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Says Rogers: "It's up to Bum who gets the playing time. You can't play two backs. If it means winning and going to the Super Bowl, it's O.K. But if we're losing, and I'm not getting that much playing time, that would make me unhappy."
Tampa Bay fans have come up with their own version of the wave. They call it the Orange Surf. During a game against Minnesota on Oct. 7, the first time the scoreboard signaled SURF'S UP! all of Tampa Stadium was rippling and roaring, and the Buc defense responded with a pass interception to set up a touchdown, tying the Vikings at 14-all.
That was fine, but all afternoon the crowd kept making waves without prompting, a couple of times when the Bucs had the ball. Coach John McKay wants to make it very clear that the wave is a defensive cheer. "Who's in charge of The Surf?" he asked after the game.
"It's spontaneous," replied an aide.
"Well, then," said McKay, "I'll have to talk to Mrs. Spontaneous."
Coach Monte Clark, looking for a way to bring his 1-5 Lions back to life, started Eric Hippie at quarterback Sunday against the Bucs. Hippie completed only five of 11 passes for 59 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury. He was replaced by Gary Danielson, the Lions' starter for the first six regular-season games, who completed six of 12 passes, including a 37-yarder to Leonard Anderson in overtime to give the Lions a 13-7 win.
Clark claimed he was starting Hippie because Danielson, who strained his left calf in a game with Denver Oct. 7, wasn't fit to play. Danielson, who threw four interceptions in that game, said not so and suggested a possible trade. "I won't pretend I'm hurt if I'm not hurt," said Danielson. "This just isn't right. I have my pride."