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No-show foe leaves Claws in holding pattern


In case anybody has been looking all week for a score on last Saturday night's Baltimore Claws game with the New England )) Crusaders in pro-box indoor football at Du Burns Arena, forget it.

There was no score because there was no game in what was supposed to be the debut of a six-team Atlantic Coast Professional Football League.

The Crusaders never made it to Baltimore after one of the two vans carrying the 24-man squad broke down near Marion, Pa., forcing an embarrassed Claws general manager Jerry Fair to call off the game and refund the $7 per ticket the fans had paid.

Fair said he waited until 8:15 p.m. to announce to the "crowd of 300 to 400" that the 7:30 game wouldn't be played because New England had not arrived.

Fair said many of the fans wanted a rain check for another game, but he said he had made no provisions for offering rain checks so he gave back the money.

According to Fair, he couldn't tell the fans why the Crusaders had not shown up because the Hartford, Conn., team never called him at Du Burns to tell him what happened.

"They called me at home and left the message on my answering machine," said Fair. "When I got home after calling the game off, I found the message and went up the road to help them out. When I got there at 11:30 p.m. they were still on the road and couldn't get the engine problem fixed."

Fair said the team will play its other four home games as scheduled this season. He plans to reschedule the New England game. The next game is set for May 30 at 7:30 p.m. against the New Jersey Oaks.

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