So the Oilers really won their game with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 15. It just won't show in the standings, and there's nothing Houston can do about that 16-13 loss. Art McNally, the supervisor of the NFL's officials, took a look at the game films, and the league then informed the Oilers that cornerback Steve Brown's interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter and receiver Drew Hill's 16-yard TD catch with 4:16 remaining in the game should have counted.
The Redskins ought to do the honorable thing—volunteer to play the game over. Sorry, that's not in the NFL constitution. "The scheduling is so tight, there's just no time in a season to replay games," says Tex Schramm, chairman of the competition committee, which looked into replay procedures in '81. "Besides, you can't say definitively Houston would've won if they'd been given those two touchdowns. The Redskins might've tried harder to score the next time down the field."
New York Giants tight end Don Hasselbeck swallows 55 vitamin pills each day, everything from A to E, as well as 12 protein tablets. He also takes glandular extracts from slaughterhouse animals. The extracts bear the curious names of raw pituitary, raw adrenal and raw male. Each month, he spends about $200 on the stuff.
According to nutritionists, Hasselbeck would get the same results from a well-balanced meal.
The hot question of the week: Are the USFL and the NFL talking merger?
Donald Trump, the New Jersey Generals' owner, says he has talked to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle about a merger as a way to settle the USFL's $1.32 billion antitrust suit against the NFL. Trump says he met with Rozelle on March 12, 1984 at New York's Pierre Hotel at Rozelle's request. At that meeting, Trump claims, Rozelle talked merger.
Rozelle says he met Trump but denies merger talk. Cleveland's Art Modell agrees: "This is totally untrue. There has never been, nor will there ever be, merger talk."
Bill Tatham Jr., president of the USFL's Arizona Outlaws, says of merger talks, "Of course they're going on. Simply because it makes sense." Another USFL owner says, "I've talked to several NFL owners myself about a merger. Most have said, 'Show me how it makes economic sense.' " That exec also says he was told the price tag to get into the NFL: $20 million per team.
? Jim Hart, who was a backup to Joe Theismann last season for the Washington Redskins, said on his radio talk show in St. Louis: "I got a chance to see all I needed to know about Theismann last year. There are a lot of guys in that locker room who put up with him only because they're winning and they have to. But if they start losing, watch out. No one is going to put up with that stuff."