The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, 1976 · Page 41
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 41

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- Garo, Teammates Ready To 'Take Off Chuck Otterson Sports Writer MIAMI Hoping to avoid their first losing season since 1969, the Miami Dolphins take on the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. today at the Orange Bowl. As soon as the game is over, the Dolphins will have six months to hunt, fish, play golf, think about the injuries and narrow defeats that almost qualified their Biscayne College training camp as a federal disaster area . . . And be interviewed for the Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. "You want me to take my clothes off? Is this for the centerfold?", kicker Garo Yepremian asked Cosmo's Pat Gordon after being approached about posing for the publication following Thursday's afternoon workout. Yepremian was told he and teammates Bob Matheson, Larry Little, Don Strock and Freddie Solomon could keep their clothes on. "But you should have given me more warning," the bald Yepremian said. "I haven't had a chance to comb my hair." Bachelors Little, Strock and Solomon merely grinned when informed the proposed article would deal with "The Sex Life of an Athlete." Matheson, who is married and has two sons, reacted somewhat differently. "Boy," the veteran linebacker said. "What next?" A few minutes later, Matheson said he never would have agreed to being interviewed for the story "if it was in English." Publicity man Charlie Callahan told Cosmo's writer she wouldn't be able to interview the players until after today's game. "You ought to let her do it now," Yepremian said, "to give me inspiration." "I don't think we'd be doing this at all," Callahan confided, "if we were battling for a shot at the Super Bowl." But the Super Bowl has been a mathematical impossibility for coach Don Shula's Dol phins for several weeks. They take a 6-7 record into today's game and, even if they win, it will be the worst season in Shula's 14 years as a head coach in the National Football League. "It means the difference between a winning (actually, breaking even) and losing season," Matheson said. "We want to go on record as beating a couple of good teams this year. "So far, we'be beaten one New England. Beating Minnesota would be the way to finish on a good note and get momentum going for next year." Turn to OTTERSON, D2 f . Palm Death V Post-Times Clipboard, D4 Sports D SECTION SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1976 Eagles' Pass Proves Deadly To Titusville i V .ft ' . ir' Ik A., 4 ' ' ' -Xl. L-.., , , ., - - Wn,flm !., ,..., Biim.Mnir.Mia.lirtfffl iir i n tin 1 La.La,, w.nitm.ni Mmmmmmm wwm "Our offensive line did a fine job and the backs ran hard. That enabled us to control the ball a little bit." True. Atlantic ran 58 plays to Astronaut's 43. But the one that won it was a pass - one of only five attempted by the Eagles all night. This actually represented a virtual switch to wide-open football for Wilder's club, which threw only two passes in beating Suncoast, 30-8, two weeks ago and put the ball in the air only three times in last week's 28-0 romp over Miami Curley. "It was a bootleg pass," Butler said. "My primary receiver, Keith Baker, was covered, but I looked back across the grain and Jerome was open." The play came only moments after two-way standout Larry Coffey recovered Nelson Nichols' fumble at the Astronaut 24. Coffey swept right end for 12 yards but a holding penalty set the Eagles back to the 27. Then, Butler rolled to the left with the ball on his hip, stopped and hit Burgess down the middle in the end zone. Turn to ATLANTIC, D3 X By CHUCK OTTERSON Post Sports Writer " DELRAY BEACH - Unbeaten I Atlantic reached into its arsenal for ; a seldom-used weapon - the for-" ward pass - to earn a shot at a state football championship for the third time in four years last night. J Bobby Butler threw a 27-yard ; touchdown pass to Jerome Burgess I with 7:12 remaining to give coach ; Carney Wilder's Eagles a 14-7 tri- umph over Titusville Astronaut in J the Class AAA semifinals at Atlan- tic's field. ". The victory - the Eagles' 12th in J as many starts sends them to i Panama City Friday night to play Bay High School for the state cham- Jiionship. Bay earned a crack at the I title last night by knocking off defending state champion Ocala !. Forest, 20-14. . "Our offense did a hell of a job tonight," said Wilder, whose club '. lost to Forest, 14-9, in last year's ti- tle game and fell to Haines City, 7-0, in the 1373 final. "We've been getting better the -."last two ball games. We hit our peak " four weeks ago, then dropped down. ZNow, we're back up again. Stall Photgs by MiK Dnmr Atlantic's Leading Rusher Larry Coffey (12) Cuts Past Defense Blue Devils Finally End the Semifinal Jinx .mim urn id a ) i ii i i in ii pill, 1 111 ' Xg"""'1 Pahokee Triumphs Over Fort Meade m I ill i r Mr f 1 : I i ' T i - I i it. m . , ' - ,j 4 ' 4 ' 5- KARL GL'LBRONSEN Post Sporti Writer PAHOKEE A tired Leioy Jackson sat on the Pahokee bench and received a huge hug from one of the Blue Devil cheerleaders after last night's semifinal Class AA playoff game in which Pahokee edged Fort Meade, 8-7. "We finally got over the hump," Jackson said. "It's been a long time coming." The Blue Devils, top ranked in A A the past two seasons, had seen two powerful squads fall in semifinal play in 1973 and again last year. Fort Meade, 9-4, almost jinxed Pahokee a third time when defensive tackle John Mack scooped up a Bernard Jackson fumble and ran for a touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Miners a 7-0 lead. They held the lead through the first halt. "I didn't think seven points would beat us," Pahokee coach Antoine Russell said. "We were also thinking of the semifinal jinx and I told the kids we had to come back." "I was definitely thinking about last year at half-time," Jackson said. "Coach just told us to keep our heads up." Fort Meade's noseman Ronnie Albntton led the Miner defense in stopping the Blue Devil inside game, forcing Pahokee to make some adjustments. The Blue Devils came back in the start of the second half , a determined team. After receiving a Miner punt at the Blue Devils' 44, sophomore quarterback Ronnie Osborne began to move the sluggish offense. With a third and 10, Osborne passed to Bernard Jackson for 14 yards and a first down at the Miner 42. Osborne then hit Rickey Jackson for four yards, then carried twice himself for another first down. On first-and-10 from the Miners' 13, Bernard Jackson ran nine yards to the four. And Leroy Jackson carried twice for the touchdown. Osborne ran for the two-point conversion to make it 8-7. "I wasn't worried about our offense," Russell said. "Mistakes were hurting us, but we were moving the ball well. Turn to PAHOKEE, D2 : :v v ; .W VJ r, r 1 - it4 Stilt Photo by C.J. Wilktr Fort Meade's Bobby Shirley (65) Forces Pahokee's Ronnie Osborne (10) To Pitch Out ; American, National Leagues Finally Make Compromise From Pott Win Sorvicot considering playing out his option. Until now, the National League has considered Washington to be an American League problem. But with the American League expanding to Seattle and Toronto, it became obvious that a return of baseball to the nation's capital would have to come from the National. That idea was vetoed last spring, stopped by the National League's rule requiring unanimous approval for franchise matters. When it became obvious that Congress was getting ready to take another long, careful look at baseball's antitrust exemption, the owners recognized the need for nia Angels completed a minor-league swap. A year ago, Reitz had gone the other way, swapped by the Cards to the Giants at the winter meetings in a deal that sent pitcher Pete Falcone to St. Louis. In a late transaction, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded 27-year-old power-hitting Richie Zisk and minor-league pitcher Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Rich Gossage and Terry Forster. Zisk hit 21 homers and drove in 89 runs last year, while Gossage was 9-17 with a 3.94 ERA and Forster was 2-12 with a 4.17 ERA. Gossage is 25, Forster 24. Zisk was tion by legislation if it wished. The first suggestion, produced by both leagues, was little more than a smoke screen. It proposed a package of games to be played in the nation's capital by Washington's turnpike neighbors, the Baltimore Orioles. The suggestion includes a presidential opener, All-Star game and exhibitions. It is not new. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was in Washington yesterday, trying to sell that package to the lawmakers. He has two chances of succeeding slim and none. The owners realize that. Turn to BASEBALL D2 speed in coming up with some solution giving Washington a team. "Adequate justification does not exist for baseball's special exemption from the antitrust laws," the staff said in a report. "Its exemption should be removed in the context of overall sports anti-trust reform." Major league baseball has enjoyed the anti-trust immunity on the strength of a unanimous Supreme Court decision in 1922 by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes that it was basically a sport rather than a business enterprise. The high court has twice refused to overturn the decision but noted that Congress could end the unique exemp- LOS ANGELES - Perhaps the most significant development at baseball's week-Jong winter meetings ended yesterday was ' the emergence, for the first time, of a 'sense of cooperation between the two leagues in seeking an answer to the sport's lingering Washington dilemma. But before the executives left, third baseman Ken Reitz completed a baseball round trip when he was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Lynn McGlothen. The trade was the only major action. The Cleveland Indians and Califor

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