10) David Logan, Bucs nose tackle.
To get tips on how to place their bets, folks in Seattle and Dallas can tune in Chuck Knox and Tom Landry, respectively. The NFL coaches for the Seahawks and the Cowboys pick games on their weekly television shows, though without the point spread. They are the only coaches of the 28 in the NFL who do so. "We'd never allow it," says Kevin Byrne of the Cleveland Browns.
The NFL, which prohibits betting by anyone connected with the game, doesn't believe Knox and Landry are promoting gambling. NFL spokesman Joe Browne says, "If there was a point spread involved, that would be different. As wrapped up as coaches are in their own clubs, they don't know as much as somebody who's following 28 teams.
"It isn't encouraging gambling. In most quarters in this country, among sports fans, the line is, 'Who do you like on Sunday?' That's a question that has been asked for 67 years, since the inception of the NFL."
In his three seasons of making picks on The Chuck Knox Show on KOMO-TV, Knox has been right about 75% of the time. On the second weekend, he got 9 of 11 correct. "We suggested the idea to him," says Bruce King, the show's cohost. "It's just a fun thing. The fans love it. We'll get telephone calls and letters from people who missed the show, saying, 'Give me his picks for this week. I missed them.' "
Landry has also had good success on the
Tom Landry Show on KXAS-TV. "He and Frank Glieber started it years ago," explains Brad Sham, who joined the 25-year-old show as cohost after Glieber died last year. "At the end of the season, the guy who made the better choices got bought dinner. I think Tom bought only once."
Denver Broncos backup quarterback Scott Stankavage, entering his third season with the team, was recently cut for the sixth time. He now holds the club record for Bags Packed Most Often—a mark he may not improve on. "Retirement is something my wife and I are going to look at very seriously," says Stankavage, 24.
The USFL is bringing in attorney Ira Millstein, an antitrust specialist for the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, to work as co-counsel on the injunctive portion of the league's ongoing suit against the NFL.
Harvey Myerson, the lawyer who argued the USFL case last spring and summer, will be retained. There had been a falling out between Myerson and USFL commissioner Harry Usher. Usher felt Myerson was acting too much on his own and not communicating enough with his client. Soon after the jury awarded the USFL $1 in damages, Usher, according to sources familiar with the case, chewed out Myerson. "We have discussed a lot of things," Myerson said of his talks with Usher. "We agree on some and don't agree on some."
However, after getting opinions from a number of law firms, Usher and the owners decided Myerson should continue because of Myerson's knowledge of the case. Says one USFL exec, who wishes to remain anonymous, "No one thought we'd get the NFL on anything."