Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 17, 1977 · Page 8
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Young holds tight end reception mark JUST ASK Murray Olderman By Murray Olderm«in r Walter Payion of the Our a go a *poi with (he all-time great running barks of football history, let's make surp he ha« some lasting power The acrobatic Bear's style of running makes him vulnerable to injury - don't forget what happened !a Gaic Savers, whose career r?aijy r-mhrarpd only five seasons Q. What'* the record for mo«t recepllom hy a tight end In thf NFL? It It held by John Mnckfv of the Colti? ~ 0 H Philadelphia, IM. No The current record for molt passes caught by .1 tight end in onp wason »8 63, gel by Charles Youung of the Philadelphia Eagle* in 1674 Young Is now a reserve tight end with Ihe 1,05 Angeles flams, behind his cousin, Terry Nelson Bob Tucker of the New York Giants caught 59 to lead his conference in 1071, Ironically, he's a reserve now also, with the Minnesota Vlklngn. Mackey's career high wan 55 receptions in Q, Could you icll me a few things about Ohio State'* fine quarterback, Rod Gerald? How old It he? And how long has he been a stnrler? Also, what do you think of hit, pro chances (be ieem» rather imall)? - Bert Stabler, Santa Crui, Calif. The junior quarterback for the Sugar Bowl-bound Buckeyes is 20 years old and has been the starling field general for two years. He's listed at 6-fcel-l and 174 pounds but looks shorter and lighter. He was steered to Ohio State by a doctor In Dallas, his home town. Gerald's forte Is running, though he completed 60 of 97 passes this season for a fine 61 8 percentage. Last year he was voted the top offensive player in the Orange Bowl. But his future as a pro would b* K a d<?feri*ive f>3'k o r WI( j c receiver berau*<? thev don t fee! he- ha? tr,e arm fo: quarterback Q Mavbf J m nal\*. but I don't se« how baseball can afford in pay them million dollar talariei to the players who become it ft agenti (an Rkhie 7l«k. who'* going In be 29 yrsrt old bffforc next sesion. rrall> be worth f.3 million to the Tr*at Rangers'* - S.F., Morrl*. Ill My truisrr; for this is that a player is worth what h* ran 9,f\ Zi<ik s rontrar! is spread over JO years though it s highly iik*iy with hi* leg problems he won'! las! more than a couple of productive .seasons But before you shed any tears for baseball s owners, be aware of this fact even in today's infialwj salary markel. only 40 percent of a baseball team's proceeds is allocated \n payroll, whi'h means somebody is making a helluva lot of money And think of what Ihe tea'ms were making only three years ago, when the payroll was onlv 25 percent of pror et«ds Q. I have heard the term "turf toe" mentioned many times on telcvited football garnet. Would you please clarify? Bob Linneman, Santa Ciut, Calif. The term is a iirodurt of the artificial turf experience For *ome reason, players such as Larry Csonka when he was with the Miami Dolphins found the harder surface played havoc with their big toes, leading to deep bruises and other injuries. That's the only clarification 1 can provide. Q. Arc there many rooklei In the National Baiketball A»*oclftllon thli year? What'i the percentage on NBA rotter*? - W.R.. Evansvllle, Ind. There are exactly 50 rookies on the rosters of the 22 NBA teams, or a percentage of 21, which means that pro basketball Is in a strong transitional phase, a changing generation of players. Only Indiana and New Orleans don't list first- year men on iheir active rosters. Among the prominent rookie starters arc Oils Birdsong of Kansas City. Bernard King of New Jnrsey, Marques Johnson of Milwaukee, Walter Davis of Hmenix and Ccdric Maxwell of Boston. Q. I was looking through a sports magtulne and saw a hat advertised for Slippery Kock State College. What city and »U»lc IK It located In? Do they itlll play football? — B. Smith Flllmore, Calif. They certainly do, in the Pennsylvania State Colleges Athletic Conference, against such opponents as Kulztown, Clarion and East Stroudsburg, It's located in Slippery Rock! Pa., and the name still commands wide attention among football buffs. After loss: Hogs were at crossroad Parting shot: The highlight of the fall for me was when UPI sports writer Joe Sargis turned around in the press box one Sunday after Carroll Roscnbloom, the owner of the Los Angeles Hams, had let out a whoop following a big play by his team, and barked, "If you want to root, go buy your own box." FAYETTEVILLE.Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas football team was at a crossroads. The Razorbacks had won their first four games easily before losing a gut-wrenching 13-9 decision to Texas, "Our football team could have gone either way after a game like that," said Arkansas coach Lou Holtz. "I know that I, as a football coach, was depressed but our football team was also." The next week, the Razorbacks were on the road against the University of Houston. "I had no idea what the team's reaction would be going Into the football game," Holtz said. "But If I would have had to bet, I would have bet we would have bounced back for one reason — the players Just worked too hard all year not to bounce back. "The football players invested a lot of sweat, blood and tears In the football team. Even though It was a heartbreaking loss, when you have a lot invested, you're usually going to fight before you let it go down the drain." So Arkansas beat Houston 340 and went on to win Its last six games. The 10-1 record brought the Razorbacks their first-ever Orange Bowl bid, "When we were 4-1 it wasn't a question of saying, 'Well, boy, we've got a chance to be 10-1.' All we wanted to be was 5-1 when we came out of Houston and nothing but 6-1 when we came out of Rice. "I've always been optimistic and always have a lot of confidence and faith in the players, I can't say I'm surprised, but by the same token I'm not sure I would have bet on what type season we'd have." In preseason speculation, the Razorbacks were picked to finish in the middle of the Southwest Conference. Holtz, In his first year as Arkansas coach, had to replace some holes in the offensive line, establish a passing game and come up with some defensive ends. "I felt going into the season we could be competitive If a lot of people came through. I didn't realize we would lose certain athletes during the course of the season. We felt we had a chance to have a competitive football team. And that's all you can ask going into a season Is to be competitive, "You don't really look at a season In terms of wins and losses. Going into the season, there wasn't anything, If we could be 6-5, 7-4, or 8-3, there wasn't any of that. Let's just be 1-0. After we got to be 1-0, let's be 2-0. "We felt we would have quite a few close games. We didn't have as many as we thought " Why? "I felt we would be a pretty good defensive football team but I didn't know we would be as good defensively as what we were. Impact of 'Black Tuesday 9 Pro "We always seemed to find a way to break the game open, either on offense or defense or the kicking game. Some games we'd block a punt or run back a punt or hit the bomb to (Donny) Bobo or (Ben) Cowins or (Ron) Calcagni would break off a big run. We'd Intercept a pass or recover a fumble, "I don't remember exactly but in quit* a few of our games — maybe in eight of them — the average score at halftime, I bet, was 21-0. Yet it wasn't one of those where you went out and just dominated the other team or anything like that." Holtz said the Arkansas offense kept getting better and better. "We didn't put ourselves in real bad position very often with a punt return or with a turnover in our territority. I think in 11 games, only 13 times did we turn the ball over In our end of the feld, which Is a pretty good statistic." Ron Calcagni, a question mark when the season began, ended the year as the AU-SWC quarterback. "It was like night and day. Ke and Houston Nutt, they made excellent progress on the football field In the mechanics, etc., but the greatest Improvement was In the handling of the squad, checkoffs, just being a coach on the field. "They've come a long way. Now, they do as fine a Job handling the ballclub and being a coach on the field as any quar- terbacks I've had. Calcagni had 624 yards total offense in the first five games but netted 1,069 in the final six games. During that period, he topped the 160-yard mark five times. That relieved some of the pressure on running back Ben Cowins who averaged 131,8 yards per game through five games and finished with 1,192 yards — much of ii against stacked defenses. After beating Houston, Rice and Baylor by a combined score of W-16, Arkansas went on the road for a SWC showdown with Texas A&M. •Arkansas led 20-10, but A&M tied It 20-20 In the third quarter before Calcagni and Robert Farrell hooked up on a 66-yard pass play with 1:41 left In the game. Twelve days later, Arkansas overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit to beat Texas Tech 17-14 on a 59-yard pass from Calcagni to Bobby Duckworth with six minutes left. "The players have learned some things. We do feel we can come back. We're better equipped mentally and physically to win a close game. "Respect la the key word we've always used. Self-respect, respect for your teammates and your school, what you represent, etc. "There ia no way in this world that you can give anybody respect. It's got to be earned./ By WILL ORIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent The morning of Tuesday, 8«p. tcmber 5, 1872 broke clear and bright over the sprawling Olympic Village In Munich, West Germany — Munchen, the Germans call it, with a couple of dots for pronunciation purposes over the "u." Flags fluttered at full staff from 122 flagpoles. Athletes of all nations moved busily through the gatea, meandered around the various shops or cuddled on the grassy banks solunar tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAR TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing in good territory or hunting In good cover durtog these times, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer. " Date Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Dec. 24 Dec. 25 Day Saturday Sunday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday A.M. Minor Major "••»' 5:00 11:40 B . tt 11:« 5:45 P.M. Minor Major 12:35 1:20 2:00 2:40 , 3:25 4:10 7:10 7:50 BtSO 9:16 10:00 10:45 11:10 11:55 11:55 12:25 1:00 1:45 2:30 3:10 3:55 4:40 5:25 6:10 8:10 6:50 7:30 8:15 8:55 9:40 10:25 11:05 defining the neat plazas. Security police, men and women, roamed the area Inconspicuously, attired in pastel blue and white, carrying no guns or clubs. After all, these were the "Peace Olympics," every phase designed to make people forget Adolph Hitler's grim, goose-stepping Nazi Games of 1036. Rock 'n roll music blared continously. The sun had hardly peeped Its blushing head over the horizon when shock waves began oozing through the Village like a spark spewing toward a dynamite fuse. The real impact was slow to hit. Arab terrorists had stormed the headquarters of the Israelis, had slain at least two and were holding an unknown number hostage In Building 31, the team's headquarters. Only the intensified activity gave the story away. The gates were frozen shut — no entrance into and exit out of the Village. Rubber-wheeled tanks with armored soldiers in khaki moved into position beneath the cat- ycombs of the stilted buildings. Sharpshooters disguised as athletes in sweat suits took strategic positions on the roof tops with high-powered rifles and telescopic lenses. A Chief Ironside style van, crawling with police brass, parked a few yards from the besieged quarters. Workmen were seen stringing a hot wire from the van to connecting links with President Gustav Heinemann of West Germany and Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel. First reports were fragmentary. One Israeli body had been thrown at the front' door of Building 31 and retrieved by a bold ambulance driver. A second slain Israeli was said to be inside. The fate of all others hung in the balance. One could stand on the fringe of this drama and see the shadows of the hooded Arab figures, moving around inside. It was nerve-Jagging scene. ,' NEW YORK (AP)-The rosters for the National Football League's Pro Bowl all-star game Monday, Jan. 24, at Tampa Stadium (reserves at each position in parentheses): National Conference OFFENSE Wide receiver—Drew Pearson, Dallas; Sammy White, Minnesota (Mel Gray, St. Louis; Harold Jackson, Los Angeles) Tight end-Billy Joe DuPree, Dallas (Jean Fugett, Washington) Tackle—Dan Dierdorf, St. Louis; Ron-Vary, Minnesota (Doug France, Los Angeles) Guard—Conrad Dobler, St. Louis; Ed White, Minnesota (Tom Mack, Los Angeles) Center—Tom Banks, St. Louis (Rich Saul, Los Angeles) Quarterback—Roger Staubach, Dallas (Pat Haden, Los Angeles) Running back—Lawrence McCutcheon, Los Angeles; Walter Pay ton, Chicago (Chuck Foreman, Minnesota; Terry Metcalf, St. Louis) /• DEFENSE End—Harvey Mar tin, Dallas; Jack Youngblood, Los Angeles (Claude Humphrey, Atlanta) Tackle—Larry Brooks, Los Angeles; Cleveland Elam, San Francisco (Randy White, Dallas) Outside linebacker—Isiah Robertson, Los Angeles; Brad Van Pelt, New Zork (Matt Blair, Minnesota) Middle linebacker—Bill Bergey, Philadelphia (Jeff Siemon, Minnesota) Corner-back—Monte Jackson, Los Angeles; Roger Wehrli, St. Louis (Holland Lawrence, Atlanta) Safety—Cliff Harris, Dallas; Charlie Waters, Dallas (Ken Houston, Washington) SPECIALISTS Punter—John James, Atlanta Kicker—Efren Herrera, Dallas Kick returner—Ed Brown, Washington American Coiifereiice OFFENSE Wide receiver—Nat Moore, Miami; Lynn Swann, Pitts- Hope Star an»Ht»0 Page Eight Saturday, December 17, 1977 burgh (Cliff Branch, Oakland; Ken Burrough, Houston) Tight end—Dave Casper, Oakland (Russ Francis, New England) Tackle—George Kunz, Baltimore; Art Shell, Oakland (Russ Washington, San Diego) Guard—Joe DeLamieUeure Buffalo; Gene Upshaw, Oakland (Bob Kuechenberg, Miami) Center—Jim Langer, Miami (Dave Dalby, Oakland) Quarterback—Bob Griese, Miami (Ken Stabler, Oakland) Running back—Franco Har- ris, Pittsburgh; Lydell Mitchell, Pruitt.jCleye- ^ . land; Mark van" Eeghen, Oak land) DEFENSE End— Lyle Alzado, Denver; John Dutton, Baltimore ZCoy Bacon, Cincinnati) Tackle— Mike Barnes, Baltimore; Curley Gulp, Houston •(Louie Kelcher, San Diego) Outside linebacker— Robert Brazile, Houston; Jack Ham, Pittsburgh (Tom Jackson, Denver) Middle linebacker— Randy Gradishar, Denvej " AP Special Correspondent Christinas is a season for giving and for forgiving and it's a season that lends Itself to bringing into proper focus one of the least appreciated and most misunderstood figures In sports. Hts name is Lenny Randle. Ask any sporls buff who Lenny Randle Is and the answer almost invariably is; "Aw, he's the guy who busted Frank Lucchesi's Jaw, then got traded to the Mets." Put the same question to uie Mets, from Chairman M. Donald Grant to the lowliest clubhouse help, and the answer comes back: "He's a heck of a ball player but, more than that, a great guy." Almost any playing member of the team would add, "When Handle came to us in April from the Texas Rangers, our team was very dispirited with Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman itching to get away. Lenny, quiet, low-key, a great pro- ducer, gave us a tremendous lift." Ask the orphans in Queens, workers at the Child Development Center in Harlem, the lonesome paraplegic at Shea Stadium and the blind kids in Manhattan. "Lenny Randle," they all sav. "he's a Jewel." "I've been so fortunate myself, I want to give something back," the 28-year-old Mets infielder said. "This winter there have been a lot of chances to go to fancy banquets and make personal appearances where the important people are. "I decided I wanted to do something for the unfortunates. That's tlie way I'm spending my winter." Last Sunday he missed half of the Jets-Buffalo football game while comforting a paraplegic in an ambulance on the sidelines. He Jumps from one charity benefit to the other. Saturday it's the annual Christmas Party of the Associated Blind, Often lonely kickers "I'll bring my bongos," he promised. "I've been playing the bongos for 16 years. Maybe lean teach the kids." Handle was pictured as a hot- tempered ogre last spring when, In a fit of anger over losing his Rangers' second base job to rookie Bump Wills, he struck Lucchesl, the 48-year -old Texas manager, causing a triple fracture of Lucchesi's cheek bone and other injuries. Baseball was swift in exacting its penalty, fining Randle $10,000 anu suspending him for 60 days for a total salary loss of $23,407. Lucchesl filed a civil suit for $200,000. "It was an impetuous act and I am very sorry about it," Randle apologized. "I had never done anything like that before in my life. It was totally against my nature. I don't want to talk about it." Handle set about making amends, as best he knew how. He threw himself wholeheartedly into his baseball ca- reer, batting over .300 and proving an inspirational as well as a physical force. All the time, installment payments of his fine and legal fees put a heavy drain on his resources. Through other channels, the true story of Lenny Randle surfaced, shedding some light on the tensions lead- Ing to his uncharacteristic outburst in Orlando, Fla., in the spring. Randte is one of seven children. His younger brother, Her- man, a superb all-around athlete, developed kidney trouble. His father, a Long Beach, Calif., boilermaker, surrendered one of his own kidneys in a delicate operation to give the younger Randle a chance to live. The mother had to work to keep food on the table. "My father is an amazing man, my brother showed me courage I had never seen before," Randle said. "I decided that they would be examples of my drive and sacrifice." outcomes Uti'us HOCK, Ark. The often lonely figure on the sidelines may not be able to pan, run, block or tackle, but he has the power to dictate the strategy of those who can. He Is the long-range field goal kicker — « legitimate scoring threat from mtdfleld. Field goals played an important part In the outcome of the Texas-Arkansas, Texas-Oklahoma and Texas A&M-Ar- kansaa gemes, to name lust three this year. And coaches are no longer afraid to call for kicks from 50 yards out. Kick- ere like Steve Little, Russell Erxleben and Tony Franklin have rewritten the NCAA field goal records. Because of the impact of such tickers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association la looking Into possible changes In the rules governing the kicking game. The moat likely possibility is elimination of the two-inch high kicking tee used In college football. Other possibilities are reducing the distance between the goal poats and bringing the ball back to the line of scrimmage on a missed field goal attempt from outside the 20. University of Delaware Athletic Director Dave Nelson has been a member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee for yean and U considered the foremost authority on such He says: "Those that have the kickers are not concerned. Those that don't have them are concerned. And, in between, there are people who feel it isn't a good game when you have to play goal-line defenses on the 50-yard line." Nelson says there are "those who are basically interested in the imbalance of the ball game where offense and defense are really being overweighted by the kicking game, especially those that can kick the ball 65 and 70 yards." In 1969, when the NCAA began keeping such statistics, 9.6 percent of all field goals attempted by major college kick- ers were from 50 yards or more away. This year, 17 percent of the field goal attempts have been from that distance. Hal Lahar, chairman of the rules committee and assistant commissioner of the Southwest Conference, expects several suggestions concerning field goals to come from coaches as well as conference administrators and he believes there will be "some strong consideration" given to the options. The rules committee meets Jan. 16-18 in Atlanta, lesa than two weeks after the meeting of the American Football Coaches Association. Lahar is opposed to adopting a rule to return the ball to the une of scrimmage when a field goal is missed from outside the 20. The rule is in effect in pro football. "I personally would not like to see us penalize the opportunity to try for a field goal from the 35-yard line, if you choose to do so. Not as a first move. If you were going to modify the rules, I would rather see us try, for example, the removal of the tee before I would like to see us take that route. "The removal of the tee seems to be the logical step because It would permit a player to develop certain skills without penalizing them to a great a degree. We don't want to wipe the thing out. I think it's added a lot to our game." Throwing away the tee would be much cheaper than rebuilding the goal posts at football fields throughout the country. The goal posts were 18 feet, 5 inches wide before being widened to 23-4 in 1959. In 1958, a total of 108 field goals were kicked In college football. This year, there were 1,237. Nelson said the goal posts were widened because a study had determined that most field goals were missed because of lack of accuracy, not lack of distance. The pros use the goal posts that are 18-5 and kick without a tee. The distance explosion lias been astounding. Until 1970 when Arkansas' BUI McClard booted a 80-yarder, there had never been a field goal that long in major college play. Since then, there have been 16 other kicks of 60 yards or beyond. Little of Arkansas and Erxleben of Texas share the record of 67 yards. Franklin of Texas A&M has kicked 15 field goals of 50 yards or more and Is the NCAA career leader In that department. Erxleben is next with 10. Both are juniors. Little, a senior, has kicked nine from 50 yards or more. Arkansas Coach ~Lou Holtz says when his Razorbacks with Little played A&M with Franklin "the whole strategy was to try and stop a team from crossing midfleld. It's almost as important to keep them out of your end of the field as it is to keep them out of the end zone." Holtz favors a rule change. "The way it is now all you're doing is punting and you might get three points out of it." In addition to the burden on the defense, Delaware's Nelson believes the presence of such a kicker affects offensive strategy- "I suspect the people that have such a kicker are different from the people who don't," h« says '

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