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MORNING BRIEFING

Prediction Was Kiss of Death for Dolphins

October 28, 1995|MAL FLORENCE

Edwin Pope of the Miami Herald writing before the Dolphins played the New York Jets last Sunday:

"If the New York Jets were a building, they would have been condemned years ago. They are so bad the Dolphins have to beat them-- beat them good --or kiss every Super Bowl chance bye-bye."

It's bye-bye. The Dolphins were upset, 17-16.

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Trivia time: Which NCAA Division I-A school has the most victories in bowl games?

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Anything else? Before Jeff Juden was traded to the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillie Manager Jim Fregosi told him he was the "the most unprofessional player I've ever seen." Then, Fregosi got specific, accusing the player of being "fat, lazy and drunk."

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Dynamic duo: Orel Hershiser told Terry Pluto of the Akron Beacon Journal that he once had a minor league roommate named Wickensheimer.

"We once pitched in a doubleheader and won," he said. "Wickensheimer and Hershiser. A doubleheader won by a law firm."

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Get smart: Upon signing with the Lakers, Fred Roberts requested No. 22 but settled for 24 after being asked: "Ever heard of Elgin Baylor?"

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Got it? In Leslie Nielsen's "Stupid Little Golf Book," he has a swing key: "The thought is, Don't Think. You must never forget not to think. But you just can't forget not to think--you must remember not to remember to think, and you must not remember that you forgot to think."

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Vicious: From Bill Reynolds of the Providence (R.I.) Journal: "The big surprise is not that Derrick Coleman has an irregular heartbeat, but that he has a heart at all."

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Corny ending: After Colorado defeated Iowa State, 50-28, last Saturday, Buffalo Coach Rick Neuheisel said Cyclone fans threw popcorn on him as he left the field.

Norm Frauenheim of the Arizona Republic wrote that Neuheisel is lucky. "In Philadelphia, the popcorn would have been unpopped and propelled by an air gun."

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ZZZZZZ: Rookie Bryant (Big Country) Reeves is getting off to a slow start with the Vancouver Grizzlies, an NBA expansion team. A Vancouver radio station has nicknamed him "Sleep Country."

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Looking back: On this day in 1981, the Dodgers won their fourth game in a row, after losing the first two, with a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees to win the World Series.

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Trivia answer: Alabama, with 27, followed by USC with 24.

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Quotebook: Nick Canepa in the San Diego Union-Tribune: "NBC? Do we really care what Brian Bosworth is doing now? Broadway never had a flop to match this guy."

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