Serving the sentence
The Oilers, who felt that Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche ran up the score on them in a 61-7 rout last year, had trouble keeping from gloating when they beat the Bengals, 48-17, last week.
Center Jay Pennison of the Oilers said: "We don't want to brag yet. We have one game left with them this year [Dec. 23]. We win that and Sam's sentence will be paid in full."
Cowboys not cocky now
The Cowboys, who are 3-20 in their past 23 games and 4-30 in their past 34, usually find all kinds of ways to lose.
They found a new way last Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals. The Cowboys felt they lost because they were -- would you believe -- overconfident.
"We went in thinking if we could hit a few early, we could win this one by 25-30 points," coach Jimmy Johnson said.
Dallas lost, 20-3.
"That game destroyed any fear of overconfidence," Johnson said.
Bo knows wild boar
During his 10-day off-season between baseball and football, Bo Jackson went hunting for wild boar with a bow and arrow in Georgia.
"I got one, but I couldn't find it," Jackson said. "He went off with my arrow. And a swamp isn't the place you want to be at 9 at night."
A primer on sulking
Lee Williams of the Chargers, who led the AFC in sacks lasyear with 14, has gone three straight games without a sack and has only 3 this year. He says it's not his play, but the system -- he's playing inside in the 4-3 defense -- that's causing the problems.
"It stinks, basically," he said. "It makes me more frustrated than anything else, and it may lead to a little sulking and pouting. Ultimately, I am unhappy."
At most stadiums, the manager worries about incidents happening. At Washington's RFK Stadium last Sunday, the manager was part of one.
Jim Dalrymple, general manager of the stadium, was standing in the doorway of the elevator when he threw a cup of bourbon and water at Tony Kornheiser of The Washington Post after the men had been jawing over access to the elevator. Dalrymple said his wife hadn't been allowed off the elevator by a group of writers and Kornheiser pushed him before he threw the drink.
"It's very unfortunate," Dalrymple said. "Things happen. I was hot. It's been taken care of. Tony feels bad about it, and I feel bad about it."
How about picking the coach?
When a New Jersey legislator suggested passing a law banning reporters from locker rooms, coach Bill Parcells of the Giants said: "I mean, give me a break. Would he like to pick the starting quarterback, too? How about whether we call heads or tails at the coin tosses?"
Is the commissioner listening?
Jerry Glanville, former Oilers coach now with the Falcons, can't resist taking shots at Houston general manager Mike Holovak.
Saying how he much he enjoys working with Ken Herock of the Falcons, Glanville said: "I wouldn't be afraid to turn my back on the GM [Herock]. I know I wouldn't be bleeding to death. I would come out of there alive. I don't think I could go on explaining the other differences without hearing from the commissioner. I don't think I could tell all the honest facts. It's just a blessing to be here."
After calling coach Jack Pardee of the Oilers a jerk after the first game, Glanville was warned by commissioner Paul Tagliabue that he could be fined for taking more shots at people in the league.
Did he catch it bobsledding?
Herschel Walker of the Vikings, who tried out for the U.S. bobsled team in Lake Placid, N.Y., before Monday night's loss to the Eagles -- in which he gained 3 yards in 3 carries and fumbled twice -- said he wasn't at full strength for the game.
"A cold has been bothering me the last couple of days," he said.