Sport: Ring Out the Old

In the North Philadelphia railroad sta tion a few weeks ago, an autograph-hunting youngster asked George Preston Marshall : "Are you the coach?" Owner Marshall, whose Washington Redskins (once top-rankers in the National Professional Foot ball League) had just taken a 49-10-14 drubbing from the Philadelphia Eagles, brushed the kid .off with two cryptic words: "Not today." It was quite an admission for the volatile, self-styled genius who sometimes hired coaches to run his team, supercoaches to run the coaches—and then ran the whole thing himself.

Last week at half time of the Pittsburgh Steelers game, Owner Marshall was barred from the...

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