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By TONY GALLUCCI
Battalion Sports Editor
There comes a time when sportswriters must
handle the criticism just like the players do all
too often. Such a case is the past week, where
Aggie (non-press) people have taken extreme
delight in chiding the press after the LSU game.
Being a member of the press has its advantages
over being a player. I am about to demonstrate.
You see, we writers can defend ourselves in
print whether you want to read or not.
I don't plan calling everybody jerks, unless I
call myself one also, I would just like to clarify
some misunderstood and possibly misrep
resented ideas. If you’re already bored then skip
to paragraph seven. The reading may be more to
your liking down there.
In every available public service space, letter
to the editor column or forum I have encoun
tered this week as well as some directly related
(to me) shouts of indignation, has been the re
curring theme. “Where the hell are you now,
you chicken-writer, now that the Aggies have
proven they are for real.”
The answer is right in the question. I said in
my first pre-game column that I was excited that
I would probably be watching the finest college
football team that I would ever see. I obviously
was not a doubting Thomas at that time, nor was
I after the first game. But the performance of the
ofi'ense in that first game left a bitter taste in
everybody’s mouth. Yet now the people who
love A&M so much seem to blame the perfor
mance of the offense on the press. The press as a
whole simply put the blame where it belonged.
Those of us who had been fortunate enough to
attend the Aggie workouts prior to the begin
ning of the season knew the potential was there.
But as in the question, the Aggies merely had to
prove themselves. Tine defense was also subject
to proof: they just provided it a little earlier.
I coidd go on and answer some ridiculously
silly charges made by those writing in, etc. but I
prefer not to embarrass anyone, especially my
11 I (I still am an Aggie) ever doubted the
Aggies, then I am the turkey. I eat my words;
gobble, gobble. But if you haven’t doubted,
then you cast the first stone.
In the past week, the Aggie offensive line has
gotten just as much play as the previous week
and for a better reason, they performed.
If you missed LSU, it's too bad, because it
may be forever recognized as the start of a
dynasty. If I could I would ve bronzed the whole
schmaltz and returned it to College Station. The
Tigers could return the butter bowl (remember
that old story) to the homeland if and when they
had the guts to renew the rivalry after their most
Illinois may be the next team to drop its
rivalry with the Ags if they get a similar whip
ping. But Illinois is tough, and I am not throw
ing around the standard “don’t want to make ’em
feel bad malarky. It gets to where you can’t
separate the “yeah they’re really tough’s from
the “not worth a damn s’ these days. No one
wants on anybody’s blacklist.
But I ve seen enough figures (relevant or not)
to genuinely make me worry. One fact should
stick in the mind of everyone though: the Fight
ing Illini were beating Missouri by ten’at one
point and lost by only ten.
If you’ll remember Missouri is fifth ranked
(the Bear-killers) and we re a mere eighth.
It is pleasant to know that ole Cholly Mac
thinks the Ags are much better than Nebraska,
who is ranked fourth.
The Illini (don t ask me I still haven’t figured it
out — maybe of Illinoian Iroquois Indian herit
age) have a punter who can hang the ball for
seven seconds. He may not get any distance or
direction but you can be sure his partners will be
there when it hits the ground.
They also have a super pro-prospect who will
undoubtedly see some action and might start.
That is Kurt Steger, a sophomore QB weighing
in at 210. He s quick and, according to the in
formation I got in the mail, was the most re
cruited prospect by the Big Ten.
They also have an extremely tough fullback
who knows his assignments well when it comes
But this matchup will be a bit different than
the LSU hoedown (brungdown, dnigdown) in
that it will be the very strong Aggie defense
against a good offense and the strong Aggie of
fense against a fair to middlin’defense. Could be
lots of action.
From my seat next to the wall where the
crystal ball is shaded from behind by a color TV
showing replays of Aggie vs. Tiger (circa 1975) I
see a faint score in lights. I will add one point to
each for good luck and find my final calculation
to be A&M 40, Illinois 9. M\ rabbit s foot is
wearing out, but I don t think 1 11 need a new
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^ Nets, Nuggets want to bolt;
could be lawsuited to death
La Dolce Vita
Tues. Sept. 30
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NEW YORK — The Denver
Nuggets and New York Nets, claim
ing they cannot go on losing money,
confirmed Thursday they want to
bolt to the National Basketball As
sociation. They immediately ran
into roadblocks set up by a federal
judge and their current league.
Sources high in both leagues told
— That the Nets and Nuggets,
convinced a merger was impossible,
had decided to fight the suits that
will come and try to join the NBA.
They have the support of NBA
Commissioner Larry O’Brien in
Attorneys for the two American
Basketball Association clubs and the
NBA appeared Thursday morning
before U.S. District Court Judge
Robert L. Carter in New York to tell
him the teams had applied for ad
mission in the NBA for the 1976-77
season. Carter told them they
couldn’t do it without his approval
and the approval of the NBA
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“We don’t understand what
they re doing, said Larry Fleisher,
counsel to the NBA Players’ Associ
ation, who was quick to point out
that neither his union nor Judge
Carter have approved anything.
Announcements, rumors and
threats of suit came from countless
places Thursday as the ABA’s two
most attractive franchises went
ahead with their intentions to bolt
their league in a move that could
seriously injure the ABA’s chances
of continuing in business.
HOUSTON - Home attendance
for the Houston Astros this season
failed to break the million mark for
the first time since the Astrodome
opened in 1965.
A crowd ofl0,237 for Wednesday
night’s final home game brought the
season total to 858,004 after 10 con
secutive million-plus seasons.
The club record 2,151,470 was set
in the first season in the Astrodome.
The 1974 total was 1,090,728.
Prior to the opening of the Dome,
the team played its first three Na
tional League seasons in the now
demolished Colt Stadium and drew
season totals of 924,456, 719,502,
— That the maneuvering is a play
to open merger discussions. O B-
rien and ABA President John Y.
Brown, long-time friends from poli
tics, have met and discussed merger
possibilities in recent months.
High ABA sources said if the Nets
and Nuggets were going it alone and
were successful, the two clubs and
their players would face a battery of
suits charging violation of anti-trust
laws, breach of contract and viola
tion of the league's constitution and
Regardless, O Brien, Nets owner
Roy Boe and Denver president Carl
Scheer issued separate but similarly
and cautiously worded statements
Thursday. Each statement said the
two clubs had applied to the NBA.
Scheer and Boe said they were los
ing money, couldn t continue that
and that the only solution was the
NBA and its television contract.
ABA Commissioner Dave De-
Busschere, who reacted with anger
to the announcements, said he
knew nothing of the months-long
dealings until Wednesday when
Boe and Scheer dropped in to see
him. Negotiations between Boe,
Scheer and O’Brien have been
going on for more than a month —
Boe said months — and Brown has
been aware of the talks.
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David Bonilla, a junior fullback
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of starter David Bostick Thursday as
the Southern Methodist University
Mustangs prepared to meet the
Houston Cougars Friday in the As
Bostick has been a two-year star
ter and Bonilla has never lettered.
Coach Dave Smith said, “David
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Bostick, a junior from Fort
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