"Football teams don't have to eat steak and eggs for breakfast on game days. Some guys like spaghetti, and I like lox and a bagel."
"I've had so many assistant jobs, my wife has developed a good relationship with United Van Lines."
"The game should be fun. The cemetery is full of indispensable people."
As for Sipe, the Browns' 13th-round draft choice from San Diego State in 1972, he doesn't particularly look like a quarterback, but his arm is plenty strong enough, as evidenced by the two touchdown passes which didn't count that he threw against the Steelers. On one of them, he wandered around for a while and finally tossed a 51-yarder to Reggie Rucker. Problem was, Sipe had wandered one step past the line of scrimmage before he released the ball.
On the other occasion, Sipe got one of his backs, Tom Sullivan, isolated on a Steeler linebacker, Loren Toews, and hit him with a beautiful 17-yard spiral in the Pittsburgh end zone. Problem was, the officials called Cleveland Guard Robert E. Jackson for holding. This was in the second quarter, at a time when the Steelers led 3-0. The holding call killed not only the touchdown but also the drive, and the Browns settled for the first of Cockroft's field goals, which tied the score 3-3.
Very quickly, the Browns got another field goal. On the kickoff Pittsburgh's Anderson indisputably fumbled—even the officials agreed—and Cleveland recovered on the Steelers' 14. Anderson fumbled because the Browns' Larry Collins, a rookie from Texas A&I who already has been represented by about seven agents, hit him so hard the crash could be heard in Aliquippa. Sipe failed on two passes, and he also failed to read the Steelers' blitz on third down, so Cockroft added another three-pointer—this time from 30 yards.
It was 6-3 for Cleveland at halftime, but the zebras were really in the lead, having called 14 penalties. Still another Pittsburgh turnover was responsible for Cockroft's third field goal. This was brought about by one of Free Safety Thorn Darden's two interceptions, giving him five this season. Darden stole Bradshaw's pass as it was headed toward Swann and he ran it back to near mid-field. An interference call against the Steelers later accounted for 24 yards, and Cockroft subsequently booted a 41-yard field goal to make it 9-3.
Then Bradshaw and Franco Harris and all of those heroes of years past realized they had better get something going. Bradshaw called mostly quick openers for Franco, mixed in one of his six dazzling completions to Swann, and swiftly moved the Steelers to the Cleveland 15, from where Gerela kicked his second field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. Now it was 9-6 Cleveland.
Two big plays by Bradshaw midway through the period put the Steelers into position for a 36-yard Gerela field goal that tied the game at 9-9 and forced the overtime. On one play Bradshaw scrambled for 17 yards, and on the other he shot a 23-yard pass to John Stallworth.
Bradshaw was surely relieved. As he said later, "We were somewhere milking cows out there. We were squeezing and not getting anything out." He added, "This wasn't the same offense we had the first three weeks, but maybe the Browns had something to do with it."