Chapter 3, Page 99
Allen wanted to begin preparations for Super Bowl VII immediately, considering it
imperative that the team stay on the same schedule as always to keep its
momentum going and to avoid distractions. Regular practices were called all week, long
meetings were held upstairs in Redskins Park, and the coaching staff reviewed hours of
Miami films, burning the midnight oil every night after the players had gone home.
Too late: Backup Dallas cornerback Mark Washington makes a futile leap as Charley Taylor pulls in a touchdown pass in the 1972 Redskins playoff victory.
(Richard Darcey/The Washington Post)
The team flew to California on Sunday, and Allen clearly was nervous about what
they would face. There would be adoring fans, plenty of diversions all over Southern
California and the usual media mob.
The first problem of the week occurred on Tuesday night. Jim
Snowden, a reserve tackle who was injured and not even eligible to play, was caught trying to slip out
a window of the team's Newport Beach hotel after curfew. He was not alone
several other players also were missing in action that night but Snowden was the only
one caught. Allen was furious. He wanted to send him home the next day and fine him
as well. But when it was learned that several starters were among the others who
were AWOL, cooler heads prevailed and Snowden was allowed to stay.
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