January 2, 1991 |
This is the winter of the backup quarterback. From coast to coast, as the NFL's 71st regular season wound down over the weekend, more than the usual number of No. 1 quarterbacks were on the bench, and more backups were making winning plays. And no one was more surprised than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
November 29, 1987 |
GAME OF THE DAY Cleveland (7-3) at San Francisco (8-2), 5 p.m. TV: ESPN. In a season searching for superpowers comes this week's possible Super Bowl preview. By destroying the Oilers last week, the Browns asserted some command of the AFC Central, although Coach Marty Schottenheimer insists: "We are not elite. We haven't accomplished anything yet." Tell it to the statisticians.
August 5, 2011 |
It isn't Shannon Sharpe striking an Incredible Hulk pose after scoring a touchdown. Not Marshall Faulk picking up an exhausted teammate and dragging him to the line of scrimmage to keep a two-minute drill going. Not Deion Sanders high-stepping into the end zone, or Richard Dent crushing another quarterback. The true human highlight film in this Pro Football Hall of Fame class is 94-year-old Ed Sabol, the onetime overcoat salesman who shaped the NFL as we know it. Sabol, who founded NFL Films and forever changed the way the world watches football, will complete his decades-overdue journey to Canton on Saturday, when he'll be inducted with a class that includes Sharpe, Faulk, Sanders, Dent, Chris Hanburger and the late Les Richter.
August 3, 1989 |
Dotted lines are being signed on contracts as pro football training camps get into full swing. Green Bay Packers linebacker Tim Harris signed a two-year contract worth $1.185 million and ended his 11-day holdout today. Harris, the Packers' leader in sacks the last three seasons, called a press conference today to announce his signing. The Packers do not announce the signing of veteran players. He was to participate in his first practice this afternoon.
July 21, 1989 |
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.
July 30, 1998 |
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.
March 24, 1991 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.