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SPORTS Ex-Champs Off To Rough Start PAGE 21 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1971 ADVANCE NEWS 4 . TITTLE THE TUTOR. Y.A. Tittle, the former quarterback standout now an assistant coach with the New York Giants, gives some tips to C.W. Post College quarterback Gary Wichard, who Tittle says has \the best arm I've ever seen.\ The Anonymous QB NEW YORK — Gary Wichard, no household name he, says he can throw more accurately than Sonny Sixkiller, has a stonger arm than Fran Tarkenton and that if you want to draw com- parisons, bring up the name Terry Bradshaw. Wichard is the senior quarterback for C.W. Post College on Long Island, a school with a football tradition somewhat less awesome than Notre Dame or even Slippery Rock. But Wichard has been the nation's small college leader in total offense for the first half of the 1971 season. Not only does Eichard, humbly, say that Wichard ' is a helluva thrower. Y.S. Tittle and George Paterno do, too. Tittle, now a New York Giant coach, saw Wichard when the Giants ran their preseason camp on the Post campus. Tittle watched Wicard launch a 75-yard pass or two and then said* \That's the best arm I've ever seen.\ Paterno, brother of Penn State coach Joe Paterno, is coach of the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point. Last season he was assistant to Duffy Daughtery at Michigan State. \Wichard said Paterno, \is the best college quarterback in the USA.\ It is easy to be overlooked at C.W. Post, a school that has had football only since the late 1950s and, this season, nearly lost the team entirely when budget cuts were made. , Yet Wichard plans a pro career. \My school is no smaller than Louisiana Tech,\ he said. \That's where Brad- shaw came from. And he's doing O.K.\ Pro scouts no longer look cross-eyed at small-college players, especially since the recent mining of the talent in obscure black schools. No divot is left unturned. Scouts from nearly every pro team have seen Wichard in the last three years. He has been led to believe he will be drafted high. \I'd pick me before I would someone \ like Sonny Sixkiller,\ said Wichard. One reason was size; Wichard is bigger at 6- 2, 215. \And I saw Sonny throw on television — he doesn't throw any better than I do.\ Neither does Fran Tarkentown, said Wichard. \I can throw farther and harder, but Tarkenton has the timing 1 down; that's what makes him such a great quarterback.\ Wichard has thrown for a 62 per cent completion average this season and had 14 TD passes, with only three in- terceptions, and an average of 271.2 total yard? gained per game, after the team's first five games. Despite the gaudy statistics, Wichard still must live by second-hand in- formation. The idea that he plays for a small college and cannot test the best has to leave self-doubts. \But I talk to different guys, like one who transferred here from Virginia * Tech, and he said we could beat Navy— maybe even Army,\ said Willard. Roller Derby 1, New York Knicks 0 By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — The New York Knicks, described in the past as a picture- perfect team out of a basketball text- book, were looking more like a scene from Blackboard Jungle. Walt Frazier threw a pass to a man in the stands, Dave DeBusschere was called for traveling twice in a row, Willis Reed ran into himself and on the bench, coach Red Holzman was carrying on a heated conversation with himself. Mercifully, time-out was called. On the public address system, the an- nouncer, trying in part to promote a future event and in part trying to divert the attention of the 17,776 fans in Madison Square Garden, said: \The Roller Derby is coming to the Garden next week...\ A derisive cheer arose from the crowd. As the game progressed, boos ac- companied the bobbles. \Get some motion out there,\ shouted one fan. \Some .motion in that ocean.\ •The jeers were not only directed at the play this night, but toward their own disappointment in the previous few games. The Knicks had looked good in preseason play. The addition of Jerry Lucas, an All-Star veteran forward, and Dean Meminger, an All-American rookie guard, seemed to strengthen the club. Willis Reed appeared relatively healthy, after suffering through last season with battered knees. Hopes, thus, were high for a return to championship caliber play. The Knicks, after winning the NBA title in 1969-70, lost to the Baltimore Bullets in the division championship last season. The end of a very brief dynasty. Or was it just a temporary setback? Well', they opened this season by losing to Detroit and Los Angeles, then beat the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers by one point in — doubly embarrassing — overtime. They won their first home game at the Garden the next time out, beating the Golden Gate Warriors 93-84. It took a second-half spurt to do it, and perhaps the catalyst of boos, too. \They seem to be sputtering,\ said Cazzie Russell, who had been traded from the Knicks to the Warriors in the off-season. \But they can still do the classic things right at the right times. They can still hit the oepn man with a pass by setting two screens, for in- stance. Other teams would like to do it. but the Knicks actually execute it.\ It has been said that Knick fans know basketball the way Montreal fans know hockey, the way Bavarians know beer, the Way dentists know cavities. \The fans,\ said Russell, \expect so much of them.\ \We deserve the boos,\ said Reed. \We've been playing inferior and they let us know it. They don't want anything short for their money.\ \They've booed us before,\ said Walt Frazier. \They get impatient. But they can boo us as long as they give us credit when we play well.\ The cheers in the past have been important to the Knicks. Frazier has said: \You make a few steals or work a few good plays, and you have the feeling that it's going to be one of those nights. The whole team gets into it, and the crowd picks it up, and you come to- the sidelines for a time-out and listen to that standing ovation, and it just makes you jingle inside.\ Now, however, says Holzman. \I'm just glad there were people in the seats.\ Holzman said it was too early in the season to worry about a Knick break- down. But there are concerns. Reed. Holzman admits, is the nucleus of the team, and he is nowhere the player he was in the championship season. \He looks like he's dragging, playing in. pain,\ said Cazzie Russell. Sometimes DeBussechere disappears on the court for a whole quarter at a time. Guards Frazier and Barnett are shooting • poorly and not penetrating. Meminger has not been able to shoot from out, and in the first game, Lucas hit one field goal in 12 attempts. Only Bill Bradley is playing top ball. \This is no dynastyj\ said Holzman. \A dynasty is a team that can win for 10 years. There was.only one. The Celtics.\ So the crowd cheers the Roller Derby. JERRY LUCAS, left, and Dean Meminger are two newcomers to the New York Knicks whose contributions were expected to make the 1969-70 NBA champions a threat for the title again this season. Both Lucas, obtained in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, and Meminger, No. 1 draft choice, began the season slowly, however, as the Knicks got off to_a stumbling start. Maybe They'll Understand Clemente Now By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — An entire nation saw it, heard it and, for the most part, missed it. Roberto Clemente was asked to say a few words above the tumult of the winners' quarters im- mediately after the seventh game of the World Series. He said in broken English that he wanted to say somethimg to his parents in Puerto Rico. He then spoke in Spanish. \0n this the proudest day' of my life, I ask your blessing,\ he said. Television interviewer Bob Prince, out of ignorance or confusion, did not ask Clemente to interpret, and the poignant moment was lost in the following but.ton-down cliches from a mayor, a governor, a commissioner, an owner. A letter to the New York Times recently interpreted Clemente's remark. Graciella Rivera, the first Puerto Rican to sing at the New York Metropolitan Opera and a friend of Clemente's, wrote that non-Spanish- speaking Americans should know what \Another guy who came to Post from Penn State said we could play some of their opponents evenly.\ Meanwhile Wichard drops back in the pocket, his long hair curling out from under his helmet and his white Namath- like cleats dancing, as he tries to beat a Lehigh, a Guilford!, a Hofstra, a Get- tysburg. Post had won four of its first five games and Wichard looked forward, now, to making it to the Boardwalk Bowl. Can the Super Bowl, then, be far behind? World Hockey League Drops Reserve Clause NEW YORK CAP)—Armed with a mod puck and ah even more modern plan in management-player relations, the World Hockey Association is open for business. President Gary L. Davidson, laun- ching operations of the new league Monday, said the 10 teams will open competition next October with a jazzy, multi-colored puck. More interesting, though, was his revelation that the league would have \no reserve or option clause in its contracts.\ The controversial reserve clause, which irrevocably binds a player to a team, has been! under fire in baseball, where Curt Flood's suit has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the WHA's rules, a player will have the option to deal for himself if he is unhappy with contract negotiations. First, his dispute will be taken to a three-man arbitration board—one member appointed by the player, one by the club and one by the other two mem- bers. If no agreement is reached, the player then will have the opportunity to deal with other teams. The league's five-man executive committee will decide what compensation is owed the player's former club. Davidson also announced that the league hopes to add two more teams to its original group of Miami, New York, Dayton, Chicago, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, San Francisco, Los Angeles and St. Paul), Minn. \We're very interested in a team in the Southeastern United States and a team in the area of New England going up to Canada,\ said Davidson, without specifying cities. The association, in departure from modern professional rules, will have a 10-minute sudden-death overtime for all games. National Hockey League regular season games can end in ties while playoff games continue until there is a winner. Clemente said and so be able to com- prehend \the added dimension\ of the man. Clemente feels he has been misun- derstood for most of his 17 years in the \ big leagues. He has had a reputation as a chronic complainer of real or imagined injuries. \And once you get an image, no matter what, you die with that image,\ says Clemente. Once, he recalled, he had been spiked in the ami and foot. Yet he came to bat and hit a home-run. One-handed, one- legged. He walked around the bases. \I have so much God-given talent that I. can play even when I ache so bad,\ said Clemente. \My manager did not un- derstand. He thought I was hot- . dogging.\ Clemente is a black Puerto Rican. This makes him doubly dubious. Sis native tongue is foreign to buttonnlown America, and so is his color. He has felt as much. He has frequently complained that other Puerto Ricans and blacks—as well as himself-^have been skirted for endorsements of products and media commercials. \You have to be American,\ he said, \or you can't be 'my sweetheart next door.' \ Prejudices and bogus stories precede \foreigners.\ \The-Latin player.was a hot-dog, a showboat, like Vic Power, they used to say,\ said Clemente. \Then he is a bad fellow.\ Clemente likes to say that he is so lacking in flash that he wears virtually no jewelry. \I am no fancy fellow,\ he says. He is respectful of his great athletic ability, and feels that God gave him great talent and he must work hard to maintain it. And also;to be an influence on others. In a mild way, there seems in Clemente a similar social responsibility felt by some other sports heroes, most notably Muhammed AH. Clemente has plans to uplift Puerto Rican youth. He has become interested in ceramics and in a \sports city.\ \The common people are fighting the problems of drugs and delinquency today,\ said Clemente. \Sometimes fathers fail because they do not spend enough time with their kids.\ So he is planning a ceramics school \for the whole family:\ The \sports city\ would be a place in Puerto Ricp where local kids and kids of tourists would be together in a school to learn and participate in athletics. \Through me lots of people maybe can be helped,\ said Clemente: \People look up to yoii when you are iti sports. They try to imitate you. That's why this World Series was the most important thing to ever happen to me.\ Strong Southeast Conference Southeast Conference college football teams have compiled a winning record against teams from all other major- Conferences as well as major in- dependents from all sections of the country. The SEC teams, past and present, have a composite 952-423-57 record a winning percentage of .685. Pacific Coast Conference (and later Pacific 8) teams have been toughest for the SEC teams, running up a 9-10-0 mark WORLD SERIES HERO Roberto Clemeiite and his wife, Vera, get into the car Clemente won when he was ^ chosen the outstanding player of the Series by Sport magazine. Congress Hears Turf Talk • WASHINGTON (AP) — Witnesses befpre the House subcommittee on commerce and \finance have told •Congress injury seems a high price to pay for artificial turf no matter what its advantages. Manufacturers of the synthetic playing surfaces were to appear with their responses today. But on Monday, the subcommittee heard Dr. James G. Garrick of the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Washington say \synthetic playing surfaces offer a myriad of ad- vantages, ranging from more effective land usage to a dependably level field surface,\ But, he added, higher injury rates \would seem a high price to pay\ regardless of the advantages. A number of witnesses called for a halt in use of the artificial turf until studies were completed on its relationship to injuries, particularly in football. Speaking for the National Football League's Players Association, Ed Garvey Said, \Club owners should stop installing these surfaces until we know the answer.\ Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL did not appear, writing in a letter: \This office ... has never been in- volved in either the purchase or promotion of artificial turf and is therefore not in a position to offer expert testimony ....\ Garrick studied high school players in the Seattle area last fall and said he found the injury rate on synthetic fields was 50 per Cent higher than on various grass fields. He suggested further studies, con- centrated on traction and injuries. Garrick said, \It is suggested that with better traction on dry synthetic turf, players are able to strike each other with increased force.\ 3*~&*&£z~ t Nebraska's 55-0 rout of -Kansas back on Oct. 16 Was the Cornhuskers' widest .margin of victory'over a major opponent since a 59-0 romp over Kansas State in 1911. Asked a Topeka, Kan., writer, \Why'fe you always picking on us?\ NORM BULAICH,. No. 36 at left, has been trie defending NFL' champion Baltimore Colts' most potent weapon in early, season play. Bulaich, escaping the clutches of the New York Giants'-Otto Brown here, was the Colts' No. 1 draft choice last season. The Texas Christian graduate ran for 426 yards in his rookie season, playing most of the year at halfback.

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