The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 26, 1987 · Page 20
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 20

Galveston, Texas
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Saturday, September 26, 1987
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4-i THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER M, 1987 Skybox sales proposed to keep Oilers in Dome HOUSTON (AP) — Political and area business leaden say they are considering a plan to help sell luxury sky boxes in the Houston Astrodome in an effort to keep the National Football League team from moving to Jacksonville, Fla. Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay said Thursday the $2.1 million raised from the sky boxes would go to the football team. "I think that's a very positive sign that obviously would narrow the gap between the dollars that Jacksonville is guaranteeing us and the proposal we gave the HSA last week," Oilers General Manager Ladd Herzeg said. Jacksonville officials are dangling a lucrative offer that includes a guarantee of $115 million to the Oilers over a 10-year period. "(Oilers owner) Bud (Adams) would have to love this city extremely — a lot — not to go to Jacksonville with what they're offering," Herzeg said. . . . The Houston Sports Association leases the Astrodome to the Oilers. The two sides are trying to assemble a new lease to replace the agreement that expires at the end of the current football season. The Oilers are asking for improvements in the stadium and, among other items, for revenues from parking, concessions and advertising. Lindsay, Houston Chamber of Commerce officials and representatives of the Houston Economic Development Council and the mayor's office met Thursday to discuss the sky box plan. The group had no details on how much the boxes would cost. Makeshift Oilers seek quarterback HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Oiler Coach Jerry Glanville, trying to get his replacement team ready to play, said he owes it to the club and to the striking players to try to win because results will count in the standings. "All I can say is, if they are going to count these games in the standings, we'd better get serious," Glanville said. "We owe it not only to ourselves but to those guys out there on the picket line. They'll have to live with the games, too." Lack of an experienced quarterback is complicating Glanville's preparations for the Broncos. Montana rookie Brent Pease is the only quarterback in camp. "Pease is our starter," Glanville said. "Our backup is Pease. And waiting in the wings is Pease." News Photo by Jim Cnjz The NFL strike has cancelled Sunday's games Jacksonville mayor to call on Rozelle JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mayor Tommy Hazouri plans to make a "courtesy call" to National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle during a trip to New York next week to explain Jacksonville's attempts to lure the Houston Oilers here. Hazouri "would like to express to the commissioner how much he would like to have an NFL team in Jacksonville," said Mary Anne Christensen, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office. The Rozel le-Hazouri meeting, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, is expected to be a short one, but "it is very likely that the Houston Oilers situation will be discussed. Cowboy picketers petering out IRVING (AP) — As the NFL walkout wears on, some of the striking Dallas Cowboys "may be ready to cross the picket line," player representative Doug Cosbie said on Friday. "There's no use being naive about it," Cosbie said. "The longer the strike goes, some guys are going to go in." Only 15 of the 43 striking Cowboys could make it to the picket line Friday morning in what Cosbie had hoped would be a massive show of force to "deliver a message" to the substitute players. ""l guess it was too early for some of the guys," Cosbie said. The strikers had half-heartedly tossed three eggs at the bus Thursday afternoon. One struck the bus only a glancing blow. Cosbie stopped the busload of substitute players Friday for about a minute as he held up a picket sign over the front windshield. Later, the strikers gave the bus driver a doughnut as he drove back through the line. "I just make S6 an hour." the driver said. "I have to work. Thanks for the breakfast." AP Laserphoio Schramm Schramm sees long strike By The Associated Prg$$ Dallas Cowboys President Tex Schramm gave no signs of optimism Thursday after leaving NFL contract talks that have bogged down over the free agency issue. Schramm said upon his return at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport that he wasn't sure if any players understood why they were striking, but "it's plain now that free agency is the main issue." Schramm said that he feels some players may start coming back now that the free agency issue is clearly the main issue. "I don't think free agency appears to be the prevailing issue of the strike in the minds of some players," Sohramm said Schramm said he got a feeling from the session in Philadelphia "that tbe regular union players will not be coming back unless there is a complete agreement." Schramm said he had the feeling that you could "make a strong case for this being a lengthy strike.'' Cosbie said management's view that the strike might last six to eight weeks "could be optimistic. We will not budge on certain issues. Everything is negotiable but we want something we can live with." He said it didn't bother him that some strikers might drift into management'scamp. "It takes more than a few guys to play NFL grade football." Cosbie said. "The fans aren't going to be fooled. The guys you see out here on the picket line this morning are commit ted." Only veteran tackles Randy White and Don Smerek have crossed the picket lines. Injured reserve players Johnny Lam Jones and Chris Duliban also have reported. Words have already flown between the strikers and picket crossers. Running back Tony Dorsett called White "Captain Scab" and White volunteered to resign as captain of the defense if the team wanted it. 'Cease-talk' accord reached A° LaseroMoto Dallas' temporary QB Kevin Sweeny PHILADELPHIA (API — Talks that began with high hopes of ending the NFL strike broke off Friday and no new negotiations were pla'nned after both sides refused to budge on free agency. With this weekend's games canceled, owners were preparing for play on Oct. 4-5 with replacement teams of free agents and anyone else they could sign. The two chief negotiators, management boss Jack Donlan and union head Gene Upshaw. met for three hours Friday morning before calling off the talks, which began Wednesday. "1 thought we could better further the process by reevaluating our own positions." Donlan said. "When we left, it was on a nice note and we indicated to each other that we will be in touch "1 believe to meet just for the simple purpose of meeting makes no sense, In fact, it cat) make it worse because people can become more entrenched in their positions," he said. No date for resuming the talks was scheduled. Donlan said there were no positions "etched in stone." except the union's demand for unrestricted free agency for players with four years' experience or more Management wants only to litxr- alize the existing system of compensation I'pshaw said free agency was only issue where the union was "etched" in its position, "whether it's stone or butter or whatever it MEN'SlWOMtN'S SHOES 4 BOOTS Mode for comfort and safety MOVD K5HJU |&4 UHJIIO! Red Wing Shoes Hogs underdogs against Hurricane By DENNEH. FREEMAN A P Sports Writer The Southwest Conference is favored to climb back over the .500 mark in non-conference clashes this weekend, although Arkansas will be an underdog at home. The lOth-ranked Razorbacks host the fifth-ranked Hurricane Saturday afternoon in a nationally televised (ESPN) 3 p.m. clash in War Memorial Stadium at Little Rock. Arkansas, the SWC preseason favorite, is the only unbeaten team left in the league." The SWC enters the week 9-10 against outside competition but is SWC PREVIEW favored in four of five games. Oddsmakers have installed Miami as a touchdown favorite. Texas A&M, 29-12 upset winner over 10th ranked Washington last week, takes its brand new Top Twenty ranking (16th) to Jackson. Miss.."to meet Southern Mississippi. The defending SWC champion Aggies are 13-point favorites over the Golden Eagles. A&M Coach Jackie Sherrill will wait until game time to decide between senior Craig Stump or red- shirt freshman Lance Pavlas on his starting quarterback. Freshman running sensation Randy Simmons also is expected to make his 1987 debut. Sherrill had planned to use Simmons against Washington but changed his mind and held him out. The SWC regular season officially opens this week as Baylor entertains Texas Tech at high noon in a regionally televised ' Raycom) game in Waco. Tech. which has rallied for two victories after an opening loss to Florida Stgate. rated a two-point underdog to the Bears, who also own a 2-1 ledger. In other games. Sam Houston is at Houston with the Cougars favored by three touchdowns. Southwest Texas is at Rice with the Owls a field goal choice, and Texas tries to get David McWilliams his first Longhorn coaching victory when it hosts Oregon State. The Longhorns rated a 10-point pick over Oregon State Tech's high-powered offense will test Baylor's secondary which rates second in the nation, allow ing just 89 yards per game "We will know after Saturday just how good the secondary is." said Baylor Coach Grant Teaff. TCU is idle after upsetting Brigham Young 33-12 last Saturday. GO-CARTS manco Available at: DENTON WELDING Supply Company 3302 BROADWAY 765-5735 Atk about our Christmas Loy-A-Woys! LSU, Ohio State meet for 1 st time END OF SEASON BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) An intersectional game between two of the nation's traditional college football powers that once promised to match two of the country's top wide receivers now looms as a battle between fourth- ranked LSU's balanced, high- powered offense and No. 7 Ohio State's stingy defense. Cris Carter, Ohio State's Ail- American receiver, was ruled ineligible this season after accepting money from an agent. And LSU's Wendell Davis, a second-team All-American who set four school receiving records last year and finished third nationally, may miss Saturday's game with bruised ribs. That could leave the outcome up to an LSU attack led by quarterback Tom Hodson and tailback Harvey Williams, both sophomores, against an Ohio State defense keyed by senior linebackers Chris Spielman, a first-team 1986 All-American, and Eric Kumerow. "Our defense will be challenged by a fine offensive team, but we do match up well," «y» Ohio State's Earle Bruce. It will be a learning experience for both coaches. "There are times when you ought to play a good football team," says Bruce, who will be coaching his 100th game at Ohio State, where he is 77-22 after victories over West Virginia (24-3) and Oregon (24-14). "I'll be learning something about our team on Saturday. This is our first trip. Some teams travel very well and nothing fazes them. They just go into a place and play football. Other teams don't. "We've always been a good traveling football team, but this is a new season and these are new people." Bruce and the Buckeyes have played in some hostile environments but LSU's Tiger Stadium is one of the country's more renowned snake pits. "If LSU is any worse for a visiting team than Michigan, Iowa and Purdue, it's going to be pretty tough," Bruce said. "If I had my druthers. I'd rather have a 'W andplayathome." WS. SI 7.4 Sate Price _S1*.75 SAVW6SS2.70 CM.VCSTON WHOLESAtt WATEWftlS. INC. 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