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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,SUN REPORTER | July 31, 2007
Calmly standing on the sideline exuding a seemingly unshakable confidence, silver-haired San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh - who died yesterday of leukemia at the age of 75 - became as much a superstar as any of the glittering names who played for him on three Super Bowl championship teams. Mention of the 49ers dynasty, with rosters that included Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark, is likely to come around to a discussion of Walsh as a football genius.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Yesterday, in reviewing Bill Walsh's Yes, I Could Care Less , I remarked that Mr. Walsh's describing himself as a stickler was not the happiest choice of terms. In fact, when I checked the Visual Thesaurus today, the most immediate synonyms offered were martinet , moralist , and disciplinarian , to which it might not be a great leap to reach pedant . We who labor humbly to correct the faults of our fellows have learned not to expect admiration, or, for that matter, gratitude.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | July 31, 2007
Brian Billick's mind was on what the Ravens were trying to accomplish in their afternoon practice yesterday at McDaniel College. His heart, and his prayers, were with his mentor, Bill Walsh, who had died earlier in the day after succumbing to leukemia. That Walsh's death came on the first day of training camp for Billick's team wasn't lost on the Ravens coach. "We occasionally get these reminders about priorities," Billick said. "All the things that we think are important and spend so much emotional energy worrying about, and then you realize what's really important.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
When I got my reviewer's copy of Bill Walsh's new book, Yes I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (St. Martin's Griffin, 256 pages, $14.99), the book fell open to this passage: "You're free to talk back to your usage guides. (Funny--people don't seem to have any reservations about telling me I'm nuts about hyphenated modifiers, or. ... " I immediately recollected a spirited exchange over hyphenated modifiers (you know how copy editors get)
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December 31, 1990
A report in the New York Daily News says Bill Walsh will not return to NBC's NFL broadcast booth next season.Whether Walsh, whose two-year deal with NBC Sports expires at the end of this season, is offered a new coaching gig or a new deal, it won't matter."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | May 27, 1992
Linebacker Matt Millen, who was known as well for his wry wit off the field as he was for his hard hits on the field, ended his 12-year NFL career yesterday when he accepted a job as a CBS-TV analyst this fall."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 1, 1993
MIAMI -- One day after Bill Walsh was appointed Stanford coach last January, he was prowling the suburbs of Bakersfield, Calif., on a recruiting mission.Teams: No. 21 Penn State (7-4) vs. No. 13 Stanford (9-3)When: Today, 1:30 p.m.Where: Joe Robbie Stadium, MiamiTV: Channels 11, 9Coaches: Penn State, Joe Paterno; Stanford, Bill WalshPenn State's key players: QB Kerry Collins (64 of 137 passes for 925 yards, four TDs) will start in place of injured John Sacca. RB Richie Anderson (900 yards on 195 carries, 18 TDs)
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By T.J. Simers and T.J. Simers,Los Angeles Times | December 23, 1991
SAN DIEGO -- It was on Bobby Beathard's recommendation that Steve Ortmayer hired Dan Henning three years ago as the San Diego Chargers' eighth head coach.Beathard, who has fired (Jack Pardee) and hired (Joe Gibbs) only one head coach in his 29 years in the National Football League, will pick the Chargers' next head coach, if as expected, Henning's tenure comes to an end later today."It's Bobby's decision all the way," said a source within the organization. "Mr. [Alex] Spanos is being very good about this.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | May 27, 1992
Washington Redskins linebacker Matt Millen, who was known as well for his wry wit off the field as he was for his hard hits on it, ended his 12-year NFL career yesterday when he accepted a job as a CBS-TV analyst this fall."
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By Knight-Ridder | January 17, 1992
Bill Walsh will return as Stanford's head football coach for a salary much higher than he and university officials have indicated, the San Jose Mercury News reported today.In addition to the $350,000 base salary and incentives Walsh will receive from Stanford, boosters will augment that figure by $500,000 a year over the five-year term of the contract, sources inside and outside the university told the newspaper.When addressing his contract at the news conference yesterday afternoon to announce his hiring, Walsh, 60, said: "There is substantial difference in the salary I would have received from [San Francisco 49ers owner]
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | July 31, 2007
Brian Billick's mind was on what the Ravens were trying to accomplish in their afternoon practice yesterday at McDaniel College. His heart, and his prayers, were with his mentor, Bill Walsh, who had died earlier in the day after succumbing to leukemia. That Walsh's death came on the first day of training camp for Billick's team wasn't lost on the Ravens coach. "We occasionally get these reminders about priorities," Billick said. "All the things that we think are important and spend so much emotional energy worrying about, and then you realize what's really important.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,SUN REPORTER | July 31, 2007
Calmly standing on the sideline exuding a seemingly unshakable confidence, silver-haired San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh - who died yesterday of leukemia at the age of 75 - became as much a superstar as any of the glittering names who played for him on three Super Bowl championship teams. Mention of the 49ers dynasty, with rosters that included Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark, is likely to come around to a discussion of Walsh as a football genius.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2001
There were a couple of drops, a couple of missed connections. Other than a 56-yard completion when Pro Bowl safety Blaine Bishop lost track of Shannon Sharpe, Trent Dilfer had little success downfield when he attempted to make the Tennessee Titans pay for their pressure Sunday. "There were some opportunities to hit some players," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "There was a lot of pressure. It's kind of a hit-or-miss thing against that defense. It can be big play, big play, or it can be miss, miss.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | November 21, 1999
The two enduring images from the Ravens' loss to Jacksonville last Sunday were of Brian Billick screaming at Jermaine Lewis on the sidelines, and Billick seething about Lewis in his post-game news conference.Had the frustration of losing gotten to Billick? Was his relationship with Lewis reaching the point of no return? Why was he picking on a player who had been so productive for the Ravens the previous three seasons?Reasonable questions, considering the intensity of Billick's reactions.
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By VITO STELLINO | November 29, 1996
1. San Francisco: Bill Walsh is getting involved.2. Denver: Will they work on the tip drill this week?3. Dallas: Emmitt Smith isn't what he once was.4. Green Bay: Is the tundra frozen yet?5. Pittsburgh: Jerome Bettis can't wait to run against the Ravens.6. Buffalo: The ageless ones keep on winning.7. Washington: Booing Heath Shuler was really tacky.8. New England: Tough test coming up at San Diego.9. Miami: Dan Marino didn't make the big play Monday.10. Kansas City: Chiefs don't have a reliable quarterback.
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By Frank Luksa and Frank Luksa,Dallas Morning News | January 31, 1995
MIAMI -- Based on uniform results from the last 11 Super Bowls, the AFC has assumed a distinct identity. It's the professional version of teams the Southwest Conference keeps sending to the Cotton Bowl.The AFC has won all but 13 of the last 14 Super Bowls and not lost any of them to the NFC by more than 45 points. Imminent minds have gathered to study the phenomenon in which AFC teams are unable to beat anything in Super Bowls except hasty retreat.Most recent reversal on Sunday: San Francisco 49, San Diego 26.NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue insists an 11-game winning streak by the NFC is an ordinary cycle.
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By VITO STELLINO | November 29, 1996
1. San Francisco: Bill Walsh is getting involved.2. Denver: Will they work on the tip drill this week?3. Dallas: Emmitt Smith isn't what he once was.4. Green Bay: Is the tundra frozen yet?5. Pittsburgh: Jerome Bettis can't wait to run against the Ravens.6. Buffalo: The ageless ones keep on winning.7. Washington: Booing Heath Shuler was really tacky.8. New England: Tough test coming up at San Diego.9. Miami: Dan Marino didn't make the big play Monday.10. Kansas City: Chiefs don't have a reliable quarterback.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | May 26, 1993
Joe Gibbs became the latest member of the NBC-TV Rent-A-Coach club yesterday.The former Washington Redskins coach signed on with the network to work a limited schedule of 11 games as an analyst so he'll be free to watch his son, Coy, play at Stanford. He'll also do pre-game shows in the playoffs and at the Super Bowl.Gibbs is the second coach the network has hired this year. The first was colorful Mike Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach."The only thing that ticks me off is that he got all the money," Gibbs said jokingly.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | January 28, 1995
MIAMI -- They were born a quarter-century apart and they work different jobs, but they find themselves in identical circumstances today.They are at the peak of their powers and their professions, yet they can't escape the shadows that haunt them.George Seifert and Steve Young. One coach, one quarterback. Two men running. Fast. Running toward the high places in pro football history that they have earned.But still not outrunning the shadows that linger over them, casting all that they do in a darker light.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 8, 1993
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Being Don Shula wasn't much fun yesterday. His Hall of Fame quarterback was wearing a warm-up suit and a cast on his leg. His young quarterback was harried. His defense couldn't tackle or cover. His Dolphins, who had lost only once all season, were paddled by the commonplace Jets.The 27-10 loss on a cold, windy afternoon prevented Shula from passing George Halas as the winningest coach in pro football history, but, in a way, it provided a perfect forum for understanding why Shula soon will possess a record that probably never will be broken.
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