Warren Times-Mirror and Observer from Warren, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1967 · Page 7
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Warren, Pennsylvania
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Friday, December 22, 1967
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Name Oakland’s Daryle Lamonica Most Valuable in Junior Circuit Warren, Pa., Times-Mirror and Observer, Friday, Decennber 22, 1967 Page 7 Dar> le Lamonica NEW YORK (AP) — Quarterback Daryle Lamonica, who languished for four years on the bench at Buffalo before emerging into a star for Oakland, was named the American Football League's Most Valuable Player TTiursday by an As. sociated Press panel oí sports writers and broadcasters, Lamonica, rated No, 1 among the AFL’s signal callers, held a substantial edge in the voting over two other quarterbacks. New York’s Joe Namath and San Diego's John Hadl as well as Houston cornerback Miller Farr. A graduate of Notre Dame, Lamonica served as backup man for Jack Kemp at Buffalo until the trade last February which sent him to the Raiders, He responded with a spectac« ular season, leading the Raiders to their first Western Division title. His 29 touchdown passes lead the league and he has gained 3,177 yards through the air, completing 215 of 413 passes for 52,1 per cent, ‘T was initially shocked at the trade," says Lamonica of the swap that sent him and receiver Glen Bass to Oakland for quarterback Tom Flores and split Packers Discuss Weather^ AFearsome Foursome^ GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Even the weather seemed to be favoring the Rams Thursday, but the Green Bay Packers brushed it off as they began fi. nal stages of preparation for their National Football League Western Conference champion, ship game against Los Angeles at Milwaukee Wis,, Saturday, Whatever the weather, “we’ll play freeze-out,” veteran end Max McGee said. At Milwaukee, the thermometer touched 56 Thursday, a record high for Dec. 21, but there was some evidence the weatherman would get back in touch with wintry reality by Saturday, Tlie forecast for game time (2 P.M. EST) Saturday was for fair skies and temperature in the 20s, Meanwhile, several of the defending world champions, stalwarts, apparently nettled by repeated references to their age as compared to the youthful Coastal Division winners, had a WerblinNot Happy with TapeRuling NEW YORK (AP) — The American Football League cleared the Houston Oilers Thursday of any rules violations In the celebrated television tape controversy, but the protesting owner of the New York Jets said he wasn’t satisfied, “I am demanding a lie detec» tor test—am not content with just an investigation,” saidScm- ny W'erblin, whose Jets face elimination from the AFL title race, “If any coach is found to be lying in this matter, I want him expelled from professional football.” Milt W'oodard, president of the AFL, Issued a lengthy formal statement saying the tape used by Houston scouts in the game against San Diego last Saturday, won by Houston 24-17, only recorded the halftlme show and In no way was employed for scouting purposes. Such electronic equipment for scouting purposes is forbidden by the AFL by4aws. The controversy was triggered by a casual rem.ark on the part of CurtGowdy, one of the announcers of the gam.e for the National Broadcasting Co, During the course of the game, Gowdy rem.arked that Houston coaches, in an adjoining booth, were rerunning plays and sending them to the Houston bench. It apparently was intended as an innocent comment on the change in scouting procedures, Werblin, watching the game at home on television, immediately put in a call to Rice Stadium in Houston in an effort to reach Woodard, Unable to get Woodard, he talked to Mel Hein, supervisor of AFL officials, and demanded an investigation, **If Woody Woodard has any guts,” Werblin was quoted as saying, “he’ll forfeit the game.” Later in the game, Gowdy apologized for the video tape comment and said the tape was being used only to catch the marching band at halftime, Woodard, in his statement, said his office made a thorough examination and he found no evidence that Houston scouts had violated the rules. He said he had sworn statements from the coaches and other staff members that the tape was used only for catching the halftlme program of the Southwest Texas State College band. The AFL president added that Gowdy himself had said he had not seen any equipment in use for scouting purposes and he had a sworn sbitement also from the director of the band that a tape had been ordered, ** Finally, Mel Heiii, the AFL supervisor of officials who was at the game, investigated to the best of his ability these allegations and found there was no evidence of Houston scouts using this equipment for scouting purposes. few comments to make in defense of experience. As a matter of fact, said 33- year-old offensive captain Bob Skoronskl, “every time they mention my age I get very defensive.” Tackle Henry Jordan, noting that Saturday’s contest will be his 12th post-season game, figxir^d out that “the man I’m playing against (Tom Mack) was a 12-year-old watching me play pro football, I’d suppose, ‘^ut you have to remember, we are the champions, and we’re trying to win another one, Houston Oilers Still in Red^ Consider Move HOUSTON, Tex, (AP) — The owner of the Houston Oilers said Thursday he r.iay move the club to Seattle unless season ticket sales increase dramatically, K.S. Adams Jr, said he was not making “any threats, just stating a fact,” Attendance for seven A meri- can Football League home games this season averaged only 26,447 and Adams said he has lost all the money he wants to in operating the club. He estimated this year's loss would be about $300,000, about one-half of the 1966 loss, ‘T^t's be honest about this,” he said, “Seattle is going toget a profootbai- There probably isn’t going to be another expansioii franc^''se gran*-«i’'n- til the American a.;d iNdtional Leagues complete their merger in 1970, Sor ebody is going to grab oft that rich market. If Seattle cane to me with an outstanding deal, I’d be a fool to turn it down,” Adams said other pro teams might try to claim the Seattle territory. not trying to defend the one we’ve got. We didn’t finish strong, but we had the division won, and it’s hard not to look down the road at as big a game as this one will be,’' Linebacker Ray Nitschke said, “you’ll see some real inspired people Saturday, “There has been a lot of talk about the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome,” but I'll still take Henry Jordan and Willie Davis in a big game. They’ve proven themselves over the years, “You watch our front four go in this one.” Davis, himself, said fellingly, “I’d rather talk aboutthisgame afterward instead of before. I'm not worried about getting up— anyone who can't is in the wrong business, or has been In this business too long. I'm just worried about getting up too much, ‘nve've been preparing for this since July,” “The Packers will be ready,” Nitschke promised, “That’s been our history,” The Packers will take their final pre-game workout In Green Bay Friday morning and are scheduled to arrive In Milwaukee by mid-alternoon. end Art Powell, “It was a happy, pleasant surprise,” Flores saw little acti(m with the Bills and Powell was Injured at mid-season, Bass was but by the Raiders in training camp but Lamonica emerged as a star, "I always felt my Jay was coming,” says Lamonica, “I knew I had to serve my appren- tlceship. My ultimate goal has always been to be a No, 1 quarterback.” He was handed the job at Oakland and never let go of it, A careful planner, Lamonica prepares for each game with a ritual of sketching his game on paper, “I draw it all out in advance,” he says, “I draw a miniature football field and then set up sltuaticms on it. Let's say we're Inside the 30 on a passing situation or third and one on the four. Do I go for the touchdown or try to pick up the first down and score on the next play? “I’ll draw an offense on paper and a situation to counter-act it. It makes my game easier. You get out there, see a defense and say to yourself, H’ve been here before,’ You can tell a quarterback who’s prepared,” Lamwlca was prepared, to say the very least. In the Raiders’ first showdown game with San Diego, he passed for 362 yards and two TDs as Oakland romped 51-10, That tagged the Chargers with their first loss and moved the Raiders into the AFL's Western lead, a spot they never relinquished. In a late-season rematch, Lamonica annihilated the Chargers again, virtually ending San Diego’s hopes in a 42-21 victory. He completed 21 of 34 for 349 yards and four touchdowns in that one. He passed for touchdowns in all but one game this season. That was the 19-7 victory over Houston in which he completed 23 of 35 for 286 yards, ‘T>suryle keeps our offense going,” says AFL Coach of the Year John Rauch, “He is quite a quarterback,” Eight Raiders Make West All-Star Team JACKSONVILLE, Ha, (AP) — Quarterback Daryle Lamonica and eight other players oi the American Football League’s W'estern champion Oakland Raiders were named today to the West team for the AFL All- Star game in Jacksonville’s Gator Bowl Jan. 21. Lamonica, the league’s leading passer, will have four of the AFL’s top receivers as targets —Lance Alworth of San Diego, Ex-Penn St. Star Named To Coach Boston College NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Joe Yukica, a former Penn State star who has been head coachat the University of New Kan;p- shire for two years, jumped the Yankee Conference ranks Thursday to accept the chal- leiige to rebuild the football fortunes at Boston College, Yukica, 36, agreed to a three- year contract in a post-midnight conference with BC athletic director Bill Flynn, who said the college landed its tc^ choice from among 100 candidates, Yukica succeeds Jim Miller, who quit under alumni fire after a 4-6 season this fall. Miller, who had one year left on his contract, served as head coach six years, compiling a 34-24 record. Yukica, who had not applied for the BR job, said three of his New Hampshire assistants. Bill Bowes, Pete Carmichael and Joe Daniels, will join him atBC. Three other assistants will be chosen later. “Tlie most important thing right now is to think interms of recrviiting,” he said, “I think Lee Backs Out As Iowa Coach AMES, Iowa (AP) — Robert E, “Swede” Lee has q\iit as an Iowa State assistant football coach before he even started, it wa.. announced Friday. New coach Johnny Majors, who said last week he hired Lee as an assistant, announced Friday Lee has decided not to accept the defensive coaching post because of outside business commitments, Lee was a successful high school coach in Arkansas and an Oklahoma assistant before going into private business a year ago. Echo Valley Range Open over Weekend The Echo Valley Trap Club, will be open Saturday and Sun. day from noon to 4 p.m, for open shooting. One free round will be given shooters hitting 25 straight birds. The club range Is located \^h miles south of Sugar Grove on route our recruiting must go beyond just New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the W'ashin^on (D.C,) area,” Yukica starred as an end at Penn State before serving as head coach at State College (Pa.) High School in 1954, He became an assistant under. Coach Bob Blackman at Dartmouth, serv’ng for five years, rlis first New Hampshire team, in 1966 posted a 2-6 record. However, this year’s team had a 5-3 mark and earned Yukica New England Coach of the Year honors. Mike Garrett of Kansas City, Hewritt Dixon of Oakland and A1 Dense« of Denver. The top 22 West All-Stars, announced by AFL President Milt Woodard, include six each from Kansas City and San Diego and one from Denver in addition to the nine from Oakland, Coach Lou Saban of Denver, who will coach the West, will pick an addition 11 players. Hie West An<£tars; OFFENSE Split end—Lance Alworth, San Dieeo, Tackles—Ron Mix, San CHego, and Har. Tj Schub, ddOand. Guards—Walt Sweeney, San Diego, and Wayne Hawkins, Oakland. Center—JUn Otto, Tight end—Fred Arbanas, Kansas City. Quarterback — Daryle Lanooica, Oakland. Halftiack—Mike Garrett, Kansas City. Fullback—Hewritt DUcn, CMHaivi, Flanker—A1 Denson, Denver. DEFENSE Ends — Jerry Mays, Kansas City, and Ben Davidson, Ckkland. Tackles —Tom Keating, Oakland, and Buck Buchanan, Kansas City. Middle linebacker — Dan Conners, Oakland. Oitslde Unebackers — Bobby Bell, Kan. Sil by Colonia and By George «Seastead Pharmacy» Graduating From College Or A Terminal Program in High School ? TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT HERE AT HOME! Most college and terminal high school graduates prefer to locate in their home communities. They like to be close to families and friends. What is the plan? Representatives of Jamestown Area business, education and industry v/ill interview^ students on December 27th and 28th at the Jamestown Community College during the Christmas vacation period. They will conduct 30 minute screening interviews. Who is eligible? The program is open to all college and terminal high school students, whose families live in Jamestown’s trading area. Also eligible are college graduates due ^o be released from active military service or those recently released and not yet started in their careers. Former graduates employed outside Jamestown Area, who wish to be considered by Jamestown area employer. No registration fees There are no registration fees. Simply mail the coupon below. But, do it right now, while it’s fresh in your mind! {Coupon may be filled out by candidates or their parents.)

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