The NFL may be powerless to stop Modell—or any other owner who wants to move his team—from skipping town, but the cost of ignoring this emotion from devoted fans may be the sort of fan backlash that has beset baseball since its player strike. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue must quietly set to work to persuade some team that is not well supported by its fans (perhaps the Bucs) to move to Cleveland.
The Stewart Factor
In a seven-day, two-game span that ended Sunday, Steeler rookie quarterback-wideout-running back Kordell Stewart threw a two-yard touchdown pass, ran a quarterback sneak for a first down, ran a pitch around end for 15 yards, caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and, on a wishbone-type option play, pitched to a back for a two-point conversion run. Pittsburgh won both games, including Sunday's wild 49-31 defeat of the Bengals. Stewart just might be the weapon that saves the Steelers' season. "I'm not bragging or trying to be cocky or say anything wrong," Stewart said on Sunday, "but I just feel if a guy is in front of me, just me and him, I'm going to get open."
Cardinal linebacker Eric Hill was talking about his teammates after their embarrassing 27-7 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, but he might have been talking about his coach, Buddy Ryan. "Guys talk the talk, but on Sundays, you gotta walk the walk," Hill said....
Someday Charger tailback Ronnie Harmon might get serious consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Harmon caught five passes Sunday in San Diego's last-minute 30-27 loss to the Broncos, giving him 503 for his career. Only four runners in history have caught more, and at age 31 Harmon may be good for 200 more catches before he calls it a career....
Colt running back Marshall Faulk had a very good rookie season last year. Then he was featured in one of the costliest sports commercials ever, in which Nike makes him look like Superman. He becomes peevish with the press and public. This year, he has fumbled in seven of his 10 games. He's struggling, averaging 3.9 yards a carry. Did he get too big too fast?