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Paso Games TTDdDIPtt 24-hoerr scoreboard Section Sunday. October 30. 1983 Page 1-D 3 -3 I 5 ! ! il . "...1 3 J ft Hi ft ! '. 5 2 2 I 4 , I 3 f t '. K u r Perspective by John Latrd - Sport Editor ifow to escape the ivory tower ONE PART of newspaper work that disconcerts me is the stereotype. The public almost universally applies misconceptions, to the print journalist and to the medium in general. . Sports writers, really, aren't all they're cracked up to be. Some are more cracked up than others. The typical sports writer, we're told, is tormented by the Quadruple D's: drunk, disorderly, divorced and destitute. This is unfair. I haven't been liquored up since my fifth wife took all my money after I beat her up. The misconceptions are generated by lack of exposure. I don't get to go in front of a television camera every night like Fred Albcrs and demonstrate my vast intelligence, lavish wardrobe, meticulous coiffure and basso profundo. It's just as well. Even now, the computer screen is reflecting jeans, tennics, picnic shirt, day-old beard and a balding pate that defies the blow-dryer. OK, so I ain't no Chip Taberski. The misconceptions are intimidating. Sports writers, legend has it, spend all their professional time holed up in offices and press boxes, or migrating the flyways in between. We're said to ignore reader interests, shun the public eye and concentrate on writing awards and circulation figures. People call us things like Sensationalistic Fool, Insensitive Ingrate and Wordy Pants. BUT I'M starting to learn three ways to expand my existence outside the office, beyond the press box. All three methods involve the quest for a trait that is far too rare in today's world: an eagerness to listen. First, I've become more patient on the telephone. Part of my job, I figure, is listening to readers. Occasionally the patience wears thin: "Hey, who won the game?" "Which game?" "The Miner game, blockhead." "It's not over yet, but we'll have it on Timesline as soon as we ..." "All right, then just who's leading?" "Sir, we don't get partial scores." "You're a newspaper, aren't you?" "Yes. but .." "Well, I'm one of your customers. You ought to be trying to keep me happy." Still, though, I try to listen. So. if you're not an obnoxious featherbrain, call me at 546-6170 in the middle of the day. Identify yourself, and I'll listen. The second way to wean myself from the ivory tower is an occasional speaking engagement. The Times hasn't done very much to promote its Speakers Bureau. Maybe they don't want some of us let loose in public. But I've mumbled through a few Q&A sessions at civic meetings and enjoyed every one of them. Strangely. I always leave those meetings feeling not like the Famous Public Speaker, but the Enlightened Public Listener. MY COMMUNICATION also improves by reading and answering letters. We're not supposed to pay attention to anonymous mail, but I can't help it. Just Saturday, a man identified only as 82-year-old Sam wrote to say the stupid, lousy umpires cost the Phillies the World Series. Sam said he'd never seen "such preduced (sic) upiring (sic)." Sam says he prays the Lord comes soon because man is doing a right sorry job by himself. I wanted to help ol' Sam. but alas, he gave no address. Mine is: Box 20. El Paso. 799!)9. Don't be afraid to write or call. Think of me as your hometown Joan Rivers: "Can we talk?" 0 wan nudges UTEP By BUI Knight Times staff writer HONOLULU. Hawaii - UTEP won 58:31 of a football game Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Miners, they had to play 60 minutes. Hawaii, behind the scrambling of quarterback Raphel Cherry, rallied after trailing all evening to score a touchdown with 1:29 left in the game. Then Cherry hit Sheppard Killen in the left corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion that won the game for the Rainbow Warriors 25-24 at Aloha Stadium. The rain showers that poured throughout most of the second half failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 40,785 Hawaii fans, who finally got their chance to erupt in the last minute and a half. UTEP played some of its best defense of the year, spearheaded by line backer Raymond Morris, throughout the game, but it was a game of turnovers for both teams. However, many of the turnovers were simply caused by hard-hitting football. UTEP starting quarterback Sammy Garza went out in the second quarter with a dislocated right shoulder. Miner Coach Bill Yung went w ith Jay Cleveland and Kevin Ward on an alternating-series basis through the rest of the game. The Rainbow Warriors appeared ready to roll at the start of the third quarter. They quickly stuffed the Miners and Falaniko Noga recovered a Vic Stagliano fumble at the Miner 30. Quarterback Raphel Cherry scrambled the final 20 yards for the touchdown and, when Richard Spellman tacked on the extra point, the game was tied for the first time since the opening quarter, this time 10-10. But the Miners wasted little time re gaining the lead. Bryan Kern recovered a mishandled punt at the Rainbow 27. With Ward directing the attack, the Miners pounded the ball into the end zone. Ward leaped the final step and, after Wedell had kicked, UTEP had regained the lead. 17-10 with 2:32 left in the third quarter. The Miners extended that lead moments later when Cleveland directed the attack, marching them 48 yards in five plays for a touchdown. Vernon Cook hit'the right side and scampered the final 19 yards for the score. Wedell converted and the Miners led 24-10 with just 1:32 left in the third quarter. But then it was UTEP's turn to make a mistake. Danny Taylor fumbled a Hawaii punt and Dino Babers recovered at the Miner 25. On the next play Cherry's pass to Walter Murray was good for 25 yards and the touchdown. Spellman kicked and Hawaii had narrowed the gap to 24-17 with just six seconds left in the period. The Rainbow Warriors started the game as if they couldn't wait to get it over with. Going without a huddle. Hawaii quickly moved the football from its own 28-yard line to the UTEP 31. But that w as where the Miners began making some big hits, and where the Rainbow Warriors turned generous. Blitzing from his outside linebacker spot, Nikita Blair drilled quarterback Raphel Cherry from behind and Morris pounced on the loose ball at the UTEP 48. One play later. Garza fired a strike to Vernon Cook. The freshman tailback raced through a gap in the coverage and sprinted 54 yards to the Hawaii 1. On the next play, Cook soared over the pile and into the end zone for the touchdown. Scott Wedell booted the point-after and with 12:55 left in the first quarter. UTEP led 7-0. Harris has EP football pegged Schools realigned 4D By Mark Leibson Times staff writer The only state-wide poll that ranks every high school in Texas has a low opinion of El Paso football. And the source is no fly-by-night prognosticator. For 23 years. John Harris has sold his ranking service to coaching staffs and newspapers around the state. He calls the 720 1 coaches who use his service "my family." - -.- - Harris is usually correct on 78-80 percent of the high school football games he forecasts each week. This season, he has correctly picked 45 of 57 games involving El Paso's 15 Class 5A teams, for a 78.9 percentage. In Class 5A alone, Harris ranks 244 football teams. He also ranks the 143 Class 4A teams. 208 in Class 3A, 212 in 2A. and 155 in Class A El Paso has not had a good track record in the state playoffs, an indication that Harris knows what he's doing when ranking El Paso schools, on the average, far below other large cities in Texas. "I really don't have an answer why El Paso ranks so low." Harris said from his office in Brownwood. where he hires four assistants during football season to help keep track of the 9C2 schools in the five classifications. "Football in El Paso is competitive, just like in South Texas where there are teams that are not overly powerful but competitive." Harris said. "Both areas Please see Harris, 4D ; ' - i x 4 i i s v i . 4NU-i"-' -i f . Wr- ' V- U?' vyr -v7 ' ' ,"- V V' '' 4 Finders keepers Kansas State receiver Mike Wallace (20) recovered this Harris ( 1 1 ) and Mike Knox to do it. The play occurred in fumble Saturday but he had to beat teammate Jim the first half of the Ilitf Eight Conference game won by Northcutt, the center, and Nebraska defenders Neil the top-ranked Cornhuskers 51-25. Sampson scores 18 points in debut HOUSTON (AP) While Ralph Sampson did not have the kind of game that will send him directly to the Hall of Fame, he did what he set out to do help the Houston Rockets beat the San Antonio Spurs in his National Basketball Association debut. "I didn't stand out. The win stands out." Sampson said after scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to help the Rockets defeat San Antonio KXl-100 Saturday. "We got one. We're just going to go on to the next one now." Lewis Lloyd, a castoff from the Golden State Warriors, was the real hero for the Rockets, scoring 28 points, including six in the last 2:20, and collecting a rare "triple double" by also contributing 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Rockets, who won only 14 of 82 games last season and lost their first 10 games, ushered in the Sampson era before a Summit crowd of 14.116. almost 2.000 less than capacity but nonetheless the largest opening-game attendance in the franchise's 17-year history. "I just played hard and tried to do the easy things to win," said Sampson, the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA draft after the Rockets suffered through their woeful 1982-83 season in the wake of trading superstar center Moses Malone to Philadelphia. "I think I did some of the things I wanted to do and there were some things I didn't do. I mishandled the ball sometimes." The Rockets got off to a quick start against strong opposition in the Spurs, who have won the NBA Midwest Division championship five of the hist seven years, and 7-2, ZOO-pound Artis (iilnmre. one of the league's strongest centers. The 7-foot-4 Sampson, a three-lime collegiate player of the year at Virginia who signed a four-year. $5 million contract, won his matchup against Gilmore, who finished with li! points and 10 rebounds. "I knew Gilmore would go down low." Sampson said. "I just tried to use my height and not leave my feet, lie's a great pump fake." Gilmore. who took Sampson inside for 12 points in just 10 minutes in a preseasn game Oct. 20. said, "He played better today than in the exhibition game, no question about it. I expected him to do well. He's an intelligent player." In addition to his points and rebounds. Sampson had four blocked shots and three assists. Giants still struggling Cowboy comeback expected today EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys wilt try to bounce back Sunday from their only loss of the National Football League season when they face the New York Giants, a team that would like to turn back the clock. Before the regular season began. Giants Coach Bill Par-cells said New York would be "in the pack" of playoff-caliber teams in the league. Two victories, five losses and one tie later, he no longer feels that way. "Right now. we're not in the pack. We're below it." Parcclls said. The Giants 20-20 overtime tie Monday night with St. Louis was their fourth straight game without a victory. The Giants haven't played a good game since defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-3 more than a month ago. Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued the Giants most of the year. They've lost key defensive players such as linebacker Harry Carson, cornerback Terry Jackson and nose tackle Bill Ne ill to injuries. Quarterback Scott Brunncr topped the list of inconsistent offensive players and was benched for the St. Iuis game. 1 Jeff Rutledge is expected V p-rtiW ir. --tfJ j ' f -1-f ,-. 1 - , Sunday's NFL games: Los Angeles Rams at Miami. Houston at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh. Seattle at Los Angeles Raiders. New England at Atlanta, Detroit at Chicago. New York Jets at San Francisco. Kansas City at Denver, Minnesota at St. Louis, New Orleans at Buffalo. Green Bay at Cincinnati and Baltimore at Philadelphia. Monday night, it's Washington at San Diego. "Wc had a pretty good defense coming out of training camp. I'm not sure wc have one now." Bill Parcclls start at quarterback for the second straight week. Carson was activated Saturday off the injured reserve roster and was expected to start Sunday, a spokesman for the Giants said. Carson missed five games with a knee injury sustained in jthe Giants' 28-13 loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 18. The Giants also announced Saturday that they waived wide receiver Danny Pittman and filled his spot on the roster with defensive end Charles Cook, who cleared procedural waivers after being on the club's injured reserve roster. Cook was added to the active roster because the Giants were thin on the defensive line after ends Curtis McGriff and George Martin suffered injuries in the Monday night game. Carson's absence forced the Giants to move two-time Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor from outside to inside linebacker, a move that diminished the team's pass rush. "Wc had a pretty good defense coming out of training camp. I'm not sure we have one now." Par-cells said. Dallas Coach Tom Landry said, "I know (the Giants) have had a lot of injuries and aty time you have injuries in this game you're going to have problems no matter who you are or how good you are." The Cowboys. 7-1, have sidestepped roster-mangling injuries while putting together the NFL's best record. They won their first seven games before falling 40-38 last week to the Iis Angeles Raiders, who are tied with four other teams for the second-best record in the league at 6 2. The Cowboys have banked on quarterback Danny White's ability to rally the team all season. The Cowboys trailed in their first seven games before roaring back for victories. They've scored 253 points in eight games; Washington is the only team to score more points, with 2G7. "We were 7-0. but it was kind of funny." Dallas cornerback Ever-son Walls said. "Even at 70, people were on our backs. Now that we've lost, it's like. 'I told you so.' People were saying they didn't like the way we were winning." ! Pawn Report Scores NBA Houston 100. ..San Antonio 100 New York 100 .Washington 97 Philadelphia 124.. Indiana 112 Atlanta 117 Detroit 115 Boston 108 Cleveland 8! Chicago 104 New Jersey 97 Dallas 120 Phoenix 103 Is Angeles 120 Utah 115 Denver San Diego (n) Portland Golden St. (n) College football S. Illinois 41 NMSU3 Hawaii 25 UTEP 24 Top 20 1- Nebraska 51 .. Kansas St. 25 2- Tcxas20 Texas Tech 3 3- N.Car. 28 13-Maryland 26 4- Auburn 28 5-Florida 21 6- Georgia 31 Temple 14 7- Miami 20... 12 W. Virginia 3 9- Illinois 16 Michigan 6 10- SMU 10 Texas A&M 7 UCIA 27 11-Washington 24 14 - Oklahoma 45 Kansas 11 15- BYU 38 Utah St. 34 IfrOhio St. 45 .... Wisconsin 27 17- Iowa 4: Indiana 3 18- Alabama 35 Miss. St. 18 lNotre Dame 28 Navy 12 PGA Pensacola Open Lyn Iytt 65200 Mark McCumber 65201 Doug Tewell 65201 1 Today s list Number of college athletes drafted by pros in 1083 Major league Baseball 643; National Football league 335; National Basketball Association 227; National Hotkey League 14. 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