Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on May 4, 1976 · 49
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Peplow named player of week in soccer Sting's latest a to not start By Mike Conklin IF THE STING' Steve Peplow continues his present pace, he may soon be reedy for enshrinement. - Peplow is the Sting's new roster addition who has been with the club for two contests playing key roles in each by setting up the winning goal in the first and scoring both goals in the other victory. The 25-year-old forward from v Liverpool, England, has been named North American Soccer League's Player of the Week for his work, It was an appropriate award, considering he had been in this country for a week when informed of the honor. v- ' . f : "I'M STILL wakin up at 5 o'clock la the morning because of the jet lag," said Peplow. "I guess I haven't adjusted completely to the new surroundings. I'm just startin' to sleep properly." Peplow, Is one of a half-dozen new , English players Coach Bill Foulkes has imported to beef up the Sting's attack. ' "It's my first time in the" States," said Peplow, "My manager in England wanted to know if I was interested in coming to Chicago after talkin' with Bill Foulkes. I thought 'why not?' "EVERYONE TOLD me lt d be a chance in a million for me. Besides, there's getting to be a lot of respect in England for American soccer. Especially in the lower divisions." . " Peplow, a bachelor, had barely cleared O'Hare customs before he was playing in last Friday's game with Toronto in Soldier Field. His cross-field pass to Benny Alon set up the game's lone tally in overtime. Sunday in New York, Peplow took a header from teammate John Lowey another English player J for the game's first goal and then took advantage of a fallen defender again In OT to lift the Sting to a 2-1 conquest of Pele-and the Cosmos. ' THE VICTORIES pushed Chicago into a tie for first in the North Division going into Friday's game here with Tam-. pa. "So far this is a better standard of play than I'm used to," said Peplow. "I've played with five different teams in my career, so it hasn't been too difficult for me to make the adjustment. I just hope people won't think I can do things like this all the time. "I certainly had no idea things would happen this fast for me," he quickly added "I'd seen Pele play in person in the '66 World Cup, but I never thought I'd play against him. He was brilliant for 25 minutes Sunday . , . and the rest of the time he was very, very good." PEPLOW PLAYED for the Tranmere Rovers in England, a side which will be elevated to the Third Division next season. His former teammates included' Clive Griffiths and John Webb, who have been with the Sting two seasons. "It helps coming here when you have so many countrymen around you," he said. ' Peplow's early heroics underscore Continued on page 4, col. 4 Steve Peplow ddition off (Ducatjo (Tribune Tuesday, May 4, 1976 Section 4 tv k. vtr-f " - I; ; ' ;, ' , ' -' f . ,", " i r " .?. t " r - - , J' , ' 5 , vi f ffYlftrtfTrWt IWITM 11'" rtf ' i f - ' ""ft -y-"-' 'V - fYr"--- -" f ViT?r i,TiTiWlir:-r Altif Witt J,7'Wffc,-vnj-rto-i:"V: Yawning for a winner at Hawthorne Tribune Photo by Edward Wagner Jr. Too busy peering over program, young horse racing fan doesn't bother to stifle yawn while making selections at opening of Hawthorne Race Course Monday. A crowd of 12,250 fans watched Mar- luel's Troy win $45,075 Midwest Handicap. See Mike Kileys story on page 4. Cardinals star Gri "Mews dies great SAN RAFAEI, Cal. AP-FootbalI great Ernie Nevers, who set records that still stand at Stanford University and in professional football, died Monday of a kidney disorder. He was 73. ,' Nevers died at Marin General Hospital, where he was admitted several days ago. ' ' . : . Rated by some as the greatest fullback of all time, Nevers starred at Stanford in the 1920s and later with the professional Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals. NEVERS PLAYED for Stanford in 1923-25 and led the team to a 22-5-1 record in three varsity seasons. His coach, the legendary Pop Warner, called him the greatest football player of all time, and he. set two Stanford punting records that still stand. , Nevers was a consensus All-American in 1924 and 1925 and was among the first to be admitted to the College Football Hall of Fame and its National Football League counterpart. In 1969, he was selected to college football's Ail-Time All-America team by the Football Writers of America and the NCAA. As a pro "with the Chicago Cardinals, Nevers set a record, for most points scored in a single game. In a 1929 contest against the Chicago Bears, he tallied 40 points on six touchdowns and four extra-points. ' PERHAPS HIS most famous game as a collegian was the 1925 Rose Bowl; where Stanford met Notre Dame and its famed "Four Horsemen." Playing on Reggie close to signing? Bob Verdi reports, page 2 fyy- li' nMiiii mi v -1 I L y 1 Ernie Nevers ;:; two taped ankles that had been broken during the previous season, Nevers set a Rose Bowl record by carrying 34 times for 114 yards. Notre Dame still won 27- io. r.;,.; h An all-around athlete, Nevers . also played baseball and basketball in college and pitched in professional baseball for the St. Louis Browns. NEVERS WAS born in Willow River, Minn., and attended high, school in Superior, Wis., before moving to Santa Rosa, Cal., for his senior year. His accomplishments there sparked a heated recruiting battle between Stanford and the University of California. After his retirement from sports, Nevers remained in the Bay Area and worked as a public relations-sales promotion man for a San Francisco wholesale liquor firm. Arrangements for funeral services - x Continued on page 2, col. 1 Sports produces inspiring heroes "CoseU bored with sports, its heroes'' " A Chicago Tribune headline, May 2. ; THE CHICAGO CUBS' Rick Monday last week stepped . to the front of a parade , of sport heroes who have -".been inspiring in the three decades that this starry-eyed observer has been judging the world of( athletics . and its people. Rick entered my personal sport heroes Hall of Fame by preventing two men from defacing the American , flag. And responses that immediately followed, and which , have yet to reach their crest, indicate that millions of . Americans share my sentiments about Rick Monday's automatic gut reaction. They are citizens who feel as ' . .Jesse Owens, the great black American Olympic track star, who only a few weeks ago told us: 1 ! .' "Certainly we have problems ... but don't forget, . this is the greatest country in the world. . . ." JESSE OWENS IS another of the heroes I've been privileged to associate with in sport. . Perhaps I'm not as sophisticated as Howard CoseU, ' the star of the nasal media, or as Robert Lipsyte, the renowned philosopher of the printed page ... but I . still get goose pimples every time I sit down with Jesse Owens - Joe Louis is another sport hero of mine. Not so much In the wake of the news By David Condon rn3 f i )AlMrnf..4M. because the Brown Bomber probably was the greatest fighter who ever drew on a glove, but because of his decency, honesty, and integrity. Joe made more heavyweight title defenses than any other man in history ... and never once did he answer the bell without intention of winning as quickly and as efficiently as possible. I wish that I had been in the spot to say, as did Jimmy Walker, former mayor of New York: VJoe, you have placed a rose on the grave of Abraham Lincoln.' YOU'RE DAMNED RIGHT I've found heroes in the field of sport. They kept me in this branch of the journalism game when I was tempted to quit in disgust because of the attitudes of the Cosells and Llpsytes. One of the definitions of "hero" in the most complete of dictionaries is: "A man admired for his achievements and noble qualities, and considered a model or ideal." I consider Rick Monday a man of noble qualities. Jesse, Owens and Joe Louis are models and ideals. So were Vince Lombardi, Frank Leahy, Babe Didrikson Zaharias , . , IN SUNDAY'S TRIBUNE CoseU was quoted by ; Sports Editor Cooper Roilow: "There's no way in the world I would have wanted my child to idolize Joe Di Maggio, even though Joe was probably the most graceful baseball player I ever saw and I value him as a friend." If that's the way that Howard CoseU truly feels, then he isn't looking at the complete Joe Di Maggio. - The Joe Di Maggio. who hit in 56 consecutive baseball games is only part of the man. Joe Di Maggio also is dignity, sincerity, honesty, and humility. The Yankee Clipper's humility alone makes him a hero to me. We should have more citizens like Joe Di Maggio and fewer jingle-jaw sportscasters with their self-serving responses to interviews,. YOU WANT SOME more of my heroes? How does V1 V- .... ;m , A VP J f - J" - , VV -T V,' Nice going, amigo UPI Ttltpholo Angel Cordero Jr., (left), who rode Bold Forbes to victory in 102d Ken- tucky Derby, being corigratulated by Braulio Baeza who was aboard second- Continued on page 3, col. 3 . place finisher Honest Pleasure. Meeting took place at Belmont Park Monday. .. 1 Don Rives ires plays central role in Bears' future , By Don Pierson Young Bear' fan: "You up here or (he Bear' camp?" Don River: "Yei." - Fan: "What posiHon?" Riucs: "Linebacker." Fan: "We need them. Think you have ' a chance?" Rives: "I hope to." . i FOR ONCE Don Rlvrs has more than hope. Don Rives, middle linebacker, Chicago Bears. The weekend camp is over and the preoccupation was with the quick feet of , Dennis Lick, the versatility of Brian-Baschnngel and John Sclarra, the post- operative knee of Ron Shanklin, the arm of Bob Avellini. ? V, , , : But it's the body named Don Rives that is most important. THE BEARS LOOK great in May and they'll be greater in July.. But if they ' are to win more than four games in the fall, their improvement will be directly linked to Don Rives. General Manager Jim Finks and Coach Jack Pardee don't come right out and say he's the franchise, but Rives, who played 10 minutes last season, has become entrenched in the most important position for a losing team quarterback of the defense. The more he hasn't played, the mora important he hag be come. . Pardee tried Waymond Bryant in the middle last summer, depressing Rives to the point he thought he'd be cut. But Pardee turned to Rives in the second game. Rives suffered a dislocated bone in his foot and was out for the year. PARDEE WENT WITH Larry Ely and when the expansion draft came around Ely went to Tampa. So did Bubba Broussard, a potential middle linebacker signed by the Bears as a free agent. "You gotta get a middle linebacker in the college draft," everybody advised the Bears. "No one in college is as good as Don Rives," said Pardee. HOW PARDEE knows is anyone's guess since he has seen Rives play for only 10 minutes. Maybe it's wishful thinking. Anyway, the characteristically cautious Pardee conceded after the weekend: "Rives is the Incumbent." The Bears are dissatlsified with the weight-training progress of Illinois' Tom Hicks. Except for journeyman Carl Gersbach, Rives is Pardee's only choice. "I know it looks like I'm there by default," Rives admitted, "but it won't take long' for people to see I can play." "THERE'S ALWAYS a body we can stick in there," said Pardee, "but we're not looking for someone to fill in; we're looking for someone to do a great job. "Don's still got to prove it, but going back to films of Rives' years under Abe Gibron he's played well. He's a hard hitter. When he hits a man he brings him down." The only thing that hampered Rives' early development was size. Drafted 15th in 1S73, he weighed only 215. "NOT ONLY WAS I about 215, I was weak," he remembers. "I played six or seven games after Butkus got hurt and I felt like I played 20." In 1974, Gibron drafted Bryant to replace Butkus and Butkus soon offered an appraisal: "I like Rives." Rives ended up playing, but he still Continued on page 4, col. 4

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