Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 31, 1976 · Page 12
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ft, [Tampa, Seattle Get Share of Good Players , NEW YORK - Tampa Bay's John McKay called it "just another day of recruiting." Seattle's Jack Patera called it "a numbers Kame." But the coaches of the National Football League's two expansion franchises finally have some players to put into their bright new uniforms. Now it's a matter of seeing if these guys can get together, become teams instead of individuals and maybe win a few games. As McKay put it: "It was just another day of recruiting . . . We'll go home now, sit down, put the players' names on a blackboard and say, 'Here they are, now what do we do?' "We picked a good basic roster and we got our share of good football palyers. Seattle did, too. Or, as Patera, referring to the 26 teams that gave up the players to stock the Buccaneers. and his Seahawks, said: "These teams have their own reasons for putting players up. At times you get into a numbers game." What they have is 39 names apiece. More will come next week when the NFL conducts its annual collegiate draft. But what kind of names do the Buccaneers and Seahawks have now? They have tested veterans (but are they over the hill?) and unproven youngsters (but will their promise ever be fulfilled?). Each of the 26 veteran teams was permitted to protect 32 players in all. Each time a player was picked from the available list, that team was permitted to pull back another player and protect him. Eventually, each old club gave up three players. Among the "name" players picked by Tampa Bay were McKay's son, J.K., a wide receiver with the University of Southern California when his dad was the Trojans' coach; former Southern Cat star running back Anthony Davis; Oakland running back Harold Hart and tight end Bob Moore, Miami linebacker Doug Swift (who says he's retiring to enter medical school), Kansas City safety Jim Kearney and Buffalo defensive end Pat Toomay. Seattle gobbled up Baltimore linebacker Mike Curtis and running back Bill Olds, Miami tackle Norm Evans, Los Angeles linebacker Ken Geddes and cornerback Eddie McMillan, Pittsburgh defensive back Dave Brown and Detroit tight end John McMakin. The Seahawks also picked the only two quarterbacks — New England's Neil Graff and St. Louis' Gary Keithley. Both Davis and the younger McKay chose the World Football League over the NFL a year ago, each signing with the Southern California Sun before the Sun — and the entire WFL —sank slowly into backruptcy. Davis was the second-round selection by the New York Jets, McKay a 16th-round pick 'by the Cleveland Browns. When the WFL went under, both went north — Davis to the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, McKay to a coaching position at Oregon State University. Davis is under contract to Carroll Daily Times Herald Section B Carroll, Ipwa, Wedneidqy, March 31, 1976 Page 13 the Argos, but that doesn't seem to bother the elder McKay just yet. "He's gone to Canada," he said, "but a lot of people who have gone there have returned." As for being reunited with his son — if J.K. so chooses — McKay said he was delighted. And when asked if he thought J.K. would be easier to coach as a pro than as a collegian, McKay replied: "If he catches the ball and runs the right routes, he will be." Both clubs expressed satisfaction with the material they acquired. "Both clubs did well," said Hugh Culverhouse, owner of the Buccaneers. "I'm pleased, excited, very Buffalo Rides McAdoo's Hot Hand to Whip Celtics, 93-83 satisfied with the quality of our players. Basically we wanted as many first-string players as we could get." And Patera added: "The over-all quality of the players was surprising. There were more good football players than I expected. The draft has turned out very well for us. McKay was a bit more reserved in his initial assessment. "There were quite a few people we thought were real good football players," he said. "There were some surprises, some not ... The players' quality was higher than we expected. "I don't think we're tremendously strong in any area," McKay added. "We picked a good basic roster and we got our share of good football players. Seattle did, too." By The Associated Press Let's meet the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics: At the forwards, John Havlicek and Steve Kuberski; at center, Dave Cowens; at the guards, Charlie Scott and Jo Jo White. And now let's meet the finishing line-up for the Boston Celtics: At the forwards, Kuberski and Glenn McDonald; at center, Jim Ard; at the guards, Kevin Stacom and Jerome Anderson. Neither contingent was what you expect the Boston Celtics to be as the Buffalo Braves rode the hot hand of Bob McAdoo to a 93-83 victory and moved into sole possession of second place in the National Basketball As- ELKS' CLUB \ STAG NITE Thursday April 1 Salad Bar, Steaks and Smorgasbord served from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. sociation's Atlantic Division, one-half game ahead of idle Philadelphia. In other action, the Phoenix Suns flattened the New York Knicks 113-97, the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Houston Rockets 95-86, the Milwaukee Bucks shaded Atlanta 130-126 in overtime after the Hawks fired Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, the Portland Trail Blazers nipped the Kansas City Kings 114-113 and the Golden State Warriors topped the Chicago Bulls 94-84. In the only American Basketball Association game, the Denver Nuggets trounced the Spirits of St. Louis 133-112. McAdoo hit his first four shots en route to a 29-point performance and got Buffalo off to a flying start against Boston. He finished with 13-for : 24 shooting after connecting on five of six shots and scoring 12 points in the opening period, pacing Buffalo to a 25-16 lead. It was 49-40 at halftime and the Celtics, who have clinched the Atlantic Division crown, played most of the second half with their top five players — Havlicek, Cowens, Scott, White and Paul Silas — on the bench. Stacom was high for the Celtics with 12 points, Scott had 11 and Silas 10, the only Boston players in double figures. Havlicek and Silas didn't play at all in the final period. Suns 113, Knicks 97 Paul Westphal scored 29 points to lead surging Phoenix to its seventh consecutive victory while mathematically eliminating the Knicks from the playoffs for the first time since 1966. By winning, Phoenix gained sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division. Cavaliers 95, Rockets 86 Campy Russell scored seven points to keep Cleveland alive in a slow-moving fourth quarter. The Cavaliers trail Wash- ington by one game in the Central Division and need one more victory — or a loss by the Rockets — make the playoffs for the first time in their history. Bucks 130, Hawks 126 Elmore Smith scored four of his 31 points in overtime as the Bucks beat Atlanta in Gene Tormohlen's first game as the Hawks' interim coach. Cotton Fitzsimmons was fired shortly before the game. Trail Blazers 114, Kings 113 Sidney Wicks scored the last five of his game-high 34 points in the final two minutes to give Portland a sweep of the five- game series between the two teams, the first in their six- year history. Warriors 94, Bulls 84 Rick Barry and Phil Smith led a fourth-quarter charge that enabled the Warriors to win their 55th game of the year. Nuggets 133, Spirits 112 Reserve Gus Gerard and rookie David Thompson ignited a Denver surge in the final quarter. More Sports See Page 14 u — .,».«. ...uwij. MUCH quarter. Hawk Players Shocked at Coach's Firing MILWAUKEE (AP) - Atlanta Hawks' players expressed shock Tuesday night at Cotton Fitzsimmons' firing as head coach, adding they had known for some time he had planned to resign after the National Basketball Association season. "Everybody knew he wasn't coming back," star forward Lou Hudson said. "He told us that two or three weeks ago. I was surprised in the sense that they didn't wait until the end of the season. I don't think one change like this so late in the season will make much difference." M.B. "Bud" Seretean, the Hawks' president and general manager, announced Fitzsimmons' dismissal in a short news release distributed just prior to the Hawks' 130-126 overtime defeat by the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night. It was the Hawks' llth successive defeat over-all and 18th in a row on the road. They had led the Central Division early in the season, winning 10 of their first 17 games, but are 11-33 since Jan. 1. They currently are; 28-47 and doomed to a last place finish. Gene Tormohlen, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach, said he had been informed of the change while on a scouting trip Monday, but that club officials could not reach Fitzsimrrions until Tuesday. Tormohlen said the change The Single Outfit From Palm Beach You "Wear 5 >fay s! ROYAL PALM BEACH® FASHION FIVER® OF 100% TEXTURIZED DACRON® BY • The Palm Beach* Fashion Fiver* consists of a suit, plus an extra pair of contrasting slacks and two color coordinated belts. It is superbly Palm Beach tailored in a lightweight 100% texturized Dacront fabric that defies wrinkles. Count the five (5) ways you can wear it, for work and play. (1) As a solid color business suit; (2) As a sport coat, with the contrasting slacks; (3) The. suit trousers with any sport shirt; (4) The contrasting slacks with a sport shirt or sweater; (5) The , suit jacket with any other slacks you own. Can you think of a more versatile outfit? 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I'm Little League Sign-up The Carroll Little League and Senior League will hold another sign-up this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Westgate Mall. Boys from Carroll, Roselle, Arcadia, Lidderdale, Mount Carmel, Templeton, Halbur and Willey are eligible to sign-up. The fee is $5 per boy. . Players from last year that have not turned in their uniforms are asked to turn in their uniform to their respective coach before sign-up. sure that in another situation he'll be very successful, because he is a good coach." "Gene told us before the game, and I was shocked. I can't say anything bad about him," forward John Drew said of Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons was named Hawks' coach in 1972 after having been the Phoenix Suns' coach two seasons. His over-all record with the 'Hawks was 112-134. and his six-year NBA record was 237-247. Atlanta's best finish under Fitzsimmons was second in its division in 1972-73. 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