March 3, 1996
Update: Since "Will L.A. Get the NFL Team It So Richly Deserves?" by T.J. Simers appeared Jan. 28, Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring announced plans to move his team here to play in the Rose Bowl. Behring first faces legal action with the city of Seattle, which wants him to honor the 10 years left on his Kingdome lease or sell the Seahawks to local investors. Meanwhile, the NFL has frowned on Behring's plan because of its own interest in dictating what happens in Los Angeles. If the NFL wants a Los Angeles franchise, the password should be expansion ("Will L.A. Get the NFL Team It So Richly Deserves?"
June 11, 1992 |
Once the news hit that Lyle Alzado was suffering from inoperable brain cancer, the rumors began. Splattered across tabloids and whispered in gyms was the theory that Alzado really had AIDS; that he hid behind a claim that he was suffering from brain cancer caused by anabolic steroids because it was viewed as a more macho way to die. That's how it went. In some circles, that's how it still goes.
June 11, 1992 |
Even as his body was lowered into the ground last month in a cemetery in Oregon, the question remained. What really killed Lyle Alzado? This was a guy who used to bench-press 650 pounds. A man whose presence was so big at Gold's Gym in Venice that his sea of admirers nearly parted when he walked in the door. Within a year, these same people saw Alzado reduced to half his size, lose his hair, his voice, his strength . . . his life. But during that time, he never lost his message.
May 19, 1992 |
Before he spoke at the U.S. Olympic Committee media seminar Thursday at Colorado Springs, Colo., Dr. Wade Exum, the USOC's drug control director, requested a moment of silence in honor of Lyle Alzado.
May 16, 1992 |
Lyle Alzado, one of football's most aggressive performers, was buried after a private graveside service in Portland, Ore. About 50 people, including Al Davis, owner and president of the Raiders, attended the service at a cemetery on a hillside above the Willamette River. Alzado, a two-time All-Pro defensive end who blamed prolonged use of steroids for his terminal brain cancer, died Thursday morning at his home in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. He was 43.
May 15, 1992 |
Lyle Alzado, a big, wild, talented, mean guy on the football field, whose intimidating style wreaked havoc on opponents and made him an NFL legend, died Thursday at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore., near Portland. He was 43. His wife, Kathy, was at his side. He had been undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer--he blamed his steroid use during and after his playing career for the illness--at the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.