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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 15, 1983, Tokyo, JapanTuesday february 15, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 21 can new pro Grid league make it by will Grimsley a special correspondent the new United states football league wears a Pinstripe suit and holds Forth in a lavish skyscraper suite with a mahogany desk loaded Down with to schedules and open Check books. It s a combination of Madison Avenue Rockefeller Center Wall Street and the Sunshine belts California and Florida versions. It has collared a group of wealthy owners and hired a smart commissioner Che Simmons an old to hand who knows All the subtleties of producing and marketing. Unafraid of the perils it has made exhaustive studies of the goes Forward unafraid. That s one Way the fledgling league looks Toan outsider. But like Beauty it s All in the Eye of the beholder. Another might see it As a new born babe Ona raft neck deep in Money and with provisions to last a lifetime floating on uncharted Waters searching for the Security of the Shore. Can a new pro football league make it that s the quandary As the Usel moves closer to the launching of a new football season out of season March 6. Is the appetite of the football fan insatiable the new league is staking its life on it. Can football a traditionally autumn sport invade the provinces of the fading basketball and hockey seasons and the Blooming of such Spring und summer endeavours As baseball Golf Tennis and family holidays and survive we be made exhaustive surveys says Simmons one time chief of Abc sports and Cable esp and they Are encouraging. We found people anxious to watch football whatever the v $20 million Abc contract Abc sports which signed a $20 million contract to air games of the new circuit held a press conference monday to acquaint fans wit hits plans for coverage of 18 regular season games 17 sunday afternoons and one week night plus two playoff games and the championship game sunday july was t at Mcdonald s. It was in the Hunt room at 21, All Usel will play an 18-game regular season schedule involving 12 teams broken Pinto three divisions Atlantic Boston new Jersey Philadelphia Washington Central Birmingham Chicago Michigan Tampa Bay Pacific Arizona Denver los Angeles Oakland. While they re playing football the old Pappy of pro football the nil will be taking a breather. There is no conflict on the Usel becomes the fourth league to Challenge the nil fathered by men such a Chicago s George Halas and Green Bay s curly Lambeau More than half a Century ago an nourished Over the years by the exploits from red Grange and Bronko Nagurski to Dan Fout Sand Billy Sims. The old All America conference struggled awhile and died peacefully. The american football league bulk asked by Texas Oil Money and other riches put up such a fight that the nil had no Choice but to adopt people May say it was a Case of the whale swallowing the shark since the Al had to pay reparations. But the Al teams survived almost foundering the nil with 23total teams. Then came the world football league a ragtag operation quickly eliminated. A different Challenge the Usel presents a different Challenge. Itin t going head to head with the nil. It Hopes to serve As an appetizer. Its 12 franchises Are backed by solid Money. It is reaching out for established coaches and whatever players Are available the nil s disenchanted a few Over the Hill gang and aspiring rookies just out of College. In Chet Simmons the new league has unimaginative vigorous administrator. He adds substance to the venture. There Are plenty Osgood players. They won t match those of the established nil but they will have their proportion of stars. And besides everything is relative. The financial base looks was the richest owner in the world football league says Canadian John Bassett who joins actor Burt Reynolds in the Tampa Bay bandits venture. In the Usel i am the main question As raised recently by Lamar Hunt owner of the nil Kansas City chiefs who successfully fought the War for thearl is whether one can Market a product and Appeal to fans out of season. People Are accustomed to their own Way of life in the Spring and summer Golf Tennis and family holidays he said. I am not sure they Are ready for so much football i am insists Simmons. We have found most people hungry for football whatever the College from Page 24 in other games saturday involving the top 10 ranked teams no. 3 Nevada Las vegas downed Fresno state 66-59, no. 4 Indiana topped Wisconsin 75-56, no. 6 Houston beat Texas Christian 74-66, no. 8 Missouri Defeated Oklahoma 84-79 in Over time no. 9 Arkansas Defeated Texas am 62-55 and no. 10 Memphis stat lost to Tulane 49-47. St. Johns ranked no. 7, had its game with Connecticut postponed because of Fresno Calif Nevada Las vegas got 22 Points from Larr Anderson and won its 22nd straight game. Las vegas s rebels were trailing 22-21 at the half but came out Strong in the second half an jumped to a 29-24 Lead in the first three vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian said i thought replayed too cautiously in the first half. I told the kids at halftime to open it up a Tarkanian added this is our be twin All year. And remember i went to school at Fresno state and my wife is from Madison wis., Ted Kitchel scored eight of his 21 Points during Athree minute stretch in the first half to spark Indiana to its fifth straight Victory. Kitchel the big ten Confer ence s leading scorer with a 23.9average, turned an 11-10 Lead into a 21-10 bulge by hitting three Lon jump shots including two from outside the 3-Point Houston Michael Young scored 15 of his 21 Points in the second Hal to help Houston rally from a five Point halftime deficit and win its14th consecutive game. The horned frogs led by five Points with 12 25 to play but Young then got hot and rallied the Norman okla., Jon Sundvold scored 28 Points and Michael Walker hit three key free throws to spark Missouri to an overtime Sank three free throws in the final 25 seconds to assure the Triumph for the tigers who snapped a 14-game Home winning Streak bythe sooner. Oklahoma freshman Wayman Tisdale scored 32 Point Sand pulled Down 18 rebounds in a losing new Orleans Daryl Moreau hit a 22-foot jump shot at the Buzzer to give Tulane its second upset Victory Over Memphis state in a week. The Green wave rebounded a missed free throw with six seconds left an passed the Ball up court to Moreau who fired As time ran out. In other games no. 11 Louisville Defeated Marquette 81-73 no. 12 Kentucky downed Auburn 71-69 no.15 Minnesota lost to Ohio state 74-69 no. 16 Illinois state was upset by was Defeated by Alabama 73-71 and Drake 71-57 no. 18 Purdue lost to no. 20 Tennessee lost to Mississippi Northwestern 66-55 no. 19 Georgia state 75-66. Haley retains ring Crown Cleveland a Lero Haley retained his world boxing Council super lightweight Champion ship sunday with a close but unanimous 12-round decision Oversoul Mamby the Man from whom he took the title last successful title defense was Haley s second since he won a15-round split decision Over Mamby in the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights on june 26,1982.judges Henry Elespuru and spider Bynum gave sunday s fight to haley115-114, while judge Chuck Minker scored it 115-113 in favor of the Champion in the nationally televised , 35, of new York City fell to 33-14-5, while Haley 28, of la vegas nev., improved to 47-2-2. Both fighters weighed 140. Look for it at most Pacific stars and stripes bookstores and army and air Force Exchange outlets

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