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Something funny appears to be going on in Washington with George Allen's new contract to coach the Redskins through 1981. Allen and Edward Bennett Williams, the team president, reached agreement on terms last July, but Allen had not signed as of last week.
The Washington Post reported that the contract doubles Allen's salary to $250,000 a year but limits his authority to spend. Soon after Allen joined the Redskins, Williams delighted in telling audiences, "I gave Allen an unlimited expense account, and he has already exceeded it." Apparently this is no longer quite so funny.
Asked about the contract last week, Allen said, "It's just a legality type of thing, and as far as I'm concerned, I'm planning on being here." Kind of an odd answer, but odder yet was Williams' when asked if the team's so-so record made him thankful that Allen hadn't signed. "I have no comment on that," said the great mouthpiece, normally never at a loss for words. A close friend says, "I think Ed wants Don Shula."
Now that you have carved up the Thanksgiving bird, hear this from James F. Brady of Peekskill, N.Y., author of the authoritative Modern Turkey Hunting. In the wild, female turkeys never gobble and neither do the toms. The toms say, "Gil-obble-obble," but only in the spring when they're mating, and the call means, "I'm here, sweetheart, and the rest of you guys stay away."
In the fall, the toms gather in flocks, and if one becomes separated he calls, "Puck," which translates as, "Hey, let's get together." Young turkeys call, "Kee, kee, kee!" That means the same thing, and hunters often use the call to lure one in for a shot.
"Perk!" is the alarm call sharp-eyed turkeys sound when they spot danger, such as a hunter. There must have been a lot of "Perks!" when Brady went out. He didn't get a turkey in three days of hunting this fall and had to order his Thanksgiving bird from the local supermarket.
So much for turkeys. Now for a duck-hunting story told by an airline pilot.