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Fumbles and follies

October 20, 1991|By Vito Stellino

If you can back it up, it ain't bragging

In an interview with ESPN last week, Falcons CB Tim McKyer predicted what he would do in his team's game against his former team, the 49ers: "Tim McKyer, late in the game, we're behind by 3 points, they're picking on me all day, Rice beat me for a touchdown. I picked this one off. I'm high-stepping down the sideline. I do the Deion Sanders high-step and we're in the end zone working it."

Rice did beat McKyer for a touchdown, but McKyer picked off 2 passes in the last 3 minutes and lateraled 1 of them to Sanders to preserve a 39-34 victory.

He wasn't right about everything. The Falcons weren't 3 points down and he didn't make the end zone, but he was close enough.

The last word to McKyer

The 49ers weren't amused with McKyer. Owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. said he'd rather lose without McKyer than win with him, and Rice told a reporter after the game, "Get out of my face or I'll kill you."

McKyer on DeBartolo: "Be honest with you, you think he meant it? I don't. It was just his disgust and frustration."

McKyer on Rice: "Jerry Rice is supposed to be a future Hall of Famer, a future great, but he acted like a kid. He's not going to give me the respect I deserve. He was cussing at reporters, telling them to get out of his face before he kills them. Silly stuff. Like he wasn't man enough to stand up and give me the credit I deserve. I gave him his. I can't deny he's a great receiver. I'd be a fool. But as far as respect, he don't get mine."

Earth to Gibbs

When Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was asked Friday for his pick in the World Series, he said, "Who's playing?"

Gibbs added: "Let's see, did Pittsburgh make it? Who beat them, Minnesota? Well, I just don't know."

Do you think we should tell him that Pittsburgh is in the National League and Minnesota is in the American League?

A double standard

Juan Williams, a writer for The Washington Post, was the center of a controversy last week after he wrote a much-quoted column defending Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas while he was being accused of sexual harassment by some women at his newspaper.

Four years ago, Williams wrote 2 columns praising Doug Williams for smashing the stereotype that black quarterbacks couldn't win a Super Bowl. In the process, he twice referred to "not-so-smart Terry Bradshaw."

He didn't seem to realize that while he was complaining about the stereotyping of a black quarterback from Louisiana, he was stereotyping a white quarterback from Louisiana.

Bradshaw spent much of his career overcoming a reputation of being dumb and even joked at his Hall of Fame induction about flunking the ACT test. Now his folksy ways are a big hit on the CBS pregame show.

A long wait

After the Saints accused Andre Waters of the Eagles of punching Eric Martin after the game last week, general manager Jim Finks of the Saints said, "Everybody is waiting for the commissioner to do something."

Although there were several witnesses to the incident, the NFL said it couldn't find any film of it because the game had ended. There was no indication that commissioner Paul Tagliabue was going to do anything about it.

Tagliabue isn't noted for taking quick action. Remember Terry Long, the Pittsburgh offensive lineman who tried to commit suicide after apparently flunking a steroids test? Long had a hearing in September, and the league has neither suspended him nor indicated that it won't.

No boom from Boomer

Boomer Esiason, normally the most quotable of players, has stopped talking during the week about the winless Bengals.

?3 "I'm sick and tired of analyzing it," he said.

Bragging rights

The game between the Raiders and the Rams is supposed to be for bragging rights in Los Angeles, but the Raiders don't agree the Rams are an L.A. team because they play in Orange County.

"It's our town. They left, and we're not giving it back to them," Bob Golic said.

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