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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1.060 THE REGISTER-NEWS MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS 3—C Super Question: Are Jets -X- -X- -x- -x- -x- The New York Jets are the champions of pro football, but are they the best team in the American Football League? NfA's Murray Olderman raises that question as he reviews v Jhe Jets 7 stunning upset of the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. He also reveals a surprise element in the Jets' victory -their poise .... MIAMI. Fla. — fNEAl — The ultimate irony of the New York Jets as super-champions of the super-world of super-pro football is thai they aren't definitively superior in their own province — the American Football League. The Oakland Raiders are a better team overall, and the Kansas City Chiefs- may be. too. The Jets did have, for the one game, the super-whip of Joe Namath. And the Baltimore Colts, measurably the best team in the National Football League, didn't have anything to match it. That became evident to Gerry Phllbin, who plays defensive Jeft end for the Jets with All- Pro aplomb, on the first series of plays run in Miami's Orange Bowl. "I saw our offensive line go down and hit and then the Colts went down," noted Gerry. And late in the first quarter, when George Saner was hit and lost the ball on the eJt 12-yard line, Gerry noted the demeanor of the offense as it came off the the field. "No heads were down," he said. 'They just told us, 'Get the ball back.' " "Us" was the defensive platoon of the New York Jets, the one with the weak secondary and the overmatched tackles and the obscure linebackers. "We were the Number One team in our league on defense." mused Gerry, "but for two Griese To Share QB Spot Joe Namath weeks before the game no one heard about us. We beat' em physically. We almost shut them out. And we ran the ball down their throats." -x- -\- -\- Thc Jets did get the ball back, after the Sauer fumble, on an interception in the end zone, one of lour perpetrated on the Colts. Then from the 20. Na­ math methodically marched tin* Jets 80 yards down the field to the touchdown which set the tone of superiority for the AFL —at least, for the one clay. ile ran four running plays down the middle to move the Jets close to midfield, exploiting the way Winston Hill at left tackle shoved around old and ailing Ordell Braase on the Colts' right flank. Then Joe hit Bill Matliis on a second down safety valve for six yards, picking up a Colts' blitz. He threw a turn-in lo Sauer for 14, a big third down play, came right back to Sauer on a square-out for 11. No two passes were the same. Joe defied the Colts with a running play up the gut, then another pass, a swing to Matt Snell, and the Jets, unbelievably, were inside the t(>-yard line of the Super-Colts. iUatt Snell charged over right tackle for five big yards, right past 205-pound Bubha Smith. Then he slanted the other way to the vulnerable side, of Colts, and bellied out for the four vital yards to the end zone. Suddenly you are aware o.« the poise of the Jets, a collection of misfits only half a dozen years ago. You expected them to be nervous. But they made no mistakes. They never jumped offsides, didn't mess up handoffs or miss assignments. The offensive line did a job holding the Colts off Namath. And he picked up blitzes to burn the Colts and make them respect the Jets as a mature, competent unit. -X- -X- -X- Tlieir touchdown meant the first lead ever held in a Super Bowl Game by an AFL team. Parity had been achieved. And maybe more. Al Davis, the man who built Oakland into an AFL power. Best In AFL? '\ fa ™ ng Better ^° terial ' r Morrall Forgets -\- -X- -X- Jet Loss; Looks To All Star Bowl WEEB EWBANK his Jots achieved parity specified. "When tln -y can't cover Sauer one-on-onr. :md we do it with Willie Brown, you have lo wonder. Wlnti we play the Jets, we lake the threat of a Snell away. The Colts weren't sure how In handle him. I'm not sure our league isn't hettiT in certain areas." If that's true, or even ha:* a measure of verity, one pertinent fact about pro football emerges. There aren't any more super teams, and haven't Ix-en since the Green Bay Packers' of a couple of years ago. Unless a coach gels ultra-lucky in retooling old players, like Vinee Lombardi was in his early day." at Green Bay, there aren't going to he any more super teams, with the current dilution of talent. One draft choice out of '^6 doesn't build a super team. What is needed for one game like the Super Bowl is the whip. Bart Starr was it for the Packers the first two games. Nam- nth Was it for the Jets this time. In their own way, the Jets dominated the Colts almost as much as the Packers dominated the Chiefs and the Haiders. And Philbin answered n question sardonically: "The toughest games this year were against the Buffalo Bills when they beat ns and Denver when they beat us." -x- -x- -x- Namath was cynical about the applause: "The people cheering are the same people who were betting against us, who said wc didn't have a chance." Artistically, the Jets are still Hawed by an insecure secondary. And they had a little luck riding with them against the Colts, who muffed valuable chances to turn the game around: A couple of possible interceptions for touchdowns, dropped passes, failure to spot, an open receiver in the end zone just before halftime. But the Jets were impressive in the way they went at the Colts physically and boat them down. Namath, on one of his LOS AXCKLKS (AP> - Players and coaches of the National Football League Wednesday got down to the serious business of preparing for the annual East- I West All-Star Pro Bowl Sunday, i Coach To misandry of the Dallas Cowboys is in charge of the 1 Last and George Allen of the Lis Angeles Bams the West. , Pro Bowl participants were ' quests at the annual luncheon i Tuesday which precedes the ' game. •Understandably, there were some rueful back glances at the I greatest passing days, didn't j bother to throw the ball in the j last 11 minutes of the Super j Bowl and used up four and a half important minutes in one I spurt of ground possession. The defense, backed up against the one-yard line, made the Colts use tour plays (including one j negated by a penalty and a , lot of valuable time to put the ; j ball in the end zone late in the j ; game. i And speaking t| time, the television people used up a lot, \ too. There were nine TV time- : outs interrupting the normal flow of the game. On that score, , NBC pulled even and maybe went ahead of CBS. ! Just like the American Football League (and the New York: Jetst vis-a-vis the NFL. Super P.owl aw. the upset by the New York Jots of the American league over the Baltimore Colts, 16-7. Quarterback Karl Morrall of the NFL champion Colts, given an extra warm round of applause by the fans at the luncheon, said : "You can't change the scoreboard. In the week coming up we've got to play a lot better. We're facing bettern material." Morrall and Roman Gabriel of the Rams will guide the West, Don Meredith of Dallas and Fran Tarkenlon of the New : !.iork Giants the Fast. Cracked Tarkenton, "I'll have a hard time getting back into New York. It's Joe Namath's town now." He referred, of course, to the Jets' flamlxwyan* quarterback. BOWLING INSOMNIA MIXKI) LEAGUE High Series: Bob Linville 598: Floyd Rumsey .">%; Kd Taaka r» 10: Kay Johnson 192: Lois Payne M0: Jeanne Owens .111. TOWN & COUNTRY LEAGUE High Games: Chloo Bevis 211; Flo Moore 10-1; Evelyn Drennan 17.X; Dixie Stone-cipher 172; Harriet Kelley 170; Diane Wilson 165. INCOME TAX SHELTERED RETIREMENT PLANS For FARMERS Fully Explained—Personal Interviews Until Feb. 15th. Keg. Kep. Met. Sec. Corp. CONRAD J. H0IT Accountants Professional Offices, City Hall Bldg. Phone 244-1104 ML Vernon, III. Namath And 10 Jets Set For Star Battle j fl^T^iJ 7 DAYS TO SAVE! JACKSONVILLE. Fla. (AP) — Joe Namath is happy ard he says it has nothing to do with -his $15,000 winner's share from V 'the Super Bowl or other riches likely to follow., this milestone in football history. Namath reported in Tuesday night to the East squad for Sunday's American Football League All-Star Game in the Gator Bowl, along with 10 other members of the world champion Now York Jets. "I'm happy add monetary value is no part of it," Namath said when asked what he fig- uied the AFL's first victory over the National Football League champs will mean to him financially. "It isn't that I think I have enough money," the rough speaking but smooth throwing quarterback said, punctuating his remarks with a finger poked at his listeners. "The way I spend it, there probably isn't enough," he said, "but I'm happy and my plan for the off season is to stay happ." Namath rejected questions about his injuries—two firgers on his left hand taped together, a thumb on his throwing hand thet he said got tired in the Super Bowl game, or his ever troublesome knees. 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Namath, who led the East to 25-24 victory in last year's AFL All-Star Game here, was due to joir practice sessions today a'oclg with 10 other members of the New York Jets who won the pro football title by beating the Baltimore Colts 16-7 at Miami Sunday. Even the West All-Stars, who will Iry their best to beat Na- malli Sunday and prevent a third consecutive East victory, raided mostly about Namath's skill and poise in leading the I j<.'[.< to the AFL's first Super I Bowl championship. John Had!, San Diego quarter|! jck who will start for the j West, said it was the best game I he ever saw Namath play, j "I think he's the best in the business right now, by far." 1 Indl said. West Coach Hank Strain of Kansas City said the result gave rveryoro id the AFL a big lift, proving to the public that the younger league is no longer inferior. DALLAS (AP) — Dallas quarterback Don Meredith is joining o Houston brokerage firm as a broker trainee, the firm an- dourced today. 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