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LOVE AFFAIR IN BALTIMORE
Tex Maule
December 01, 1958
The Colts rule the West, and the home-town fans don't fear the East
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December 01, 1958

Love Affair In Baltimore

The Colts rule the West, and the home-town fans don't fear the East

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Parker, an easygoing football genius, doubtless had a good deal to do with bringing the Steelers out of the doldrums, but it wasn't until he acquired Layne that the team perked up. No matter how good a coach is—and Parker must be ranked near the top—he cannot lift the team on the field, and Layne does that.

"We had great spirit at Detroit," Layne said. "We worked together and we played together. We were all close—we are here, now."

Layne is an insouciant, gambling quarterback who has full control of the team on the field. Parker seldom sends a play in; he has complete faith in the chunky, blond Texan who is playing his 11th season. "He trusts the whole team," Layne says. Layne, never known for the excessive propriety of his behavior off the field, fits perfectly into Parker's laissez-faire philosophy. Parker sets no rules, expects his team to perform on Sunday and gets the performance. "He figures we're adults," Layne says. "Sure, I go out once in a while. Why shouldn't I? Detroit was a small town in some ways and everybody knew me. They're beginning to know me here now. I could sneak around, I guess, but I like a few beers now and then, and I don't see that's anybody's business but mine. It doesn't bother me on Sunday."

Obviously not.

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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