With the not-unexpected firing of Ray Perkins as coach of Tampa Bay on Monday—"We haven't gotten it done, and I realize that," said Perkins, who was 19-41 in three-plus seasons—the Buccaneers will now be looking for a marquee guy to succeed him. That's too bad. What the Bucs need is a bright coaching prospect who can rebuild the team from scratch.
Look for Tampa Bay to inquire, if it hasn't done so already, about the availability of former 49er coach Bill Walsh to double as coach and general manager. (A source close to Walsh says the NBC analyst has had at least three feelers this season exploring his possible return to football in a coaching or management capacity.) Another candidate might be Giants coach Bill Parcells, who has one year left on a four-year, $3.2 million contract. Assistant head coach Richard Williamson will serve as the Bucs' interim coach for the remainder of the season.
World League of American Football president Mike Lynn is finalizing ownership agreements for franchises in Barcelona and Frankfurt, and he has issued this desperate plea: "Wanted: American football coaches who can speak German, Spanish or French. Apply immediately." Lynn believes that having coaches in Frankfort, Barcelona and bilingual Montreal (site of another WLAF franchise) who can speak the native language is crucial.... Look for the Chargers to send Arthur Cox, their 290-pound tight end, packing after the season. Not only did his fumbles with 48 seconds left in regulation and on the third play of overtime enable the Seahawks to beat San Diego 13-10 on Nov. 25, but Cox also spit in the face of Seattle linebacker Joe Cain during the game. The previous week he kicked Chiefs linebacker Percy Snow.... Maybe the NFL should send Jesse Jackson to New England. He showed up at a Redskins practice last week and talked to the players about their responsibility to the community as role models.
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Sure, Bengal cornerback Lewis Billups plays on what might be the worst defense in the NFL, but he also owns what probably is the best car in the league. It's a 1987 white Lamborghini Countach, a model no longer made, with a top speed of 183 mph. The car had 7,500 miles on the odometer when Billups bought it in '89 for $200,000. Now he drives it to practice on Fridays and Saturdays.
The car has a remote-control ignition system, which allows Billups to start the engine from as far away as 100 feet with a device that fits on his key ring. Sometimes he startles unknowing teammates by pointing at the car from a distance and yelling, "Start, car!"
"When I was nine or 10, the first time I saw a Lamborghini, I said, 'I'm going to get one of those,' " says Billups. "I sometimes like to drive it without the radio on—just to listen to the engine."
Billups was ticketed by Kentucky State Police for driving 105 mph on 1-75 last month. Not to worry. He was driving his Porsche 911.
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