Do you want fries with that win?Chargers RB Rod Bernstine...

Fumbles and follies

October 06, 1991|By Vito Stellino

Do you want fries with that win?

Chargers RB Rod Bernstine worked for 90 minutes in a McDonald's last week after losing a bet with a San Diego radio station on his team's game Sunday.

Bernstine, who said he'd like to own a franchise someday, worked at the register and at the drive-through window.

"I asked them what they wanted and they'd say a win. I said, 'Could I take your order, please?' and they'd say, 'Yeah, we'd like a win.' "

% The Chargers are 0-5.

Zebra baiting

Not since Joe Greene of the Steelers was fined in 1977 for

threatening to punch an official has a player ripped the officials the way LB Broderick Thomas of the Buccaneers did Sunday.

Thomas said: "It looks like someone is paying them off or $H something. Those [jerks] are bustin' on us. We play against 11 on the field at a time, and then we get bad calls every single week. I'm asking these guys, 'What are you seeing?' They act like they don't have a boss. Somebody's not evaluating these guys . . . . "

Thomas, though, apparently won't be fined for his remarks. Paul Tagliabue seems to run a kindler, gentler commissioner's office than Pete Rozelle did. A league spokesman said Thomas said those things "in the heat of the moment."

On second thought

A week ago, Jets coach Bruce Coslet was bashed for not falling on the ball and then punting in the final 2 minutes of regulation.

Instead, he tried to run, and Blair Thomas fumbled against the Bears, and the Jets lost in overtime. Coslet defended the move by saying it was more dangerous to punt.

"Anything can happen when you punt," he said.

The Dolphins proved him right last week. They got the ball with 38 seconds left in the first half, trailing by 14-10. They threw 3 straight incomplete passes and punted.

Chris Burkett of the Jets blocked the punt and ran it back 11 yards for a touchdown and the Jets won, 41-23. It was the first punt blocked in the NFL this year.

Feuding QBs

When Chris Chandler of the Buccaneers was benched after 1 start and Vinny Testaverde returned to the lineup last week, Chandler didn't return quietly to the bench.

"It's upsetting," he said. "I've always played better [than Testaverde], given the same situations."

Chandler said he's tougher, too. "I know I'll get up more times than he will," he said.

Testaverde said, "I'm not going to say anything negative about ++ Chris and lower myself."

Coach Richard Williamson said, "I would hope as we play this game that all 47 guys are supporting all 47 people."

?3 Just another day at the office for an 0-5 team.

A fan on the IR list

Mary Eloise Adkinson, 96, of Gulfport, La., should have made the Saints' injury list last week. She was watching the Saints on television when she got up from her seat, tripped over a box and broke her hip. She lay for 6 hours before a neighbor heard her call for help.

A paramedic assured Adkinson the Saints had won the game and rushed her to a hospital.

Once the Saints heard about it, they sent a black-and-gold flower arrangement and a card.

"Those flowers made her whole week," physical therapist Karen Garrett said.

Remembering Buddy

Bears coach Mike Ditka said there's nothing personal at stake for him today when he tries to keep coach Joe Gibbs of the Redskins from becoming the first coach to beat him 3 times.

"I'd love to win for the sake of the Bears. It's never personal. It was only personal 1 time," he said.

He was referring to the time in 1986 when Buddy Ryan brought the Eagles to Soldier Field for the first time after leaving Ditka's staff. Ditka's team won, 13-10, and he never lost to Ryan in 4 games.

It's called not getting a paycheck

The Patriots (2-3) have cut at least 1 player after each loss.

QB Hugh Millen said, "It's called accountability."

A5 WR Irving Fryar said, "It's called unemployment."

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