Now what would possess anybody to circulate reports the Redskins were offering Mike Boryla, displaced quarterback, a bundle to join the tribe?
Wangling a nice four-year, six-figure contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, evidently, for that's what Boryla, Philadelphia Eagle starter much of last fall wound up with yesterday.
Somebody said $600,000 and asked about a report he had been offered more money by Washington (comes on!) Boryla told the inquisitive in Florida, "Money was not my major consideration, I came to Tampa because I like going with a young team . . . a challenge . . . new team that had no winning tradition." "No" is right; 0-14 lifetime.
So, Billy and Joe can breathe easier - they sure must have been worried about this three-year man who lost his first-string status to creaky Roman Gabriel the latter part of last seaon. The guy who all of a sudden has to worry, a little, is Gary Huff, the hometown Tampa lad the Bucs acquired from Chicago this spring to supplant waived-away Steve Spurrier. Former Virginia star Scott Gardner and fellow free agent David Jaynes, second-year man Parnell Dickinson, coming off knee surgery, and rookies Randy Hedberg from Minot (N.D.) State also are in the scramble.
Maybe Buc coach John McKay will go with the one who can hand off most smoothly to Ricky Bell and be done with it . . . Just so they haven't perfected the act by Oct. 9 when the Redskins invade Tampa for Game Four . . .
The Eagles? They got an undisclosed draft choice, rumored fifth or sixth round, as compensation for "losing" Boryla by failing, in an alleged front-office mixup, to notify him by May 1 that they were picking up his option for another year . . .
The Pittsburgh Pirates have another little worry besides catching the Cubs and Phillies in the NL East. Dave Parker, the .340-hitting proprietor of Roberto Clemente territory in Three Rivers - right field, that is - has asked to be traded because of "troubles with the front office."
Parker says, "I find it difficult to play in Pittsburgh under certain conditions which I can't divulge . . . I have presented the Pirates with a letter giving them permission to trade me as long as it's in the National League."
Couldn't be his contract, currently in its first year of three?
First Chuck Tanner knew his No. 3 man in the batting order was disgruntled was when he read it in the paper. "The way he plays," said manager Tanner, "he's not unhappy" . . .
The way Milwaukee's Mike Hegan doesn't play he is unhappy. The first baseman, 34, last started in Boston May 22; homered off Rick Wise. Has batted 15 times since. Says since that's all the Brewers think him, he is retiring at season's end, to become a full-time sportscaster with WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, where he works offseason. He didn't wait, though, to broadcast his assessment of Brewer manager Alex Grammas: "Nice guy, but as a manager, he makes a good third base coach" . . . Woodie Fryman, the old southpaw who up and retired on the Cincinnati Reds Monday night, couldn't care less about baseball problems any more. "It's permanent, final and there's no chance I'll change my mind," farmer Fryman said from his corn-and-tobacco spread at Ewing, Ky. "There are some things I just have to get done around this farm for the harvest. I have had an alarm clock inside for some time. I'd get up early on the road out of habit. Now I'll be getting up here, but the difference is that my wife and two children will be here for me to spend the day with" . . .