November 7, 1989 |
Houston Oiler defensive end Sean Jones can expect an apology for a racial remark directed at him by Detroit lineman Eric Andolsek, Lion Coach Wayne Fontes said Monday. "In the fourth quarter, he called me a nigger," Jones said. "He said 'Come on you . . . nigger.' I've been called everything in the book since I've been playing football, but nobody's ever called me that." Andolsek acknowledged that he used the term but said he did not mean it in a racial way.
June 22, 1993 |
Two large tire tracks, baked hard by the sun, still run from Louisiana 1 across the front lawn of the house once owned by Eric Andolsek. It will be a year Wednesday, but you can still see where a flatbed diesel truck veered off the road, picked up one of the strongest offensive linemen in the NFL as he weeded his lawn and threw him more than 50 yards.
September 4, 1992 |
In the well-ordered world of the NFL, where stiff upper lips are requisite and time is precious, the Detroit Lions thought it prudent on July 26 to call a team meeting for the purpose of grieving. The meeting was between the time veterans reported that evening and first bed-check. As they would with any opponent, the Lions would attack this death issue as a unit, break it down, order up a schematic. The meeting was the well-intentioned idea of Coach Wayne Fontes.
November 7, 1992
In an election year, when trust and candor are prominent issues, who is Jerry Colangelo kidding when he says, "Risk is risk"? Experts have assessed the risk of passing HIV on the basketball court as in the "zero to infinitesimal" range. Is the risk of acquiring the virus in an NBA game greater than the possibility of death or injury in taking a team flight (Evansville, 1977), commuting on the team bus (Angels, 1992), driving a Corvette (Jerome Brown, 1992), swimming at a Florida beach (Carroll Rosenbloom, 1979)
June 28, 1992 |
A sports psychologist says the Detroit Lions' recent tragedies could make the players stronger. Or, it could leave them feeling jinxed. You could build a strong case for jinxed. The Lions are no strangers to tragedy. --Wide receiver Chuck Hughes died of a heart attack in a game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 1971. It happened in full view of a packed house at Tiger Stadium. --Don McCafferty, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts, coached the Lions to a 6-7-1 record in 1973.
September 24, 1990 |
It took Vinny Testaverde more than three quarters, but he finally found a way to beat Detroit's restructured secondary. Tampa Bay's quarterback broke up a battle of field goals with two fourth-quarter touchdown drives that carried the Buccaneers to a 23-20 victory over the Lions Sunday night. Gary Anderson scored on an 11-yard run that gave the Bucs a short-lived 16-13 lead early in the final quarter and John Harvey's three-yard touchdown reception provided the winning points with 4:21 left.