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Interview: Tommy John 
There are still some wins in that old rebuilt machine 

Trouble in Big D 
The Cowboys face problems: The big one is White vs. Hogeboom 

1984 NFL Preview: The AFC 

The division winners will be the Dolphins, Steelers, and Raiders 

1984 NFL Preview: The NFC 
We like the Redskins, Packers, and 49ers 


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7 The Insider 

8 Media 

12 Gambling 

18 Letters 

87. Humor 

90 On The Loose 

94 The Good Doctor 
96 Numbers 

98 The Fan 

Cover: Danny White photo by Al Messerschmidt; New 
England Patriots Cheerleader photo by Robert B. Shaver 

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point where | couldn't do 
it mentally anymore,” says 
Bjorn Borg in explaining his 
abandonment of a pro tennis 
career that saw him win five 
consecutive Wimbledon titles 
between 1976 and 1980, and 
smash his way to every major 
Grand Prix title except the U.S. 
Open. “I’d had enough. I real- 
ized there were other things I 
could do with my life—even if 
it’s nothing serious. 

“If you want to be No. 1, or 
even No. 5 [ranked in the 
world], it has to be your entire 
life. I could never go back to 
playing seven days a week, four 
or five hours a day. It’s not that I 
don’t love tennis anymore—I’m 
still a part of it. I just enjoy it ina 
different way.” 

The tennis world keeps hop- 
ing that Borg will have a change 
of heart and re-inject some class into a pro tour that now features the 
likes of superbrat John McEnroe, tempestuous Jimmy Connors, 
and surly Ivan Lendl. But Borg, who quit the circuit in January 
1983, is now content just playing for fun. 

“T'll never go back to the tour,’ says the low-key Swede, who once 
put his opponents on ice with a relentless baseline game. Borg now 
plays only a few exhibition matches, one or two Grand Prix 
tournaments—for fun—and competes annually in the Monte Carlo 
Grand Prix in order to maintain tax-free residency. In addition, with 
his new relaxed attitude toward the sport, he gives summer clinics 
and works major events on television as a color commentator. 

“People say to me, ‘We miss you, come back, says Borg. “But... I 
just want to play tennis for fun.” 

“I wish he’d come back,” says his good friend and occasional 
exhibition opponent, Vitas Gerulaitis. “But the man made a 
decision. He doesn’t owe anything to anyone. He gave back just as 
much as he received. People respect him and care about him. He's 
Bjorn Borg.” 

raged some people during the Winter Olympics in Sarejevo 
with their comments about Olympic medals not being worth much to 
them because they'd already made their fortunes, have retired from 
the World Cup circuit; but skiing is a mistress they can’t leave. 

They are now contributing editors to a skiing magazine and will 
write major articles and a monthly column on ski tips and racing. 

They have developed an all-weather line of ski clothing that was 
introduced at a ski show in Las Vegas and will be available this fall in 
stores in the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

Borg: ‘I just want to play tennis for fun.’ 

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They have taped a 13-week, 
half-hour ski show called “Ski 
News ‘Today.’ The syndicated 
show is scheduled for airing in 
the fall and will feature seg- 
ments on instruction, equip- 
ment, ski areas, racing news, 
recreational skiing, person- 
alities, and ski conditions. 

And, they are setting up 
Mahre Ski Centers at ski areas 
around the country. 

Jean-Claude Killy, the bril- 
liant Frenchman who swept the 
men’s downhill, giant slalom, 
and slalom at the 1968 Olympics 
in Grenoble, has called the 
Mahre brothers “the greatest 
skiers America has ever pro- 

The Mahres have certainly 
justified Killy’s assessment. Phil 
is the only American ever to 
capture the men’s World Cup 
title, winning it three straight 
times between 1981 and ’83. He also was the slalom silver medalist in 
the 1980 Olympics and capped his brilliant career by winning the 
slalom gold on the last day of this year’s Winter Olympics. 

Steve, meanwhile, finished first in the giant slalom in the 1982 
World Championships and was runner-up to his brother in the 
Olympic slalom last February. 

“Steve and I are looking forward to our new careers,’ said Phil. 

boycott of the Los Angeles Games has put tarnish on their 
medals, a taint that no amount of polishing will remove. Just how 
valuable is an Olympic gold medal—even in a normal year? The 
opinions vary. 

Don (Tarzan) Bragg, 1960 gold medalist in the pole vault: “It’s an 
everlasting, perpetual award. It’s a claim that doesn’t lessen with the 
years. They just can’t take it away from you. Its advantages far 
exceed its disadvantages, but there are some disadvantages. For 
example, if it opens doors for you, and you're trying for a job, the 
conversation often stems around your Olympic accomplishment 
rather than the business at hand.” 

Horace Ashenfelter, 1952 Olympic gold medalist in the 3,000- 
meter steeplechase: “It means at one point in your life you were the 
best at what you did in a sports event. But it’s important to keep it in 
perspective. It was part of your youth, and you won it at just a game. 
You can’t live on it. Now I don’t even know where my medal is.” 

Steve Riddick, 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter 
relay: “It puts you in exclusive company. It also means that when 
you're 40 or 50 years old, you can sit back and marvel at it. . . and let 
your kids or your grandchildren marvel at it, too.” 


Costas Should Put a Halt 
‘lo NBCs Revolving Door 

only 30, and had been 
working full time for NBC 
Sports for less than a year in 
the summer of 1982, when the 
network offered him a chance 
to leap from obscurity to star- 
dom in a single bound. 

Then a pro football play-by- 
play man on regional telecasts 
who also worked occasional 
backup baseball and college 
basketball games, Costas was 
asked if he’d like to replace 
Bryant Gumbel as host of the 
NFL pregame show, “NFL ’82,” 
that fall. 

It was and is a high-visibility 
assignment, one that would 
have immediately thrust Cos- 
tas into national prominence. 
That it was offered to a no- 
name kid with no background 
whatsoever in the tricky busi- 
ness of hosting a studio show 
indicates just how much NBC 
thought of Costas’ potential. 

The kicker is that Costas said no thanks. 

“It wasn't a flat turndown, but more an 
expression of misgivings,’ he recalls. “I felt I 
could probably do a competent job, but that 
the timing wasn't 100% right. I was just 
getting comfortable with NBC and I was 
totally unknown to a national audience. And if 
it worked out, there was no assurance | 
wouldn't wind up a year-round studio guy, 
which I didn’t want. I consider myself pri- 
marily a play-by-play man, and baseball is my 
first love. I was afraid of losing that.” 

So Len Berman replaced Gumbel, and in 
the words of NBC executive producer Mike 
Weisman, was a “very competent host” in his 
two seasons on the show. However, 
Weisman didn't think competency was 

see a potential for greatness in him. He brings a spark, 
an enthusiasm we think can make this show sizale.’ 

Costas moves in during the fall. 
“We still consider Lenny an im- 
portant part of NBC Sports,” 
Weisman says. 

Berman will not talk about 
the switch to Costas on the 
NFL pregame show. “It’s a very 
sensitive matter to him and he 
respectfully declines to com- 
ment,’ a network spokesman 

For Costas, the timing and 
everything else was right the 
second time around. He feels 
comfortable at NBC, he’s bet- 
ter known nationally, and while 
he no longer will team with Bob 
Trumpy on NFL broadcasts, he 
won't have to give up the Satur- 
day afternoon baseball games 
he loves and handles so well 
with Tony Kubek. 

NBC wisely allowed Costas a 
two-month tnal run in the stu- 
dio wraparound show at the 
start of the year. 

“They said if I didn’t like it, or 

enough in the make-or-break position on a | if they felt they had made a misjudgment 

show he considers vital to his department's 
image, so he called again on Costas, who had 
enhanced his reputation as a budding super- 
star in the two years between offers. 

Who says opportunity knocks but once? 

This time, Costas said yes. 

He is the new host of “NFL '84,” and 
Weisman hopes and believes Costas will 
occupy the seat for the next 20 years, and 
end a revolving-door series of changes 
Weisman says has damaged the show in its 
long and probably hopeless pursuit of its 
more popular CBS rival, “The NFL Today.” 

Berman has been let down gently. He just 
signed a new two-year contract with NBC 
and will remain the studio host, except when 

about me, this was a low-key, no-pressure 
way to find out. You know, you hear all these 

stories about how cold and unfeeling the 

networks are, but they were very sensitive 
to my needs, so I felt I had to give it a shot. | 
found | enjoyed it—much more than I 
thought I would. 

“And they have flatly assured me I'll al- 
ways have a role in baseball. In September, 
when the seasons overlap, I will be able to do 
a game on Saturday, then fly to New York on 
Sunday for the football show. And when 
we're doing the playoffs or World Series, 
they have said it will be all right for me to take 

~a week off from football.” 

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to delivering hard news and handling all the 
switches to different locations, he must keep 
the show moving, parcel out air time to 
others, interact with them in a way that 
brings the best out of them, be flexible 
enough to handle frequent updates 
smoothly, and more. 

_ The state of the art of hosting is exempli- 
fied by Brent Musburger on “The NFL 

“He's the heart and soul of their show, the 
only one who's irreplaceable,” Weisman says 
with admiration. “Just watch the way he 
handles Jimmy the Greek. They don’t just 
give the Greek three minutes the way we do 
Ax [Pete Axthelm]. They bring Musburger 
over to him to keep him on the right track, to 
set him up, to pull stuff out of him. | 

“And Musburger has a great ability to 
keep things rolling and to tie up loose ends. 
He's relaxed, he's pleasant, he’s got a warm 
smile, he’s very likable.” 

What is NBC hoping for from Costas? 
Merely greatness, though not right away and 
not by aping Musburger. | 

“Len Berman was and is bright and knowl- 
edgeable,” Weisman says. “In 20 weeks of 
10-hour days, I don’t think he made more 
than a handful of mechanical mistakes. We 
knew what we had with him, a consummate 
pro who was growing more comfortable with 
the role and gaining the public’s trust. 

“Switching to Costas is a clear risk, but we 
see a potential for greatness in him. He 
brings a spark, an enthusiasm, an electricity 
and a sense of humor we think can make the 
show sizzle. It’s an ensemble show, and we 
hope and think he’ll make those around him 
better, the way Musburger does. 

“We think by interacting and maybe spar- 
ring with Axthelm that Pete will be better. 
We’re hoping Costas can get the great 
warmth and humor out of Ahmad Rashad, 
who's like an untapped resource now. This is 
more a change of style than substance.” 

Weisman expects Costas to suffer grow- 
ing pains and is prepared to live with them. 

“This is a totally different job from doing 
play-by-play——the two are apples and or- 
anges,” Weisman says. “He’s unproven and 
no way will he be as good mechanically as 
Berman. He's very, very raw and he’s going 
to make mistakes, but he’s a quick study and 
he'll learn.” 

Weisman also feels the timing is right for 
Costas to make his mark nationally. | 

“I understand his reluctance the first 
time,” Weisman says. “He likes play-by-play 
and never had this kind of responsibility. I 
think he recognized that if he screwed up, his 
reputation could be tainted. He was nervous 
and apprehensive. 

“For the last few years he has been called 
‘the best up-and-coming broadcaster in the 
business.’ We just felt it was time to drop the 

up-and-coming, to take a risk, to put it on the 
line. Though he’s known in the media, he 
hasn’t had great national exposure. This is a 
coming out party, and very chancy for every- 
one involved. We're gambling he’s ready 

It's a major gamble because the NFL pre- 
game show is a very important property. 

“It’s our flagship, our bellwether, our an- 
chor, our image,’ Weisman says. “NFL foot- 
ball is our most important and prestigious 
property, and the pregame show, being its 
home base, profoundly influences the way 
we're perceived.” 

With its constant turnover of personnel, 
including its third host in three years, Weis- 
man knows the public perception is not what 
he’d like, particularly when contrasted with 
the stability of the staff of “The NFL Today.” 

A few years ago, before Axthelm began 
his witty, winning tenure as house bookie 
and philosopher, NBC had a computer 
named Statz spitting out predictions on 
ticker tape. “Clever at the time, but not 
much warmth,’ muses Weisman. 

On the other hand, viewers got great 
warmth and familiarity when they tuned in 
Brent, Greek, Phyllis, and Irv. Year after 
year, same faces. They’re almost family. 

That’s one reason the CBS pregame show 
has always beaten NBC's in the ratings, but 
it’s not the main one. Even if “The NFL 
Today” was clearly inferior in quality to 
NBC’s show—which it isn’t—it probably 
would win the ratings war. That’s because 
CBS covers the NFC, which has far bigger 
TV markets than the AFC cities on NBC, 
and viewers naturally watch the show that 
precedes the game involving their team. 

Both networks have a team in New York 
and Los Angeles, the nation’s two largest 
markets, but the Giants and Rams (the NFC 
teams) have much larger followings than the 
Jets and Raiders because they’ve been in 
those cities a lot longer. 

As for the rest of the league, the only two 
Cities in the nation’s top 10 TV markets that 
belong exclusively to NBC are Boston and 
Houston, while CBS owns the other six— 
Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, De- 
troit, Washington, and Dallas-Fort Worth. 

Thus the battle between the pregame 
shows really isn’t a fair fight. Nevertheless, 
NBC keeps punching. 

“It’s a competition, and there’s a lot of 
pride involved,” Weisman says. “It’s not like 
just pointing a camera at a field. It’s creative. 
They want to stay on top and we want to 

“We decided we can’t compete with their 
warmth and folksiness, so we have tried to 
take a different approach. We’re quicker 
paced and more newsy, with a harder edge. 
We do shorter stories and more of them. I 
feel we've had some success and are going in 

the right direction. I think we’ve made some 
inroads in the public perception and are 
regarded as a serious show. 

“And I think we’ve spurred CBS ona little. 
The joke around our place was that all they 
liked to do was show some nice action 
footage with Frank Sinatra singing in the 
background. But I think they’ve become a 
little more news oriented the last few years.” 

Now Costas enters the fray. 

“The first words that come to my mind are 
eager and excited, but somewhere in there 
would also be apprehension,” he says. “I’d be 
crazy not to be a little apprehensive. There 
are so many things beyond your control. I 
can speak fairly glibly for two minutes, but 
what if the tape breaks while I’m talking, or 
the producer says, ‘We've just been joined by 
the audience in Green Bay SO you've got to 
welcome them.’ 

“How smoothly will I be able to do that, 
get back on the track and finish on time? The 
raw broadcasting I can handle, but to develop 
the craft... yes, that scares me a little.” 

Weisman is betting that Costas will, in 
time, prove a superior craftsman and a star. 

“I’ve heard that for the past few years,” 
Costas says. “It’s flattering, but I’m not quite 
sure what a star is. I’m interested in being a 
good broadcaster and covering things I en- 
joy. If that incidentally makes me a star, fine. - 
But I’m not going out of my way in pursuit of 
that. There are certain assignments that get 
you great exposure I wouldn’t care to do. 

“If it happens, OK. It’s definitely some- 
thing I would enjoy within reason. But it 
would be icing on the cake, that’s all. I’m 
doing this [hosting ‘NFL ’84’] because it’s a 
challenge to do something different and be- 
cause NBC Sports thinks it will help them. 
But my first goal remains to be the best play- 
by-play baseball man I can be.” 

As such, he actually enjoys his anonymity. 
He says the greatest compliments he has 
been paid come from people who don’t 
recognize him. “I'll be on a plane or in a 
restaurant and someone will say, ‘I really 
enjoy that Costas and Kubek. That really 
makes me feel great because they’re praising 
my work, not my name or celebrity status.” 

If Weisman’s gamble succeeds, Costas’ 
days of anonymity are numbered. But even if 
he proves as good as Weisman hopes he will, 
it doesn’t mean NBC will overtake CBS in 
the pregame-show skirmish. , 

Moans Weisman: “With the success of 
their show and the markets stacked against 
us, I don’t know whether our ratings would 
improve if our hosts were Michael Jackson 
and Loni Anderson in a bikini.” 

When contnbuting editor BOB RUBIN leaped 
to stardom with the Media column, the only 
regret he had was that he could no longer use 
his American Express card in anonymity. 



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when the world was so 
young that politicians actually 
professed they believed legal- 
ized off-track betting was going 
to be so effective that nobody 
would ever get to write God- 
father VII, I covered the open- 
ing of the first such parlor in an 
Hispanic neighborhood up in 
the Bronx. This was a very 
important occasion and the 
management at New York OTB 
even sprung for a Latin band 
and bilingual win, place, and 
show signs. 

As they cut the ceremonial 
ribbon in front of the door that 
was going to make all the neigh- 
borhood barbers stop taking 
bets and start cutting hair 
again, Howard Samuels, the 
first president of the organiza- 
tion, made a stirring speech. 
The point of Howard's address 
was that at last a way had been 
found to fight organized crime. 
The local bookies would be routed. Not a 
penny would be bet ever again illegally on 

Meanwhile, two blocks away the Gomez 
Brothers were passing the word that every- 
thing was “go” for the Sunday cockfights in 
their basement, a local newsdealer was 
sending in his action on the day’s card at 
Aqueduct, and Chico was already well into 
his rounds as the curb-service-with-a-smile 
king for the local policy bank. If truth be told, 
the only ones who weren't able to make a bet 
were Howard Samuels and the army of 
writers and photographers at his heels, be- 
cause the mutuel machines inside the OTB 
joint were mysteriously jammed for five 


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New York paper. When the numbers didn’t jibe, all hell 
broke loose. By noon, the citys economy had ground to a halt. 

a lot neater than having to cre- 
ate various jobs like sidewalk 
inspector and midtown shark- 

It is a harmless enough exer- 
cise in self-delusion for the pols 
and for that segment of the 
voting population that still be- 
lieves in Tinkerbell. Unhappily, 
however, it was followed by an 
epidemic of state lotteries anda 
lot of folks out there on the 
streets who still play “the real 
numbers” are mad as hell these 

The lotteries in several East- 
ern states are getting a lot of 
attention because they have 
made millionaires of some peo- 
ple. The numerical odds on 
such a happenstance are 
roughly the same as those ev- 
ery seven-year-old Chinese kid 
has this morning of growing up 
to be chairman of the Commu- 
nist Party. This does not 
bother those who find lotteries 
tiresome, because they understand the need 

For the record, the locals are still betting on | to dream as well as the next player does. 

cockfights, the bookies are still sending it in, 
and Chico is still making his rounds. If this is 
fighting organized crime, then you could 
make a serious case for a number of third- 
rate fighters who once sought the heavy- 
weight championship of the world by trying 
to induce Joe Louis to break his left hand on 
their jutting chins. 

Still, the trend of government in gambling 
has not been slowed by the struggle, and let 
us not knock it, because over the years a lot 
of fellows who rang a lot of doorbells for The 
Party were saved from the shame of honest 
employment by having found work within 
this system. One must also concede that it is 


What has them up in arms Is the mess 
down at the local candy store, where the 
lines for the lottery are so long, they can't 
break in long enough to buy a stick of gum. 
What also has them up in arms are the swell 
television ads, billboards, and other public 
relations gimmicks. They are far from stupid 
and they can count as well as anybody else, 
and they figure that all that public relations 
isn't being done by The United Way, so 
somebody has to get paid for it, and the more 
paid out on such frills the less paid out to 
smaller winners. 

According to a fellow who makes his living 
by billing himself as an expert on organized 



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crime, these are simply soreheads who do 
not realize that in New York City, between 
OTB and the lottery, illegal betting on 
either horses or numbers is a thing of the 

Nobody really knows Ghee this fellow has 
his office, because he is always on the road 
doing some kind of consultant work, but it is 
safe to assume that if he does get his mail in 
any type of office building, he can surely bet 
on either a horse or a number without 
leaving the joint—and possibly without even 
having to leave his floor... 

It may be said with certainty, therefore, 
that free enterprise isn’t dead. It isn’t even 
out to lunch. If you doubt this, then you 
should be aware that in the greater New York 
City area, “the real number” is determined 
by the last three digits in the betting handle 
of whatever New York racetrack is operating 
that day, as printed in the daily newspapers. 
To fix the number, therefore, a guy would 
have to stand in front of every mutuel win- 
dow at, say, Aqueduct, with a loaded shotgun 
before the last race, while his confederates 
took everybody else except the jockeys and 
mutuel clerks hostage. a far more 
ambitious undertaking than the time an of- 
ficial of the Pennsylvania State Lottery once 
fixed the result by injecting a syringe into 
those little numbered ping pong balls that get 
mixed around in the cages... 

A lot of folks, therefore, still play “the real 
numbers.” Exactly how many of them are 
regular investors has never been accurately 
researched,. because the kind of researchers 
you'd have to employ are too smart to irritate 
the kind of people who are the keepers of the 
necessary source materials. In such cases a 
man could find himself transferred to a new 
project, like, perhaps, measuring how fast a 
body (his) will drop to the bottom of the 
Hudson River with a juke box manacled to 
his ankles. | 
- But a fair idea of the impact of this busi- 
ness can be gained from studying the results 
of what policy scholars still refer to as The 
Great Newark, N.J., Typo Caper. Gambling 
is a part of Newark’s gross national product 
and folks there are very serious about it. Law 
enforcement officials on every level have 
always attacked it vigorously on the theory 
that booking action on which numbers will 
pop up in the bottom line of a racetrack 
handle is a far more serious crime than, say, 
arson. They arrest people in droves for 
things like running policy banks. Some peo- 
ple say the reason the police are so success- 
ful at catching them is the fact that the 
arsonists keep turning them in. __ 

At any rate, there came this, day when all 
of Newark rushed to its morning newspapers 
to see whether their 25-cent piece had 
whelped a couple of hundred dollars for them 
during the night. Some folks bought a 

Newark paper and some folks bought a New 
York paper and everyone froze because the 
numbers didn’t jibe. What followed was oe 

You have to understand a little about 
Newark to appreciate it. When Orson Welles 
did his infamous radio adaptation of “The War 
of the Worlds,” all America huddled in fear 
when the phony news reports announced 

other one. Nobody knew who to ask.. Num- 
bers runners hid out in Christian Science 
reading rooms. 

Players finally found them and suggested 
they negotiate. The tools they wanted to 
negotiate with were large lead pipes. For the 
first and only time in the city’s history, all 
action was carried over into the next day 
without further investment. When the word 

Law enforcement officials attack 
gambling vigorously on the theory 
that betting on numbers is a more 

serious crime than, Say, arson. 

They arrest people in droves for 

running policy banks. Some say the 
police are successful at catching them 
because arsonists keep turning them in. 

that Martians had not only landed but they 
were making their way up Raymond Boule- 
vard in Newark. But in Newark, they imme- 
diately began laying odds on how many heads 
the aliens had. When flash blizzards strike 
without warning on a winter work day, peo- 
ple in Newark don’t worry about how they'll 
get home. They are too busy rooting for the 
amount of snow that will correspond to the 
number of inches they drew in the office 

A decade or so ago, when the mayor and 
the president of the city council were in- 
dicted on the same day for assorted viola- 
tions of public trust, most folks agreed that it 
wasn't so bad. It wasn’t as if they had been 
caught trying to fix a basketball game. 

In short, nothing—but absolutely noth- 
ing—stops the city’s population from making 
its appointed rounds. But screw up one lousy 
digit in the morning number and... 

All hell broke loose. The local newspaper's 
switchboard set the continental land mass 
record for busy signals. Whenever some- 
body got through, that portion of the conver- 
sation that can be printed here went like this: 

Operator: “Yes... I know... I’m sorry, 
sir . . . No, I can’t tell you whether the 
number is correct. . . No, [am not a public 

servant . .. What do you mean by that... I 
am not a mother... . I am not even married 
. that’s a terrible thing to say . 

"By noon, the entire city’s ecationty had 
ground to a halt. Bankers refused to pay off. 
Guys who had told everyone on the block 
they had made a score after reading one 

newspaper, couldn’t collect after reading the | 


week out, the celebration looked like V-J Day 

This, of course, was extreme, but you 
have to understand what was at stake. The is- 
sue wasn’t money. Your wife could run away 
with the milkman. Your partner could empty 
the safe. You would survive. But if you can’t 
keep your faith in the guy who picks up your 
play each day, then who can you trust? 

We are talking about a basic axiom of the 
streets here. Politicians sometimes find this 
difficult to understand, but then we should 
not be surprised by that. Politicians find a lot 
of things difficult to understand. Some years 
ago, some. very clever minds in New York 
City got the idea that the city should move 
into the neighborhoods with a passion, in an 
effort to organize and take over the illegal 
numbers trade. 

The argument was that valuable tax 
dollars were slipping into an underground 
economy—that an entire industry had been 
permitted to spawn and flourish without so 
much as a Single income tax return finding its 
way back to the treasury. 

‘Technically and legally, of course, this j 1S 
correct. But emotionally, well, the old ways 
die hard. And, finally, gut instincts do not 

Tell the truth now, would you give a guy in 
a three-piece suit your action on nothing 
more than a handshake? Hi 

Every so often you can spot contributing editor 
JERRY IZENBERG 17 the long lines down at 
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Larry Pashnick 

gratulate Alan Steinberg on his 
great article, “Larry Pashnick Is 
Every One of Us” (June). This 
was the best baseball article I’ve 
read in some time, not only 
because Steinberg let Pashnick 
speak for himself instead of pa- 
raphrasing him, but also be- 
cause Larry Pashnick has that 
rare quality of perspective—on 
himself and on baseball—and an 
endearing sense of humor as 
well. He says that getting to the 
big leagues is a big deal and 
achieving personal goals is im- 
portant, but he manages to do 
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clearly relates his struggles to 
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Pashnick—maybe not the best 
players on the team, but the 
ones you just know are giving it 
all they’ve got. They are fight- 
ers—they buck the odds and 
play on generous amounts of 


guts and guile. I cheer for the 
struggling Texas Rangers, and 
my favorite is not All-Star 
Buddy Bell, but a scrappy sec- 
ond baseman named Wayne Tol- 
leson, who came out of nowhere 
last year to steal 33 bases and 
hit .260. Now I can add Larry 
Pashnick to my list. I wish him 
the best of luck, in baseball and 
in life. 
Denton, Texas 

with George Brett in your July 
issue was a great story about a 
great, natural hitter. George 
Brett is the best hitter since Ted 
Williams. I’ve had the pleasure 
of seeing both these Hall-of- 
Famers take their cuts, and it’s 
too close to call. I’d walk both of 


LaPorte, Ind. 

George Brett 

The Errors” in the Numbers 
column of your April issue was 
very interesting. Errors are an 

everyday occurrence in baseball 
and a highly overlooked statistic 
in the run-scoring records. 
You've done an excellent job in 
calling attention to this ne- 
glected aspect of the game. Er- 
rors lead to unearned runs, 
which often account for a loss. 
I’m happy to see your publica- 
tion making the baseball fan 
aware of the error impact. 
South Gate, Calif. 

such a one-sided article as “New 
York, New York” (May)? We 
were enraged at how author Pat 
Calabria made the Rangers look 
like party-hungry playboys, and 
the Islanders look like saints. 
He obviously is not up-to-date 
on the current Rangers team. 
The Rangers are not driven to 
games in limousines; they drive 
themselves—and Mark 
Pavelich and Tom Laidlaw drive 
Jeeps. Believe it or not, there 
also are some married men on 
the team. The author goes on to 
describe how the Islanders and 
their fans hate New York and 
their fans. If he had bothered to 
ask any Rangers fans, he would 
have gotten the same response. 
You didn’t need to print the fact 
that Mr. Calabria was raised in 
Long Island. It was obvious. 
New York City 

knock indoor soccer all he wants 
(“Soccer—Loved and Ignored,” 
July), but the Major Indoor Soc- 
cer League, with its glitter, 


glamour, and excitement, is the 

best thing to hit Cleveland in 
many years. 


Shaker Heights, Ohio 

MISL glitter 

lived here for 10 years, and am 
80 years old, so I know a little 
about soccer. Soccer in North 
America tried to be too big too 
fast. With the exception of Pele, 
too much money was spent on 
foreign players. Bobby Moore 
was too old to play English soc- 
cer, but got big money to play 
here. The old saying is, “Take it 
slow and it will grow.” The 
money people wanted to make 
money too fast with their soccer 
teams, and they failed. 
Oxford, Ohio 

umn in your June issue, it states 
that Jerry Izenberg is an expert 
in scamology. I would like to 
know whether Jerry has any 
literature on the subject of 

Camden, N.]J. 

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In That Old Rebuilt Machine 

shutouts than Sandy Koufax and 
struck out more batters than Whitey Ford. 
Only 29 men in the history of baseball have 
pitched more innings than he has, and only 14 
pitchers have started more games. 

The numbers are imposing, yet lommy 
John, the California Angels’ 41-year-old left- 
hander, appears genuinely unimpressed. 

“The only statistic that really matters is | 
wins,” he said earlier this season. That 

figure, too, is an eye-opener. John stands 
fewer than 50 victories short of the magic 
300 circle. 

Such achievements are all the more re- 
markable when you consider that John has 

never been a power pitcher like most of | | 

today’s other record-breakers—Steve 
Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver. He has a 
fastball, but it has never inspired the scouts 
to cock their radar guns and say, “Go ahead, 
make my day.” 

When asked about his fastball, John 
smiles, then notes that it hasn’t gotten any 
worse than when he signed his first contract 
with the Cleveland Indians more than 23 
years ago. The same cannot be said of his 
pitching arm, which died 10 years ago this 

July, when John, then with the L.A. — 

Dodgers, ruptured a ligament in his lett 
elbow. ‘Two months later, Dr. Frank Jobe 
took a tendon from John’s right forearm and 
reconstructed the useless elbow. It was a 
surgical first, and John was advised to con- 
sider other employment. He refused, em- 
barked upon a torturous rehabilitation pro- 
gram, and was pitching again by 1976. 

He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 
1977 and 1978, then signed with the Yankees 
and recorded 20-plus victory seasons in 1979 
and 1980. In 1982, dissatisfied with his role 
on the club, John asked to be traded. He 
joined the Angels in time to help them reach 
the playoffs. 

“’m like the tortoise. | just 
keep plugging along.’ 

Last season was a disappointment for the 
talent-laden Angels and for John, who, in 
posting an 11-13 record, lost more games 
than he won for the first time since 1971. He 
entered 1984 determined to turn himself and 
the Angels around. 

INSIDE SPORTS: You're 41 years old. 
This is your 20th full season in the major 
leagues. Would you care to share your secret 
of longevity? 

TOMMY JOHN: I'd like to say it was my 
running or weightlifting, but I think it’s just 
the way | pitch. My fastball is better than 
people think it is, yet Its not taxing on my 
arm. Also, since my arm injury, I’ve thrown 
almost every day during every season. Even 
the night before | pitch and the night after, I'll 
throw 40 or 50 pitches, enough to loosen up 
and keep the feel of the ball. That in itself has 
kept me going. The way I feel now, I see no 

reason why I can’t pitch for another five or 
six years. 

IS: Could you sustain yourself mentally for 
that long? 

TJ: Pete Rose and I were talking about that a 
few years ago. He said that physically it’s 
easier to stay in shape to pitch than it is 
mentally. But [ really love baseball. I love 
going to the park. I love going to spring 
training. And I love getting myself in shape. I 
like physical work. The only problem I have 
is the period of time between starts. I wish I 
could start every day. The in-between time 
is the tough time. 

IS: Didn't you pitch with very little rest early 
in your career? 

TJ: When I was with the White Sox in 1971 
and Johnny Sain was the pitching coach, | 
often worked every three days. I think I 
made five or six consecutive starts with two 
days rest. The trend now is to pitch with four 
days rest, but I prefer three. Actually, that 
would be easier for me to do at 41 than it was 
at 28. 

IS: What do you know now that you didn’t 
know then? 

TJ: When I came up, full of vim and vigor, | 
thought you could just throw your fastball 

| and curve by anybody. Now I understand 

pitching better. You don’t have to throw the 
ball hard every time, don’t have to throw the 
curveball as hard as you can. 

IS: Is experience the best teacher? 

TJ: Yes. You learn this over time. You have to 
lose some ball games, and you have to be 
able to digest a ball game. I do a lot of 
thinking about pitching when I’m out playing 
golf or driving a car. | always carry a baseball 
with me. I'll try different grips, so the ball 
always feels comfortable. 

1S: Can you learn much from watching other 

TJ: Sure. I get a kick out of watching the 
Baltimore pitchers. Almost all of them throw 



what I eventually wanted, because there 
were people on the ball club, the manager 
[Gene Michael], who didn’t think I could 
pitch anymore. I said, “If that’s the case, 
you're a poor judge of talent and | might as 
well leave.” Actually, if Clyde King had taken 
over from Michael earlier, I'd probably still 
be on the Yankees. Clyde had confidence in 

IS: Did you refuse when the Yankees asked 
you to go to the bullpen? 

TJ: This is a misconception. A lot of fans 
said, “Tommy John is spoiled. He won't go to 
the bullpen.” That's not the case. I'd go to the 
bullpen anytime, if I felt I could help the ball- 
club. But we had Gossage, and we had Rudy 
May, who was doing a great job for us out of 
the bullpen. I couldn't have helped out there, 
but I felt I was better than two of the people 
starting ahead of me. I didn't balk at going to 
the bullpen. I balked at them saying there 
were other people in the rotation who were 
better than I was. 

IS: You've always stood up for yourself, 
haven't you? 

TJ: Actually, I’m pretty much of a company 
man. [ mean you do what's good for the club. 
But there are certain times, when you get to 
be 38, 39, 40, 41 years old, when people 
judging you are biased against older players. 
They say they want some young arm that can 
throw a 95-mile-an-hour fastball. Well, that’s 
fine, but maybe the guy who throws 95 can’t 
win. And the name of the game is to win. 
1S: How would you describe your current 
relationship with Steinbrenner? 

TJ: I still consider George a friend. He was 
fun to play for. He really was. He was a tough 
son of a gun, though, and you knew if he was 
going to play you that you better dance to his 

1S: What kind of owner is Gene Autry? 
TJ: Gene Autry is a great man. He comes 
into the clubhouse often, asks how you feel, 
says he’s pulling for you. | love that. I’ve 
kidded him. I’ve got a couple of Gene Autry 
tapes in my Ram Charger and I’m going to 
learn “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine,” so 
I can sing it when he comes in. 

IS: So you're happy with the Angels? 

TJ: Coming here was like a breath of fresh 
air. People in the front office, namely Buzzie 
Bavasi, felt I could still pitch. I told Buzzie I 
wanted to win a whole bunch of games for 
him, win my 300th game as an Angel. 

IS: How important are records to you? 

TJ: I would like to win 300 games, but that’s | 

the only statistic I think is meaningful. Base- 

ball is a game of wins and losses. Innings | 

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but earned-run average doesn’t mean much. 
IS: Do you know what your ERA is this 

TJ: No. It’s two something. It’s in the twos, 
but I have no idea. 

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IS: Back to the Angels. There’s a great deal 
of talent on your club, but you haven’t 
become a dominant force in the league or 
your division. What happened last year? 
TJ: Injuries. You can’t expect to win when 
you have that many players out. 

IS: The Yankees have a lot of big names, 
too, and they’ve really faltered. Can having 
so many superstars make it difficult to win? 
TJ: No. I think putting a winning club to- 
gether is like baking a cake. You can’t have a 
cake that’s any good if you don’t have flour or 
if you don’t have baking powder. There's a 
recipe for baseball, and the thing is getting 
the nght recipe—the right combination of 
speed, power, hitting, pitching, defense, 
bullpen help. 

IS: Do the Angels have the right recipe this 

TJ: If we can stay relatively injury-free, we 
may win or we may not win. But we’re going 
to be a force to be reckoned with. 

IS: The Angels have a quality catcher in Bob 
Boone. How important is the catcher to you? 
TJ: For me or any pitcher a catcher is 
absolutely vital. I like to delegate authority. 
If you have a good catcher, you go over the 
game plan of how you want to pitch and then 
delegate that authority to the man behind the 
plate. He can see things the pitcher can’t 
see—watch the batter's feet, watch if the 
batter is diving after pitches. The catcher 
can tell me if we’ve got to come inside more, 
change speeds more. A lot of times, as a 
pitcher, I can’t tell this. A good pitcher and 
catcher are like a hand and glove. If it’s a nice 
fit, 1t’s a tough combination to beat. 

IS: Do your catchers ever call for the 

TJ: I’ve been accused of throwing the spit- 
ball, but I can truthfully say I can’t throw one. 
In fact, we had a pitching coach when I was 
with the Yankees—and it wasn’t Art 
Fowler—who told me he thought my stuff 
was insufficient and that I should go to a 
spitter. He started to show me how, but it 
turned out my sinker was better than the 
spitter I was working on, so I just looked at 
him and shook my head. 

IS: Does it help your game if hitters think 
you throw the spitter? 

TJ: Sure it does. 

1S: What about the brush-back pitch? 

TJ: You can’t throw it anymore. That’s one 
part of the game that has really changed. 
When I first came up, hitters would dig in at 
the plate and a guy like Don Drysdale or Bob 
Gibson would bury them. Now if you come 
inside, batters want to fight you. A pitcher 
has to pitch both sides of the plate, and if a 
batter wants to dive out over the plate, then 
he’s going to pay the price, maybe get hit 
with a fastball. But that’s changing. Now, if 
you brush back a batter and hit him, you get a 
warning from the umpire. Come close again 


and you and your manager are gone. Base- 
ball’s getting more offensive oriented, which 
is probably for the better. 

IS: How do you prepare for a game? 

TJ: I read the boxscores, look and see who's 
hot, who's stealing bases. I go over who's 
liable to hit-and-run. Then I'll mentally pitch 
a game to the hitters, determining what I 
want to do. I’m a big believer in visualization. 
I visualize what I want to do to a hitter. Every 
time I throw a pitch in my mind, it’s a good 
pitch. I think that makes the chances of 
pulling off the pitch in the game much better. 
IS: When does the visualization process 

TJ: The day after my last start. 

IS: Can you tell from your warm-up how 
you'll pitch once the game begins? 

TJ: No. Sometimes I have just absolutely 
horrible stuff in the bullpen and the catcher 
will look at you like you’re walking the last 
mile to the gas chamber, and then I'll go up 
and just pitch the lights out. Then there are 
other times when you've got tremendous 
stuff in the bullpen, but by the time you walk 
to the dugout, towel off, take a drink of 
water, and walk out to the mound, it’s gone. 
There’s no way to know, so I don’t fume and 
fret like I once did. 

IS: When you're pitching the lights out, 
when you're in a groove, can you tell? 

TJ: Yeah. 

1S: What does it feel like? 

TJ: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a feeling of 
confidence that you can throw a strike. And 
by strike, I don’t mean just a strike, I mean 
my strike, which is a fastball moving down 
and away, or a curveball breaking in, or a slow 
curve breaking over the plate. You feel that 
you can throw those pitches at any time and 
get any hitter out. 

IS: Is it exhilarating? 

TJ: No. I mean, maybe it is to some pitchers 
who are blowing guys away with fastballs. 
But with me, I’d rather get a guy out on a 
ground ball with one or two pitches than 
strike him out. 

IS: Is there a way of summarizing your 
overall pitching philosophy? 

TJ: Pitch quickly. Throw strikes. Change 

IS: Any interest in perpetuating the philoso- 
phy after your playing days are over? Would 
you like to stay in baseball? 

TJ: I would like to get involved in running a 
ballclub. Being a general manager. It would 
be interesting and fun, and force me to be 
creative. It would be totally different from 

IS: If you were a GM, how would you be 

TJ: I believe in incentives. Ifa guy has a good 
year, he should be paid for it. 

IS: How would you determine the incen- 

TJ: Needs. The needs of the team. Every- 
body is interested in home runs and batting 
average. To me there are only two offensive 
statistics that mean anything—RBIs and 
runs scored. Here’s an example. We have a 
young player named Gary Pettis. He ignites 
our bailclub. He has to get on base for us, has 
to steal bases. So he has to draw walks, 
obviously. I’d make an incentive for him to 
draw walks, peg an incentive to his on-base 
percentage. You want a player to say, “Hey, if 
I do this, I can make a lot of money.” And 
everybody wants to make a lot of money, 
which is only right. 

IS: Any other creative ideas? 

TJ: Well, I think there are times when a 
player just has to get away from the game. If 
you have, say, a Gossage or a Bruce Sutter, 
or a guy who's going out every day for you, 
and he comes to the park with his arm 
hanging, let him go home. I’ve seen Lasorda 
do this. Say, “Bye. I don’t even want to see 
you.” You'd be surprised how charged your 
batteries get by staying away from the game 
just for a day. Going fishing. Spending time 
with your family. 

IS: Baseball fans probably know more about 
your family than any other baseball family. 
Everyone was so concerned when your son 
Travis fell out of your apartment window. It 
has been almost three years. How is he now? 
TJ: Travis is great. He’s playing soccer, 
playing tee-ball, playing tennis. He's taking 
tumbling lessons. He's super. 

IS: Did that ordeal change your perspective 
on the game? 

TJ: It was 1974 all over again, but this time it 
was my son instead of my arm. In baseball 
there’s so much pressure to win, to keep 
your earned-run average down. You're al- 
ways checking to see where you are in the 
standings. But when Travis was lying in the 
hospital near death, this stuff was the far- 
thest thing from me. You start realizing that 
there are more things in life than wins and 
losses, complete games, strikeouts. When 
you have a son or a daughter, you love them 
more than anything in the world, and when 
they’re lying there, you would give anything, 
trade anything, sell anything to make them 
well. But you’re powerless. No matter how 
much money I had or what my status was in 
baseball, I couldn’t do a thing except watch 
him and pray. That’s when you realize how 
small baseball is in the sphere of things. I'll 
play baseball as long as I can. I can’t think of 
any other way I’d rather make a living than 
pitching every five days, or every four days. 
But there are many things that are far more 
important. Hi 

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able president and general manager 

of the Dallas Cowboys, stood at the 
podium addressing a sizable collection of 
local businessmen, members of the media, 
and die-hard fans of the team he has watched 
over, fatherlike, since being lured away from 
CBS television a quarter century ago. En- 
thusiastically, he detailed the season-long 
celebration the Cowboys have planned for 
1984, marking their silver anniversary as 
members of the National Football League. 

The passage of time had erased some of 
the ringing disappointment of the ‘83 season, 
and for the moment, a smile returned to 
Schramm’'s face. He was touching on the 
nostalgic, recalling stories of early-day 
struggles, of the old Cotton Bowl and Dandy 
Don Meredith and Bob Lilly, and Tom Landry 
when he still had some hair. Good times. 
They always are when you're headed for the 
top, and know it. 

He talked of the five Super Bowls the 
Cowboys had participated in, and spoke with 
justifiable pride about the manner in which 
the once-underdog team, which had gone 
five long years without a winning season, 
captured the hearts of a nation and earned 
the appellation “America’s Team.” If Horatio 
Alger had been there, he’d have loved every 
minute of it. 

When, however, the funny stories and 

warm reflections were done, Schramm's 
smile disappeared as he turned to what lies 

“The 1984 season,” he said, “will be an- 
other very exciting one.” Then he paused. 
“We have appreciated your support in the 
past and look forward to it again this season. 
And I guarantee you, you won't be riding a 
dead horse.” 

The simple fact that he felt the need to 
make that promise, to lend assurance that 
the magical music of Dallas Cowboys suc- 
cess will continue, spoke loudly to the situa- 
tion the franchise now faces. Not since the 
mid-'60s, back when the Cowboys were a 
team of has-beens and never-weres strug- 
gling to make the transition to championship 
caliber, has there been a need to calm public 
concern. The modern-day Cowboys, in fact, 
have won so regularly that their fans have 
become jaded. In Texas Stadium, victory 
earns only polite applause. Eighteen straight 
winning seasons and 17 trips into the playoffs 
will do that to you. Nowadays, it takes a 
Super Bowl to really get a Texan's blood 
stirring. It’s what they wait for every year. 
Schramm himself admits that expectations 
are traditionally higher in the Cowboys camp 
than most other NFL outposts. “Our fans 
expect us to go to the Super Bowl,” he says. 
“And we expect it of ourselves. Anything 
less is failure.” 

There have now been five years of “fail- 
ure,’ a major Super Bow! drought, and the 
rumbles of the natives have gotten progres- 

sively louder. In some camps, in fact, there is 
the genuine concern that the Cowboys, with- 
out their Roger Staubachs and Rayfield 
Wrights, their D. D. Lewises and Charlie 
Waterses, no longer have what it takes to 
win the Big One. It is a theory with some 
basis in fact. 

Three years in a row the Cowboys ad- 
vanced to the NFC Championship Game, 
just a victory shy of a sixth trip to Super 
Sunday, but failed on each occasion. In 1980 
it was a Philadelphia Eagles team, coached 
by a tireless, not-yet-burned-out Dick Ver- 
meil, which turned them away, winning the 
conference title, 20-7. It was, you'll remem- 
ber, the same Eagles team that Dallas had 
defeated handily in the final regular-season 
matchup that same year. Then came San 
Francisco, under the guidance of the NFL's 
newest coaching genius, Bill Walsh. With the 
final seconds ticking away, Dwight Clark 
climbed high in the endzone to bring down a 
Joe Montana pass and the 49ers won, 28-27. 

The strike-shortened 1982 season gave 
birth to something new: the Super Bowl 
Tournament. Dallas made it to the champion- 
ship finale again, only to lose to the rival 
Washington Redskins, 31-17. 

The situation, a few began to notice, was 
getting worse instead of better. 

promised a more hard-nosed ap- 
proach. To get the monkey off his 
team’s back, he said, it would take an Olym- 



pian effort on the part of everyone, from the 
offseason to the Super Bowl goal he had set. 
The Cowboys danced to a 12-4 regular- 
season record, opening with seven straight 
wins. Then they collapsed in the first round 
of playoffs, losing 24-17 to the Los Angeles 

In Dallas, 12-4 seasons mean little when 
the games end before the New Year. Great 

expectations are the inalienable right of 
those who follow the Cowboys. Perhaps the 
most highly publicized, widely followed team 
in pro football history, the Cowboys live in a 
glass house. And suddenly people are throw- 
ing stones at it—and pointing to an ever- 
widening variety of reasons for the downfall. 

The Cowboys image, shined and spit- 
polished by a three-man public relations 
staff, a company-owned newspaper with a 


circulation of 100,000, a weekly syndicated 
television show, and enough radio shows in 
and around Dallas to inundate the drive-time 
public, has, in recent months, been under 
unfamiliar siege. Once the do-right darlings 
of the nation’s media, the team is now the 
object of investigative reports. 

There have been headlines linking star 
players to known drug dealers. Megabucks 

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franchise in 1960, sold the team recently, 
causing some to wonder if, in fact, ill health 
and the need to settle some estate business 
were his only reasons for getting out of 

A high school student in suburban Plano 
filed charges against quarterback Danny 
White, alleging the generally soft-spoken 
Mormon pulled him off the road, punched 


him in the nose, and promised even worse. 

Lordy, even the hallowed Dallas Cowboys 
cheerleaders, once the Cinderellas of the 
NFL, have been getting their share of bad 
ink. When one member of the squad, a 
schoolteacher by trade, ignored the written 
refusal of her superiors and took time off to 
make a USO-sponsored trip abroad with the 
rest of the squad, she was fired. Makes you 
wonder what the world’s coming to. 

Toss in the unusual number of retire- 
ments, a quarterback controversy that has 
begun to take on all the shadings of a political 
battle for delegates, and player concern that 
Landry has made the mistake of trying to run 
his team on a double-standard philosophy, 
and there is good reason to wonder just what 
is happening down in Big D. 

One must also wonder, however, if any of 
the above-mentioned difficultiles—none of 
them unique in modern-day pro sports— 
would provide appetizing journalistic fodder 
if the Cowboys were winning as they did in 
the past, and as the world expects them to. 
Or are the problems the reason they aren't 
winning as expected? 

“Ail this team needs to quiet everyone,’ 
says Steve Perkins, editor of the Dallas 
Cowboys Weekly and a man who has followed 
the team since its dog days, “is to win. None 
of the things people are talking about would 
amount to a hill of beans if they hadn't 
crashed at the end of the season.” 

Considering the fickle nature of the sports 
fan, he may be right. Still, the problems are 

The Quarterback Controversy 

most sainted of all Cowboy play- 
ers, announced his decision to 
retire at the end of the 1979 season, leaving 
behind a legacy of come-from-behind wins, 
two Super Bowl championships, and the 
unquestioned respect of his fellow players, 
the shoes left to be filled were bigger than 

But Danny White, who had spent a couple 
of seasons in the World Football League, 
then four years in Dallas as the recognized 
heir apparent, was anxious to try them on. 
Since taking over as the Cowboys quarter- 
back, White has (1) never failed to direct the 
team into the playoffs, (2) been selected to 
the Pro Bowl, (3) erased all of Staubach’s 
club passing records, and (4) ranked as high 
as No. 1 on the NFL's all-time passing list. 
But he hasn’t advanced the team to the 
Super Bowl. 

What's worse, he hasn’t convinced many 
on the team that he is the man capable of 
doing so. 

When veteran tight end Billy Joe DuPree, 
one of those pro sports rarities who seldom 

was outspoken or outrageous during his 11 
years with the Cowboys, announced his 
retirement, he volunteered that perhaps it 
was time for a quarterback change if the 
team was to return to the lofty heights. 
There is a guy waiting in the wings, Gary 
Hogeboom, who many feel is the man for the 

In a recent confidential polling of the 
majority of the players, in fact, the Dallas 
Morning News insisted that 20 of 34 felt 
Landry should hand the reins to Hogeboom 
and see if he can pull the team out of its 
current dilemma. 

It is not, however, the crash-and-burn 
results of the most recent season that have 
fueled the White vs. Hogeboom contro- 
versy. That, rather, is merely the straw that 
broke the camel’s back. The problems can be 
traced to the in-fighting that became an ugly 
sidebar to the NFL Players Association 
strike of ’82. 

As the strike lingered, testing the pa- 
tience of many athletes, White was among 
the first on the Cowboys to go public with his 
concerns. He pointed out that he was no 
longer paying union dues and that Ed 
Garvey, who was negotiating for the Players 
Association, was leading them all into obli- 

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to New York himself to learn what, if any, 
progress was being made. Such moves were 
judged by many of his teammates and other 
players around the league as being out of 

“In training camp that year,” says wide 
receiver Drew Pearson, “we met and de- 

In Landry’s view, 
a starter has to 
lose his job like 
a boxing champ 
has to be KO’d. 

cided that [fullback] Robert Newhouse 
would be our lone representative. If there 
was anything to say about the strike or the 
negotiations, it was to come from him. It 
worked out fine until Danny decided to go to 
New York himself and get involved. We [the 
team] were disappointed for the simple rea- 
son that he was stepping on Robert's toes, 
when, in fact, Robert was doing an excellent 
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It was there, then, that the leadership of 
Danny White began to unravel. John Bunting 
of the Philadelphia Eagles realized it even 
before the Cowboys did. “It will be tough for 
Danny to ever regain the respect of his fellow 
players after the way he handled himself 
during the strike.” 

While the 57-day strike did seriously dam- 
age the leadership abilities of the man who 
was once looked on as the Cowboys’ next 
Prince Charming, it took a dismal day in RFK 
Stadium to bring the frustration of his team- 
mates to full light. 

Battling the Washington Redskins for the 
right to advance to the Super Bowl, once the 
abbreviated season had resumed, White was 
having little success. With 19 seconds re- 
maining in the first half, he was KO’d by 
Dexter Manley and went to the sidelines for 
the rest of the day. Enter Hogeboom, 
untned but eager. On the Cowboys first two 
possessions of the second half, he directed 
impressive touchdown drives. While the 
Cowboys would come up short, Hogeboom's 
14 completions, 162 yards, and two 
touchdowns would not go unnoticed. Shortly 
after the season was over, in fact, Landry 
reflected on the Washington game and said 
that because of Hogeboom’s emergence the 
quarterback position had become very com- 


Not that the Dallas coach was willing to 
send his two field generals into camp on an 
even basis, however. In Landry’s scheme, a 
starter has to lose his job much like a 
heavyweight champion has to be knocked 
unconscious. White, in Landry’s estimation, 
was far from never-never land. 

Only after the playoff failure of the recent 
season did Landry himself become involved 
in the White vs. Hogeboom flap. 

“Gary will compete for the job this year 
and he'll put a great deal of pressure on 
Danny White,” said Landry. “Danny’s taken a 
great deal of heat in the past couple of years 
because of what we've failed to do, but | 
certainly don’t think it is all his fault. 

“I don’t put much stock in what players are 
saying during the offseason. I really think it 
has little to do with what they’re going to be 
thinking in a few months when they’re out 
there competing, trying to win games. 

“On the other hand, the quarterback posi- 


Bethea and Martin, who were mentioned in rumors, are gone. 

tion is very critical because the man there 
has to have the confidence of the team, and 
me. And because of that, if and when you do 
decide to make a change it had better be the 
right move, or you've really gotten yourself 
in big trouble.” 

What that tap dance means is that Landry 
is far from ready to tip his hand on the 
matter. Yes, he'll say, White is a capable 
quarterback who has done well in seasons 

past. At the same time, he sees Hogeboom 
as a bona fide NFL quarterback, capable of 
taking a good team all the way. 

Some Cowboys players, meanwhile, don’t 
care to dance. “Personally,” says All-Pro 
defensive back Everson Walls, “I would 
rather have Hogeboom in there. And that’s 
pretty much the feeling of the five or six guys 
on the team I[ hang around with. But how’s 
coach Landry going to tella guy making a half 
million dollars to go sit on the bench or just 
hang around to do the punting?” 


Before being traded to the Houston Oilers 
after eight years with the Cowboys, out- 
spoken Butch Johnson put in his two-cents 
worth. “I said before the season began last 
year that if Danny White didn’t get us to the 
Super Bowl, Tom would be forced to take a 
hard look at Hogeboom when training camp 
begins again. I think now he has to.” 

Which, of course, would be fine with the 
former fifth-round draft pick out of Central 
Michigan. “I know there are a lot of people on 
the team pulling for me,” Hogeboom says, 
“and I’m going to do everything I can to start. 
But if Landry chooses Danny, there isn’t 
much | can do about it. For the best of the 
team, you have to go with the person who is 
chosen. If the players don’t back the guy 
playing, it won't do the team any good.” 

White, stung by the criticism, agrees. “I 
realize I have to do whatever it takes to earn 
the respect and support of the players,” he 
says. “There's no question that you have to 
have that support to be successful. If I don’t 
have that support, Gary should get the job. 

“But I haven't had anyone come up to me 
and tell me they were upset with me. So, I’m 
not going to worry about it. What I’m trying 
to do is start this season with a new attitude. 
But I'll keep the same goal I’ve had since the 
day I became the starter. Regardless of what 
I might do, I won't be satisfied until I put a 
Super Bowl ring on everyone's finger. That, I 
think, is the measure of a great quarterback. 
You look back at some of those—Fran 
Tarkenton is a good example—who achieved 
a great deal statistically, but you never hear 
them mentioned when the really greats are 
talked about. That kind of conversation is 
reserved for the quarterbacks who win Su- 
per Bowls.” 

Double Standards 
and Other Squabbles 

Johnson, angered over the fact he 
had again failed to gain the starting 
spot that he felt he had earned, took an 
impromptu one-day vacation, traveling to 
Mexico to think out his situation. He missed 
team meetings and a practice and did not 
bother to advise anyone he would be absent. 
Yet when he returned, life in the Cowboys 
camp went on as usual. There was no fine, no 
punishment. The “get tough” policy that 
Landry had been preaching since the early 
days of training camp went down in flames. 
That Johnson got off scot-free recalled times 
past, when an angry young running back 
named Duane Thomas marched to his drum- 
mer, while all others on the team whistled 
Landry's tune. 

The handling of Thomas, Landry says, 
was one of his proudest achievements in the 
coaching profession. That the other players 

realized the sullen young man was a special | 

case, to be handled in a special manner, was 
gratifying. There was, however, no gratifica- 
tion to be derived from the manner in which 
he dealt with Johnson. 

Oh, sure, Landry had made it clear he 

would no longer tolerate the endzone “Cali- 
fornia Quake” that had become Butch's 
touchdown trademark, and he had made a 
personal pact with the outspoken receiver 
that if Johnson would agree to a gag rule, he 
would promise to trade him before another 
season passed. But in the minds of most of 
the players, Landry disrupted the all-for- 
one, one-for-all scheme he had been trying 
to nurture, when he failed to reprimand 
Johnson for going AWOL. 

As the season went on, there would be 
other signs that there were dents in the 
Cowboys armor. Running back Tony Dor- 
sett, who just a year earlier had bought 
cowboy boots for members of the offensive 
line, criticized the blocking he was getting. 

The ongoing verbal battles among wide re- | 

ceivers Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, and John- 
son grew to a point where they stopped 
speaking to each other. It was during the ’82 

season that Johnson had snubbed both Hill | 

and Pearson in full view of a sellout crowd in 
Texas Stadium, refusing a handshake follow- 
ing a touchdown. “Butch and | always had our 
problems,” Hill says, “but until that moment | 
had never expected they would carry over to 
the field. He criticized me for several years 
and I said nothing about it. There was a lot of 
talk that I couldn’t make the catch over the 
middle a few years ago. That all came from 
Butch. I just tried to avoid getting into it with 
the guy.’ 

It was lineman Howard Richards, who, 
after surveying the number of recent depar- 
tures, made a point that was not lost on any 
Cowboy watchers. 

Without names being mentioned, he said, 
“I think there is a good chance we can get 
things off to a positive start this season. 
Maybe we can forget the negatives. I think 
the fact we’ve lost some disruptive forces 
will give us a chance at a fresh start.” 

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Bowl in a couple of years. Such is no longer 
the case. 

It was 1975 that the Cowboys’ draft last 
yielded a bumper crop. Only the emergence 
of such recent free-agent finds as corner- 
back Everson Walls and safety Michael 
Downs has warded off even louder criticism 
of the Dallas scouting department. 

The results are now being felt, and depth, 
once a Cowboys trademark, has become a 
problem—one that was complicated by the 
departure of seven players, three of them 
starters. While there is reason to believe 
Cowboys efficiency won't be greatly affected 
by any single loss, the fact that back-up 
strength will be lacking could add to their 

Four back-up players—wide receiver 
Johnson, No. 3 quarterback Glenn Carano, 
back-up middle linebacker Bruce Huther, 
and defensive lineman Larry Bethea (the 
latter three now playing in the USFL)—are 
gone. So is former Pro Bowl tight end Billy 
Joe DuPree, despite Landry’s urging to stay 
for another season. B.J. said thanks, but his 
concrete business needed him more. 

Then there were two retirements that 
were neither expected nor completely ex- 
plained. First, starting offensive tackle Pat 
Donovan sent word that he was giving up the 
game and taking a real job after nine NFL 
seasons and four trips to the Pro Bowl. No 
formal announcement, no last trip to the 
practice field to clean out his locker. What 
first appeared to be a contract negotiation 
ploy became one of the quietest retirements 
of a key Cowboy player in history. 

Harvey Martin, who once shared Super 
Bowl MVP honors with teammate Randy 
White, led the team in quarterback sacks, 
and earned virtually every plaudit the game 
could offer him, had not played well in recent 
seasons. But despite personal problems and 
growing criticism from coaches and the 
press, he managed to hang on to his starting 
job last season. And according to those who 
monitor offseason workouts, he was vig- 
orously preparing himself for a 12th season. 

But, one afternoon in the early spring, 
Martin stopped by the Cowboys office to 
advise public relations director Doug Todd 
that he would like to announce his retirement 
to the press the following day. Only days 
earlier he had talked of the “challenge” of 
preparing for another season. At age 33, he 
had felt he could make a comeback. 

Landry did, too, and tried to persuade him 
to reconsider his decision. Harvey said his 
mind was made up; he had an excellent job 
opportunity as a salesman. His new boss, 
alas, first heard of Martin’s decision to retire 
and devote full efforts to the business world 
on the car radio. 

In the days to come, rumors circulated 
that Martin, who had endured a troubled life 


of lawsuits, bankruptcy, and tax problems, 
was asked to submit to a drug test. That, the 
story went, was the reason for the sudden 

Drug Concerns 

“want their players to be he- 

roes; they want them to be 

model citizens. Anything less is a disappoint- 
ment to a lot of people.’ 

Two years ago, at a time when the nation’s 

Landry has warned 
the team that 
spot drug checks 
could be started 
this season, and 
that the penalty 
will be harsh. 

press seemed to have a new story about 
professional athletes and drug abuse almost 
daily, the Dallas Cowboys were swept into 
the headlines. Five members of the team— 
running back Tony Dorsett, wide receiver 
Tony Hill, defensive end Larry Bethea, full- 
back Ron Springs, and Harvey Martin— 
were mentioned during an investigation of a 
Dallas drug dealer. Though none was ever 
charged with any wrongdoing, the rumors of 
a drug problem within the Cowboy ranks 
began. Across the nation there were sugges- 
tions that the red, white, and blue image of 
the Cowboys was gone forever. Maybe, one 
writer suggested, they should be renamed 
South America’s Team. Or how about the 
Cocaine Cowboys? 

None of which was funny to either 
Schramm or Landry. Both made it clear they 
would have no sympathy for those who 
involved themselves in drugs, and insisted a 
close check on such matters would be kept 
by a former FBI agent named Larry Wans- 
ley, who had been hired as the team’s secu- 
rity supervisor. “We made up our minds 
some time ago,’ says Schramm, “to adopt an 
aggressive attitude toward dealing with 
drugs on our team. We’ve let everyone know 
that we’re taking a hard line on the matter.” 

While the initial story of team members 
being mentioned in testimony during the 
aforementioned drug trial would die away, 
Martin was unable to outrun the rumors. 
When Landry sent him to the Hazelden 
Foundation in Center City, Minn., to look 
into the drug-rehabilitation facilities there, 


“to evaluate the program and bring back a 
report for the rest of the players,’ eyebrows 
went up. Landry continued to insist that 
Harvey had not gone there for treatment, 

Quick to admit he knew little about the 
problem of drug abuse, Landry has devoted 
considerable study to the matter lately. He 
has warned members of the team that spot 
checks could be instituted this season. “To 
me,” he says, “we have a problem if any 
athlete is involved in drugs. I’ve told our 
players that we will police the situation if we 
have any reason to be suspicious. There are 
a lot of people, myself included, who are fed 
up with the drug stuff. But it keeps coming 
up. So we have to do whatever we can to 
control it. 

“T like to think our players recognize the 
fact we are doing everything we can to help 
them with any kind of problem they might 
have. I still don’t know as much as I should 
about drug abuse, but I’m learning fast. I just 
wish I'd learned more about it sooner.’ 

The Manpower Problems 


attention will focus on the ongo- 

ing quarterback battle, the Cow- 
boys can look to a number of areas where 
repair work is needed if they are to climb 
back into legitimate contention for the NFC 
title this year. 

For starters, something must be done 
about a defensive secondary that ranked a 
pale 27th against the pass last season. In a 
search for the solution, Landry has indicated 
a fruit-basket turnover might take place 
during the team’s training camp in Thousand 
Oaks, Calif. 

Dennis Thurman, entering his seventh 
season, may take leave of his nght corner- 
back job and move back to free safety, where 
Michael Downs has held forth. Downs, in 
turn, would move to strong safety, there to 
battle with Dextor Clinkscale and second- 
year man Bill Bates for the starting job. Ron 
Fellows, a youngster with potential, and Rod 
Hill, one of the Cowboys’ No. 1 draft selec- 
tions who has yet to prove his worth, will 
compete for Thurman’s vacated spot. 
“We've got to develop a competitive situation 
in our secondary,’ Landry says, “and hope 
that we can return to a higher level in 
preventing the big plays.” 

Walls, an All-Pro in his first three years in 
the league, is the only member of the sec- 
ondary whose job is secure. 

Then there is the problem with the line- 
backers, a group collectively criticized for its 
lack of aggressive play. Many, however, 
blame the Landry system, the Flex, rather 
than the men playing it. “I have always felt I 
could move into the Pittsburgh Steelers kind 

of defense and play their kind of middle line- 
backer,’ says Dallas middle man Bob 
Breunig, “but it won't work here. Inthe Flex, 
you wait for the play to come to you. Some- 
times it is hard to do, but all you have to do is 
look at the success we've had with it.” 

Still, there was great enthusiasm among 
members of the Cowboys staff when Billy 
Cannon Jr., a youngster who gained a reputa- 
tion as a hell-bent kind of linebacker while in 
his senior year at Texas A&M, was the 
team’s first-round draft selection. 

While Martin's retirement was surprising, 
it won't likely have any great effect on the 
Cowboys front four, inasmuch as he was 
making little contribution last year, despite 
holding a starting job. Don Smerek and Jim 
Jeffcoat, both promising young players who 
have gained experience on pass-rush downs, 
will battle for the nght to fill Martin’s right- 
end spot, and work alongside talented Randy 
White, John Dutton, and Ed (Too Tall) Jones. 

It is, then, defense that is the greatest 
concern for the Cowboys as they ease into 
the '84 season. On the other hand, there are 
offensive problems to be resolved—some- 
thing new for the multiple-formation unit that 
regularly ranks among the most potent in the 

Donovan's left-tackle spot will be ably 
filled by fourth-year man Howard Richards, 

perhaps the most legitimate candidate 
among the young players for future stardom. 
And, of course, there is regular 1,000-yard 
rusher Dorsett to fuel the running game. 

But for the first time in a number of years, 
Dallas has some questions in the receiving 
department. The retirement of DuPree 
leaves only Pro Bowler Doug Cosbie as an 
experienced tight end in an offense that 
often sets up in a two-tight-end alignment. 
Since there is no immediate replacement for 
DuPree, Landry is toying with the idea of 
using running backs Timmy Newsome and/ 
or Ron Springs at the position in certain 

An offseason automobile accident, which 
hospitalized veteran Drew Pearson with a 
lacerated liver and a broken clavicle, has 
rearranged things at wide receiver. With 
Johnson now gone, it appears speedster 
Doug Donley will move in to start along with 
Hill, at least until Pearson is able to work 
himself back into shape. 

For Pearson, the leading receiver in Cow- 
boys history, the upcoming season offers 
new incentive, and he insists he will return to 
the lineup before the season is too far gone. 
His younger brother, Carey, was killed in the 
accident. Drew, the driver, had gone to sleep 
at the wheel while returning from an off- 
season exhibition basketball game. “Losing 

my brother,’ he says, “is something I'll never 
overcome. But I've tried to put things into 
perspective and deal with it the best | can. 
Making a comeback this year is important to 

It is an attitude Tom Landry hopes is 
shared by his entire team. “I have to think 
we've all got a bitter taste over the way 
things went last season,’ he says, “and I 
hope that will be a motivating factor as we 
regroup this season. What we have to do is 
re-establish our level of confidence.” 

Doing so, he says, breeds winning. And 
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bles—like quarterback controversies, per- 
sonal differences, and public probings de- 
signed to answer the now-wearisome 
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And it would put to rest the “dead horse” 

“We're calling 1984 the Silver Season,” 
says Schramm, “and we want it to be some- 
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leave the Big Apple out of the most 

~ recent trend in the NFL. Since the 1979 

season, it has been a rule in the league that at 

least one of the teams to play ina conference 
title game bombs the next year. 

The Jets, so close to a Super Bowl champi- 

onship in 1982, obliged last year with a 7-9 
record and a tie with the Colts for last place 
in the AFC East. 

“We're starting over again,” said second- 
year coach Joe Walton, who has made sev- 
eral changes in the team he took over last 
season. “We are no longer the team that was 
supposed to go to the Super Bowl. We have 
to have our players come into camp with a 
new dedication. When I took over, it was 
tough to make changes. If I had to single out 
the biggest mistake [ made last year, it was 
the decision to stand pat.” 

If things don’t turn out better in 1984, New 
York fans may think the biggest mistake 
Walton made was taking over. Since the end 
of the 1983 season he has: 

1. Traded away the team’s starting quar- 
terback, Richard Todd. 

2. ‘Traded away a starter on the defensive 
line, Kenny Neil. 

3. Watched his starting right cornerback, 
Jerry Holmes, defect to the USFL. 

4. Traded away a pair of part-time start- 
ers, Abdul Salaam and Stan Blinka. 


5. Need there be more? 

“I've read the quotes from some players 
since the trades about being shaken up, not 
feeling a sense of security, and thinking they 
might not be here even if they play well,’ 
Walton said. “You know what I say to that. It’s 
about time! 

“I've also read where some people say 
we're rebuilding. We’re not rebuilding, we’re 
remodeling. We need to get more young 
people pushing [veterans], a competitive 
training camp. If we get a lot of players out of 
the ‘comfort zone’ we can improve.” 

The first improvement will come when 

' they find a quarterback to replace Richard 

Todd, the Jets’ starter for seven years. Todd 
accounted for all but 264 of the Jets’ 3,742 
gross passing yards last year. But 1983 
wasn’t particularly kind to him. After ranking 
as the third-best quarterback in the AFC 

_ during 1982, Todd fell to 10th last season. 

Despite playing seven more games, he 
passed for only four more touchdowns than 
the year before, and threw 18 more intercep- 
tions than he did in “82. 

“We thought it would be better for the Jets 
at this point in time and for Richard Todd,’ 
Walton said at the time of the trade that sent 
Todd to the Saints in exchange for a first- 
round draft choice. “We committed our- 
selves to Ken O’Brien in the future, and this 
will speed up his process.” 

O’Brien will be battling seven-year vet- 
eran Pat Ryan for the job, and Walton says he 
will go with the quarterback with the hot 

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both as No. 1 quarterbacks,’ Walton said. “I 
would like to go into the season where if one 
of them isn’t comfortable, the other one is 
there. Whoever is playing well at the time 
will be playing. We are pleased with the way 
Ken has grasped the offense and showed the 
strong arm and poise that is needed to be a 
top-flight NFL quarterback. Although he 
didn't get a lot of on-the-field work last year, 
we observed enough in practice and 
preseason to see that the potential is there. 

“We feel that Pat has the potential to be a 
starting quarterback, and his playing time 
should increase this year. If Pat continues to 
improve, we won't hesitate to call on him at 
any time.” 

That problem solved—and it won't be as 
easy as saying it is solved—the Jets defense 
must be bolstered. [t ranked 13th in the 
NFL, but 23rd against the rush. There will 
be at least two new starters in that defensive 
lineup, with Neil gone to the Chargers and 
Holmes to the USFL. 

The line still is the strength of the Jets 
defense. Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko 
both played in the Pro Bowl following the 
1983 season—Klecko at tackle, after al- 
ready having played in the game as a defen- 
sive end. Walton has not decided whether 
Klecko will remain at tackle or move back to 
his right-end position, though first-round 
draft choice Ron Faurot may have some 
impact on that. 

“Joe has been an All-Pro at both positions 
and is comfortable at either spot,’ Walton 
said. “He's truly a great football player and 
definitely our defensive leader. Mark is the 

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replace Todd as the 

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premier pass-rusher in the NFL [19 sacks], 
and last season he developed into one of the 
better defensive ends against the run. Its 
hard to say that a great player like Mark 
improved, but we feel that he made great 
strides in improving his overall play.’ 

The Jets’ other first-round draft choice 
was defensive back Russell Carter of SMU. 
He will be tried at the cornerback spot 
vacated by Holmes, but probably his best 
position will be safety. The Jets’ other draft 
choices, center Jim Sweeney and tight end 
Glenn Dennison, both enter problem areas. 
Regular center Joe Fields missed a good deal 
of playing time with injuries last season, and 



tight end Jerome Barkum is approaching his 
13th season. Thoughts about future replace- 
ments must be twinkling in New York heads. 

The AFC East team that did not fall victim 
to the next-season slump was the Dolphins, 
and they again have to be considered the 
favorite in this division. Quarterback Dan 
Marino will see to that. He became a starter 
in the sixth game of 1983 and finished the 
season as the highest-ranked quarterback in 
the AFC and the first rookie quarterback 
ever to be selected for the Pro Bowl. He 
missed the Pro Bowl because of minor knee 
surgery, but there are no complications for 
the 1984 season. 


“Dan Marino proved that he had every- 
thing that we were looking for when we 
made him our No. 1 draft pick,” said Dolphins 
coach Don Shula. “After he was given the 
opportunity, he performed beyond every- 
one’s expectations.” 

The Dolphins traded away deep threat 
Duriel Harris, but expect third-year wide 
receiver Mark Duper to provide that dimen- 
sion. Duper was the second-leading receiver 
on the team and accounted for 10 
touchdowns, as well as a 19-yard average per 
catch. Andra Franklin was the team’s leading 
rusher with 746 yards, and Tony Nathan will 
take on a bigger role because of the off- 


season death of David Overstreet. 

The Dolphins’ big problem is the defense. 
Although it ranked seventh in the NFL, 
there are some weak links—particularly at 
linebacker. The line is solid, needing only 
backup help. Defensive end Doug Betters 
and nose tackle Bob Baumhower both were 
starters in last year’s Pro Bowl. But the 
linebackers . . . Except for a couple of 
previous tragedies, the Dolphins might have 
the best group in the NFL. Larry Gordon 
died of a heart attack during the summer of 
1983, and Rusty Chambers was killed in a car 
accident in 1981, 

Bob Brudzinski turned in the best per- 
formance of his career, but A. J. Duhe 
suffered injuries and had offseason knee and 
shoulder surgery; Earnest Rhone had a 
subpar year because of injury and illness; and 
Charles Bowser is an effective pass-rusher, 
but is not yet particularly strong against the 

To combat these problems, the Dolphins 
drafted linebackers Jackie Shipp of Okla- 
homa and Jay Brophy of Miami in the first two 
rounds. The secondary is solid, with the 
Blackwood brothers patrolling at safety. The 
Dolphins also have three cornerbacks they 
are comfortable with, William Judson, 
Gerald Small, and Don McNeal. 

What can you say about the Colts that 
hasn't already been said, with the midnight 
ride and what-all. Frank Kush has them 
going in the right direction—and I don’t 
mean west. After an 0-8-1 start in the NFL, 
Kush put together a 7-9 second season. 

The draft has been good to the young 
Colts. Despite losing quarterback John EI- 
way to the Denver Broncos, the Colts got 
more than enough in return. rookie guard 
Chris Hinton making the Pro Bowl as well as 

being voted to the All-Rookie team. Line- 
backer Vernon Maxwell, the Colts’ second 
choice in 83 also made the All-Rookie team. 
By the end of the season, the Colts were 
starting four rookies—defensive tackle 
Steve Parker and kicker Raul Allegre in 
addition to Hinton and Maxwell. 

Curtis Dickey had the best season of his 
four-year career, ranking fifth in the AFC in 
rushing, with 1,122 yards. He also caught 
passes for 483 yards. Mike Pagel holds down 
the quarterback spot, though Mark Herr- 
mann will challenge this year with a full 
training camp under his belt. 

This year’s rookie crop also should con- 
tribute, No. 1 draft choice Leonard Coleman 
should move into a starting spot at corner- 
back, and guard Ron Solt of Maryland — 
another No. 1 choice—can play opposite 
Hinton. The second- and third-round choices 
both are defensive tackles, Blaise Winter of 
Syracuse and Chris Scott of Purdue. 

Up in Buffalo, the shuffle is on to find a 
running back to replace Joe Cribbs, the 
AFC's fourth-leading gainer with 1,131 yards 
last season. Cribbs, now departed to and 
sometimes from the USFL Birmingham Stal- 
lions, gained all but 605 of the Bills’ rushing 
yards last season. With him gone, the Bills 
used two of their first five draft choices to 
select running backs—Greg Bell of Notre 
Dame in the first round and Speedy Neal of 
Miami in the third. 

Joe Ferguson had an off year in 1983, and 
the departure of Cribbs won't help. Wide 
receivers Jerry Butler and Frank Lewis are 
coming off down seasons, so the Bills drafted 
San Jose State wide receiver Eric 
Richardson in the second round. 

But the Bills defense should be more than 
enough to keep them in contention in the 

East. Nose tackle Fred Smerlas is simply the 
best in the business. He keys the Buffalo 
defense—though rookies Rodney Bellinger, 
a defensive back from Miami, and defensive 
end Sean McNanie of San Diego State could 
have an impact. 

The New England Patriots go as quarter- 
back Steve Grogan goes. Last year he was 
playing the best football of his career, until he 
fractured the fibula in his left leg during the 
12th game. Through those 12 games, how- 
ever, the Patriots were only 6-6. Rookie 
Tony Eason started the final four games and 
the Patriots kept the pace, finishing at 8-8. 

The rushing attack is one of the best in the 
game and is built around the talents of Tony 
Collins, the AFC’s sixth-leading rusher, who 
gained 1,049 yards last season. He was 
voted to the Pro Bowl. He runs behind the 
“Here's the beef” line, keyed by John Han- 

The defense is led by the linebackers— 
among them Steve Nelson—and the secon- 
dary. Three No. 1 draft choices, Raymond 
Clayborn (1977), Rick Sanford (1979), and 
Roland James (1980) patrol the defensive 
backfield. But their effectiveness is ham- 
pered by the lack of an outstanding pass 
rush. The Patriots had 39 quarterback 
sacks, but except for Julius Adams, with 
eight, none of the linemen were consistently 
effective rushing the passer. Outside line- 
backer Andre Tippett was the Pats leading 
sacker with 8¥2 quarterback sacks. 

The cornerstone of the Pats’ draft is wide 
receiver Irving Fryar of Nebraska. Fryar 
was the first selection in the entire draft, and 
along with Stanley Morgan, he gives the Pats 
a pair of speedy receivers. Ed Williams of 
Texas will provide more depth at linebacker, 
and Jon Williams will spell Collins. 

AFC Central 

this division’s poker game. 
Coaches—a pair. Quarterbacks— 
three of a kind. First-round draft choices— 
more than a full house. The winning hand 
may turn on the strength of a sore-armed 
quarterback who has played only one quarter 
ina year and a half; the pass-rush abilities of a 
revamped defense that barely missed the 
playoffs in 1983; or one of three new quarter- 
backs in the division. 

The man—and team—who could end up 
with all the chips at the end of the game, 
however, may already be rolling in them. 
When the Houston Oilers signed the owner 
of the W. Moon Chocolate Chippery stores 
to a cool $6 million, five-year contract in 

February, they may have bought themselves 
a winning hand. 

At the very least, the Oilers won’t have to 
bluff their way through 1984 like they did 
through much of 1983. 

“IT have a lot of confidence in my ability,” 
said Warren Moon during a press conference 
at which it was announced that the Oilers had 
won the sweepstakes to sign him. “I’ve been 
a winner all my life. I don’t see why it should 
stop now.” 

Indeed. In Moon, the Oilers may have 
found the spiritual leader they haven't had 
since trading Dan Pastorini to the Raiders 
and letting Bum Phillips slip away to New 

“Warren can’t do anything by himself, nor 



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can | or any other player,’ said Hugh Camp- 
bell, the Oilers’ new head coach. “But to have 
a quarterback of his ability is obviously going 
to bring out the talents of the other players, 
too. It just makes us that much stronger.’ 

Making the Oilers a quarterback stronger 
normally wouldn’t be significant. A 2-14 team 
doesn’t turn around and win a division title by 
osmosis. But the AFC Central is in a state of 
flux. The defending champion Pittsburgh 
Steelers would have been the odds-on favor- 
ites if Terry Bradshaw had been able to play. 
He set Steeler records in offseason stress 
tests, but his surgically repaired elbow 
couldn't hold up to daily throwing. 

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This division may be shaky 

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but each team is strong against 
the pass. Last year, all four 

AFC Central teams ranked among 
the top 10 in the NFL in 

passing yards allowed per game. 

Without Bradshaw, the Steelers will have 
new quarterback David Woodley or injury- 
prone Mark Malone. In Cleveland, Paul 
McDonald is taking over for the departed 
Brian Sipe. Cincinnati still has incumbent 
Ken Anderson, but the Bengals will be 
adjusting to new coach Sam Wyche, which 
brings you full circle back to the Oilers. 

“I think it [a quality quarterback] can 
redirect your team,’ said Campbell of Moon's 
impact on the Oilers. “It can make your team 
‘turn a corner, to use an old coach's term. 
Turn it around, maybe not. But more than 
any other position the quarterback has so 
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“My hope and expectation 1s that at some 
point during this coming season it will be 
obvious that we are a better football team 
than we were a year ago. They [Oilers 
players] need to believe things will go right 
instead of assuming they are going to lose 
each week. He [Moon] can do that much, but 
not much more by himself.” 

Moon's record stands on its own legs— 
without any of the hype that surrounded his 
tour of America to pick a team. Aside from 
Jim Kelly of the USFL Houston Gamblers, 
no other quarterback in professional history 
has passed for 5,000 yards in a season; 
Moon has done it twice. He played on five 
Grey Cup championship teams. Sure, it was 
the CFL and not the NFL; the Grey Cup, not 
the Super Bowl. But a look even further back 
presents the same view. When he signed to 
play college football at the University -of 
Washington, the Huskies were coming off a 
2-9 season. By 1978, Washington was in the 
Rose Bowl with Moon at quarterback, and 
the Huskies defeated Michigan. 

“There is a big difference in the reading of 
the defenses [in the NFL], but not a big 
difference in the skill of throwing the ball to a 
receiver on the run or throwing it to where a 
defensive man can’t get it,” said Campbell, 
himself a veteran of the CFL, where he 
coached Moon for those five Grey Cup years 

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McDonald is 
now ready to ‘open 
his own store’ in Cleveland. 

Woodley said 
goodbye to the East, 
and is set to take over 

at QB in Pittsburgh. 


with the Edmonton Eskimos. “That skill will 
carry over. The hard part for a quarterback 
is the learning part, learning the defenses. 
Luckily and fortunately for us he ts quite 
intelligent, so that those things come more 
naturally to him than they do to some people. 

“That doesn't mean that he'll have it right 
away. I would expect him to be much better 
his second year than his first.” 

He already has made believers out of the 
Oilers players, however. He looked im- 
pressive in the team’s minicamps. According 
to offensive coordinator Kay Dalton, Moon 
has picked up the Houston offense more 
quickly than Dalton expected him to. He also 
made a believer of former Houston defen- 
sive line coach Joe Galat, who now coaches 
the Montreal Concordes of the CFL. 

“Moon reminds me of a quarterback I 
coached at Memphis of the WFL—Danny 
White,” Galat said last November. “People 
said Danny couldn't play in the NFL because 
of the caliber of competition in the WFL. 
Danny proved them wrong. White and Moon 
have similar athletic skills, although Warren 
has a stronger arm. 

“Warren was a rollout quarterback at 
Washington, and when he started out in 
Canada he was a little impatient. Because he 
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pocket under pressure. He doesn’t mind 
taking a hit. He’s a pinpoint passer. He won't 
have any problem reading NFL defenses, 
because we play the same combination man- 
zone coverages in Canada.’ 

When the Oilers signed Moon, Campbell 
was extra careful not to ruffle the feathers of 
his incumbent quarterbacks Oliver Luck and 
Gifford Nielsen. Moon will have to win the 
job, though it will be easier now that Nielsen 
has retired. 

“The reason I was so guarded in my 
statements when he originally signed was 
that the other players had not seen him,’ 
Campbell said. “I don’t have to be near as 
guarded now that they have seen him in 
camp. I don’t think anyone is questioning 
anything now. But when he originally signed, 
I think it was important that everybody 
realize the coach was going to play whoever 
had the best chance to win. 

“The only concern that ever went through 
my mind—and it was more positive than 
negative—was Warren and I being at the 
same place again. I immediately calculated 
that both of us had abilities where we could 
carry our own weight, and with time we 
would have a chance to demonstrate that. 
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Whether Moon can make a difference in 
Houston depends on a number of things. The 
Oilers, with the addition of tackle Dean 
Steinkuhler in the first round of the NFL 
draft, have a solid young line that should be 
able to protect Moon. Others are No. 1 draft 
choices Mike Munchak (1982) and Bruce 
Matthews (1983) at guards, and No. 2 
Harvey Salem (1983) at one of the tackles. 
Eight-year veteran David Carter is the start- 
ing center. 

Earl Campbell still runs the ball, but for 
the offense to be really effective, wide re- 
ceiver Butch Johnson must play effectively 
opposite Tim Smith. After years of frustra- 
tion in Dallas, Johnson will get a chance to put 
up or shut up. 

Defensively, the Oilers are no more sound 
than they were last year, when they ranked 
22nd overall and last against the rush. Both 
No. 2 draft choices are defensive players, 
end Doug Smith of Auburn and safety Bo 
Eason of California-Davis. 

The Steelers remain the favorites, how- 
ever, even though Bradshaw was unable to 
revive his arm after surgery in March 1983. 
The Steelers offense has to get more big- 
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Sweeney led the team with just 39 catches, 
and the Steelers ranked 27th in passing. 
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tory, because he needs just 363 yards. But 
he must be more effective during the second 
half of the season, during which he gained 
just 397 yards last year after 610 in the first 
eight games. 

The 1983 Steelers were carried by the 
defense, and inside linebacker Jack Lambert 
shouldered more than his share of the load, 
earning Pro Bowl honors for the ninth 
Straight year. Right cornerback Mel Blount 
retired after 14 years, and will have to be 
replaced. And the Steelers still will miss the 
impact of No. 1 draft choice Gabe Rivera 
(1983), who was paralyzed in an auto acci- 
dent last season. 

Cleveland made several offseason moves 
to remedy a situation that left them a tie- 
breaker out of the playoffs. The Browns’ 9-7 
record made them the only 9-7 team not to 
reach postseason play. 

The Browns acquired defensive end Carl 

Hairston from Philadelphia to get some pass- 
rush pressure, and used their first two draft 
choices on defensive backs Don Rogers, a 
safety from UCLA and Chris Rockins, a 
cornerback from Oklahoma State. 

McDonald will have the quarterback job to 
himself. Browns coach Sam Rutigliano says: 
“I have no questions about whether the 
Browns can succeed with McDonald. He’s a 
proven winner and we're excited about what 
he can do for us. The apprenticeship is over. 
It’s time for him to open his own store.” 

He’ll open it with a couple of new wide 
receivers to throw to. The Browns traded 
for Duriel Harris from the Miami Dolphins 
and drafted Bruce Davis of Baylor in the 
second round. They hope to relieve some of 
the load carried by Ozzie Newsome. 

The Bengals had perhaps the best draft of 
any team in the NFL, but that was no 
surprise; three No. 1 draft choices will do 
that for a team. The Bengals took a pair of 

defensive players first, linebacker Ricky 
Hunley of Arizona and Pete Koch, a tackle 
from Maryland. If winning begins with the 
defense, the Bengals should be in good 
shape, because the two will be fine additions 
to a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league 
last season. The only problem spot is at 
cornerback, where Ken Riley retired. 

Offensively, the Bengals begin with quar- 
terback Ken Anderson, who holds every 
passing record in the Bengals book. He no 
longer will have tight end Dan Ross to throw 
to, and only one more season with Cris 
Collinsworth, but he still should be effective. 
Fullback Pete Johnson was traded to San 
Diego for James Brooks, who will give An- 
derson more speed and a better receiver 
out of the backfield. The top two offensive 
draft choices were tackle Brian Blados of 
North Carolina, with the third first-round 
pick, and quarterback Boomer Esiason of 
Maryland, in the second round. 

AFC West 

“Star Wars.” Pyrotechnics everywhere, 
long-range bombs. No sooner would 
Dan Fouts—or later in the game Ed 
Luther—launch one ICBM from the San 
Diego side of the line than Bill Kenney of the 

Chiefs would launch a retaliatory strike from 
the other. 

No détente here. Two of the NFL's pre- 
mier offenses were in a shooting war in Week 
15, slugging it out in a 41-38 thriller. 

The irony was not lost on anyone in the 
AFC West, however. The top two passing 
offenses in the AFC were playing for nothing 
more than honor—what there is of it in the 
midst of a losing season. The other three 
teams in the division—the Raiders, 
Seahawks, and Broncos—were playoff 

bound. This conference, with the Chargers 
and Chiefs throwing on almost every down, 
was dominated by a pair of runners during 
the 1983 season. 

“You have to have a running attack,” said 
San Diego's guru of offense Don Coryell. 

Two teams did—and eventually they 
ended up in the AFC Championship Game, in 
which the Raiders and Marcus Allen beat the 
Seahawks and Curt Warner. 

Nowhere—except perhaps with the Los 
Angeles Rams, where another rookie run- 
ning back blossomed—is the impact of a 
runner more evident than in Seattle. The 
Seahawks emerged from their also-ran shell 
for the first playoff appearance in the team’s 
history. Warner, the AFC player of the year, 
as voted by his peers, merely led the con- 
ference in rushing with 1,449 yards in 335 

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“Certainly, to be a contender you have to 
have somebody who can come in and run it,” 
said Broncos coach Dan Reeves. “To control 
the ball, first of all you have to have a good 
defense, and you have to be able to run the 
ball. Ideally you'd like to have a big guy with 
speed and quickness, which some of the 
teams have now with [Earl] Campbell, Mar- 
cus Allen, and [William] Andrews—those 
types of players. 

“Look at a team like Seattle,” Reeves went 
on. “A dominating player like Warner comes 
in and makes them a contender right away, 
more so than anything else.” 

Warner indeed became the running back 
Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox could 
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the understatements of the year, Knox said, 
“Curt Warner was everything we thought he 
would be when we drafted him.” 

Warner's first carry in the league went for 
60 yards, and he rushed for 100 yards or 
more seven times during the season. His 
best game was a 207-yard effort against the 
Chiefs in the 51-48 overtime victory that 
almost assured the Seahawks of their playoff 

While Warner was making headlines in the 
Pacific Northwest, the Raiders were getting 
another workmanlike performance out of 
Allen, who is arguably the best all-around 

running back in the NFL. Allen finished the 
season with 1,014 yards rushing on 266 
carries. He caught 68 passes for another 590 
yards, attempted seven passes and com- 
pleted four—three for touchdowns. He 
scored 12 touchdowns—nine rushing, two 
receiving, and one on a fumble recovery in 
the endzone. 

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son, however, he was awesome in the play- 
offs. He gained 121 yards in the Raiders’ 
38-10 victory over the Steelers, and came 
back in the AFC Championship Game with a 
154-yard effort against Warner and the 

Even with Fouts, 
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game to compete with the Raiders. 

Seahawks. In the Super Bowl he was the 
most valuable player for his 19l-yard per- 
formance, which included four Super Bowl 
records set and two tied. , 

“Marcus Allen peaked at the right time for 
us,” said Raiders coach Tom Flores of the 
running back who has sparked the Raiders to 
regular-season records of 8-1 and 12-4 in his 
two seasons in the league. “I don’t think I 
have ever seen anyone have a better playoff 
season. He averaged 150 yards on the 

“But one of the things you don’t realize 
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does. He's a tremendous blocker and a great 
receiver and an all-around player.” 

Reeves can attest to the impact Allen has 
had on the Raiders. The Broncos were 
looking for a running back out of the 1982 
draft, from which Allen came into the NFL. 
They not only considered Allen the best 
running back on their draft board but the 
highest rated player in the draft. 

“I cried every time someone passed him 
up,’ said Reeves, whose Broncos had the 
21st pick of the dratt. “We had beaten them 
twice the year before [the Raiders had a 7-9 
record]. Even though you couldn't count on 
them getting that many injuries again, at 
least they weren't going to be that good. 
Then all of a sudden they get the guy we 
thought was the best player in the country, 
and they are back in there. 

“They were a team that tried to big-pass 
you and control the ball running it. At the 
time they had Kenny King, but he was not 
the control runner. Marcus was an ideal back 
for them.” 

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feet have carried the 
Seahawks into contention. 

pace for their team’s offense, they are not 
the whole story in the AFC West. The 
Raiders, in particular, have an outstanding 
cast, including the most dominating defense 
in the NFL. 

Already an outstanding unit, the Raiders 
became a smothering coverage team midway 
through the 1983 season, when Mike Haynes 
joined Lester Hayes at cornerback. The 
entire cast is coming back. Defensive end 
Lyle Alzado, the spiritual leader of the line, 
talked about retirement and going out on top, 
but he changed his mind. Howie Long is an 
All-Pro in the Raiders line. Linebacker Ted 
Hendricks will be back, along with another 
Pro Bowler, Rod Martin. 

“You can't look anywhere,” said Coryell of 
weaknesses tn the Raiders defense. “There 
was no weakness. You always know what the 
Raiders are going to do—they just do it well. 
They have fine personnel and don’t make 

The Raiders enter 1984 with a pat hand, 
and even Flores concedes that “we should be 
the favorites.” 

Next in line, despite their 7-9 showing in 
1983 are the San Diego Chargers. The 
Chargers played last season with a defense 
heavily laced with rookies. Several offseason 
moves should help solidify the Chaigers in 
that area. 

Even if defensive linemen Kenny Neil and 
Abdul Salaam are a bit past their prime—as 
some in the Jets organization thought—they 
will strengthen the Chargers front and apply 
some much-needed pressure to take the 
heat off the Chargers secondary. Besides 
Salaam and Neil, the Chargers also traded 
for inside linebacker Brian Kelley of the New 
_ York Giants. Their first draft choice was 
Texas cornerback Mossy Cade, who will 
allow their 1983 No. 1 pick, Gill Byrd, to 
move from corner to safety, where he should 
be more comfortable after offseason back 
surgery. Inside linebackers Billy Ray Smith 
and Mike Green, both rookies a year ago, 
should benefit from the year’s experience. 

The Chargers offense—enough said. It 
ranks No. 1 in the NFL—even with Fouts 
sidelined for parts of six games. Ifhe regains 
his health, and running backs Chuck Muncie 
and Pete Johnson stay healthy, the Chargers 
will be back near the form that won them 
AFC West titles from 1979 to ’81. 

The Seahawks are still a team in transi- 
tion, despite the playoff appearance. Defen- 
sively, the line is solid, coming off a record- 
breaking performance that included 43 quar- 
terback sacks. But the secondary gave up 33 
touchdown passes and things may not get 
any better, because regulars Kerry Justin 
and Greggory Johnson both skipped to the 


United States Football League. An offseason 
trade for cornerback Terry Jackson, late of 
the New York Giants, should help shore up 
the positions, as will first-round draft choice 
Terry Taylor of Southern Illinois. 

The Seahawks tried to sign Warren Moon 
in the offseason, but lost out to the Oilers. 
That leaves Dave Krieg as the incumbent to 
hand the ball off to Warner. Second-round 
choice Daryl Turner, a wide receiver from 
Michigan State, could contribute opposite 
Steve Largent. 

The Chiefs’ plight may best be summed up 
by this simple statistic: Late last season they 
scored 48 points against the Seahawks and 
lost in overtime. Two weeks later they 
scored 38 against the Chargers and lost. 
Chiefs coach John Mackovic said his team 
lacked beef up the middle, so with the first 
pick in the 1984 draft he went for Pittsburgh 
nose tackle Bill Maas. In the second round, 
Mackovic went for Penn State inside line- 
backer Scott Radecic. 

Mackovic may have dug himself a hole in 
the secondary, however. During the off- 
season, the Chiefs signed Kerry Parker, 
who came down from the Canadian Football 
League. He was Canada’s premier bump- 
and-run cornerback. But he will have to 
produce immediately because Mackovic 
dealt away three-time Pro Bowler Gary 

Green to the Los Angeles Rams in a draft- 
day deal. 

The Chiefs still have no proven running 
back, although they have the distinction of 
signing the first player to jump from the 
USFL to the NFL—fullback Ken Lacy. 
Lacy’s status probably will be determined in 
the court case the USFL is likely to bring 
when he begins practice with the Chiefs at 
the start of training camp. The passing 
attack—third in the NFL last season— 
should only get better. The addition of lowa 
tackle John Alt will help beef up the offensive 

The Broncos also made some offseason 
moves, acquiring quarterback Scott Brunner 
from the Giants to replace the departed 
Steve DeBerg. They also traded for tight 
end Eason Ramson of the 49ers, wide re- 
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their winning tradition. The Wash- 

ington Redskins have appeared in 
the last two Super Bowls. But the St. Louis 
Cardinals are a team on the threshold of a 
dream in the NFC East. 

In the 1980s, this division has become one 
of the toughest in the NFL. Even the Giants, 
whose offense has been laughable, are re- 
spected for their defense. The Redskins’ 

one-back formation started a trend. And the 
Cowboys’ consistent success has attracted a 
nationwide following. 

Now, the Cardinals are looking for a place 
at the top. 

It has taken St. Louis coach Jim Hanifan 
four seasons. But he transformed an aging, 
losing team into an enthusiastic winner that 
could make a run at Super Bowl XIX. Gone 
are Jim Hart, Mel Gray, Dan Dierdorf, Roger 
Wehrli. The Cardinals have found 29 players 
in the last five drafts, 14 of them starters. 

They were 5-11 in Hanifan’s first season 
and 7-9 in 1981. They started to reap the 
benefits of good drafting in strike-shortened 
1982, when they had a 5-4 record and made 
the playoffs. Last year, the Cards went 7-2-1 
in their final 10 games to finish 8-7-1. This 
year they should be even better. 

There is just one little problem. The Cards 
are 2-13 in recent games against Dallas and 
Washington. They were 0-4 last year against 

those two teams, and were outscored 

“I think it’s just the maturity of our play- 
ers,’ Cards offensive coordinator Rod Dow- 
hower said. “We have a very young team, but 
the way we ended up last season leads me to 
believe that we can overcome that.” 

Cards quarterback Neil Lomax, 25, a No. 
2 pick in 1981, came back from an early- 
season shoulder injury to throw scoring 
passes in his final eight games. 

Lomax has learned much from Dowhower, 
who convinced him to curtail his free-wheel- 
ing. He set club records for completion 
percentage (59) and rating (92), throwing for 
24 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions. The 
Cards allowed Hart to sign with Washington 
and used a No. 3 pick for quarterback Rick 

Lomax was sacked 40 times last season. 
The offensive line is one of this team’s 
problem areas. Not at the tackles, where 
Luis Sharpe and Tootie Robbins have 10-year 
futures, but at the other spots. The Cards 
drafted Texas guard Doug Dawson in the 
second round to compete with starters 
Terry Stieve and Joe Bostic. Center Randy 
Clark will be pushed by Carlos Scott. 

Tight end has long been considered a 
Cards weakness, but Doug Marsh (32 
catches, 421 yards, 8 TDs) came on with a 
rush last season. Pro Bowl receiver Roy 
Green tied for the NFC lead with 78 catches 
in 1983 and led the NFL with 14 touchdown 
receptions. Veteran Pat Tilley, 31, is a sure- 
handed possession receiver. Hanifan said he 
will use his No. 1 pick, receiver Clyde 

Cowboys Giants Eagles Cards 

Duncan, as a third wideout on obvious pass- 
ing downs. 

When the Cardinals run, Ottis Anderson 
usually gets the ball. The No. 1 pick in 1979 
gained 1,270 yards last year and also set a 
club record for running backs by catching 54 
passes. Anderson has gained 6,190 yards 
rushing, a club record, in five seasons. 

When the Cards run from the I, the full- 
back is good-blocking Wayne Morris. On 
passing downs, they use little Stump Mitch- 
ell in a Joe Washington-type role. 

Defensively, the Cards strength is the 
line, coached by Floyd Peters, who fash- 
ioned the Gold Rush in San Francisco and the 
Silver Rush in Detroit. St. Louis led the NFL 
in sacks with 59, and its defense ranked sixth 

Right end Curtis Greer (16 sacks) and left 
end Al Baker (132) are one of the best pass- 
rushing pairs in the NFL. Tackle David Gallo- 
way, considered a bust in 1982, contributed 
12 sacks. 

Middle linebacker E. J. Junior has put last 
year’s four-game drug suspension behind 
him and could be ready for an All-Pro season. 
Injuries have unsettled the Cards secondary 
and it remains the only other problem area. 

The Cowboys ship sprung many leaks last 
season. They started 7-0 and were 12-2 be- 
fore losing their last three games, including a 
24-17 defeat to the Rams in the NFC wild- 
card game at Texas Stadium. It was the first 
time since 1961 that Dallas closed a season 
with three straight losses. 

There wasn’t a taxicab driver or hotel 
clerk in Dallas who didn’t think the Cowboys 

5) Offense [Hj Defense 

No wonder the 
Redskins were 14-2 in 
’83 while the Giants 
were 3-12-1. The 
Redskins ranked first 
in the NFL in turnover 
differential; the 
Giants ranked 28th. 



would beat the Rams. An NFL-record 18 
straight winning seasons and nine straight 
playoff appearances have spoiled Cowboys 

But they do not think quarterback Danny 
White is a winner. They know that the 
Cowboys offensive line does not intimidate. 
And they know the defense contains a lot of 
average players. Sooner or later, this team 
will pay the price for a series of poor drafts. 
Will there be major changes in 1984? 

“Who knows?” coach Tom Landry said. 
“That's an offseason evaluation you have to 
make. Major changes aren’t easy to make. 
We try to develop from within.” 

Cowboys president Tex Schramm laughed 
when he was asked if the 1983 season was 
the end of an era. “I remember after the ’79 
season, everybody said, “That's the end of 
the Cowboys era.’ I don’t think it’s the end of 
any cycle. The difference with the Cowboys 
is that their only judgment of success is the 
Super Bowl. With other mortals, it’s the 
playoffs, winning seasons, things like that.” 

One major change occurred when the 
franchise was sold in the offseason by 
founder Clint Murchison Jr. to a group | 
headed by Dallas businessman H. R. (Bum) 9 

Also in the offseason, the Cowboys re- 
moved a persistent problem when they 
traded receiver Butch Johnson to the Hous- Cowboy fans don't : a 
ton Oilers for receiver Mike Renfro. Cow- believe White Is a winner. -~ Sce® 
boys veteran receiver Drew Pearson suf- a T ae 
fered liver damage in a March 22 auto F 
accident that killed his brother. But Pearson 
vowed to return for another year. 

Two Cowboys retired—tight end Billy Joe 
DuPree, 34, who never missed a game in an 
ll-year career, and right defensive end 
Harvey Martin, 33, who had led the team in 
sacks for 10 years. Doug Cosbie had sup- 
planted DuPree as a starter. Don Smerek 
will inherit Martin’s job. 

Dallas’ defense was 27th in the NFL 
against the pass in 1983 and 17th overall. 
Tackle John Dutton is 33, as is end Too Tall 
Jones. Tackle Randy White is 31. The Cow- 
boys used three of their top four draft picks 
for defensive players—linebackers Billy 
Cannon Jr. and Steve DeOssie, and corner- 
back Victor Scott. 

White has not produced enough big plays 
at quarterback and will be challenged in camp 
by Gary Hogeboom. Running back Tony 
Dorsett in seven seasons has become the 
NFL's No. 8 all-time rusher. 

“Our approach will be to regain the mental 
edge we had early last year,’ Landry said. 
“The season left a bitter taste.” 

The Washington Redskins feel the same 
way. They have won 36 of 43 regular-season Taylor had a big 
games, but failed to win their secondstraight offseason, tackling 
Super Bowl when they were wiped out, a hefty $7.3 million 
38-9, by the Raiders. The loss provided pact with the Giants. 


SEPTEMBER 1984 Vag 47 

incentive, but some of the Redskins’ key 
parts are wearing out. 

Defensive tackle Dave Butz is 34. Part- 
time defensive end Tony McGee is 35. 
Kicker Mark Moseley is 36. Fullback John 
Riggins is 35. Right offensive tackle George 
Starke is 36. Quarterback Joe Theismann 
will be 35 on September 9. 

Washington led the league in rushing 

defense last year (80.6), but could not stop 
Marcus Allen. The Redskins expect lineman 
Mat Mendenhall to return after sitting out a 
year with personal problems. They used 
their first two draft picks for DT Bob Slater 
and DE Steve Hamilton. Their former All- 
Pro strong safety, Tony Peters, returns after 
a one-year drug suspension. 

The Fun Bunch will have to cancel its end- 

Lomax set Cardinals records 
for completion percentage and rating, 
but he was sacked 40 times last year. 

zone celebrations because of a new league 
rule that bans prolonged, excessive, or pre- 
meditated celebrations. “I think they should 
look into some other aspect of the game,” 
Washington's Pro Bowl receiver Charlie 
Brown said. “The reason we do it is that it 
gives us incentive to get into the endzone. 
Our fans love it.” 

The Skins offense scored an NFL-record 



541 points last year. Riggins’ 24 touchdowns 
was a league record. Washington scored at 
least 23 points in every game of a 14-2 sea- 
son. Theismann was never better (29 touch- 
down passes, ll interceptions). The Skins 
lost only seven fumbles, fewest in the 
league. The only question is, will age catch 
up with them? 

Age is not the Giants’ problem. Poor 
management Is. 

If the Giants find five people who can play 

ans-—quarterback Scott Brunner, corner- 
back Terry Jackson, and linebacker Kelley. 

But fans who have witnessed only three 
winning seasons in the last two decades have 
been conditioned to expect the worst. 

The Philadelphia Eagles’ decline began in 
1981, when they lost four of their last five 
games. After they went 3-6 the next season, 
defensive coordinator Marion Campbell took 
over for Dick Vermeil. The Eagles started 
4-2 last season, but then lost nine of their last 

The Redskins offense scored a record 
541 points last season. Riggins’ 24 
touchdowns was a league record. 
Theismann was never better, throwing 
29 TD passes. The team lost only 
seven fumbles. The only question is, 
will age catch up with the Skins? 

offensive line, if quarterback Phil Simms 
stays healthy for the first time since 1979, if 
fullback Rob Carpenter runs like he did in 
1981, if receiver Byron Williams can take 
some of the pass-catching pressure off Ear- 
nest Gray, if linebacker Harry Carson for- 
gets his desire to be traded, if No. 12 pick in 
1983 Robbie Jones can replace Brian Kelley, 
if defensive end Leonard Marshall stops 
eating training tables, if nose guards Jim 
Burt and Bill Neill return after injury-plagued 
seasons, if Bill Parcells really can coach, and 
if the ball bounces right. . . the Giants could 
go 7-9. 

There are no expectations, however. This 
team is 26-46-1 in five years under general 
manager George Young. It is the losingest 
team in the NFL over the last 11 years 
(49-108-2). It went 1-10-1 in its final 12 games 
last year and 3-12-1 overall. It led the NFL in 
turnovers with 58, many inside opponents’ 
territory. Whatever can go wrong for the 
Giants usually does. 

‘They made changes in the offseason. But 
they are still the Giants. Young’s biggest 
coup was retaining linebacker Lawrence lay- 
lor with a $7.3 million contract. He also had a 
good draft, getting blue-chip linebacker Carl 
Banks, offensive tackles Bill Roberts and 
Conrad Goode, and quarterback Jeff Hostet- 

Young hired Harry Hulmes as his new 
assistant GM, replacing Terry Bledsoe, now 
GM in Buffalo. He hired a new strength-and- 
conditioning coach, Johnny Parker. He 
signed a pair of USFL players to future 
contracts, guard Chris Godfrey and corner- 
back Kenny Daniel. He traded three veter- 

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10 to finish 5-11. They lost seven games by a 
total of 22 points. The old guard has de- 
parted, and now the Eagles could be one of 
the worst teams in the NFL. 

Only seven starters remain from the 1980 
Eagles, who lost 27-10 to the Raiders in 
Super Bowl XV. In the offseason, the Eagles 
released Harold Carmichael, 34, who is tied 
for fifth in receptions on the all-time list. To 
replace him, they drafted Penn State re- 
ceiver Kenny Jackson in the first round. 

Jackson is expected to start opposite Mike 
Quick, who was the offense last year, catch- 
ing 69 passes for 1,409 yards and 13 scores. 
To open things up, Campbell fired several 
offensive assistants and hired Ted Marchi- 
broda as his new offensive coordinator. The 
Eagles were last in scoring in 1983, 26th in 
rushing, and 27th in total offense. 

Wilbert Montgomery's body finally is 
breaking down and the Eagles have no other 
backs who can carry the load. Their offen- 
sive line has several weak links. Left tackle 
Stan Walters has retired. Center Guy Mor- 
riss was released and is to be replaced by 
Mark Dennard, acquired in a trade with 
Miami. Tight end John Spagnola returns 
after missing 1983 with a neck injury. 

Eagles fans have been booing quarterback 
Ron Jaworski for years. He completed only 
52.7% of his passes last year, threw 18 inter- 
ceptions, and was sacked 55 times. 

Defensively, the Eagles were 27th against 
the rush, and had only eight interceptions. 
| heir linebackers are agile arid quick but not 
bulky, and can be worn down. Their second- 
ary is ordinary. This club will be lucky to win 
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Sims gives the Lions courage 

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kus, and Schmidt, the NFC Central 
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troit, Chicago, and Green Bay won league 
titles. But lately, all five NFC Central teams 
have been just blue. 

In the last five years, each has shown 



3.Lions — 
4. Vikings 
J. Bucs 

flashes of brilliance, but none has sustained 
it. Of all the NFL's divisions, the NFC 
Central has gone the longest without a Super 
Bowl winner (Green Bay in 1967) and with- 
out a Super Bow! participant (Minnesota in 
1976). The division has become so balanced 
that any of its five teams can approach a 
season with legitimate playoff hopes. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their 
moment, going 10-6 in the franchise's third 
season in 1979 and coming within a game of 
the Super Bowl. They also took the division 
crown in 1981 with a 9-7 mark. But by last 
year, their once-proud defense had crum- 
bled, their quarterback, Doug Williams, had 
signed with the USFL, and the Bucs’ 2-14 
record tied Houston's for the NFL's worst. 

The Detroit Lions, who have had two win- 
ning seasons in the last 11 years, won their 
first division title in 26 years in 1983 by the 
narrowest of margins with a 9-7 record. 
Coach Monte Clark’s team was 7-1 against 
division teams, three of which finished 8-8— 
Minnesota, Green Bay, and Chicago. 

The Vikings dominated this division from 
1970 to '80, taking nine titles. But they have 

fallen into mediocrity. Now, Bud Grant, who 
took them to four Super Bowls without win- 
ning one, has resigned, replaced by his 
special teams coach, Les Steckel. 

The Bears were wild-card playoff partici- 
pants in 1977 and 1979 but are 24-33 since 
then. Fiery coach Mike Ditka has lit a flame 
in Chicago, but the Bears have not had a 
good passing offense since they won the 
NFL title in 1963. 

The Packers have had only three winning 
seasons in the last 14. Coach Bart Starr's 
statute of limitations expired in the off- 
season, when the Packers fired him and 
turned to one of their leaders in the '60s, 
Forrest Gregg. 

From top to bottom, the NFC Central's 
five teams have finished closer than any 
other division for five of the last six years. 
But the division boasts of only three legiti- 
mate superstars: Bears running back Walter 
Payton, Lions running back Billy Sims, and 
Bucs linebacker Hugh Green. 

The division’s teams have reputations for 
being stingy. Defenses dominate. The ball 
can get slippery in Chicago and Green Bay, 



but Detroit and Minnesota have domed sta- 

Starr was a hero as a quarterback for the 
Packers, but had a 52-76-1 record in nine 
seasons as acoach. Grant's was considerably 
better—151-87-5. But at 56, he said, “There 
are a lot of things | still want to do while I still 
have my health.” 

“It was such a surprise,’ said Steckel, 39. 
“l was numb.” 

The third big development in the division 
during the offseason was that Payton came 
to contract terms. He also underwent ar- 
throscopic surgery on both knees. But Pay- 
ton expects to be at full strength by opening 
day. He needs only 687 rushing yards this 
year to pass Jim Brown (12,312) as the NFL's 
all-time leading rusher. 

“It's my 11,000-yard checkup,’ he said 
after the treatment. “Like changing oil in a 
car. The doctor told me I could play five or 
six more years. When I’m through with this 
game, I want to dance.’ 

Grant did not do much dancing as Vikings 
coach, but in his 17 seasons, only Dallas won 
as many NFL division titles (11). Still, the 
Vikings missed the playoffs in three of the 
last five years and were 36-37 over that 
period. They lost six of their final eight 
games last season. 

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team scoring record with 429 points in 1983, 
but also gave up more points (439) than any 
team in their history. Starr never was able to 
develop a consistent defense, and paid the 

Bears coach Ditka is so tough that he 
broke a bone in his hand punching a filing 
cabinet. A relentless driver, he inspired the 
Bears to five victories in their last six games 
to finish at .500. Payton, 29, ran for 1,421 
yards, his fourth-best total in a nine-year 
career. His three-year contract reportedly 
pays him $1 million a season and includes a 
$10.3 million annuity. 

Like the Bears, Detroit also re-signed a 
running back. A federal judge ruled in Febru- 
ary that Sims could honor the five-year, $4.5 
million deal he signed with the Lions. Sims 
also had signed a $3.5 million contract with 
the USFL’s Houston Gamblers. 

Sims rushed for 1,040 yards last year 
despite an early-season wrist injury that 
forced him to miss four games. He also 
caught 42 passes and was an emotional side- 
line leader. 

The Lions’ biggest problem has been in- 
stability at quarterback, with Gary Daniel- 
son and Eric Hipple. Hipple was the third- 
worst rated quarterback in the NFL, com- 
pleting 52.7% of his passes. He threw 18 
interceptions and only 12 scoring passes. He 




sprained his left knee in the final regular- 
season game. Danielson relieved him for the 
Lions’ playoff game and threw five intercep- 
tions in a 24-23 defeat to San Francisco. 

The Lions lost receiver Freddie Scott to 
the USFL and have one of the worst receiver 
corps in football: Mark Nichols, Jeff Chad- 
wick, and Leonard Thompson. Clark drafted 
TE David Lewis and WR Pete Mandley in the 
first two rounds. 

Defensively, Detroit allowed only 14.4 
points a game in the second half and its 286 
points allowed for the season were the sec- 
ond-fewest in the NFL. The Lions have a 
fine pass-rushing front four, with Doug En- 
glish and William Gay combining for 2642 
sacks last year. The linebackers are solid but 
unspectacular; the secondary 1s improving. 

Clark said at a spring minicamp, “We want 
to have the same attitude [as in’83] and push 
on to the next level of success. To get past 
the playoffs and on to the Super Bowl, and 
win that.” 

The Packers have the best chance to 
knock the Lions off—if they can improve 
their last-in-the-NFL defense. Gregg drafted 
defensive ends with his first two picks— 
Alphonso Carreker and Donnie Humphrey. 
Nose tackles Terry Jones and Rich Turner are 
coming off the injured-reserve list. So Green 
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New defensive backs coach Ken Riley 
likes his No. 5 pick, safety Tom Flynn. Mike 
McCoy might switch from corner to safety 
when he returns after a knee injury. The 
Packers also are high on two of their young 
outside linebackers, Cliff Lewis and No. 4 
draft pick John Dorsey. 

The Packers offense was second in the 
NFL last year and second in passing. They 
lost backup tight end Gary Lewis to the 
USFL. Receiver John Jefferson, in the final 
year of his contract, was rumored to be on 
the trading block. But quarterback Lynn 
Dickey returns along with wideout James 
Lofton (58 receptions-1,300 yards-7 TDs) 
and tight end Paul Coffman (54-814-11). 

Dickey threw for an amazing 4,458 yards 
and 32 scores, but also threw 29 intercep- 
tions. His offensive line is shaky and so are 
his knees. The Packers ground game was 
only 21st last season and missed halfback 
Eddie Lee Ivery, who returns after treat- 
ment for cocaine dependency. Gerry Ellis 
played solidly, rushing for 696 yards and 
catching 52 passes for 603. 

The Bears wish they had the Packers 

The skies are friendly 
for Dickey and the passing Pack. 

receivers. The Bears have a good defense, 
but their offense doesn't score enough. 

In their last six games, the Bears aver- 
aged 203 yards per game on the ground and 
157 in the air. Quarterback Jim McMahon 
was erratic. A trade for a receiver to comple- 
ment Willie Gault (40-836) might help. Espe- 
cially since Ken Margerum suffered a knee 
injury in a minicamp, which will sideline him 
this season. 

Lions Packers 



The Bears offensive line is young and 
improving. But left guard Noah Jackson is 
33. So Ditka took guards Stefan Humphries 
and ‘Tom Andrews in the third and fourth 

The Bears play a 4-3 defense with All-Pro 
Mike Singletary in the middle and Otis Wil- 
son and converted defensive end Al Harris 
outside. Still, they drafted linebackers in the 
first two rounds, Wilber Marshall and Ron 

Their defensive line will be stronger with 
tackle Dan Hampton back after an injury. 
Dick's nephew, tackle Mark Butkus, was the 
Bears’ No. 11 pick. The secondary is solid, 
especially if free safety Gary Fencik returns 
after an injury-shortened 1983. 

But the offense must open up. Right, 
Mike Ditka? “When I came here,” Ditka said, 
“I was committed to the pass because | 
wanted to show the people that we could 
open up the offense. Now, I'm committed to 
winning. I think the best way to win is with 
what your players believe in. Our players be- 
lieve in running.” 

Steckel predicts a wide-open offense for 
the Vikings, with quarterback Tommy 
Kramer back after knee surgery ended his 
season following the third game in 1983. “It 
will be like watching a tennis match,” Steckel 

The new coach is allowing players to wear 
white shoes in games, something Grant 
would not tolerate. The Vikings also were 
auditioning for cheerleaders, another first. 

The Vikings drafted the Baylor backfield, 
Alfred Anderson (No, 3) and Allen Tice (No. 
5), to join littke Darrin Nelson and Ted 
Brown. They made defensive end Keith 
Millard No. 1. 

Steckel hopes to get more from several 
players who missed at least five games with 
injuries in 1983: tight end Joe Senser, Brown, 
linebacker Mark Stewart, receivers Sammy 
White and Sam McCullum, and defensive 
linemen Mark Mullaney and Mike Mularkey. 

Center Dennis Swilley retired, and left 
guard Jim Hough will be tried at his position. 

Minnesota could not keep its receivers 

Rushing Yards 
Per Game 

1) Offense [] Defense 

With Walter Payton 
leading the way, the 
Bears led the NFL in 
rushing last year. 
When James Wilder 
got injured, the Bucs’ 
ground game died. 



healthy (White’s 29 catches were high by a | 

wideout), and it never developed a consist- 
ent ground game. Vikings fans still are won- 
dering why the team chose little Nelson (642 
yards) over Marcus Allen. Obviously, team 
president Max Winter did not hold it against 
GM Mike Lynn, whom he signed to a new 
five-year contract. 

The Vikings defense was 25th against the | 

rush in 1983. They need help at outside line- 
backer, where Matt Blair will be 34 and Fred 
McNeill 32. Nose tackles Charlie Johnson, 

32, and James White, 30, may be past their 

primes. The secondary is average. 

Tampa Bay cannot get much worse. Its of- 
fense was 28th in the NFL, 27th in rushing. 
At the end of last season, Bucs fans wore 
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“Some people like me and some people 
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have had. “But I’m not going to spend any 
time worrying about either group.” 

Part of the reason for the Bucs’ collapse 
was that they started 14 different offensive- 
line combinations. “We only played the same 
offensive line twice,” McKay said, “and when 
we did we moved the ball pretty well. On two 
consecutive weeks, we had different of- 
fensive linemen get hurt in the pregame 
warmup... It may have just been one of 
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pated, either.’ After losing Williams, the 

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waived by the Giants, contributed six inter- 
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hamstring, but still led the team in tackles 

and was voted to the Pro Bowl. The only | 

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Lee Roy Selmon, whose 11 sacks led the 
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intriguing story. They almost qualified for a 
wild-card playoff spot last year. In their final 
game, they lost in the last six seconds at 
home to the Rams, 26-24, and settled for an 
8-8 record. 

“We all are disappointed that we did not 
make the playoffs,” coach Bum Phillips said, 
“but we feel like we accomplished some 
things that will help us. . . in the future. This 

young team learned how to come from be- * 

hind and not give up in tight games.” 
Phillips has recruited more good players 
than the other NFC West teams have. The 
Saints were 1-15 in 1980 and their fans wore 
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New Orleans was 4-12 and 4-5 in Phillips’ 


first two years, and reached .500 last sea- 
“When I first came here,” said Phillips, 
whose contract was extended in the off- 
season through 1988, “I said we could turn it 
around in three years. I believe we did.” 

All the Saints need is a little more experi- 
ence. They now have confidence in them- 

“Some people you like,” Saints fullback 
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, issue. “Some people you respect. But Bum 

you like and respect. He's a man’s man. He 
just has a certain air about him that all great 
coaches have. It’s a confident, winning at- 
titude. And everybody feels it.” 

The Saints defense ranked No. 1 in the 
NFC overall in the final eight weeks of 1983. 
It recorded a club-record 56 sacks. Line- 
backer Rickey Jackson was voted to the Pro 
Bowl. Strong safety Russell Gary, nose 
tackle Derland Moore, and cornerback John- 
nie Poe were named alternates. 

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Geathers, and No. 3 choice Terry Hoage, a 
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million per season offer from the Memphis 
Showboats and signed a new Saints contract. 
Todd will have to win the job. 

“I want to go out smoking,” Stabler said, 
after having minor knee surgery. “I haven't 
felt this good in five or six years. My weight 
is down to 195... I’ve told Richard he has to 
understand that I’m still the man.” 

Todd figures even if he doesn’t start right 
away, his move to New Orleans is good. “It’s 
a good, young team, with its best years 
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Walsh made several moves in the off- 
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“It’s really the I-formation mentality,” 
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championship level. [ learned there is a 

The Atlanta Falcons were optimistic en- 
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son's back there pretty deep. They toss it to 
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the number of victories, not the number of 

The Rams have had a weak receiver corps 
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rights to Cleveland's 1983 pick, receiver Ron 
Brown, and hope he can add some speed to 
their attack. They added fullback Dwayne 
Crutchfield in a trade with Houston. 

The Rams defense was good enough to 
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looked awful in the 51-7 playoff blowout at 
Washington. The night before the draft, the 
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back Gary Green ina trade with Kansas City. 

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The Rams defense has been rebuilt almost 
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starter left is safety Nolan Cromwell, unless 
end Jack Youngblood returns for another sea- 
son at 34. The Rams remain weak up front 
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Los Angeles sacked the quarterback only 
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son said. Of the 51-7 drubbing, Robinson 
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me that we have to build our team to where 
we're not just at a playoff level but at a 


Since 1977, their records are: 7-7, 9-7, 6-10, 
12-4, 7-9, 5-4, and 7-9. Bartkowski hopes 
that the cycle continues. He had his finest 
season in 1983, leading the NFL in passing 
efficiency. He threw for 22 scores and only 
had five interceptions. Andrews gained a 
club-record 1,567 yards. 

After catching two passes in 1982, Billy 
(White Shoes) Johnson led the team with 64 
receptions and also had a couple of dazzling 
punt returns. The Falcons never have had 
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defense never has solidified. 

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men Andrew Provence, Dan Benish, and 
Mike Pitts. They wisely used their first five 
draft picks for defensive players, including 
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playoffs, you have to have done it in the 
division. [f we had a winning record in the 
division, we'd be division champs. 

That's what they all say. 

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alignment before the season starts seems easy enough. 

You just take the top 20 teams of last season, juggle them 
around a little, throw in such things as graduation losses, likely 
strength of the schedule, and the consistency of the coaches and 
their programs, and you have it made. 

Then you start to think. Last year, almost no preseason poll 
forecast the correct No. 1 team. Not only did we fail before the 
season, we couldn't even come up with it on the final day of the 
season, January 2, when five major bowl games rewrote the “Who's 
No. 1?” script. 

When the national championship is not decided until the final 
minute of the final bowl game, and only after an almost bizarre 
scenario came true for Miami, it is a great season. 

Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s team was voted No. 1 by the 
major polls—the Associated Press, the United Press International’s 
Board of Coaches, the Football Writers, and the National Football 

Nebraska, beaten by Miami in the Orange Bowl by a single point 
when a two-point conversion failed, was No. 2, and Auburn, defeated 
only by Texas early in the year, was voted No. 3. 

Heading into the January 2 matchups, the top five looked like this: 
1, undefeated Nebraska (11-0); 2, Texas (11-0); 3, Auburn (10-1); 4, 
Illinois (10-1); 5, Miami (10-1). In the UPI poll, Miami was No. 4 and 
Illinois No. 5. 

Nebraska, a powerful offensive machine with flashy Heisman 
Trophy winner Mike Rozier and Outland Trophy winner Dean 
Steinkuhler, was a whopping favorite. Schnellenberger had a dream 
that not only would his team defeat the Huskers, but the other teams 
also would lose. And on the afternoon of January 2, things started 

‘Texas did lose, and then Illinois was soundly thrashed in the Rose 
Bowl by UCLA. Auburn was playing Michigan in the Sugar Bowl at 
the same time Miami was challenging Nebraska. 

By the time Miami took the field against the Huskers, the 
Hurricanes did, indeed, have a chance to be No. 1. And, immediately, 
Miami set about dominating the game, jumping to an early lead and a 
solid halftime margin. 

scoring against Nebraska really wasn’t a problem, but stopping the 
Huskers was something else. The Huskers rallied to take the lead, 
but Miami, using Nebraska mistakes, forged a 31-24 margin going 
into the final minutes. 

Nebraska powered its way downfield, and even though Irving 
Fryar dropped a pass that would have tied the score with plenty of 
time left, it was down to the last minute before the Huskers made it 
across the goal line. Immediately, coach Tom Osborne decided to go 
for the two-point conversion. Though the pass was almost on target, 
it was batted away, and the Hurricane dream came true. 

Can it happen again? Probably not for Miami in 1984, even though 
Schnellenberger’s team proved again that you can win the national 
championship with one loss—if the loss is early in the year. You can’t 

do it by losing in a bowl game, as aptly demonstrated by Nebraska 
and Texas. 

‘Taking last year’s top 20 teams and juggling them around a little is 
still about the only formula you have for picking a preseason ranking. 
Each of those teams is affected by graduation losses, of course, and 
the strength ofits schedule varies from year to year, but by and large, 
teams with winning programs usually continue to win. And those that 
haven't found the right formula seem to struggle. 

A team that aspires to No. 1 must have, above all, the talent. And it 
must have the coaching. It must have a favorable schedule, too— 
although sometimes it is not a matter of playing easier teams, but in 
playing the tougher teams at the right time. 

Above all, and surely this was demonstrated last season in the bowl 
games, there is simply a matter of good fortune and circumstance. 

The national title usually is decided on that final bowl day. If 
Nebraska had won easily, as expected, it would have been No. 1, but 
anything can happen in that “second season,” as some call the bowl 

The principals of those bowl games—Miami, Nebraska, Texas, 
Illinois, Auburn, Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan—are still in the 
picture for No. 1in 1984. And so are a few others. 

Sometimes, you have to approach the annual guesswork in a 
negative manner. You have to list reasons why a team can't be No. 1, 
as well as reasons why it can. 

Take Nebraska. How many teams can lose talent such as Rozier, 
Steinkuhler, top NFL draft choice Fryar, and quarterback Turner Gill 
(29-2 as a starter) and expect to repeat as No. 1? 

Or Miami, a team that didn’t have a single No. 1 All-America 
choice, but nonetheless won the top team prize. Can Miami come 
back again in 1984, with a new head coach, against a tough schedule, 
and after losing some of its top defensive people? 

Or can Auburn, despite the presence of the awesome Bo Jackson, 
survive a schedule that includes Miami (in the preseason special in 
Giants Stadium), then a trip to Texas, and a November schedule of 
Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, all on the road? 

Then there is the annual battle for supremacy in the Big 10. In a 
conference once dominated by Ohio State and Michigan, outsider 
Illinois surprised last year, and [owa in 1981. The Buckeyes and the 
Wolverines will be tough again, but coach Hayden Fry has built a 
powerhouse defense and the Hawkeyes will be tough to handle. 

Spring injuries sometimes change things, too. Ohio State was 
expected to be the power in the conference, but lost top quarterback 
Mike Tomcezak with a broken leg in a spring game. Is he healthy 
enough to send the Buckeyes to Pasadena? 

The Rose Bowl matchup of the Big 10 vs. the Pac-10 hasn't decided 
the national title for a few years, but UCLA, with its continuing 
successful program, should be strong again. And though cross-town 
rival Southern California might be down a little, the Trojans are 
always tough, as I well know. 

In the Southwest, Texas lost most of its defense, but again should 
battle SMU and improving Texas A&M for the title. 


Independent teams—Miami and Penn State in the last two 
years—have been impressive, too. Both should be strong again, as 
will Pittsburgh, Boston College, and my surprise pick of the year, 
Notre Dame. 

The Irish aren't just my sentimental choice, though they have been 
disappointing the last three years. Coach Gerry Faust has assembled 
his own team now, and it is talented. Notre Dame just hasn't been 
consistent enough to be a big winner, frequently failing on both 
offense and defense inside the 10-yard line. This could be the year 
that consistency—and winning—comes back in a big way. 

Consistency long has been the forte of Nebraska, my choice for 
No. 1. The Cornhuskers came close last time, and that kind of 
incentive should spur them on to another remarkable year, even 
though perennial winner Oklahoma, getting-tougher Oklahoma 
State, and Missouri are all threats in the Big 8. 

Look for coach Tom Osborne to get his team back to the Orange 
Bowl, and for consistency to overcome the impossible dream this 

Here's how the top 20 will look on January 2: 


since replacing Bob Devaney in 1973, ‘Tom Osborne's teams 
have not yet won a national championship. But the Huskers have 

Coach Schnellenberger left 
Miami for the USFL, but QB Kosar 
is back to blow away Hurricane rivals. 

been threatening every year and this surely could be their time. 

Replacing the talented people at the skill positions will be a tough 
task, but the program is solid, with almost unbelievable depth. There 
are 53 lettermen returning, including eight defensive starters. There 
would have been nine, except that linebacker Mike Knox suffered 
knee-ligament damage in the spring and the injury had to be 
surgically repaired. Though Knox insists he will be ready by fall, he 
probably will be redshirted (what other color shirts are there at 
Nebraska?) during a recovery season. 

Craig Sunburg or Travis ‘Turner will fall heir to the quarterback job 
handled so expertly by Turner Gill for three seasons, and Jeff Smith is 
the most likely I-back to replace Rozier, though Paul Miles and Doug 
Dubonse are in that fight. Smith distinguished himself during the 
Orange Bowl loss to Miami by stepping in for an injured Rozier and 
gaining 99 yards, with two touchdowns, on just nine carries. It was 
Smith who scored the TD that brought the Huskers within a point in 
the final minute, before Nebraska's two-point conversion attempt 
failed. At quarterback, Turner is the favorite after enjoying an 
outstanding spring. 

Of more importance, perhaps, to the offense is the up-front 
presence of center Mark Traynowicz, 6'6", 290-pound tackle Mark 
Behning, and guard Harry Crimminger. They are all-Big 8 caliber 
linemen. Though the schedule does include a September trip to 
potent UCLA, the other nonconference games are against Minne- 

SEPTEMBER 1984 69 

Auburn’s Jackson 
is head and shoulders 
above other Heisman hopefuls. 

sota, Wyoming, and Syracuse. The toughest conference oppo- 
nents—Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State—all visit Lincoln, 
where the Huskers are awesome. 


Conference game since 1980 and are an overall 30-2-2 in the 
last three seasons. Quarterback Tom Eppley heads a talented 
offensive cast, and the defense is centered on talented middle guard 
William Perry. 

Nine starters are back on offense, including top rushers Stacey 
Driver (774 yards in 1983) and sophomore Kenny Flowers (557 
yards). Terrence Flagler, Clemson’s leading rusher after the first two 
games last season, before he was hurt, also returns. Four of five 
starting offensive linemen remain, so look for the Tigers to continue 
a three-year pattern of running the ball down the opposition’s throat 
on three of every four plays. Outside of the ACC, the only tough 
opponent on Clemson's schedule is rebuilding Georgia. 



Texas at the start, and road games at Florida, Georgia, and 
Alabama in November), coach Pat Dye’s team would be the most 
likely choice for No. 1. The Tigers lost only to Texas last year, 
playing about the same schedule. 

Many say running back Bo Jackson, a junior, is a shoo-in for the 
Heisman Trophy, and there are 11 starters back from the South- 
eastern Conference champions who won a tense battle with Michigan 
in the Sugar Bowl. Inexperience could hamper the offense, with split 
end Clayton Beauford the sole senior assured of a starting berth. On 
defense, the Tigers will rely on a trio of returning all-SEC perform- 

ers—senior linebacker Gregg Carr, senior cornerback David King, 
and junior defensive end Gerald Robinson. 

Dye is doing a fantastic recruiting job, and incoming defensive end 
Ron Stallworth has been labeled “another Ross Browner.” If he is, 
Dye really has something. 


| get Eddie Brown head up the offensive cast for the defending 
national champions, who lost head coach Howard Schnellenberger to 
the United States Football League during the summer. New coach 
Jimmy Johnson, who arrives from Oklahoma State, will also depend 
on some heavy running from 6'1", 223-pound fullback Alonzo 
Highsmith. But the key will be Kosar, who threw for 2,329 yards and 
15 touchdowns last season as a freshman. 

Defensively, Miami lost seven starters, but several returning 
lettermen gained adequate game experience and the defense could 
be even better. Senior strong safety Ken Calhoun, third on the team 
in tackles in ’83 with 96, knocked away the two-point conversion 
attempt by Nebraska that sealed Miami's Orange Bow! upset. 

The schedule—Auburn, Florida (at Tampa), Michigan, and Pur- 
due on the road to start, then Florida State, Notre Dame, Boston 
College, Pittsburgh, and Maryland—is the Hurricanes’ toughest 


games to Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Air Force by a total 
margin of 10 points, but edged Boston College in the Liberty Bowl by 
a point for a 7-5 record. While Gerry Faust realizes the record easily 
could have been 11-1 (there was a five-point loss to Michigan State in 
the season's second game), he says: “We've got talented football 
players. It’s a matter of putting things together so we can play 
consistently good football for 11 straight weeks.” 

The Irish faithful agree. With sophomore quarterback Steve 
Beuerlein, the immensely talented tailback Allen Pinkett (1,394 
yards and 16 TDs in’83), and tandem fullbacks Chris Smith and Mark 
Brooks, the backfield seems set. Mark Bavaro is a great tight end, 
and the size and caliber of both the offensive and defensive lines will 
match most top teams. The problem, as Faust says, is putting it all 


y and quarterback Chuck Long to direct the offense, Iowa 
could move to the top of the Big 10. Coach Hayden Fry certainly has 
turned the Hawkeyes around and made the former “Big ‘Two,” Ohio 
State and Michigan, take notice. The Hawkeyes do play Ohio State 
on the road, but the other toughies on the schedule—Iowa State, 
Penn State, Illinois, and Michigan—all visit Iowa City. 

lowa's defense looks awesome, anchored by junior All-America 
linebacker Larry Station, senior all-Big 10 tackle Paul Hufford, and 
senior all-conference strong safety Mike Stoops. There’s great depth 
on defense, too—nine members of last season's second unit return. 
On offense, Long will get help from senior tailback Owen Gill, the 
Hawkeyes’ leading rusher in ’83. 



Texas, Notre Dame, Alabama, Boston College, and Pitts- 
burgh, but Joe Paterno is a crafty, disciplined coach who seldom lets 
a game get away from him. 

Quarterback Doug Strang passed for 1,944 yards and 19 TDs last 
season, but will miss departed wide receivers Kenny Jackson and 
Kevin Baugh. Tailback D. J. Dozier gained 1,002 yards last season, 


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becoming the first, in the long line of talented Penn State running 
backs, to break that barrier as a freshman. Only six defensive 
starters return, led by linebackers Carmen Masciantonio, Rogers 
Alexander, and Shane Conlan. 


coach Earle Bruce and his staff in the last few years has 
produced talent the likes of which the Buckeyes haven't seen in alon 
time. The uncertain status of quarterback Mike Tomczak, who 
suffered a broken leg during spring drills, clouds Ohio State’s 1984 
outlook. Much is expected of tailback Keith Byars, who led the Big 
10 in rushing (1,199 yards) and scoring (22 touchdowns) as a 
sophomore in ’83. Defensively, only three starters are back— 
defensive tackles Dave Morrill and Dave Crecelius, and safety 
Kelvin Bell. 

The Buckeyes’ nonconference foes, Washington State and Oregon 
State, aren't exactly powerhouses, and Big 10 rivals Iowa, Illinois, 
and Michigan must come to Columbus. If Tomczak returns, or Bruce 
finds an adequate replacement, look out! 

spite an inconsistent offense last year, but with Outland 
Trophy-marked Bill Fralic—one of the great players in the nation— 
at tackle and a seasoned John Congemi running the show at 
quarterback, coach Foge Fazio’s team could move up. Much will 

depend on whether freshmen can help a depleted running back 
corps. Senior split end Barry Wallace led the Panthers a year ago 

with 45 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. 

On defense, Pittsburgh will depend on senior linebacker Troy 
Benson and senior defensive end Chris Doleman. Benson led the 
Panthers with 162 tackles last season. 



rout of favored Illinois in the Rose Bowl last January, 
Terry Donahue is the new Wizard of Westwood. UCLA started 0-3-1 
last year, then won seven of its last eight. This year, there’s an early 
toughie against Nebraska, but the Bruins have seven home games 
and don’t play Pac-10 rivals Washington or Arizona. 

Eight regulars return on offense, plus two players who split time at 
fullback. The quarterback will be senior Steve Bono, who threw for 
399 yards and three touchdowns last season against Brigham Young 
before being sidelined by a separated right shoulder. Protecting 
Bono will be senior tackle Duval Love, a 6'3", 273-pound All-America 
candidate. Wide receiver Mike Sherrard, a junior who hauled in 48 
passes in ‘83, is outstanding. The defense will be led by senior 
linebacker Neal Dellocono, who earned honorable mention All- 
America honors last year. 

so are some of Michigan’s finest players, but the impor- 
tant returnee—Bo Schembechler—remains the dean of Big 10 head 
coaches. Finding a quarterback never has been a problem for Bo. 
Some of his best—Smith, Rick Leach, and Dennis Franklin—were 
first-year starters. I watched Michigan's spring game and am 
convinced the Wolverines will be up there again, primarily because of 
Bo and a talented staff that includes several former major-college 
head coaches. 
Perennially powerful on defense, the Wolverines welcome back 

eight starters, including all-Big 10 middle guard Al Sincich and 
linebacker Mike Mallory, who led Michigan with 119 tackles last 

just that coach Fred Akers builds around his defense, 
and nine of his 1983 starters are gone. There were 26 seniors on that 
11-1 team, and 17 were selected in the National Football League draft. 
All-American Jerry Gray returns at free safety and all-Southwest 
Conference defensive tackle Tony Degrate anchors the line, but new 
faces will dot the rest of the unit. 

A stable of gifted running backs will power the offense, although 
sophomore Edwin Simmons is questionable after surgery on both 
knees. The Longhorns lost four interior linemen and their starting 
tight end, so creating holes for the back could be a problem. The field 
goal will be a vital element in the Texas arsenal—placekicker Jeff 
Ward converted on 15 of 16 attempts in ‘83. 

Count on Texas to maintain its winning tradition, but a noncon- 
ference schedule of Auburn, Oklahoma, and Penn State squelches 
national championship hopes. 



this small but mighty quarterback is a senior and should 

make another run at the Heisman Trophy, having thrown for 7,279 

yards and 40 touchdowns in two-and-a-half seasons. Against Penn 

State alone, Flutie has passed for 900 yards during the last two 

There's more. All-America tight end Scott Gieselman is back after 

catching 45 passes for 525 yards as ajunior. Also returning on offense 

is Jumior running back ‘Troy Stradford, who led the Eagles in rushing 


(810 yards) for the second straight year in ’83, despite missing three 
games with a knee injury. Protecting Flutie will be four returning 
starters in the offensive line, led by All-America tackle Mark 

The Eagles will need all their offensive weapons and a sturdy 
defense, as well, to survive a schedule that lists trips to Alabama, 
Penn State, and Miami, and a visit to New England by North 

# going back to his favorite offensive formation, the 

wishbone. He knows it well, and sophomore running backs Spencer 
Tillman and Earl Johnson have the explosiveness to make it work 
again. Directing the attack will be senior quarterback Danny Bradley, 
who gained 426 yards rushing in ’83 and passed for more yardage 
(1,125) than any Sooner signalcaller since 1969. Bradley’s favorite 
target is split end Buster Rhymes, who led Oklahoma with 32 
receptions last season. | 

The Sooners will have to rebuild on defense after losing tackles 
Rick Bryan and Bob Slater, linebackers Jackie Shipp and Thomas 
Benson, and safety Scott Case to the NFL. Senior defensive end 
Kevin Murphy is All-America caliber, and nose guard Tony Casillas 
and back Keith Stanberry also excel. The Sooners could surprise. 



last year, but will be without versatile quarterback 
Walter Lewis this season. Among the candidates to fill the vacancy 
are Mike Shula—son of the Miami Dolphins coach—freshman Gene 
Newberry, and redshirt Hugh Smith. Perkins has 15 regulars back 
from the Sun Bowl team that trounced SMU, nine on defense. Big 
things are expected from sophomore nose guard Curt Jarvis, junior 
defensive tackle Jon Hand, sophomore linebacker Cornelius Ben- 
nett, and sophomore free safety Freddie Robinson. Senior line- 
backer Emanuel King led the Tide with 84 tackles last season. 

The Tide rolled up a whopping 30.7 points per game in the rugged 
Southeastern Conference in ’83. Much of the offensive burden this 
season will be shouldered by sophomore halfback Kerry Goode, who 
averaged 6.7 yards per carry as a freshman. Alabama has talent, 
size, and depth, but will need it to succeed in the SEC. 



9 will be tough contenders again because of their coach. 
Don James, who in nine years in Seattle has won 75 games and three 
Pac-10 titles, knows how to put a team together. Quarterback Steve 
Pelluer is gone and will be missed. The top candidates to replace him 
are Hugh Millen, a junior walk-on from last season’s scout squad, and 
redshirt Chris Chandler. The receiving corps returns intact, featur- 
ing wide men Mark Pattison (38 receptions for 400 yards in 1983) and 
Danny Greene (37 receptions, 599 yards, 16.2 average, and five 
touchdowns), and tight end Tony Wroten. Senior Jacque Robinson, 
seventh on the all-time Huskies rushing list, and senior Ron (Cookie) 
Jackson will give Washington a potent ground attack. 

Six starters are back on defense, led by senior tackle Ron Holmes, 
an all-Pac-10 performer. Placekicker Jeff Jaeger earned freshman All- 
America honors last season by connecting on 20 of 26 field goals, 
including nine of 12 from 40 yards and beyond. The Huskies get a 

break in their schedule, with no games against UCLA or Arizona 
State, but must visit Michigan in September. 



help coach Darryl Rogers, who has revitalized the Sun 

Devils both on offense and defense. There is always plenty of talent 
in Tempe. Speedster Darryl Clack enters his junior season as the 
defending Pac-10 rushing champion, after gaining 932 yards in 10 
games last year. The defense boasts all-conference strong safety 
David Fulcher, and linebackers Jimmy Williams and Greg Battle. 

Sun Devils placekicker Luis Zendejas earned All-America laurels 
as a junior by nailing 28 of 37 field goal attempts. During three 
seasons in Tempe, Zendejas has scored 295 points and converted 44 
of 48 field goal attempts from inside 40 yards. 



y Bobby Bowden's teams play exciting football, and he 
has plenty of talent returning. The Seminoles welcome back their top 
two rushers, Greg Allen (1,167 yards in 1983) and Roosevelt Snipes 
(629 yards). Star receiver Jesse Hester (31 receptions, six TDs) will 
spice up the passing game. Defensively, Florida State will look to 
senior safety Brian McCrary and senior linebacker Henry Taylor for 

leadership. Don’t forget that Florida State came within one play (a 
last-second field goal) of upending Miami last December. 


say. Well, I say that Dooley is always building. After 
almost two decades in Athens, he is a proven winner who will have 
the Bulldogs in the SEC hunt again, despite the loss of 23 seniors. 
Only three starters return on offense—senior split end Kevin 
Harnis, junior flanker Herman Archie, and junior center Keith 
Johnson, an All-America candidate. On defense, the Junkyard Dogs 
will be mean up front, with four of five starting linemen back. Senior 
linebacker Knox Culpepper set a school record with 166 tackles last 
season. A welcome addition will be senior safety Jeff Sanchez, an all- 

SEC choice in 1982 who sat out last year with an injury. 
Senior placekicker Kevin Butler, one of only five kickers in NCAA 

history with 50 or more field goals and an accuracy mark of 75% or 
better, makes Georgia a scoring threat from midfield. 

’ backer Wilber Marshall are gone, but the Gators again 
have solid talent. Seven starters remain on offense, including all-SEC 
center Phil Bromley and leading rusher Neal Anderson (835 yards 
and nine TDs). Nose guard Tim Newton and linebacker Mark Korff 

anchor the defense. The specter of NCAA probation hangs in the air, 
but it didn’t disturb coach Charlie Pell and his team last season. 

sons with Bobby Collins, and could surprise again. Okla- 

homa State has a top tailback, Shawn Jones, and a great 
defense. Tennessee has been building slowly under Johnny Majors 
and has tailback Johnnie Jones, but lost baseball-minded quarterback 
Alan Cockrell. Louisiana State has some great talent returning for 
defensive-thinking Bill Arnsparger, fresh from Don Shula’s Miami 
Dolphins staff. Quarterback Jeff Wickersham is a good one. At North 
Carolina, Dick Crum keeps on winning, though his Tar Heels didn’t 
live up to our No. 1 billing last year. 

Those are the picks for 1984, and from the special Miami-Auburn 
opening game until the last gasp of the season in the January 1 
Orange Bowl, the “We’re No. 1” chants will rock stadiums across the 
land. I can hardly wait for it to start. I 


ARA PARSEGHIAN, now a color analyst during CBS-TV% college 
football telecasts, coached Notre Dame to three national chamption- 
ships. Last year, Ara selected North Carolina as his top team, and had 
Miami ranked 17th. 


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tience. It’s so simple, really, so 

obvious. And Jim McKay knew it 
all along. 

But in a world where hair spray, stop ac- 
tion, sentences with verbs but no subjects, 
and reverse-angle replays reign; where the 
moment matters, but not the morning after; 
and the most valuable course of study is 
10th-grade orthodontics, who would have 
guessed determination and patience—the 




trusted allies of an unhurried era trampled by 
cable-ready VCRs and Dolby sound, Action 
News, and nighttime soaps—would ever 
command center stage again? 

Further, in a world of New! Improved! 
Bigger! Faster! Shinier!, Jim McKay is es- 
sentially the same package he was almost 30 
years ago—yes, 30 years—when a network 
first turned its cameras on his friendly, 
unhandsome face. 

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‘Looking into 
that lens, it’s 
a one-on-one 

effort. Reliable. Trustworthy. Gentle. Sin- 
cere. Jim McKay. Says Dennis Lewin, ABC’s 
vice president for production coordination, 
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wouldn’t want Jim there with me.” 

There aren’t many about whom Lewin can 
say that. In fact, he stops calling the roll after 
just one other name: Howard Cosell. Abra- 
sive, haughty, self-serving Cosell. ABC's 
resident intellectual and supreme egotist, he 
is the announcer who will never settle for a 
two-syllable word when six syllables will do. 
The on-air antithesis to all that is good old, 
unpretentious Jim McKay. 

“If I'm in a situation where all hell is 
breaking loose,” Lewin says, “I’d want a Jim 
McKay or a Howard Cosell. Consummate 
professionals who are able to maintain their 
poise no matter what happens, then put it in 
perspective, those guys are at the top of the 

The obvious irony is not lost on Lewin. On 
any ranking of audience preferences, McKay 
and Cosell would certainly be at opposite 
poles. Closer inspection shows, however, 
that for all their differences, their longevity 
suggests McKay and Cosell share duplicate 
bottom lines. 

Dedication and patience. 

With that as a philosophical formula, it’s a 
cinch, at the very least, this is not an 
“overnight success” story. “Overnight rec- 
ognition,” maybe. But success—the un- 

qualified, celebrated variety—arrived late in 
McKay's career. Happily, it has decided to 

“It's never been skyrockets for us,’ says 
his wife, Margaret, an exuberant, indomita- 
ble woman of unflagging faith and with a halo 
of golden hair. Appropriately, McKay thinks 
of her as a saint. “] have seen his popularity 
grow and grow and grow over the years until 
sometimes it is almost overwhelming. You 
can hardly go anywhere that somebody 
doesn’t stop and say, ‘We think you're Mr. 
Olympics; we think you're the best thing 
there is on television. 

“He wears so well. It's not something 
that’s risen quickly and is now falling. It just 
grows and grows.’ 

“He is having the best time of his life right 
now,’ his son, Sean McManus, says. “He has 
a feeling of achievement. No one is ever 
going to say he didn’t earn his piece of the 


old when his dad, once the captain of 

a World War II mine sweeper, began 
to spend afternoons at home assembling 
model ships. Say what you will about global 
conflict, a man knew where he stood during 
the war, and there was darn little unemploy- 
ment. But this was 1960, and the world had 
become a puzzle; when a man lost his job, he 
reached out for what he understood. 

After nearly four years in the South Atlan- 
tic, former Navy Lt. James McManus under- 
stood the sea, understood what motivated 
shipboard men. Once, when his mine- 
sweeper put into San Diego to begin 30 days 
of preparation for inspection, he arranged a 
task-reward system. With the completion of 
each day’s list of jobs, the crew got shore 
leave. “We had the best ship of any down 
there, because these guys would do anything 
to get out on early leave.” 

That was simple. “You can't lash people 
into doing anything,’ the erstwhile ship's 
captain knew. But television was McManus/ 
McKay's chosen profession, and that was 
confusing. Formats changed, shows moved 
from coast to coast, and all of it happened 
overnight. Men were hired and fired the 
same day. So he built miniature warships. 
The first was a large gray battleship. Then 
came a destroyer, and after that an elabo- 
rate, elegant sailing frigate on which the 
rigging alone took weeks to complete. 

“l was aware that there were problems, ‘a 
reflective Sean McManus says now. “All my 
buddies at school had dads, and all their dads 
worked during the day.” Even so, the boy's 
mother promised there was nothing to be 
concerned about. “He's waiting for a better 
job to come along,’ she said simply. 

Young Sean was unconvinced. When his 
dad made him a gift of the battleship, the 
boy’s eyes watered. “Dad,” he whispered, 
tracing the bow of the big ship with his 
forefinger, “are you going to build ships for 
the rest of your life?” 

The man sagged, then sighed: “I hope not, 
son. I hope not.” 

Twenty-four years later, McManus, the 
youngest vice president in the history of 
NBC Sports, keeps that same battleship ona 
shelf in his old bedroom, one of four dwell- 
ings his parents maintain today. “An appro- 
priate reminder,’ he says, “of the gray period 
in my father’s life.” 

Clearly, the shades of Jim McKay's ex- 
istence—as well as the last name he uses in 
public—have changed decisively since his 
shipbuilding period. Color him green, as in 
prosperous; gold, as in valuable; and navy 
blue, as in durable and always appropriate. 
For nearly a quarter of a century, McKay has 
been ABC Sports’ go-everywhere, do-ev- 
erything host of its ambitious “Wide World of 
Sports.” As ABC televises its fourth Sum- 
mer Olympics, it is difficult to recall when 
reliable, gentle Jim McKay wasn’t Americas 
voice at the Games. 

Still, for those who lived them, the lean 
times are difficult to forget. “Before “Wide 
World, ”” McManus remembers, “my father 
didn’t have a job, he didn’t have a lot of 
money, and he had nothing on the horizon.” 
What he had mostly was the faith of a strong, 
organized wife and a virtually inexhaustible 



well of energy. Both served him abundantly 
en route to his status as America’s longest 
running Olympic hero. 

Why do we love Jim McKay? Let us count 
the reasons. 

If ever a man was built for the 19-inch 
screen, it is McKay. Agreeably short and 
compact, McKay nestles easily into shots 
where bigger men feel a squeeze. At 5'6”, he 
is the proper height to interview jockeys and 
race-car drivers. 

Then there is that face. That marvelous, 
honest, unintimidating face. In an era that 
celebrates good looks, megahair, and tooth- 
paste-commercial smiles, McKay's slightly 
jowly, undashing countenance is refreshingly 
out of place. His hair, brown and haystack 
straight, defies the comb; moreover, it has 
long since begun to thin at the crown. But 
despite the approach of his mid-60s, the only 
gray on his head is in the modest splashes at 
his temples. 

Mostly, though, we admire how dedicated 
he is to his principles—both professional and 
personal. Once, in his battleship-building 
period, a cigarette company approached him 
about doing a commercial. McKay, himself a 
nonsmoker, refused. “How could I do that? 
Those things are killers.’ More recently, a 
hair-dye-for-men company requested his 
services for an advertising campaign, and 
again he demurred, even though their con- 

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Margaret recalls. Says McKay, “I could 
never do anything so tacky.” 

McKay's personal convictions flow natu- 
rally into his work. He likes his athletes 
brave, trustworthy, clean, drug-free, and 
thrifty, although he’s realistic enough to 
know the world no longer spins that way. As 
one who wields considerable power in Amer- 
ica’s foremost medium, he simply wishes it 
would. “Despite what some of them say, 
athletes do have a responsibility to kids. I 
think it’s one of the things that goes with the 
territory. Some athlete said, ‘I only have to 
perform for myself. My spare time is my 
own business. Small kids should not learn 
their primary lessons from, nor should they 
have as their primary idol, some sports hero 
they don’t even know. Their first hero ought 
to be their father’ Of course,’ McKay says, 
“that’s absolutely true. But it’s also a cop- 
out. For better or worse, those kids do sit 
and watch, and these are the guys [they 
idolize}. And there’s no question that [televi- 
sion] helps make them the guys. It’s that live 
quality. There they are, right in front of you.” 

McKay prefers his sports stories tri- 
umphant. “In politics or crime reporting, 
there’s more of a responsibility to dig and dig 
and dig, because it affects people's lives. But 
sports, after all, are just fun and games.” 
Sensing the same qualities in ourselves is 

what helps make McKay so genuine. He 
avoids hype. “I don’t want any part of ‘Battle 
of the Network Stars,” he says, his lips 
curled bitterly. “And the Super Bowl. . . 
now, you talk about hype.” As of midsummer, 
ABC had not asked McKay to become part of 
its first Super Bowl telecast, set for next 
January. “And I hope they don’t,” he says. 

It is this sincere lack of self—McKay’s 
greatest strength—that would make him an 
unlikely candidate for the job he holds today 
if he hadn’t begun it in the early 60s. “We 
screen cassettes all the time,’ NBC vice 
president McManus says, “and, I'll tell you, if 
a cassette came in today with my father on 
it—unless we were looking very carefully, 
he is not the kind of person who, on the first 
look or first listen, is the one who would 
impress us the most. He's not the best- 
looking . . . he’s not the smoothest. The 
qualities that come through eventually are 
the more important qualities, which is a 
warmth, a likability.” 

Above all, there is steadfast Margaret, 
admiring her man. “It’s impressive that one 
person could take this medium, which is so 
crummy at its pits,’ she says, “and survive 
and last and grow.” 

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the day off the morning eight Palestinian 
terrorists broke into the Israeli dormitory in 
the Olympic Village. Back in his hotel room, 
the phone broke McKay's slumber. It was 
Jeff Mason, now at NBC, then an assistant to 
ABC Sports president Roone Arledge. 
“Something terrible has happened,” he said, 
recounting the catastrophic events of the 
morning. Two athletes were already dead; 
the terrorists threatened there would be 
more unless political concessions were 
made, prisoners in Israeli jails released. 
“Roone wants you to stand by.” 

Each previous morning, McKay had pre- 
pared himself for telecasts by swimming in 
the hotel’s basement pool, then taking a 
sauna. Numbly, McKay decided to resume 
that schedule, so that he was in the sauna 
trying to assemble his thoughts when Mason 
called again. “You better get over here,” he 
said. “We're going on the air in 45 minutes 
and Roone wants you to anchor.’ 

The rest of the day—13 dramatic, tragic 
hours that put an indelible stamp on McKay's 
career—have become a blur. Moreover, 
says McKay, “I’ve never sat down and 
watched the tape.” 

What McKay recalls most vividly ranges 
from the tragically sublime—his daughter, 
Mary, was with a crowd who had come to 
watch when the helicopter carrying the ter- 
rorists and their hostages to the Munich 
airport took off (“Dad, it was terrible,’ she 
said, “because when they went up, they 
were so close you could almost feel you could 
touch them’’)—to the nidiculous, Only when 
he got back to his hotel room did he realize he 
was still wearing a damp swimsuit under his 

McKay commanded the anchor seat by 
drawing on all that he had learned in more 
than two decades inthe business of commu- 
nications, lending his redoubtable storytell- 
ing technique and bountiful, heartfelt human 
emotions to the unfolding massacre. ABC 
newsman Sam Donaldson was nearby, but 
Arledge put his faith in McKay. “All I could 
think about was that the family of a kid named 
David Burger [an American youth who had 
taken up citizenship in Israel and was on the 
team as a weightlifter] was sitting in Shaker 
Heights, Ohio, and I'd probably be the per- 
son to tell them whether their son was dead 
or alive. We were extra careful to make sure 
of everything before we put it on the air.” 

Back in the States, Americans sat riveted 
to their television screens, aching for the 
athletes at the same time they were warming 
to this vaguely familiar man with the thinning 
brown hair and the kind, mellow voice. 
Critics were impressed. McKay would win 
an Emmy and the year's only George Polk 
Memorial Award for Journalism for his re- 
porting of the Black September attack. 
Through the years, McKay has gathered 10 

Emmys—television’s Oscar—while no 
other sports announcer has won twice; yet 
his awards in the aftermath of Munich are, 
understandably, his most precious. More 
important, America had fallen in love. In the 
week that followed the close of the Munich 
Olympics, the post office delivered letters by 
the van load, more than 7,500 total. 

“How about that?” Lewin said, bemused. 
“After 25 years, you're an overnight suc- 

Recalls McManus: “Before Munich, when 
wed go out to eat as a family, people who 
thought they recognized him would say, 
‘Aren't you Curt Gowdy?’ Or, ‘I know you. 
You're that fellow from “Wide World of 
Sports.”’ But they didn’t know his name.” 

Before Munich, McKay watched in dismay 
as the careers of announcers who had come 
to ABC later than he did zoomed by. McKay 
knew determination, but patience was diffi- 
cult. “Give it time,’ Margaret knowingly 
advised. “Your day will come. It’s going to 
happen to you.” 

“As much as I| hate to say it,’ McKay 
admits, “Munich advanced my career.” 


est rates and expensive real estate, a 

man's matenal success can be mea- 
sured in the number of dwellings he has for 
personal use. Twelve years after Munich, 
McKay is outrageously successful; he and 
Margaret maintain four homes—an apart- 
ment in New York; an ever-expanding house 
of Margaret's design in affluent Westport, 
Conn.; a rambler in Coral Springs, Fla.; and 
their pride and joy, a 130-year-old classic 
Federal house with seven fireplaces, on 40 
acres in Monkton, Md., outside of Balti- 
more. “We're a little ‘overhoused’ right now,” 
Margaret admits, but they can't bring them- 
selves to part with any of them. 

“The farm,” as they call the home in 
Maryland, is their well-earned refuge. In the 
winter, a perfect evening includes fires in the 
living room and library, which open to each 
other, and books. Like others in the neigh- 
borhood, McKay, a voracious reader, has 
taken to thoroughbred rearing. “He used to 
read The New York Times to me,’ Margaret 
says. “Now it’s The Racing Form.’ 

It's Margaret who is listed as the owner of 
the McKay fillies, Special Darlin—“No ‘g’ 
and no apostrophe,” says the ever-precise 
McKay—and Seven Paces, and she selected 
the silks (pale blue and white), but McKay 
takes it seriously. 

Bonita Farms, a working resort for fast, 
expensive horses north of Baltimore, awoke 
before dawn on the Monday after the Preak- 
ness. By the time the springtime sun cleared 
the treetops and began to turn the blanket of 
dew into a hillside steam bath, busy exercise 
riders had returned most of the dozen or so 



horses under Bill Boniface's care to the barn, 
where grooms, riders, the trainer, and a 
network television announcer led the 
thoroughbreds through incongruously 
termed “hot walks,” which actually serve to 
cool the horses down. 

So far, despite the learned coaching of Bill 
Boniface—who arranged for the liaison that 
produced Deputed Testamony for the price 
of a Toyota, then coaxed him to the ’83 
Preakness crown—the McKays’ plunge into 
horse racing has been far more outgo than 
income. Margaret shrugs; the expense is a 
minor inconvenience compared to the plea- 
sure her husband reaps from it, “It's the first 
thing he’s done that has made him really want 
to stay close by,” she says, and she is 

What McKay likes best about his morn- 
ings at Bonita Farms is his casual anonymity. 
In airports, he resorts to sunglasses to 
conceal his identity. On airplanes, he hides 
behind books. But for his mornings at the 
farm, he doesn’t shave, and he gets to wear 
comfortable old clothes. It is in this setting, 
coaxing a panting horse to drink, leaning ona 
rough-hewn rail, and squinting into the 
morning sun as thoroughbreds thunder by, 
that the veneer of celebrity peels away and 
the picture that is the real McKay begins to 

Seeing his father through the eyes of a 
producer, McManus says, “If his on-camera 
appearance or approach had been phony, he 
would have been found out years ago.’ 

At the farm, it’s obvious what we sense 
from the television screen. McKay is the 
kind of fellow you’d invite to a backyard 
barbecue. More important, he’s the kind of 


it’s the real McKay whenever he’s around thoroughbreds. 

fellow who'd accept. Jim McKay is the sports 
anchor next door. 


fant, his father, Joseph E 

McManus, was the principal of a 
small Catholic high school in Lancaster, Pa. 
On Sundays, he played quarterback for the 
Lancaster Red Roses, an ancient profes- 
sional football team. But real estate fasci- 
nated Joe McManus, and he accepted a 
position in the Federal Housing Administra- 
tion that took the family to Philadelphia. The 
modest McManus clan—Jim has a sister five 
years younger—lived there in middle-class 
splendor until Washington transferred its 
patriarch to Baltimore. McKay was 14 at the 

Growing up, McKay was an avid games- 
man. Alas, though he volunteered for every 
game in the neighborhood, and later op- 
timistically tried out for every team in high 
school, the outcomes were not altogether 
memorable—primarily, but not solely, be- 
cause his physical stature never matched his 
boundless enthusiasm. 

In high school, he played junior varsity 
football, basketball, and baseball. It was 
baseball, his enduring fascination, that 
allowed him his singular athletic achieve- 
ment. As the team’s smallest player, he was 
lodged in nght field and batted ninth. “Of 
course,” he acknowledges buoyantly. But he 
was patient, and determined, and he had his 
moment. “Our school played a school named 
Poly,’ McKay recalls fondly, “and the guy 
pitched a one-hit game. | got the one hit. | 
could hardly wait to look at the boxscore in 
the [Baltimore] Sum the next day. And where 


it should have said ‘McManus,’ it said, 
‘McNs.’ They had shortened it.” Even now, 
he sounds distinctly crestfallen. 

If McKay couldn't be big man on campus 
with a bat in his hands or a ball under his arm, 
there were other ways. He immersed him- 
self in some of his school’s extra-curricular 
activities—drama, debate, the school news- 
paper—and cultivated a fascination for jour- 
nalism he'd discovered when his family was 
still in Philadelphia. “Red Smith was my first 
idol,’ McKay says, a not-unfamiliar con- 
fession. “He wasn’t even a columnist yet. He 
was writing about the Philadelphia A’s, who 
were in last place, and I remember thinking, 
‘Man, 154 games, a last-place team, and this 
man finds something interesting every day. 
Someday I’d like to be able to write like 
that.’” That became valuable inspiration for a 
man who has spent most of his career 
convincing Saturday afternoon America that 
ice-skating barrel-jumpers and tree-climbing 
lumberjacks don’t merit instant channel- 

At Loyola College in Baltimore, McKay 
replicated his nonathletic endeavors. He was 
proficient and comfortable at public speaking 
and he became president of the debate club 
and the dramatic society. Of course, he 
handled the microphone at Loyola's basket- 
ball games. He had also focused his career 
aspirations. “I knew I wanted to be a re- 
porter; either radio or newspaper would 
have been great with me.” 

Fate took a hand in that. When he was 
discharged from the Navy, McKay landed a 
job as a police reporter and general assign- 
ment writer for The Baltimore Evening Sun. 
The experience was invaluable, McKay 
says. “As a police reporter, | went places 
nobody wanted to go. As a general assign- 
ment writer, I did housing stories.” McKay 
wrote about the plight of Baltimore's inner 
city, where tenants would nail planks to the 
bottoms of their doors to keep rats out, only 
to have rodent-size holes gnawed through 
less than two days later. 

Stories like that left McKay without any 
romantic notions about journalism. He was 
neither crusader nor bleeding heart, but, 
simply, a reporter. It satisfied him im- 
mensely. “I loved the newspaper business,” 
he says. “I was absolutely crazy about it.” 

Margaret McManus—conveniently, it 
was her maiden name—a tall, fetching 
blonde, sat across from the young reporter 
for a year before he gathered the nerve to 
ask her out. Socially bashful, McKay had 
perceived an assortment of obstacles stand- 
ing between him and Margaret. Her in- 
timidating social calendar was no secret. She 
dated famously through the newsroom, and 
military officers lined up for her phone num- 
ber. Then there was her status at the Hve- 
ning Sun: “She was a more important re- 

porter on the paper than | was,’ McKay 
explains. Clarifies Margaret: “I was a big star 
then; he was just a beginner.’ And then there 
was her height. Despite other concessions 
to the years—“Then I was a blonde natu- 
rally, now I’m a blonde with help,’ she 
bubbles candidly—at 5'7”, Margaret 
was, and remains, a full inch taller than 

Nonetheless, theirs was a love story wait- 
ing to happen. “I’d heard an awful lot of lines 
in my seven years at the Sun,” Margaret 
remembers, “but what impressed me 
most—and it is still Jim’s absolute best 
quality—is that he was totally sincere. He 
never had a line; he wouldn’t know what a 
line would be.” Their first date was an old All. | 
American Football Conference game be- 
tween the Colts and the San Francisco 
49ers. That was followed by 47 consecutive 
nights out. Margaret recalls her man’s timing 
as uniquely propitious. “I had always had the 
ability to look ahead and say, ‘Here's the 
Belvedere Ball on Saturday night, but what 
about Monday morning, when somebody's 
got to take out the laundry?’ I was ready to 
settle down with somebody really solid.” In 
McKay, she discovered her Gibraltar. 

In 1947, the Sun papers launched the 
experiment that ultimately, if circuitously, 
led to McKay becoming America’s “Mr. 
Olympics,” by starting WMAR-TV. ‘Televi- 
sion auditions were a cinch in those days. 
Newspaper executives identified McKay as 
the one-time president of the debate club at 
Loyola, “and that was good enough for 
them,” McKay recalls. “They dragooned four 
of us out of the city room to go over there, 
and the other three wanted to go back.” His 
mellow voice became the first ever heard on 
Baltimore television. “From the beginning, | 
liked doing it,’ McKay says. He and 
Margaret had married by then, and already 
they were talking as a team. “We thought, 
‘My gosh, this has got to grow to be tremen- 



For three years, McKay dabbled in virtu- | 

ally every area of the nascent medium, 
functioning as writer, producer, director, 
newsman, sports commentator, and on-air 
personality, establishing a personal maxim 
that he maintains to this day: If McKay 
doesn’t write it, he doesn’t read it. 

In 1950, New York’s WCBS began local 
programming, and it scooped Baltimore's 
local hero up to host a variety show, “The 
Real McKay.” On it, McKay became the first 
in a long line of Merv Griffins, singing be- 
tween interviews, and interviewing between 
songs. Margaret was tickled to stay home 
and tend her budding family. A daughter, 
Mary, was born in 1952; Sean followed in 
1954. To keep her typewriter occupied, once 
a week she wrote a syndicated television 
column. She kept at it for 20 years, until “I'd 

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done everyone who had his face on TV.” 

Dedication compelled McKay to develop a 
sports niche in WCBS’ two evening news- 
casts. “At every turn, we kept hinting that 
we wanted news, news, news,” McKay says. 
“In fact, if | had an ultimate ambition, it would 
have been to be anchorman on the CBS 
network news. But the opportunities always 
seemed to be in sports.” 

He abandoned “The Real McKay” when 
CBS decided to battle NBC’s successful 
“Today” show; for “The Morning Show,’ the 
network recruited a youthful Walter 
Cronkite to moderate and McKay to deliver 
sports news. Cora and Bill Baird, the fore- 
runners of Jim Henson’ Muppets, were 
regulars. For a while, McKay tried to juggle 
his local newscast appearances and “The 
Morning Show,’ but he sensed an early 
demise if he continued to get home at mid- 
night and have to rise at 4a.m. After getting 
assurances from CBS that it was prepared to 
go the distance against “Today,” McKay gave 
up his local sports shows. As luck would have 
it, in one of the quirkier reversals of his 
career, CBS set about reformatting “The 
Morning Show” within weeks of McKay 
committing himself completely to the net- 
work. Jack Paar was in. Cronkite, McKay, 
and the puppets were out. 

McKay detoured to a daytime show called 
“The Verdict Is Yours,” in which he played a 
court reporter in the pressroom. “For those 
days, it paid a lot of money, but I didn’t enjoy 
doing it.’ When the producers decided to 
take the show to California, McKay declined 
to join them. At the ambitious age of 38, 
when most men are beginning to consolidate 
their successes and chart maturing careers, 
McKay seemed on the verge of reverting to 
McManus. Always a prudent money man- 
ager, Margaret presided over a well-stocked 
savings account; for nearly a year, the family 
survived on that and the $12,000 her syndi- 
cated column earned, while McKay became 
the resident model shipbuilder of Westport, 

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‘Two days later, Simmons called again, and 
again McKay was summoned from his perch 
at Augusta National. They'd settled on 
McKay, they said. How much money would it 
take to get him to agree? “Can't we wait until 
I get back to New York?” McKay wondered. 
“I’m right in the middle of this golf tourna- 
ment.” It couldn't, Arledge said. “We've gota 
press conference scheduled to announce the 
anchorman of the show in 45 minutes. We 
want to tell them it’s you.” 

“So we closed the deal right then, on the 
phone,” McKay says. It didn’t bother him 
that he was on the air with CBS when ABC 
revealed its proud coup for the first “Wide 
World of Sports.” “CBS didn’t pay very well 
then,” he says. “Maybe they still don’t.” 

In 1961, sports programming was largely 
virgin territory. Cameras came late to base- 
ball, and professional football hadn't been 
discovered until 57. It wouldn't be genuinely 
exploited for years. So the idea of a sports 
show that went to track meets and auto 
races, golf tournaments and demolition der- 
bies, skating competitions and lumberjack 
roundups seemed an ambitious experiment. 
“The truth is,’ says McKay, “five years 
before, | had outlined a show like that and 
took it around, but [ couldn't get anybody to 
sponsor it. 

“When Roone and Chet gave me a general 
idea of what “Wide World’ was going to be 
about, it was sort of as if, here it is. I had 
been walking around corners all my career 
looking for something that was in the back of 
my mind. And now I'd found it.” 

That 13-week experiment became the 
basis for what is today the backbone of 
ABC’ sports programming, in terms of 
production qualities, coverage philosophies, 
and content. “We report events in human 
terms,’ Lewin says. “It's even apparent in 
‘Monday Night Football.” 

As a precedent-setter, how McKay deliv- 
ered the goods, though, was no less impor- 
tant to “Wide World's” success than, initially, 
its novelty, and now, its impressive array of 
world-championship events. “You almost 
feel that Jim is sitting next to you in your 
living room,’ Lewin says admiringly. “Jim's a 
friend when he comes into your house. He's 
not somebody lecturing you; he’s someone 
[who] is able to relate in human terms the 
events he's seeing,’ 

Elsewhere in the industry, envious execu- 
tive producers took note. When NBC was 
grooming Bryant Gumbel for star status, 
then-executive producer Don Ohlmeyer held 
McKay up as a model worth emulating. 
“There are hundreds of people doing televi- 
sion today,’ he advised. “There are not a lot 
of people on television that people both like 
and respect. You have this tremendous ad- 
vantage going in that people like you when 

they see you on the air. The next thing an on- 
air personality has to do is to get their 

McKay came to prominence at ABC with 
an innate sense of what viewers wanted from 
their television announcers. But he was 
careful to pick up important bits of advice as 
he readied himself for the break he never 
doubted would come. “When I first got to 
New York,’ McKay remembers, “I met Ar- 
thur Godfrey, who was the big guy then. We 
were talking, and the only bit of advice he 
gave me was, ‘They'll tell you you're talking 
to 20 million people, and you are. But it’s not 
like a great crowd in a stadium reacting as a 
crowd. They react one on one. You listen to 
me—I never talk to more than one person.’ 
And I never have since then, either. Looking 
into that lens, it's a one-on-one relationship.” 

In the years that have ensued, McKay, 
ever the gamesman, has been a passenger in 
flat-out power boats in California and he’s 
banged walls in bobsleds at Lake Placid. He’s 
tried log-rolling in Minnesota and antique car 
rallies in England. He's chipped golf balls 
over the Great Wall of China, he’s pushed golf 
carts at Baltusrol, and he’s been ordered out 
of hotels where he had a confirmed reserva- 
tion in Newport, R.1. 

Most important, though, whether he’s 
interviewing Jack Nicklaus on the 18th green 
at St. Andrews, Tom Sneva in victory lane at 
the Indianapolis 500, or Angel Cordero be- 
neath a garland of black-eyed Susans at the 
Preakness, McKay has never lost sight of 
the fact that he’s first and foremost a re- 
porter who cut his teeth on back-alley police 
work and nearly destitute folks who couldn't 
keep the rats out of their houses. And that’s 
why McKay's trademark conclusion, from 
Indianapolis to Innsbruck, from Miami to 
Munich, is a straightforward, “That’s the 
story from here.” 


travel-worn sports jacket, dark-brown 

slacks, a plaid sports shirt and a café 
au lait tie as he stands outside Eastern Air 
Lines’ New York-Washington shuttle gate at 
National Airport. The lines in his face are 
noticeably deeper today, less than 24 hours 
after the Monaco Grand Prix, then they 
were the morning at Bonita Farm. His nar- 
row shoulders droop, and he seems tiny, 
vulnerable. Behind a mask of sunglasses, his 
kind blue eyes ache. 

He'd thought about shaving, but the men’s 
room didn’t have paper towels, only one of 
those warm-air blowers. Any man who'd just 
finished five hours on trans-Atlantic couldn't 
be expected to stick his face into that. So, 
with stubble on his chin and sleep in his eyes, 
he glances at his watch, then drops the 
sunglasses down on his nose so he can study 
the stream of cars flowing by the terminal. 

None of them is his ABC limousine. His sigh | 

is audible. 

In moments like these, when McKay ap- 
pears disheveled and in need of about 10 
weeks vacation, it's easy to understand why 
ABC has begun to prepare potential suc- 
cessors to the Jim McKay dynasty. “Let’s be 
realistic,’ Lewin advises. “Jim's not as young 
as he used to be.” 

There is an almost tangible feeling that the 
horses, the big house in Maryland, and 
Margaret will inevitably begin to claim more 
of McKay’s time. Already, he’s begun to slow 
down—if you can call two Olympics and 
nearly 40 “Wide World” shows this year 
“slowing down.” Virtually the only conces- 
sion he’s made is in terms of mileage; McKay 
will log less than 250,000 air miles in ’84. 

His current contract comes due at the end 
of 1985, when he’ll be 63. McKay deflects 
the thought of retirement. “I don’t think I 
could ever do that,” he says. However, he 

may request that his duties be limited to | 

those events that delight him the most—golf 
and horse racing. There is a poignant pause 
as McKay rubs his jaw. “And one more 
Olympics. | think I'd like that.” 

And what of published reports that CBS's 
Brent Musburger covets McKay's Olympics 
role? “I’ve read that in the paper, and I’m 
thinking, “The body is still warm.” If he’s 
bristling inside, it doesn’t show on the sur- 
face. Naturally. It’s the unflappable Jim 
McKay, and he’s had years of practice. “It 
does seem to be rushing it a bit.” 

“We've gotten along to this point without a 
Brent Musburger,’ Lewin says, “and we 
could in the future, too. I think we're very 
solid; I defy any of the networks to come up 
with anywhere the depth of talent we've 
got.” For the Los Angeles Games, ABC 

flaunts precisely the thing of which Lewin | 
spoke: McKay, anchor-apparent Al Mi- | 

chaels, Frank Gifford, the dependable play- 
by-play man, up-and-coming Kathleen Sulli- 
van, and the late-night duo of Jim Lampley 
and Donna deVarona. 

“When other people talk about doing the 
Olympics,” Lewin continues, “I’m_not sure, 
quite frankly, how well they'd be able to do 
them without our kind of talent, without our 
depth of talent.” Tops on that list, of course, 
is McKay, ABC's one true marathon man. 
Few have the insides to go the distance. For 
anyone who has, the aforementioned at- 
tributes hold true. 

Determination and patience. Good old Jim 
McKay. He knew it all along. 

That’s the story from here. Hf 

Contributing writer TOM JACKSON ts that 
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rules, agents, strikes, changing strategies, 
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and uncontrolled owners have all contributed 
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sports world. 

But what would happen if things got out of 
hand and were taken to the limit. . . taken 
one step further? 

You just might open your favorite newspa- 
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starting in 1985, it will: 

@ expand to 217 franchises. 

® realign geographically. 

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® expand the playoffs. 

The league has granted franchises to 
Allentown, Amarillo, Brooklyn, Pittsfield (in 
every state), Toledo, Trenton, Tucumcari, 
Wilkes-Barre, and most North American 
cities with a population of more than half a 

Franchises have also been awarded to 
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, coun- 
tries in the European Common Market, the 
Organization of American States, and the 
Soviet Union. 

“Statistics show,’ a USFL official said, 
“that people can’t get enough football, so 
why not accommodate them? They’re happy, 
we're happy, everybody benefits.” 

The expanded league will consist of 21 
conferences of two divisions each, with five 
teams in each division. The Soviet Con- 
ference will have three divisions, two of 
which will have six teams. 

“The Soviets refused to conform,’ the 
official shrugged. 

The league will eliminate two regular- 


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season games in order to prepare for the 
expanded playoffs. These will start the day 
after the regular season ends, with the 
winners of each division competing for the 
conference title. In the Soviet Conference, 
who plays whom and the winners will be 
decided by the Soviet high command. 

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the results and popularity of the 1985 play- 
offs, it may decide to eliminate all training 
camps and preseason scrimmages in 1986, 
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would play from January 15 to December 15, 
with the remaining month set aside for 
vacation, compilation of statistics, and the 
printing of new schedules. 

treal Canadiens of the NHL have let their 
team know that they will not tolerate another 
bad showing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. 
They are threatening to expel the team from 
the Province of Quebec and shift allegiance 
to the explosive Quebec Nordiques, arch- 
rivals of the Canadiens. 

“We've had our fill,” one fan said. “If they 
don’t win this year, let them move to Saska- 

The St. Louis Blues have announced that 
they've agreed to produce a TV series for 
NBC's fall schedule. 

The series, based on the team’s problems, 
will offer its premiere in early October, 
coinciding with the Blues season opener. 
Scripts are being solicited from sports 
writers around the country. 

A team spokesperson cited the prolifera- 
tion of shows like “Hill Street Blues” and 
“Bay City Blues” as the major reason for the 

“It's time to show the world what goes on 
around a pro hockey team,” he said. “It’s not 
all fun and games. We've been owned by a cat 
food company, almost moved to the hinter- 
lands, gone from mediocre to outstanding to 
mediocre again, lost a top executive, had key 
injuries . . . you name it! If that isn’t real 
drama, | don’t know what is. We'll make ‘Hill 
Street’ look like ‘Sesame Street.” 

Everyone on the team will play himself in | 

the show. 

“More realistic,” the spokesperson said. 
“Only the St. Louis Blues could portray the 
St. Louis Blues.” 

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once he passes the late Ty Cobb and be- 
comes baseball's all-time leader in hits. 

“I want to be the first man to get 5,000 
hits,” he said. “I’m psyched up for the season 
because, if I have a typical Pete Rose year, 
I'll pass Cobb in late September and win the 
Comeback Player of the Year award. It’s one 
of the few awards I haven't won.” 

Rose says he's healthy and can play until 
retirement age—65. He then might become 
an umpire. 

“Before I’m through,” he said, “I want to 
be the only man to play every position in each 
league in the All-Star Game [he’s already 


Bowie Kuhn will find his slot. 
made it at first, second, third, right, and left 
field in the National League], play all 10 
positions [including DH] in the same game, 
play in both leagues after the age of 50, and 
be the first playing manager/coach/owner. 
And I want to be the first baseball player to 
play in the same game with his son [legend- 
ary Gordie Howe did it in hockey].” 

Later Rose speculated about the possi- 

- bility of playing at least one season with each 

of the remaining 23 major league teams, and 
becoming the first playing commissioner of 


experiment with the total platoon system. 
Manager Joe Altobelli will platoon at all 10 

positions, depending on whether a right- 

hander or lefthander is pitching, and is ex- 

| perimenting with offensive and defensive 

platoons in the same game. 

“Hey, our system helped us win the World 
Series last year,’ Altobelli said, “and it may 
be the wave of the future. We aim to put the 
best team on the field at all times.” 

Critics concede that Altobelli’'s logic is 
sound, but think the Orioles are carrying the 

| program just a little too far. 

The team now platoons its batboys and 
clubhouse attendants, rotates its coaches, 
uses offensive and defensive ushers, em- 
ploys two complete sets of vendors (one for 
good weather, one for bad), fields nghty and 
lefty ticket sellers, and has a switch-playing 
organist who alternates his playing hand, 
depending on who's at bat. 

The American League has denied the 
Orioles’ request to be allowed to rotate the 
playing field and platoon the umpires. 

Meanwhile, itis rumored that Earl Weaver 


has received another offer to manage. This 
one includes a contract for eternity, with a 
“no firing” clause. The contract allows him to 
resign at any time, and return again when- 
ever he wants. 

The contract would also give Weaver: 

® a free home anywhere in the world, 

® a tomato patch for him to tend in every 
major league city, 

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@ an ashtray at both ends of the dugout. 

sioner Bowie Kuhn has purchased three ca- 
sinos in Atlantic City and has hired three 
major league stars—Carl Yastrzemski, 
Johnny Bench, and Gaylord Perry—to act as 
goodwill ambassadors for them. 

Kuhn, who once barred Mickey Mantle 
and Willie Mays from working in baseball 
because they were affiliated with casinos, 
will not allow present players to work for his 
establishments, saying it would not be in the 
best interest of Atlantic City. 

Kuhn, an attorney, says he will continue to 
practice law, seeing no conflict of interest 
between that and his new venture. 

tional Football League have confirmed 
rumors that the team will move to Connecti- 
cut following the 1984 season. 

At the beginning of last season, aless than 
stellar one for the Jets, owner Leon Hess 
decided to move his team from Shea Stadium 
to the Meadowlands in 1984. Efforts to sway 
his decision failed. 

Now Hess has decided not to stay in the 
Meadowlands in 1985, An anonymous insider 
claims it's because Hess is at odds with 
Wellington Mara, owner of the Giants (with 
whom the Jets will share the Meadowlands. ) 

“Leon is angry,’ the insider says, “because 
he thinks Wellington cheated him in their 
annual game of Monopoly, and if there’s 
anything Leon hates, it’s being hustled!” 

Given Hess’ penchant for playing in mead- 
ows (Flushing Meadows, Meadowlands), it’s 
believed that he has found a new meadow in 
Connecticut, will build a domed stadium 
there, and call his team the Tri-State Jets, 
since they will have played in New York, New 
Jersey, and Connecticut. 

One wit wondered if Hess would someday 
move his team back to New York and play in 
Sheep Meadow field in Central Park. The 
Jets refuse to comment. 

LOU FIOTO, a New York writer, has offered 
to let the Jets train in his back yard. He'll serve 
lemonade, and he promises to clean up after 
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body warned me the Superdome was pa- 
trolled like Fort Knox,” he recalls, thinking of 
the 1980 Sugar Bowl game between Penn 
State and Alabama for the national champi- 
onship. “They musta been kiddin: Took me 
five minutes, tops, to get in.” 

If football, as proclaimed, is a religious 
experience for most Alabamians, then Eddie 
Mullen is a high priest among them. He may 
not levitate, but when he wants to watch a 
football game, digging a moat around the 
stadium won't stop him. For the last 40 
years, he's taken pilgrimages a sports ar- 
chivist would fantasize about. He endured up 
close an 0-10 season by his beloved Crimson 

Tide, and he reveled in the late Bear Bryant's | 

monumental 315th victory. He was on hand 
when Joe Namath threw his first college pass 
(it was a touchdown) and he saw a freshman 
quarterback from Louisiana Tech named 

Terry Bradshaw take his first snap. The day — 

Ray Perkins made his ballyhooed ’Bama 
coaching debut, Eddie beat him to the ball- 
park. He did all this with his idea of gratis, 
too. When Damon Runyon said “a freeloader 
is always a confirmed guest,” he could have 
had Eddie in mind. 

Some of Eddie's gate-crashing tricks— 
like trying to pass himself off as a block of 
ice—were subtle, some weren't. They all 
worked. Eddie stadium-hopped all over the 
country. A con man’s eyes might open wide 
at how he did it, but to the kids in my 
neighborhood who probably never would 
have seen a college football game without his 
help, he was no chiseler; he had a heart as big 



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gates to join Bryant, his hero. 

and warm as a wood stove. We lionized him. 
Knowing Eddie was like having a friend 
whose back yard bordered a drive-in the- 
ater: You got viewing privileges without 
spending a dime. He commanded a place of 
honor in Birmingham football lore alongside 
Popeyed Pat the Lady Book, the electrifying 
quarterback Donnie Nock of the semipro 
Leeds Kilowatts (“Hard Nock Shocks 
Saints,’ the headlines blared), and the late 
Ralph (Shorty) Price, a 5'1” Legion Field 
fixture whose father’s will refused his inheri- 
tance unless he ran for governor every year 
an election was held. Eddie, who in more 
prosaic incarnations has been a short-order 
chef, hotel bellhop, and gold miner in the 
sierra Madre, even achieved minor saint- 
hood for his gate-crashing noblesse oblige at 
the 1976 Alabama-Auburn game. One of his 
charges that day was a little boy with no 


kidneys. His parents, burdened by bills from 
his dialysis and unable to afford scalpers’ 
ticket prices, had asked Eddie to take their 
son along because they were afraid he might 
die before seeing his two favorite teams play. 
To anyone who cared to watch an Alabama 
football game, Eddie opened his benevolent 
brand of misbehavior. Anyone. He chauf- 
feured in park-bench bums, state senators, 
and once a major-leaguer named J. C. Pow- 
ers, who at the time was a pinch-hitter of the 
Smokey Burgess ilk. “The day of a game, his 
phone rang off the wall,” says his buddy, 
Geets Brawley. Once Eddie was inside the 
stadium, he was a study in escapism. 
Brawley recalls the afternoon Eddie sprang a 
fence to greet Steve Sloan, then coach at 
Vanderbilt (now at Duke) but a former Ala- 
bama great, and Sloan “was so taken aback, 
it might as well have been his uncle, the way 
he threw his arms around Eddie.” Jimmy 
Fuller, another ex-Alabama player, remem- 
bers how Eddie would show up on the 
Alabama sideline and “look so natural stand- 
ing there nobody said a word to him.’ 
Sidekicks from boyhood muse at how 
Eddie's gate-crashing career followed in the 
bootsteps of his father, a fireman who got 
into games free when he wore his uniform. 
Eddie didn’t think he should have to pay to 
get in, either. When he was eight years old, 
he began hitchhiking from his house in the 
steel mill suburb of Wylam to Birmingham's 

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games, like all his buddies. “But you stayed 
so busy in the stands,” he says, “you didn't 
get to see much of the game. Theyd always 
fire me because I'd set down my tray and sit 
on it and watch the game. I didn't care about 
making money then. I was just crazy about 
football—a football fool.” 

He was too young to be brazen, just a kid 
who loved the game so much he missed his 
ride home one night while standing in line at 
the Toy Bowl pee-wee league's annual ban- 

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quet to shake Pat O’Brien’s hand. Eddie was 
a Notre Dame man then. And good Catholic 
though he had been raised, he convinced 
himself there was nothing felonious about 
sneaking in to see a football game if he 
couldn’t get in any other way. The first time 
he stepped surreptitiously through a stadium 
gate was “so easy,’ he remembers, “I de- 
cided to do it at the next game... then the 
next one.” Sometimes, he would slide in 
solo. On other Saturdays, he ganged up with 
as many as 50 boys. Ona count of three, they 
would rattle the high fence surrounding the 
stadium as if to advertise their intention of 
going over the top. When a guard came 
running over, a few in the group would trot 
casually off and duck through the gate he had 
just vacated. “Our old end-around,” Eddie 
calls it. Not all excursions went so smoothly. 
Once, his pal Red Roberts cupped his hands 
to give Eddie a boost over the fence. There 
seemed some hesitation below. “What you 
waitin’ for, Red? C’mon, push. Push!” Eddie 
dropped his gaze into the eyes of a policeman 

who had hold of his foot and was bent with . 

laughter. The cop pinched his ankle as a 
reprimand then chucked him over the fence. 

As Eddie grew older, his ploys became 
bolder, more sophisticated. One trick called 
for slapping a sliver of cardboard into the 
guard's palm with such force that the “ticket” 
fell to the ground. By the time the guard had 
stooped and retrieved it, Eddie already was 
on his way to look for a seat. Another 
scheme was flashing his son’s school safety- 
patrol badge, as in “Police—coming 
through!” He never went in for disguises, 
such as wearing a Roman collar or putting on 
a physician's scrub suit. “They're a good 
idea, if you got time to fool with ‘em.’ Me, I 
don’t need ’em,”’ he says. He did, however, 
give a chilling performance that would have 
impressed Stanislavsky. That was the time 
he jumped on the back of a truck outside the 
stadium and crawled under a canvas tarp 
where he hid next to a load of hundred-pound 
blocks of ice. 

“It was freezin’ down here: ” he recalls, 
“but the driver was headed straight for the 
main gate, so I figure, hey, this is a cinch. 
Then he makes a sharp turn away from the 
stadium. My brother-in-law Rock Mason's 
runnin’ down the street, screamin’, ‘He ain’t 
goin’ in the game! He ain’t goin’ in the game!’ 
I jumped off the truck and like to have killed 
myself, and from then on I say I’m stickin’ 
with my own ways for gettin’ in.” 

Those ways have made for quite a mys- 
tique. Jimmy Fuller, who today is head coach 
at Jacksonville (Ala.) State (where the son of 
his best friend, Ray Perkins, plays for him), 
long has followed Eddie's antics. “It always 
amazed me how he got into every big game 
and never had a ticket,” Fuller recollects. “He 
took a liking to me because I’d grown up not 

far from him: When I was at Alabama, he’d 
be nght next to me on the sideline. I’d say, 
‘Mullen, where you sittin’?’ He’d say, ‘Just 
sorta movin’ around. He fit in so well stand- 
ing there, I could have sworn he came -dis- 
guised as an [Alabama] assistant coach.” 
Eddie smuggled himself into game after 
game, and for almost 20 years, his stealth 
never failed him. Then came the watershed 
episode of Eddie Mullen’s gate-crashing ca- 

reer, another Alabama-Auburn game, circa 

1959. As always, he had fortified his daring 
with a few hallowed-be-the-name-of-the- 
Bear toasts at the Goalline Lounge in front of 
the stadium. An hour before game time, he 
coolly slinked through the main gate, meet- 
ing no more resistance from the security 
men there than from the two behemoth 
stone lions adorning the entrance. By now, 
after so many easy successes, Eddie had 
gotten cocky, his gall seemingly ending just 
short of commandeening a taxi to drop him off 
on the 50-yard line. He was loitering in the 
catacombs beneath the stands when a po- 
liceman strode over and routinely asked to 
see his ticket. Ordinarily, Eddie would have 
claimed the stub was in a coat pocket back at 
his seat, or inside his wife’s purse in the 
upper deck. But he panicked and bolted, and 
the cop quickly overtook him. A blow from 
his billy club broke Eddie’s leg. But as he was 
loaded into an ambulance, it was his 
wounded pride that hurt worse: For the first 
time, he was forced to face up to failure. 
Then that night, as he lay in a hospital bed a 
few blocks from Legion Field, his leg in trac- 
tion, his spirits in shambles, it came to him. 
He had been banished only after already in 
the game. The dolorousness disappeared; 
the gate-crashing record remained perfecto. 

Eddie's streak, unbroken to this day, may 
seem a dubious distinction, but not to his 
band of youthful followers. My uncle Moe, a 
sociologist who was best man in Eddie's 
wedding, once labeled him a boisterous boy 
in manhood (or something like that), but only 
Eddie’s enthusiasm concerned us. He was 
the only neighborhood dad as insatiable for 
sports as the kids. Not only was he always 
willing to convoy us through a stadium gate, 
but he was the star batting practice pitcher at 
the field a block from where he lived. And 
when his son Pat, a classmate of mine, hit his 
first Little League home run, Eddie got more 
than a vicarious thrill out of it. He was sitting 
in straightaway center field, tipping a beer, 
and by the time the ball cleared the fence 
traveling in one direction, he had cleared it 
traveling in the other. He ran straight to 
second base, where he slapped Pat on the 
rump and joined in the home run trot. The 
latest story about him to make the rounds 
shows him to be the same animated Eddie: 
The night before Bear Bryant retired, he 
was staying at the hotel where Eddie 

worked; Eddie slipped another bellhop five 
bucks to let him carry The Bear's bags up to 
his room. 

Eddie first invited me to sneak in with him 
when he spotted me at the stadium selling 
programs to earn my way into a game. | had 
stood in the rain since early that morning 
with my friend Duffer Phillips, neither of us 
having much luck peddling wet programs. If] 
ever got rid of my entire stack, it would be 
halftime or later. Still, I resisted Eddie's 
overtures. “What makes you want to work 
so hard just to see a ball game?” he teased. 
He knew darn well. It was my father. The 
man whose picture Eddie keeps to this day in 
his football scrapbook: Daddy, in his Ensley 
High uniform, a 165-pound all-city guard in a 
state championship season, down in a men- 
acing three-point stance with his nickname 
“Snake” stenciled across his leather helmet. 
Snake would hear about my sneaking in, and 
then he would let me hear about it in his own 
special way, as he had when my brother and I 
pilfered a couple of warmup jackets from an 
Alabama opponent. I didn’t dare. A year 
later, however, when colleges began passing 
out complimentary tickets to my high school 
teammates they hoped to recruit, I chose 
gate-crashing as revenge for having been 
overlooked. Naturally, I went looking for 

“The cardinal rule is ‘don’t look back, ” he 
told me a week before that season's opening 
game, sitting in a chaise longue outside his 
house, hosing water over knobby legs that 
angled out of faded Bermuda shorts. “When 
you get to the gate, I'll be behind you and 
give you a push for courage, and you’re home 
free. I give everybody a push their first time. 
Little Charlie Loreener, he swore he could 
make it by himself, then he got to the gate 
and froze and I had to come flying up and 
throw him through like he was shot out of a 
cannon.” As we strolled around the stadium a 
few hours before kickoff, Eddie was in his 
element. He greeted fans and vendors like 
lifelong friends, and poked fun at a couple of 
cops about having them demoted to directing 
traffic the next time he talked to the chief. 
(Of the police, he says now: “They’re not 
violent with me like they used to be; now 
they catch you inside and they say either go 
out, or go to jail”) But when Eddie kidded 
me about their paddy wagons parked nearby, 
my shuddering stomach didn’t think it funny 
at all. Then he gave that nudge of assurance 
at the gate, and I breezed through just like he 
had promised. 

It would be an adventure repeated 
throughout that season, always led by the 
snaggle-toothed “cross-back Irishman” with 
the Bud Grant crewcut. At one game, Eddie 
had scoped out a gate in the student section 
as the most propitious place for getting 

Sstayi | | ie | inside. He huddled us, then dispatched the 



first three boys through. They went in unde- 
tected. Another wave of three (two of them 
girls) followed, then another, until more than 
a dozen had made it. Everybody except 
Eddie. He sidled to the gate. But as he 
started to sprint past, he stumbled, and the 
guard taking tickets jolted him by the arm. 
“Loose o’ me!” Eddie raged, but the grip on 
his windbreaker grew tighter. “Let loose o’ 
me, I say!” He gave a herculean heave and 
everything came undone at once. The guard 
went sprawling over a railing, clutching 
vainly Eddie’s dismembered jacket sleeve. 
Eddie recoiled into a back somersault and 
landed against the leg of a woman, whose 
boutfant hairdo almost jumped off her head 
before he could stand and mutter an apology. 
Then he hustled off into the crowd, in again. 

Age has seen to it that both Eddie and I 
refine our gate-crashing connivances. At 17, 
I became a sports writer and now get in by 
doing nothing more unusual than presenting 
a press pass. On the other hand, Eddie, at 
91, has turned, ina word, genteel. “I started 
changin’ about five years ago,” he says. “I 
never really looked to bowl anybody over in 
the first place. Sometimes it just happened 
that way. But I got too old for that stuff. I felt 
it worse the next day than they did. Sol gota 
new style.” 

Eddie doesn’t go to games in blue jeans 
and T-shirt anymore. “I dress up sharp as 
hell,” he explains, and that includes donning a 
hound’s-tooth hat his kids gave him for 
Christmas out of a deference to his love for 
the Bear. “Then, outside the gate, I find a 
couple who look right out of a Saks Fifth 
Avenue catalog. I slide up next to em, and 
the guard, he thinks we're together. So he’s 
not paying me any extra attention. By the 
time he realizes what I’m up to, I’ve done 
sped past him.” 

This year, now that his younger son, 
Johnny, has graduated from Alabama and 
become eligible to buy tickets as an alumnus, 
a more conventional tack for seeing games 
will avail itself to Eddie. But the man who 
once said “having to pay for it takes the sport 
out of it” isn’t likely to have truck with the 
notion. “I got three grandsons comin’ along 
who are gonna have to be trained,” explains 
the gate-crashin’ guru. “I ain’t about to go 
soft now.’ And that’s why, these days, I have 
a habit that’s become almost reflexive when | 
arrive in the press box before a big college 
football game. I find myself picking up a pair 
of binoculars and scanning the stands for 
Eddie in Legion Field—nostalgically won- 
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id ABC-TV really. consider replacing 

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thrilling as anything Olga Korbut and Nadia 
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hat does tennis star Andrea Jaeger do to 
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Os you explain why professional bowling 
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It dates back to one of the very first broad- 
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terruption. Burton later said: “At first I 
thought the guy was nuts. I mean, he didn’t 

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L eRoy Neiman ts the greatest artist in the 
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commissioned Neiman for his impression of 
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id the Cubs ever retire Hall-of-Famer 
Ernie Banks’ number? 
Yes. It was 555-1313, area code 312. 

T ell me what you remember most about the 
gold medal boxing victory of Casstus 
Clay—later Muhammad Ali—in the. 1960 
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It was right after his championship perform- 
ance that the young Cassius Clay came up 
with his first poem: “I came to the Games. 
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Cause I don’t plan to get old.” True to his 
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come out of retirement in time for the 1988. 

Summer Olympics in Korea. His poem for 
the occasion is: “Float like a hippo. Sting like 
a moth. I will win the title again. Uh, I forgot 
the last line.” 

M y friends tell me there’ a very interesting 
story as to how Dave [King] Kongman 
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More or less. Dave Kongman was a Mid- 

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bucket of ice water over a major league 
slugger’s head. That made him “king” for a 
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ylvester Stallone ts reportedly at it again, 

so I just have to know: What ts the story 
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Rocco Balboa Jr., now 19 and a promising 
heavyweight, is rushed prematurely into a 
championship fight against his father. The 
older Balboa, 55, knocks the kid goofy in the 
first round. Rocky Jr. runs off with his Uncle 


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to make a big choice. The whole thing is 
brought in for under $40 million. 

K That are the seven most boring words on 
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“Chris Evert advanced to the quarterfinals 

fter all that has been said and done, what 
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When baseball's regular season ends and the playoffs begin, it’s a whole new ball game. 
Some players become hot hitters, while others go cold. Here are the active players 
whose postseason batting averages are significantly higher or lower than their career 

“season averages. (Minimum of 1,500 regular-season at-bats and 50 postseason 
at-bats; includes 1981 Divisional Series, League Championship Series, and World Series 

Regular Post- 

Rank Player, Team Season Season +/—- 
1. Fred Lymn, Angels ...............cecceceee .298 .407 +.109 
z. Gary Matthews, Cubs................00 cee .285 360 +.075 

Bob Watson, Braves ..........ceecceecccceers 296 .371 +.075 

4, Larry Milbourne, Mariners ................. 253 327 +.074 
5. Rick Dempsey, Orioles ............ccceceees .240 .304 + .064 
6. Phil Garner, Astros ............ 02. e sc ee eee .260 322 + .062 
7. Robin Yount, Brewers ............cccceeeees 204 344 + .060 
8. Ken Singleton, Orioles .............0000000 .286 333 +.047 
9. Steve Garvey, Padres ............cceeeecees .300 346 + .046 
10. Darrell Porter, Cardinals ...............000. 290 289 +.039 
11. Bill Russell, Dodgers .............0ccceeees .264 294 +.030 
12. Steve Yeager, Dodgers ............cccceeees 229 .207 +.028 
13. Dave Concepcion, Reds ............ccceveee .270 297 +.027 
14, Tim Foli, Yankees ...............cccceccece .251 .216 +,025 
15. George Brett, Royals ...............ceeeees .316 .340 +.024 

Regular Post- 

Rank Player, Team Season Season +/- 
1. Al Bumbry, Orioles .............. 000 cceees .284 141 —.143 
2. Gorman Thomas, Mariners ................- .231 .103 —.128 
3. Ken Landreaux, Dodgers ..............0000 .276 .160 —.116 
4. Rod Carew, Angels .............cc0cecees ee 2 .220 —.111 
5. Ted Simmons, Brewers ...........ccceeecees 292 .183 -.109 
6. Dave Winfield, Yankees .............0ceccue: 284 .182 —.102 
7. Cecil Cooper, Brewers ..........cccsceeeeee .308 211 — .097 

Bobby Grich, Angels ...........0ccccceeevecs .269 .172 — .097 

9, Al Oliver, Giants 2.0.0... ccc cece cece en cees .305 214 —,091 
10. Joe Morgan, A'S ......... cece eee e ree eee AY 182 — .090 
ll. Ben Oglivie, Brewers ..........ccccccceeces 202 .183 — .089 
12. Pedro Guerrero, Dodgers ..........-.ce0000- .302 .217 — 085 
13. Rich Dauer, Orioles ..............0..ceeuees .261 .180 —.081 
14. Willie Wilson, Royals .............. cece cees 305 230 — 073 
“15. Al Cowens, Mariners ...............eceeees 271 .200 —.071 


Much of the Packers’ disappointing season in 1983 can be attributed to their poor play in 
the second half of games. In the first half, they averaged 5/2 more points per game than 
their opponents over the course of the regular season, but after the intermission, 
opponents outscored them by six points per contest. Below, the NFL teams are ranked 
according to how much their average point differential improved or worsened in the 
second half of regular-season games compared to the first half. Team records are in 

lst 2nd 
Half Half Difference 

1. Houston (2-14) ......... ccc cece cee eee eee —8.3 —2.4 +5.9 
2. DEAE (O-7). evans vere eve veer ese ~2.3 +2.7 +5.0 
Se DONVOR O97) seine shied otG ered cr ceakies —3.2 +1.6 +4,8 
4, New England (8-8) ....... 0... ccce ee eece —2.1 +1.1 +3.2 
5. Baltimore (7-9) .......... ccc ccc caacecveas —4,3 —1.4 +2.9 
6. Miami (12-4) 20... cee cee ce ee eee eeee +3.8 +49 +1.1 
Tc leveland (9-7) 26 caveccasaiess $5 s0o0e es +0.1 +0.8 +0.7 

a Pe ae 12-3 © 2: ) Rr Se —0.6 —0.6 0 
9: LA, Raiders 24) oo coscsccckeceseeeswes +3.8 +2.8 -—1.0 
10. Buffalo (8-8) .... cece ccc cee cece cea e cane —1,4 —2.9 -1.5 
11. Pittsburgh (10-6) ............. cece ue eaaes +2.6 +0.6 —2.0 
San Diego (6-10) .... 0... cece cece eee eeeee -2.3 —4,3 —2.0 
13. Kansas City (6-10) 2.2... 0... cee ce eee eee +2.3. —1.1 —3.4 
14.: Cincinnati (7-9) oooa Sci wdetoiwoueeweG dada +6.3 —3.6 -9.9 

lst 2nd 
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2. New Orleans (8-8) ..........cccrccevcreee —2.4 +1.3 +3.7 
Oo DEW 1) oe tetas die oa vacates +0.4 +3.4 +3.0 
4. Atlanta (7-9) 6536060805 Cavs decsled s4saees -1.9 +0.7 +2.6 
5. Philadelphia (5-11) ........ cc cece eee eee ~3.9 -—1.6 +2.3 
G. Tampa Bay (2-14) < .ccaccsistisesscensseas —5.4 —3.3 +2.1 
Te: cP ROMS (827) o. Pas oh oh es 094-04 o es os -0.1 +1.1 +1.2 
8. Minnesota (8-8) ......... ccc ceee ce eeeee . -1L3 —0.8 +0.5 
9. San Francisco (10-6) .......... cece cece ees +4.4 +4.3 —0.1 
10. N.Y. Giants (3-12-1) 2.0... ces -1.8 —3.3 —1.5 
V1: Chicago (8-8) 05.6.0 es ae Cera ie ese ades’ +11 —0.5 —1.6 
12, St.Louis (6-7-1) oo ei osha esis pul eu oe bade -—0.3 —3.1 —2.8 
13. Washington (14-2) 2... .. cc cece cere eee +9.5 +3.6 —5.9 
14. Green Bay (8-8) ......... ccc ccc cae en eens +5.5 —6.1 —11.6 


The NFL ranks team pass defenses solely on the number of passing yards each team 
allows per game. Perhaps a more efficient way of gauging pass defenses would be to 
consider the four categories used to rank NFL quarterbacks: Completion Pct., TD Pct., 
Interception Pct., and Average Yards Gained Per Pass. However, in this case the rating 
is computed by looking at the passing statistics compiled by quarterbacks against each 

Pet. Yards Avg. Yd. TD Pet. Pet. 

Att. Comp. Comp. Gained Gained Pass TD Int. Int. Points 
1. Kansas City ...499 261 52.3 3361 6.74 21 42 30 6.0 62.7 
2. Pittsburgh ....448 238 53.1 3256 7.27 19 42 28 6.3 64.3 
3. Cincinnati ..... 502 288 57.4 3163 6.30 17 3.4 23 4.6 68.3 
4. Denver ....... 552 308 55.8 3990 7.23 18 3.3 27 4.9 69.3 
5. Miami ........ 480 277 57.7 3365 7.01 19 4.0 26 5.4 70.2 
6. L.A. Raiders ..531 282 53.1 3646 6.87 20 3.8 20 3.8 71.8 
7. New England ..516 276 53.5 3565 691 19 3.7 17 3.3 74.0 
8. N.Y. Jets ..... 463 268 57.9 3301 7.13 22 48 22 4.8 76.0 
9. Cleveland ..... 469 279 59.5 3313 7.06 22 4.7 22 4.7 77.1 
10. Seattle ....... 921 311 59.7 4182 803 33 63 26 5.0 85.4 
ll. Buffalo ....... 480 286 59.6 3553 7.40 22 46 13 2.7 86.6 
12. Baltimore ..... 484 281 58.1 3832 7.92 31 64 20 4.1 87.7 
13. San Diego ....545 331 60.7 4084 7.49 28 51 16 2.9 888 
14. Houston ...... 424 252 59.4 3142 7.41 26 61 14 3.3 89.0 

team for the season—the /ower the rating, the better the pass defense. For example, 
last year Washington allowed 248 yards passing per game to rank last in the NFC, but 
opposing quarterbacks completed a low percentage of passes and were intercepted 
frequently by the Skins. By this method, Washington had the third best pass defense in 
the NFC. (Ratings are computed by the NFL's Passer Rating System.) 


Pet. Yards Avg. Yd. TD. Pet. Pet. 

Att. Comp. Comp. Gained Gained Pass TD Int. Int. Points 
1, Chicago ...... 490 249 50.8 3526 7.20 15 3.1 21 43 66.8 
2. New Orleans ..496 271 54.6 3142 6.33 20 4.0 23 4.6 68.1 
3. Washington 570 301 52.8 4377 7.68 28 4.9 34 6.0 69.4 
4. Minnesota 477 263 55.1 3229 6.77 23 48 25 5.2 70.5 
5. St. Louis ..... 519 290 55.9 3635 7.00 24 46 28 5.4 70.6 
6. L.A. Rams ....556 319 57.3 3869 696 18 3.2 24 4.3 71.5 
7. Detroit ....... 515 297 57.7 3401 6.60 21 4.1 22 43 73.4 
8. Tampa Bay 490 300 61.2 3624 7.40 15 3.1 23 4.7 74.6 
9. Dallas ........ 558 299 53.6 43865 7.82 27 4.8 27 4.8 75.3 
10. San Francisco .526 322 61.2 3701 7.04 23 44 24 46 77.9 
11. N.Y. Giants ...493 283 57.4 3584 7.27 26 5.3 23 4.7 78.3 
12. Green Bay .518 300 57.9 4033 7.79 20 3.9 19 3.7 80.3 
13. Philadelphia ...430 247 57.4 3048 7.09.20 4.7 8 1.9 87.2 
14. Atlanta ....... 493 313 63.5 3734 7.57 28 5.7 15 3.0 93.0 


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sports fan to the degree 
that I understand the sport. I 
watch TV, go to baseball and 
basketball games, maybe base- 
ball more than the others. I’m 
into the Nautilus thing three 
times a week, and participate 
mostly in tennis. 

I’m knowledgeable about 
American tennis players and 
others, like Borg, who have 
been in the U.S. so much. | 
haven't seen Yannick Noah play 
that much, but I admire him asa 
great, acrobatic player, with his 
lunging and dancing; he’s a rock 
star on the court, with an elec- 
tric look. As for the other side 
of his life, where he feels out of kilter with his 
nationality, that searching side of him as an 
exile—it adds interest. I have feelings for 
the individualist over the group performer. 

I've always had a warm place in my heart 
for the outrageous. In my boyhood in Ocean 

City, N.J., [saw Earl Cochell. He yelled at an | 

umpire and smashed a ball outside of the 
tennis arena, over the main street and the 
high school. I'll never forget the sight. They 
used white balls in those days. The ball went 
soaring, going higher and higher. I never saw 
one hit so high and far before; it was like 
watching something rise from Cape Ca- 
naveral. Cochell was 30 years before his 

I have such respect for the athlete. We 
have no idea what discipline, patience, and 
talent it takes to be a performer and an 
athlete. I’ve always had enormous respect 
for athletes who can make a team and have 
their names mean something. They don’t 
have to be superstars, simply on the team. 

Most of us have been fans who have tried to | 

make a team, or wanted to, and didn't. Once 
I wrote about boxer Floyd Patterson in “The 
Loser” in a collection of mine. He said that 



‘The life of an athlete is so difficult. Most of us can 
blame other people for our failures, But the athlete 
performs in such a public way, he can't blame anybody. 

Anthony Quinn had said that he could fight 
better than Patterson. Floyd resented that. 
He said that he would give Quinn a heart 
attack, just being in the ring with him. 
Patterson wouldn't even have to touch him. 

The athlete is worthy of respect. I just 
saw the Yankees against the Texas Rangers. 
The Yanks brought in some new young Latin- 
American pitcher for relief in the eighth 
inning. He pitched through the 10th inning. 
He had the character and courage not to let 
anyone get a run. Think of the pressure he 
was under! 

Most of us can always blame other people 
for our failures. A vice president of a corpo- 
ration can always spread the blame around. 
But the athlete performs in such a public 
way, he can't blame anybody. 

The life of an athlete is so interesting, 
difficult, and little-known. We read about the 
stars but never really get the feeling of what 
it’s like to be a professional, an unrecognized 
star, an obscure victim. And the wives who 
are widows of the game, and the “Army brat” 

Tennis is what I play year-round, breaking 
up the solitude of my workday from about 1 


to 4 p.m. I get back to work 
from 5 to 8 p.m. I wish I had 
learned to play tennis when I 
was very young. You can’t learn 
to swim, ski, parachute—per- 
haps do anything—as well later 
in life. When you're young, it’s 
all wild, unsown sexual energy. 

[like doubles very much, as I 
get older. It’s so interesting, if 
you have four matched players 
at any level of expertise. There 
are the doubles strategies for 
the net, for lobs, returns of 
service. I’m mesmerized by 
the varieties of skills involved 
in doubles. It’s beautiful to see 
the movements of people play- 
ing doubles. If you're sitting 
high up, you can see mathemat- 
ics, energy, skill, ballet. 

In doubles, I like to play op- 
ponents who are better than I 
am, and it’s not hard for me to 
do. At various charity events, 
I've played on courts as a part- 
ner with Ham Richardson, Roy 
Emerson, and many other famous players. 
Then you see how fast the great players are. 
You don’t really see that until you're playing 
with them. This streaking figure who's your 
partner gets the ball. 

For example, someone once lobbed a ball 
well over my head and hit the backline. I said 
to myself, ‘It's in the Bronx.’ Emerson turns 
around and streaks back like a center fielder. 
Before the second bounce, he’s around with 
enough of a racket, lofting the ball with wrist 
action and getting it back in play. The great 
professional athlete is able to do anything. 
The papers say that someone messed up a 
routine grounder. But there’s no such thing 
as a routine grounder. From TV you get no 
sense of speed. At ringside, you get a sense 
of the punishment in boxing that you cannot 
get on TV. If any one of us had a glove and 
was sent into the outfield and had the misfor- 
tune to have a ball hit in our direction, we'd 
just want to dig a hole. 

GAY TALESE, author of such novels as 
‘Honor Thy Father and ‘Thy Neighbors Wife, 
and a regular contributor to major maga- 
zines, has little time to catch fly balls. 



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