The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 27, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 27, 1955
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TUM15AT, idBKK 8T, WOO (ARK.) COURIER NHWSI PAGE 8ETVN Browns Continue Unbroken Reign in Pro Football League By BOB MYERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reign of the Cleveland Browns in professional football remains unbroken. The Browns and their tremendous defensive platoon crushed the Los Angeles Rams yesterday 38-H. It was the second straight year they have won the National Football League title and the third, time they've hit the jackpot In six straight appearances In the blue ribbon, game of pvo football. Rams were hardly disgraced. Few of their tupporters ever thought they'd get in the title game In th first plac. 53,500 per Brown A whopping record crowd of 87,695 — 85,193 paid — witnessed the Despite the top-heavy score, the struggle in Memorial Coliseum. Lakers at Sea Fighting To Keep Afloat in NBA By JIMMY BRESLIN* NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA] — Vern Mikkelsen, the plowboy- sized Minneapolis Laker veteran, was talking about what has become one of the strangest stories in sports. "Maybe we won_ too much right from the start and people won't settle for less," he was saying. The 6-7 Mikkelsen was referring to, of course, the troubles which have crept upon the Minneapolis franchise in the National Basketball Association. This is the once-proud midwest- ern stronghold which had as much to do with the league's present success as anything else which has happened in its 10-year history. It was Minneapolis, with its overpowering George Mikan, which mada professional basketball big league. But now, in its seventh year of operation, the Minneapolis situation is shaky. The Lakers wound up losing money last year and this time around, although the season is young, the result must be the same. The crowds just aren't coming out. "We won five out of the first six championships we tried for," Mikkelsen points put. "At first, people were excited. But now, we have to battle against apathy. The front office has to hustle overtime to keep people Interested. Maybe it's too much success, I don't know. "Merchants always were throw- Ing a night for somebody or giving away prizes for the highest scorer "'and "things like that. Heck, a guy could get himself a new overcoat or a TV set or a washing machine with a good night. "But the gifts weren't as important as the enthusiasm behind them.-}- presentation, with top college talent.* ' ' ----- » BASKET WEAVING—It's a criss-cross tangle of legs as Syracuse's Earl Lloyd, center, and Bob Peterson (9) and Harry Galla- tjn (11) of the Knickerbockers battle for a rebound durinr National B.-iskctrn! 1 A*-'-"i-' ti r>n contest at Madison Square Garden Now, it's all gone." frim coast to coast, coming up each season. But maybe you'll still I come on a town which will burn] out on you. So you keep going un- T/-|lirrlPW til you hit on a set-up of cities - ' *•*"' M1S 7 not small ones, either — which can carry the game all the way." This is what has been , through the thinking of profession\ al basketball people. The word Is The Minneapolis story is not a new one in basketball. Since tbey started playing this game for money, many cities of size have been good for, at best, seven years. "For some reason," Joe Lapchick of the Knickerbockers recalls, "a town would burn itself out after ttlat period. It happened iri a lot of places—Indianapolis, Sheboygan, Buffalo, Oshkosh. They'd so great for about seven years and then nobody would show up for games and ; oe O ut of the picture before long you'd have to leave. j — to be. replaced by the needed '•Of course, the trouble in those ^ Chicago or Detroit. days was that the talent never changed. You had fellows like Pete Barry. Johnny Bc-ckman and myself playing right into middle-age years. Why I left the Celtics when 1 was 36. But the only reason I PORTALES, N. M. (ffl — The I eighth annual Sunshine Basketball i Tournament gets under way to- running , morrow witn southern Illinois and that Minneapolis is close to being ni; C through. The town that, put P™ state Teach slopped was because I got the St. John's University coaching job. Otherwise, I'd be playing now. defending champion Fort Hays State of Kansas rated as the more :ceed. while Arkansas State Teachers is ol an unknown basketball over in a big way may qua lit y . The host, Eastern New Mexico starts tomorrow aiternoon against Port Hays. The Greyhounds have never won their own tourney. Oth er first round pairings pit Western State i Colo) and Southwestern Missouri. West Texas State and Arkansas State Teachers, and Southern, Illinois and Southwestern Ok Hershel! Freeman, Cincinnati's relief pitcher, turned in a 2.15 earned run average during 1955. "Today, we have a major league | in the Marines. Welterweight boxing champion Carmen Basilio served 33 months lahoma. Read Courier News classified Ads ',!H's even better than sweet-mash' bourbon Even smoother than 'sour-mash' bourbon The one and only "mellow-mash" bourbon. .. Yellowstone For over 100 years, people have been discovering something "new" in old Kentucky ... a different bourbon, remarkably free of bite. It has the best features of sweet and sour-mash bourbon. It's a step better —^mellow-mash, the exclusive, Yellowstone way of achieving full-bourbon flavor with light body. J KEVTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY 96 AND 9» PROOr ! ALSO AVAILABLE 100 PROOF BOTTLED-IN-BOND , j THE ORIGINAL "NO.BITE" BOURBON Distilled and bodied by Yellawttan«, Inc., Loultvill*. Kentucky, Division of Glanmor* Dtitillarifli Company Out of the gross receipts, in- iuding radio and television, of 504,257. and a net of $431,538.98, he players received: $3,508.21 for ach winning Brown—$2,316.26 for ach losing Bam. Cleveland led off with a field oal and followed up with five ouchdowns. Seven times Cleveland inter- epted passes, turning one into a uick touchdown that, as matters nded, might well have been the rusher. Defensive halfback Don Paul nagged the Norm Van Brocklin ass and raced 65 yards for ouchdown that ser; the Browns nto a 10-0 lead. Quarterback Otto Graham closec ut his magnificent football career Mh a dazzling performance. He scored two touchdowns per- onally, and passe' 1 for two others —to Dante Lavelli on a 50-yard lay and to Ray Renfro for 35 fol nother. "The Greatest' He's the greatest," said Browns Joach Paul Brown Of seven interceptions, Cleveland ashed in for points on four. Halfback Ken Konz intercepted le and soon after Lou Groza icked a 26-yard field goal. Tom James bagged one andj Graham and Lavelli hit for their j 0-yard touchdown play. | Center Sam Palumbo snagged] nother and Graham led the club; S yards and scored from the one. Konz's 24-yard punt return set IB stage for another tally, with 3tto sweeping right end 15 yards a touchdown, nd all the while he big Cleveland defensive men vere pressuring Van Brocklin, and ater Billy Wade, into hurried or ll-fated throws. The Rams' big moment came when Van Brocklin and Skeet Quinlan got together in a 67-yard pass play In the second quarter or a touchdown. And all the while f -10 for leveland, a margin that didn't stand for long. The other Earn touchdown came n the final minutes. Ron Waller, he Maryland rookie, scored from I yards out. All-College Cage Classic Opens At Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY Iffl — The All- College Tournament, the nation's oldest holiday basketball classic, opens today with a pair of doubleheaders. None of the eight entries can be classed ns favorites to win the Other Leaders Shuffled 2(Kh tournament title, ca San Francisco last December. Tbei , .. Dons, who jumped from the .All-! Kelljau College to the NCAA champion-' ship, won't be back to defend their title here. Seattle (5-1) starts the firing in a '2 p. m. (CST) game with Loyola of New Orleans (5-2), followed by Pennsylvania's (1-3) meeting Dons Tighten Hold On Top Ranking Bf SHELDON SAKOWITZ The Associated Press The San Francisco Dons, aiming for the all-time major college record for consecutive ptured by „:,.(„,.;„„ tightened their eilo today on the No. 1 ranking in the weekly Associated Press has- mber. The! , ,, .,, ^_,, s 5 v tlie third straight week sports writers and sportscasters named Phil Woolpert's West Coasters as the nation's top team, giving them 96 first-place votes on 143 ballots. On the basis of 10 for first, 9 for second, etc., San Francisco received 1,366 points. lOth-ranked Oklahoma City | a night doubleheader, Idaho Siiue (3-3) clashes with Tulsa (7-1) and Texas Tech (3-4) goes against Oklahoma A&M (7-1). The Aggis have played in every All-College tourney and have won it 11 times. Like Frisco a year ago, the Ag- gies went on from the All-College tit! to the NCAA championship in 1845 ana 19-W. Oklahoma's three schools — Tulsn, OCU and A&M—come into the umriiey with only two defeats in 20 starts. \ strong possibility cxiste that the AH-Collese trophy • The remainder of the top 10 underwent a shuffle for the, second 1 straight week. Dayton, fourth a week ago, junujed to second on the strength of victories over Utah and Kentucky in the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament. Three Dixie, teams—North Carolina State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt—ranked 3-4-5 in this week's voting. Iowa, Utah, Duke, Illinois and Oklahoma City completed the io~> 10. Kijrl'th Straight North Carolina Stale turned back Brigham Young for its eighth straight triumph but dropped notch. North Carolina moved up two notches, while Vanderbilt, despite an 87-76 loss to Iowa State, teams captured the tourney. First Big Fight NEW YQRiTa— Yama Bahama, who has won 17 fights in a row against weak to middlin' opposition. will get his big test in a month or so against Chico Vejar. After watching Bahama (real name William Hohslis Butler, Jr.) coast to a 10-round victory over Paolo Melis at St. Nicholas Arena last night, it was decided to match him with Vejar. Bahama had an easy time of It, getting all 10 rounds on the card of 1 Dayton and Minnesota and from third to seventh. Duke downed Pittsburgh and moved from 14th to eighth, tilings upended DePaul and Oklahoma to jump from 17th to ninth, and Oklahoma City beat Auburn and TCU to advance from 15 to 10th. Holy Cross. Brigham Young and Kentucky all dropped out of the top 10. The leaders, with first-place loy ror JOPLIN. Mo. — It's another •ach of the three officials', a rarity i boy for the Mickey Mantles. these days. The Associated Press car:! also gave him the 10 rounds. Mrs. Mantle gave birth to the child last night at Freeman Hos- Bahama who lights out of the j pital here. Both were reported In B-rimias weighed 150*4 to 14.7 for ffood condition. The New York his Montreal opponent. Yankee baseball star and his wife -otes in parenthess: San Francisco (96) Dayton (16) N.C. State (14) .... North Carolina (4) Vanderbilt Iowa (3) Utah Duke (3) .1,366 ..1,094 ,.1,088 . 678 .. 310 .. 297 .. 268 .. 255 Illinois 246 . Oklahoma City (8) .... 240 The second 10: 11. Louisville (3) 12. George Washington . 13. Kentucky 14. Holy Cross 15. Ohio State 16. Michigan State 17. Rice Temple (tie) 19. Alabama (2) 20. Brigham Young ... 238 216 196 177 160 139 130 130 128 80 Peaks at Peak, Report- Gives Spartans Cheer PASADENA, Calif. WV-There's good news in the Rose Bowl camp of the Michigan State Spartans today. Halfback Clarence Peaks is "100 per cent" ready physically for the Jan. 2 bout with the UCLA Bruins. Sports fans are better acquainted with the convalescing progress of the Bruins' injured tailback Honnie Knox than with the comeback of Peaks, but the latter could be the more important factor. The 198-pound Michigan State back has proved a powerful runner, good blocker. occasional pass receiver, strong defenseman and a spec ialist on the quick; kick and all its variations. "In top physical shape, he's the best all-around man in our back' arrived here from their home In Commerce, Okla., about two hours before the birth. Their first son was born in the same hospital about two years ago. field," said Sonny Grandelius, who coaches the backs. Peaks was leading ground gainer for the Spartans last season and again this year before he wrecked a knee and tujned an ankle in the Oct. 15 victory over Notre Dame. He missed on game, was in for only a single play in another and never was in top form for the rest. Still he was the Spartans' third leading rusher for the year. "Peaks is a slow-healer, but he's 100 per cent now," said the team physician, Dr. James Peurig. On the UCLA side, Knox drilled with the No. 1 UCLA squad for the first time yesterday. He's tha team's leading passer and punter although hampered with injuries much of the season. The latest was a broken bone In his ankle suffered Nov. 12 against Washington. "He's still favoring his leg and isn't 100 per cent," reported Coach Red Sanders. But physicians have said Knox should be in good ship* by the bowl date. Chevrolet's taught dynamite good manners ! With its frisky "Turbo-Fire V8," this Chevrolet is pure dynamite, all right. But it's beautifully mannered, too- quiet, well-behaved, instantly obedient to your slightest signal 1 Nudge the accelerator and you're aware of the split-second chain reaction of your toe to the "Turbo-Fire"! There's your dynamite —with horsepower ranging up to a high of 205. The car is built for its power, too—with a low, low center of gravity, well distributed weight and wide-apart rear springs. There's your stability, and safer handling! All doors have safety latches—and instrument panel padding and seat belts, with or without shoulder harness, are available at extra cost. Directional signals are standard. Come in and try a new Chevrolet! 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