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Faces In The Crowd

FACES IN THE CROWD

Catching Up With...

CATCHING UP WITH... QUARTERBACK BERT JONES SEPTEMBER 13, 1976

By RICHARD DEUTSCH

Television

SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

By John Walters

Baseball

THE CLASS OF THEIR FIELD NOMAR GARCIAPARRA AND SCOTT ROLEN HEAD UP THE BEST GROUP OF ROOKIES IN MORE THAN A DECADE

By Tom Verducci

College Football

ORANGE CRUSH SYRACUSE WHOMPED WISCONSIN AND SERVED NOTICE THAT IT WILL BE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH

By Ivan Maisel

Inside Baseball

PITCHING STOPPED PHILADELPHIA'S RUN AT A HISTORICALLY BAD YEAR A FORECAST FOR EXPANSION LINEUPS A HURLER IS BORN

By Tim Crothers

NFL 97

ZONED IN WITH THE SECONDARY BOLSTERING THE PASS RUSH AND LINEMEN DROPPING INTO COVERAGE, THE ZONE BLITZ HAS BECOME THE NFL'S HOT DEFENSE

By Peter King

SEVEN WAYS TO BEAT IT

By Paul Zimmerman

THE PAST IS PRELUDE

By Paul Zimmerman

AFC

1 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

By Paul Zimmerman

2 MIAMI DOLPHINS

By Paul Zimmerman

3 BUFFALO BILLS

By Paul Zimmerman

4 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

By Paul Zimmerman

5 NEW YORK JETS

By Paul Zimmerman

1 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

By Michael Silver

2 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

By Michael Silver

3 CINCINNATI BENGALS

By Michael Silver

4 TENNESSEE OILERS

By Michael Silver

5 BALTIMORE RAVENS

By Michael Silver

1 DENVER BRONCOS

By Austin Murphy

2 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

By Austin Murphy

3 OAKLAND RAIDERS

By Austin Murphy

4 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

By Austin Murphy

5 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

By Austin Murphy

NFC

1 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

By Paul Zimmerman

2 DALLAS COWBOYS

By Paul Zimmerman

3 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

By Paul Zimmerman

4 ARIZONA CARDINALS

By Paul Zimmerman

5 NEW YORK GIANTS

By Paul Zimmerman

1 GREEN BAY PACKERS

By Peter King

2 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

By Peter King

3 MINNESOTA VIKINGS

By Peter King

4 DETROIT LIONS

By Peter King

5 CHICAGO BEARS

By Peter King

1 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

By David Fleming

2 CAROLINA PANTHERS

By David Fleming

3 ST. LOUIS RAMS

By David Fleming

4 ATLANTA FALCONS

By David Fleming

5 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

By David Fleming

Party of Five

A quintet of strong-armed, agile quarterbacks with tons of ability have risen to prominence in the AFC Central, bringing new life to a position sorely in need of star power

By Michael Silver

REINSTATED, NOT REHABILITATED THE PLAYERS' UNION PREVAILED OVER DISNEY IN THE TONY PHILLIPS CASE, BUT WHO'S THE REAL LOSER?

By Steve Lopez

Inside The NFL 97

EVEN MARINO CAN BE BENCHED PANTHERS TURN TO TURNBULL FAVRE'S OFF-SEASON NOT CAREFREE HAIL, KITNA; FAREWELL, MILLER

By Peter King

DR. Z'S FORECAST

By Paul Zimmerman

Departments

LETTERS

U.S. AMATEUR GOLF AFTER TIGER...ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM OPENS...STRANGE SWIMWEAR...SOCCER TEAM'S MAGICAL RUN... ARENA FOOTBALL IS THRIVING...ABA'S 30TH REUNION

EDITED BY Richard O'Brien AND Hank Hersch SCORECARD STAFF WRITER Kostya Kennedy

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, AUGUST 23, 1997 ABA ALUMNI GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THE RENEGADE LEAGUE 30 YEARS AFTER ITS BIRTH

By Michael Bamberger EDITED BY Richard O'Brien AND Hank Hersch