Sam Wyche said yesterday he was ready to return and ignite a new quarterback controversy on the Washington Redskins.
Wyche, a part-time magician and master of the put-on during his observing days here as backup to Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen, also indicated from his burgeoning sporting-goods business in Greenville, S.C., he was upset coach George Allen would tell the press before notifying him.
"When he going to let me know?" Wyche demanded yesterday, told that Allen named him as the team's starting quarterback Monday night against the Baltimore Colts.
"Pass the word along." Wyche continued. "I'm going to fly up there on a commercial flight and I except to be reimbursed.
"I'm gald to know I'm remembered in such a fond way." Wyche added. "Or was it sarcasm?"
Honest, folks. Allen was joshing and, obviously. Wyche was in a jocular mood yesterday.
Besides sporting goods. Wyche also is in the media now, as the color commentator on Furman University football games.
"I did a halftime show with George before the Appalachian State game." he said, "We do it by phone, tape it and broadcast it on Saturday. I'm sure that's why my name was on his mind.
"What else did he say?" Wyche wanted to know about his chances to come back and perhaps throw his first pass as a Redskin. He was with the team for three seasons (1971-73).
Told "nothing." Wyche snapped, "Wasn't there one good journalist to ask a followup?"
Te sporting-goods business is good, Wyche said.
"Four stores in three cities and a wholesale warehouse that does about half our business." Wyche said. "Am I an intrepreneur? If you're comparing me to General Motors, no. If you're comparing me to the local fruit stand, yes.
"It's a very competitive business, like selling mobile homes. Anybody can get in."
Wyche wants to get into another profession part time and he's finding it hard.
"I want to do the games on network television," he said. "I'm more than interested - I'm anxious. I've made contacts, but there are more applicants than room.
"I think I'd do better than some of the guys on now."