Three of the disaffected World League franchises—Sacramento, Montreal and San Antonio—were negotiating through the weekend with the Canadian Football League's expansion committee in hopes of being included in the CFL's plans to expand in 1993. This scene developed after NFL owners, burdened by a number of other financial drains, decided last September to suspend play in the developmental league for next year.
After touring the three World League cities as well as Portland, Ore., last week, CFL commissioner Larry Smith was enthused about expansion opportunities for his eight-team league in those cities. Such a marriage of World League cities and the suddenly ambitious CFL, which appeared closer to dissolving than to expanding as recently as two years ago, wouldn't necessarily disappoint the NFL. Many owners wish the World League, which cost the NFL about $42 million in start-up costs and bailouts in its two seasons, would dry up and blow away.
Giant president Wellington Mara on Taylor's pending retirement: "I haven't accepted his resignation yet." In truth, though, LT would probably come back from his devastating injury only if he could play again for Bill Parcells.... Bronco coach Dan Reeves handed quarterback John Elway the play-calling chores again on Sunday, and the Broncos responded with a season-high 375 total yards in their 27-16 defeat of the Jets. "He's got a great feel for calling plays," Reeves said.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Chargers at Browns, Sunday. San Diego's four-game winning streak ended in Kansas City on Sunday, but if the young, 4-5 Chargers are anywhere near as good as they have looked recently, they ought to be in the AFC wild-card race down the stretch. Of the teams left on San Diego's schedule, only the 5-4 Browns have a winning record. Cumulatively, the Chargers' remaining opponents are 22-41. "I love that schedule," says San Diego tackle Harry Swayne. "I'm not going to lie to you; I love it."
THE END ZONE
There is a Robo OB II. Mikhail Marinovich, the four-year-old stepbrother of Raider quarterback Todd Marinovich, is on the same career path as Todd. Their father, Marv, dreamed of having a son play quarterback in the NFL, so he had Todd exercising, eating only healthy food and throwing often from the time he was a toddler. Now Marv appears to be at it again, with little Mikhail. "I see [Mikhail] doing the same things I did," says Todd. "It's amazing to see how strong this kid is because he's eating healthy and because he's been doing push-ups. At three, he could rip off 20 or so."