It was a real slow day at Maryland today – maybe the assembled press (myself included) were a little zonked out because of the lousy weather.
It did create a chance to ask Ralph Friedgen about his comments the other day about actually scoring too quickly – something that seemed unlikely to ever come out of his mouth.
“I can remember playing Miami in a playoff game in San Diego,” Friedgen said. “Miami was ahead and we were driving and I remember coach [Bobby] Ross saying ‘We need to slow it down. We don’t want to score too quickly. Then [Dan] Marino gets back on the field. I’m thinking ‘What do I have to do to score? Now the guy wants me to slow it down.’
“When I said that the other day, I never thought I would say that but now I realize where coach Ross was at that time.”
My memory of that game was a little hazy. I remembered it was decided on a field goal attempt as time expired. The Chargers’ 22-21 lead was created, Friedgen said, when San Diego withstood a blitz and scored a touchdown on a pass (to Mark Seay, as it turned out).
That left the Chargers to squib kick, a move that gave Miami the ball on the San Diego 45. And sure enough, Pete Stoyanovich had a chance to win it for Miami, but his 48-yard attempt sailed wide.
“I always say my daughter’s first year of college was on the Stoyanovich Scholarship,” Friedgen said. “I think the game was worth about about 20 grand and he missed the field goal. Back then college was about 20,000.”
And there’s a completely random story for your Thursday evening.