Ditka loses his cool, gets hot at reporter
He promised last week not to lose his temper, no matter what the outcome. And when the Chicago Bears lost to the Washington Redskins, 10-9, coach Mike Ditka was cool, calm and collected.
That was Sunday, though.
Yesterday, Ditka got into a heated exchange with a reporter, broke off his weekly news conference and stomped out of the room.
The outburst was triggered when Red Mottlow of Chicago's WFYR radio asked Ditka about the Bears' disappointing offensive showing against the Redskins.
"What's wrong?" Mottlow asked.
Ditka replied: "They got a pretty good defense, Red, and they stopped us! Why don't you talk about how good they played instead of our problems?"
Ditka, who had a heart attack two years ago, then swore and told Mottlow, "You're a joke."
After somebody else asked a question, Ditka said: "You want to get answers to what you need, get them from Red Mottlow. He's the expert on everything."
Then -- 6 1/2 minutes into the meeting with the media -- the coach took off his clip-on microphone and hurried out of the conference room in the basement of Halas Hall, shouting behind him, "I always try to appease a jerk."
* The Justice Department, supporting pro football players in a legal fight for free agency, has recommended that the Supreme Court hear the appeal of players who are suing the National Football League.
The NFL Players Association called the advice from the government's top lawyer a victory in the courtroom battle it has ++ waged with the league since the players' unsuccessful strike in 1987.
In his recommendation to the Supreme Court, solicitor general ,, Kenneth Starr said a lower court had gone too far in ruling that the NFL was exempt from antitrust laws indefinitely after an impasse in collective bargaining talks.
* Doctors treating New York Giants coach Bill Parcells for a kidney stone lessened the pain by pushing the stone back into his kidney in a non-surgical procedure, his doctor said.
The cystoscopy was performed Sunday night at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital, and Parcells was released at 11 a.m. yesterday, said Dr. Arthur Ginsburg, the urologist treating the coach. Parcells is scheduled to go to the New Jersey Kidney Stone Treatment Center in New Brunswick today for lithotripsy, a shock-wave treatment that pulverizes the stone, Ginsburg said.
* Cincinnati Bengals founder Paul Brown, 82, recovering from a blood clot in his leg that forced him to be hospitalized during the weekend, should be able to go home today, the team's doctor said.
Steroid use among college athletes is higher than previously estimated, and perhaps as high as 29 percent among football players, according to researchers who asked universities to estimate use among opponents.
Charles Yesalis, a professor in Penn State's college of health and human development, said his study sets an "upper limit" of actual anabolic steroid use among college athletes, whereas a National Collegiate Athletic Association study last year set the lower limit.
Yesalis said the study illustrates a problem that is bigger than estimated earlier. A 1989 NCAA study based on self-reporting estimated steroid use at less than 5 percent. However, a researcher for the 1989 study pointed out that it asked only about steroid use in the past year. The new study asked if there was ever any steroid use.
Bob Sutton, Army's defensive coordinator for the past eight years, has signed a multiyear contract as head coach. Sutton succeeds Jim Young (51-39-1), who announced in August that he was retiring after this season. At that time, Sutton was named Young's replacement. Terms of Sutton's contract were not disclosed.
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, whose career was ended in 1989 by cancer, will travel to New York for an examination by Dr. Murray Brennan at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Clinic on Friday. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Dravecky, 34, who overcame cancer to pitch again, may be forced to undergo amputation of his left arm because of a recurrence of a cancerous tumor.
Honolulu became the first city to formally bid for games during the 1994 World Cup when it sent the organizing committee a $60,000 check with an application for three first-round matches. The bid asked for three first-round games for Aloha Stadium, which seats 50,000 for football. It also asks to be awarded the World Cup qualifying draw, set for December 1991.
Bits and pieces
Andrew Glassmyer, 13, and James Barr, 12, of the Loch Raven Boxing Club won titles in the 75- and 80-pound classes, respectively, last weekend at the National Platinum Gloves tournament in Cincinnati. . . . The Shakedowns under-14 girls soccer team of Perry Hall recently completed a 48-2-1 season, which included victories in seven tournaments. . . . Towson State has named Jay Stanley, a professor in its college of liberal arts, as NCAA faculty representative.