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True to the historical formula, the profit is steadily declining again. The union's figures are distorted.
•Because NFL clubs are considered private business enterprises, their financial records are not open to the public, or even available to the NFL Management Council, according to spokesman Miller. Team financial statements, he says, are submitted directly to the auditor, who, in turn, reports to the NFL only gross, league-wide averages. Therefore, there is no accurate way for SI to determine whose figures—the Players Association's or the NFL's—are more nearly correct. One must bear in mind, however, that the current contract between these two organizations expires in July and that, just before any new contract negotiations begin, unions traditionally argue that management's financial picture is rosy, while management takes a much bleaker view. The truth usually lies somewhere in between. As for Denver, General Manager Grady Alderman insists the Broncos suffered a "net loss from operations" in 1980 and that the biggest reasons for the loss were player costs and salaries, which he said were "in excess of 50% of our revenues."—ED.
Stagg was the first to use wingbacks, the direct pass from center, the place kick, the mousetrap play and the Notre Dame shift, which Rockne made famous. He developed the draw play and many of the defensive alignments that, with modern adjustments, are used by all teams today.
Clark Shaughnessy and George Halas have rightly been credited with the development of the modern T formation. However, only after adding Stagg's split line, flankers and man-in-motion, was the T resurrected from its status as a casually used formation of the '20s and '30s. The earlier version often featured the quarterback and center positioned "butt to butt," with the quarter reaching through his legs for the ball and then handing it off to a back. It was a weak passing formation with no wide threat until it was embellished by Stagg's innovations.
One of the most commonly used Stagg developments is his spread punt, which was introduced to West Coast football in 1933 by his College of the Pacific team. This formation, with modifications, is universally used today.
As a former player and graduate coach under Stagg at COP, I'll be sorry to see his record surpassed, but I'm confident he'll be recognized by posterity as a great coach.
When I was a student at Lafayette, before my uncle's death in 1959, it was traditional to ask pledges at Sigma Alpha Epsilon, our mutual fraternity, to name the only living American on a postage stamp. Al LeConey was one of our nation's outstanding sprinters, but like so many athletes of the past, he has been forgotten except by a few. His gold medal and the stamp are a tribute to his memory.