The Horses Eyes

You see will where this fits in with the synopsis.

Will,  Barbara, and Kate are waiting to hear about the Physicians’ talk with Alec in the bedroom.   Vic arrives at the Barb near dawn, believing Alec dead, and when told otherwise, grows anxious.  He leaves abruptly and heads to the hills where he and Dave have hidden the rifles.  As this happens, the Doctor comes out of the bedroom and tells them  that Alec is now blind.  This is no surprise. In a business visit to Chicago, the very best eye doctors told Alec that he will be blind within 6 to 8 months.  All the fall did was hasten the inevitable. 

What was said next is where we get the term “horse sense”.  A horse will always avoid danger regardless of any from the owner or anyone else.

Lockhart: “I want  to know who pushed Alec  from the ledge.

Doctor Doctor:  At his age and with failing eyesight, Alec had no business riding a horse.

Once again Lockhart that “No Alec was pushed off.  There is nothing wrong with the horse’s eyes.”   


I hope some if you have seen the classic 1955 western, The Man from Laramie.  It will make my point much easier.

Cavalry captain Will Lockhart poses as a wagon train driver bringing supplies from Laramie to the small town of Coronado in order to investigate an attack by rifle-toting Indians on an Army patrol, which claimed his brother’s life. In Coronado, Will is disconcerted to find a repeating rifle at Barbara Waggoman’s mercantile store and learns that it was part of a trade with an Apache.

The following day, as Will and his men load up their wagons with salt, they are attacked by Barbara’s cousin, Dave Waggoman, who accuses Will of stealing and orders his men to rope and drag Will, then set fire to the wagons and shoot the mules. Vic Hansbro, foreman of the Waggoman Barb Ranch, arrives and orders Dave away. Will pays off his men, but old Charley O’Leary offers to stay behind, suggesting that, as his mother was an Apache, he could question the local Indians about rifles.

Will returns to Barbara’s store and she explains that her uncle Alec owns the town and she despises him for ruining her recently deceased father. Later, Will confronts Dave in town and when Vic attempts to break up the brawl, he and Will fight. Rancher Kate Canaday stops Dave from interfering, and the fight is halted only by the arrival of Alec, who demands that Will leave Coronado. Kate, who was once engaged to Alec, invites Will to her ranch, the Half Moon, and Will accepts, despite advice from town drunk Chris Boldt.

Back in town, Barbara chastises Vic, her fiancé, for appeasing Alec, but Vic insists he is invaluable to the Barb. Meanwhile, at the Half Moon, Kate offers Will a job as her foreman, but he declines, explaining that he is only in town seeking his brother’s killer. At Alec’s invitation, Will goes to the Barb, where Alec gives him restitution money, but refuses to explain why he never took action about the cavalry massacre, which occurred on his land. Later, outside of town, Will meets Charley, who discloses that the Apaches are expecting a shipment of rifles. When Will and Charley realize they have been followed, Charley heads to town and Will discovers Boldt, who offers to sell him information.

Later that evening, Will is attacked by Boldt, but after Will knocks him down, Boldt flees. Will then stops by a church celebration and learns from the priest that rifles were used by the Indians during the attack on the cavalry. On his way back to his room, Will is arrested by Sheriff Tom Quigby and accused of murdering Boldt, who was found dead shortly after his confrontation with Will.

The next day, Alec visits Will in jail and offers to arrange for a lawyer and a friendly judge, if Will agrees to leave town. When Will asks Alec why he is determined to get him out of town, Alec confesses that he is plagued by a dream in which a stranger kills Dave. Will dismisses Alec’s dream and refuses his help. Kate then bails Will out and insists he become

The Half Moon foreman. Meanwhile, at the Barb, Alec lectures Dave about his disinterest in the business side of the ranch, but Dave demands that Alec fire Vic so that he can take charge. Vic rides in with the news that Kate has hired Will and that the men suspect Will is a hired gun. Later in private, Alec confesses to Vic that he has lost most of his eyesight and pleads with Vic to protect Dave, assuring him a portion of the Barb at his death, a promise overheard by Dave.

When Dave and his men run into Will herding Kate’s cattle, Dave fires at him, but is wounded in the hand. Dave orders his men to capture Will and shoots him in the hand as revenge. Dave then heads into the mountains, where he uncovers a wagonload of rifles and sends smoke signals to the Indians, which attract Vic, with whom he has been selling arms to the Indians in hopes of creating instability in the region.

Dave insists that they should give the Indians the rifles immediately so that they will attack the Half Moon, but Vic explains that the Barb will also be attacked. After complaining about his lack of authority, Dave draws on Vic, who shoots him dead. Vic brings Dave’s body back to the Barb, while Kate and Barbara tend to Will at the Half Moon. The following day after Dave’s funeral, Alec rides out alone to the Half Moon to shoot Will, but cannot see well enough to aim.

A few days later, Alec questions Vic about the excessive cost of equipment, and when Vic blames Dave, Alec accuses him of purchasing rifles illegally. Despite Vic’s attempts to dissuade him, Alec insists on searching for the rifles. Meanwhile, Will meets Charley, who shows him deep rutted wagon tracks, which the men then follow. Vic accompanies Alec into the hills and admits buying the rifles, but insists that it was Dave’s idea. When Vic maintains that he has been more of a son to Alec than Dave, Alec is angered, and in the ensuing tussle, Vic pushes Alec down a steep ravine.*

Will later finds Alec unconscious and takes him to the Half Moon. The doctor reports that Alec is now completely blind, but will recover. Vic arrives at the Barb near dawn, believing Alec dead, and when told otherwise, grows anxious. When Alec regains consciousness he asks for Will and reveals his discovery of the rifles and that Vic is the man in his dreams. Will goes in search of Vic and finds him with the rifle wagon, signaling the Apaches. The men fight and Will forces Vic to push the wagon over a cliff before the Indians’ arrival.

Vic then escapes, but is killed by the outraged Apaches. Later, Alec and Kate make wedding plans, while Will prepares to depart after telling Barbara he hopes to see her when she returns East.



1964 Conservatives Not Popular

When the Conservative movement in the United States began has caused its share of controversy  over the years.  There are many  people with different ideas.  Some say there is  no specific  date or time.   The conservative movement has gradually just evolved into something that could attract support from different groups.  This translated into votes on Election Day.   I can understand this position but different people did emerge who consolidated their ideas into victory.

Barry Goldwater gave rousing speeches on conservative ideas both on the Senate  floor and at various cities in this country.  Senator Goldwater  had handsome and sharp facial features.   He was marvelous when photographed with the red mountains of Arizona in the background.   Nevertheless,  we all know about the 1964 Republican National Convention and the disastrous campaign  that followed.  It was a combination of things that we can talk about later.   Candidates that appear strong and confident during the primaries get weak and tentative after they get the nomination.

The Republican Convention in 1964 dropped to an all time low in democratic  procedures.   The crowd booed  Governor Nelson Rockefeller in his speech  condemning extremism from both ends of the political spectrum.  Goldwater made that famous phrase.   “Extremism  in the defense of freedom is no vice.  Moderation in  the pursuit of Justice is no virtue.”  Those words chilled millions of people.   During the campaign,  Barry Goldwater was only sometimes  articulate.   President Johnson and his staff often used dirty tricks to make Goldwater and other conservatives look bad.

On a positive note 1964 proved that a man from the west and a sparsely populated state could at least win the nomination.  Senator Goldwater voted against Civil Rights Act just two weeks before the convention in San Francisco.  As a result,  for the first time since Reconstruction  a Republican Nominee won, and easily won,  the five states of the Deep South.    Goldwater also won his home state of Arizona  but  with  a shaky 50.4% of the vote.   Only with these exceptions could Conservatives claim they carried the day.

More on this later.

1961 Eagles Got No Help on the Final Week

As the last weekend of the season came, the Eagles were 9-4 one game behind the New York Giants.   Philadelphia, on the road,  had to defeat the Detroit Lions.  The  Cleveland Browns, at Yankee Stadium,  had to defeat the New York Giants.  New York  won the previous game at Cleveland 37 to 21.   If things went the Eagles way there would be a playoff game at New York.  While both teams would be  10-4, the Giants defeated the Eagles twice.

Philadelphia at Detroit

Sonny Jurgensen completed 27 0f 42 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.  Pete Retzlaff caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Tommy Mac Donald caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.   For the Lions Jim Ninowski completed  16 of 26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.  Gail Gogdill caught seven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. 

This was an exciting and seesaw game.  In the final four minutes of the game,  Sonny Jurgensen threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Dick Lucas and Bobby Walston kicked a ten yard field goal.  Final Philadelphia 27 Detroit 24.

Cleveland at Yankee Stadium.

For Cleveland,  Jimmy Brown carried 24 times for 102 yards.  Leon Clarke caught a three yard touchdown pass.  New York-Alex Webster carried 21 times for 91 yards.   Del Shofner caught six passes for 92 yards.    Each team missed two field goals.   This 7 to 7 tie meant that the Eagles would finish in second place.

1961 Eagles Got No Help from the Cleveland Browns

If anyone tells you I said this I will deny it.   Cleveland was the most hated team for rooters of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles.  The rivalry between the New York Giants and the Browns attracted the most attention for many fans.  At one point, the Giants won six in a row.  Three in 1958 which counts the playoffs;  two in 1959;  and the first game in 1960.

On the last weekend of the 1961 season,  I was hoping that the Cleveland Browns would defeat the New York Giants.  Around mid-season, the Giants defeated the Browns at Cleveland 37 to 21.  The Eagles were 9-4 and the Giants 10-3 after 13 games.  After a 7-1 start,  the Eagles lost three of five.  The Giants defeated us twice with Y.A Tittle torching the Eagles secondary,  38 to 21 at Yankee Stadium and 28 to 24 at Franklin Field .   The Eagles at Cleveland-Jimmy Brown set an NFL record rushing for 245 yards with four touchdowns.  Milt Plum completed 16 of 21 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown.  Cleveland put up 505 yards defeating the Eagles 45 to 24.

Week 14.  The only hope for the Eagles was winning  at Detroit and the Giants losing  at Yankee Stadium versus the Browns.  This would set up an Eastern Conference Playoff  the following week between New York and Philadelphia.  Since the Giants defeated the Eagles twice during the season, the game would be at Yankee Stadium. More Later.




1961 Eagles got no Help from the Pittsburgh Steelers

The New York  Giants  finished the season at 10-3-1  and the Philadelphia Eagles were 10-4, 1/2 game behind.   Freezing  other variables,  a Week 2 game at Pittsburgh between the Steelers and the Giants really hurt both Pennsylvania teams.  The Giant offense was  phasing in Y. A. Title as the first string quarterback but 42 year old Charlie Conerly still had significant playing time.

Now for the game. The  Steelers scored first as John Henry Johnson capped a drive with a three yard zip.  Steelers 7 Giants 0.  Then came the most damaging play of the entire season for Pittsburgh.   A second drive in the first quarter stalled at the NY 35 yard line.   The Steelers were attempting a 42 field goal with Tom Tracy holding for Lou Micheals.  Tracy spotted the ball then picked it up which totally  confused the Giants.  Tracy threw on the option play to John Henry Johnson,  who was standing all alone at the 20 yard line.   The pass was right between his numbers and he dropped the ball.  I believe he could have crawled into the End Zone.

A 14 to 0 lead might have opened in flood gates for Pittsburgh; quite the contrary it invigorated New York and this below  took place.

Chuck Conerly threw a touchdown pass to Joe Morrison;

Y. A Title threw a touchdown pass to Del Shofner;

Pat Summeral kicked a 19 yard field goal

Erich Barnes had two interceptions off  Bobby Lane

for Pittsburgh:

John Henry Johnson opened the scoring with a four yard touchdown run;

Buddy Dial caught an 11 yard touchdown pass

Trailing 17 to 14, Pittsburgh had the ball at the Giants 25.   Jim Katcavage hit Layne on a pass play.  Andy Robustelli recovered.

Had the Steelers won, the Eagles would have won the division 10-4 to the Giants 9-4-1


1979 Playoffs Rams 21 Cowboys 19

An an easy victory is preferable to a very close one.  It’s easier on the fans.  Teams can rest regulars and  give the reserves valuable playing time.   But to me the biggest factor is in the immediate aftermath of the game.   A team often comes  from behind to win and  falls flat the following week.  

On the last regular season game of 1979,  the Dallas Cowboys defeated  the Washington Redskins 35 to 34. As per usual, Roger  Staubach led a great come from behind effort.   Look at a recent article called Roger Staubach Last Miracle.  On the first round of the playoffs,  Dallas hosted the Los Angles Rams.  All signs pointed to any easy win.  After all:

Dallas defeated the Rams 28 to 0 in the previous year’s NFC Title  game.  Earlier in the current year,  Dallas demolished the Rams  30 to 6. Dallas’ record in 1979 was 11-5, two games better than the 9-7 Rams.   As might be expected, the Rams’ competition  in the NFC West was way below Dallas in the NFC East.   Los Angeles did not even have to win their final game.   The system would looked really  bad with a  .500 team in the playoffs.

This game was about the most even as possible.

Los Angeles Rams-Vince Ferragamo completed only nine passes but three went for touchdowns.  In the final minute,  VF covered 54 yards in a touchdown pass to Billy Waddy that  put the Rams ahead for good.   Wendell Tyler rushed  for 82 yards and  caught a 4o yard touchdown pass.

Dallas Cowboys-In the final game of his career,  Roger Staubach completed 12 passes in 28 attempts for 124 yards and a touchdown.  Tony Dorsett carried 19 times for 87 yards.   Staubach, under a fierce  pass rush,  threw a pass to an interior lineman which drew a penalty and ended the game.






1966 St Louis-A Big Dive

Now for 1966

The Cardinals brought a 7-1-1 record into Pitt Stadium to play the Steelers who were 2-5-1. Pittsburgh used special teams and defense to get the victory.

–Paul Martha returned an interception 38 yards to the Eagle 10. Ron Smith threw a touchdown pass to John Hilton on the next play.
–Andy Russell blocked a punt from Jacky Smith and returned it for a touchdown.
–D Hoak, on a pass option play, threw a touchdown for 38 yards to Roy Jefferson.

The Steelers denied St. Louis a touchdown on this game. Final Steelers 30 Cardinals 9

The very next week, with an oddity, the Pittsburgh Steelers went to St. Louis. This was a bitterly fought game full of penalties, turnovers, and sacks. The Cardinals gained 228 yards to just 80 yards for the Steelers. St Louis got two field goals and the Steelers got one. Final. Cardinals 6 Steelers 3.

The victory gave the Cardinals a 8-2-1 record and in contention for the title. However, they lost the final three games to finish 8-5-1. Among those three losses was a 16 to 10 embarrassment to the first year Atlanta Falcons