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Friday, February 8, 1974
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2C Fri., Feb. 8, 1974 , ST.LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Yes Virginious, There Is A Walton Bowl By Dave Nightingale Th Chlca Dally Nw Post-Dispatch SpecUl Dispatch, Copyright 1974 CHICAGO, Feb. 8 A new sports catch-phrase has burst upon us in the last few weeks: the Walton Bowl. Walton, of course, is 6-foot-M UCLA center Bill Walton, one of three men in the last decade (the others: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and O.J. Simpson) capable of turning around a sports franchise almost single-handedly. The bowl reference is to the competition for Bill's services. The National Basketball Association team "vith the worst records this season may get the right to make Walton a millionaire. Philadelphia leads (he way with only IS victories, followed by Houston and Cleveland each with 19 triumphs. And even Portland, Kansas City-Omaha and Phoenix are still in the running. Walton's unique ability has made every team at the bottom of the heap suspect. Houston traded Jack Marin, a solid regular, for a couple of no-names the other day. Was that Walton Bowl Insurance? . Dick Motta, the outspoken coach of the Chicago Bulls, threw another log on the fire this week with the flat-out statement that a Walton Bowl did exist. The remark, later repudiated, earned him a telephone call from NBA commis-'sioner Walter Kennedy and public ridicule from Portland executive Harold Glickman. The question remains, how can the Walton Bowl be justified in a society where winning is the only thing? In a way, this reminds me of another famous question ... a question addressed in the form of an 1897 letter from an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of Where losing is . . . the name of the game the old New York Sun. Virginia wanted to know: Is there a Santa Claus? You know the paper's answer. And a similar question-answer exchange might apply to the Walton Bowl. So, with apologies for plagiarism, let's open our mythical mail-bag .. . DEAR EDITOR: I am eight years old and some of my little friends say there is no Walton Bowl. Papa says if you see it in the newspaper, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Walton Bowl? Virginius O'Bannion. DEAR VIRGINIUS: Your little friends are wrong. They just haven't developed the healthy skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. Yes, Virginius, there is a Walton Bowl. It exists as cer tainly as does the National Basketball Association. Alas! How dreary would be the NBA if there were no Bill Wal-tons' to come along. There would be no childlike faith in future improvement. Nothing to make tolerable the current lowly existence of a last-place team. Not to believe dn a Walton Bowl! You might as well not believe in Walter Kennedy! , No player, no matter how downtrodden in his basketball surroundings, could bring himself to try to lose one for Walton. But just because you can't see the Walton Bowl doesn't mean it isn't there. We cannot see Into the minds of 'NBA coaches as they make lineup changes . . . allegedly pursuant of victory, but perhaps leading to defeat. We cannot see into the minds of NBA owners . . . whether they are chuckling inwardly at each defeat as, in their spare time, they try to round up enough cash to sign Bill Walton, should they gain access to him. Wouldn't it 'be amusing if Walton turned his back on Philadelphia or a Houston or a Cleveland and signed with and American Basketball Association team? Or wouldn't it be funny if he signed with the Globetrotters? Or if he chose graduate school instead of basketball? Yes, Virginius, there is a Walton Bowl. But Big Bill may not choose to sit in it. CHZ2I1 Ct s L. Carter Jumps To WFL; Chicago's IFire Aglow AND THE WINNER IS . . . II you guessed the guy in Hie white trunks, Edroy Yancey, you're wrong. Marvin Robinson takes this solid left to the face, but he came back to win the fight in the 85-pound subnovice title fight in Golden Gloves action Wednesday night at Kiel Auditorium. Robinson boxes for the DeSoto Center and Yancey for 12th and Park. Post-Dispatch Photo by Fred Sweets) From Pott-Dlapatch Newi Service CHICAGO, Feb. 8 Yesterday was pen pal day in much of the National Football League but Virgil Carter used a poison pen and wrote a Dear John letter to the San Diego Chargers. 'The NFL received a blow when Carter, a 28-year-old quarterback who once belonged to the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals and was traded to San Diego after the 1973 season, became the first player to jump to the fledgling World Football League. Carter was one of three players signed yesterday by Chicago Fire owner Tom Origer. The others were Mark Kellar of Northern Illinois, the nation's top collegiate rusher last season and a sixth-round draft choice of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, and wide receiver John Wright, who "retired" in 1971 after playing for the Detroit Dons. Wright was a standout at the University of Illinois. He is the son of retired Mini track coach Bob Wright. Carter was traded to the Bills after a bitter row in 1969 in which he blasted the Bears' management for refusing to play him. The Bills traded Carter to the Bengals before the 1970 season and Carter, who holds a master's degree in mathematics, was with Cincinnati four seasons. He was sidelined last season with a broken left collarbone when he played out his option. Chargers coach Tommy Prothro expressed disappointment at Carter's leaving the San Diego club. "We wanted Carter or we wouldn't have traded for him," he said., . Carter reportedly received a two-year con-' tract for $100,000 a year from the Fire. "The Chargers offered me a contract, but this one is better," said Carter. One of the factors prompting his move, Carter said, was because the WFL, starting operations next July, is downgrading the field goal by moving the goal posts to the back of the end zone and returning missed field goals from beyond the 20 to the line of scrimmage. ''The WFL won't be sitting on the ball because nobody will give up the football in mid-field," said Carter. In another WFL development, Dan Bois-ture, head football coach at Eastern Michigan University, signed a three-year contract to coach the Detroit Wheels, The Detroit News reported today. Boisture has been EMU coach in Ypsilamti, Mich., since 1967. Meanwhile, four more draft picks who were chosen in the first round by NFL teams signed contracts with those teams yesterday. They were Colorado fullback Bo Matthews (San Diego), UCLA defensive tackle Bill Sandi-fer (San Francisco), Michigan defensive tackle Dave Gallagher (Bears) and Southern California offensive tackle Steve Riley (Minnesota). And two other big name NFL draftees Tennessee State defensive tackle Ed (Too Tall) Jones, the No. 1 pick, and All-America quarterback David Jaynes of Kansas refused to commit themselves to the established league. Jones, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys of the NIFL and Detroit of the WFL and Jaynes, drafted by Kansas City of the NFL and Memphis of the WFL, each said he would take the best offer. . Bruins Blitz Blues, 5-3 areasports scneuuie B FROM PAGE ONE ' the O'Donnell-Gassoff scuffle began. - "I ran into him a few times during the game," said Gassoff. "I guess he was Just J mad and waiting for something like this." After Gassoff gave O'Donnell a whipping and both drew major penalties, the officials r broke up the fight. But O'Donnell then skated after Gassoff and lost his rematch. And then he got the news about the trade I to Vancouver. He and Oddleifson will become H Canucks and Schmautz will join the Bruins 1 tomorrow, in time for their game with the - r: Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers, who lead the West Division, 2 ruined the debut of Marc Boileau as Pitts-burgh Penguins coach by gaining a 5-4 vie- . tory test night in PhiUy. ' Boileau had replaced Ken' Schinkel, who I Hockey Bills Set For Sudden Death 2 The hockey Billikens of St. Louis University will be playing in sudden-death tonight at L The Arena, where they take on the Air Force JJ" in an 8 o'clock game. According to coach Bill Selman, they'll be 3" playing in sudden-death the rest of the sea- son. To keep their hopes alive for a bid to t, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ", postseason tournament in Boston, St. Louis S2-!' U. Must win 'em all, according to Selman. "I know it sounds crazy, but the NCAA is set up to take the two best teams in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and 2 (, the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference," -'' Selman said. "To be considered, an outsider ' has to have an exceptional record." ; The Bills are 18-9. They had a 26-12 record last season and were not considered. ; St. Louis U. will face the Air Force again tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 at The Arena. ! M z Blues Send Roberto z- To Denver Farm Club Winger Phil Roberto has been sent to the Blues' Denver farm club at his own request. Roberto, who summered severed nerves in his right forearm last June while working on a storm door did not play this season until Jan. 12, when he scored a goal in a game at Toronto. In seven games since then, ' Roberto had managed just one assist and decided to play , himself back into shape at Denver. As a veteran of three or more years in the National Hockey League, Roberto could not be sent to the minors without his permission. Next: The Stanley Cup BLUES BOSTON 1 13 3 1 S FIRST PERIOD 1. Boston, Beposlto 4 (HodKe, Cashmkn), 5:45; 2. Blues, Unger 26 (Piante, Awrey), 17:25. Penalty 'Polls, Blues, 0:13. . SECOND PERIOD 8. Bhies. Piante 18 (Polls), 7:14; 4. Boston, Cashman 14 IDoak), 8:00; 5. Boston, Vadnajs 10 (O'Donnell, Sheppard), 10:00; 6. Boston, BucyM 17 (Sheupard). 10:34. Pentalty Mareotte, Boa. 1:05. THIRD PERIOD 7. Blues, Polls 14 (unassisted) 9:57. 8, Boston, Mareotte 15 (Oddleifson, O'Reilly), 19:33. Penalties O'Donnell, Bos., 6:11; AngoitI, Blues (major), 17:24; Gassoff, Blues (major), 17:24; O'Donnell. Bos. (major), 17:24; Vadnals, Bos., 18:41. 6m Wi. Bos., 19:21. SHOTS ON GOAL BLUES 8 7 1128 BOSTON 10 8 16 34 Goaltenders Blues, Davidson; Boston, Brooks. Attendance 15,003. was fired as coach after five straight losses by the Penguins. That streak went to six games on what Pittsburgh goalie Andy Brown called "two horsebleep goals" by the Flyers. One was a shot by Dave Schultz that . bounced off Brown's leg into the net. The second was Terry Crisp's game-winner, a shot from behind the net that bounced off a Penguin defender and then skidded off Brown into the case. Boileau said, "The team had lots of life. It's too bad we had to lose." The Blues could say the same after their third straight defeat. They are third in the West Division and remained three points ahead of the fourth-place Atlanta Flames and fivel ahead of the fifth-place Los Angeles Kings, whom they will meet tomorrow night at The Arena. Billikens Bow At West Texas B FROM PAGE ONE Bills and Walsh fouled Taylor, who hit a free throw to make it 56-53 with five seconds left. West Texas State's Reggie Ramey drilled in a jump shot with one second left. "We got a much better effort in the second half," said West Texas State coach Ron Ekker. "We went after the game hard once we smelled victory." Said Scott, who led the Bills with 16 points, "After we got our 11-point lead we started working for the good shot. But the problem was that we weren't getting the second rebound as we did in the first half." West Texas State now is 3-3 in the MVC and 9-7 overall. The Bills will play tomorrow night at Wichita State in a league clash that will start at 8 o'clock and will be broadcast in St. Louis on WIL radio. Today College Basketball Thomas More College at Missouri 'Baptist College, 7:30 p.m. Concordia Seminary vs. Harris Teachers College, O Fallon Tech, 8 p.m. Illinois College at Prlnclpla College, 8 p.m. Bt. Louis College of Pharmacy vs. Sanford-Brown College, Christ Memorial Baptist Church gym, 8:30 p.m. St. Mary's College at St Louis Christian College. Lewis se Clark Community College at Lincoln 1U.) Junior College. Bean Bags A 678 Jim Bean bowled a 678 series, but Crossroads lost, 4-3, to Steak N Shake last night in the St. taouis Classic League at Crossroads Bowl. Bob Grupas shot a 653 for the winners. Glen Elder rolled 643 as R. Rowlands & Co. scored a 5-2 triumph over Sur-Foot Speedway. Trio edged H&H Sheet-metal, 4-3, and the Chuck O'Donnell's toppled the Carl Schaeffer's, 5-2. Thiel Quits In Row At Galesburg High GALESBURG, 111. Feb. 8 (AP) John Thiel resigned yesterday as athletic director of Galesburg High School following a controversy over an unauthorized leave of abence. Thiel, who previously had a 396-90 record as basketball coach , over 18 years, made a recent trip to Dallas to watch his son play basketball for Southern Methodist University. The school considered the trip unauthorized. Hockey St. Louis University vs. Air Force (Academy, The Arena, 8 p.m. Swimming National Junior College Athletic Association Region 16 (Missouri) meet, Florissant Valley Community College, 4 p.m. University of Mlssourl-St. Louis at William Jewell College Liberty, Mo., 2 p.m. Harness Racing Cahokla Downs, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at. College Basketball Louis University at Wli-hH state university, a p.m. Western Illinois University at University of Mlssourl-St. Louis, 8 o.m. Southern Illinois Unlverslty-Edwards-vllle vs. Thomas More College, Meramec Community College, 7 ip.m. Mineral Area College at Meramec Community College, 8:45 p.m. McKendree College at Indiana University-Southeast, New Albany. Prlnoipla College at Rose-Hulman College, Terre Haute, lnd., 8 p.m. Jefferson College at East Central Junior College, 7:30 p.m. Springfield Junior College at Florissant Valley Community College, 7:30 p.m. Forest Park Community College at Three Rivers Community College, 7:30 p.m. 14 Black Athletes Leave Auburn In Haircut Fuss AUBURN, Ala., Feb. 8 (AP)-AU 14 black athletes on scholarship at Auburn University, moved out of their dormitory and left the school last night in defiance of haircut rules, The Montgomery Advertiser said in today's editions. School officials were not immediately available for comment. The paper quoted football coach Ralph (Shug) Jordan as saying that three black football players refused yesterday to comply with haircut rules. "I recommended to the athletic director that they move out of the dorm and remain on scholarship the remainder of the quarter, and that their scholarship be terminated at the end of the quarter," the paper quoted Jordan as saying. Jordan said he learned later that the blacks on the basketball and track teams had not attended practice. The paper said the other black athletes apparently walked out in support of the football players. Four football players, six members of the basketball team and four track athletes walked out, the paper said. Hockey St. Louis University vs. Air Force Academy, The Arena, 1:30 p.m. Blues vs. Los Angeles, The Arena, 8:10 p.m. Harness Racing Cahokla Downs, 7:30 p.m. Women's College Basketball Southern Illinois University-Edwards-ville at Southern Illinois Unlver-ity-Carbondale, 9 a.m. Colllege Swimming National Junior College Athletic Association Region 16 (Missouri) meet. Florissant Valley Community College, 10 a.m. Washington University at Illinois College, Jacksonville, 1 p.m. College Wrestling Florissant Valley Community College and Black Hawk Junior College at Forest Park Community College, noon. University of Mlssourl-St. Louis at Southeast Mussouri fitate. Cape Girardeau, 2 p.m. Southern Illinois Unlveralty-Edwarris-vllle In quadrangular with Ohio State University. Ohio University and Cleveland State University at Ohio State, Columbus, 10 a.m. Washington University at University of Evansvtlle (lnd,) tournament Soccer Missouri Amateur Cup, ftrst round, Kutls vs. Busch Gardens, O'Fallon Tech, 2 p.m. Russian Kickers Pound NASI All-Stars, 8-4 Sports On Radio, TV Special to the Post-Dispatch TORONTO, Feb. 8 The Red Army soccer team of Moscow , opened its American tour last night by defeating a team of North American Soccer League all-stars, 8-4, before a crowd of about 11,000. The Russians will play in . Philadelphia tomorrow night. .They will play in St. Louis " Wednesday against the Stars ajj' The Arena on a special $60,000 Astro-Turf surface. Stars goalie Mike Winter played the third period for the NASL stars against the Russians and held them to two goals after they had tallied three times in each of the first two periods against Dallas's Ken Cooper. Jorge Siega of the New York Cosmos scored two goals for the NASL stars against the Russians, one on a penalty kick. Bob Smith of Philadelphia and Toronto's Gene Strencier hit the others. Valentin Tellinger scored four Moscow goals, three in the first period. The Russians outshot the all-stars, 68-43, With . a fast attack. Vladimir Astepov-ski was outstanding in the Moscow goaLjf TODAY HOOKEY : St. Louis University vs. Air Force Academy, The Arena, 8 p.m. (KMOX-FM). SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Louisville at West Texas State, noon iKSD-TV); Kansas State at Iowa State, 2 p.m. (K8D-TV): Springfield Junior College at Florissant Val.ey Community College, 7:30 p.m. (KCFV-FM) ; St. Louis University at Wichita State, a p.m. (WIL). HOOKEY: Blues vs. Loj Angeles, The Arena, 8 p.m. (KM OX-AM). GOLF: Bob Hope Desert Classic, Palm Springs, Calif., 4 p.m, (KSD-TV). 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