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m m j SECTION F Sun., Dec. 11,1983 SI LOUIS POST-DISPATCH aw Kevin Horrigan Sports Comment How Much Beer Can A Tractor Pull? According to startling new evidence, the sporting event that results in the greatest per-capita consumpion of beer is tractor pulls. Apparently it is virtually impossible to watch two supercharged tractors tugging at things without drinking large quantities of beer. Like kids who get toked up on marijuana and then go view "Fantasia" for the 17th time, tractor-pull fans apparently drink huge quantities of beer and then utter the tractor-pulling equivalent of "Oh, wow!" You could look it up, but someone already has. And that's why, sometime in the next 12 months, you'll have an opportunity to watch tractor pulls on cable television. "TRACTOR PULLS HAVE become sort of an office joke around here," Jerry Lovelace was saying the other night. The office around which tractor pulls have become sort of a joke belong to the brand new Sports Time cable network, which Lovelace serves as communications director. They are quite spiffy offices in the renovated Valley Building at 900 Walnut Street, in the literal and figurative shadow of Busch Stadium. The majority owner of Sports Time, which will go on the air April 3, is your favorite local brewery, which also owns your favorite local baseball team, which, by happy coincidence, will appear some 50 to 60 times next season on Sports Time. It is what is known as a circular monopoly. Beginning April 3, Anheuser-Busch beers will sponsor cablecasts of A-B's St. Louis Cardinals on A-B's Sports Time network, encouraging you not only to drink A-B's beers but also to come out to A-B's stadium, park in A-B's garages, watch A-B's Cardinals and perhaps quench your thirst with a beer A-B gets paid for twice. There's no way to describe this except with a word that the sports editor of this newspaper has banned awesome. He says the hydrogen bomb is awesome. I say any company that can figure out the beer-drinking demographics of tractor-pull fans, and make it pay off, is awesome. I don't care what Peter O'Malley and the Los Angeles Dodgers say. "I NEVER HEARD of tractor pulls ' until I moved to the Midwest," said Rex Lardner, who is programming director of Sports Time. But because Sports Time is a strictly regional sports network indeed, that's how it is hoping to compete with the big three networks and ESN Lardner will wind up programming tractor pulls on occasion. If the Midwest likes tractor pulls, then, by Gussie, Sports Time will give it tractor pulls. But I'm making too much of tractor pulls. The key selling point for Sports Time will be baseball. In addition to the 50 or 60 Cardinals games, there will be a like number of Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds games. There will an American Association minor league game of the week. There will be Blues hockey, maybe Kansas City Kings and Indiana Pacers basketball, at least 30 Big Eight Conference basketball games, maybe indoor soccer, college basketball from the Ohio Valley, Mid-America and Midwestern Cities conferences. There'll be harness racing from Louisville. There will be. St. Louis University soccer and perhaps more basketball from the Big Ten and Missouri Valley conferences. Auto racing. Gymnastics. "We want to have 500 live events a year," Lovelace said, "live, regional and exclusive." IN BETWEEN TIMES, there will be weekly shows on jogging and fitness, on hunting and fishing and high school sports. There may even be college basketball practice. There will be a Phil Donahue-esque studio talk show. There will be scores and highlights, highlights and scores. There will be commercials. That seems to be one of the biggest hangups. It will cost the cable subscriber $10 to $12 a month to have Sports Time in his home. Considering the fact that ESPN comes free with most cable packages, who's going to pay for another sports package, one with commercials to boot? "Research has shown that people will pay for more live sports on a regional basis," Lardner said. "The people we want are the 18- to 49-year-old males, the kind of people who are beer drinkers, who are likely to buy insurance, buy cars and fly a certain airline." The other question that Sports Time gets asked a lot is whether this means the end of Cardinals baseball on KSDK-TV, Channel 5. The answer is no. Channel 5 will carry 40 Cardinals road games next year. Sports Time will carry 50 or 60 other games, home and away, meaning that a real fan could see 90 to 100 games on TV next year. By the way, one of A:B's partners In Sports Time is a broadcast company namod Multimedia lie. Guess who owns Channel 5 these days. Awesome. Meins Life I By Mike Smith Of the Post-Dispatch Staff CARBONDALE, 111. The only thing they haven't learned to defense at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is the crowd. SIU's defenders are trashing the playoff field in the NCAA's Division I-AA and Saturday carried the Salukis to the brink of a national football championship in a 23-7 victory over Nevada-Reno. As a result, a crowd estimated at 12,000 commenced trashing the field at McAndrew Stadium for the fourth consecutive home game. SIU's fans trampled restraining fences with about 4 minutes left in the game and, as the final gun sounded, they snapped the goal posts from their moorings in what must have been NCAA record time (all divisions). The Salukis (12-1) advanced to the Division I-AA title game against i i -ff r w ;f "V kf 1 t fi t w Jerry Naunheim Jr.Post Dispatch Members of the offense on the Post- Mark Crain, Soldan; Keith Jones, Webster Dispatch All-Metro football team are (front Groves; (back row) Carl Bax, St. Charles; row, from left) Nate McGhee, University City; Lemonte Edwards, Webster Groves; Jay Michael Baker, University City; Keith Johnson, East St. Louis; Mike Ploesser, Washington, Vashon; Robb Osborne, St. Vianney; Ron Reimer, Duchesne; and Terry Charles; Tony VanZant, Hazelwood Central; Schneider, Duchesne. , .s f iM v A r A I Members of the defense on the Post-Dispatch All-Metro football team are (standing) Keith Norman, Jerseyville; (front row, from left) Charles Perkins, East St. Louis; Kerry Spraggins, East St. Louis; David Mitchell, Althoff; Hank Lacy, Riverview Majors Scores FOOTBALL NFL- Pittsburgh 34, NY Jets 7 Miami 31, Atlanta 24 NCAA Playoffs Division I-AA (Semifinals) Southern 111. 23, Nev.-Reno 7 Western Carolina 14, Furman 7 Division II (Finals) N.Dakota St. 41, Central St. 21 BASKETBALL Oklahoma St. 73, St. Louis U. 61 Illinois 69, W.Texas St. 58 ' Oklahoma 89, Arizona St. 76 Oregon State 53, Iowa 48 Notre Dame 68, Lehigh 46 Purdue 106, Tampa 50 Texas-El Paso 65, Indiana 61 New Mexico St. 65, UCLA 60 Michigan 82. Dayton 60 Miami (0.)72,Xavier53 N. Carolina 62, E. Tenn. St. 54 Bradley 52, Penn State 49 Old Dominion 62, VMI 65 LaSalle 56, Army 55 Tenn.-Ctyt. 83, Ala.-Birm. 70 St. Peter's 99, Delaware St. 75 Temple 92, Villanova 89 Western Carolina (11-2-1) next Saturday in Charleston, S.C. Truth be told, it doesn't matter to the Salukis where the game is played so long as it's not in Carbondale. Saturday's game was played In chilly (34 degrees at kickoff) and wet conditions similar to those for the previous week's quarterfinal game against Indiana State. As for SIU's administrators, they probably can't afford to stage another game here this season. A set of goal posts goes for roughly $4,000 a crack, and this year's total of $16,000 is no small change when you're operating on a budget that equals what some major colleges spend for spring practice. What incited the fans Saturday, as it did the previous week in a 23-7 victory over Indiana State and throughout the season, was a veteran, hard-tackling defense that yielded a etro Football Team a ' -v NFL Compiled From News Services NEW YORK With his club in deep trouble, Chuck Noll called on Pittsburgh's Spirit of Playoff Past Saturday. In just 20 plays, the Steelers were on their way to the playoffs again. That's all that Terry Bradshaw needed to produce a 14-0 lead and spark the Steelers fo a 34-7 rout of the New York Jets that brought them at least a wild card berth in the American Football Conference. Bradshaw, playing for the first time this season after suffering complications from offseason elbow surgery, threw for two touchdowns in the three series he played. Bradshaw, who has taken the Steelers to a record four Super Bowl victories during his 14-year career, threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie Gregg Garrity in the first period and a 10-yarder to Cajvin Sweeney early in the second period. While throwing the pass to Sweeney, Bradshaw suffered a bruise Ifadshaw's Return lifts it paltry 55 yards against Indiana State and only 118 against Nevada-Reno (9-5). The Wolf Pack had been averaging 245 yards rushing per game, yet mustered only 89 on 40 carries Saturday. Halfback Otto Kelly entered the game with 1,274 yards rushing for the season. He left with 1,286. What's more, the Salukis . intercepted three passes by freshman quarterback Eric Beavers within a 35-second span in the fourth quarter and broke open what had been a tense, 9-7 affair. All-America cornerback Terry Taylor returned the first interception 24 yards for a touchdown and a 16-7 lead with 4 minutes 17 seconds left in the game. "I just broke to the ball as hard as I could," Taylor said, "and when I looked up nothing but daylight." On the second play of Nevada- 4 Story on Page 3. - ' H j 7 Jerry Naunheim Jr.Post-Dispatch Gardens; Arthur Frazier, Jennings; Tim Fears, Hillsboro; Kourtney McGrew, CBC; (back row) Earl Williams, Hazelwood Central; James King, Riverview Gardens; Jeff Howard, East St. Louis; and Scott Cepicky, Vianney. on his injured right elbow and sat out the rest of the game. He finished with five completions in eight attempts for 7.7 yards. The Steelers, now 10-5 after halting their losing streak at three games, can wrap up the AFC Central title if Cleveland loses to Houston Sunday or by beating the Browns in the season finale next week. "He was a major factor," Noll said of Bradshaw. "It was a remarkable performance considering what he's gone through. I guess I was a little apprehensive about how we would perform. He's a little rusty. But we saw him work during the week and we felt he was ready and I think he showed it today. Hopefully he should be ready for next week but we'll have to wait and see." Bradshaw said he was delighted to be back. "I was apppehensive to the point that I did not know how I would handle myself under the pass rush," Bradshaw said."That was my only concern because all week long I had been throwing the football accurately I 4 tl J 1 I ! I i out i wnsri i lilt hie a nnss r sn kp inp Reno's next series, Taylor intercepted again and returned 19 yards to the UNR two, setting up a two-yard TD run by Derrick Taylor with 3:54 remaining. The interception was Terry Taylor's seventh of the season, but his fourth in two playoff games. "Terry Taylor is one of the greatest cornerbacks in the country on any level," Coach Rey Dempsey declared. Cornerback Donnell Daniel, who did not make All-America yet was named the Missouri Valley Conference's defensive player of the year, then intercepted the first pass of UNR's next possession with 3:42 to go and the Salukis ran out the clock. The Salukis caught nearly as many passes (four) from Beavers as did the Wolf Pack receivers (six) and forced six turnovers, increasing their turnovers-gained total to 61 for the season. The takeaways have led directly to more than half of SIU's Mini Bide Spurt asf West Texas Compiled From News Services CHAMPAIGN, III. - Using an 18-point second-half scoring spree, undefeated Illinois beat West Texas State, 69-58, Saturday for its sixth win. Sophomores Doug Altenberger and Efrem Winters combined for 39 points. The win was Illini Coach Lou Henson's 150th in nine seasons at the school. "We could have been in it except for that one spurt," said West Texas State forward Goliath Yeggins, who scored 14 points. Altenberger scored 20, Winters scored 19 and George Montgomery added 10 for Illinois. Winters, who didn't start for the first time in two years, also grabbed 12 rebounds. The Buffaloes (2-3) were led by 5-foot-11 sophomore James Jackson, who scored 20 points and handed out seven assists. He scored 16 after intermission, sparking a second-half rally that cut the Illini lead to eight points from 24. Illinois was ahead at halftime, 30-24. The Illini scored 18 unanswered points in a 3-minute 30-second span early in the second half and led, 56-32, with 12.33 left. The Buffaloes countered with a 12-point scoring spurt and cut Illinois' lead to 58-46 on a 17-foot jumper by College Basketball leavers' Compiled From News Services CORVALLIS, Ore. Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller rarely goes overboard in praising his team, but he managed a few superlatives after his depleted squad had handed fifth-ranked Iowa a 53-48 college basketball loss Saturday. "I doubt if I could have been much more pleased with the performance of our group today," the 64-year-old Miller said. The 2-1 Beavers, ranked 17th by United Press International and 18th by The Associated Press, are without three players, including two starters, for the first six games this season because they violated NCAA rules by selling complimentary game tickets. As a result, the Beavers have had to go long stretches with freshman Rick Berry and sophomore walk-on Darrin Houston. Saturday they played the entire 40 minutes as Miller used only six players. "What more can you ask for from the most Inexperienced team I've been around a long time?" Miller said. The Oregon Slate victory avenged the Beavers' 56-45 loss to Iowa a week ago in the Amana Hawkeye Classic. First-year Iowa Coach George Raveling was philosphical as his New York Jets. My No. 1 concern was to settle down, read the defenses and throw the ball to the people who were open." Bradshaw said he injured his arm on the first touchdown pass to Garrity and then re-injured it on the scoring pass to Sweeney. "I hurt it throwing across the field that's what really hurt it. The other passes I had no trouble," Bradshaw said. "You don't practice running across the field throwing 30 yards. On the second touchdown pass they had a blitz on and I just snappd It. I thought I hit it on something. It was all inflamed and I just couldn't play any more. I just hope it's all right for next week. "The injury is in the elbow but not where 1 had the operation. It's a little above that. It's the same area but not the same place. It's swollen and it's sore and I have no way of knowing whether I'll be able to play against Cleveland. We'll have to see how things develop during the week." Cliff Stout, '-who had started Pittsburgh's first 14 games, took over and threw touchdown passes of 13 vr nrrte tr Ponnip rtmn nnhfim.IrL tc own Iowa, 53-48 touchdowns (28 of 51), five field goals and 211 points. "You think of how they (the defense) played last week and you had to wonder: Can they play better?" Dempsey said. "They outdid themselves again. Definitely, another 'A job." Dempsey got no quarrel from Coach Chris Ault, who has been at Nevada-Reno eight years and figures that SIU has "one of the best defenses we've ever faced." "Our quarterback is a young pup and didn't handle himself as well as he usually does," Ault said. "But SIU was responsible for that. They made us look poor." ' SIU's defensive superiority was by no means limited to the secondary, a.k.a. the "Soul Patrol," according to Taylor. Linebackers Granville Butler (11 See SALUKIS, Page 12 Form Tells WEST TEXAS ST. 24 34-SB ILLINOIS 30 39-9 WEST TEXAS STATE - Yeggins 7-12 0-0 14, Jenkins 2-5 0-1 4, E Herman 2-6 0-0 4, Walling 5- 150-0 10, Jackson 7-18 4-6 20, Sotterfield 3-6 0-0 6, Kirkland 0-3 0-0 0, Davis 0-1 04 0, Amelunxen 00 0-00. FG 26-66, FT 6-7, PF 22. ILLINOIS - Meents 0-50-00, Altenberger 7-15 6- 8 20, Montgomery 4-5 2-4 10, Douglas 4-110-0 8, Richardson 2-4 0-0 4, Schafer 2-6 3-4 7, Winters 6-14 7-7 19, Woodward 0-0 1-2 1, Wvsinger 0-0 0-0 0, Moras 0-0 0-0 0, Klusendort 0-0 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-0 04 0, Siegel 0-00-OO.FG 25-60, FT 19-25, PF 12. Yeggins. He reduced the mini's margin to eight, 62-54, on a basket inside with 3:03 left. West Texas State Coach Ken Edwards agreed that the mini's 18-point spree was crucial. "That really hurt us," he said. "If we'd scored a few it wouldn't be so bad for us. That was probably the game right there." Henson tried several different lineups in the game, using 13 different players. "We jumped off on them and put a lot of people in the game," Henson said. "It's not the players' fault that we were inconsistent. But we had a lot of combinations in there that didn't play well." Six Mm Hawkeyes lost their second successive game and fell to 3-2. The Hawkeyes were drubbed, 79-58, at Louisville Wednesday. "There's no reason to panic," the former Washington State coach said. "When somebody shoots off a cap pistol In your face, you don't think it's World War II. NEW MEXICO STATE 65, UCLA 60: Phil Smith scored six points in the final 2 minutes and a game-high 18 overall, rallying New Mexico State from a 13-point first-half deficit en route to an upset over No. 7 UCLA (3-1) at Los Angeles. Smith put unranked New Mexico State (4-2) ahead to stay, 57-56, on a layup with 2 minutes left, and then scored four of his team's final eight points on free throws. TEXAS-EL PASO 5, INDIANA 61: Forward Fred Reynolds scored 20 points, including four free throws in the game's final 2 minutes, helping unbeaten Texas-El Paso (5-0) pull away and beat Indiana at El Paso, Tex. Indiana (2-3) built a 23-11 lead midway through the first half and led 32-29 at halftime. But Texas El-Paso See COLLEGES, Page 12 eelers third quarter and 18 yards to Sweeney in the fourth. "When you have a guy like Terry coming back," said Stoudt, "you have to use him. And I guess his performance shows why. He wasn't 100 percent but he showed a lot of courage. He was the leader out there and when he got us the two quick scores, that was the ballgame." The loss, in the Jets' farewell game in Shea Stadium (they move to the Meadowlands next year), dropped them out of playoff contention with a 7-8 record and one game to play. Their touchdown came on reserve quarterback Pat Ryan's 27-yard pass to Johnny "Lam" Jones in the third period. Dolphins 31, Falcons 24 MIAMI Don Strock, filling In for the Injured Dan Marino, fired two touchdown passes as he led the playoff-bound Miami Dolphins to their victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Marino, his knee sprained In the

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