Observers said the scene during lunch was one of near pandemonium. After Longley allegedly stole Staubach's carton of milk, Staubach hollered, "Liz!" indicating a left-side pass rush. When Longley looked away, Staubach took a helping of navy beans off the backup quarterback's plate.
The pinching contest began when Staubach told Longley, "I'm going to catch you in a Skeezix and run a 60 Dig across your Easter Bunny teeth."
Longley countered with, "Hey, Tunnel Vision. Get off my case."
The more experienced members of the press corps who witnessed the incident said it reminded them of the time two other quarterbacks competing for the same job—Washington's Bill Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen—retreated behind a hedge to have it out but went to get a couple of six-packs first and never returned.
STUDIO CITY, CALIF.—O. J. Simpson announced today that unless Commissioner Pete Rozelle put an NFL expansion team in St. Tropez he would not play football in 1976.
"I've enjoyed my years in Buffalo, but now it's time for me to think about being closer to my family and the Cannes Film Festival," Simpson said.
As Simpson spoke, he tried to conceal the fact that his right arm was bandaged, the result of a fall he took recently while filming a Hertz commercial.
Simpson said his decision to play only in St. Tropez or retire was based partly on a new contract he had signed with TreeSweet Products.
"Participating in marketing activities can be fun," Simpson said. "Also, TreeSweet doesn't play exhibition games."
It had been rumored that Simpson was willing to be traded from Buffalo to the Los Angeles Rams if the Rams' owner, Carroll Rosenbloom, would assure him that he would not have to play all four backfield positions at the same time.