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The story I like best about Bud Grant is the one that says a self-important NFL executive once asked him to please have his Vikings line up, helmets under their arms, at a specified time, for the national anthem on TV. Grant smiled icily, as he does, and said fine and then he kept the Vikings in the locker room. Bud says it never happened, but I still like the story.
Bud Grant wins a lot of games and goes duck hunting. He doesn't believe he has contributed any innovations to football, unless he was the first to tell his defensive line to forget everything and just go in and hit people.
By merely looking at him there is no way to tell whether Grant's team is up by 40 points or if he's just received the news that he's incurably ill. On TV once Don Meredith's friend Harley Smydlapp said Bud Grant and Tom Landry had a personality contest and they both came in second.
SID GILLMAN, The Oilers:
In Houston people play games like name the original astronauts, or name all of the Oilers' head coaches. Sid Gillman, 62, who has been coaching forever, happens to be the eighth. In order, the others were Lou Rymkus, Pop Ivy, Wally Lemm, Sam Baugh, Bones Taylor, Ed Hughes and Bill Peterson.
Sid was one of those successful college coaches on the lower level, the guy who won at Miami of Ohio and Cincinnati. He had some good years with the Rams, but then he had some bad ones. Still, he was the Chargers' first coach, and he won. Remember those days? Jack Kemp and all that?
Sid had "retired" when Bud Adams made him the Oilers' GM before last season. And Bill Peterson's destiny was sealed. By late October, when Peterson's Houston record, overall, was 1-18, Gillman took charge, a coach again.
1. Hire a psychiatrist to teach players' wives how to be a good wife.
2. Hire an investment counselor for players.