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No Hard Feelings
Peter King
November 04, 1996
Oilers fans cheer their lame-duck team, Wisniewski's Jekyll and Hyde act, Carroll tops clubs' shopping lists
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November 04, 1996

No Hard Feelings

Oilers fans cheer their lame-duck team, Wisniewski's Jekyll and Hyde act, Carroll tops clubs' shopping lists

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Wisniewski was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness in a Sept. 8 game against the Chiefs. Three weeks later he made an illegal cut block at the knees of Bears defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman and was fined $10,000. Last week he was fined $50,000 for unnecessary roughness—he sprinted several yards to jump into a pile of players—and for making contact with an official in a game against the Lions on Oct. 13.

Wisniewski says that the league monitors him more closely than it does other players, but perhaps that's also because he has been fined three other times during an eight-year career. And just look at a tape of the three plays in question this season and you'll see that $65,000—which is $16,250 less than one of his game checks—is barely a slap on the wrist, considering how seriously he could have injured players. "I don't want to be known as a dirty player," Wisniewski says. Then he should cut out the garbage.

Dispatches

Why are NFL owners so smug in anticipation of negotiations for a new TV contract to replace the one that expires after the 1997 season? Here's one reason: Game 4 of the World Series, the Yankees' extra-inning comeback win over the Braves on Oct. 23, drew a 17.9 TV rating; Game 4 of this year's Monday-night NFL schedule, the Colts' 10-6 yawner over the Dolphins on Sept. 23, did an 18.1....

Wideout Rocket Ismail, whom the Panthers acquired from the Raiders in an August trade, has one catch in eight games. He was promoted to third receiver last week but didn't have one ball thrown to him on Sunday against the Eagles. "I'm very happy," said Ismail, one of the league's most enigmatic players. "The next step is getting the ball thrown to me." Nice to see that a player who is being paid $935,000 this season has such lofty goals....

Where have you gone, Alvin Harper? The $2.85 million-a-year Bucs wideout had one pass thrown his way (a seven-yard catch) in a 13-7 loss in Green Bay. With two years left on his contract, but only 16 receptions to show for the first half of the season, he could be waived after this year....

Niners QB Steve Young was vomiting on the sidelines after suffering his concussion against the Oilers, and then he played helmet tug-of-war with 49ers security manager Ricky Sandoval. When Young finally wrenched his helmet away, he put it on and tried to reenter the game. "He thought he was in Pasadena," Sandoval said. Young also refused to have a CAT scan until tight end Brent Jones said to him, "Unless you go to the hospital, we're keeping you [in Houston] overnight."

The End Zone
Pastor Lee Drake of the Broward ( Fla.) Community Chapel delivered the invocation before the Cowboys-Dolphins game at Pro Player Stadium on Sunday, praising God for "blessing us with a healthy Dan Marino" and asking for a Miami win. That led Dallas guard Nate Newton to growl after the game, "Tell them to find a priest who will pray for both teams." The COW-boys won anyway 29-10.

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