The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 5, 1984 · 28
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4f ESTCrt A C4 ShC Sun THURS.,JULY5,1984 Sunwinnerslooktough; for Provincial Cup titles! CFL back on track this weekend Oops. A rocky 1-3 start to the season for CFL Forecast. If the rest of the year continues In this wildly unpredictable pattern, then grid selectors across the country are going to demand danger pay. Actually, I would have glady accepted a 0-4 fate if it had meant that the good people in Saskatchewan could have won their home opener. Alas, just as I suspected, Toronto Argonauts were a lot better than their 1-3 pre-season record suggested. Now that the rash of upsets is out of the way, Weekend Two should see the form chart come back into play. FRIDAY Edmonton (1-0) at B.C. (0-0) It's unlikely that an Eskimo team has ever travelled to Vancouver in such an underdog position. The Lions are still getting accustomed to playing the role of favorites. However, their '83 B.C. Place regular-season record of 7-1 Lyndon Little shows they enjoy performing in the dome. Off their opening 32-31 victory over Ottawa, the rebuilt Eskimos look to have the makings of an entertaining team that will score points. The Edmonton defence, however, will have trouble containing Lions' four import receiver attack. TV; Local blackout. Prediction: B.C. SATURDAY Calgary (1-0) at Ottawa (0-1) Ottawa Rough Riders are in much the same situation as Winnipeg, a pre-season favorite that fell flat in its opener; except a quick jump never seems quite as vital in the East as it does in the West. The Rough Riders are notoriously slow starters and are hurting in spots. But they're not likely to dish up the juicy nine turnovers that enabled Calgary to get by Winnipeg. TV: CBC National, 4:30 PDT. Prediction: Ottawa. SUNDAY Sask. (0-1) at Hamilton (1-0) This was shaping up as a 'pick 'em' contest until the Tiger-Cats showed unexpected offensive ounch in last week's 49-31 win in Montreal. Are the Ticats that good or is the Concorde defence that bad? Off last week's results, you'd have to guess that Dieter Brock will find the pickings in the ageing Saskatchewan secondary to his liking. TV: CTV national, 2 p.m. PDT. Prediction: Hamilton. Toronto (1-0) at Winnipeg (0-1) It's perhaps far too early to be talking about big games. But if the Blue Bombers are to maintain their pre-season billing as western co-favorites, a win in this one is a must. New Bomber acquisition Del-bert Fowler hasn't been around long enough to start, so Saskatchewan cut Frank Robinson will likely get the call at outside linebacker, TV: CBC National, 2 p.m. PDT. Prediction : Winnipeg. Season record: 1-3. East-West: 1-1. Ex-Esk urges fan patience By LYNDON LITTLE Ed Jones has a message for Edmonton Eskimo fans. Be patient. : Jones, the 32-year-old ex-Eskimo veteran who was dealt to B.C. in the offseason, has been going through the frustrations of attempting to get back to full health so he can take a shot at cracking the Lions' lineup. But eight years as a vital cog in the Edmonton football machine isn't easily dismissed. So, with the Eskimos in town to open the Lions' regular season Friday at 7:30 p.m. at B.C. Place Stadium, the former three-time all-CFL defensive back has found his thoughts drifting towards the fate of those ex-teammates who have survived the great green and gold purge of '84. "I think they have a good young team," says the thoughtful, well-spoken Jones, a New Jersey native who majored in environmental sciences while attending Rutgers. "I just hope the fans give them a chance to develop. It could be a tough time for them. The Oilers are coming off a big season. The fans expect you to win. I know, I was there eight years. If you lose a game they let you know about it. But I think there is still a lot of character on the team. Once the fans see they're putting out an effort, I think they'll support them." A former ninth-round draft pick of Dallas Cowboys who played part of one season with Buffalo' Bills before joining the Esks, Jones confesses to still harboring some bitterness towards the Edmonton medical staff. He holds them at least partially responsible for the fact he hasn't been able to give his best at making the Lions. Ankle and knee problems slowed him down last year. But when he went to the team doctors immediately after the conclusion of the season, they were unable to correctly diagnose his knee trouble. It wasn't until he appeared for his B.C. medical, just three weeks before training camp, that a torn cartilage in his right knee was discovered. "Yeah, I'm a bit bitter," he admits. "I was sure something was wrong, but they said there wasn't. So instead of being ready for camp, I've had to start rehabilitation." Despite this latent resentment, Jones wishes the Esks well except, of course, in games against B.C. He has plans to marry an Edmonton woman in the offseason and is considering the possibility of making the Alberta capital his permanent home. "They (the Esks) have made a lot of changes and it's going to take a while to build up the same spirit and sense of camaraderie we had before," he notes. "But Norm Kimball (Edmonton's executive manager) has a knack of bringing in people who fit well together. You have to give the man credit. He built the thing up before so he knows what it takes." Looking at the reconstructed Eskimo offence from the perspective of the opposition, Jones believes his former employers were wise in putting their faith in second-year quarterback Matt Dunigan. "He doesn't have Warren Moon's size or arm, but then again who does?" he observes. "But Dunigan's a winner and the players respect him. Right now, though, I'd say they look like a one-man offence. Their whole game plan seems to be to get the ball to Brian Kelly." GRID BITS - Jones, who is still officially retired, has progressed to the point where he is practising with the 'scout' defence the group that imitates the opposition defence in the weekly game preparation . . . Lions' general manager Bob Ackles is expecting a crowd "in the low 40,000s" for Friday's game.., The Esks drew only 32,441 for their season opener against Ottawa. But the team has a season ticket base of 41,000 and the unexpected 32-31 win over the Rough Riders should boost future gates..: Linebacker Delbert Fowler has finally reported to Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers had obtained Fowler from Montreal Concordes, but the Houston native had returned to the States to attend to personal business . . . Saskatchewan Roughriders have placed three players on 21-day trials including former UBC. defensive end Rob Waite. The other two are receivers Mariet Ford and Steve Cox. . . ,,, .... . Veeck stable CHICAGO (AP)-Bill Veeck, a former Chicago White Sox owner, was listed in stable Condition Wednesday at Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was recovering from a fractured right hip. More sports page 6 Rinke a gifted puzzle By SCOTT SIMPSON Chris Rinke is a collection of contradictions, and something more. He arrives for a team meeting, on time but typically the last to show, munching a bag of Cheezies, unofficial snack food of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Hardly the kind of diet you would expect of a Canadian Olympic wrestling squad member, eh? An apple would look better, or maybe a bag of railroad spikes. He was a B.C. high school wrestling champion at Port Coquitlam secondary school, a two-time national junior champ, an NAIA champ for Simon Fraser University, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Pan Am Games bronze medalist and according to Mike Jones, SFU coach and national team assistant, a possible L.A. Games gold medalist in the 82-kilogram class. He is kind of the black sheep of his family, the lone athlete. His mom, dad, his two older brothers . . . none of them have much interest in sports. It's an untypical environment for a potential world champion. "I've just developed myself over the years," Rinke said prior to an afternoon training session in the Combatives Room at Simon Fraser, training site for the Olympic freestyle team until July 26. "I've played a lot of different sports." Even on the mats, he is a puzzlement. "He's very good about concentration," explains Jones. "He has the ability to stay in there and do what he has to do. But he can frustrate the hell out of coaches. "His problem is that he doesn't get up for matches against the guys he should just blow out of there. He takes the risk of losing to guys he should beat. One day it's going to hurt him. We're just hoping it's not at the Olympic Games." Just 23 years old, Rinke has been wrestling internationally for five years. He took the year off from school to concentrate on training, but will be back full-time at SFU in the fall to finish an education degree. It is said of wrestlers that they do not reach their physical peak until their late 20s. Rinke anticipates he will be long retired by then. "I really don't know how long I'll keep wrestling for. I'm going to play It year by year after this. "I'm still young to be thinking about quitting, but you have to go out and make a life for yourself. Canadians slam Japan I don't intend to wrestle until I'm that old by any means." The immediate future is clear, according to Jones. "Chris has a great chance at the gold medal. He was 1-1 last year against the U.S. wrestler most feel is No. 1 in the 82-kilo class. He's capable of beating him. "He's in probably the strongest weight class Canada has. You could take any of the top four in Canada to Los Angeles and do well. But internationally, it's a weak class, overall." "All of our wrestlers are in a better situation because of the (Soviet-led) pullout. In some of the weight classes, the Western countries are strongest but the pullout will make every class easier. It may not make a difference in who wins the medals but it will make a difference in how tough the overall meet is." Aside from the United States, Jones is uncertain where Rinke's toughest competition will come from. If Rinke can perform to his potential in every match, it may not matter. Victoria wins brawl VICTORIA (CP) -Victoria Payless stopped Vancouver Bur-rards 17-8 in a Western Lacrosse Association game marred by a bench-clearing brawl late in the third period. The brawl began with less than four minutes to play when a Vancouver player hit a Victoria player after the play was stopped. The ensuing melee lasted 30 minutes before order was restored with six players from each team being ejected. TAIPEI (CP) -Canada's select basketball team burst into the final of the important Jones Cup men's basketball tournament Wednesday with an impressive 83-54 victory over Japan. The victory, the third straight in the championship round of the event played here annually, brings Canada's overall record to 8-1 as it prepares for the final today against the undefeated defending cham pion United States. Dave Sheehan paced the win with 14 points followed by Kelly Duke-shire of Victoria with 12 and Cord Clemens of Vancouver with 11. After beating Spain 78-71 and Taiwan 66-60 in early championship round games, coach Ken Shields said the team was "playing well and we are looking forward to taking on the United States in the final." LIONS'84 WITH14GFUN WIS GET YOU INTO THE GAME. Tune in 14 CFUN during tomorrow's televised B.C. Lions football game for a better picture. Get accurate play-by-play from J. Paul McConnell. Get the inside stories and colour comments from Tom Larscheid. And, get more background with Annis Stukus and Tom Bricker. Tune In at 6:30 p.m. for the Pre-Game Show. 14 CFUN RADIO and the B.C. Lions... together we're going for more In '84! The winners of the Sun soccer tournament will be aiming for another sweep of their Interior rivals when 10 provincial B.C. Youth Soccer Association Provincial Cup titles are contested this weekend. The Sun tournament champions from the BCYSA Coastal region won all seven boys' titles last year and have only lost three Provincial Cup games since the series between the Coastal and Interior champions began seven years ago. This year's finals feature an expanded format with three Interior girls teams competing for Provincial Cup titles for the first time. Eight of the 10 games are scheduled for Richmond's Manoah-Steves School Saturday. Saturday's schedule: 10 a.m. Burnaby Heights Rowdies vs. Kamloops Valley East Solar Sports (under-11) and Lynn Valley Falcons vs. Winfield Mel's Sports (under-12). 11:30: Lynn Valley Falcons vs. Kelowna Mission Hawks (under-13) and Kerrisdale I Comets vs. Rutland IGA ' (girls' under-12). 1:15: Southwest Marine Dolphins vs. South Kamloops Sounders (under-14) and Sur-Del Cyclones vs. Vernon Sun Valley Sports (girls' under-16). 3:00: Cliff Avenue United vs. Norbrock Ocelot Homes (under-15) and Willingdon Park Cubs vs. Kamloops Val ley East Bombers (under-16). m Victoria Lakehill Will meet Kamloops North Okanagan Sports in the boys' under-18 final Saturday afternoon :at Royal Athletic Park; in Victoria and the girls' under-14 title will be decided Sunday morning when Richmond Angels face Mission Lions at the Apple Bowl , In Kelowna. . " TIRES-BATTERIES-MAGS Phone in & check the prices you'd be surprised ' Don't miss the deals. 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