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Jill Lieber
September 16, 1985
San Francisco running back Wendell Tyler had a great game—125 yards rushing—against Minnesota Sunday. Unfortunately, there were a couple of major flaws in his performance. Late in the second quarter, Tyler fumbled on the Viking 10. Then, with 3:30 remaining and the 49ers leading 21-14, Tyler fumbled on his own 30 and Viking defensive end Doug Martin ran the ball to the 49ers' one. Running back Alfred Anderson scored two plays later and the game was tied 21-21.
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September 16, 1985

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Two guys not to be left together on a deserted island: Howie Long of the Raiders and Mark Gastineau of the Jets. The All-Pro defensive ends are close—but in talent only. Long is almost consumed by his dislike for Gastineau. Why, Howie even stole Mark's helmet after the Pro Bowl last January and wore it to practice the other day. Here's what Long said about his nemesis:

"To me, there are two ways to play defensive end. You can be flashy like he is—which is the kindest way I can put it—or, you can take a blue-collar approach, as I do. You make your play, then go back to the huddle.

"He's three parts show and one part sincerity. He drives his Rolls-Royce and he wears fur coats when he goes to visit children in the hospital. Does that sound like he cares? Can you imagine me owning a fur coat?"

On the subject of Gastineau's off-season training camp at a Palm Springs, Calif. resort-hotel, where fans paid to see Mark work out, Long said, "Can you imagine charging people to watch you lift weights?"

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