August 30, 2001 |
The NFL's first job action in 14 years means replacement officials on the field for exhibition games and increased concerns about player safety. Just as in 1987, when the NFL used replacement players for three regular-season contests, the games will go on. Ten officials will work each game this weekend, beginning tonight. They will be rotated in and out, both to provide a break and determine who are the best.
August 17, 1997 |
Coley Kyman had waited four years for the phone call he received Thursday night. His dream of making a living playing beach volleyball hadn't quite expired, but the meter was running low. Dan Greenbaum, the captain of Team Paul Mitchell, needed a fourth player for this weekend's Bud Light Volleyball League tournament, and his team also needed a little inspiration, having failed to win a tournament this season after capturing the league title the previous year.
May 11, 1996
Further proof that sports is just the toy department of life. The toy department: In a lifetime spent rooting against the Dodgers, few players have irritated me more than Brett Butler. While I always admired his skills, his style of play can be maddening if you're pulling for the other team. And off the field, his brashness has led him to take public positions (on the replacement players, for example) that I find truly annoying. The life department: Yet within seconds after reading that Butler has cancer, I found myself one of his biggest supporters in the game of life.
February 19, 1996 |
For 43 springs he could be found in the clubhouses of old stadiums in Florida and Arizona. Now his home away from home is the clubhouse of Sunset Country Club near his Thousand Oaks home. Just one of the boys, telling fibs about that 12-foot putt on No. 17, says Sparky Anderson, who, for the first time since he came out of Dorsey High and signed with the Dodgers in 1953 as a middle infielder, isn't going to spring training.
January 31, 1996 |
Most of his "big-number guys," among the favorite phrases of Long Beach State baseball Coach Dave Snow, play for pay now. Newcomers might make Long Beach better defensively, but what about leadership? Big West Conference neighbor Cal State Fullerton--the 1995 College World Series champion--is still far ahead of the pack.
December 30, 1995
February 19 "We're not even replacement players, we're fill-ins. We do our job until they get their [stuff] together, then they take over." --Pete Kuld, 28, a former Chatsworth High catcher and replacement player for Cleveland Indians during the major league baseball players' strike.