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July 21, 1989 | BOB OATES, Times Staff Writer
For soccer, rugby and other European games, with crowds of 60,000 and up packing London's Wembley Stadium, most fans wedge into the standing-room-only areas. They stand from beginning to end. That is the nature of spectator sports over there. But it isn't an American tradition, and so standing won't be allowed--except when the action brings the fans out of their seats--when the National Football League's new international league cranks up next spring. Tex Schramm so indicated this week.
Even though it seems way too hot to even think about pigskins, the pro football season is upon us once again. ESPN2 offers coverage of the "Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction" from Canton, Ohio, on Saturday at 9 a.m. Safety Paul Krause, wide receiver Tommy McDonald, tackle Anthony Munoz, linebacker Mike Singletary and center Dwight Stephenson will be entering the hallowed hall. Following at 4 p.m.
Jack Bicknell isn't quite sure when he knew he was in for an unusual experience. He does know exactly when he wished he'd taken high school Spanish. It was when the ambulance came into Spain's Montjuic Stadium with lights flashing and siren wailing. Bicknell, coach of the Barcelona Dragons of the new World League of American Football, put his hand to his forehead. "Ay, caramba!" All Bicknell had asked for was a golf cart to transport an offensive lineman with a sprained ankle to the locker room.
March 14, 1985 | Bob Oates
The Raiders and Rams are having an argument over whose owner is responsible for their inability to get together for an exhibition game. A spokesman for the Raiders' Al Davis said the other day: "We can't get the Rams to play us." But here Wednesday, Georgia Frontiere, the Rams' owner, said: "That isn't correct. We've been trying for some time to arrange a preseason game with the Raiders." Davis, also here for the National Football League's annual meeting, declined comment.
October 22, 1991 | BOB OATES
With matching seven-game winning streaks, the NFL's only two undefeated teams, the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints, are still far in front in the race for the Super Bowl. But as members of the same conference, the NFC, they are on different tacks. They are on course to meet not in the Super Bowl but in the playoffs. What can sports fans expect then? --Buttressed by the home-field advantage, the Redskins would probably win in Washington.
March 25, 1989 | Bob Oates
Three items that weren't on the agenda--expansion, realignment and revenue sharing--dominated much of the informal discussion this week at the National Football League's winter meetings in Palm Desert. The league needs 30 teams instead of the present 28, some club owners reasoned, and the teams should be regrouped into six geographically logical divisions. It won't happen this year, but both should be done in the early 1990s, Art Modell, president of the Cleveland Browns, said.
December 15, 1996 | Bob Oates
One thing to admire about the NFL's 30 club owners these days--regardless of what you think of them personally--is their consistency. Although they have the authority to eliminate late hits on quarterbacks, they consistently refuse to do it. Pointedly, in the same stadiums where blitzing defensive players have already knocked out half a dozen quarterbacks this season--for a game or two, or longer--NFL leaders proudly fly their new banner: Feel the Power.
October 6, 1992 | BOB OATES
In the first five minutes here Sunday, the Washington Redskins twice threw to Art Monk, their 34-year-old wide receiver. The first was a bit over his head. When the second connected, Monk had caught passes in 136 consecutive games, moving a step closer to the only NFL players ahead of him, Ozzie Newsome at 150 and Steve Largent at 177. Are records important? The Redskins think so.
November 26, 1991 | BOB OATES
Tim Brown, the Raiders' No. 1 draft choice in their big 1988 haul, ranks about 40th in minutes played this year for a division leader. But as a key-play contributor, he's in the club's top five. When coming in as the third wide receiver, Brown, more often than not, has been the go-to receiver. And in Cincinnati Sunday, his 75-yard punt return was the gem that broke the game open.
September 7, 1988 | Bob Oates
This is starting out as a dangerous year to make a living as a pro football passer or receiver. Some National Football League game officials seem to be leaning toward a philosophy of anything goes. Or so it looked in some of Sunday's games and especially Monday night, during the defensive attacks on quarterbacks Phil Simms of the New York Giants and Doug Williams of Washington and, particularly, on Williams' receivers.
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