December 14, 1976 I'AGK » HAYS DAILY NEWS loyalty/ Seaver Says, May Shorten His Paycheck NEW YORK (UPI) — Tom Seaver was waiting around to have his car serviced when the follow who runs the place, a man he has known for some time, asked him how come he hadn't played out his option and gotten himself a quick two or three million the same way a number of other players had.'. "That's (he same questions my father asked me," said the Mets' three-time Cy Young Award winner. "I'll tell you the same thing I told him," Seaver said to the automobile man. "There's something called loyally. My mother agreed with me." Seaver has a good contract with the Mets, one of the best there is, in fact. He gets better Hum $220,000 a year for three years and has a conditional clause enabling him to top even that. Good as his contract is, he's fully aware he could've gotten himself even more money had he not signed back on with the Mets last -spring after a long, sometimes bitter exchange between him and the club during salary negotiations. "I feel that I have to have some sense of loyalty even though I question my own judgement when I think back to last spring, and remember how the Mets said they were' considering trading me because of my salary negotiations with them," Seaver says. The Mets' ace will be 32 this Friday, lie has been a 20- game winner four times in 10 years and although he had only a 14-11 log last season, only two others were able to better his 2.. r >9 ERA and he led the National League with 2:if> strikeouts. It was the fifth time in the past seven years he did that and the ninth straight year he struck out 200 or more batters. No other major league pitcher has ever done that before. Under the way things are set up now, Seaver will be able to play out his option with the Mets 'when his current contract ends two years from now. "I don't want to play out my option," he says, "but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm not being an angel about it; I'm being a realist." Seaver knows what fellows like Reggie Jackson, Joe lUidi. Don Gullett and Bobby Grich received to sign with new clubs as free agents and he has heard how some feel all this sudden free spending in baseball is getting out of hand. "Generally, you only hear one side of the story," he says. "What about the other side? For the first time in history, ballplayers have some say in the direction baseball is going, in their game. That's good, but they also have to recognize their own responsibility in all this." Does he have some personal reaction to all the millions being spent on ballplayers? Yes, he has, and he goes back to the negotiations of last spring, the ones between the owners and Marvin Miller, representing the Players' Association. "I think back to those negotiation sessions when we were talking across the table, and the owners told Marvin 'we need a reserve clause.' Marvin said, 'why? To protect you from yourselve?' I remember those words very distinctly." GIRLS AND BOYS YOUR OWN MONEY! YOUR OWN BUSINESS! PRIZES TOO! The Hays Daily News is looking for bright enterprising, young people to carry the newspaper. If you are 10 years or older and fit these requirements, clip this ad and send it in right away. Hurry! I Want To Carry The Hays Daily News Name Address V City Phone Number Age nE SA.r TC ~nE 200 K-EcPc? ME oOT 5CU\e GOO? 6NU5 FOR ^CU AN? 50A\£ BAi? cM-'f ?OS ~0i! ' ANOTi4£S "C MINOS".' 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The matchups and local starting times are: Occ. 18 Tangerine Bowl - (Oklahoma State 8-3 vs. Brigham Young9-2), Orlando, Fla., 7 p.m. Dec. 20 Liberty Bowl - (Alabama 8-3 vs. UCLA 9-1-1), Memphis, 8 p.m., ABC. Dec. 25 Fiesta Bowl — (Wyoming 8-3 vs. Oklahoma 8-2-1), Tempe, Ariz., 3 p.m. Dec. 27 Gator Bowl — (Notre Dame 8-3.vs. Penn State 7-4), Jacksonville, Fla., 8 p.m., ABC. Dec. :(i Peach Bowl — (North Carolina 9-2 vs. Kentucky 7-4), Atlanta, 1:30 p.m. Astro-Bluebonnet - (Texas Tech 10-1 vs. Nebraska 8-3-1), Houston, Time to be announced. Jan. I. Cotton Bow — (Maryland 11-0 vs. Houston 9-2), Dallas, l:10p.m.,CBS. Orange Bowl — (Colorado 8-3 vs. Ohio State 8-2-1), Miami, 7 p.m., NBC. Rose Bowl — (Michigan 10-1 vs. Southern California 10-1), Pasadena, Calif., 4 p.m,., NBC. Sugar Bowl — (Pittsjmrg 11-0 vs. Georgia 10-1), 11:30 a.m., ABC. Jan. 2 Sun Bowl - (Texas A&M 9-2 vs. Florida 8-3), El Paso, Tex., 1 p.m. Wrestling Champion Tiger wrestler Randy Hill, Warriego junior, was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the Northwest Missouri State University Invitational Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Maryville, Mo. Hill was the champion at 158. Fort Hays State's wrestling team tangles with Colby Community College* Wednesday evening at Colby. McNeese Overcomes Odds To Top Tulsa SHREVEPORT, La. (UPI) — McNeese State had to make its bid for a little football Sixteen players on the Southland Conference championship team had been Cowboys' Offense From Super To Sad DALLAS (UPI) — Somewhere along the line this year the Dallas Cowboys' offensive potency has gone from super to sad. And the rebounding ability of the club's aerial and ground attack will have a great deal to do with the outcome of nexl Sunday's opening round NFL playoff meeting between the Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams. Even the leader of the Cowboys' show, quarterback Roger Staubach, sounds perplexed. "It (the offense) has wavered somewhat," Staubach admitted. "You can't make the mistakes and turnovers and expect to win. We have played well at times lately and we played well at times against Washington. "But we are going to have to do better against Los Angeles. We have to put it together." During the.early part of the season Staubach seemed on his way to rewriting the passing chapter of the NFL record book. He was consistently hitting 70 per cent of his throws and Dallas was converting more third downs than'not. But against the Chicago Bears Staubach broke the little linger of his right hand and since then — even though the finger is now healed' — things have not been the same. One of Staubach's favorite targets, Golden Richards, has been injured during the second half of the season and Dallas' other top flight wide receiver. Drew Pearson, has been the consistent target of some of the league's better intimidators. Pearson has spent as much time pushing and shoving against defensive backs as he lias catching the ball. All of this reached a new low last Sunday in Dallas' 27-14 loss to Washington, Staubach hitting only five of 22 passes. Pearson admitted it was jusl a case of not getting the job done. "They played a lot of man- for-man coverage," Pearson said. "The key to beating that is timing. The ball has got to Royals Finish 3-Team Trade KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) — The Kansas City Royals Monday asked for waivers on veteran right-hander Ken Sanders to give him his unconditional release, and assigned outfielder Sheldon Mallory to the New York Mets' Triple A club. Mallory's assignment to Tidewater completed a three- club transaction began last week with the Royals, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at the annual baseball winter meetings in Los Angeles, Calif. The Royals purchased outfield-first respectability the hard way. suspended for disciplinary reasons before the first Independence Bowl game Monday night and the Cowboys' starting quarterback was 1 injured in the game's opening minutes. But despite the missing players McNeese still managed to score in the final minute for a 20-16 win over Tulsa — a victory which Cowboys' coach Jack Doland said shows his team can compete with anybody. "We played here tonight without 16 players and lost our starting quarterback on the first series. I was real proud to see us hang in there all the way and win the game," Doland said. "Our conference champions can play with anyone." The 16 suspended players, including six starters, were disciplined because of a dormitory incident. Doland refused to elaborate on the reason for the suspensions. If losing six starters wasn't enough, starting quarterback Jimmy Morvant sprained a knee on the third play of the game and was replaced by Terry McFarland. McFarland led the Cowboys on an 80-yard drive in the final minutes capped with a 25-yard TD run by Oliver Hadnot with 36 seconds left. Cowb'oys' defensive tackle Jimmy Pousson recovered a Tulsa fumble on the 32, midway through the third quarter, but six plays later a Jan Peebles field goal attempt was blocked by safety Anthony Fields and Tulsa's Mel McGowan ran 65 yards for a touchdown. Tulsa coach F.A. Dry, who is leaving for the coaching spot at Texas Christian, University, blamed the loss on his quarterback's injured hand and the Cowboys' quick defense. be there as the receiver breaks. "We lacked that against Washington. We should have beaten 'that coverage and we didn't." Coach Tom Landry said after the game thai Washington was cutting Dallas receivers down at the line of scrimmage, thus causing them to take too long getting into their routes. "Why not run shorter routes?" Landry was asked. "You can't run short routes when you are facing third- and-long," Landry replied. So Dallas is obviously going to have to work on not facing so many third-and-long situations when they meet Los Angeles. baseman Pete LaCock from the Cubs; the Cubs purchased outfield Jim Dwyer from the Mets; and the Royals assigned Mallory to Tidewater of the International League. Mallory, 23, was signed by the Royals, in 1971 and spent five seasons in the Royals' farm system. This year for the Omaha Royals, he hit .263, had five home runs and 29 Rfil's. Sanders, 35, was purchased by the Royals from the Mets Sept. 16. He made three relief appearances with the Royals, covering three innings, but did not figure in any decisions. Cotton Bowl Coaches Say Competition Is Improving DALLAS (UPI) - Jerry Claiborne does not come out and say he is tired of hearing about the "soft schedule" his Maryland Terrapins played this season. He just seems quietly resigned to putting up with it. And he has an answer ready. "It's very hard to go undefeated these days," said Claiborne, whose team is unbeaten this year. "The 30- scholarship limit has done a great job at leveling the competition. "That rule has freed 200 players a year that used to go to Southeastern Conference schools and, of course, it has done the same thing all over the country. "That means there are that many more good players now who are going to schools like Cincinnati and Villanova. I guarantee you Cincinnati can play ball. And Villanova beat Boston College this year and if I remember right Boston College beat Texas." Claiborne and Houston coach Bill Yeoman, the two men who will face each other in the Cotton Bow) Jan. 1, came to town Monday to discuss their upcoming meeting. Maryland, ranked No. 5, put together its unbeaten season against Richmond, West Virginia, Syracuse, Villanova, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Duke, Kentucky, Cincinati, Clemsoh and Virginia. "I'd rather have played Indiana than Cincinnati," said Claiborne. "These teams that people don't hear much about can be awfully tough and the 30-scholarship limit is going to make them tougher." Claiborne said the NCAA should also take a look at its television policy because of the spreading of the talent. "The thing that will help some teams in the future is that they are going to continue to be on national television," the Maryland coach said. "You can'expect certain teams to be on television every year and that exposure is going to help them recruit. "But if the NCAA spreads out those television appearances you are going to spread out the quality of football even more." Yeoman, whose Houston Cougars labored as an independent for years before entering the Southwest Conference, said he was familiar with the scheduling question. "We fought that battle for 14 years," Yeoman said. "I would ask you to look at the pro rosters and see how many guys come from schools people don't hear much about. It is a sobering revelation. "I'm glad to see coaches like F.A. Dry come from Tulsa to TCU and Tony Mason go from Cincinnati to Arizona. Those teams were tough to deal with and those guys are excellent coaches. "Now that Ihey are at places which nave Better facilities and are in perhaps a better situation they are going to be tough."
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