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Magic show continues 2-B Rising star In Carolina 3-B Comics 5-B Classified ads 6-8B Great Falls Tribune Monday, January 19, 1987 ?You ain't seen nothin9 vet9 fo) Spiit DENVER (AP) - "If you think last week was good, just wait until next week," Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway yelled into the microphone, and 63,246 Broncos fans packed into Mile High Stadium roared back their approval. "Super Bowl, Super Bowl," the crowd chanted as it waved Broncos pennants and banners and gave a standing ovation to Elway, linebacker Tom Jackson, cornerback Louis Wright and the rest of the AFC championship team. "This shows that we have the best fans and we're going out to Pasadena to show that we have the best team," Wright said. The fans gathered Sunday to give the Broncos an official sendoff to California, where Denver will play the new York Giants in the Super Bowl next Sunday. The turnout on a cold, sunny day impressed Broncos coach Dan Reeves. "1 expected a lot of fans, but nothing even close to this," he said. "You guys never cease to amaze me. "This has been a great year for us but we've still got one thing to do and that's bring home the world championship." Former Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar T . L II 1 I II In N. Vv"- L am AP Pholo Ricky Hunley reacts to a boisterous reception from Bronco fans Sunday afternoon in Denver. J and running back Otis Armstrong also addressed the crowd. The rally was the latest and undoubtedly the loudest sign of the "Broncomania" that has consumed the Denver metropolitan area, where Broncos sweatshirts, caps, T-shirts, buttons, banners, beer mugs and coffee cups are selling quickly. The Broncos leave for California on Monday. Newly inaugurated Gov. Roy Romer, Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., Denver Mayor Federico Pena and Denver City Council President Bill Scheitler were also at the stadium and, for once, all they had to say was "Super Bowl, Super Bowl." The Denver fans, always known as a boisterous lot, exhibited fever-pitch enthusiasm for the rally. They sported Broncos jackets, sweatshirts, buttons and hats and carried youngsters on their shoulders who cheered and waved pennants. At the end of the rally, organizers released 5,000 balloons painted in the team's orange and blue colors. Perhaps the only silent onlooker was a 1,000-pound steer secured in a cattle trailer in the south end zone. The steer is Romer's ante in a bet with New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean that the Broncos will beat the Giants. ( Mike Ditka Report: Ditka to quit BOSTON (AP) - Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka has told his bosses he will not return after the 1987 season because of a dispute over the team's firing of its general manager, according to a newspaper report published Sunday. The Boston Sunday Globe said Ditka told team president Michael McCaskey of his intentions after McCaskey refused to rehire General Manager Jerry Vainisi, whom he fired last week from the National Football League team. "Then this season is my last," Ditka is reported as saying. "Don't even bother to ask me about signing an extension of my contract, because I won't do it." After the conversation, Ditka reportedly told his assistant coaches that 1987 would be his last season with the Bears and if they wanted they were free to start looking for new jobs immediately. But McCaskey said Sunday that Ditka has not indicated to him he won't be coaching the Bears after his contract ends in 1987, according to Brian Harlan, a Bears spokesman. Ditka reportedly was on vacation and not available for comment. McCaskey also said Ditka had not resigned, Harlan said. The Globe said Ditka was "fuming" because Vainisi is his best friend and Ditka's strongest ally in Chicago's front office. "Ditka and Jerry are best of See DITKA, 2-B Giants should thank Bum PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Just before the New York Giants and Denver Broncos take the field in next Sunday's Super Bowl, they might thank Bum Phillips, George Stein-brenner and Robert Irsay. All three helped them get there. Both the Giants and Broncos were built the classic way solid drafts by solid organizations with a few judicious trades. But Phillips brought the Giants Lawrence Taylor and Steinbrenner and Irsay combined to get John Elway to Denver, without whom the rest of the Broncos' players might be watching the Super Bowl on television. In 1981, the Giants, coming off a 4-12 sesaon, had the second draft choice and like 26 other teams, coveted Taylor, the North Carolina linebacker. The only one who didn't was the team with the first pick, New Orleans. Phillips wanted to build around an Earl Campbell-like running back and spurned trade offers, taking George Rogers as the No. 1 pick. The impact was immediate LA AP Photo Lawrence Taylor gestures to the crowd as the Giants arrive in California Sunday afternoon. Taylor, becoming NFL Defensive Player of the Year in his rookie season, led the Giants to their first playoff berth in 16 years. This season, he became the second defensive player in history to become the NFL's MVP, leading them to their first Super Bowl. Jump ahead two years. Like everyone preparing for the 1983 draft, the Broncos coveted Elway, rated as the top quarterback prospect in a decade. But they had the fifth pick and the then-Baltimore Colts took Elway with the first choice. That was a gamble. Elway, seeking an option and some leverage in the football draft, had been signed to a baseball contract a year earlier by Steinbrenner for his New York Yankees. He played a summer for Oneonta of the Class A New York-Perm League and hit .294, enough to give him leverage with the NFL. He used it, announcing he didn't want to play for the Colts or Irsay. Denver packaged offensive lineman Chris Hinton, its No. 1 pick, along with quarterback Mark Herrmann and its 1984 No. 1 for Elway. While Hinton has made it to the Pro Bowl, Elway made the trade a coup for Denver with just one drive the 98-yarder in the final five minutes of last week's AFC title game at See GIANTS, 2-B Pavin lands in Hope heaven LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer, close friends, were tied for the lead as they walked up the 18th fairway on Sunday, their arms draped around each other's shoulders. They raised clasped hands together in a joint victory gesture to the gallery. "Let's make it an exciting finish," Pavin said. A few moments later, he went leaping high into the air as his 18-foot birdie putt found the cup for a one-shot victory over Langer in the Bob Hope Classic. He leaped once, fists raised to the sky in triumph, then hopped a couple of times in joy while Langer looked on with a broad smile. "At other times, I've been disappointed when I felt I had lost the tournament with a bad shot or a bogey or a mistake. But I don't feel that way today," Langer said. "I don't feel I lost the golf tournament. It's just that someone played better than I did." In fact, Pavin played the new PGA West course controversial in that most of the touring pros proclaimed in far too difficult better than anyone else this week. "Corey was just outstanding. To shoot 67 (the best score of the week on PGA West) on this golf course is incredible," Langer said. Pavin, who came from deep in the pack with an 18-under-par effort over his last three rounds, agreed. "It's one of the best rounds I've played in a very long time," Pavin vV V AP Pholo Corey Pavin reacts with pleasure following his birdie putt on No. 18 Sunday. said after the dramatic finish on the final hole of the 5-day, 90-hole event had provided him with the fifth victory of his four-year PGA Tour career. It was worth $162,000 from the total purse of $900,000. Langer won $97,000. "We were just good friends out for a Sunday game. It was fun," Pavin said. "Toward the end, it was match play. We were matching stroke for stroke. We were going for each other's throats. "It was fun. We both had fun. We'll probably have dinner together next week in Phoenix and talk about it. A nice little Sunday game. "We won't let a round of golf come between us." Langer, a West German who led through the third and fourth rounds, was two strokes clear of the field at one point on the back nine, but had to make a two-putt birdie-4 on the 16th' to regain a tie for the top. But he couldn't match Pavin's heroics on the final hole and, with a closing 70 in the mild, breezy weather, finished one shot back at 342. Mark Calcavecchia, playing in the final threesome with Pavin and Langer, finished third for the second week in a row. He had to overcome a bogey-double bogey disaster on two balls in the water on the front side to match par-72 over the final 18 holes. He finished at 345. South African David Frost and Andy Bean were next at 348 and were the only others within eight shots of the lead. Frost had a 68 and Bean a 70. PGA title-holder Bob Tway was 71-351 and U.S. Open champion Ray Floyd was 74-354. Tom Watson, making his first start of the year, shot 71-357. Langer, a former Masters champion, held a one-shot lead at the turn, and stretched it to two with an 8-foot birdie putt on the 11th. He got into severe difficulty on the 12th, putting his tee shot against a rake on the bank of a bunker, then plugging his second into the steep bank of a greenside bunker. i, -ft IS 1 . :t . A. A t Vf They call head coach Bill Parcells "Tuna," but he's really the big cheese of the New York Giants. Giants busy calling each other names EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Think you know the roster of the New York Giants as they head into the Super Bowl? Well, try these names: Tunnel, Cinnamon, Sluggo, Biff, Billy-Body, Pepper, Toast, Slick and Tuna. "If you're thin-skinned, you're not going to last long on this team," Giants coach Bill Parcells said. That's especially true when it comes to handing out nicknames, and Parcells is the biggest instigator. Not every Giants' player has gotten a nickname from the coach of the NFC champions, but some may pick one up as the team prepares for next Sunday's NFL title game against the Denver Broncos at Pasadena, Calif. For the record, Parcells is "Tuna," a name some players insist was earned after a number of bad nights at the card table. "I eat tuna every day, that's how I got it," Parcells maintained. The offensive line seems to be to the most nicknamed group. It reads, from left tackle to right: Bebo (Brad Benson), Biff (Billy Ard), Bart Oates, Tunnel (Chris Godfrey) and Cinnamon (Karl Nelson). "He has tried with me," said Oates, the center. "He hasn't found anything suitable. There have been many futile attempts, one I'm definitely not going to mention." Benson and Ard got their nicknames from other players. "Bebo" is simply a shorter way of saying Brad Benson. Ard's "Biff" relates more to his postseason job. " 'Biff " fits being a stockbroker," Nelson said. "It's a Yuppie name." Parcells dubbed Nelson "Cinnamon" last year after the tackle blew a play. "I was cussing myself out and he said, 'What's the matter, did your honey forget to put cinnamon on your biscuits?' So for a while, I was called 'Cinnamon,' " Nelson said. Godfrey got the name "Tunnel" from Parcells because of his alleged single-mindedness to detail. Actually, it was his second nickname. Before that, he was called "Biscuits," after also blowing a play like Nelson. Godfrey disputes how he got the nicknames, though. "As you can tell, when Bill got here, there were a lot of losing seasons and they were 3-12-1 in his first year," Godfrey said. "When I got here, we started winning and he called me 'Tunnel' because he could see the light at the end of me." And "Biscuits?" "He called me that because he considers me his bread and butter," Godfrey said. Probably the two most recognized nicknames on the Giants belong to linebacker Thomas "Pepper" Johnson and cornerback Elvis Patter-See NAMES, 2-B The Ole Goat is in Havre and that's where it might stay The Montana High School Association's restructuring of Class AA and A athletics last spring created one big headache for those school officials involved in the scheduling of prep sports. It also gave Havre some "breathing room" in its effort to maintain possession of one of Montana's most coveted symbols the Ole Goat basketball trophy. Jim Grant, athletic director for the Great Falls schools, claims (tongue-in-cheek) that the main reason Havre dropped to A was to protect its possession of the trophy. "That Havre went to Class A just to keep the Goat is false, erroneous, a neat way for the athletic director of Great Falls to detract from the thought and the fact that Havre High School won that trophy legitimately while in AA," countered Havre principal and former athletic director Pat Conway. As long as the two men, who are actually good friends, have been at their respective schools and for a long time before that Great Falls and Havre have played for the Goat. But not this year. Due to scheduling conflicts, it was impossible to schedule even one game between the two schools, much less the required two regular-season contests it takes to win possession of the Goat. Havre dairyman Ole Flaten set the criteria for the traveling trophy that carries his name. Flaten commissioned a deaf Indian sculptor from East Glacier named Rita Balock- Hamilton Balock-Hamilton is a Tribune sports reporter. Clarke to carve the mountain goat from a piece of white wood in the likeness of the symbol of the Great Northern Railroad. Flaten donated the trophy on Oct. 22, 1930. Conway is at a loss to put a monetary value on the glass-encased Goat. "I doubt there's anything in the state as traditional as the Goat," he said. "The tradition has been carried on through the moms and dads and now grandads in Havre and Great Falls. "It's undoubtedly one of the most unique trophies in the state," he adds. And it resides in Havre. Conway doesn't let the Goat stray too far away from his office. The Goat is kept in a small display case at the main entrance of the school during school hours and locked in a vault at night. Several years ago, the Goat was stolen while in Great Falls. "I think that the Goat over the years became a bigger thing in Havre than it did here because we always had it," eighth-year Bison coach Gary Turcott said. "We just assumed and took it for granted we never realized what a big thing it was until Havre won it." Havre won the Goat in Turcott's first season with the Bison. The 1979-80 Blue Pony sweep was Havre' first over the Bison since 1957. Havre's longest hold on the Goat was a four-year span from 1953-57. The Bison recovered the Goat in 1983 and Havre got it back last year following its 73-72 and 67-50 wins the first two weeks of the season. "I'm not sure of the total significance of the Ole Goat, but I do know it's nice when you've won it and also not as nice when you lose it," fourth-year Havre coach Bob Lanning said. "I think before when Great Falls High was one school, Havre was a natural rival," Lanning adds. "Competition against one another was very competitive. Then when Great Falls split into two schools (1965), the CMR rivalry became more significant." "I think it put a different dimension to the games," Turcott offered. "It brought a little extra excitement into the games." If the MHSA scheduling system stays the same, there may be a long wait before the excitement of playing for the Goat is renewed. But Grant and Conway each say their first choices for non-conference opponents are against one another. "We have 18 games assigned by the conference and we had to fulfill them," Grant said. "Under our present set-up, we have 11 teams in our division and we must play at least 14 games in our division to be seeded," Conway said of the A schedules. But these schedules could change and allow resumption of the rivalry maybe even next year, Conway adds. The MHSA will conduct its annual meetings in Missoula Jan. 24 and 25. At that time, the reclassification committee will present a report on a regional concept of scheduling. The idea is not new. It's something the MHSA has considered for at least 10 years or more, Conway said. The concept involves boys' and girls' basketball, girls' volleyball and wrestling. A regular-season schedule would be played according to geographic location, as set by a MHSA master scheduling committee. Class AA teams could play down one class and Class C teams up one class, while the A and B teams could go up or down one class, Conway said. A minimum of 14 games per school would be guaranteed under this system and squads would return to their original conference assignments for post-season competition. And in the current budget crunch, regional scheduling would save travel costs and would have the benefit of preserving regional rivalries like the Ole Goat.

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