Ktpsn R9HN6 • MWMJCCAM . JUNLAHTTt HXKOUKN MA* DAILY . 763-5423 QatVMton Party Boats, Inc. PIEP18 Section B dahiesrt Page 1 '23"ri At Tk« IIACN MMUWfnaai MONDAY TtMU WHO AY Local, Stale, World Sports Wednesday Morning, September 27,1978 Sports — Phone 744-3611 For What /t's Oilers Have Stuff To Show, But Not Enough To Win By A. C. BECKER JR. NEWS SPORTS EDITOR Everything 'OK* Says Bum Phillips Pastorini Walks Out Of Oiler Practice HOUSTON (UPI) Quarterback Dan Pastorini Tuesday walked off the Houston Oilers' practice field following an exchange of words with Coach Bum Phillips, apparently over who would call plays in clutch situations. Phillips then closed the daily practice to reporters. Later he said of the brief, but heated episode: "Not a whole lot is going on. We've got a situation AS LONG AS Earl Campbell remains healthy enough to shred opposition lines, the Houston Oilers are not going to have any problems selling tickets to home games. In fact, it's possible that four of Houston's six remaining home games may become sellouts. It all depends upon Campbell maintaining his current pace and the opposition teams coming to Houston with good records. team with a player or two who can't play his best when certain other individuals are in the game. It's the job of the coach to fathom the cause and eliminate the problem one way or another. ON SEVERAL occasions in past season Pastorini has hinted that he might be happier in climes other than Houston. Things like that certainly don't promote good will. It's obvious some changes are necessary within the Houston organization. Most of the criticism of the Oilers has been about the quarterback situation. At the Monday press conference, however, an "unnamed" Oiler noted there may also be some problems in the front office, too. Houston put out a lot to turn the corner when the organization got EarlCampbell. The fans are certainly supporting the team at the gate. It seems the club should be willing to take a'few more steps in working to getting a winner for Houston. CHARLES ALEXANDER, Galveston's and Ball High's gift to Louisiana State, is certainly off and running this season in a bid for the Heisman Trophy. Alexander, who was high in the Heisman voting last year, gained 123 yards in LSU's victory over Wake Forest last season. Fans who would like Alexander in action will get the chance Saturday night. LSU will be in Houston to play Rice. Considering the way Oklahoma battered Rice last week, Alexander ought to run up great chunks of yardage against the Owls. HOUSTON HAS the "show" to attract paying customers, but the team still doesn't have the sum total product that can win consistently. That was certainly evident last Sunday when the Oilers entertained the Rams and then let them go home with a 10-6 victory to remain undefeated. The Rams gave the Oilers some fine opportunities, but Houston just couldn't deliver. So many stories made the rounds about that game that Coach Bum Phillips at his Monday press conference came to the defense of his quarterback Dan Pastorini. Bum said Pastorini will no longer call plays in "clutch" situations. Pastorini is in his eighth season as Oiler quarterback, and every season he as come in for a lot of criticism, seemingly far more than is usually accorded a pro quarterback, unless he's ; calling the signals for a real dbg. ; ; CRITICAL QUOTES keep cropping up from various Oilers about why the team doesn't win consistently. Almost all of the quotes hint at some sort of dissention within the ranks, and more than a few of the comments are verbal pokes at Pastorini. One gets the feeling that if the Oilers are ever to become winners, it will have to be with a quarterback other than Pastorini. The guy is gutsy. He plays tough and he can throw a deadly long football. But for some reason you get the feeling that a lot of the other guys on the team aren't behind him. You're going to find every Royals Capture 3rd Straight Title KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) —Larry Gura fired a three-hitter against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night to give Kansas City a 4-1 victory and clinch the Royals' third straight American League Western Division crown. Gura won his career-high 16th game in clinching the divisional title for the Royals for the second time in three years. Gura also threw a four-hitter at the Oakland A's on October 1, 1976, to clinch the first divisional title in Royals' history. Gura, 16-4, walked three but got three double plays from his teammates in pitching his eighth complete game and saddling Hitchcock Boosters To Meet HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock High School Boosters Club will meet tonight at 7:30 in the high school cafeteria to go over plans for the upcoming gumbo supper to be held Oct. 6. Films of the junior varsity game with Van Vleck will also be shown to those in attendance. All interested fans and parents are urged to attend the meeting. that will get worked out if everybody doesn't make such a thing out of it that we can't get it worked out. We have words all the time." Pastorini could not be reached for comment. But Phillips said he expected to see the quarterback return to practice. "There's nothing wrong with Dan Pastorini that 24 hours won't cure," Phillips said. "Dan is a winning quarterback right now. Our football team is a winning football team right now." Phillips announced Monday a change in signal- calling would be made to shield his quarterback from criticism and not because Pastorini's play-calling was poor in Houston's 10-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. * There has been strong local media criticism to the quarterback's play selection. Other insiders have claimed that the Oilers' offensive problems are caused by offensive coordinator Ken Shipp. It was known that Shipp and Pastorini disagreed about the Oilers offensive game plan against the Rams. Phillips reiterated Tuesday coaches play- calling in clutch situations was not unusual. "We've always called the plays in a clutch situation. As the ballgame progresses, you always offer help. We've always done it." Phillips was asked if he expected Pastorini back for Sunday's game. "I'm betting my job on it," he said. Pastorini calls the Oilers' plays on the field, but when the Oilers defense is on the field, he confers with Shipp about what plays to call on the next offensive series. When asked Monday about the team's lack of offense, Phillips vehemently defended Pastorini. Light Beginning To Shine After 2nd Tor, Buc Losses CARLTON FISK of the Boston Red Sox (bottom) slams into Detroit second baseman Steve Dillard to break up a possible double play during third inning action at Fenway Park Tuesday night. Fisk was shaken up on the play but remained in the game won by the Red Sox 4-0. (UPI Telephoto) Landry Declines Feud With Redskins 9 Pardee the Mariners with their 100th loss of the season. Kansas City scored three runs in the fifth to put the game away against Glenn Abbott, 7-14. Hal McRae led off with a single and took third on a double by Fred Patek. Frank White bounced into a- fielder's choice, but McRae beat the throw to the plate to tie the game 1-1. After George Brett walked to load the bases, Amos Otis singled home two runs to run his career-high single-season RBI total to 95. Kansas City added another run in the sixth on doubles by Pete LaCock and Al Cowens, insuring the Royals their 54th victory in 77 home games this season. It was the 12th straight time Kansas City has beaten Seattle as the Royals ran their home record against the Mariners this season to 6-0. Seattle scored its lone run in the fourth on Leon Roberts' 22nd homer of the year. Roberts also collected a second-inning double and Craig Reynolds doubled in the sixth for the only other Seattle hits. ATLANTA (UPI) Second seeded Chris Evert had little trouble in her first match of the $100,000 Women's Tennis Classic Monday, defeating Californian Valerie Ziegenfuss, 6-3,6-0. DALLAS (UPI) - Dallas coach Tom Landry declined to get into a personal feud with Washington coach Jack Pardee Tuesday and said his counterpart with the Redskins was just trying to fire up his team in preparation for their meeting next Monday night. Pardee went to some length Monday to say how much he disliked the Cowboys and Landry, during his weekly session with the media Tuesday, was asked what he thought of Pardee's comments. "Well, I guess you don't particularly like the team that has been No. 1 in your division," Landry said. "Sometimes you tend to create a situation where you are in the right frame of mind." But does Landry dislike the Redskins as much as Pardee dislikes the Cowboys? "We hope to stir up our team," Landry replied. "I guess we feel about the same way they do. We want to beat them." That was a bit of a hedge and when Landry was asked again if he disliked the Redskins, he replied. "I don't want to personally get involved in that type of thing." In his comments Pardee brought up an incident involving a now illegal crackback block in which he was hit by wide receiver Lance Alworth in 1972. "He's got a good memory," Landry said. "That's history. Actually he's using that type of thing now. He brings a flanker back inside and pops an outside linebacker (a block that is legal as long as it is made above the waist). "And we might hit one of theirs, too." Landry sai he thought Pardee was simply carrying on the tradition of former Washington coach George Allen and in describing the tactics he made an unfortunate slip of the tounge. "Washington is the most psychotic...! mean psychological team in the in the league," he said. "George was always trying to get you to think about something besides beating the Redskins. They use it more than anyone else. And if it bothers you then you are in trouble." On the injury front Landry said the Cowboys had not yet found anyone to replace backup tight end and special teams captain Jay Saldi on the roster. ByDAVTDMcKENNA News Sports Writer For the second time in three weeks both the Ball High Tors and the O'Connell Buccaneers went down to defeat. But, according to both Wilson Elliott of Ball and Willie Huggins of O'Connell, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Ball's lost Friday night in the Dome came at the hands of the Yates Lions by a 16-13 score in a game that might have gone either way, but didn't. First half penalties and turnovers halted the Tors' 'plans"for paydirt as Yates took a 16-7 halftime lead and the same held true in the second half as Yates held on for the win. Elliott summed up the loss in a few words, "We just weren't consistent enough on offense. We moved the ball well at times, but killed ourselves time after time with mistakes." Two plays were the key to the game according to Elliott, one was a 88-yard pass interception for a touchdown that gave Yates their first score, and the second was a 76-yard touchdown run by Ronnie James. "We did the job on James except for that one play," said Elliott, "and that pass interception should have never taken place. If we hadn't made those mistakes, it would have been a different game." Yates represented the final non-district foe for the Tors who will enter district play next Friday against Alvin with a 0-1-2 record. The Tors have an open date this week. After facing three solid • teams, the first two were Forest Brook and Bryan, Elliott said that although he wasn't happy with the Tors' record, he's not about to throw in the towel. "The season (district) is just starting for us. I've told the kids the first three games were just for exhibition, it,s the rest that count now." "They (the team) realize what's ahead of them. Thay have a good attitude and they're just about to jell . You play good people and you've got to get better. They know now what it will take to win and I think we'll benefit from these first three games on down the road." At O'Connell, Huggins and Buccaneer team took a 28-0 blanking over the weekend at the hands of VanVleck. Three of the Van Vleck scores came on busted plays and except for them, Huggins said he wasn't too disappointed in his team's effort. "After looking at the films, we (the coaches) weren't all that disappointed in our play," said Huggins, "Our defense looked pretty good, except for the busted plays and a few assignment breakdowns. We generated offense, but we just couldn't generate points," Huggins finished. The Bucs' passing game has been off said the O'Connell coach and that has forced his offense to run more than they would like too. Progress is being made, however,.Hoggins went on, it's just aXihatter of time before the passing game and the entire offense begins to click. Being 1-2 at this point has not affected the BUGS' style of play nor their attitude Huggins commented. It's just a matter of time, again. "The team realizes they are close to winning some games. Eliminating some mistakes and some continued progress will help. All we need is a little more time together." Friday night the Bucs will open their home slate with a game against the Danbury Panthers at Public School Stadium. Kick off for that game will beat7:30p.m. House Investigates NCAA WASHINGTON (UPI) — Although the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is to resume its examination Wednesday of the NCAA's enforcement program, one A LEAPING YANKEE second baseman, Willie Randolph, throws to first to complete a double play as Toronto's Rick Bosetti is forced out at second. Craig Nettles started the play after fielding Bob Bailor's grounder to third and starting the relay. New York won 4-1. (UPI Telephoto) person very interested in the association's rules plans to offer information outside the hearing. Jerry Vorhies, whose son, Bob, died nearly a year ago following post-football practice disciplinary drills at Virginia Tech, plans to distribute information concerning the NCAA's lack of regard for injured athletes. "We want to make known not only the NCAA's lack of restrictions concerning punishment drills, but its lack of regard for the physical well-being of injured athletes," he said. "Would you believe that the NCAA forbids member schools from carrying medical insurance on athletes beyond what is available to non-athlete students? "If an athlete is injured seriously, perhaps handicapped for life, the NCAA says the school has no legal requirement, only a moral one, to the athlete. It does say the school is allowed to hold fund-raising benefits to help the athlete, though. "It's fortunate a college athlete hasn't been put in the position of (Darryl) Stingley (New England Patriot wide receiver paralyzed since a collision with Oakland Raider defensive tack Jack Tatum in an August NFL exhibition game). The athlete would be put in the position of begging the school for help." Vorhies said that in the death of his son, the insurance carried by Virginia Tech provided a $1,500 death benefit. Vorhies said he has not received even that amount, nearly 11 months following his son's death. "The medical examiner is amending his report," said Vorhies. "My older son went over the information with him and the report apparently now will say death was probably, at least partly, caused by heat and exhustion. "I'm still seeking a complete explanation from the state of Virginia (medical examiners). They are saying the files are still open." Bob Vorhies, a freshman running back from Irvington, N.J., was found dead in his dormitory room after complaining of not feeling well following the disciplinary drills administered by an assistant football coach. Head coach Jimmy Sharpe and his staff were fired after the season, but school Officials said at the time it had nothing to do with the death of the player. Vorhies said he plans to distribute 2,000 pieces of anti-NCAA information Wednesday and Thursday outside the/subcommittee hearings and to each member of Congress. In June, 'the subcommittee heard testimony from officials representing schools recently penalized by the NCAA, in most cases for alleged recruiting violations or improper financial assistance to athletes. Hearings Wednesday and Thursday are expected to deal, among other things, with an NCAA edict requiring Mississippi State to forfeit 19 football games in which an ineligible player participated during the 1975, 1976 and 1977 seasons. The penalty was fought by the school througjh court action which ultimately resulted in a ruling in favor of the NCAA. SF Girls Play Gators SANTA FE—The Santa Fe Indians girls volleyball teams played host to the Dickinson Gator girls volleyball teams Tuesday night with the Indains taking two out of the three matches. Santa Fe's varsity team lost 10-15, 16-14, 15-5 to Dickinson, the Indian junior varsity won 15-11,1513 over the Gators and the Santa Fe freshmen team won 15-6, 15-2 to end the Play- Santa Fe girl's will open district 14-AAA play Thursday when they play host to Friendswood, with games slated to begin at 5.6 and 7 p.m. at Santa Fe.
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