Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Denver Tackle Guts It Out.Sort Of

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Denver Tackle Guts It Out.Sort Of

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Week Three of the NFL season is upon us. Many teams are polishing up their passing games. Trying to work out turnover problems. Figuring out a way to stop the run.

Meanwhile, Darren Drozdov is battling for control of his stomach. Drozdov, a nose tackle with the Denver Broncos, has this problem with, uh, vomiting on the football field.

"He's a pretty good football player when he isn't throwing up on the ball," Denver coach Wade Phillips said. "He said he'd had a problem in high school and college before games but not in practice. But I think he was just so pumped up to try to make the team. . . . He did do it every day in practice in training camp."

It goes beyond being a novelty item, Phillips said.

"He's lost some weight and we're sending him to a psychiatrist to help him out," Phillips said. "It's just nervousness."

We are happy to report that Drozdov is making progress. Now that he's made the Broncos' roster, Drozdov no longer regurgitates during practice. The Drozdov discharges have even stopped during games.

"Now it's confined to before the game," Phillips said. "You've had different players who've done that through their careers. He's not the first guy who's had a nervous stomach before a game."

True, but you think Kansas City center Tim Grunhard will be a tad wary during Monday's big matchup with Denver if Drozdov's in the game?

Fran The Deal Man: Fran Murray continues to break new ground in entrepreneurship. Last week, Murray was seen huddling with an attorney and four lobbyists for the Mashantucket Pequot Indians about investing in his Connecticut stadium plan.

Murray is putting together a group to buy the New England Patriots and move them to Hartford, Conn. But he needs $93 million in private money to help finance a stadium planned for Hartford. The Pequots are a tribe that owns a casino in Ledyard, Conn. The casino grossed $20 million in slot machine revenues alone in July.

Think Murray isn't weaving his spell in Connecticut? Consider these optimistic comments last week from Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker.

"We're doing everything right," Weicker told a reporter. "It's the reason why as you and I sit here and talk, I know this is going to happen. Assuming the legislature responds, I don't see what's going to stop us."

The state legislature takes up Connecticut's stadium plan this week.

Charlotte Bits: Living up to an agreement with the NAACP, Charlotte's expansion group has added a minority to its ownership group. The addition is Charlotte resident Bill Simms, an executive with the Trans-America Corp.

In another development, unidentified Charlotte business interests have agreed to underwrite any unsold premium seat licenses (PSLs) in the city's proposed stadium. Charlotte is financing its stadium construction with the PSLs, a one-time fee giving purchasers the right to buy a season ticket.

Charlotte is expected to be about 12,000 short of its hoped-for 62,000 PSL sales at this week's NFL presentations in Chicago.

Bar Scene: Howie Long. Randall Cunningham. Add Green Bay defensive end Reggie White to the growing list of NFL players with their own candy bars.

We're told the wrapper on the "Reggie White" bar reads: "Peanuts and caramel sacked in milked chocolate."

Don't laugh. White says that's much better than Cunningham's wrapper.

"We used to kid Randall about his bar. After seeing his face on the wrapper nobody could eat it," White said.

Poor Derrick Lassic: Yes, that was Dallas defensive end Charles Haley throwing his helmet against the wall after last week's 13-10 loss to Buffalo.

And yes, that was Haley who said, "We can't win with this (bleep) rookie running back."

Yes, that was a reference to Derrick Lassic, who replaced former holdout Emmitt Smith as the Cowboys' feature back for two weeks. …

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