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THE SALffWvJoURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS / D2 HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL / D3 O-STATE FOOTBALL / D4 D '^COMMENT V COLLEGE FOOTBALL MIKE LITTWIN Scrlpps Howard News Service Broncos' win means nothing in October ." , DENVER — Of course, the game means nothing. -And yet. ;' You were impressed. I was impressed. The Broncos are 6-0, matching their best start ever. They punished the team many fig- ...ured to stand in their way to the Super Bowl. You can bet the New England Patriots came away im- ~ptessed, and maybe depressed, too. Still, the game means nothing. , It's as plain as the calendar in ; front of your face. I know that. " And yet. ,, Did you see Terrell Davis? In i-front of a national television audi- "erice, he showed once again that he -.is football's true unknown solider, •'which, I'm guessing, is the point of that whole saluting business. Did the game mean nothing to Davis? "I'm pretty known in Denver," he was saying earlier in the week, ^ .'-but that's about it. Everyone •••wants to be well-known. That's a direct measure of how you're doing •i^ the league." OK, he's doing great. He's on a ".pace for a 2,000-yard season. For ;the first time in John Elway's ca- 'r'eer, there are those who whisper p that someone else may be the most i-uriportant piece of the Broncos' of- -fense. Davis' 171 yards Monday •' : night helped make the case. "" Championship teams, every broadcaster will insist on telling ir you, have to be able to get it done p. on the ground, and the Broncos did 'it'against a fine defensive team. - —Not that it matters in the great t!,'s'ciheme of things. Not now. Noth- _ing gets decided in October unless . .the game you're playing is with ' that little, round, white ball. There are so many games to play, so 'much that can happen. ;.. "And yet. ;,''. I watched Elway make some uncharacteristically dumb plays in l^ the first half (was that the ghost of Dan Reeves doing the commentary?) and wondered if Willie Clay Vwas going to walk away with one of his car lots. But by the time it was over, Elway had made another case :fqr 37-year-olds with dangling bi- Tceps tendons. ;; -'Does he amaze you? Do you have -to think that, maybe, just maybe, this is his season? - °.OK, it's time to calm down. You ,'vdon't have to tell me the game . .means nothing, other than, of .- course, in the overnight ratings. ' '-This is a game that the boys at - Monday Night Football figured "could put them back in Nielsen fa- ~vor. But as for football, we all re..member what the Broncos did to the Patriots last season and what it meant. SJjjjjIt's a great reminder of how sea- •jpSns evolve and how they end, y^iich are often different things. ""* 'It tells you that no matter how , * iftuch you want to believe, one midseason game ultimately means next to nothing. >£;And yet. N"* Isn't this season, somehow, dif. ferent from other seasons? You ; $atch the Broncos and you wonder < Ijujst who might be better than they ' •; 'are. Maybe, come December and j January, the answer will become i clearer. But right now, just for ;' laughs, let's take a look at the pow• erhouseNFC. '•; The Cowboys? They're just play';. ing to stay out of prison. The Packers? How about a new ;' slogan — The Pack Ain't Jack. ;, The 49ers? Without Jerry Rice? -: With Steve Young's head in a cast? ] p The Bucs? OK, just kidding. \ 'You watch the league and you're j tempted to say this has to be the year, unless it's all just some cosmic joke and there will never be a ; year for the AFC to break through. • Stranger things have happened " than an AFC team winning the Su' $er Bowl. The Berlin Wall fell. j —And yet. 5 • Are you one of those people who '" believes things happen for a rea- •;; If you are, would you please ex- I* plain the uniforms? !< • I'm not one of those people. But I •; watched Monday night and I coujd- .; iVt help but think I was seeing a •; Jteam with unlimited potential. I. •j Jwatched a defense to match the of- i Cense. I watched a 34-13 devastation $of.the Patriots. ;:; And yet. * J Maybe this game means nothing. •;JBut the first six games mean every- 3 ;thing you think they do. Nothing is ;?>djkermined. Anything is possible. 'Cats hope history repeats; Since 1993, K-State has performed well in the game following a loss to NU By HAROLD BECHARD The Sallna Journal MANHATTAN — Kansas State's football team has proven it knows how to bounce back from a loss to Nebraska. The Wildcats have had plenty of practice. They've lost to the Corn- huskers for 29 straight years. When the Missouri Tigers travel to Manhattan on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. game, expect K-State to play well. Since 1993, the Wildcats have put losses to Nebraska behind them and come up with solid efforts. • 1993 — K-State loses to Nebraska, 4528, but comes back a week later with a 1616 tie against Colorado. The Wildcats went 4-1 the rest of the season. • 1994 — A tough 17-6 defeat at home to Nebraska is followed a week later by a 35-21 loss at Colorado in a game tied 21-21 after three quarters. SNYDER • 1995 — The Wildcats absorb a 49-25 loss to the Cornhuskers, but one week later, hammer sixth-ranked KU, 41-7. • 1996 — Nebraska destroys K-State, 39-3, in Manhattan, but the Wildcats come right back with a 35-10 victory against Missouri in Columbia. Saturday, the Wildcats gave up 56 points in a 30-point loss at Nebraska and will once again try to finish the season with a flourish. They are 18-6-1 since 1993 after losing to the Big Red. But, as K-State coach Bill Snyder told his team Monday, there are no guarantees history will repeat itself. T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Marlins go 1-up on Braves Brown beats Maddux; Alou drives in four runs for Florida By BEN WALKER Tlie Associated Press Atlanta ATLANTA — Right off the bat, the Florida Marlins showed they weren't scared of Greg Maddux. In fact, they made the Atlanta Braves look like the October rookies. Kevin Brown defeated Maddux in a pitching duel that never developed and the Marlins remained perfect in their young postseason history, beating the Braves 5-3 Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series. Moises Alou drove in four runs, three with a first-inning double set up by Atlanta's shaky fielding, and that • was enough. The wild-card Marlins improved to 4-0 in their first year in the playoffs, and proved their 8-4 record against the Braves in the regular season was no fluke. "It's a big win for us, a nice win. But the idea here is to win four," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. "We know they came back from 3-1 last year, so it's not going to be easy." Chipper Jones and Ryan Klesko homered for Atlanta, which is appearing in the postseason for the sixth straight time — a streak that started two years before the Marlins even began their expansion season. Last fall, the Braves overcame a 3-1 deficit to St. Louis in the NLCS. They weren't so sharp this time as Jones, bothered by a bruised right heel, Klesko, Fred McGriff and Kenny Lofton all had misplays that made all five runs off Maddux unearned. "If we don't make errors, they don't get any runs," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We didn't catch the ball. We gave them too many outs. "We picked a bad night to kick the ball around," he said. The Braves, who had won the opener in their past seven postseason series, will try to get even today (3 p.m., NBC) when Tom Glavine starts against Alex Fernandez. A crowd of 49,244, clearly the loudest of the season at Turner Field, certainly came expecting to see what everyone predicted — the start of a best-of-7 series that would be dominated by two of the The Associated Press Florida's starting pitcher Kevin Brown delivers a pitch In Game 1 on the NLCS on Tuesday. best pitching staffs in the majors. Instead, it took Maddux only 2% innings to match season highs for runs (5) and walks (3). And rather than seeing the Atlanta ace paint the corners of the plate, the home fans watched Marlins batters paint the corners of the ballpark with hits. By the end of the third inning, Florida led 5-2 and Maddux's hair, usually neatly in place, was mussed as he sat on the bench between innings. "You give a team four or five outs an inning, it's tough," Maddux said. The Braves did their best to rally, in fact employing a rare pinch . hitter in the first inning. They fell short, however, managing just five hits against four pitchers. Maddux, who started Atlanta's sweep of Houston in the division series, lasted six innings. Brown, who began the Marlins' sweep of San Francisco last week, also struggled for six innings — he'll need to get better because Leyland plans to start him two more times in the series, if necessary. Both starters allowed five hits. "I would've much preferred to have a stronger game, but it boils down to we won," Brown said. Relievers Dennis Cook, Jay Powell and Robb Nen held the Braves hitless for the last three innings. Nen got the save. The Marlins followed an old, familiar formula that opponents often try against Maddux. They swung at the first strike they saw, ran when they got on base and did their best not to chase pitches. Indians, Orioles play Game 1 tonight ALCS pits brother vs. brother with Roberto and Sandy Alomar By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Alomar vs. Alomar isn't a divorce proceeding, it's becoming an annual ritual in the American League playoffs. Last year, Roberto's spitting incident dominated the first- round series, when Baltimore beat Cleveland in four games. This time, it's Sandy's bat that's getting the attention as the Indians and Orioles prepare for tonight's start to the AL championship series. One Alomar definitely is going to the World Series. Their family hasn't told them which one it's rooting for. "Ask my mom and dad that when they're here tomorrow," Sandy said as the Indians worked out Tuesday at Camden Yards. "And I want to know what the answer is. Tell me the truth." It's hard to go wrong with either. Roberto's an eight- time All-Star, Sandy's a five-timer. But ever since Sept. 27, ALC8 Cleveland at Baltimore GAME1 7:00 tonight Fox-TV, ca()le 4 1996, the night umpire John Roberto spit at Hirschbeck in Toronto, the Alo- mars' accomplishments have been overshadowed by the Alomar expectoration. "There's been all kind of stuff, good and bad," Sandy said after hitting the game-winning homer at the All-Star game and winning the MVP award. "We're a good family. We're a baseball family. We do the best we can do to put baseball up there." It's been a season of role reversal. Sandy was healthy, catching 100 games in consecutive seasons for the first time and setting career highs with a .324 average, 21 homers and 83 RBIs. And then there was that game-tying, eighth-inning homer in Game 4 against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, saving the Indians from elimination. "You tend to look at his offensive statistics, but the way he has developed and helped our pitching staff and his game-calling has helped us win ballgames as much as his offense," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. Roberto was limited to 112 games by the five-game suspension from the Hirschbeck incident, a sprained left ankle, a pulled right groin and a right shoulder strain. Usually a switch-hitter, injuries have prevented him from hitting right- handed since May 31. He hit .333 with 14 homers and 60 RBIs, down from career bests of 22 homers and 94 RBIs the previous year. "The only reason this season is fun is because we're winning," Roberto said. "From my personal view, it hasn't been fun because I haven't been able to be out there the way I want every day. It's just something you have to deal with. Injuries come playing the game. It's part of the game. Maybe it's sending me a message to prepare myself stronger next year." » KU's Johner sidelined / Page D3 g "I told our football team after tre game that in the past we have bounces back and it's important for our team-to do so," Snyder said. "But I certain!^ don't want them to take it for granted that it would happen just because ifi happened in the past. J« "I don't know any particular reasffi why we have (bounced back)," Snyde» said. "But I have great faith that ouf See KSU, Page D<| V PRO FOOTBALL , ! KG waives Perriman, | acquires " Simmons Chiefs unhappy with Perriman's production^ prefer Dawson, LockeS By The Associated Press §j KANSAS CITY, Mo. — T Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday war Brett Perriman after the wide ceiver made just six catches sine i signing as a free agent. t> The Chiefs had announced eaif • er they had acquired linebackjS • Wayne Simmons from the Greg i Bay Packers. Perriman had been signed all with Andre Rison to give new qi terback Elvis Grbac two formidable targets along with Tony Gonzalez, the tight end who was the team's first-round draft choice. ' But Perriman suffered a severe hamstring injury and missed most of training cam; "Unfortunately, he was not al to provide us with those things his performance that we had ho; for," Chiefs president Carl Peter said. Grbac and Rison immediately it off, and Perriman had grown creasingly unhappy as it bei clear most of the passing att would be directed to Rison. Rison, who caught a 54-yard p for Green Bay's first touchdown the Super Bowl, played in a simili type offense in Green Bay as Chiefs run, and he and Grbac, learned the offense in San Fran co, immediately clicked. Perriman, a second-round pic! the New Orleans Saints out of mi in 1988, signed with the Chij after six seasons with Detroit which he became the Lions' all-ti: leading receiver with 428 catchi The Chiefs say receiver L Dawson is almost recovered fr the knee injury he suffered ea: last year and is ready to assume active role. Kansas City has a been impressed with the playi Kevin Lockett, their secpnd-rouj draft choice from Kansas State. PERRIMAN SIMMONS The trade GREEN BAY, Wis. — Gr Bay's trade of linebacker Wa; Simmons to the Kansas City Chii on Tuesday came down to o; thing, according to Packers gene: manager Ron Wolf: Seth Joyner ii better player. "The reason we decided to let Wayne Simmons go was we wanted to to give an opportunity to let Seth Joyner play," Wolf said, "It gives Wayne an opportunity to go somewhere where he could pl| We feel it wouldn't have work| I with players splittjng time. "He did an excellent job for us gives us an opportunity to havi different style player to play, maybe a better player." The trade, which barely beat NFL's deadline, sends Simmons the Chiefs for a sixth-round di choice in 1998. It allows the Packers to get Jo; er on the field more often in an tempt to boost a defense that ra 23rd in the NFL this season. Simmons, 27, a first-round pick of the Packers in 1993, was si enth on the team this season wit! tackles in six games. SUGGESTIONS? QALL BOS DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 82?-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 3Jbdavid6on@salJournal.com | I i

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