Party etiquetteSan Francisco coach George Seifert had...


October 10, 1994

Party etiquette

San Francisco coach George Seifert had several choice words for running backs William Floyd and Ricky Watters after the two celebrated the 49ers' first touchdown with a bit that included mixing it up with Lions fans in the north end zone. The score cut Detroit's lead to 14-7.

"There's a time and a place to celebrate," Seifert said. "They're both very emotional players, but there's a line. . . . They need to be in emotional harmony with the rest of the team."

Floyd, who scored his first NFL touchdown on the play, said his excitement overwhelmed him and added: "I wasn't taunting the fans. That's just the way I play, so I hope it won't be a problem."

Watters was far less conciliatory.

"Gotta loosen up," he said of Seifert. "I mean, we were down 14-0, getting our butts kicked. We were happy to get in the end zone and, you know, emotions will come out."

Honor roll

The Dallas Cowboys know how to throw a party.

At halftime, Tony Dorsett and former Maryland star Randy White were unveiled on the Ring of Honor, which adorns the space between the two levels of luxury suites.

After halftime, the Cowboys finished their 38-3 humil- iation of Buddy Ryan's Arizona Cardinals.

Dorsett and White, who played during the 1970s and 1980s, join eight others honored in a ceremony akin to canonization.

Others listed on the blue ledge are Mel Renfro, Chuck Howley, Don Meredith, Bob Lilly, Don Perkins, Roger Staubach, Lee Roy Jordan and Tom Landry.

For all Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula's accomplishments -- most victories ever, Perfect Season, two Super Bowl titles -- Buffalo remains the nemesis dogging his twilight. He is 5-14 all-time against Bills coach Marv Levy after yesterday's 21-11 loss.

Hoge's season in doubt

Chicago Bears fullback Merril Hoge's availability for the remainder of the season is unknown because he continues to feel the aftereffects of two concussions suffered in six weeks, including one last week against the Bills.

Trainer Fred Caito says Hoge's symptoms must subside and further medical testing be conducted before a decision is made on his future.

Hoge had played in 112 straight regular-season games.

Lighter Ironhead still a load

A trimmed-down Craig "Ironhead" Heyward gave the Atlanta Falcons coaches just what they expected when he went into the starting lineup for the first time this season.

"He's a load in there," coach June Jones said after Heyward pounded out 87 yards and two touchdowns on short runs in a 34-13 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Heyward, who weighed 328 pounds last year and was fighting a drinking problem, has quit using alcohol and dropped to 265 pounds.

Learning experience

When Tampa Bay quarterback Craig Erickson started slowly against Atlanta, rookie Trent Dilfer made his second appearance of the season. It's one he'd like to forget.

Twice he failed to call audibles at the line to pick up Atlanta's oncoming blitz, and he paid heavily. The Falcons intercepted him three times in one 2:04 stretch, leading to 10 points.

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