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PRO FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT

Oh Say, Can You See That We're Bad Teams

September 23, 1996

First, the national anthem was flubbed, and the New York Giants and Jets took it from there.

The scoring really wasn't the story of this game. The errors were, and there were plenty of humorous ones.

Giant linebacker Jessie Armstead tripped while returning an interception deep in Jet territory and fumbled away a chance to score with the Jets leading, 3-0, in the second quarter.

Scott Gragg, a 325-pound Giants' offensive tackle, fell attempting a celebratory cartwheel following Dave Brown's touchdown pass play to Chris Calloway, ending an 80-yard drive for a 7-3 lead.

A fumble by the Giants' Rodney Hampton early in the third quarter helped the Jets get within a point as Nick Lowery kicked a 39-yard field goal. However, Lowery had to kick the ball twice because a holding penalty nullified his 29-yarder the play earlier. The Giants were offsides on the second, but the Jets took the points.

A muffed punt by Wayne Chrebet late in the third quarter led to the first of two 20-yard field goals in the fourth quarter by Daluiso, and a 10-6 Giant lead. However, the Giants had to settle for the field goal after Hampton was stopped on three tries from the 1 following a pass interference call against Ray Mickens.

The Giants' final three points were also courtesy of the Jets, with two personal fouls for late hits and a 22-yard pass from Brown to Lawrence Dawsey providing most of the yards.

By the way, the words to the national anthem were flubbed by Tom Humbert, who should have listened to the first part of his last name. After all, if you don't know the words. . . .

THEY'RE NOT EXACTLY RUSHING TO VICTORY

James Stewart was the only running back who carried the ball for Jacksonville in a 28-25 loss to New England, and he gained only five yards in nine attempts. Quarterback Mark Brunell gained the other 24 yards in two carries. The Jaguars' 29 rushing yards gave them only 170 in their last three games, all losses.

OTHER THAN THAT EVERYTHING'S DANDY

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Coach Tony Dungy, on his winless team:

"Basically, we haven't executed. The offensive line has had problems pass protecting, the receivers have had problems running routes and catching the ball, the quarterbacks have had problems hitting open receivers, and the running backs have had problems running to the right holes. I think I covered every position."

NEXT WEEK, CALL DIONNE WARWICK

During the Arizona-New Orleans game, a 15-foot voodoo doll sat in the second deck of the Superdome. Earlier this week, the High Priestess of Voodoo, who would not give her name naturally, since High Priestess of Voodoo says it all, put the doll there in an attempt to break the Saints' string of losses in September. About 30 minutes after the Saints lost, 28-14, the doll was hauled down to the field and put in a trash bin. The doll was then taken to a secret site and buried.

YEAH, AND CUSTER HAD A BAD HAIR DAY

Green Bay left tackle Gary Brown had a horrible game in the 30-21 loss to Minnesota. He was called for two penalties, including a hold that wiped out a 66-yard pass to Robert Brooks in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Martin Harrison beat Brown for both his sacks. "He was having a rough day," Harrison said.

PUT OUT THE UNWELCOME MAT

The game between the Vikings and Packers drew a Metrodome-record crowd of 64,168, and it sounded like an even split between Minnesota and Green Bay fans. That ticked off the Vikings, several of whom ripped down a few Packer-backer signs after the game. Robert Brooks also galled the Vikings when he replicated his Lambeau Leap after scoring a touchdown.

"We kind of felt like, 'What are you doing? This is our home stadium,' " said Viking defensive end Derrick Alexander. "Don't come here putting up all those different things. And then when Brooks jumped in the stands, we kind of took that personal."

CAN YOU PLEASE SIGN OUR PAYCHECKS NOW?

After Kansas City's 17-14 victory over Denver, the Chiefs voted to give owner Lamar Hunt the game ball, as their 4-0 start is their best in their 37-year history.

I'M NOT A DOCTOR, BUT I PLAY ONE ON THIS PAGE

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