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Page Eleven

Saturday, August 6, 1977 THE MICHiGAN DAILY Page Eleven


Namath, Tarkenton face off

quarterbacks rated among the
best ever in professional foot-
ball are scheduled to play to-
night when the Minnesota Vik-
ings and Los Angeles Rams
open their preseason schedule in
the Coliseum.
Vikings Coach B u d Grant
plans to go with his veteran
quarterback, Fran Tarkenton,
and newly-acquired Joe Namath
is expected to play one quarter
for Los Angeles.
The two longtime National
Football League quarterbacks
may not, however, be on the
field at the same time, since
Tarkenton is starting and may
be used sparingly in the sec-

end half and Namath is pen-
ciled in to play only the third
There was also an outside
chance Namath would not be
able to make his Ramis debut.
His final medical clearance
wasn't expected until game
day, but Los Angeles Coach
Chuck Knox indicated he ex-
pected Namath to get the go-
Though exhibition f o o t b a l1
rarely displays the sport at its
best, the Vikings may be extra
flat, having only been in camp
nine days. Both coaches will
experiment freely, trying to
evaluate rookies and veterans
alike in game situations.

The league is also using the
game for some experimenting.
A seventh official, designated
as a side judge, will be added
to the usual quota. The side
judge made his first appear-
ance in last week's Hall of
Fame game between the Chi-
cago Bears and the New York
Elsewhere t o d a y, Atlanta
plays at St. Louis, Buffalo visits
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati is at
Green Bay, Kansas City goes to
Detroit, Miami faces Tampa
Bay, New England takes on the
New York Giants, New Orleans
goes against Chicago and San
Diego is at Dallas.
Seattle plays at San Fran-

cisco on Sunday and Houston is
at Oakland and Washington at
Cleveland Monday night.
The first full weekend of
games got underway when Bal-
timore played at Denver and
Philadelphia faced the New
York Jets last night.
The Vikings present virtual-
ly the same cast that cap-
tured the NFC crown by beat-
ing Los Angeles 24-13 last
December. The Rams, how-
ever, has been altered dras-
The most dramatic change, of
course, is the addition of Na-
math, who signed as a free agent
after a dozen years with the
Jets. He replaces James Harris

in the Rams quarterback pic-
ture. Harris was traded to San
Los Angeles also is without
defensive tackle Merlin Olsen
and tight end Bob Klein, who
both retired after last season,
as well as a host of holdouts
including tight e n d Charley
Young, acquired from Philadel-
phia, fleet flanker Harold Jack-
son, guard Tom Mack, and
linebacker Jack Reynolds.
Guard Ed White and running
backs C h u c k Foreman and
Brent McClanahan were missing
from the offense and Alan Page
from defense in the Vikings'
starting lineup announced yes-
terday by Coach Grant.
The first weekend of pre-
season action features the
NFL debuts of two highly-
touted running backs, No. 1
draft choice Ricky Bell of
Tampa Bay and the No. 2
selection, Tony Dorsett of Dal-
las. Cowboy Coach Tom Lan-
dry has enjoyed his early look
at Dorsett, the Heisman Tro-
phy winner.
"We see everything in him we
anticipated we'd see," said Lan-
dry. "He has the quicknes, the
fluid motio n, the speed we ex-
pected. He catches the ball well.

Jazz set to make vichrich'
NEW ORLEANS (A) - Basketball star "BUT I'D SAY about 60 per cent of the money per annum than Pistol Pete.
Pete Maravich and the New Orleans Jazz problems have been" worked out." But Simpson's contract was for three
were said Friday to be near agreement on The team spokesman said he hoped final years. Maravich's five year pact would
a five-year contract paying more than agreement would come Monday in Pitts- have a greater total value. More than
$700,000 a year. burgh when Maravich and his attorneys are enough to keep the seven year vet supplied
Maravich has agreed to the salary sec- scheduled to meet with Lewis Schaffel, with floppy socks for a long time.
lion of the contract, the New Orleans States- general manager of the Jazz. MARAVICH, WHO LED the NBA in scor-
Item reported today. "We spent an entire day dealing with ing last year with a 31.1 point average, has
THE CONTRACT reportedly would make cash the last time we met, and we haven't been with New Orleans for three years. He
Maravich the highest - paid athlete in pro- gotten to the other points," the spokesman played for the Atlanta Hawks during his
fessinnal sports. said. "There are some points workable and first four years in the NBA.
others we won't budge on." Maravich said before last season that he
However, a Jazz spokesman said negotia- A SALARY OF $700,000 a year reportedly would consider playing out his option so
lions between the National Basketball As- would boost Maravich above Kareem Abdul- he'd have a chance to play on a champion-
sociation team and its star guard were not Jabbar, the Milwaukee Bucks center who ship contender, which the expansion Jazz
finished and that nothing had been signed. reportedly is paid more than $600,000 a haven't been.
"What we have agreed to were the dol- year. At the time, he said: "I've worked 25
lars but there are eight parts Maravich's O. J. Simpson, who is being paid more years to earn the kind of money I'm mak-
attorneys are asking and the whole thing than $900,000 a season to run with the ball ing today, but the money means nothing. A
could still fall through," the spokesman for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, would he championship can bring you anything you
said. the only professional athlete making more want, and I want to be part of it."

It's a spewing smoke-
stack. It's litter in the
( ;s - - streets. It's a river where
fIsh can't live.
You know what pollu-
/. Lion is.
But not everyone does.
', So the next time you see
pollution, don't close your
eyes to it.
Write a letter. Make a
call. Pointitouttosomeone
who can do something
% , !;' ' % k about it.
Playin doctor /K'ePAmeriCaealti
ither Dog Ellis of the' Texas Rangers makes faces at the Chica go Whlte Sox tans daring the hour long rala delay which held up
iarday night's game between the two teams. Some of Ellis' tea inmates probably would have liked to make similar gestares In APiACS*55IdNSNW5JpWJr&
llt direction of the umpires, who made two controversial calls ag aist the Rangers in Chicago's 5-4 iwi..

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