It's 1 win Marino wishes he could recall

September 29, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

Dan Marino remembers the first 19 times he brought his team from behind to victory in the fourth quarter.

The Miami Dolphins quarterback is a little hazy, though, on what happened when he did it for the 20th time Sunday in a 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

That's because he suffered a concussion when he was hit by Rufus Porter four plays before throwing the winning touchdown pass, a 15-yard toss to Fred Banks. The doctors said he suffered from retrograde amnesia, which means he seems fine at first, but then has trouble recalling events in the recent past.

The doctors wouldn't let him be interviewed Sunday, but he said yesterday that he just felt a "little cloudy" after the hit.

"It was after the excitement of throwing the touchdown pass that I started to get a little worse. I just felt weird," Marino said.

When the doctors sent him to the locker room, he didn't know what he'd done. "Who won? I did what?" he asked.

He said he felt fine by the time the Dolphins left Seattle, and won't miss any practice time for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

It'll be one of two games on the schedule matching unbeaten teams. The other pits the Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Buffalo-Miami game will be a strange matchup. The Bills are averaging 38 points and have given up only 45 points in four games, 31 of those in a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, the Dolphins went six quarters at one stretch without a touchdown and have won two of their three games by a total of six points. They've also lost four straight and 10 of the past 11 to the Bills.

Maybe they'll be better off if Marino doesn't remember all those games.

Did someone say mistakes?

Here's how the New England Patriots explained their offensive woes in a 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday.

"Mistakes," said running back Leonard Russell.

"Mistakes," said quarterback Hugh Millen.

"Mistakes," said coach Dick MacPherson.

"Mistakes," said offensive coordinator Dick Coury.

Who's an underdog?

Jim Everett, the much-maligned quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams, wasn't happy about being a slight underdog against the 0-3 New York Jets on Sunday.

After the Rams scored an 18-10 upset, he said, "I'm tired of listening to those oddsmakers. I'm tired of listening to that [stuff]. We've got a pretty good football team. We've got a lot of young guys. There are still a lot of things we don't do right, but one thing we do do is come out and play hard. Those oddsmakers can shove it."

An apology after a win

After Jerry Rice was held to two catches for just five yards even though the San Francisco 49ers escaped with a 16-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Steve Young said, "An apology is in order."

The 49ers have won five of their past six in the Superdome -- by a total of 14 points.

The look

After Vinny Testaverde was intercepted three times by the Detroit Lions, he didn't get much sympathy from Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Sam Wyche.

"I kept going over and giving him that you've-got-no-sympathy-from-me-on-this-one look," Wyche said.

But Wyche stuck with Testaverde and he rallied the Bucs to a 27-23 victory over Detroit in the Silverdome.

"Sam could have pulled me at any time," Testaverde said. "I'm glad he believed in me. That right there helped my confidence."

The look 2

Bill Cowher has brought a different look to the PittsburgSteelers sidelines. He's much more animated and emotional than Chuck Noll was.

Cowher got to do a lot of cheering when the team got off to a 3-0 start, but he was even different after his first loss -- a 17-3 setback at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

They lost because one of their best players, Rod Woodson, made three critical errors. He gave up a 76-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Robert Books that was set up by a punt Woodson muffed.

Woodson said: "I wasn't rattled, I was just playing football and I wasn't playing well. I played immature. It was like a nightmare. It was the worst game a defensive back could want to have."

Meanwhile, Cowher was supportive. Noll, by contrast, rarely praised his players after a victory. After saying cornerbacks need a "short memory" so they can bounce back," Cowher said: "I think Rod will be fine. . . . There's no question in my mind he'll be back. He's a great football player."

Boom . . . boom . . . boom

Boomer Esiason of the Cincinnati Bengals threw five passes that were caught by Tim McGee and three each caught by Harold Green and Todd Scott on Sunday.

The only problem is that Scott plays for the Minnesota Vikings. Scott was the first Viking to intercept three passes in a game in 10 years as the Vikings romped, 42-7.

Esiason, who had a total of four passes intercepted before being yanked, didn't seem clear on what happened.

"There were so many I'm trying to forget," he said.

How long is that tunnel?

Coach Bobby Ross of the San Diego Chargers said Thursday when his 0-3 team was preparing to play the Houston Oilers, "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

After the Chargers were blanked by the Oilers, 27-0, Sunday, Ross said, "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

A no-money-back guarantee

Former Oilers wide receiver Shawn Jefferson guaranteed the San Diego Chargers would beat the Oilers on Sunday, prompting, Oilers defensive end Sean Jones to say after his team's 27-0 victory, "I know Joe Namath, and Shawn Jefferson is no Joe Namath."

By the numbers

The Detroit Lions had won 11 straight home games, 12 straight indoors and 13 straight on artificial turf. All three streaks were ended by Tampa Bay, whose string of 15 straight road losses was broken.

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