When the NFL Players Association ended its last strike Oct. 15, 1987, by sending its players back to work without a contract and filing a free agency lawsuit, Pete Rozelle was commissioner, Tom Landry and Chuck Noll were still prowling the sidelines and Paul Tagliabue was an obscure lawyer.
It remains to be seen if that's enough to save the league.
Fore!: Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien hopes to stick to the fairways in the Kemper Open this week. The golf tournament gave him a spot to capitalize on his popularity in Washington.
Rypien, though, seems to be hitting the rough in his negotiations with the Redskins. He's far apart in the talks and is trying to use the Canadian Football League as leverage, but that's not likely to work with owner Jack Kent Cooke.