Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 18, 1976 · Page 12
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NFL Attendance Not Down By The Associated Press "It seems the National Football League preseason attendance is way, way down," someone in Buffalo said recently as he observed about 31,000 fans in 80,200-seat Rich Stadium for the Bills' exhibition game against New Orleans. If he'd been in Washington last weekend, he'd have Road Riders Have Poker Run MASTER FEEDERS II of Garden City had a banner season this summer. The team won the AA men's league here, then placed fourth in last week's big 24-team state slow-pitch Softball tourney for men. Members of the squad were, from left, (front row) batboy Gavin Wright, Dave Novack, Jim Johnson, batboy Garrett Wright, (middle row) Mike Ptato Brungardt, Alan Rupp, Glen Brungardt, Bob Gibson, Ron Witman, (back row) Tim Novack, Rusty Richardson, Willie Nieman, Carl Harbert, Alan.Stegman, and Manager Darrell Wright. Johnson made the 1976 all-state-tourney team. Not present when the photo was taken was Ron Schwartz. Big Red Machine Not Hitting By KEN RAPPOPORT By The Associated Press Sparky Anderson stays stoic and silent through losing streaks, so. if you want to get the word from the Cincinnati Reds, you have to ask Pete Rose. "We're not taking the game to them," says the Cincinnati third basemairin his'usual direct observation. "This is not like the Big Red Machine." The "Machine" hasn't been hitting on all four cylinders lately, and Tuesday night, the National League West leaders dropped their fourth straight game — a 3-2 decision to the Atlanta Braves. That's the longest losing streak of the year for Anderson's gang. Anderson put it this way: LIVE EVERY NITE GRAIN BIN 'TAURUS RISING' St. Louis, Missouri 9:30 to 12:30 "It doesn't mean anything more than if we. had a 13-1 record. We're just not hitting — and that happens." In the other National League games, Philadelphia whipped Montreal 11-3; Los Angeles trimmed the New York Mets 4-3; St. Louis routed San Diego 9-4; Houston turned back the Chicago Cubs 8-1 and San Francisco edged Pittsburgh 7-6. Pinch-hitter Tom Paciorek's two-out, run- scoring single in the eighth inning led the way for Atlanta. Jerry Royster drew a one-out walk from Manny Sar.miento to start the rally, then stole second off reliever Will McEnaney. Royster went to third on Rowland Office's groundout and scored on Paciorek's single. Adrian Devine, 2-3, got the victory, bailing the Braves out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Sarmiento, 2-1, the »;Reds' 20-year-old reliever, took the loss. Phillies 11, Expos 3 Jay Johnstone ripped a double and three singles and batted in five runs while Greg Luzinski collected a homer and four RBI as Philadelphia battered Montreal. Winner Tommy Underwood, 8-3, allowed just four hits, striking out five and walking four. Dodgers 4, Mets 3 Rick Rhoden doubled home the decisive run to cap a four- run Los Angeles rally in the fourth inning and the Dodger right-hander went on to post his llth victory in 12 decisions by beating New York. The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the first on John Milner's 13th homer with two men on. Cardinals 9, Padres 4 Hector Cruz drove in four runs with a grounder and bases-loaded double, while Lou Brock stole three bases and scored three runs to lead St. Louis over San Diego in a game featuring 19 walks. Astros 8. Cubs 1 ' J.R. Richard fired a five- hitter and Roger Metzger drove home a pair of runs with a fourth-inning single as Houston defeated Chicago and ended a five-game losing streak. Richard, 14-12, struck out n>ne and walked only one, giving up the only Chicago run of the night on Rick Monday's homer in the ninth. • Grid Meeting This Evening An orientation meeting for Garden City High School youths planning to play football this fall is scheduled this evening. The session is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club swim pool. Information will be given out concerning the start of the new football season. Football practice at the - senior high starts tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. All interested individuals should report to the high school gym at 7:15 a.m. or contact; Coach Wayne , Stagaard at his home. A big field of 104 riders took part recently during the monthly event sponsored by the Garden City Road Riders Cycle Club. It was a poker run. It went from Garden City to Dighton, then to Scott City and back to Garden. A barbecue in Finnup Park capped the event. The riders consumed 75 pounds of hamburger and 30 pounds of weiners — in addition to potato salad and chips. Lane Bartholomew of Dodge City won first place among six prizes awarded. Kelly Velley of Deerfield was second and Herschel Lowe of Guymon, Okla. Dorothy Hawkins placed fourth, Frank Walker fifth, and Rich Manske sixth. Those three are all from Hugoton. Riders coming the longest distance were the Tony Jacksons from Balko, in the Oklahoma Panhandle. In the timed run, Wendy Gray of Garden City finished first and Donne Jackson of Balko, Okla., second. The barbecue and first- place prize were furnished by Central Distributing of Liberal, the Harley-Davidson dealer. Other prizes were given by Machine Supply, Burtis Motors, Circle-K Auto Parts, Doug's Honda, Gibson's Discount Center, Otasco, Spencer's Carry-Out, and Scheufler Supply. Next poker run is the final Sunday of this month: August 29. It will start at 1 p.m. from the weigh station on US50 west of town. All local and area riders are welcome to take part. thought otherwise. The Redskins, who averaged about 22,000 for their exhibitions, drew better than 40,000 for their game, a loss to Pittsburgh. If he'd been in Chicago to see the Bears beat Baltimore, he'd have been in the company of 54,338 fans. Last year the Bears' top preseason crowd was 42,503. If he'd been in Dallas, he'd have been one of 54,567 fans — about 10,000 more than last year — who saw the Cowboys lose to Denver. Or maybe if he'd seen O.J. Simpson on the field with the rest of the Bills, he'd have seen a lot more people in the stands, too. They were there last year, better than 51,000 a game — but then, so was O.J. With three of the six preseason weekends completed, attendance is, in fact, down a bit at NFL exhibitions — an average of about 39,500 this year compared to last year's six-week average of 42,000. But to leave it at that is misleading. As the regular season gets closer, attendance rises. Fans stay away from the early exhibitions on the theory they'll be seeing a plethora of Page 13 Garden City Telegram .Wednesday, Aug. 18,1976 rookies and free agents doomed to be cut from the squad. They attend the later games, when the lineups are more likely to have most of the season's starters in them. The exhibitions started earlier this year. That meant it was hotter in some cities. Football came out second-best to a day at the beach or in the park. It is, after all, a winter sport. Or it's supposed to be. In some cases, a club's exhibition tickets, which used to be a mandatory part of the season-ticket package, are now optional. And many fans aren't picking up the option. And the NFL has a policy of spreading early games around at neutral, non-league sites like Oklahoma and Japan, games which generally draw . smaller crowds than those played before the home folks. Then there's the memory factor. A team that finished with a 4-10 record or worse in 1975 or started out by losing a few exhibitions in 1976 can't expect to find a line at the ticket booth. Slow-Pitch Goes Professional CLEVELAND, Ohio — Eight franchises have been issued for the first professional slow-pitch softball league. The American Professional Slowpitch League will start play next season, it was announced here Tuesday. In the league will be squads from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington-Virginia, Milwaukee, and Louisville. Owners of each franchise have paid a $25,000 fee to enter their teams in the 84-game schedule. Don Rardin of Lexington, Ky., will be head of the league. He said remaining problems include finding game facilities capable of seating 10,000 to 18,000 fans, and "developing a nationwide marketing format." The field for professional slow-pitch will include fences 300 feet from home plate. Bases will be 65 feet apart. Distance from the pitcher to home plate will'be 49 feet, instead of the usual 46 feet. Rardin said he hopes to expand the league to 16 teams by the time the first season starts. VFW STAG THURSDAY NIGHT AUGUST 19 Starts at 7:30 P.M. Happy Hour 5:30 to 6:30 MEMBERS & GUESTS WEEK-END SAVINGS Kyanize OUTSIDE SOAKER HOUSE PAINT HOSE BOOTS STRAW HATS GRASS SEED 9 PRICE 8 HP ROTO TILLER Kentucky Part Kentucky Newport BIG R - W. 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In addition to the regular pickup you should look into the SuperCab pickups, the new F-150 Heavy Duty W-ton 4x4's thai run on regular gas, or the new6'/2-ft. Flareside. The choice is yours. Prices may never be this low again! FORD BURTIS MOTOR CO., INC. P.O. Box 797 12th and Kansas Garden City, Kansas

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