Is there a doctor in the house?Kevin Fagan of the San...

Fumbles and follies

September 23, 1990|By Vito Stellino

Is there a doctor in the house?

Kevin Fagan of the San Francisco 49ers sliced his left thumb while cutting tape from his hands last week, prompting coach George Seifert to say: "Usually you send guys into the training room to get fixed. He got injured in the training room and had to be sent to the doctor to get stitched."

Let sleeping bears lie?

Jeff Fisher, the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles who played for Rams coach John Robinson in college, on the difference between Buddy Ryan and Robinson: "I don't know that Coach Robinson would ever put down an opponent. It's the old cliche: 'Don't wake the bear up if he's sleeping; let him sleep and sneak in there and surprise him.' On the contrary, Buddy is going to wake up the bear up; he's going to walk up and kick the bear and say, 'Hey, we're coming in.' "

Was it fun to be called a criminal?

Art Shell, coach of the Los Angeles Raiders, talking about how much fun it was playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s: "If you love the game of football, you had to enjoy playing in games like that. They were big games. They were fun games. I had a lot of fun playing against the Steelers. You're laughing, you're talking when you line up and try to knock each other's heads off. After the games, you're still friends."

Shell must have forgotten that after the 1976 regular-season opener, Pittsburgh coach Chuck Noll called the Raiders the "criminal element" of the NFL. George Atkinson of the Raiders then sued Noll, and the trial last two weeks before Noll was acquitted.

Forget the videotape

Coach Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins, preparing for his first game against the New York Giants since 1972, when his team went 17-0: "I don't think watching films of our last meeting will be too useful."

The teams were scheduled to meet in 1987, but the game was canceled because of the strike.

Don't hurt his feelings

After Rodney Peete of the Detroit Lions complained that it hurt his confidence when Bob Gagliano started to warm up on the sidelines, coach Wayne Fontes said, "I think I'll have him warm up in a tent."

Fontes said Peete has other worries.

"I don't think it's Rodney looking at Bob and Bob looking at Rodney. I think they're looking way back to see how fast that kid [Andre Ware] is coming along."

Is it reincarnation?

After defensive lineman Trace Armstrong of the Chicago Bears got two sacks and two forced fumbles while playing against Tony Mandarich of the Green Bay Packers, the Bears' Dan Hampton said, "I hate to say it, but he [Armstrong] reminds me of me 10 years ago."

Is this Rocky IV or V?

Marvin Hargrove of the Philadelphia Eagles, who asked Buddy Ryan for a tryout this summer, made it to camp, was cut, was re-signed and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass the first time he touched the ball last week, is being called a football Rocky Balboa.

"I hope I have as many sequels as Rocky," he said.

Did you get the license number?

Linebacker Brian Noble of the Green Bay Packers on trying to tackle Christian Okoye of the Kansas City Chiefs when he runs behind the Chiefs' line: "It's like trying to hold up a wall and having a diesel truck come up and slam behind it. By the time you get a 300-pound offensive lineman off you, you're got a 260-pound running back slamming into you."

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