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Green Bay Packers quarterback Don Majkowski tries to fight off the Chicago Bears' Dave
Duerson during third-quarter action yesterday. The Bears won, 16-0, to clinch at least a wild-
card playoff spot.
THE SPORTING VIEWS
BY STEVEN GINNS
' Dear Pete Rozelle,
What's happened to the National Football League?
In the 1970s and early '80s, the league that you are
commissioner of was exciting and fun to watch. But in
recent seasons the NFL has become dull. In fact, the
NFL should change its name to the BFL - B as in
During the '70s and early '80s, the NFL was at its
peak in popularity. Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was
allowed to dance in the end zone after scoring a
touchdown. The Washington Redskins' wide receivers
celebrated every score with the "fun bunch" dance. Dan
Fouts and the San Diego Chargers put new meaning in
the term explosive offense.
TEAMS had their own separate identities. The
Dallas Cowboys were known for their Doomsday
Defense. The Minnesota Vikings were nicknamed the
Purple People Eaters. Pittsburgh was synonymous
with the Steel Curtain.
As a result, a simple game between Denver and
Oakland became a battle between the Orange Crush
and the black and silver intimidation of the Raiders.
Now all there is is the Washington Redskins'
offensive line - known as the Hogs. Hardly
The current crop of teams consist mostly of no-
name players. As this season drags on, the Buffalo
Bills (11-2) are tied for the best record in the NFL. But
can anyone name five players on the Bills?
The Detroit Lions exemplify what is wrong with
the NFL. Earlier in this decade, when Billy Sims led
the offense, the Lions did not win very often, but were
The NFL: It's not
fun to watch. At least once a game, the double reverse
THIS YEAR, the Lions have continued their
losing ways, but, are boring to watch. The Lions'
most exciting play was a failed fake punt from the
goal line, which eventually contributed to defeat.
Here are some suggestions to solve this problem.
-Bring back Howard Cosell. Monday Night
Football, especially during halftime, has not been the
same ever since Howard left. Although many people
did not enjoy his broadcasts, he had the ability to make
the most boring game worth watching. Today's
announcers lack the ability Cosell possessed. Even
once-innovative John Madden's sound effects on
instant replays have become routine.
-Expand the playoffs. The Super Bowl has not been
so Super in recent years. This Sunday Spectacular has
become an annual blowout, and including more teams
in the playoffs increases the chances for a better finale.
-Increase public relations to create some superstars.
Hockey has Wayne Gretzky. Basketball has Michael
Jordan. Football has nobody. Players like William
Refrigerator Perry and Jim McMahon have the
potential to be superstars. However, it has been awhile
since these players have been heard from. McMahon
has toned down his act, while Perry has been reduced
to a shell of his former self.
-Implement some rule changes. Making
spontaneous celebrations a penalty for
unsportsmanlike conduct was a mistake. Banning
Mark Gastineau's sack dance (maybe that is why he
retired) contributes to the dullness of the NFL.
Give these suggestions a try before the NFL is
discovered as a cure for insomnia.
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Former Michigan quarterback Jim
Harbaugh played the entire second
half Sunday in the Chicago Bears'
16-0 victory over the Green Bay
Harbaugh entered the game with
the Bears leading 7-0 and completed
10 of 19 passes for 98 yards. He also
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starter Mike Tomczak was injured
with just over a minute left in the
first half. Tomczak suffered a
separation of his left, non-throwing
Tomczak was starting in place of
oft-injured first-stringer Jim
McMahon. The Bears are planning
to have McMahon ready for next
Monday's game against the Rams,
but plan to use him only if
Harbaugh is injured.
Chicago's victory was led by
running back Neal Anderson, who
scored his second touchdown of the
game on a 80-yard run in the third
The Bears clinched at least a wild-
card playoff spot with an 11-2
record, while the Packers fell to 2-11
with their sixth straight defeat.
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