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" Leahy was a master at handling boys," Hart says. "Parker has that same faculty for handling men. He figures you're grown up and he treats you that way."
The Lions have a comparatively simple signal system and simple blocking assignments.
"There's never been a defense invented that Buddy can't solve," says Aldo Forte. "Our quarterbacks often call a switch in blocking assignments during a game. Buddy has drilled it into them so hard that they can make those changes on the run."
THE SLOW DEATH
"Forget that half," he said. "You were beating your brains out for nothing. Here's the way we'll do it now."
He altered the whole offense during the rest period. The final score was Detroit, 38; New York, 7.
The Paul Brown-Buddy Parker rivalry is the hottest thing in football, as much from its intensity on the field as from the different personalities of the men. After a losing game, Parker is a seething hulk of hatred and his friends keep strictly away from him. Brown is no less bitter but he is more reflective. On the subject he has coined a rather poetic line: "When you lose, you die a little bit."
If this is true, Parker may someday be remembered as Brown's executioner.
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