Football: The Men in the Striped Shirts

Dear Mr. Rozelle:

In our contest with the gentlemen from Dallas, that fine Cowboy running back, Mr. Craig Baynham, happened to fumble a kickoff return. We may have been mistaken, but it appeared to us that one of our players recovered the football. The referee, however, awarded the ball to Dallas. Of course, we in no way mean to impugn the integrity of our esteemed officials. Rather, we note this seeming discrepancy only in the interest of bettering football—and good sportsmanship—everywhere.

Respectfully, Otto Graham Head Coach, Washington Redskins

Ideally, in compliance with pro football's strict rule that all complaints about officiating be...

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