If this keeps up, Kansas City Chiefs Coach John Mackovic is going to get himself a reputation as a philosopher. Not long ago (SCORECARD, Aug. 29), we reported Mackovic's observations about how coaches over the years have had to change the way they talk to athletes. According to Mackovic, the coaches used to say, "Go over and stand in the corner," later amended that to "Please stand in the corner," then to "How about if you went over and stood in the corner?" next to "How about us talking about you standing in the corner?" and finally to "Why don't I go over and stand in the corner for you?"
A good one, right? But certainly no more thought-provoking than this recent Mackovicism: "You must always be prepared for today. If you lose sight of that, then you will never have a today, which was a tomorrow yesterday. What I'm saying is, you must be prepared for today, because tomorrow really doesn't ever get here from yesterday, and we have to assume it will get here again tomorrow."
A STREAK OF SORTS
Auburn defeated Alabama last season for the first time in a decade, but a sign in a 'Bama fan's camper sighted the other day in Birmingham suggests that perhaps Tiger rooters shouldn't try to make too much of that achievement:
1972 AUBURN 17 ALABAMA 16
1982 AUBURN 23 ALABAMA 22
1992 CAN AUBURN MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW?