January 10, 1986
Walter Payton was asked by George Usher of Newsday if he considered himself similar in ability to Eric Dickerson of the Rams. "No, there's a big difference between us," Payton said. "Dickerson has to run against the Chicago Bears' defense, and I don't." Next question: "What kind of a running back is Dickerson?" "What kind of a running back do I see?" Payton said. "Where are you from? Chicago, oh I see.
March 22, 1985
The Los Angeles Express announced that wide receiver Duane Gunn has been suspended indefinitely from the team for what Coach John Hadl called "disciplinary reasons." Hadl would not elaborate, but sources said that it was not drug related. "I don't want to get into it--it's very private," Hadl said. "We're going to discuss it with the team." Gunn, the team's second-leading receiver with 11 catches for 173 yards, missed last week's game against San Antonio because of a strained knee.
November 9, 1987
After watching the Milwaukee Bucks take the Soviet national team apart, Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden got an idea. He told Peter May of the Harford Courant: "We should let the Russians in the league. They'd help the Clippers. And they'd do it for nothing. Just for the per diem. "They really were awful. And you tell me we (the NBA) actually draft those SOBs? We've got to find these scouts, get the CIA and shoot them."
February 7, 1985 |
Is it Muir and Hawthorne or Hawthorne and Muir? With the start of the CIF Southern Section track and field season still a few weeks away, many experts are already conceding the girls team title to one of them. The only question is which one. Muir Coach Jim Brownfield thinks the teams are so close that the CIF championship will be decided in the mile relay, the last running event.
March 19, 1992 |
He says these NFL meetings bore him, but Chuck Knox doesn't seem bored out here, chewing over old times, recalling faster times and plotting his fourth NFL reclamation project with his peers. He says all he does is sit around and wait while the powers that be debate the greater or smaller issues of our times, but the Rams' coach clearly is in his element, cavorting loudly with Jerry Glanville, deep in quiet talks with Art Shell or getting gently mocked by Al Davis.
June 14, 1985 |
On the first day of the Los Angeles Express, Tony Boddie's star shined brighter than Herschel Walker's. Much has transpired since then for Boddie and the Express, not much of it positive. But fate has put Boddie in a key role for what may the last Express home game Saturday at 5 p.m. against the Arizona Outlaws at Pierce College. Boddie will get his first start in two seasons because injuries to Kirby Warren and Mel Gray have left Boddie as the only healthy running back on the Express roster.
December 20, 1985 |
One day, Pat Roberts, a football coach at Grossmont High School, slammed off his film projector and screamed: "I need a new quarterback!" The more he thought about it, the more he carried on: "He's got to be big! He's got to have big hands! He's got to be able to throw deep! He's got to want to be a football player!" Soon, someone named Jeff Van Raaphorst came to mind. First, this Van Raaphorst kid had good breeding. His dad had played college and pro football.
October 16, 1995
KICKERS AND SNICKERS A handy guide to Sunday's kicking cavalcade: --Doug Brien, a second-year kicker, had a chance to salvage a victory for the 49ers against the Colts but missed a 46-yarder wide right, and the 49ers lost. Brien missed a 40-yard attempt that would have sent the game into overtime in the 49ers' Sept. 25 loss to the Detroit Lions. Brien survived that by out-kicking several others brought in to try out, including . . .
January 19, 2008 |
The words still grind away at Southern California football fans who remember Eric Dickerson high-stepping around would-be tacklers, Henry Ellard breaking free in the end zone and Jack Youngblood terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. They were uttered moments after the Rams won a Super Bowl representing a city far removed from Los Angeles and Anaheim, words that perfectly summarized Georgia Frontiere's relationship with Southland sports fans five years after she severed that relationship.
March 24, 1985 |
Before Coach John Hadl even had the chance to ask what else could go wrong Saturday night, it happened. It happened with 3:59 left in the third quarter. It happened at the worst possible moment, when Hadl's world and team, the Los Angeles Express, was busy falling apart. The Arizona Outlaws beat the Express, 27-13, before a crowd of 20,835 at Sun Devil Stadium. But never mind, for the time being, that the Express has never played worse.