It got so heated that one of the replacement Bills had to climb on top of a vending machine to find refuge.

It’s not outrageous to ask an NFL team’s quarterback to hold a post-game press availability and a mid-week press availability during the season. In baseball, the starting pitcher is almost always available at his locker after a game.

In basketball, the superstars hold court with varying degrees of frequency and then after every postseason game. Every other quarterback in the league does these press conferences, and they’re largely uneventful because you stand out there, act civil, give some boilerplate answers then everybody goes home . . . not so much happy, but at least feeling nothing.

The biggest boy of all? That would be linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning, college football’s folk hero, who stuffs TCU’s Sewo Olonilua on third-and-3 at the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs’ own 30-yard line. Iowa State leads 7-0 with 1:19 left in the first quarter. The Cyclones beat Oklahoma on Oct. 7. Is lightning striking twice inside this tornado?

Throughout this piece, I’ll be referencing “OTD.” OTD stands for opportunity-adjusted touchdowns. It is a statistic that weighs every carry/target and converts the data into one number that indicates a player’s scoring opportunity. For example, if a player has an OTD of 3.0, it means that a league-average player who saw the same number of carries/targets in the same area of the field would have scored three touchdowns.

“I wasn’t trying to prove a point,” he says. “I never in a million years thought the players were going to go on strike.”

When Schlopy reported to the Bills after the strike, he remembers there being a tremendous amount of animosity from the regular players. At one point, in the lobby of the hotel that the team had placed the replacement players in, one of the Bills’ regular players showed up with two dogs and confronted a group of the scab players.
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