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Cincinnati's Kim Wood may be the only strength coach in the game who shops for equipment at blacksmith-supply and hardware stores. Wood, who calls many of the high-tech fitness gizmos on the market silly, has some of his Bengal players, such as defensive end Jim Skow, lift 70-to-185-pound anvils and 6-to-16-pound sledgehammers as part of their workouts. "An anvil is a nonsymmetrical object, which makes it difficult to lift," says Wood.
Skow says he has benefited from the unusual training but that having an anvil around has sparked a secret desire: "I've always wanted to go out to the Arizona desert and drop it on the Road Runner."
THE PRICE OF MONOPOLY
"Pete, when do you think the NFL will get around to having a corporate sponsor for the Super Bowl, like the Preparation H Super Bowl?" asked a reporter at commissioner Pete Rozelle's press conference on Friday. "We did consider one corporate sponsor," replied Rozelle, flashing a smile. "It was the Trump Castle Super Bowl."
Rozelle hasn't forgotten that the driving force behind the $1.69 billion antitrust suit the USFL brought against the NFL in 1986 was Donald Trump, then owner of the New Jersey Generals. Remember how Rozelle gloated after the jury decided that though the NFL was indeed a monopoly, it had to pay the USFL owners just $3 in damages?
Well, he wasn't gloating on Friday. The day before in New York, U.S. District Court Judge Peter K. Leisure, who had presided over the case, ruled that the NFL must pay the USFL $5,515,290.81 in attorneys' fees and $62,220.92 in other court costs. As of Sunday, the NFL hadn't announced if it would appeal.
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