Same, old Raiders
Raiders defensive linemen Chester McGlockton and Aundray Bruce were ejected yesterday for fighting. "One of them gave me a right cross in the chin," Seattle quarterback Rick Mirer said. "That is not the way we play. But two of them got kicked out, so who won?"
Vikings offensive lineman John Gerak was fined $7,500 last week for chop-blocking the Packers' Reggie White, and he's likely to get hit again. Gerak was penalized for doing the same to the Lions' Tracy Scroggins in the fourth quarter yesterday.
"I'm going to need a food drive," Gerak said.
Vikings coach Dennis Green probably won't be contributing.
"Those are crucial penalties," Green said. "He's hurting us."
Scratch that one
During the third quarter, the Falcons tried a gadget play that turned out as if it had been executed by renowned cartoon character Inspector Gadget.
On the Rams' 2, the Falcons inserted rookie receiver Bert Emanuel at quarterback and sent quarterback Jeff George to a receiving spot. Emanuel, a quarterback at Rice, executed an option, scrambled and finally tossed a pass that Roman Phifer picked off in the end zone.
Former Vikings coach Bud Grant received his Hall of Fame ring at halftime of yesterday's game in Minnesota. Grant, who reached the Super Bowl four times during his 18 seasons as coach, was enshrined in July. Grant, an avid outdoorsman, gave a brief speech, during which he implored all Minnesotans to maintain the state's environment and natural habitat. He did not, however, ask the Vikings to change their color from purple to green or to replace the Metrodome AstroTurf with grass.
The Buccaneers yesterday drew 36,631, their smallest crowd for a home opener. Attendance at Saturday's Baltimore CFLs game at Memorial Stadium was 42,116.
Attention: Baltimore, Part II
If you're wondering whether Baltimore should build a domed stadium should the Rams move here, there is this note: The Rams have a 20-17 overall record in indoor stadiums.
Big Daddy Watch
Bengals defensive tackle Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, the NFL's No. 1 draft pick, had two tackles but no sacks against the Chargers.
When the Oilers passed incomplete on third-and-one from their 9 in the second quarter, the questionable strategy was because of technical difficulties. Houston coach Jack Pardee said problems with the quarterback's radio helmet caused a mix-up. "We thought it was first down," Pardee said. "That was a big mistake on me."
Anybody see Scott?
Raiders starting defensive end Scott Davis was inactive yesterday. He also was absent. Davis hasn't been with the team since Tuesday, when he got into a fight with teammate Greg Biekert, a linebacker. Davis has been in contact with coach Art Shell, citing "personal problems" as the reason for his absence. Davis, 29, returned to the Raiders this summer after retiring suddenly two years ago.