Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on January 11, 1967 · Page 35
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 35

Detroit, Michigan
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Wednesday, January 11, 1967
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DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, Jan. 11, '67 1 I 'Big, Strong and Has Long Hands' Lions Sign Ex-Piston Buntin M.lMir.IMMMMlWM.JirMBteWBiaMlll fill I tl nriMinirliltlTI JMMMM (Free Press Photo Bill Buntin signs into new career as a Lion i . rwww.gW A Visit ivith One Tarnished Golden Boy ' ' , SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. THE PICTURE IS A CLASSIC Vince Lombardi, . grinning that toothy grin, wearing his rainhat and irenuncoai, is up on tne snouiaers 01 mua-smeared Jim Tavlor and Paul HormiTip. t It is the moment after the National Football League cnampionsmp game in Urreen Jtsay last year ana xayior and Hornung, whose slashing runs led the Packers to a - giruenngi yictorjover the Cleveland Browns, are carrying their coach off 'the field. Hornung's jersey is caked with mud and he's grimacing as he raises Lombardi to his shoulders. But through it there is the trace of a smile on his face a smile of satisfaction, of a job well done. Now, in the sunlight of these California mornings, No. 5, Paul Hornung, in the faded green and yellow uniform, stands at one end of the field and tosses footballs to the center so he can snap them back for Don Chandler's practice kicks. When they call Hornung into the huddle, he slips on a tattered red shirt and pretends he is the split end of the Kansas City Chiefs, Chris Burford. On one play, he circles to his right and takes a short toss from rookie quarterback Kent Nix, who is emulating Lenny Dawson, and breaks up the field. When Herb Adderley races over to cover Hornung, Hornung falls to the ground and throws up his. hands in mock terror. The sprinkling of fans in the stands let out with a laugh, and Hornung, grinning, gets up and trots back to the huddle, again to run one of Burford's patterns. Thus, the fall of one Oolden "Rnv. Paul Hornung, the All-America from Notre Dame, the Heisman Trophy winner, the tough-running, hard-blocking halfback of the . Green Bay Packers, a guy who once scored 176 points in a single season and everybody's sweetheart until he decided to get himself engaged . . . this Golden Boy must, resort to vaudevillian pratfalls to get a stir out of the crowd. II ii lis Pass Patterns Better HE'S ONLY 31 NOW, an age when he should be at the peak of his career. But now he sits and watches while Elijah Pitts plays halfback for the Packers. You can't even say that Sunday's Super Bowl may be Hornung's last hurrah because he may not even play Sunday. Before the NFL title game in Dallas, Lombardo said he was debating whether to start Hornung or Pitts in his running back spot. He said that Hornung runs pass routes better than any halfback in the game and if the game develped into a passing duel, he would surely have Hornung in there. But No. 5 sat throughout the entire game. Hornung didn't see a single second of action as the Packers outlasted the Cowboys in that Cotton Bowl thriller. Hornung "I could have played, my shoul der is a lot better," Hornung said as he sat in the sun outside of his motel room. "But Elijah was doing a great job and they couldn't take him out." Hornung was asked if it. bothered to sit all the way. "Sure, I wanted to play but it eased the pain for us to win. Sitting and losing would have been hard to take. Now I'm . still part of a great club and that's the important thing." Obviously, Hornung has learned his lessons well; not only can he run through traffic but he has learned to thread his way through a group of reporters. Especially when he knows what they're after. "Pitts is a fine ball player," he pointed out. "He doesn't make the big mistakes. He's consistent. And he can make the big plays for you." : Wre Not Getting Excited' 1 HORNUNG HAS BEEN TROUBLED since the mid- die of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck, BY HAL McCOY Bill Buntin couldn't make it as a professional basketball player. He liked to eat too much. So, Buntin turned to professional football Tuesday. He signed a contract with the Detroit Lions. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Buntin made his fame as an All-American basketball center at the University of Michigan. He was drafted No .1 by the Detroit Pistons in 1965. The Detroit native played at Michigan carrying 230 pounds. He reported to the: Pistons at 255, after holding out 22 days. He never did shed the excess baggage, so the Pistons shed him. BUNTIN WALKED into the Lions' offices this week and asked for a football tryout. "He's definitely a long shot," said Lions general manager Russ Thomas. "But he's big and strong and has extra long hands." Buntin's handspread is 10 inches from thumb tip to finger tip. Buntin indicated he would like to try tight end or defensive end. Thomas says the Lions will try him at several positions. "I had plenty of contact in basketball, a so-called non-contact sport," said Buntin. "I weighed 230 at Michigan and I go 255 now. I'm already on a weight conditioning and muscle-building program to get ready for next summer." Buntin, who averaged 23.5 points a game and collared more than 1,000 rebounds in his U-M basketball career but . scored nary a point on the football field, will report to Detroit's rookie camp at Cranbrook School in July. BUNTIN'S LAST contact with football was in his final two years at Detroit Northern High School where he played both offensive and defensive end. "He was a little clumsy. He couldn't get his legs untangled," said Northern football coach Norman Morris. "We threw passes to him. He picked up five yards by just falling down. He was 6-4, 220 then. "He was improving by the end of his senior year. He would have been terrific if he'd played all four years. It turned out football just helped his basketball. "He was very timid. Football helped him get rid of that. We had him jumping rope and doing modern dance. That seemed to help his agility. He'll have a rough time starting football all over." Buntin teamed with Cazzie Russell to make Michigan the scourge of the Big Ten for two seasons. Then his problems began. After the Pistons drafted him No. 1, he reportedly Turn to Page 2D, Column 3 c assms O O .He Stays ...m .".A. o o o FRANKFORT, Ky. W Heavyweight champion Cassius Clay lost his bid Tuesday to be classified as a conscientious objector. The appeal was turned down by the State Board of Appeals. The State Selective Service director, Col. Evrett Stephenson, said the decision by the five-man board was unanimous. If one member of the board had voted to grant the exemption, then the case would have gone to the Federal Appeals Board in Washington. STEPHENSON said: "The board left Clay 1-A," and the case now is up to his Louisville draft board. Clay also has been trying to get a deferment as a minister. He is a Black Muslim. Stephenson said any further attempts to seek exemption as a minister would be left to Clay. Stephenson said Clay has been notified of the board's decision. ... The heavyweight champion, slated to fight Ernie Terrell on Feb. 6, was reclassified x-A Ski School Opens with Full House Hundreds of readers began to find out about the joys of skiing Monday and Tuesday night as the Free Press Learn to Ski School filled the slopes with ' novices. Story-and pictures are on the back page. Coupons for the Free Press' second ski school' of the winter, beginning Jan. 30, will appear in the paper later this- week. from 1-Y earlier in 1966 after the Defense Department lowered the mental requirements for draftees. He had been 1-Y because lie twice failed previous mental examinations. Stephenson said the Justice Department findings, which he did not disclose, was one piece of evidence the board used in making its decision. At the time of his reclassifica tion in 1966, Clay pointed out he was a Muslim and, "We don't go to wars unless they are declared by Allah himself. I don't have no personal, quarrel with those Viet Congs." As for his ministerial duties, Clay claims that 90 percent of his time is spent in this field, that he travels in different parts of the country to give lectures and try to convert people to the Muslim faith. ANGELO DUNDEE, Clay's manager, later said in Houston where Cassius is preparing, for his Feb. 6 title fight with Ernie Terrell, that day's lawyers In New York would continue to fight for reclassification with his Kentucky draft board. Clay had told a press conference minutes earlier that if the draft board upheld his classification as 1-A, "it might affect my boxing career." When Clay was in Houston last year for his title fight with Cleveland Williams, he said he would have to take some sort of court action if the appeal with the draft board were not ; successful. Life Begins at 42 . . . Will Harvey Help Wings? BY JACK BERRY Free Press Sports Writer CHICAGO Doug Harvey is with the Red Wings and let's -not have any jokes about which Red Wings, the current club or the Red'Wing Oldtimers. " . Harvey is ' 42 years old and his best years are behind him, like four or' five seasons behind him..' But Red Wing general man ager Sid Abel figures it's a case . of nothing ventured, nothing " gained. Sophomore defenseman Bert Marshall won't rejoin the team for another week. Marshall has just started practicing again after suffering a lung collapse Dec. 27 in Boston. Doug Harvey- Maine Football Legend Is Dead PITTSBURGH, N. H. OR Fred M. Brice, football coach at the University of Maine for 20 years until his retirement in 1940, died Tuesday after an. illness of two months. He was 79. His Maine teams compiled a 79-58-9 record and won nine ABEL SPOTTED rookie defenseman Bob Falkenberg in the lineup while elevating Pete Goe- gan to fulltime duty in Mar shall's absence and Falkenberg, while looking good in those brief appearances, would be better off playing fulltime in the min ors. He was returned to Pittsburgh Tuesday before the Wings left for Chicago and the Wednesday opener of their home-and-home series with the Black Hawks. Harvey will get a four-game look from Abel the Wednesday-Thursday pair with Chicago and Saturday-Sunday against Toronto and New 4York. Then Marshall will be avail- i " ?1M" ft i it T I sv '"rs. ifw s1 -a- S. fS ; - , - - ' - - " -V. t A - ' i. ' O - - 4,- x ' ; , - ? -sr s - --ife ilEll Hill t '-l mxts&ti&s AiZX'M nn-il-nrTlTirmffllilf " ai-lirnH)liifii1hrifam-m'""'r "irNfifmifiirmTi-ir iVim-if.inmnfryrminMfiiiiln- m inmminriri Schmidt Ford Meet Wetlnesdav Joe Schmidt is scheduled to meet with Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and announce his decision to become the club's new head coach. The former great middle linebacker was busy studying a preferred contract Tuesday, after a six-hour meeting with Ford and attorneys Monday. Rough . . . 'it Ready Football's their game, but King Hill, Philadelphia quarterback (left) and Bobby Boyd, Baltimore defensive back, try a hand at golf. Hill finds himself in trouble under a tree while Boyd hopes his body English will help his putt fall. Both were competing in the National Football League tournament at Hollywood, Fla. Wisconsin Outlasts U-M, 98-90 MADISON, Wis. fljPD Second-half heroics by Wisconsin's Jim McCallum and Chuck Nagle -powered the Badgers to a 98-90 Big Ten basketball victory over Michigan Tuesday night. McCullum made 17 points , ia the second half and Nagle added 12 in a game that saw the lead change hands 23 times. McCallum finished with 28 points and Nagle had 22 for the night. Wisconsin's Joe Frankliif led all scorers With 27. A T.ONfl McCallum iumn shot with 2:16 left put the Badgers ahead for good. 91-89. Frank lin added another basket and three free throws to put the game out of reach, 96-90 with 15 seconds left. McCallura Turn to Page 20, Column 1; Save now throughout the store lilllllllllllllllj : :.'.;.. . '-iA . V Hurry to Hudson's for stay - in - shape exercise equipment Row yourself in shape with the AMC precision built, heavy duty rowing machine. It is sturdily constructed of strong, steel tubing. You'll like the over-sized comfort seat and plastic foot grips. 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