Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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NFL Or Bust? That, perhaps, is the pro football outlook in these parts nowadays - at least if you believe the latest word from our NAFTA partner to the north.

The Canadian Football League, which cast its great icy eyes in our direction a few weeks back, seems to be targeting other cities as it seeks to continue southward expansion.

The CFL's three-down, flying-football circus will be playing this season in Sacramento, Las Vegas, Baltimore and Shreveport, but according to scribe MARTY YORK of the Toronto Globe and Mail, the league is looking to add four more U.S. cities for 1995. New York is high on the list.

In addition to New York, expansion committee chairman LARRY RYCKMAN lists these cities as possible sites next year: Nashville, San Antonio, Memphis, Orlando, Portland, Oakland and Birmingham.

Hmmm. I guess the CFL found out about the stadium lease from hell.


But for fanciers of the stillborn Purple Stallions continuing with crossed fingers for a move here by the Los Angeles Raiders, there's hope offered by owner AL DAVIS, who doesn't seem wed to his current home.

Says the man of shades: "We could go anywhere. The Raiders are global."

OK, so maybe he didn't narrow it down too much.


Meanwhile in Big D, there's big trouble at the Not-So-OK Corral, where the two-time Super Bowl champion Cowboys are in turmoil.

Team owner JERRY JONES - he of large wallet and ego - is making cautious statements regarding his recent clash with coach JIMMY JOHNSON.

"Any statements either of us make now could work against us, because it could be used as proof that one of us did the firing or did the quitting," Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We have to watch our words so we don't (mess) around and legally violate our existing contract."

From those words, one surmises that Jones has talked with his lawyers about this, which suggests he could be serious about divorcing his fellow JJ.

The latest battle in their ongoing love-hate relationship occurred last week when Jones threatened to fire Johnson, who has five years to go on his contract.

Jones apparently infuriated Johnson by going so far as mentioning a possible successor - the ol' bootlegger's boy himself, BARRY SWITZER. …

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