Coach Bum Phillips told his New Orleans team that anyone caught with cocaine is no Saint. "That's a promise," he said. "There's no such thing" as so-called recreational use of the drug, he said. "It's like saying you're robbing a bank for fun . . . "
Al Davis is back in Oakland, temporarily, and told the Alameda County Superior Court that Los Angeles fans already have bought 20,000 season tickets to see his Raiders play.
That's $3.6 million worth of tickets, he said.
Davis made the surprise appearance to contest a suit filed by two Oakland area fans who seek to keep the team in Oakland. The Raiders' lawyer called the suit moot because the team already had moved . . .
Quarterback Joe Montana and kicker Ray Wersching of the 49ers have quit the players association, thus protecting themselves from legal reprisals should they ignore an NFLPA strike. Union members who work during strikes can be sued . . .
Bubba Green, a defensive tackle, left the Colts' training camp after a dispute with Coach Frank Kush. Wade Griffin, a veteran offensive lineman, retired, saying doctors had warned him that, if he continued to play, he risked permanent neck paralysis . . . End Ed (Too Tall) Jones of the Cowboys has agreed to a multiyear contract that will pay him about $300,000 a year. Among the Cowboys, only Randy White and Tony Dorsett earn more.