Virtually everywhere in baseball, including Los Angeles, office employees are being laid off or fired because of the strike. . . .
These aren't wealthy people. Their jobs entailed long hours and paid modest wages. Many will be hard pressed to pay their bills. All their years of loyal service mean little now. . . .
The greedy owners, players, and so-called negotiators ought to be ashamed. . . .
If you are Ram Coach Chuck Knox, don't you stick with Chris Chandler at quarterback unless he plays his way out of the job? . . .
I mean, Chris Miller wasn't exactly setting the NFL afire even when he was reasonably well. . . .
Fox TV should devote a camera to Andre Rison every time the Atlanta Falcons have the ball Sunday at Anaheim Stadium. . . .
The Raiders' only three victories in their last eight regular-season or playoff games have been over the Denver Broncos. . . .
The Detroit Lions still don't give Barry Sanders the ball often enough in scoring territory. . . .
His winning percentage of 78.8% (77-20-2) is higher than those of Howard Jones and John McKay, but lower than the 86.5% (45-7-0) of Gloomy Gus Henderson. . . .
The last time Oregon beat USC at the Coliseum was in 1971 when Len Casanova's Duck coaching staff included Robinson, George Seifert and Bruce Snyder. . . .
Robinson was offensive coordinator, Seifert defensive back coach and Snyder offensive back coach. . . .
As a substitute for the injured Dan Fouts, Harvey Winn threw three touchdown passes in the Ducks' 28-23 upset victory. The third Oregon quarterback was Norv Turner. . . .
Among the most improved Trojans this year is John Stonehouse, who leads the Pacific 10 Conference in punting. . . .
The Bruins will be playing in Seattle on Saturday for the first time since 1990 when, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Maddox, they upset the second-ranked Huskies, 25-22. . . .
In four games, UCLA wide receiver Kevin Jordan has caught 28 passes for 458 yards and three touchdowns. In the first four last year, J.J. Stokes caught 21 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns. . . .
How unappealing is this week's schedule? The featured ABC game is Iowa at Michigan. We'll get Washington-UCLA instead. . . .
You know some things are changing in college football when Washington State is given a good chance to beat Tennessee at Knoxville. . . .
It cost $800,000 to build the Coliseum in 1923 and $60 million to make earthquake repairs in 1994. . . .
I'm not getting enough statistical information from the new Coliseum scoreboard. . . .
ESPN2, which celebrates its first anniversary Saturday, is introducing a Great College Rivalries series. Among the matchups will be Yale-Harvard in football Nov. 19, North Carolina-Duke in basketball Feb. 2, Iowa-Iowa State in wrestling Feb. 19, Johns Hopkins-Maryland in lacrosse April 15, and UCLA-USC in men's volleyball at a date to be announced. . . .
UCLA's third-ranked women's volleyball team will open its home season at 7 p.m. Friday against Washington at Pauley Pavilion. . . .
Oscar De La Hoya, whose virus caused his fight against John Avila at the Grand Olympic to be postponed from Oct. 8 until Dec. 10, will face Carl Griffith on the James Toney-Roy Jones card Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. . . .
They could put on a heavyweight championship unification match between Michael Moorer and Oliver McCall and it wouldn't be big enough for pay-per-view. . . .
The scheduled home openers are Detroit vs. the Kings at the Forum Wednesday and Calgary vs. the Mighty Ducks at The Pond of Anaheim on Oct. 9. . . .
Interesting sound bite from Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary: "One out of every five games in 1968 was a shutout." . . .
I've still never seen Babe Ruth catch a ball.