D. D. Lewis smiled when he said that. He was talking "tongue in cheek," the Dallas Cowboy's P.R. folks call to assure, after being taken aback by FanFare's relay of a report indicating "dissension" there atop NFC East -- manifested by linebacker Lewis' digs at linebacker Thomas Henderson. Oh, Lewis "makes no bones about not liking Thomas' style, has said so before," a spokesman said, but "really, he just wants him to get down to business -- every man on this team wants that and knows Thomas can do it" . . .
Garo Yepremian sat in the Orange Bowl stands Sunday, watching the Miami Dolphins beat Seattle, and when his kicking successor, Uwe von Schamann, booted a couple of field goals, the displaced little old booter clapped. "Why not applaud? That's what I'm here for, to root for the Dolphins . . . (but) I want to kick for someone."
Maybe New Orleans. With million-dollar rookie Russell Erxleben nursing a pulled hamstring -- leaving fullback Tony Galbreath to place-kick and receiver West Chandler to punt Sunday versus Green Bay -- the Saints called Yepremian yesterday. He promised to fly right over to talk turkey . . .
Injured-placekicker-wise, San Diego's Rolf Benirschke is out of hospital after two days with an aching rib and here we go agin with Oakland Raider controversy. Gene Klein, Charger owner, accused Oakland's Lester Hayes of "a cheap, terrible hit" when Benirschke was knocked to the ground late in the first half kicking an extra point in the 30-10 San Diego victory. The officials made no call, ruling that Hayes was blocked into the kicker, but Charger tight end Kellen Winslow said the hit "was uncalled for . . . you don't get blocked into someone like that" . . .
The Pete Rose marriage, on the rocks last year, evidently is sinking for sure now.Karolyn Rose, in Cincinnati, filed for divorce yesterday from the $800,000-a-year Phillie, charging gross neglect of duty and asking a split of all property plus reasonable alimony. Mrs. Rose has been recuperating from a blood clot in her leg that kept her hospitalized several weeks this summer . . .
Mike Baker wasn't kidding when he said a title shot was in the offing. He was due to take off for England last night and participate in a press conference today about his Sept. 25 challenge of Maurice Hope for the WBC junior middleweight belt. The scheduled 15 rounds from Wembley Stadium are to be taped by NBC-TV and be shown in the United States the following weekend. Ed Williams still sponsors Baker (23-11-1).
There are those who like San Diego -- Randy Jones, too, signing a fresh Padre contract through 1984 (reckon it at $2.5 mil for five years) -- and those who don't. Gaylord Perry, contacted at his North Carolina farm by the Padres' prexy, Ballard Smith, and told he was welcome to end his week-old walkout and try to add to his 279 career wins, said sorry, he had "settled in" at the farm: "Been picking corn all day. Blanche and I have to sack 500 pounds of peanuts tonight. The children all started back to school today and they have a lot of homework tonight . . . Pleased to hear from Ballard. I was afraid he was ignoring me . . . but I'm not coming back" . . .
And when the Clippers assembled rookies and free agents for tryout camp, one who told Coach Gene Shue, sure, he'd be there, was not. Of course, Marvin Barnes . . .