SPORTS Section B/Wednesday, October 13,1993 Keith Whitmire Gray skies cloud Oiler prospects T he skies were gray over Galveston County on Tuesday, about as dark as the cloud hanging over the Houston Oilers. The Oilers had their chance on Monday Night Football to re-establish themselves as Super Bowl contenders. They had a national audience waiting to see if the Oilers could avenge last year's embarrassing playoff loss in Buffalo. Bills 35, Oilers 7. Whoot, dere it is. The players are frustrated, yes, but they don't seem to realize that when you are 1-4, you are no longer a Super Bowl contender. You are not even a playoff contender. A1-4 team is a number one draft choice contender. There was Haywood Jeffires making a great catch, but carrying the ball like a bottle of mineral water. He was just asking for something bad to happen, and this season the Oilers don't need any help in that department. Fumble mirrors stumbles Jeffires' fumble was not the reason the Oilers lost the game, of course, but it epitomized the state this team appears to be in. On paper, they're a good team. But it has not sunk in yet that, in reality, this is a bad team. Pride seems to have "gotten in the way of players taking the steps necessary to right their sinking ship. They know deep down they're a good team, but that's the problem. A 1-4 start is unreal to them, and the Oilers appear to think they will magically become a good team again overnight. Luckily, the next game is on the road, or you can bet there will be some bags over the heads of Oilers fans this week. Maybe then they will get the message. But the only way the Oilers are going to get better is for Jack Pardee to take off his own mask and show some teeth. The callers to radio talk shows are all over Pardee, and the media has started an office pool on when he will be fired. And yet Pardee has taken the high road every time. He does not publicly berate his players. He won't even display any Dit- ka-like emotion on the sideline when a player screws up. LB mindset needed Of course, like Ditka, a coach can become overbearing if he doesn't know when to lighten up. But it's time for Pardee to start acting like the former linebacker he is and start dishing out some licks of his own. If Pardee's job is on the line, then so should his players'. Hate to compare the Oilers to their comrades to the north again, but do you think Jimmy Johnson would sit politely while his team crumbles around him? Do you think Johnson would let Jeffires get away with a bonehead move like that? If Jeffires were playing in Dallas, he would either learn to tuck the ball away or pack his bags. And if a talented player is dumped just to prove a point, so be it. Those who are left behind will get the message. It's time to see the darker side of Pardee, but maybe his hands are tied by management. If so, then things will get much darker for the Oilers than the skies on Tuesday. Keith Whitmire is the sports editor of The Galveston Daily News. Rockets closing camp , GALVESTON —Th< Houston Rockets will open their final training camp workout tojhe public Wednesday when the NBA,team plays an intrasqua _. scrimmage at 6 p.m. at Ball High. The Rockets have been wofking out in the Ball High South gym since fast Friday. After the scrimmage, the Rockets will head back to Houston. Tickets to the scrimmage are $2 with proceeds benefiting Ball High. The Rockets were originally scheduled to hold their final practice in Galveston on Thursday, but instead will hold a closed practice at the Summit in Houston that day. Stewart, Jays steam White Sox Associated Press TORONTO — The cold, the Chicago batters, the pressure of a big game. None of it bothered Dave Stewart. Standing straight and staring ahead, he showed why the World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays got him, and why they're going back. Stewart, simply the best playoff pitcher ever, won the fourth clincher of his career Tuesday night by leading Toronto past the White Sox 6-3 in Game 6. He was also named the series MVP. Pat Borders, MVP of last year's World Series, drove in his first three runs of this senes. His RBI grounder put the Blue Jays ahead 3-2 in the fourth inning against Alex Fernandez. Devon White homered in the ninth and Paul Molitor, the Blue Jays' other offseason free agent signing, hit a two-run triple in the ninth, and that was enough. The victory was Stewart's second in the series and made him a perfect 8-0 with a 2.03 ERA in the playoffs. And, more importantly to him and the team, he sent the Blue Jays back to the World Series. Toronto will play Game I Saturday night at SkyDome against either Philadelphia or Atlanta. With the win, the NL playoff schedule was Weekend card to feature Galveston amateur boxers By GLENN McLAREN The Daily News GALVESTON — Local fighters will be featured Saturday as the Galveston Boys and Girls Club sponsors its 1993 Boxing Show. In the main event, Galveston's Joseph Ornelas will meet Fortunado Hernandez of El Campo in what should be an exciting middleweight bout. Also on the 12-fight card is Felix Cora, Jr., Angel Copado and Richard Garcia, each representing the Galveston Boys and Girls Club. Amateur fighters from clubs in Beaumont, San Antonio, Baytown, Houston and El Campo are expected to round out the card, which is set for an 8 p.m. start at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 44th Street and Ave. P in Galveston. "The main event promises to be one of the best amateur fights Galveston has seen in 20 years," Boys and Girls Club coach Andrew Vargas said. "You have two fighters who have recently won middleweights tournaments." Ornelas (3-1) stepped into the ring for the first time earlier this year and won his division at the Tater Cox Memorial Boxing Tournament held in Pasadena in August. Hernandez had a strong summer, winning the middleweight division at the 1993 Junior Olympic Championships held in Marquette, Mich, in June. "This will be Joseph's toughest fight," Vargas said. "But he has made tremendous progress. He's far above average at this point, and he's planning to turn pro next summer." Cora, the son of a former professional heavyweight from the island, will fight in the 125-pound weight class. The 14-year-old is in his third year of amateur boxing. A pair of local fighters will make their amateur debuts Friday. Copado, fighting in the 138- pound class, will take on Carlos Marquez of Spring. Garcia will make his debut in the 150-pound class against an opponent who is yet to be announced. Vargas said the Boys and Girls Club is trying to revive its boxing program in an effort to provide another activity for Galveston's youth community. "Basically, our goal is to create an awareness about boxing and the positive influence it can have on some of these young kids," Vargas said. "Boxing gives kids a chance to get off the streets and channel any anger or frustration they may have into something positive." Tickets for Saturday's boxing show are available at the Boys and Girls Club or at Gloria's, 41st Street and Ave. S in Galveston. Staff pho'.o by Kevin Bartram Joseph Ornelas (top), Angel Copado (left) and Felix Cora, Jr will be on Saturday's boxing card at the Boys and Girls Club. GREYHOUND ROUNDUP changed; now, Game 6 in Philadelphia will start at 8:12 p.m. EOT, rather than 3:07. The Blue Jays are the first repeat AL champions since the New York Yankees in 1978. Stewart, named playoff for the MVP second time, was not with the Blue Jays when they worked out Monday. Instead, he stayed behind in Toronto to help pass out food at a dinner for the homeless. His late arrival Monday night, however, did not rattle him. Stewart pitched 7 1-3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out three. See BLUE JAYS, 2-B Williams victim of roster cut Associated Press IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys shook up their defensive backfield and upgraded their special teams on Tuesday, acquiring veteran safeties Joe Fishback and Elvis Patterson. Dallas sent a 1994 draft choice to the Los Angeles Raiders for Patterson, and signed Fishback, a free agent. To make room for the two special teams standouts, the Cowboys waived reserve safeties Robert Williams and Chris Hall. Patterson was selected to two Pro Bowls as a special teams alternate after the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Coach Jimmy Johnson called Patterson, 5-11, 195 pounds, "one of the finest special teams players in the league." Patterson played for the Giants from 1984 to 1987. He led the 1986 Super Bowl champion Giants in interceptions with six. Patterson, who went to Houston Yates High School, also played with the San Diego Chargers. Fishback, '&0 and 212 pounds, had spent the first six weeks of the season on the Atlanta Falcons' injured reserve list with a sprained neck. He received special teams player of the week honors in Atlanta six times. He led the Falcons with 24 special teams tackles. The often-injured Fishback started his career with the New York Giants as a rookie free agent, but was waived in 1990. He signed with the Falcons in 1991. Lone Star natives clash in Classic By GLENN MCLAREN The Daily Naws LA MARQUE — Gulf Greyhound Park is planning to round out its first year of racing with the $30,000 Texas-Bred Fall Classic, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 28. The series has attracted 48 entries, with several top dogs from Gulf Greyhound Park and Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track included in the field. Fs Raising Cain, winner of the All-Star Countdown Series this summer at GGP, and FA Dell, winner of a March Texas-bred event, are two track favorites expected to compete in the fall series. "We're going to have the best Texas-bred greyhounds that are racing in Texas," Gulf Greyhound marketing director Mike Levy said. "The reason we probably didn't get Texas-bred greyhounds from around the country is that a lot of owners didn't want to risk bringing their dogs here with all the competition for $15,000." The Fall Classic will consist of four rounds of racing over the 5/16- mile course, with all 48 dogs racing Texas-Bred Fall Classic Oct. 28 to Nov. 13 See Entries, Page 2-B competing in the opening two rounds. The first round will consist of three races to be held Oct. 28 and three races to be held Oct. 29. The second round will consist of six races scheduled for Nov. 2. After the first two rounds are complete, the field will be cut in half, with the top 24 dogs to be determined by a points system. In the first two rounds, dogs will receive 12 points for a first-place finish, nine points for second, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth, two points for sixth, one point for seventh and no points for eighth. In the third round, scheduled for Nov. 6, three races will be held with the remaining 24 dogs competing for more points. The eight dogs with the most points will advance to the final race Nov. 13. The results of the final race will determine the series winner, with previous point totals not figuring into the final outcome. The winning dog will receive a purse of $15,000, in addition to earnings from each of the four rounds of racing. Second place will earn $7,500, with third place paying $3,000 and $1,500 going to the fourth-place finisher. Each of the remaining dogs will receive $750. Several top Gulf Greyhound dogs, including Sweet Theme, Magic Vincent and ML Bobackstretch, will not be in the field for the Texas- Bred Classic since they were not bred in Texas. The Fall Classic will offer a preview to the 1994 Texas-Bred Stakes, which will be held at all three Texas greyhound tracks. The February event will include 5/16 and 3/8 racing, and will begin at Valley Greyhound Park Feb. 1 and 6. The third and fourth rounds will be held at Corpus Christi, with the fifth round and the finals set for Feb. 22 and 26 at Gulf Greyhound. The purse for that series will be $300,000, with the winning dog at each distance receiving $50,000. Superfecta Sunday set at record-breaking GGP By GLENN McLAREN The Daily Naws LA MARQUE — The National Football League's version of Super Sunday is still months away, but Superfecta Sunday wfll debut this weekend at Gulf Greyhound Park On the normal racing schedule, Superfecta wagering is been offered only during the 12th race. And on special occasions, when a race has been added to a performance, Superfecta wagering has been included in the 13th race. But Sunday, 10 of the 12 races on the matinee card will offer Superfecta wagering. "Because of the usually high payoffs, the Superfecta has been our most popular wager," Gulf Greyhound Park marketing director Mike Levy said. "We're dedicating Superfecta Sunday to all those race fans who enjoy playing this challenging wager." To play the Superfecta, bettors must correctly select the first four greyhounds to cross the finish line in exact order. The Superfecta wager will be available for all races except the 10th and llth, which will feature the Tri-Super betting. The Supefectas will replace normal trifecta wagering throughout the Sunday matinee. While the Superfecta Sunday should attract good crowds and a healthy betting handle, Gulf Greyhound Park is no longer trying to break any industry records. During Saturday's performance, Gulf Greyhound Park set a new national handle record, going over the previous mark of $218,044,425 set by Southland Greyhound Park of West Memphis, Ark in 1990. In addition to the handle record, Gulf Greyhound now owns the annual attendance record. The Oct. 1 performance allowed the local track to exceed Boston's Raynham Greyhound Park, which set the industry mark at 1,647,520 visitors in 1990. Monday night's blowout in Buffalo leaves Oilers in state of chaos Associated Press HOUSTON — Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee hinted at benching Warren Moon Tuesday while dodging speculation that the quarterback was on the trading block after a humbling 35-7 loss to Buffalo. Pardee, on the hot seat himself because of the Oilers' 1-4 start, said during his weekly news conference that he had not spoken with team owner Bud Adams since the Monday night debacle. Houston suffered seven turnovers and never challenged the Bills. "If he wants me, I'm sure hell call, but right now we've got a lot of work to do," Pardee said. Team officials said Adams would make no statement on Tuesday. As they have for weeks, irate fans again deluged radio talk shows with calls demanding Pardee's firing after the Buffalo game. Columnists for both Houston newspapers also urged Adams to dump Pardee as well as the sputtering run-and-shoot offense. They further advised Adams to try to deal whatever star players he can before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline and begin anew. Rumors on Tuesday had Moon going to several teams in need of quarterbacks. Said Pardee, T don't think that's going to be happening, but nothing is going on right now." At the least, Moon is in danger of losing his starting job to Cody Carlson for Sunday's game at New England. ^It's something well have to look at," Pardee said. "We're looking for production and Cody did a pretty good job. One thing about Warren, he's had a great career and he wants to win as much as anyone." Moon has thrown 11 interceptions this season, including three against the Bills Monday night, and has been benched for ineffectiveness two of the last three games. The Oilers have lost three consecutive games. Tin searching for answers and I'm running out of excuses," Moon said Monday night. "I'm not going to replace myself, but if I were the head coach, I'd seriously consider it." Moon isn't the only one struggling. He has gotten little protection from an offensive line once considered among the NFL's best, and the situation got worse when guard Mike Munchak left the Buffalo game with another knee injury. "Obviously, we're struggling and it's not all attributable to Warren," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. The Oilers are off to their worst start under Pardee. They were 2-3 in 1990, his first year as head coach and they've been 4-1 after five games in each of the last two years.
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