 25 points and guard Michael Williams followed with 24 to pace the Bears.
UH Coach Pat Foster said Middleton and Williams’ playing hurt his team’s chances.
“U wasn’t any big mystery,” he said. “Those
two are great players and the others played their roles. They just clear out one side for Williams and if he’s not open, they get inside to the big guy < Middleton)."
Foster said the Cougars didn’t make it tough enough for Williams.
“The game Saturday (a 82-56 loss to TCC) collapsed us and we didn't have any intensity on defense.” the coach added. “We’re not getting any consistent shooting from outside.”
Texas Christian was idle Monday but moved up in The Associated Press Top 29 poll from No. 19 to No. 16.
Tonight, Texas Tech hosts Midwestern in non conference action. It is the only SWC game scheduled.
Baylor improved to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in the conference after winning four of their last five
games Houston fell to 11-6 and 4-3 after losing three of their last four.
Rickie Winslow led Houston with 21 points and IS rebounds
The 6-foot-2 Williams blocked a shot, scored, then stole a pass and started a Baylor surge for a 60-50 advantage with two minutes left in the game. Baylor had opened the second half on an 11-6 tear to take a 37-34 lead on six points from Williams The guard had 16 points in the second half.
Middleton had 14 points in the first half, including 12 of Baylor’s first 18 points. Winslow had ll of Houston’s first 15 points as well as ll first-half rebounds
Neither team established more than a four-point lead in the first half as Houston went ahead 29-29 at halftime despite shooting 37 percent.
Muff' Darling, Teufel receive probation, fine
HOUSTON (AP) - From now on. New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling Mys he’ll stay in his hotel and watch televiaon while In Houston. He won’t bt going to nightclubs.
Darling and Infielder Tim Teufel pleaded no contest Monday to reduced charges of resisting arrest stemming from an altsrcation with two off-duty Houston police officers outside Cooler’s nightclub last summer
Misdemeanor charges against two other Mats players, pitchers Bob Ojeda and Rick Aguilera, were ditmlssed as part of a plea bargain arrangement reached after nearly
34 hours of discussions In a Harris County court.
Asked if he would go back to Cooler’s, Darling said, “No, never again. I’m watching a lot of TV in Houston from now on.’’
Darling, 29, and Teufel. JA were fined 9290 each and on one
year probation under terms of the agreement. If the two mer—fully complete the probation, their records will be cleared.
Aguirra, Blackman head watt ratarvat
DALLAS (AP) — For th* Ant UBM ever, two Dallas Mavericks have bean selected (Or the NEA All-Star Game to be played next month In
Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman were two of seven reserves selected by Western Conference coaches. The rosters were announced Monday -
Aguirre Mkt well-publicized confrontations with Coach Dick Motte in the past probably kept him off previous All-Star rosters.
% “U probably is better that I didn’t make it the last two years,’’ he said.
The All-Star game will be played Fab. 9 In the Seattle Kingdoms
Trail Slaters soar past Nuggets in OT
The Portland Trail Blazers, usual
ly one of the NBA s best defensive teams, tried to outgun the high* scoring Denver Nuggets - and It worked.
“This was no place for the (aint of heart tonight.” Portland Coach Mike Schuler said after the Trail Biasses got past Denver 145-14! In overtime Monday night.
KIU Vandeweghe scored 35 pointe, Steve Johnson had 32 and Clyde Drexier added 22 es host Portland improved its overtime record to 5-0 this Mason.
In other games, Phoenix beet Detroit MMM in overtime. Seattle downed Utah 10845 and Milwaukee defeated the Leo Angeles cuppers 114-04.