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: 4C DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, ROCHESTER, N.Y., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. 1984 NFL NOTES Bills don't like O.J.'s mention of lax discipline By Mitch Lawrence Democrat and Chronicle That smell coming from the Buffalo Bills' locker room this week was of something burning, their ears. Players and coaches were sizzling after hearing about some of O J. Simpson's remarks made during Monday night's game between his former team and the Dolphins. The one comment that incensed nearly everyone was Simpson's questioning of how Coach Kay Stephenson runs practices. "He's taken a relaxed approach," Simpson said before the half during ABC's telecast "I think it's been a mistake. It's time he got a little tougher and stressed discipline more. .This team is a little in disarray." n l hough the rgame was blacked out in Western New rVork, Stephenson heard about .the remark. 'His response was tame compared to 3iis ripping of Tho fane frr Wing Joe -J- Simpson Ferguson, but he wasn't wild about Simpson's charge either. ! "We probably have one of the Jjest-disciplined football teams in the ;National Football League," Stephenson said. "We've probably worked harder ithan 90 percent of the teams in the eague, both in camp and in prac-,tice. I dont know of any more intense practice-type routines or hard work by anyone. I've never been associated with a team, ever, that has worked as hard as we have." Workouts this year have been increased 15 minutes a day to about two hours. It doesn't sound like much, but add on morning and afternoon meetings, post-practice weightlifting, several hours of studying and film work at night and .there's not much time to relax. "I really don't know where he got that information," Stephenson said. Probably the best source would be to talk to our football players and ask them." "You want my opinion?" asked one senior member of the team. "I think O J. is a . . . (the rest was unprintable). It takes the guy four shots to get some words out of his mouth." ' Commented center Will Grant, the seven-year center who watched a replay of the game on TV, "Training camp this year was the hardest I've ever gone through, anywhere. It was harder than the ones Chuck Knox used to have here. I don't know what Simpson is talking about." . Charlie Romes, the eight-year cornerback, added, "Simpson was out of order saying those remarks, saying we need more discipline. We work our butts off in practice. He's got no right to say that kind of Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Spike Your Evenings With FunI Fun G exercise is the name of rhe gome in rhe City's follwinrer Adulr Cod Volleyball League: 6:00 pm Mondays of Fllnf Sf. Rec Center, 271 Flint Sr. Pegisrer by Sepr. 27 ($100 ream fee includes banquer b trophies). For derails, call 436-0830 after 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri Ciry living is more fun. I City of Rochester I jl I 7 , '84 HORIZON soii!!" J Jl .TV II V"- Jft . CAAMA invoice 59 703 39 I Sunday, September 23 7:35 PM One of the hottest rivalries in the NHL-on J ?. War Memorial ice. Young stars battling 'j . for jobs alongside seasoned veterans. -p Whether you're a Boston or Buffalo fan-or just enjoy good hockey-this should ( be a night to remember! V I Tickets now on sale for S9.00 and 1 1 "C vlE" Iiocanon5, inciuamg ine war rviemonai i7tJ'- w & t M r 1 71 ' U . . boxomce' I M ' oE stuff. He hasn't even been to a practice. So how does he know what we're doing? That ABC stuff has gone to his head." Maybe it has this year. Without Howard Cosell around to blast the players, apparently Simpson has filled the role. Some of his former colleagues have taken to calling him O.J. Cosell. "OJ.'s become way too critical this year wide receiver Preston Dcnnard said. "I mean, he used to be a player. He knows what it's like. I can deal with critical remarks from someone like Howard, but I thought Simpson was one of us." Notes Simpson was absolutely right Stephenson was too lax the last few days. But he planned it that way. "Because of the Monday night game, I'm going to cut down on the practices this week," Stephenson said. "We are not going to run this week. I'm going to cut some of that out The most important thing is that we have our legs on Sunday." Tests on Tony Hunter's back were negative. The second-year tight end was released from the hospital last night "I'd like to have him. He might be available," Stephenson said as the team finished up preparations for tomorrow's 1 p.m. game at Rich Stadium against the Jets. Welcome to the "Best of Virkus." Substituting for Scott tonight is Larry King. It hasn't reached that stage, but WBBF is looking for a Bills player to replace Virkus on the Monday night radio call-in show. The former Bills defensive end had to have one of the shortest shows in the history of radio, lasting just two weeks until he was released. Several Bills said they'd be willing to answer questions, but they all want to talk from their homes. WBBF wants the player live, from The Distillery. Greg Bell could be a candidate for Virkus' old job, but it's only a 50-50 chance that he'd make it through the door. Even if it were open. The rookie halfback is averaging just two yards a carry, primarily because he can't locate the openings in the line. "The holes are there," said one of his linemen. "He's just got to starting finding them." While Bell searches, the veterans have found a less-than-complimen-tary nickname for him Tinker. No moves is good moves. That's the way it's getting to be around Orchard Park. With so many players coming and going from the Bills in the first few weeks, one team official commented how the club's media guide already is well out of date. "We should just use the 7984 Football Register," he said. Thomas' promises Rochester native Bob Thomas has warned Walter Payton about breaking his Chicago Bears scoring record. Said Thomas : "I've told Walter that if he breaks the scoring record, I'm going after the NFL career rushing record." IB SP0HTSC0PE Navratilova wins record-breaking 56th straight Democrat and Chronicle Martina Navratilova finally completed a rain-delayed 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of outmatched Melissa Brown yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to stretch her singles' winning streak to a record-breaking 56 matches. With the victory in a first-round match at the Lynda Carter-May-belline Tennis Classic, Navratilova erased the 10-year-old mark set by Chris Evert Lloyd. Lloyd, ironically, grew up in Fort Lauderdale. The Czechoslovakia-born naturalized American citizen has won six consecutive Grand Slam titles and 246 of her last 241 matches. She and Para Shriver have teamed to win 70 straight doubles matches, by far the longest doubles streak in modern history. This week's rain, which had forced the match to be moved back from Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon, and then suspended play at 4-1 in the first set Thursday, caused more problems than Brown, a 16-year-old high school junior from Scarsdale. "It was tough, but it was fun," a relieved Navratilova said at her post-match news conference. "That was what I've been waiting all that time for. "I never thought it would be broken when (Lloyd) set it back in 1974," she said. "I got so close in January (when her previous longest streak of 54 ended) that I didn't think I'd ever get another chance. "You have to have luck and hard work to do something like this and I had both." Navratilova had tied Lloyd's match record in unusual fashion Tuesday when the Women's Tennis Association reduced Lloyd's longstanding record by one, ruling that a default had mistakenly been included in the streak. mmm m THANK YOU CHRYSLER! THANK YOU ROCHESTER! We're 1 out of 155 dealers in N.Y. State and we're here to stay. Here's How... NO GIMMICKS. NO HIDDEN CHARGES, NO NUTHIN' ANY '84 IN STOCK CAN BE YOURS FOR 1 OVER COST yife're Doing OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT FOR SERVICE, PARTS & COLLISION We'rd the ONLY dealership open 5 days a week from 7:30 until midnight for service. i Darts and collision and we offer free shuttle servir.n Navratilova last was beaten by liana Mandlikova in the final of a Virginia Slims tournament at Oakland, Calif., last Jan. 14. That defeat broke a string of 54 straight tri umphs so Navratilova has won 110 of her last 111 matches. Dolphins will look at Leaks The Miami Dolphins, continuing to search for a player to take the place of injured Andra Franklin, will look at running back Roosevelt Leaks this morning, team spokesman Dan Edwards said. Leaks, a 10-year pro, was cut by the Buffalo Bills before the season. He played five years with Baltimore ' before joining the Bills. Yesterday the Dolphins looked at Perry Harrington. Harrington, a five-year pro, had been traded from Philadelphia to Cleveland before being cut in preseason. Johncock injured Gordon Johncock, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was injured in a crash during practice for the Detroit New Grand Prix Indy-car race in Brooklyn, Mich. The 48-year-old driver from Cold-water, Mich., suffered what track officials described as a mild concussion, with bruised ribs. It was feared he had broken ribs and a broken right foot, but X-rays were negative. 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