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uumm Grant Hall Carmen, The Mets, Soupy Sales And Cross Country John McDonnell and Bill Curl I were both concerned about their 1 wives Saturday. McDonnell, because he was ' watching Razorback football practice at 12:40 when h cwas supposed to be home at 11. And Curl, because his wife was in hurricane- threatened New' Orleans. McDonnell is' the University of Arkansas distance coach. His cross country team will open its season next Saturday in an AAU meet at Razorback Park, a ' few hours before the footballers opon theirs. Cross country is what we were talking about when Curl arrived looking like he had just jumped the Snake River Canyon successfully. "Whew," said the new Arkansas sports information director. "I, just made a plane reservation' for my wife and c h i l d r e n ' to Little Hock. Hurricane Carmen is headed right for New Orleans at 130 miles per hour. It's supposed to get there , at, 6 p.m. It it does, it will make Hurricane Carnille look tame by comparison." VCamille was bad enough," said McDonnell. , "I was at Southwestern L o u i s i a n a i n LaFnyeUc when it hit. They didn't have anything- like lha't in Dublin, Ireland, where I came from. I remember listening on the radio as the hurricane approached. It scared the hell out of me." PEOPLE CONFINED C u r l advised, - "They've already postponed the Ole Miss- Tulanc game.. The bad thing is that there's really only one way o u t - o f New .Orleans. There are 500,000 people really confined there." , , : . Curl has np flood insurance, but he said: "We'll worry about that later. The .important thing is that my wife and kids are out of thera." From.hurricanes, the conversation eventually ranged to the early New York Mets, Soupy Sales, pressbox pranks and finally back to cross country. McDonnell revealed that after he came to. the United States In 1963, he worked for 18 months as a television cameraman. "I covered the Mets games for WOR-TV," he said "Actually, all I covered was the pitcher and catcher. You neec several years of experience to be able to follow the ball. ."I guarantee you that the Mets' were said they amazed me was the enthusiasm of the fans. The Mets woulc lose 12-0 and 16-0, but every riay the stadiuni would b packed. Every time-there wa: a strike.rtp an opposing batter the Tans went wild.": . .. :/ ISOUPY NONPLUSED . Besides working baseba , games, McDonnell, was also a cameraman for the Soupy Sale Show. If you don't 'remembe the show, it's a cinch Soupy docs. "He made a fortune wit] It/' said McDonnell. ( Every week,'« Soupy woulc open lots of doors and get hi with lots. of pies. One week he opened a door ,' and en countered a lovely young wo man, sans clothing; "It's l we were taping," said Me Donnell. "The director cut I out right away. But you shouli have seen the look on Soupy' face." ; -McDonnell said he learnei quickly that the lelevisio; stations didn't mind, how badl; you botched the programs, a long as ; you did the commer as bad,as everyone were. But wha lals right. "We used to just ct the late movies run during ommercials, so we could get dme earlier," he confessed. Such stories never (nil to ring out the best in Curl, who ecalls media pranks with clish. "One time at Tulane, we skcd this, guy if he'd come n at halftime of a football arne for a radio interview," egan Curl. "He put his hand vcr his ear, and in measured '·A, 'Why-yes-l'd-he- "After he Ictt, we decided he ' ones, sail lad-to.' veryone in valked out. "When we ,'t^ going to get- away with iiat. So as soon as he was in- roduccd at hairtimc, we anded him the microphone and the pressbox came back 10 minutes later, the guy was say- ng, 'Yessir, these mountains iround here are really beauti- ul. And now, in case you didn't let those lineups...' " CLKVER SEGWAY Somehow, I had to get the onversation back to McDonnell's career and c r o s s ountry. In a 'stroke of in- piration, I turned to him and aid, "Now, if we can get back o your career and cross coun- ry.." "Oh, sorry," said Curl. "I iidn't mean to interrupt, but his hurricane thing has had me Three Tied For Southern |c Open Lead COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) Veteran Tommy Aaron, striving for his first victory since the 1973 Masters Tournament, blasted a.. 65 Saturday to surge into a three-way 'tie with J.C. Sncad and young Ben Crenshaw after lhc : third round of the $100,000 iJSoulhern Open Golf Tournament. Snead fired a 66 -..'hile Crenshaw had a 69, giving the trio three,round totals of 205 over the par-70, 6,971-yard Green Island Country -Clu,b course made soft by Friday's rains. One stroke back at 206 was Forrest Fezlcr, last year's runner up here. He had a 68. At 207 was a group headed by Bruce Cramplon. Phil Roetgers, Rik Massengale and ·VIcCullough. i a d g e r s McCullough ngale a 65. Mike Hill, Jinim Ferriell and 3wight Ncvil were at 203 in this 5th annual event. Hill shot a 68, Ferriell a 70 and Nevil a 09. Aaron, a 37-year-old veteran of 14 years on the pro lour, has done very little since capturing .he Masters, earning just over $26,000 this year with a tie for sixth place in the Greater Mil- Dodgers Fall By 7-5 Tally NortTiwe'it Arkanw TIMES, Sunday, Stpf. 8, 1974 · SB r*YETTtVILLt, ARKANSAS -,' Morgan Powers Cincy Victory CINCINNATI (AP) _ Joo Morgan just wanted to do his part. "We've come loo f a r for me to sit down on the bench and watch, said the Cincinnati Reds second baseman. Morgan shook oft a twisted ankle to deliver a lic-breakirrg two-run homer that carried the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday. The rally before 50.014 fans and a national tclcvison audience left the Heels 214 games behind the Dodgers in the sizzling National League West "We'll never quit until they bury us," said Morgan, nursing a heavily-bandaged ankle he injured earlier while r u n n i n g the n edge." "Actually," vith have said McDonnell straignt face, been a great Icould college USL. After luarterback." He was kidding, but he wasn't kidding when he said he ran the mile in 4:02.8 ami the two-mile in 8:46 at college, McDonnell vrole to Arkansas track Coach Ed Renfrew and asked if the lazorbacks needed a distance coach. They did, .and he was lired. This season will be his bird at Arkansas. What McDonnell has b e e n able to do is recruit runners rom Ireland and England. "I vent back over last year and made some contacts," he said. 'Really, it's easier to recruit here, because a scholarship means more to those kids. Most of them couldn't get to college otherwise." FOUR FROM IRELAND Mike Crampton and each had 68s, a 69 and Masse- waukee Open his best finish. Saturday, however, Aaron blasted out six birdies, including five in his first seven tioles, and one bogey. Aaron, of Gainesville, Ga., has won only one other tournament, taking the Atlartta Classic in 1970. He has finished second 14 times. CRENSHAW BIRDIES Crenshaw, the 22-year-old former University of Texas star, who dominated collegiate golf before joining the pro lour late last yeari birdied the 15th hole to catch Aaron. Crenshaw, who made his pro debut by winning the San -Antonio-Texas Open, finished with two birdies and a lone bogey in his round. Sncad,'the nephew of famed golfing great Sam Snead, and runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in last week's Tournament Players Championship in Atlanta, carded four steady round bases. just wanted to hit," he said.' Waving off Manager Sparky Anderson's attempt to replace him, Morgan hit the next pitch from Mike Marshall into the right field stands. Noticeably rounded the limping bases, he Morgan grinned: "I didn't feel a thing." Moments before Marshall's pitch, Morgan fell to the Jround. clutching his ankle. "You, can't swing, so come on out," said Anderson. "Give me a second. I'll he all right," pleaded Morgan. Marshall was making his 92nd appearance of the season, equalling the major league record he set a year ago. Morgan's heroics capped a comeback triggered by home runs from Dave Conception and Johnny Bench after the Dodgers had taken a 5-0 lead in the second inning. "We're back to where started," said Dodger Manager Walt Alston. Marshall. 13-11, relieved starter Andy Messersmith in the sixth innin'g and pitched out of trouble. Clay Carroll, 11-4, who relieved starter Clay Kirby, was the winning pitcher with ninth- inning relief help from Fred Norman. Morgan hit his homer while infield out and sacrifice fly by injured. He had left ankle while sprained running bases in the second inning and eventually had to leave the game in the ninth The Dodgers started their scoring in tile first when Lopes led oft with a double,' moved to third on an scored on a Jimmy Wynn, his 100th RBI of the season. ^ Ron Cey opened Ihe second with a double, went to third on wild yicth and scored on Lopes' sacrifice fly. Bill Russell, who had walked, scored from third on Kirby's second wild pitch. Buckner's homer made it 50. watched the game at Riverfront Sladiuf. Rain Delays Important Matches FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Chris Evert was given 24 more hours Saturday to ponder and plot her precarious predicament--hanging by her fingernails in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. A cold, drizzling rain forced postponment Saturday of the women's semifinal, in which Evonne Goolagong leads the Wimbledon titleholder and No. 1 seed, 6-0, 4-3, and the semifinals in men's singles. The suspension delayed until M o n d a y the championship matches, with Ihe men and women competing for a $22,500 victor's purse, a new car, wrist watch, $5.000 ring and other goodies. Patrons holding Saturday tickets can use them Monday. C o m p l a i n t s among dis- a p p o i n t e d spectators were many. It was announced there would be no ticket refunds. Tanner, the unseeded tournament dark horse; was the only semifinalist to show up at the Club. Tanner said .he' and Connors had been playing each other since they were 14. I seculive matches without a de- The extra day's rest figured ' feat, to help Rose wall, trying for a i Mrs. King was the last to beat title he first won here in 1946. her. That was last March in an He beat Ncwcome in a long indoor tournament at Madison match .at Wimbledon hut bowed I Square Garden, to an inspired Connors in the! But Miss G final. went Most of the excitement, how-^ after Goolagong, who into a virtual collapse winning Wimbledon in "I always beat him as a jun- j into the open with a string of 10 for." the Tennessean said. "But 1 tournament victories--including three years ago he beat me j Wimbledon, the Italian 'and haven't played French titles--and 56 con- ever, revolves around C h r i s ; 1971. appears to have regained and her plight against'the t a l - j h e r brilliant form. A pleasant, cnted Evonne. Miss Evert went j free-spirited -girl, she has trouble following the grim discipline practiced by Miss Evert but has every shot in the bag and makes every one look easy. Soccer Program Budding At UA birdies in his in quest of the Of the eight Hog harriers, i o u r ' are from Ireland: sophomores Tom Aspel, Niall 3'Shaughnessy an d Derek Hailly and , freshman Derek jarroll. A fifth runner, Steve 3aker, is from England. Completing (he team are freshman Richard Nance, soph Stu Penn and junior Randy Melancon. Nance, a Californlan, ran a 4:12 mile in high school. "You - can see we have a young team," salfl McDonnell, "but I think we have a chance to win the Southwest Conf e r e n c e championship. We finished, second last year, and probably would have won' if Steve Honk and Melancon hadn't collapsed in the heat In Houston the week before." Houk is sidelined for at least this semester with an Achilles tendon injury. McDonnell hopes the Porkers can run all their home meets at Razorback Park. "It's hilly." he said, "and that gives us an advantage because we practice there." At 1 p.m., McDonnell headed for his car. I promised to assure his wife in writing that he had been engaged in serious conversation with a newspaper writer. Well, partly serious. $20,000 lirst prize. Third leading money winner Hubert Green stumbled in with a 74 for\217 while Sam Snead, now 62, and winner of 84 PGA tournaments, fired a 70 for 214. Snead,;32, is seeking his first tour triumph since winning the IVB-Philadelphia Classic in 1972, Many of the glamour names in golf were missing, including Lou Brock Singles Winning Run As Cards Trip Mets M ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lou Brock's two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning brought home Ken Reitz with the winning run, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets Saturday night. With the score lied 1-1, Ted Simmons led off the ninth with a walk. Bake McBride, attempting to sacrifice, hit into a forceout, hut Reitz looped a single to right, McBride taking third. After Dan Godby was intentionally' walked to load the bases, Ron Hunt hit into a for- ceout at the plate but then Brock laced a hard grounder up the middle, beyond the outstretched glove of Mets shortstop Bud Ilarrelson. Royals End Losing Skein :KANSAS CITY AP -- AI Fitzmorris scattered eight hits to lead the Kansas City Royals out of an eight-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday night. ' The Royals, who had lost 10 of their last 11 games, scored their winning run against Joe Decker, 14-12, without a hit. Vada Pinson walked, went to third on Cookie Rojas' hit-and run bouncer and scored on John Mayberry's ground ball. i Filzmorris, 11-4, worked oul of bases-loaded situations times. three Early Promise Arkansas senior quarterback candidate Mike Kirkland wot the national punt, pass and kick contest at age 13. defending champion Gary Player, !~ee Tjcevino, Hale Irwin and Bobby Nichols. They were competing in the World Series ol Golf. Leading money winner Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer took the week off,' · Larry . Nelson, of Acworth, Ga., who led with a 135 after the second round Friday, fell to a 74 for 209. New York took a 1-0 lead vhen John Milner doubled to ight-center with one out in the econd inning, continued to bird on Reggie Smith's error and came home on Wayne Garett's single up the middle. But the Cardinals, after was- ing a two-out triple by winning litcher Bob Gibson, 9-12, in the bird, tied the game in the ourth when Ted Sizcmore drew leadoff walk and scored two outs later on Simmons' double.. St. Louis threatened to move ahead in the sixth on a single y Sizemore and two walks, but Jon Matlack, 12-11, fanned JcBride to end the inning. In the Cards eighth, Brock ed olf with a single and went o second when the ball was inisplayed by Mets left-fielder 3cnny Ayala. He moved to bird on a sacrifice but was :hrown out trying to score on an infield grounder. Brock walked in the .opening inning but was picked off first base by Matlack and did not add to his season stolen base total of 101. He remained three ihort of Mawy Wills' record of 104. ' Nettels Smacks Homer With Illegal Bat NEW YORK (A?) -- Did Grafg Nettles use an illegal bat when he hit his game-winning home run Saturday? "I don't know anything about that bat. I picked it up by mistake," Nettles said with a straight face. after his second- inning homer enabled the New York Yankees to nip the Detroit Tigers 1-0 behind Larry Gura's five-hitter for a split of Saturday's doubleheader. The Tigers won the opener 83 behind the five-hit pitching of Luke Walker and John Hiller. The split left the first-place Yankees : one game ahead of vert match will meet second- eeded Billie Jean King, a iree-time winner who beat ulie Heldman of Houston, 2-6, 3, 6-1. In the men's singles, jp-sceded Jimmy Connors will jce another 22-year-old Amerian lefthander, Roscoe Tanner '. Lookout Mountain, Tenn., hd defending champion John ewcombe will oppose 39-year-. Id Ken Rosewall in a battle etween two tournament-tough ustralians who have won two nen's crowns each. Mike Blanchard, the tourna- nent referee, called off the ay's play after heavy over- ight rains and a steady morn- ng shower. However, at 11:30 a.m. EDT, 'hen Miss Goolagong and Ev- rt would have been taking the oui'i. the clouds cleared ant! un beamed down on a sweaty ut playable center court at the Vest Side Club. University of Arkansas will take on an international flavor when the Razorback team meets a team from the University of Mexico in Razorbiick stadium, Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. The University of Arkansas soccer -team was undefeated last year, when it emerged from the season's competition as the state championship team. This will be the fourth visit to the United States of the internationally famous University of Mexico team. It is the champion team in Mexico. The 20- man squad, coached by Mario Velarde, a former professional soccer player in Mexico, will arrive in Fayettoville September 27 and will stay with several local residents. The Arkansas game will be one of '10 the Mexico team wil play in Us visit to the United States. The Mexican team will also meet the University of Cincinnati, the University of Indiana, Cleveland Stale University, the American University in Washington, D.C., De Paul University in Chicago, and the University of Chicago, among others. Although .technically classified as an "intramural" activity,' tile University of Arkansas soccer team plays teams from other colleges and universities. It has been in existence for four years and operates on a minimal budget with a volunteer coaching staff. Tiie games are free, and more and more spectators have been attending, as the game has become more popular in this region and the caliber of play has improved. Harry Franzreb, a graduate in political science, is servinf his second year as coach o he U of A team. Dr. Palmer Pilcher, vice president for academic affairs, is faculty adviser o the team. Franzreb plans to scout the Mexican team today vhen it plays the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He will travel to Bloomington at lis own expense and also wil pay for filming a portion of the game for the U of A team to study. Prior to meeting the Mexican team, the U of A players wil meet Drury College at Spring field. Mo.; Kansas State Colleg at Pittshurg, Kansas, and wi play Missouri Southern Colleg of Joplin at Fayetleville i October. Also in Octcfber, th U of A team will compete i a tournament at Joplin. genda remains unsettled, Broyles said he was thinking about putting the Razorbacks hrough workouts in full pads Monday and Tuesday, then p e n d i n g Wednesday a n d Thursday on lighter activities. Arkansas opens its season next Saturday in Little Rock against Southern Cai. Athlete Of Tht Year Arkansas freshman Jerry Eckwood, a 6-2, 200 pound running back from Brinkley, who gained 5,214 yards and scored 67 touchdowns during his high school career, had best limes of 9.6 in the 100-yard dash and 21.6 in the 220-yard dash in the spring. He was selected the Arkansas Prep Athlett of the Year. Morning Drills Porker Coach The Arkansas Razorbacks nade some kicking game inv rovement in a two-hour prac- ce Saturday, but Coach Frank royles said in sum it was a oor practice. "It didn't work out like w« bought it would--over-all it as a bad practice," he said. The Hogs, working in pads nd shorts, practiced from 11 .m. to 1 p.m. "I guess morn- ng is a bad lime to practice," "Jroyles said. "Maybe that ac- ounts for the team's sluggish- iess." While next week's practice fvel To Make Fateful Leap Baltimore and Boston in the American League's East Divion. ' T n the; fifth inning of the ni'ghtcap.l Nettles, who also hit a two-run homer in the opener, lofted a soft opposite-field single to left and hesitated for a second before running to first base. He didn't stay there long, since plate umpire Lou DiMuro called him out for using an illegal bat. "About a two-inch piece was sawed off the end of the bat," DiMujo explained, "a hole had been drilled in the barrel of the bat and : what appeared to be cork had been placed in the hole. GLUED BACK ON "The piece was then glued back on the bat, but when Net- TWIN FALLS, Idaho AP) -AH the hullabaloo, hokum and hype will he left behind for a f e w m o m e n t s today w h e n Evel Knievel straps himself in a toy-like missile for his ride across the Snake River Canyon. The time for the army of promoters and pitchmen to ballyhoo Incredible' danger of the canyon jump is largely passed; they have sold just about all the tickets they are going to sell. Even Knievel, never ons to minimize his own heroics, rales the probablity as "100 per cent--and that's it." Still, there is that chance ... "Sure, he should make it. If we can put a man on the moon, we ought to be able to shoot one across a canyon," John Lewis, a 30-year-old schoolteacher from Kansas City said Saturday. "But then again, when I look at that contraption and that canyon, I kind of wonder." It is the spectacle of the 600- foot deep Snake River Canyon and the pipeslem-thin launch ramp above it that makes the jump such a public relations man's dream. GOOD SHOW Even it every one of the thousands of spectators knew for a fact that Knievel could not lose it's still would be good show. "Look at that." says promoter Robert Arum, pointing at the 13-foot Sky-Cycle missile that Is dwarfed first by the 108- foot launch rail and then by Ihe crevice beyond. "If it's a fraud, then it's a fraud. Let it speak for itself." Arum's Top Rank Inc., which is usually in the fight biz, and other backers, already have jaid $6 million to Knievel. the 34-year-old son of a Montana auto dealer. If they have calculated the appeaj of the stunt correctly, they may realize as much as $27 milliop, with 60 per cent going to the star. It seems simple enough. Build up enough .steam in the missile's engine to produce 400 miles per hour--the velocity needed to carry it well beyond the 1,600 foot width of the canyon-then bring it down by parachute. The chief engineer, missile developer Robert Truax, says the chances are about the same as for a test pilot trying out a new plane for the first time. Everyone connected with the promotion is fond of reminding skeptics of the two test firings that wound up in the canyon. The aluminum .remains, one twisted and torn and the other placed inside . the fenced off launch area -as crowd pleasers. The "two failures,". Knievel calls them. NO SURPRISES Yet Truax says the first was intended only to test the ramp and surprised no one by landing in the canyon. In the second test, two weeks ago, everything appeared to "be working fine when the parachute popped a Few seconds early, floating the Sky-Cycle neatly down 'into the yaw. That test was conducted in secret, and there is some douot it would have been made public at all if had been completely successful. Until 'the past lew days, the promoters had been saying confidently that 50,000 people- double the population of Twin Falls -- would pay $25 a head to see the jump in person. But although the stream of cars, campers and motorcycles continued Saturday, it appeared that estimate would be far short. Nevertheless, county and state police have strengthened Iheir manpower in the area, At the 'heart of the snow, of course, is Knievel. the arro- Jant, eccentric stuntman who rought himself to this moment hrough more than 300 mo- orcycle leaps over trucks and ars, shrewd business dealings nd unrelenting promotion of imself. RISKING LIFE "I'm here to risk my life," he nfones in his flat Western rawl over and over again. "I vish I didn't have to do this, ut I'm going to." One minute Robert Craig ·Cnieyel wil be envokingl God's lep in his endeavor, the next elivering a brutally profane ongue lashing to some aide vho did not move quickly nough. An attractive blonde on his irm, Knievel delights a' rowded cocktail lounge by luying the room a drink. Later ic flies in his private jet back lome to Butte, where, his pokesmen solemnly relate, he vill spend the evening with his and GOO National have been placed Guardsmen -standby relatively intact, have alert. At the 38 acre ' jumpsite itself at least 1J0 private secur- tics hit the ball flew o f f . Just The Time Claims Futurity NEW YORK (A) -- Just the Time, ridden by Marco Castaneda, shot into the lead In mid- stretch and then just withstood the closing rushing of 24-1 shot High Steel to win the $118,335 Futurity Saturday at Belmont ark. Just the Time; who had won only once in five previous starts and earned only $8,784, won $fi6,801 and paid a winning mutuel of $31.60 after getting home a head in front of Hrgh Stccle, with. Vnlid Appeal another four lengths back.' When I saw it fiy off I thought it was mud or something, but Freehan (Tigers catcher Bill Freehan) called it to my attention and I called Nettles out for tampering with the bat. That's illegal." Although illegal, loading a bat with cork is fairly common among baseball players. Usually, a hole is drilled .directly in the :thick end of the bat rather than sawing off a segment of the barrel. The cork makes the bat feel lighter and, for some reason, the ball jumps off the bat. "It was the first time I used that bat," Nettles insisted. "A Yankee fan in Chicago gave it to me the last time we were there and said It.would bring me luck. There's no brand name on it or anything. Maybe the guy, made it himself. It's been in' the bat rack and I picked it up by mistake because jt looks like the bat I've been using the last few days." | been j{ v guards, will man the fences. The main revenue is to. come from the two-hour closed circuit telecast being presented at about 280 theaters. For an average price of.-$10 .the'viewer gets to sec the jump, shot from nine angles · anrl replayed · in slow, motion; plus other attrac- ions t h a t the Twin Falls County Fair probably would love to present. PERFORMANCE Among the scheduled performers are 69-year-old tightrope walker Karl Wallenda teetering at the edge of 'the canyon, and someone named Sensational Parker, performing an unspecified feat of daring. Da vid Frost and former astronaut James Lovell will be the com mentators. The show begins at 4 p.m. EDT, with the actual three minute jump scheduled to take place around 5:30 p.m., but for those assembled in this south ern Idaho city, the show 'jcgan powdery dust of (AP wircphofo) . FINAL PREPARATIONS .. .Evel Knievel is lifted from his rocket cycle after making final preparations for today's attempt io jump across the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho a week ago. Out of the the Quails family cow pasture emerged a midway of con cessions, selling beer, Eve' Knievel T-shirts ($4). and vari ous other memorabilia. Two hundred outdoor toilets dot the landscape. A mo torcyclc track ' snakes through the site and'the whine of thi bikes is forever in the air. The surrounding. land wa: kept by Cliff Quails and his tw( sons to rent out to campers some of them have paid more than $40 to place their tent nex to someone else's at night ani during the day to navigate th organic mine field loft hy th pasture's former occupants. jump is not predictable, certgfn things about ihis attempted Woodstock on Wheels are. There will be a monster traffic jam, several fistfights, an occasional bare-chested yoting lady, the smell of marijuana and thousands of empty cans of beer. And for one reason or another, just about everyone in [he crowd will be root!"" for Knievel. "I sure don't want to die," one voting man fron ^nli- fornia said Saturday. "It would really bum out the weekend." vife and family. If the outcome of Knievel's Attractive Series The fornia Arkansas : Southern Call- series has attracted 127,692 fans. A record crowd of 54,461 watched the teams at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock and 73,231 attended last year's game at the Los Angeles Colosium. These two teams conclude their current series September 14 at War Memorial Stadium. Southwest Conference Teams Favored To Win Five Openers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Southwest Conference football teams will be favored in five or seven games against intersectional opponents w h e n the 60th season opens Sept. 14. Arkansas, which entertains Southern California, and Baylor, which has the awesome :ask of playing No. 1 rated Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., are :he only underdogs. Houston and Rice tangle in heir cross-town feud. The Cougars joined the SWC in 1076. Defending SWC champion Texas travels to New England for the first time under Coach Darrell Boston Royal's College ign to meet which stunned Texas AM in 1973. It's the second season for the Long- lorns under an 11-game schedule. Texas was upset last year by Miami in an opener on the road. SEERS FAVORED The Longhorns will be favored over Ihe Eagles, who graduated seven players to the professionals. Southern Methodist will slight favorite over · North Texas State in an interesting matchup at T e x a s Stadium. Former SMU Coach Haydcn Fry has worked his NTSU team behind closed gates in prepara tion for the game. "H would be ridiculous for me to say the game doesn' mean an awful lot to me," said Fry, who was fired at SHU Dave Smith, a former assistan under Fry, is the Mustang men The yoiing and strong Texas Aggies will host Clems on in an musual 4 p.m. game at College Station. The Aggies whipped Clcmson last year on the road and are even stronger this season. AM is favored because of ts experienced offense and a rugged defense led by All- American linebacker Ed Simon- ni. Texas Christian under new Coach Jim Shofner is a runaway pick over Texas-Arlington which has yet to win a game in this series of Tarrant County rivals. Running back Mike Lut- .rell heads the Horned Frog of- 'ense. Texas Tech, with large hopes ·iding on redshirt quarterback Tommy Duniven, will host Iowa Slate of the Big Eight. Tech Coach Jim Carlcn calls it "The roughest opener we've had since I've been here." Nevertheless, the Red Raiders will be favored. Arkansas could be ripe and ready to ambush USC. Coach Frank Broyles' crew has speed and size and t h e flazorbacka are always dangerous at home. Baylor has the task of jousting probation-stained Oklahoma. The Sooners have vowed to run up t h e score in every game they play this season because they can't go bowling and Oklahoma has the tools to do it. The game starts at 2 p.m. and is the only other contest involving SWC schools that isn't under the lights.

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