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12 Sports ii -Flutter on Sports By DAVE RUTTER Tile Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Octo ,ber 16, 1987 I i The Scab Football League and dumb quotes of the week The chants from the Eagles' stands in Philadelphia begin to swell, like rolling thunder in a windswept canyon. "Guido Merkins. GUI-do MER-kins! Gut-DO Mer-KINS!! GUI-DO MERKINS!!!! Any football team with the nerve to play a quarterback named Guido Merkins is all right in my book. At first, I thought the Eagles had signed a small Italian pickle. If the truth were known, the three-week-old National Football League strike has been terrifical- ly interesting. Guido and the gang in Philly are do- ing nicely and the New York Giants can't even win an intersquad scrimmage. The Scab Football League is almost a religious experience or maybe it's like watching a car acci- dent in slow motion. I'm not sure which. Gleaned from here and thor, here's a capsule of goodies from the first two weeks of play. Return your tray to the upright position and prepare for takeoff. The Los Angeles Raiders, who had the worst group of "regular" pro quarterbacks in captivity, found a better one in the strike -- retread Vince Evans who's played in every league known to man and several others yet to be catalogued. BEFORE EVANS showed he could pass more that 10 yards without getting an arm cramp, coach Tom Flores had said of the "non-strike" QB derby: "We had committed to Rusty Hilger, and we had Marc Wilson and Ed Luther. Plus, Jim Plunkett was still a question mark because of his injuries. I just didn't know if we wanted to cloud up the issue any more." True, the Raiders ought to be committed if they went with Hilger. Plunkett is old enough to be somebody's grandfather, and the rest of that group couldn't be picked out of a police lineup. Scab Football League Dumb quote of the week No. 2: "They exploited our inexperience," said Packers coach Can't-See-the-Trees for the Forrest Gregg after losing to Detroit. Scab Football League Dumb quote of the week No. 3: "There was a difference in the level of play," said Cincinnati's Reggie Williams, a regular who had crossed the picket line. (Obviously, Reg- gie is an aware sort of dude.) Scab Football League intelligent quote of the week: "I wouldn't pay full price to come back and watch this team," said a Seattle fan. Coach Mike Ditka of the "unbeaten" Bears: "Nine sacks today and 11 last week -- that will get you in Guinness Book of records, somewhere." (Does Guinness have a category called Bad Amateur Football?) Giants linebacker Warren Thompson on his "winless team which went from Super Bowl champs to being the worst in the SFL: "To get defeated like we've been defeated, where they just run up and down the field, is not good." (Pretty strong words, Warren.) Pittsburgh Steeler president Dan Rooney sum- ming up the sticking point in the negotiations: "A young player who's real good and you want him and someone offers him something you can't do, there's no compensation, based on what he was getting." (Yep, Dan, that pretty well covers it.) BEARS STRIKING safety Gary Fenik: "For one of the scab fans who nearly killed himself K of C football league play continues Play continued Oct. 11 for the Memorial High School Knights of Columbus Council 565 grade school football league. The first contest had St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer play- ing St. Benedict. St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer scored first with an l 1-yard touchdown by Jim Bockting. The PAT attempt failed. In the second quarter, Matt Vollman of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer passed an l 1-yard touchdown to Tom Deeg. Matt Vollman kicked for two points. Greg Schellhase of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer made the next score with a 22-yard touchdown run. The PAT attempt failed. The third quarter opened with a 78-yard touchdown run by Jason Gries of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer. Matt Vollman kicked the PAT. In the fourth quarter, Jim Bockting of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer fought two yards for the touchdown run. Matt Vollman kicked the PAT. The final score was 36-0 St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer over St. Benedict. The second game of the after- noon saw the league leading Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd going against Christ the King/Holy Spirit. Matt Swan- son of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd took the opening kick-off and ran 80 yards for the touchdown. Shawn Merkel ad- ded the PAT. Steve Markwell, on a quarterback keeper play, ran 14 yards for the second touchdown of the quarter. Shown Merkel against added the PAT. The only score of the second quarter was a three-yard touchdown run by Matt Swan- son. Brian Henning added the PAT. There was no score in the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw Matt Swanson of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd take the punt and run 60 yards for the touchdown. Kevin O'Donohue added the PAT. He- ly Rosary/Good Shepherd kept its undefeated record by defeating Christ the King/Holy Spirit by a score of 29-0. This weekend, St. Benedict will play Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd at 1 p.m. The second game at 2:30 p.m. will see St. Theresa/Holy Rede,mer against Christ the King/Holy Spirit. Number retired Bill Hillenbrand, former Memorial High School football stand- out, had his number retired at the Tigers' homecoming game last weekend. An All-State player at Memorial and an All-American at Indiana University, HiUenbrand was a member of the undefeated 1937 squad. He and nine of his teammates were honored that evening. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang when he ran into a barrier near Soldier Field .... I don't feel sorry for you." (Right, Gary, that's how to get the fans on your side.) Chicago labor leader Robert Healey in support of the strikers: "It is like buying a ticket to see the Bolshoi Ballet and getting a performance of a high school tap dancing troupe. They think they can sell the American people this erstaz substitute, crappy football." (The Bolshoi Bears?) Now let us consider the pantheon of stars in this new era of professional football. Lionel Vital rushed for 128 yards and a TD last  week to help the Washington Scabskins beat the Giants. Last month he was the manager of a grocery store in Louisiana. Mike Prindle kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to give the Detroit Lions a 19-16 victory over the Green Bay Cackers. He was unemployed construction worker. Rick Neuheisel, a former Rose Bowl passing star for UCLA, completed 18 of 22 passes to lead San Diego to a 17-13 victory over Tampa Bay. He expects to be out of work again when the strike ends. Sean McInerney had three-and-a-half of the Bears' sacks in their 27-7 victory over Minnesota. He played at Frosthurg State in Maryland, was working as a fitness equipment salesman, junior college football coach and bar bouncer before the strike. All in all, the last two weeks have been wonderful in a wacky sort of way, although the novelty value may have run its course. It's like being stuck on a desert island with Martha Rave. After you've covered all there is to say about denture adhesives, there's not much left. ii i COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Autol Homel Fire & Lifo! Your Personal Service Agen t James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 311 N. Wabash 425-3187 illl, i,= i RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY i- YOUR FAMILY ...... 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