Baseball people talk about a pitcher's velocity. Football coaches talk about mental errors. Golfers talk about rhythm.
These are "buzz words" of sports. In soccer, the buzz word is "visibility." John Carbray, general manager of the Washington Diplomats, attributes almost everthing the club does to "seeking visibility."
In Philadelphia, the Fury, one of six North American Soccer League expansion teams has found visibility. The club's owners virtually define the word.
Peter Frampton, Paul Simon, Rick Wakeman. Those are three of the 16 owners of the franchise. The president of the club, Frank Barsalanas, is chairman of the board of Premier Talent, Inc., one of rock music's biggest companies.
The Fury has visibility.
The owners have given the new team a head start in publicity and in ticket sales. Two years ago the Philadelphia Atoms folded. The Fury doesn't expect a repeat performance.
"If we get good weather we're expecting as many as 25,000 people Saturday," a club spokesman said yesterday. "That isn't bad for a first game."
The first game will be at 2:05 p.m. Saturday against the Washington Diplomats (WTTG-TV-5) The Dips have drawn over 25,000 fans only twice in their four years in Washington.
Of course the Dips cannot offer a preliminary youth game with Frampton and Alan White of the rock-group, "Yes" as coaches and Wakeman as referee. Or Mike Douglas - a legend in Philadelphia - singing the national anthem.
Nor can the Dips say that one of their former owners is Mick Jagger.
If it seems odd that all these showbusiness types would want to invest their money in a soccer team, Tom Meredith, Fury publicity director, thinks there's a logical explanation.
"Most of these people travel abroad a lot," he said. "They see soccer all the time. Over there it's the only sport, not like here. Frampton's from England. He loves soccer. Wakeman plays for the English Showbiz team - and he's good."
The Furty people claim that their show-business connections are quite different from Elton John's part ownership in the Los Angeles Aztecs. They say the show-biz folks will take an active part in running the team.
What that role will be is uncertain. One thing is certain however: the stars will be quite visible.
Once the aura of the stars wears off the fans will turn their attention to the field. There, the Fury seems to be taking a similar approach to the one the Dips have taken in the past.
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The coach is Englishman Richard Dinnis and the players are primarily English, Irish and American. Three Jimmy Miller, a University of Pennsylvania All-America, will be in goal. Rich Reice, the club's first draft pick from Penn State will be at forward, and Brooks Cryder, from Philadelphia Textile will be one of the defenders.
The man the Fury will look to however is Peter Osgood, 31-year-old English striker who is expected to do for the Fury what the Dips are hoping Ray Graydon will do for them: score lots of goals.
Fort Lauderdale Striker Coach Ron Newman was quoted last week as saying, "I don't see any way people are going to stop Osgood. He's going to score a lot of goals."
Two other men the Fury will lean on heavily, midfielders Alan Ball and Johnny Giles, are both still tied up with their English and Irish teams, respectively, and will miss at least Saturday's game. The Dips ran into similar troubles in the past with loan players.
The Dips will go to Philadelphia looking for a win to get their season started right. To most of the fans of Philadelphia their presence in Veterans Stadium will merely be secondary to the presence of the music stars.
Nevertheless, the Dips and the Fury will both be visible. And that's the name of the game in the NASL.