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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 33

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Ed Plisted The Palm Beach Post Best Fishing Bet Pompano in Lake Worth, mackerel and blue-fish in the St. Lucie Inlet, schools of kingfish offshore will furnish most of the sport for Thanksgiving Day Fishermen. Len Brown s Long Season til , Executive Sports Editor Thursday, Nov. 28, 1968-C1 Bob Hope Bids For Senators WHEN I FIRST READ THE predictions of our two high school football forecasters. I didn't believe my eyes. In fact, thinking it a double typo I raced into the composingroom yelling in mv best Late Show manner, "stop the presses!" A quick check proved it to be no typo. In both cases. Don Bokin and Chuck Otterson had indeed forecast a Palm Beach Wildcat upset over the Forest Hill Fal ns in the football finale lor both Wednesday night at Kettler Field. Maybe they knew something that I didn't. But belorethegame I'd bet my drumstick oil my Thanksgiving turkey that rorest Hill would win by at least two touchdowns Since our forecasts were w ritten before the game and you are reading this after the game, we 'II know who was wrong or who was right. Rut you'll know who was wrong or who was right. But you'll have to await Friday's papers for a complete report of the game as today 's paper went to press early because of the holiday. With such unprofessional forecasts by Boy kin and Otterson, I am thinking seriously of sentencing them to cover Florida State League douhlcheadcrs this summer. On the other hand, they could be right. Still .. . rorest Hill has won six games, lost two and tied one. The Falcons have defeated Leonard. 28-8; Belle Glade, 32-6; North Shore. 20-0; Lake Worth. 14-7; Riviera Beach, 20-12. and Jupiter. 42-0. Thev tied Dan McCartv. 7-7, and lost to Vero Beach, 14-0, and Seac rest. 28-0 I'alm Beach, on the other hand, has defeated only Cardinal .Newman 7-0. and North Shore. 20-0. The Wildcats have lost to Vero Beach. .'17-7; Riviera Beach, ti-0; Dan McCarty. 13-2; Leon more than $1 million less than what was paid recently for new-expansion franchises. Short, a Minneapolis hotel executive, said at one point Wednesday negotiations were over and the sale might be only an hour or two away. But Short flew home later in the day as club officials said they were delaying a decision over the long weekend. "We have decided to adjourn until Monday," said Norman B. start on it again Monaay morning." Robert E. Short. Democratic party national treasurer, said the Senators' owners are debating whether to accept the offer he has made, or possibly a third bid. Short mentioned Hope by name as a rival bidder. The price tag on the Senators, who finished last in the American League this year, is believed to be around $9 million- out making any concrete offer for the club until now. James H. Lemon, the Washington investment broker who is the board chairman for the baseball club, put the team up for sale at the end of the past season. The Senators lost an estimated $500,000 this year. Lemon said the sale was made inevitable by the death of his investment partner and co-owner. James Johaston. WASHINGTON (API - Comedian Bob Hope is reported to be making a last-minute pitch to buy the Washington Senators. Efforts to wrap up the sale of the Senators before next week's baseball meetings fizzled Wednesday as club officials weighed at least two rival offers. All discussions were suspended over the Thanksgiving weekend, and a top official of the Senators said, "We're going to Frost, a member of the club's board of directors. Short and fellow Minnesota millionaire Jeno F. Paulucci have wanted to complete the purchase before the annual winter baseball meetings open on the West Coast next Monday. Hope's name had entered in the speculation in recent weeks. However, the Cincinnati, Ohio, businessman acting as his representative apparently had merely expressed interest with Sifford Charges ard. 13-7. Seac rest. 12-6. and BelleGladc. 14-0 Refuted AUGUSTA, Ga. (APi - Masters Golf Tournament officials denied Wednesday that Charlie -! Sifford has never been invited -7, to play in the golfing classic be V. BROWN cause he is a Negro, adding that Sifford will be invited JACOBS HEMNGER whenever he qualifies. "Every U.S.A. golfer, regard less of his racial background has an opportunity to qualify for a Masters Tournament invita tion. the tournament commit tee said in a unprecedented statement. "We doubt that any Navy Has Secrets For Army ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -Hinting that he may have a few surprises when the Navy Midshipmen take on the Army Ca-iets in Philadelphia Saturday. Navy Coach Bill Elias said Wednesday that the annual foot--all game between the inter-service rivals "is not just another game, it's the season." Elias. keyed up for the annual tootball classic to such an extent that he has started smoking again, told a news conference hat Navy has "saved a covt i age specifically for Army ard saved an offensive alignment specifically for Army. "It isn't anything fancy, not is it anything designed to do more than use the element of surprise if there is any. It's sound. We had a lot of time to work on it. and its exhibition in practice has been satisfactory," he said. The Navy mentor, who hasn't smoked for a year, emphasized that middie quarterback Mike McNallen would call his own game. "We will not call any plays. The quarterback will call his own. Unless he calls time out and runs to the sidelines. Then I'll turn my back on him so you'll know I haven't said a word to him." Elias laughed when questioned. He recalled last year's Army-Navy game when they said he one seriously expects us to change these qualification regulations in order to accommodate one particular person " The statement broke a longstanding Masters policy of declining comment about criticism Weak Wildcat Offense A closer look at the Palm Beach scores proves quite revealing. It is not the defense that has caused the lean season for the Wildcats, rather the offense or lack of one. Palm Beach has scored onl iio points in nine games this autumn. Said Forest Hill Coach Jerry Jacobs, "I just can't understand why their record isn't better this year. I am sure, though, they've been laying for us the last couple of weeks. It's going to be a real tough game." Len Brown, the veteran Palm Beach coach, keeps insisting, "1 tried to tell everyone at the start of the season we were going to be weak but no one would believe me. But if we beat Forest Hill it won't be an upset. In a city rivalry like ours there is never an upset no matter what the record of either team." Brown, who is more honest than most coaches, won't make excuses for his team's poor record. "We have some good boys but not enough of them. " he said. "Our lack of experience has been the key to our failure. We just made too many mistakes this year and you can't do that against most clubs nad get away with it." Brown insists that the secret ol being a successful coach is talent. "Hell, anyone can take talent and win in high school football,' he told me. "Even the defense and offense are really not important, liun the old fashioned single wing and if you have the horses ou II be successful. Randy Cooper's old double wing loovs good witn the talent he has at Seacrest this year." of its method of selecting players for the April tournament on the lush Augusta National course. The statement came after Sifford said in an interview at the Cajun Classic in Lafayette, La., that he believes the reason he has never played in the Masters . .has to be a racial prob lem. Sifford said he was unhappy with the PGA for not helping him, and criticized Clifford Roberts, chairman of the Masters tournament committee. called a kev plav. T purposely turned my back NFL. AF to (Navy quarterback John) g Up ervin Cartwright in hopes that he would make his own decision," Elias said CAPONE HOWE HODGES "I faced the brigade and hoped that if I heard a cheer they went for it (first down). "I heard nothing so. coward that I am, I turned to look over my shoulder and he called time Double Heapings Today Conga Type Of Attack out. He ran over to the sidelines and said, 'what do you want?' I said. 'John, you re commit By Associated Press Pro football fans will have a double doubleheader holiday treat to go with the turkey din ted for four years. I've only got a one-year contract. You call it.' And so help me he called his own play." "I took credit for it because ner today with National root-ball League action at Detroit and Dallas and American Football League games at Kansas City and Oakland. he made it," he quipped. Oakland Raidars who have a fully recovered Daryle Lamon-ica back in passing condition. Charlie Smith, the rookie who beat the Jets, will start at halfback for Oakland for Pete Banaszak, slowed down with a groin pull. If the Chiefs and Raiders win, as expected, they will go into the last two games tied. Kansas City will play at San Diego and at Denver. Oakland will play Denver at home and close it out at San Diego which is only one game back at 8-3. The navy Coach said he felt the outcome of this year's game would hinge to a great extent on kicking. backer Wayne Walker as questionable. Dallas can take a step closer to the Capitol Division championship by repeating its Nov. 17 romp over the Redskins, 44-24. Don Meredith, injured in that game, is expected back after missing Sunday's game in Chicago. The Cowboys ran over the Redskins in their first meeting with both Don Perkins and Craig Baynham rolling up big yardage. Adding to Washington's troubles is the doubtful status of quarterback Sonny Jurgensen who missed Tuesday's practice with a 103-degree fever, apparently a victim of the flu bug that struck the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. The AFL game at Houston is a must affair for 9th clubs. Neither team played last Sunday. The Oilers can't afford to lose or they will be eliminated in their almost hopeless chase of the Jets in the East. It is the last home game for Kansas City which expects to regain the use of defensive end Buck Buchanan, runner Mike Garrett and Hanker Otis Taylor who needed the rest to recover from injuries. The Chiefs will be without Noland Smith, the runback specialist, and probably Willie Mitchell, defensive match. Houston has lost guard Sonny Bishop, defensive tackle George Rice and linebacker Ronnie Caveness. Buffalo, is down to its fifth quarterback, Ed Rutkowski, for its game with the confident 1 personally think that it will be the most important phase of the Army-Navy game this The Palm Beach coach said he contemplated a lew new formations - maybe even a single wing play or two - in Wednesday's game. To those of us who have covered the Wildcats this season it is obvious that the lack of blocking by the offensive line has crippled the attack. With Palm Beach playing conga football - one, two. three plays and kick - a heavy burden was placed on the defense. The irony of this is that Palm Beach has one of the best placekickers in the state. "Terry Rowe." said his coach, "can be deadly with a field goal from inside the other teams 40. Trouble is. we get there so little he doesn't have a chance." Rowe, however, is a junior. Injuries, of course, have been a factor but Brown won't use that crutch. John Capone, a senior linebacker, and Len Zubriski, a senior offensive end, were knocked out for the season with injuries in the Riviera game. And quarterbacks Robin Bradbury and Jerry Brown, the coach's son, have been hobbled by injuries. Young Brown played Wednesday night with a separated shoulder. "I think the kid I really feel sorry for," said Brown, "is Paul Hodges. He is a real fine runner with good moves. But we haven't given him blin king or a passing attack to let him run. Oh. we look good fort wo plays in a row and then we blow an assignment. That's been our trouble . . . blowing assignments. And it is caused by inexperience." Brown is optimistic about next season. He will be reaping the benefits of two straight jayvee seasons of 6-1 won, lost records. This year's jayvee season produced some big, strong linemen. And from this unit Brown promoted two sophomores, Teddy Hen-inger and Bill Overfelt. Henninger. a linebacker and halfback, has proven himself both ways while Overfelt has turned out to be a fine punter. Last vear. you may recall, it was Forest Hill pulling the upset over Palm Beach for the Reeves Memorial Trophy. This year year, hlias said, tvery game that we've had this year, the tide has been turned as the result of the kicking game." sion lead with three to play, will know before it takes the field at home against Buffalo (1-10-1) at 4 p.m. EST whether it can take over the undisputed lead or needs a victory to remain tied with the Chiefs. The other pro football teams will be idle until Sunday. The Lions, Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins, Raiders and Bills will be playing their second game in five days Thursday. It was the Lions who started the Eagles on their long losing season in an exhibition game Aug. 11 at Philadelphia. This was the game, originally scheduled for Mexico City, but moved to Franklin Field at the last minute. The Eagles not only lost, 20-3, but their quarterback. Norm Snead. suffered a broken ankle on the first play. Snead has been back now for a few weeks but the Eagle offense has been impotent, scoring only 144 points in 11 games, low in the league. Snead hit with 27 of 48 passes last Sunday against Cleveland but had three intercepted in a 47-13 rout. Detroit had to settle for a 20-20 tie with New Orleans and the injury report lists Munson, defensive back Lem Barney, tight end Charlie Sanders and line The Middies leave for Phila delphia Friday morning and will work out at Kennedy Memorial Stadium Friday afternoon. Detroit, traditionally the site of a noon-time game on Thanksgiving Day, hopes to push win-less Philadelphia (0-11) another step along the road toward the No. 1 draft choice and O. J. Simpson. The Lions (3-6-1) have been having their troubles with Mel Farr out for the year and quarterback Bill Munson on the questionable list. After the 12 15 p.m.ESTgame in Detroit, NFL fans can take a brief rest before the Columbia Broadcasting System brings in the Dallas Cowboys (9-2) and Washington Redskins (4-7) from the Cotton Bowl at 6 p.m. EST. The Eastern Division title in the AFL could be clinched by idle New York if the Houston Oilers (5-6) lose at Kansas City (9-2) in the first half of the AFL doubleheader, starting at 1:30 p.m. on the National Broadcasting Company network. Oakland (9-2), tied with Kansas City for the Western Divi Twins' Carew Two Games Set Today Hurricanes Split Drill MIAMI (APi - Goal line tactics, both offensive and defensive, occupied the University of Miami football squad Wednesday until dark as Coach Charlie Tate put his men through their last lengthy drill before Saturday's game with the University of Florida. Tate said he still was not satisfied that his piayers had reached their peak for the game. Tate believes his squad is ready for Florida physically but he isn't sure how much the disappointment of two bitter losses in a row to Penn State and Alabama affected his team. Two local high school football games today end the regular season. Riviera Beach's Hornets host North Shore at 10 a.m. and Gilford travels to Lincoln Park Academy for an 8 p.m. contest. Coach Lincoln Knowles' Hornets have a chance to fin ish the season with a 6-4 mark with a win today. North Shore, meanwhile, will be out to break a five-game losing streak. The Mustangs are 3-6, Lincoln Park plays its last football game ever tonight against Gifford. The Fort Pierce school is phasing out next fall. maybe it was Palm Beach's turn. But while I nibble on my turkey drumstick this afternoon, I will think about those doubleheaders that Boy km and Otterson will becovenng this summer. Hurt In Crash MINNEAPOLIS ( AP) -Minnesota Twins' second baseman Rod Carew sustained hand and face injuries Wednesday when the car he was driving overturned alter spinning around on slick pavement, spokesmen for the baseball team said. Twins' officials said Carew apparently was not seriously injured He received cuts on his left hand and a bump under his left eye Tests were made at a Minneapolis hospital Baylor Council Asks Coach Bridges Be Fired Gators To Start B TeamQB man Mike Healey sprained an WACO. Tex AI. - Baylor University's live-man athletic council recommended Wednesday that John Bridgers not be retained as he.id football coach and athletic director. Bridgers. coach at Baylor for 10 seasons, operated this year Football Results L ByEDPAVELKA GAINESVILLE (AFN) -With the powerful Miami Hurricanes less than two days away, it appears that Tom Kennell, an inexperienced junior from Bay City, Mich, holds the key to any chance Florida has for a victory Saturday. Kennell, an unknown B team-er until last week, "will start at (In order to let Post-Times employes spend part of the holiday with their families, today's paper was published earlier than normal. Wednesday's high school football stories will appear in Friday's editions). quarterback as of right now," Coach Ray Graves said Wednes members of the athletic council said. Under the Southwest Athletic Conference -constitution, the faculty athletic council is charged with the responsibility of making its recommendations of the members of the athletic staff in the same manner that members of the teaching staff are recommended. "This afternoon the Baylor athletic council met to discharge this duty Being cognizant ol the tremendous contributions Mr John Bridgers has made to the athletic program of Baylor University, nevertheless the athletic council recommends to the administration for the best interest of all concerned that Mr. John Bridgers contract as athletic director and as head f'wt-ball coach not be renewed. he will start against Miami at his usual split endposition. If he is needed behind center, sophomores Ken Ratcliffe and Ben Sellers are the backup receivers. Graves said that Kennell's game performance will determine how much Eckdahl and McTheny will be used at quarterback. A decision on whether Florida's third experienced quarterback, Larry Rentz, will even dress for the season finale is expected to come today. The latest doctor's report, based on x-rays taken of his cracked rib Tuesday, indicate that the senior from Coral Gables will not be permitted to punt, much less quarterback. The Florida defense, which had been fairly injury free, lost a key player late in Tuesday's goal line scrimmage when line ihe amount of work he's had, he's been doing a creditable job." Kennell inherited his starting position when Florida's top three quarterbacks were sidelined with injuries. Harold Peacock, the Gator's last QB casualty, is expected to be released from the hospital Saturday. His injured eye has been responding to treatment and doctors say there is probably no permanent damage, although his eye may be sensitive to light for some time. Jackie Eckdahl, bothered with arm troubles and a nagging to injury since the Gator's sixtl. game, is given an even chance to see action Saturday. He is currently alternating with Guy McTheny as number two quarterback. McTheny has been working at the position since Monday, but ankle. The Jacksonville senior is a "very doubtful" participant in his last college game and sophomore Jack Youngblood, Florida's field goal artist, will probably start for him Saturday. Ed Foster has been brought up behind Youngblood. The only other defensive starter still slowed by injuries is cor-nerback Steve Tannen. The honorable mention Ail-American has been bothered by a pulled groin muscle and has not worked out at full speed all week. Wednesday the Gators stressed their game plan for the Hurricanes and worked on offensive and defensive goal line situations. Forty minute workouts are scheduled for both today and Friday. day. Graves' statements reaffirmed what he has been saving all week. The injury-stricken without a contract. Last year the council also recommended that Bridgers be dismissed, but school president Abner V. McCall overruled the decision. The members of the council include Edwin Horner, chairman. Dr James Parsons. Dr. J W. Dixon. Dr. Robert T. Packard and C. G. Christian. Bridgers said he would have no comment until McCall acts upon the recommendation. McCall. who is out of town, likely will act on the recommendation Friday, one source said. The statement signed bv the Gators will be led bv a player who has never quarterbacked in 13 0 7 0 14 34 Seacrest Lake Worth Forest Hill Palm Beach Leonard Belle Glade a college football game. 'Kennell has not looked real sharp in practice," Graves said in assessing his new QB. "He's scrambler and has average speed and passing ability, but he is a good, tough kid. Considering

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