The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 9, 1968 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 9, 1968
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WyUwvffle (ArV.) Courier Kew» -Tuesday, January », 1M» - C/u/c/c Mercein Green Bay Success -.'; GREEN BAY, Wis,~(NEA)-Almost a year ago to the „; day-364 days, to be exact-Chuck Mercein was silting in • his living room in Scarsdale, N.Y., a pitcher of Bloody '" Marys at his side, watching the Green Bay Packers play -Mhe Dallas Cowboys for the National Football League '^'championship. ", "I was warm," said Chuck, "and comfortable. But this '_. was a hell of a lot better." "This" was the last day of 1967, and Chuck Mevcein was ' huddled with the Green Bay Packers in weather that was officially 13 degrees below zero, and the coldest ever in a championship football contest. With the ball on the Dallas 30-yard line, already in the f shadows 'from the vanishing ' winter 'sun, quarterback Bart -•- Starr called a "4-right" pass pattern. As the fullback, Chuck's job was simple—to occupy the corner linebacker on the Cowboys' right side, Dave Edwards. As a last resort, if Starr was harassed, as he had been for most of the second half; Chuck would be safety valve receiver. "My route," he said, "was a simple flat. But as I went '' out, I saw the linebacker dropping off, and I turned around -"and yelled to Bart for the"'ball." "'- Both of the Dallas corner linebackers had been drop'•ping deep all through the second half, doubling up the '" coverage on the Green Bay wide receivers and leaving ^ Starr with no primary targets. As a result, he was dumped eight times for a cumulative loss of 76 yards, and the Pack* were trailing by three points with time running out. " ! " Now, Bart simply flipped a little looper to Mercein in the *' left flat, and the fullback chugged down to the 11-yard line, his momentum carrying him out of bounds. The electric nu- :nr merals on the clock showed 1:11 to play. '• In the huddle again, Starr called for a "65 give" play. ""It was the first tune he had used it in the game. " "It's a sucker play," Starr explained, ajmost reluctantly, because he's a gentleman and doesn't like to.disparage •' opponents. He's also a brilliant, discerning field general. ?" Bob Lilly, the great defensive right tackle of the Cowboys, "'had been closing down hard every time the Green Bay guard "' opposite him, Gale Gillingharh, pulled out for a running play to the right, leaving his spot in the line unprotected. "'' Normally, Mercein would seal-block Lilly to keep him '•'' from breaking up the play. But on "65 give," Mercein.. took '"' the ball instead from Starr. No one even touched Lilly, who '.'' was suckered to follow Gillingham. Chuck burst through the ''; vacated gap and plunged to the Dallas three-yard,.line...He ' kicked himself mentally in the pants for not having scored.. " Four plays later, with only 13 seconds to play, quarterback Starr crashed into the end .zone on the butt,end of a '" block by guard Jerry'Kramer and" the Packers were.champ- inos.of the NFL for a historic.third straight time with a 2117 victory. . •'• •'•' '' Three months ago, Chuck played two games for the „., .Westchester Bulls and can't even remember against whom; :'. He had been the leading ground gainer'of the New York' "^ Giants in 1966. Every' team in the NFL passed over his name on the waiver list the week before opening of the.1967 season. •• The Giants iater recalled him, but only as a placekicker, • and when they unexpectedly got Pete Gogolak back for that .-. chore Mercein was excess baggage. He was again waived by every team in the NFL. Meanwhile, Vince Lombard! was running out of running backs for the Packers. Injuries, had decimated his corps. "We , were desperate," he admitted. On Monday, Nov. 6. Mercein •••: answered the phone in New York and talked to Lombard! for ;- the first time in his life. •-. "Come with us," urged the Packer coach, "and you'll • have a great future here and a chance to get involved in a , ; championship drive." On Tuesday morning, Chuck was al"': ready in Green Bay. On the following Sunday, he played more '.] than a quarter against the Cleveland Browns. He also played. in parts of five more games. In the crucial Western Conference playoff game, he started as fullback against the Los Angeles Rams, scored a big touchdown and threw the ball high in the air. "Boola boola enthusiam," jibed Lombard!, himself a Fordham man. Mercein ; also started against Dallas, played three of the four quarters and made two tremendously vital plays which took the ball from the 30 to.the three-yard line. Because of him, each Green Bay Packer could be $30,090 richer after the^Super Bowl on Jan. 14. For Chuck Mercein. especially, it was a hell of a lot better than it's been. QUEBEC (AP) - Sixty teams will take part in the annual Peewee Hockey Tournament Feb. 16-24, it was announced Monday. .Entries' include three U.S. teams, Hershey, Pa., Boston and Detroit. . TOP GUNS-Tlie Missco Gun : Club recently held election of officers for the 1968 year. Choices of'the membership were, seated, left to right, Roy Bray, executive officer and chief instructor; Mrs, Jimmy Green, secretary-treasurer; Jim Lunsford, vice-pres- ident; standing,''Hays'Sullivan, president. The club welcomes interested persons to its meeting at the Ark-Mo Power Building at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. (Courier- News Photo) More Time For Wolman BALTIMORE (AP) - Jerry Wolman has been given more ;ime to file a detailed list of his NORTH BAY, Ont. (AP) Italy's national hockey team whipped the North Bay Trappers 8-3 Monday night for its third victory on an exhibition tour in Canada. assets, and liabilities, in his court effort to avoid bankruptcy and save investments which include the Philadelphia-Eagles of the National Football League. A deadline Monday, already an extension, was delayed until Jan. 23 by Joseph 0. Kaiser, referee in bankruptcy for the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Lawyers for the 40-year-old sportsman and real estate de veloper said that despite diligent efforts it had been impossible to -complete a statement on Wolman's financial affairs. Vandy Is Vanquished It was enough to make mcnv By UD SCIIUYLEK JH. I Tennessee built up an eight-jomo'rcs along with the likes of Associated 1'rcss Sports Writer' point tialfllme lead, but the! Maravich and Purdue's Rick Commodores from Nashville, [Mount, had his troubles against Villanova. Murphy was held to,his season low of 24 points, hitting on just five of 23 field goal at: tempts, as Niagara lost 74-57 to bers of the Orange Tie Club! Tenn - fol '6 hl bock to tie lns dangerously tighten their knots « ame S1X limcs ' lhe last at 60 " and the Rally Girls faint away, but the Tennessee basketball Then, Billy Halm and Larry team once again proved there's ' Mansfield made two foul shots no place like Knoxville. apiece and the Orange Tie Club With the Orange Tie Club, a could relax. Gene Lockyear boosters organization, and the scored for Vandcrbilt at the Rally Girls rooting them on, the buzzer for the final margin. • • -- - BUI Justus ted the Volunteers with 22 points and Tom Hagan fifth-ranked Volunteers sank four foul shots in the last 314 minutes and edged sevent'.i- rarked Vandorbilt 04-62 Monday Villanova at home. In other games Monday night: Iowa topped Chicago Loyola 71-65, Missouri trounced Colorado 86-66, Texas-El Paso thrashed Lamar Tech 83-65-, lopped Vanderbilt with 16. Phil Argcnto broke loose with ni^ht for their 29th straight 23 of his 24 points in the second home-court victory. j half, two of them coming on foul The victory gave the Vplun-' B ''iols to put Kentucky ahead to leers, the defending South- : sla y a ' 71M6 witn 1:12 remain-1 eastern Conference Champions j tag Mife, Nordhote paced Ala- ^ - Kgnsas shaded an 8-1 over-all record and a 2-01 Dama wl "> "• >..._. Texas A&M walloped ferns Tech 94-81 Wake Foresl outlast*ed Virginia 97-90 and Florida : mauled Mississippi 94-75 in I home-court triumphs. • . ; I In road victories, Oklahoma conference mark. Vanderbilt now is 10-3 over-all and 3-3 in the SEC. . Pistol Pete Maravich shot in 42 points, 20 in the last nine minutes as visiting Louisiana Fourth-ranked Kentucky, the State nipped Georgia 79-76, only other Top Ten team to play j keeping the Bulldogs from tying Monday night, rolled to an 84-76 road, victory over Alabama and stayed a half-game in front of Tennessee with a 3-0 SEC record. The Wildcats are 9-1 over-all. Kentucky for the SEC lead. LSU now is 5-1 in the conference and 8-3 over-all. Georgia is 2-1 and 7- Iowa State 68-67, Notre downed Creighton 72-63 and Mississippi State beat Auburn 66-62. EDMONTON (AP) — The Russian National hockey team blanked the Western Canada. i Junior League All-Stars 5-0. In Calvin Murphy, of Niagara,!an exhibition game Monday one of the nation's hotshot soph-1 night. Corvette Sting Ray Convertible with removable hardtop. Its running mat»: Cimsro SS Coup*. You wouldn't expect anything to match Corvettes sports car ride and handling. Bucket seats behind a long, low hood. 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