The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 4, 1997 · Page 177
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 177

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The Palm Beach Post SECTION C w INSIDE FOOTBALL Devil Rays sign Alvarez UNC coach Brown likely new Texas football coach Sources say the Tar Heels' Mack Brown has been offered the job and Brown is 'committed to coming to Texas." PAGE 5C. j The left-hander signs a five-year, $35 million deal with expansion Tampa Bay. PAGE 2C. Davis says he's staying i The Hurricanes coach says any rumor that he I is leaving is an erroneous one. PAGE 5C. Team ID hillips: Do or THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 SPORTS Is bye f te Greg Stoda Phillips must A. I t SI J 'vrin -I; r I live by JJ.'s I commandment DOLPHINS VS. LIONS SUNDAY'S GAME: Detroit at Miami, 8 p.m., Pro Player Stadium. TV: ESPN. phins' faster tempo, and must be lined up by the coaches until he learns the playbook. "Dan (Marino) is liable to make an audible on occasion," Johnson said. "If he makes one a play we ran a year-and-a-half ago, he (Phillips) may not know it." Many new Dolphins teammates don't know what to make of the hubbub. In front of cameras, they said only politically proper things about Phillips. You have to get good players when they're available, center Tim Ruddy said. Lawrence has paid his debts to society, cornerback Terrell Buckley said. No one can judge him yet, linebacker Derrick Rodgers said. Roosevelt Potts, a veteran of off-the-field problems himself, chatted with Phillips for 10 minutes at the latter's new locker. "I think Lawrence will do well The new Dolphins RB is welcomed with open arms and warnings that his stay is contingent on performance. By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DAVIE "Man," tackle Brent Smith mused, surveying the chaotic scene in the Miami Dolphins' locker room during the lunch break Wednesday, a scene including 40 media personnel. All waiting on Lawrence Phillips, Jimmy Johnson's new "big back who can run fast." That back was asked whether he deserved a second chance. "A second chance?" Phillips repeated. "If this is a second chance, then I deserve it." That was his lengthiest response. Nothing he said "I'm because Jimmy isn't the guy to hound you, to get in your face," said Potts, suspended a year for violating the NFL's drug policy. "You get a chance to grow up and be a man. Lawrence has a family here now with the Miami Dolphins, and we want him to be here." Potts said his four-week experience with the Dolphins differs greatly from his previous existence as a Colt. He cited the coaches' directness, and the players' warmth. "We want talent, as much talent as we can get," Potts said. "We need help at the running back spot. With Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Lawrence, we're going to have a hell of a running game. There are no arguments as to who gets the ball, because here you know you Please see D0LPHINS3C just here to get the job done; they brought me here to help the running game, and that's what I'm here to do" was as compelling as the effect his entrance has on a team which has a critical game Sunday night against Detroit. Johnson said Phillips "probably won't even play Sunday, but he might." Phillips spent his first practice acclimating to the Dol THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lawrence Phillips made his debut Wednesday at practice, spending most of it learning Miami's tempo and playbook.- ! DAVIE There is nothing more to the signing of Lawrence ; Phillips by the Miami Dolphins I than this: Jimmy Johnson sees in j the dangerous and dangerous-; minded running back a potential ( reward well worth any potential I risk. Beyond that, for Johnson, ; everything is inconsequential. ; As head coach and boss of all ' things in Fishland and, quite : frankly, because Johnson is j Johnson, he can pare the Phillips i Experiment down to such raw form. Johnson has written the 1 commandment that's singular, as you'll soon understand Phillips must follow. ' "There's one rule do ! what's right and that ' encompasses a lot," Johnson said ! Wednesday afternoon near the ; Dolphins' practice field. "And I S determine what's right and what's I wrong." j Don't bother concerning yourself with a debate about ! A. 1 ?T Phillips behavioral problems. He frequently has demonstrated himself to be a bad guy. While at the University of Nebraska, Phillips was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution for assaulting female Cornhuskers basketball player Kate McEwen, who happened to be his ex-girlfriend. That episode is only the ugliest in a litany of trouble in which Phillips has been involved. But he possesses a monstrous football talent, however unful ' ." -- - t -J V-. v.- . ? ' ' I filled, and that can buy a guy multiple NFL lives these days. jThe sports landscape is littered with athletes of Phillips' ilk. It's Jjmore than a little distasteful, but not likely to change anytime soon. $ Nor did Phillips, in his first Spublic statement as a Dolphin, "appear to be filled with remorse about any of his past transgressions. He said, in fact, his criminal "reputation has been greatly exaggerated. "I'm not here to prove myself jjto anyone," Phillips said. "I don't wead (what's written). I don't look at it. I don't try to sort out what's ptrue and what isn't. If this is what you call a second chance, then, yeah, I deserve it." 3 You were expecting . !contrition? Forget it. Phillips was the sixth pick of the 1996 draft, but not even the "downtrodden St. Louis Rams ccould cope with him much beyond a year and a half. Phillips was afforded every opportunity and all ;of St. Louis head coach Dick Vermeil's trust this season, but s the Rams ultimately became ft", 4'". Ys:; MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer All fired up Joe "Pepi" Urban fires up his jet engine-powered dragster Wednesday night Nationals, which were scheduled to conclude last weekend', had to be fin-at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens. Due to rain, the Citrus ished Wednesday. STORY, 2C Please see STODAJC jReligion, football, family a common bond in Glades School of fishing experts catches on very quickly The writer set out to see how a group of guides fared on the water. He wasn't disappointed. We headed out in three boats: Butch Constable's 20-foot Lake & Bay skiff, Poveromo's 28-foot By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PALM BEACH SHORES -1 set out to watch a group of fishing seminar speakers in action, to see "'"-''"" .'ui.ui iu . IP I 1 r: """""" ' ,J 1 J .t---"." N jPahokee junior Anquan ; Boldin and Glades Central senior Brad Banks are cousins and stars on their football teams. IByJoeCapozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer After the two-hour drive from Belle -Glade, Vida Banks could wait no more. iShe needed to find a bathroom. Now. : Her son, quarterback Brad Banks, ;had just led his Glades Central Raiders OUTDOORS ! WEEKIY it these guys who preach and teach fishing could really catch fish. The pressure was on George Pover-omo, senior editor for Salt Water Sports the Lord's! "One of the other football moms was tapping me: 'Take those things off your ears! You're missing the game!' But I always wear my Walkman when I watch Anquan." And she always listens to gospel. If football really is "a religion around the Glades," as Sugar 900AM radio sportscaster Tom Brown says, then this season's patron saints are two 17-year-old cousins affectionately known by their mothers as "Knucklehead" and "Book boy." "Knucklehead" is Brad Banks, a gifted runner who passed for 1,298 yards (area's second-highest) and 12 touchdowns (tied for first) over a season in which he rarely played the entire game because his team was so far ahead. He wears round wire-rimmed glasses off the field and has a 3.1 GPA. He was baptized three years ago. "Book boy" is Anquan Boldin, a junior quarterback who ran for more touchdowns than any player in Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast 17 and threw for another two. He reads French books, has a 3.4 GPA and U Please see COUSINSC Mako and Greg Bogdan's 27-foot Conch. I rode with Constable, a veteran Jupiter guide, and guide Rufus Wakeman of Jensen Beach. Constable ran his skiff out Palm Beach Inlet and immediately headed north along the beach toward Jupiter Inlet. He slowed the boat just inside Jupiter Inlet to look for bait. After a few tosses of his small-mesh, 12-foot cast net, Constable's live well was black with hundreds of glass minnows, pilchards and other bait fish. Twenty-five years as a professional guide show in Constable's technique. Many anglers can catch bait, but few can catch it as quickly and gracefully as Constable. And unlike other anglers I've met, Constable talks very little and simply lets his performance speak for please see EUVftt$7Ct Bradenton. I "I just felt the need to pray," she Recalled. "So I went into the bathroom and I prayed out loud: 'Lord, please take care of Brad.' " J About the same time Friday night, at ;another playoff game some 120 miles back east in Pahokee, Brad Banks' quarterback cousin, Anquan Boldin, let go of a long pass. j Watching in the bleachers was Bol-din's mother, Brenda Bennett, who didn't Ijear the crowd celebrate her son's ' touchdown pass. She heard gospel vocalist Yolanda .darns sing: Throttle is not yours, it's man magazine and organizer of the fishing seminar, set for Jan. 24 at Palm Beach Community College. Fortunately for Poveromo, he picked an all-star cast of saltwater anglers, most with a decade or more of experience fishing the waters around Palm Beach and Martin counties. We met at Sailfish Marina on the morning of Nov. 10. The weather was cool, the ocean calm. JON KRALSpecial to The Post HEAT 94, 76ers 90: Miami point guard Tim Hardaway, guarded by Allen Iverson, had 20 points and 11 assists. 8C

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