Now that his Los Angeles Rams are out of the playoffs and safe from immediate retaliation, general manager Don Klosterman has resumed needling his front office counterpart, Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders.
Noting that the Raiders' logo comprises with an buccaneer in a football helmet, with an eye patch and crossed swords, Klosterman forwarded to the media a study he attributes to a history professor.
"The swashbuckling pirates, who terrorized the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries were homosexuals," the study says.
"The uniqueness of pirate society lay not in the practice of wanton violence - as portrayed in historical novels and adventure films - but in the fact that it was self-contained and exclusively homosexual community. The popular image of buccaneers as roistering, romantic men carrying struggling women from plundered ships is far from accurate."
Responses from members of the Gay Liberation Movement are referred to Klosterman, in care of the Los Angeles Rams.
Book author Ken Stabler likens the Redskins' passing to Minnesota's: "Washington has a finesse attack with Billy Kilmer, who doesn't throw as well as most quarterbacks in the league but who gets more out of his game than almost anybody. Kilmer is an extremely accurate short passer; they have him throw that quick slant to Charley Taylor, who used to be a running back and take the punishment.
". . . We hardly ever send Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch in there (the middle) because these guys aren't that big and can't absort the punishment consistently. We send out tight ends in there, because at 225 pounds and up they're made for that."
As to running, Stabler says, "I can appreciate a tough, defensive game and a hard-hitting ground game, but as a steady diet this can be boring.
"There are many outstanding backs playing right now, but the only one who actually fits the description, I think, is O. J. Simpson. When the Bills play on television, I want to see O.J. run with the ball, but when Pittsburgh is on, I don't wait for them to give the ball to Franco Harris, although he is a fine back. I believe that most football observers feel the same way."