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October 29, 2001 | Diane Pucin
For a minute the Rams were perfect. The field was short, the game was quick, a half of football seemed to last a minute, maybe a second. The Rams led the Saints, 24-6. "Perfect season, baby," a not very sober but very happy Ram fan was singing outside the TWA Dome. He didn't need tickets and he didn't need the second half either. Don't hand the St. Louis Rams the Super Bowl trophy and the crown and all the congratulations. The Rams are beatable.
December 23, 2013 | By Elijah Zabludoff
Editor's note: Elijah Zabludoff is a senior football player from Bellflower St. John Bosco High and an aspiring journalist. Each week during the high school football season, he has blogged about his personal experiences and also his thoughts about prep sports in general. Zabludoff was a returning starter at center for the Braves, who won the Trinity League, the Southern Section Pac-5 Division and Open Division state championship in a 16-0 season. His season -- and high school career-- ended Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson when St. John Bosco completed its perfect season by defeating Concord De La Salle in the state title game.
October 20, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Carolina Panthers hardly expected to go 16-0. They just acted like it. One example: Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins showed up for Sunday's game against Tennessee wearing a jersey from the Miami Dolphins' perfect 1972 season. The Titans had other ideas, jumping out to a 20-0 lead and converting four fumbles into scores while handing the Panthers their first loss of the season, 37-17, Sunday. "I had no visions of going undefeated," Carolina Coach John Fox said.
March 4, 2013
The Chicago Blackhawks have yet to lose a game in regulation this season. Their 19-0-3 record is quite impressive, but does it rank as the best start ever in sports? Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss which team they think has put together the best start in sports history. Feel free to join the conversation by leaving your opinion in the comments section. K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Bulls appeared vulnerable in the fall of 1995. Michael Jordan's return from his first retirement and baseball experiment in the spring of 1995 had led to some uneven moments, including a second-round playoff exit to the Orlando Magic.
January 6, 2002 | Jim Barrero
The day started with four and ended with one, proving again how difficult it is to go undefeated in a college basketball season. One by one Saturday they fell. First it was No. 4 Virginia in an 81-74 loss to North Carolina State. No. 5 Oklahoma State followed with a 70-61 loss to Texas and No. 21 Miami obliged in a 76-75 loss to Connecticut. That leaves No.
January 14, 1999
For the first and only time in major sports, a team achieved a perfect season, 26 years ago today. The Miami Dolphins came to the Coliseum for the seventh Super Bowl with a 16-0 record and left at 17-0. They beat the Washington Redskins, 14-7, in a game remembered more today for an atrocious play by their kicker, Garo Yepremian, than for anything the teams' stars accomplished. The Dolphins seemed on their way to a 21-0 lead late in the game when a Miami drive stalled at midfield.
February 6, 1991
The Canyon High School wrestling team finished its fourth consecutive undefeated season with a 76-0 rout of Villa Park on Tuesday at Canyon. Matt Padgett pinned Stan Yang in 2 minutes 45 seconds to lead Canyon (13-0, 5-0 in the Century League), which has won 72 consecutive dual matches since losing to Rosemead in December, 1986. The Comanches, who haven't lost in league play since 1981, have won the past 11 league titles.
November 18, 2001
It was a week when bowl games and bowl championship series rankings took a backseat to bragging rights. Rivalry week. From the Iron Bowl (Auburn-Alabama) to the Apple Cup (Washington-Washington State) to the Big Game (California-Stanford) to The Game (Havard-Yale)--not to mention UCLA-USC, Florida-Florida State and Clemson-South Carolina--there was plenty of college football pomp and circumstance to go around Saturday.
December 7, 2007 | Sam Farmer, ON THE NFL
The New England Patriots have been discussed and debated, compared to the greatest teams in NFL history and -- in this column and elsewhere -- all but fitted for their fourth Super Bowl ring. But over the past two weeks, we've discovered something shocking about the Patriots. They're human. Philadelphia proved that, then Baltimore. Both of those teams were in position to spoil New England's bid for a perfect season before falling just short down the stretch and losing by three points.
December 7, 2003 | Elliott Teaford, Times Staff Writer
Kansas State shocked top-ranked Oklahoma, won its first conference championship in 69 years, earned a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, jeopardized the Heisman Trophy hopes of Sooner quarterback Jason White and, for good measure, further muddied the brackish BCS waters. Chaos never looked so good. At least it appeared that way to Kansas State and its purple-clad fans, who gleefully celebrated a comprehensive 35-7 victory over the Sooners that gave the No.
April 4, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Baylor became the first basketball team in NCAA history to finish a season at 40-0, defeating Notre Dame, 80-61, in the women's championship game Tuesday night. But this might just be only the beginning for Coach Kim Mulkey's squad. Though the Bears aren't yet halfway to Connecticut's all-time Division I record of 90 straight wins, that mark already appears within their reach. The Huskies reached their mark with a pair of undefeated seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10 followed by 12 more victories the next season before losing to Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010.
December 18, 2011 | Sam Farmer
The best Green Bay can do is 15 wins. The worst Indianapolis can do is 15 losses. And New England saw the best and worst of the Broncos' No. 15 on Sunday, as the Patriots pushed the pause button on Tebowmania with a 41-23 victory at Denver. On a day of firsts — a loss by the Packers and a victory by the Colts — Tom Brady & Co. ended the first-place Broncos' six-game winning streak with an offensive display that slammed the door on any possibility of a Tim Tebow-led comeback.
December 5, 2010 | Sam Farmer
Remember when the NFL was a simpler place, when the big worry was the rest-or-rust debate ? whether the best teams should play hard through the end of the season or save their starters for the playoffs? That was so 2009. Now, no one has the luxury to coast. The Indianapolis Colts certainly don't. Less than a year after flirting with a perfect season, they have lost four of five games and are in serious peril of not reaching the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
October 23, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
It's not the most stress-free season to be a Michigan State fan. The No. 8 Spartans edged another opponent this week to remain undefeated at 8-0, this time scoring 28 points in the second half ? including 21 in the fourth quarter ? to squeak by Northwestern, 35-27. "If you want to win championships," said Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio, who was back on the sideline after working the previous two games in the press box following his heart attack. "If you want to go 8-0, we've got to do it the hard way at some point.
August 12, 2010 | By C. Thi Nguyen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Front Page Jamaican Grille is one of those places where the guy working behind the counter will tell you, in no uncertain terms, what his favorite dish is. Where the owner will come out and shower love on your dog and then show you pictures of her own sweet pup. Where regulars in hot pink dresses breezing by to pick up their dinners will lean over your table, eye your oxtails and tell you: "Ooh, you got the good stuff!" People having their first bite of Front Page's jerk chicken typically fall silent, in a sort of reverent awe at the char and spice.
June 15, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Cory Hahn posted plenty of numbers. As a pitcher, he won his last eight decisions to finish with a 14-1 record and 0.89 earned-run average, plus he batted .411 with 10 home runs and 24 runs batted in. The most impressive figures the senior from Santa Ana Mater Dei put up all season: five zeroes. The left-hander pitched five perfect innings against Dana Hills in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game, combining with Ty Moore on a perfect game in a 2-0 victory. Hahn also hit the only home run in the four title games played at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore, and he made an over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track after moving to center field in the sixth inning.
May 31, 1987 | JOHN FAWAZ, Times Staff Writer
Sophomore Pete Sampras of Palos Verdes High School is so good that it doesn't seem fair. So good, so young and so cool. Sampras capped a perfect season Saturday as he defeated Bill Miller of Santa Barbara, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Southern Section Boys individual tennis title at the Balboa Bay Racquet Club in Newport Beach. In a sport known for the emotions shown by its players, the 15-year-old Sampras is a breath of fresh air. He said hardly a word during the match.
April 14, 1989 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Once color analyst Pat Jensen drapes you in a rainbow of colors, dusts pastel hues on your eyelids and pairs you with a season, you may never see yourself the same way again. Jensen is one of a number of Orange County color analysts who provide one-on-one consultations with men and women to determine their most flattering colors. The sessions--based on the much-publicized four-seasons color theory pioneered by Gerrie Pinckney, owner of the Fashion Academy in Costa Mesa--are held in Jensen's Huntington Beach home.
December 28, 2009 | By Sam Farmer
You don't send a rookie to do a most valuable player's job. The Indianapolis Colts reminded everyone of that Sunday, replacing three-time MVP Peyton Manning with first-year backup Curtis Painter in the third quarter . . . And bidding farewell to the chance for a perfect season. The playoff-minded New York Jets took full advantage of the quarterback swap, quickly erasing a five-point deficit and muscling their way to a 29-15 victory before a bitterly disappointed packed house at Lucas Oil Stadium.
December 7, 2009 | Sam Farmer
One was playing to maintain perfection. The other to salvage pride. And in the end Sunday, the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders -- teams with very little in common this season -- each pulled off remarkable come-from-behind victories. The undefeated Saints faced three 10-point deficits at Washington before rallying to beat the Redskins in overtime, 33-30. The three-win Raiders scored three late touchdowns -- the last with nine seconds left -- to stun the Steelers at Pittsburgh, 27-24, and deal a devastating blow to the postseason hopes of the defending Super Bowl champions.
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