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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 6

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Thursday, September 3, 1998
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.More THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood. Ml — Thursday. Sept. 3.1998 Page 12 Packers the choice to repeat in NFC Central By BILL BARNARD AP Sports Writer Unless Tampa Bay learns to pass or Minnesota learns to defend the pass, the Green Bay Packers will prevail again as NFC Central champions. •That is, unless the Packers forget how to stop the run. On the way to the Super Bowl title two seasons ago, the Packers were rocks up front against the rush, led by mammoth nose tackle Gilbert Brown. Last season, Brown and the front seven were less effective, allowing eight 100-yard games, the most by a playoff team since the 1980 Vikings gave up nine. The decline of Green Bay's rush defense — the Packers were.20th in the NFL — was never more apparent than in the Super Bowl loss to Denver, as Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns. But the Packers effectively stopped Tampa Bay and San Francisco in thfe NFC playoffs, and Brett Favre did the rest. The first quarterback with at least 30 touchdown passes in four consecutive years, Favre is the best active signal-caller in the league. With two 1,000-yard receivers in Antonio Freeman and Robert Brooks, Favre should have another im- pressive season. Another potential Packers stumbling block is the running game. -Dorsey Levens, who replaced Edgar Bennett last year and rushed for 1,435 yards, was a late holdout. Raymont Harris waa signed from Chicago as insurance, but with the Vikings and Bucs eager to take over as Central leaders, the Packers need Levens. They also need Brown to get in shape and return to his form of two years ago. And for Reggie White, who retired, then unretired a few days later, to resemble the Hall of Fame-caliber player he's been, while tutoring top pick Vonnie Holli- day. Green Bay lost depth in the secondary when starters Eugene Robinson and Doug Evans left as free, agents, forcing tke Pack to promote safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Tyrone Williams. Still on hand are star safety LeRoy Butler and underrated linebackers Brian Williams and Bernardo Harris. CB Craig Newsome and LB George Koonce are healthy this year. Tampa Bay was a throwback to another era, finishing 10-6 with a passing offense that ranked last in the league. SQUEAKS OPEN: Mon.-Frl. 8 a.m. Sat.-Sun. 7a.m. SERVING... BREAKFAST Hwy 77 Montreal, Wl Ph. 561-3321 On Trail 77 B BINGO'S GARAGE BAR & MOTEL Phone 229-5212 HiwayM-28 Wakefield WIMI 99.7 FM Your GREEN BAY PACKER STATION WJMSAM590 FRIDA Y, SEPTEMBER 4 Hurley vs. Bessemer 7:15 p.m.Pre-game WIMI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER6 Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions 10:00 a.m. Pre-game A GREAT PLACE FOR FUN & RELAXATION! EDon & GG's EAST U.S. 2 IRONWOOD 932-2312 Serving 10 sum. 'til Midnight LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS on Hwy 51 Hurley, Wl (715)561-3252 For the Finest Selection of BEER • WINE , LIQUOR • SODA if Keg Beer to Co! * Returnable Bottle Beer at Everyday Low Prices! Spinning the The Select Six panel of "experts 99 Saxon Slique Sureshot The Mountain Deep Purple Dangerous Dan Husker Select 6 picks Packers, Vikings Here we ago again. The Daily Globe's Select Six returns for a year of football forecasting, minus the four female faces that graced this page less than a year ago. Two of the panel's gal pals, Jenna Kallas and Melissa An spa ugh, left this esteemed publication for greener pastures, while the other two forescasters, Tina Carlson and Dawn Korpela, decided to retire from the panel, while they're still laboring on our front floor. We're going to miss the girls' weekly deliberations, but don't be surprised if their smiling faces turn up in this column a time or two as guest pickers. So it's back to the original Select Six, the old workhorses who couldn't assemble at Fast Eddie's in time for the Hurley-Ironwood game. In retrospect, not surprisingly all of the panel members said they would have predicted a Hurley win. Who'll win the big Hurley-Bessemer showdown this week? Panel sez Speed Boys, 5-1. Deep Purple (Gary Mariani) was the lone Midget backer on the Six. "I've got to give (Hurley coach) Scotty Erickson credit. He talked all week about passing. He even had (Ironwood coach) Pat Gallinagh talking about passing, then he ran the ball down the Devils' gut," Saxon Slique (Ralph Ansami) said. "He's taken a few lessons from the master." Slique tabs Bessemer this week, however, citing a possible emotional letdown by the young Midgets. The Mountain (Andy Hill) is on sabbatical in New York this week, so a guest mystery picker was tabbed to fill in for the big fella. Our guest stayed true to Mountain's heart and selected Wakefield over Crystal Falls. On the pro scene. Dangerous Dan (McCullough) tabs the Lions over the Pack. Packer hater Purple also gives the nod the Lions. What could turn out to be the best opening game Sunday will be played at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay comes to town. Just about everybody who doesn't know much about football is excited about the Vikings' unbeaten pre-season record, and shook up about the Packers' three losses. Even the Packer backers on the panel concede the Vikes have a vaunted passing attack, but the defense may be another matter. "As long as Tampa Bay has Trent Dilfer at quarterback, the rest of the division doesn't have too much to be concerned about," noted Cowboy backer Sureshot (Gerard Lauzon.) Panel sez Vikes, 6-0. Husker (Larry Holcombe) is still reeling over Nebraska's opening day (was it a) victory? The Cornhuskers won, while allowing one receiver to amass more than 400 yards through the air. Ouch! Packers healthy EXTRA POINTS: Cornerback Chris Darkins, out for four weeks with a knee injury, was the only Packers player listed as "out" on the injury report. Defensive end Vaughn Booker (ankle) was listed as questionable. 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