Lynn Dickey, oft-injured Green Bay quarterback, chimes in against NFL overaggressiveness: "If they don't do something to stop this . . . somebody is going to end up in a wheelchair . . . A $200 or $500 fine is nothing when we're talking about a hit that could ruin somebody's life after football."
We heard similar last week from Darryl Stingley, the Patriot receiver who is in a wheelchair, and earlier this fall from Bud Grant. The Minnesota coach cited several incidents, including an unpenalized hit by Detroit end William Gay on Tommy Kramer, and got one result last week in Lion cornerback Alvin Hall's $750 fine for clotheslining Ahmad Rashad Sept. 20. And now Dickey says the league needs to make an example of the same Bill Gay.
Gay speared Dickey in the back after the Packer had thrown a first-quarter pass Sunday. Both were done for the day; Dickey hurt, Gay ejected. At halftime, Gay apologized, terming the blow unintentional. The next day, Dickey still had throbbing pain in his arms, attributed by a neurologist to minor spinal nerve damage. Dickey, "questionable" for this week, concluded, "With something like this . . . they should suspend the guy for four weeks without pay . . . It's frightening . . ."
Commissioner Pete Rozelle will review the film . . . In Philadelphia, Coach Dick Vermeil's nephew Louie Giammona is done for the year, knee damage, and with Steve Atkins shelved last week, the Eagles considered ex-Redskin Ike Forte but rehired draftee Calvin Murray . . . Leg injury from USC game likely puts Notre Dame tight end Dean Masztak out of the Navy date, maybe the season . . .
NBA: 76ers drop Maryland's Ernest Graham, No. 3 draftee, in final cuts, but Celtics keep first-rounder Tracy Jackson . . .
Bob Ufer died this week, a loss to Michigan -- or "Meesh-ee-gun," as he enthusiastically mispronounced it through 362 consecutive broadcasts of Wolverine football until stopped by a blood clot in his head this summer. Also a track star (440 world indoor record) at U of M ('44), he will be buried beside great Coach Fielding H. Yost . . .
In Virginia, it's found that Billy Hill, 26, a Richmond bank employe whose heart gave out in Sunday's Richmond Marathon -- his first -- was doomed by hardened arteries, unsuspected at his age . . .
Forward Jimmy Miller, U. of Virginia's prize basketball recruit (West Virginia player of year) has mononucleosis; may not make the Nov. 21 opener . . . Billy Walker (point guard) and Kenny Haynes (center) have quit Norfolk State basketball, third and fourth regulars this fall to get out from under Coach Lucias Mitchell, subject now of CIAA probe . . .
Pete Cava of The Athletics Congress replies to N.Y. Marathon winner Alberto Salazar's rap at TAC as "thieves" and "hypocrites": "We feel (compromise policy of collecting prize money into trust fund, to be withdrawn only for training purposes) is a step in the right direction . . . (Salazar's) remarks are totally uncalled for" . . .
Correction: Coach Sonny Randle is 0-11-1 in Southern Conference football at Marshall; inherited the rest of the Herd's 25-game SC winless streak.
NFL P.S., progress already: Cleveland Coach Sam Rutigliano, stung by three personal foul calls on his troops versus Baltimore, calls such deeds "selfish" and vows a $1,000 fine for his next culprit.