A Giant Step?
Bill Parcells is pondering his next career move
On the morning after his New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV, Bill Parcells sat in the lobby of a Tampa hotel and let the feeling of having won his second NFL championship in five seasons sink in. "This is what you coach for," Parcells said. "There's no better feeling in the world."
But three months later, and three months before the start of training camp, Parcells, 49, isn't sure he wants to coach the Giants anymore. "I don't really know what I want to do," he says. Granted, coaches are nomads, spending their adult lives in search of the perfect job, but after 11 jobs in 28 years, Parcells would seem to have found that perfect one as coach of the best team in the land in the country's biggest market and near the Little League fields of his New Jersey youth.
And yet Parcells, who is entering the final year of a four-year contract that pays him an average of $825,000 annually, talks like a guy who's not sure if he wants to come back. "No comment," he said last week when asked about his future plans. That in itself was a comment.
Although Parcells has had occasional differences with Giants general manager George Young, this is not a clash of personalities. And it's not just about money, either, though Parcells would like a rich contract extension. It's about what Parcells wants to do with his life. Says his agent, Robert Fraley, "Any human being who is successful and who has gone to the top of his field has to evaluate what is his best career move. This is his time to think about that."
Parcells could walk away from the final year of his contract and get lucrative TV work until another coaching or G.M. job comes along; he could fulfill his contract and then seek another post; or he could stay with the Giants and sign a new contract, assuming they offer him an acceptable one. What's the going rate for a coach who has won two Super Bowls? At least $1.2 million a year.
Why do successful coaches look for greener football fields? "There's a certain adventure factor," says Bill Walsh, who left the 49ers for NBC after his third Super Bowl championship. "It was there with me, and it's there with Bill. When I decided to leave, I felt I had escaped into Shangri-la."
Transylvania now knows the count—in baseball
Baseball has become an international pastime. Membership in the International Baseball Association, the sport's Indianapolis-based world federation, has almost doubled in the past decade, to 68 countries. Organized ball has been reported in such culturally diverse places as Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Thailand, Transylvania....
Transylvania? Well, the home of Count Dracula is a region in Romania, and last week The Wall Street Journal reported on the birth of baseball in that country. Banned by the late dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, baseball could be a hit in Romania if organizers can get their hands on, among other things, a few bats.