Richard Williams, camp food director, made a big purchase of meat in July, and so the 100 team members and staff will continue to eat their usual steaks and roasts until Labor Day, when camp disbands. In Williams' freezer are stacked some 1,800 filets mignons, 1,300 other steaks and 500 pounds of prime rib.
It's different with the Atlanta Falcons, who have only a two-week supply on hand, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who are serving more spaghetti and lasagna. The New England Patriots are eating as much beef as ever, but simply paying more for it.
Then there is Allan Sachs, football fan and president of a sausage company in Minnesota. Lacking season tickets for Viking games, he ran a newspaper ad offering to trade one hindquarter of beef for two season tickets between the 30-yard lines. He got quite a response.
"I haven't done any work for two days," Sachs complained. "I have canceled the ad. It's not only the people who want to trade tickets for beef—I've had 15 of those offers already—but others who know I'll begetting tickets now want to buy them. The phone has been driving me crazy."
He has already made a deal for two season box seats on the 50-yard line.
REVOLT IN THE LOCKER ROOM
The Tournament Players Division of the professional golf tour is considering a new format, one that would force major players to appear in certain events. Static from the stars was predictable.
Joe Dey, TPD commissioner, announced that the pros' policy board envisions a series of 15 "championship tournaments," a new category with prize money expected to average at least $260,000 per tournament.
The rub is that "all leading players would be obliged to play in all 15 of the TPD tournaments." Should leading players not appear, except for reasons "of illness or grave personal emergency," they would be subject to disciplinary action.
Some player reactions: