Lester Hayes called. The man they call the Judge wasn't happy. He took exception to recent testimony by New York Giant receiver Lionel Manuel that the Raider cornerback is somewhat over the hill and no longer a great intimidator.
"I didn't think he needed to be intimidated," Hayes said. "Receivers like him are a dime a dozen, a penny a pound. As for his first touchdown, it was a case of perfect execution, nothing stupendous he did against me. He talks as if he's a five-time All-Pro.
"There is such a thing as knowing how to win. There are certain things you don't say."
The Judge then had this to say: "Lionel, when you look in the mirror and see that your anatomy is still intact, be thankful I didn't respect you. Because if I ever face you again, looking in the mirror will not be fun."
From Gary Miereanu of the Burbank Review: "The Raiders' magic number for clinching the top draft pick, i.e. University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde, is just 13 now."
A group of people watching a New York Jets practice the other day were discussing "Monday Night Football" and the work of Al Michaels and Frank Gifford when, according to the New York Times, one of them said: "It's boring. They don't explain why things are done. I do like Frank personally, but they miss a lot."
The speaker was Joe Namath.
Trivia Time: Who is the all-time high career scorer for the Chicago Bears? (Answer below.)
Vin Scully, wondering Thursday night which player in history had the most syllables in his name, was coming up with three and four-syllable names like Kluszewski and Grabarkewitz, not realizing that there was a five-syllable name in the third-base coaching box, Joe Amalfitano. Nor did it occur to him that his Saturday sidekick on NBC also is a five-syllable man, Joe Garagiola.
Can anyone beat five syllables?
Add Syllables: In track and field, UCLA once had a six-syllable man in high jumper Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam. Later, Westmont went the Bruins one better with a seven-syllable sprinter, Jean-Louis Ravelomanatsoa.
50 Years Ago Today: On Sept. 27, 1936, Walter Alston played in his only major league game as a late-inning substitute at first base for Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made one error in two chances and in his only time at bat was struck out by Lon Warneke of the Chicago Cubs.
On the same date in 1975, Kansas quarterback Nolan Cromwell, in a 20-0 win over Oregon State, gained 294 yards in 28 carries, setting an NCAA record for yards gained by a quarterback and breaking the overall school record of 283 yards set by Gale Sayers in 1962.
Baltimore Oriole Manager Earl Weaver, on a pitch that Mike Flanagan threw to Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees: "Flanagan made him stand on his left ear. Unfortunately, Mattingly is the only man in the game who can stand on his left ear and get a hit."
Trivia Answer: George Blanda, with 541 points. Note: Blanda retired from the Bears after the 1958 season and then sat out 1959. He came out of retirement to play for the Houston Oilers and then the Oakland Raiders, setting career scoring records for both teams.
Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden, on why he's trying to pare down his 300-pound frame at a weight-loss clinic: "It's hard to be fit as a fiddle when you're shaped like a cello."