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iA.-The Malakoff News, Thursday, June 16, 1983 THE On Sports By Benny Rogers The USFL: Thank you, no Did you happen to catch the headline, "The USFL-SO far, not so bad," in one of the Dallas papers Monday morning? How does anyone know? You mean there's actually someone watching the USFL (United S,tates Football League) games? I made myself a promise back in the early days of the USFL not to devote precious space to the would-be football league. But what's one more broken promise in a slow sports news week. A look at the USFL is in order. First of all, I made myself watch two, or portions of two, USFL games. And even though I tried to watch with an open mind, I was not particularly impressed or entertained. Somehow football in the spring and summer is not as appealing as it is in the fall and winter. And just think, the scheduling of the new league's games was one of the things the USFL's brass boated about. After all, they would not be going head-to-head with the established National Football League. The two games I watched were not close. Both wero numways. Another aspect that USFL forefathers promised would not be the ease. With all teams start/ng from scratch, the USFL'en thought the games would for the most part be close ..... with very few lopsided scores. Granted, I do not rush out tlm mornings after USFL games and buy a paper to clmck the results, but it sure seems there are an awful amount M ~Idad vietor/~. The USFL is not without its 'good points" I suppose, even though it turned a lot of people off very quickly and permantly when it allowed its New Jersey fran- chise to sign Georgia's Herschell Walker with one year of college elgihility remaining. The type of signing most feel will destroy college athletics if its allowed to continue. The Walker signing also alienated college football coaches across the land. Most are now saying USFL representatives are not welcome on their campus. Let's give the USFL credit. It's initial strategy was not to overtake the NFL immediately. It felt that if it played its games at an opposite time of the year more respect and attention would be gained, which would mean more fans in the long run. And you don't think think the fact the USFL scheduled its draft of college players two months ahead of the NFL is a coincidence, do you? Advan- tage USFL. The NFL has decided to move its draft from April back to February. The talent assembled by USFL teams is nothing to write home about. There are some extremely talented players in the new league, but for the most part I can't help believe a large portion of the players could not make it in the NFL. And then there are some who would make it, but only as back-up players. The percentage of players who would be instant starters in the established league is very low. The article in the Dallas paper I referred to dealt with the number of people at- tending USFL games. It also gave the television ratings since the first of the season. Some of the numbers were impressive, if they were accurate. In reality, the numbers were probably very legitimate. But, you know, not once this year has anyone asked me, "Did you see the USFL Monday night game?" Or not once last week while on vacation was I asked, "Who do you think will take the USFL championship?" By the way, my answers would have been: "No" and "Who cares?" In the interest of fairness, let me report Philadelphia has wrapped the USFL's Atlantic Division title with a 13-2 record. Chicago and Tampa Bay, both with 10-6 records, are battling for the Central Division title and Oakland and Los Angeles, owners of 7-7 worksheets, are vying for Pacific Division honors. The playoffs begin June 9. By the way, Michigan hosts Washington Monday night at 8 p.m. Aren't you ex- cited? I know Hwy. 90 South Payno Springs Motorcycle sales • Service • Accessories & Parts REGISTER FOR GRAND OPENING DRAWING Sat., June 18 at 6 psm. 1st prize: $79 Tune-up 2nd: Helmet, $25 value 3rd: Set of Dirt Bike (Door prizes for Fenders, $25 value all that register) Man. thru Sat.STOCK FULL LINE OF 9 to 6 NGK SPARK PLUGS / :’ TRINIDAD FRESHMAN LEAGUERS--Team members of Trlnldad's Freshman League team include: Front Row (l-to-r) Tommy Adrlon, Vanold Dawson, James Rainwater, cedric Yarborough, Bubba Warren, Anthony Boggas and Timmy Rain- water. Middle Row (l-to-r) Joshua Armstrong, Ricky Stanfield, Danny Colmsn, Ryan Renteria, Adrian Boggas and Jeff Hiler. Back Row (l-to-r) Coach Mondo Renteria. James McDanlel, Ulric Stevenson, Torrey Weaver and Coach Jerry Rain- water. Not pictured are Tommy Holcomb, Coach Tom Holcomb and Coach Roy Stanfleld. (Staff photo by Ann Rounsavall) Senior Tim Vannatta hitter and his brother Danny Vannatta, inside-the-park home run Valley Mills walloped the Class A schoolboy Valley Mills' state first for the Central the first for former School assistant Luedeker. Luedeker, from 1976-78, became director and head year ago. The title game was innings by the scholastic Lea Billy Sadler and Wil triggered two two-run Valley Mills entered the t09I inning leading 4-0. In that Tim inning, . double, Danny Vannatta run to right center and Gibson each had bander Yancy Price. Vannatta's home run triple appeared to be no base hit, but the Ca unaccustomed to the of Disch-Falk Field - ball off and it rolled to the Cayuga got only Vannatta, who struck batters. Cayuga's only threat fourth when it out on two singles and The state with a 19-2 chart. Ca: 5. ASS 1982 Judged No. 1 in MALAKOFF INDIANS--Team members of one of Malakoff's Freshman League teams include: Front row (l-to-r) Shane among Lovell, Jerry Sayas, Eric Clendening, Jason Clendening and Josh Farrell. Back row (l-to-r) Coach Benny Rogers, Bobby O'Malley, Ty Farrell, Bart Beasley, Rodney Slaton and Chris Dyer. Not pictured are Coach John Beasley, Mike Slsson, news Brlan Cannon and Chad Flores. (Staff photo by Ann Ronnsavall) Seven Points Western Club Welcomes The Friday June 17th POpen 6:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. Phone 432"2288 • 451-2453 " 451"3348 YMCA=summer programs going The Henderson County YMCA sum- The largest mer of '83 programs are off and running took place Saturday, in what Y Director Tommy Tucker 200 parUcipants taking hopes will be the largest summer par- and games at city ticipaUon in many years, operation are Monda: The 1983 swim program begins with l :30.6:00 and SaturdaY the Y progressive swim lessons and -6:00. Y family swim team which will contin,e Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Swim team p.m. and Saturday has over 30 members this summer and l:00p.m. has scheduled swim meets with the The Y discovery Corsicana YMCA and several Dallas camp are geared up Y's. All youth ages 6-18 are urged to the summer. Y sign-up before the summer ends. Swim ages 4-6 is currently lessons for all ages are running near Kiwanis Park and capacity through June, but the July and July. The Y summer daY_' August lessons are open. 7-12 is to begin June 13 iΈ 1 Year Guarantee Twin ......... 5 Year Guarantee Set . , . ,.. o o , .. 15 Year Guarantee Set ............ Set t Set • • • • • • • • • • • Set • , , . • , • . . * • * Set Queen .... X Hwy. 90 To Seven Points Hwy,~ Set Set To Hwy. 175 Hwy. 85 & 90, Gun Barrel City, Texas Set ............. Set * . . * * . • . • . • . 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