Bite your lipBills coach Marv Levy, who has a master's...

Fumbles and follies

October 13, 1991|By Vito Stellino

Bite your lip

Bills coach Marv Levy, who has a master's degree from Harvard, may be the most educated coach in the NFL.

But he's not mild-mannered. He's noted for ranting and raving on the sidelines, and the TV cameras caught him mouthing an obvious obscenity at the officials during the Bills' 33-6 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

He said that when he got home early Tuesday morning, his wife was waiting for him. "I didn't know what I had done, but she said, 'You must be the easiest man in the world to lip-read.' "

Levy said he was angered because the officials wouldn't listen to him when the Bills lost 5 yards because of an error in spotting the ball.

"That's what I was so angry about -- that I couldn't get a hearing -- more than the mistake," he said.

Levy added a public apology.

"I want to apologize to anybody I offended," he said. "I'm not very proud of what I was seen doing. I'm embarrassed by it."

The league said it is reviewing the tapes to determine whether he'll be fined.

Whistling past the graveyard

GM Jimmy Irsay of the 0-6 Colts, is still upbeat.

Irsay told Sports Illustrated, "There's no doubt in my mind tha this team will be back and it will be back big. We'll win big."


Ending the hex

On the Friday before Tampa Bay's 14-13 victory over the Eagles on Sunday, a black-magic priest murmured prayers, sprinkled salt and blew smoke in a mystical ceremony outside Tampa Stadium to remove the losing hex from the Buccaneers.

"I felt bad evil spirits. There was a bad curse here, but I removed it," said self-described Santeria priest Frank Jerry.

E9 The Bucs can't lose today -- they have an open date.

Debating society

Dolphins QB Dan Marino and coach Don Shula shouted at each other on the sideline last Sunday during a victory over the Patriots. It started after the team took a delay-of-game penalty in a fourth-down situation because of a miscommunication.

"After the ballgame, everything was fine. During the ballgame, it was fine," Shula said with a smile. "It was just those few moments when it wasn't fine. Dan's a very emotional player. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, as I do." After New York Yankees manager Stump Merrill got fired, Ray Handley, rookie coach of the Giants who's been roasted by the tabloids, said: "Put Stump on the back page. Just keep me out of the headlines."

Food for thought

Cardinals No. 1 draft choice Eric Swann, who didn't play college football and spent last season with a now-defunct minor-league team, said as he prepared to make his debut today: "It's different in the NFL. We take the bus right to the plane and the training table is different."

How different?

"What training table? McDonald's, Hardee's, Denny's, Long John Silver's."

Father knows best

Seahawks QB Jeff Kemp on his talks with his father, Jack, a former pro quarterback who heads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: "He's a big encouragement. If I tell him to back off, he will. By the same token, I don't give him pointers on HUD policies."


In a week during which women in the workplace was the topic of much discussion, a young disc jockey in San Diego named Erin Garrett showed a surprising lack of taste.

She showed up at the Chargers' training camp and with the TV cameras rolling, she lifted her skirt and showed off a tattoo of the Chargers' helmet on her rear end. She said she did it on a bet after the Chargers beat the Raiders.

He left his game in San Francisco

Falcons CB Tim McKyer on his return to San Francisco for today's game against the 49ers: "Oh, I'm a marked man for sure. The fans, they might boo me, but I doubt it. The fans out there never really had a problem with Tim McKyer. The players? Hey, they'll be coming at me. Man, I'm already keyed up thinking about it."

Supreme concentration

Browns rookie coach Bill Belichick may be as intense about football as Joe Gibbs of the Redskins, who's not always aware of what's going on in the outside world.

When Belichick was asked whether he was aware of the delay in the vote on the nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas, he said Wednesday: "I was aware he was nominated. No, I didn't know how it came out."

Even Gibbs was aware there was a problem. "I knew there was something that jumped out at the last second. I thought they were voting Tuesday. Did they?" Gibbs said.

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