January 17, 1999 |
Mike Shanahan has prepared his Denver Broncos. The coach said his players have had their best week of practice all season and have pored over films of the New York Jets - of the offense with resurrected quarterback Vinny Testaverde and of the defense that resembles those that Bill Parcells has taken to the Super Bowl before. When the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (15-2) host the Jets (13-4) in today's AFC championship at Mile High Stadium, Shanahan knows there will be a contest.
January 4, 1999 |
Overshadowed here by the Arizona Cardinals' unprecedented success, burdened with a name that suggests tortilla chips instead of touchdowns, and unable to stifle talk of a national playoff despite the new format, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl nonetheless will determine college football's champion tonight. In the latest bowl game in years, Tennessee, an underdog despite its top ranking and 12-0 record, will meet No. 2 Florida State (11-1) on a near-perfect night at Sun Devil Stadium. The game itself, however, might not provide the perfect conclusion that Bowl Championship Series organizers had planned.
November 15, 1995 |
America and Russia are waging a high-stakes game of international intrigue in a remote part of the former Soviet Union that contains the world's biggest known reserves of oil outside of the Persian Gulf. The new "great game" is over who will control the pipelines through which the vast flow of Caspian Sea oil from Azerbaijan (and some day, Kazakhstan) will reach its markets. Moscow wants to exert monopoly control over Caspian oil by having it piped northward through Russia. America's interests would be better served by a pipeline route that passes through NATO ally Turkey.
November 14, 1994 |
The North Penn football team wanted Downingtown. It was forced to settle for a trip to Pottsville on Friday night. But coach Joe Shannon wasn't complaining about the Knights' predicament after their stunning 17-14 win at Veterans Memorial Stadium. North Penn originally was scheduled to play Downingtown Friday but was forced to look elsewhere when Downingtown qualified for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs and hosted Springfield (Delco) in a semifinal game instead.
September 7, 1994 |
The Eagles were the defending Eastern Division champions in 1948, a team with four future Hall of Famers, yet they were 19-point underdogs to Chicago when the teams met at Shibe Park that October. An Eagles team with the great Steve Van Buren at halfback . . . playing at home . . . a 19-point underdog? Sounds far-fetched. But oddsmakers always have reasons, and they had them this time, as well. The Bears were 4-0 and considered the best team in football. They never had lost to the Eagles, not once in 11 meetings.
March 30, 1994 |
The seventh game of the Flyers-Rangers first-round playoff series jostled the fading championship banners in the Spectrum rafters. It didn't really matter that it isn't quite April and the regular season isn't over. What mattered was that the Flyers played possibly their best game of the season last night, forechecking like they'd just invented it, swarming all over the team that is tied for first overall in the league. Somehow, the Flyers didn't win, which kind of sums up their season.
October 19, 1993 |
In the age of Clinton, the reigning idea is that if you put enough Rhodes Scholars in one government conference room, you'll come up with a better way to run health care, automobile research, Somalia or any other human enterprise. I have my doubts. But as a critic of the idea of nationalizing life's problems, I must acknowledge the one free enterprise that begs to be saved from itself by some higher authority. I am thinking - this is, after all, World Series time - of baseball. The mismanagement of baseball by fat-cat owners and spoiled-brat players is by now a common lament.
January 11, 1993 |
Phil-Mont Christian Academy coach Bill DeHeer had a little talk with his co-captains, senior Beth Johnson and junior Jill Altieri, before Friday's Keystone Conference girls' basketball game against Delco Christian, and it produced big results. Johnson had a career-high 22 points and Altieri added 11 as the Falcons (4-2, 3-1) posted a 51-23 victory. "I told them both they had had some good games, but neither of them had had a great game," said DeHeer, whose team has won three in a row. "I told them I was hoping they'd have that great game.
February 24, 1992 |
Tony Chapman left Bristol's gym with a somewhat sour taste in his mouth Friday night. He wasn't upset with the way his Holy Ghost team played, and he wasn't griping about the officiating. His complaint was that the Firebirds were allowed to cut down only one net after they defeated the Warriors, 66-64, in overtime for the Bicentennial League championship. Of course, all the other teams in the league would love to be able make such a complaint. For most of the season, both teams were pointing to this game, as it figured all along to be for the league championship.
December 13, 1990 |
Some victories, even nonleague victories early in the season, mean more than others. Friends' Central's 44-37 victory over the Baldwin School on Tuesday qualifies as one of those victories. Baldwin and coach Pat West entered the game with a 2-0 record. Host Friends' Central was 3-1 and hoping to show that its early season success wasn't a mirage. Baldwin is "a good team and they're well-coached," Phoenix coach Tim Beach said. "I was happy with the way the kids played. It's a big win for us. We hadn't beaten them in four years.