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Some New Rams Really Are on Tap For Game

October 04, 1987

When the Rams arrived in New Orleans for today's game against the Saints, Coach John Robinson told reporters that the non-union players the club recruited really aren't that bad.

"It's not like you're getting them out of a tavern," he said.

Then he laughed.

"OK," he said, "we got some out of a tavern."

Add Robinson: Asked his game plan against the Saints, he said: "Defensively, we're practicing against the T formation. They're not going to run the wishbone, I think."

Add Forgettable Quotes: Said tackle Luis Sharpe after defensive back Leonard Smith became the first St. Louis Cardinal to cross the picket line: "I feel sorry for Leonard Smith. He's going to be totally alienated."

Since then, 12 more Cardinals have crossed the line.

Now-it-can-be-told Dept.: Larry Wansley, Dallas Cowboys counseling director, on why there were no confrontations when Randy White became the first Cowboy to cross the line: "None of them wanted to commit suicide."

For awhile, Mike Ditka was playing it for laughs, but the Chicago Bears coach finally said of the strike: "It takes all the fun out of it. You feel frustrated. Everybody talks about how they've been betrayed. I feel like I've been betrayed. I feel like the coaching staff, the organization, has been betrayed. I feel like George Halas has been betrayed, 63 years of history has been betrayed."

Trivia Time: Name the only two pitchers to win an All-Star game, a World Series game and the Cy Young Award in the same year. (Answer below.)

When Iona beat St. Peter's, 27-0, the Gaels ended a 27-game losing streak but then lost defensive back Dave Rattiner for two weeks.

After the game, Iona Coach Harold Crocker was doused with Gatorade. Rattiner was the designated douser. In performing his duty, he twisted a knee.

The sub-50-degree temperatures in Detroit have bothered some of the Tigers, but not Darrell Evans.

"I played in Candlestick for six years," explained the ex-Giant.

How fast is Notre Dame flanker Tim Brown? Says Michigan State Coach George Perles: "He reminds me of O.J. Simpson. He creates a draft when he goes by you."

Reggie Jackson, playing his last series in Kansas City, told the Sporting News the game he remembered most was in the 1978 playoffs between the Royals and the New York Yankees when Al Hrabosky, the Mad Hungarian, came in to relieve for the Royals.

Jackson: "I remember Hrabosky coming in and putting on a show. He threw the first pitch right over my head. Then he came up and stared at me. I turned around and asked the umpire, 'What the . . . is he doing?' I put the next pitch into the water."

Philadelphia Manager Lee Elia was quoted recently as saying of his Phillies, "We've got a lot of work to do this winter to clean out the garbage."

If you think you've read something like that before, you're right.

Said Elia after the 1982 season, when he managed the Chicago Cubs: "You get tired of looking at garbage in your own backyard."

The next season, Elia was gone.

Trivia Answer: Vern Law of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers in 1965.


Ram Coach John Robinson, on today's game against the New Orleans Saints: "It's like an all-star game without the all-stars."

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