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The Packers went out and hired a full-time strength and conditioning coach, Russell Riederer from Purdue, who Green Bay hoped could persuade Mandarich to join the club's off-season conditioning program. When Riederer joined the Pack in February, he went straight to Mandarich's home, 16 miles outside Green Bay, took a look at the NFL-caliber weight room in the basement and urged Mandarich to join the team for workouts in Green Bay.
The result: Mandarich made nearly every off-season workout, and he added a daily 90-minute racquetball session to improve his foot speed. In training camp, Mandarich was quicker and a more formidable player at a solid 300 pounds than he was last season at 295. "He's so much better," Majkowski says. "It's critical that the offensive line play better. It's probably the key to our success this season."
Skewered by beat writers and columnists who have seen his inept play for two seasons, Mandarich isn't talking to the press. Fair enough. His play will have to speak for him anyway.
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Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville and his wife, Brenda, were touring the paddock area at Belmont Park before the Belmont Stakes last June. Brenda went to pet favored Strike the Gold, and the horse bit her on the forearm. Brenda, who wasn't hurt, looks on the bright side of things. "At least I got bit by a millionaire." she says. "I sure don't sleep with one."
Glanville says the incident was scary. "Sure was," he says. "But she's fine now, as long as she has her bucket of oats in the morning."