January 23, 1987 |
You might vote for Tunney against Dempsey in the first fight, Donerail in the 1913 Kentucky Derby, or the Miracle Braves in the 1914 World Series, but the longest shot I ever saw in sports was Roger Staubach at the Dallas Cowboys' 1969 training camp. Staubach had been a Heisman Trophy winner but he had not played a competitive game of football in four years. He'd been in the Navy, and all he had to do to get to be the Cowboys' quarterback was beat out Don Meredith, Craig Morton and Jerry Rhome.
January 26, 1987
Sharp-eyed television viewers who thought they saw Phil McConkey, the New York Giants' wide receiver-punt returner, with a pistol as the teams left the field Sunday after the Super Bowl game, saw precisely that. McConkey was seen, briefly, handing the gun to a National Football League security guard. It had been dropped by a Pasadena policeman. "At the end of the game, one of our officers was struggling with an individual who had jumped out onto the field," said Sgt.
September 14, 1987 |
The Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, winners of the last two Super Bowls, meet tonight in a game whose significance both teams downplay (Channels 7 and 10, 6 p.m., PDT). "It's one game and it's not life and death if we lose it," says Giant wide receiver Phil McConkey. "It's going to be a great test, a great game, but it is only one game." Mike Tomczak, the Bears' starting quarterback, says: "It's just one of 16 pivotal games for us.
August 15, 1988
Thirteen years ago today, relations between umpire Ron Luciano and Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver, never the best to begin with, reached unprecedented depths. Setting a record that can't be broken, Luciano threw him out in both games of a doubleheader. Here's how they regarded each other: Luciano: "I hate Earl Weaver with a passion. I met Weaver in my second year in baseball. I threw him out that first night and three nights after that. Our relationship has gone downhill ever since.
November 19, 1998 |
What: "Anchors Aweigh for Honor & Glory: The History of Navy Football" Where: Channel 2 When: Sunday, 1:35 a.m. TV Guide, calling this a great show, says it's one VCRs were made for. But that is still no reason for Channel 2 to put it on at such an ungodly hour. CBS stations in the rest of the country will use it as a lead-in for Saturday college football. But not KCBS.