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Highlights at Football's Midway Point

Sunday marks the midway point for the NFL. Well, at least kind of, as with the bye week there is no real midway point. This is as close as it gets, so it is time to weigh in the surprises and disappointments of the season. The Rams look like Coroebus, sprinting past all contenders while scoring more prolifically than any team in history; but will they fall dead at the finish like Pheidippides, the originator of the marathon, yelling with their last breath? No. The Rams will continue their march to a second straight Super Bowl, and although they will not do it undefeated — no team with a defense like that could — their offense will carry them through. Then there is Narcicuss, wait, I mean Terrell Owens, dancing on the Cowboys star. People bemoaned the loss of respect in the game when someone would do that, desecrate the most holy of holies, the home team’s logo. Hey, if it was anyone else I would agree that Davis was out of line; but Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, the leftover remnants of that coifed wannabe dandy, Jimmy Johnson? Do it again and again Davis and let the whole world revel in that team’s ineptitude. Ricky Williams, “”arise from the dead my son and be worth the Saints draft of 1999,”” said the Saints pundits. Four straight 100-yard rushing games and a 30-yard touchdown pass later, Williams is proving he is no Ryan Leaf. Leaf, by the way, just decided he was not going to play this week nor next week, either. The thing is, the guy did not tell his coach first, but instead went first to the media. It’s like every spoiled brat with a silver spoon stuck up his butt got rolled up into Leaf and sent to Chargers for the express purpose of making the people of San Diego suffer. Leaf is Midas but instead of gold, everything he touches turns to horse manure. Dump him, pronto. Every great defense has a name, the Steel Curtain for instance, so instead of calling Warren Sapp and the rest of the Bucs’ defense by their given names we should just rename them Sapp’s Sackers, or wait, here is a better one, They Who Get no Support From Their Offense. They give it their all and are the best defensive unit that has been around in a long time. However, when you are on the field for 36 minutes, like they were against the Lions, you cannot keep points off the board. The Bucs’ offense needs to give these guys some support. What about the new reigning fat man of the NFL, Sebastion Janikowski. That guy’s paunch is bigger than Fatty Arbuckles at his worst, and taking him in the first round is starting to look like a mistake for the Raiders as he only made six of his first 11 field goals. However, he has picked it up, making his final two kicks last week, both 40-yarders, including the game winner. The Raiders neighbors across the bay, the once dynastic 49ers, are now looking oh-so-bombastic, but take hope Niners fans because as some of us like to say, every loss is a ‘Vick’tory. Now, if only the Chargers and Bengals would start winning. Here is a question: Why don’t the Bills start Doug Flutie? The guy is a winner, he won at Boston College, he won in the Canadian Football League, and he won with the Bills. He took them to the playoffs last year where Rob Johnson started and lost the game, albeit, on a trick play, but he still lost. When Johnson got hurt last week, Flutie brought the Bills back to win. Flutie is the Rudy of the NFL, but he is better than Rudy because the guy deserves to start — he’s earned it. And finally, my super bowl prediction: The Rams will defeat the Dolphins in a laugher, 40-2. You gotta give the Dolphins’ defense something. ...

Women's Volleyball Wins a Long One

The UCSD women’s volleyball team headed up the coast in pursuit of a crucial Collegiate Conference Athletic Association victory and were successful in their endeavor, pulling out a victory in one of it’s most hotly contested matches to date. Tyler Huff/ Guardian Sonoma State University proved a worthy challenger, which is something that most teams are unable to claim as of late. Sonoma State took the Tritons to a full, five-game match at Rohnert Park before finally succumbing to defeat. Both came out strong in the initial set, and it took extra points for Sonoma to take the game 17-15. David Pilz/ Guardian This early struggle did little to discourage the Tritons, however, as they blasted back in the second set for a 15-9 win. Fatigue set in for both sides come the third game. Playing three games against a tough opponent takes a lot out of a team, but UCSD had the little bit of extra strength necessary to take the fourth game 15-13. Sonoma State, though, was not about to just roll over and die after all the hard work, and it came out fired up for the fourth, beating the Tritons 15-12 to force the fifth and deciding game. Both teams dug deep in this final set, and came out with an infused intensity. It just was not in the cards for the Sonoma Stat squad, however, as the Tritons took the game and the match with a narrow 15-13 victory in the final game. UCSD was led by standout performances from some of the athletes that have been outstanding all season. Laura Santerre was brilliant on the court. Agan she really rose to the occasion under the added pressure. Her 27 kills led the Triton side in the match, and her 23 digs were second only to teammate Leslie Punelli, who compiled an outstanding tally of 37 for the night. Jennie Wilson also had an impressive evening, chalking up 20 kills and 14 digs for the blue and gold in helping her team pull out the big victory. Sonoma’s losing squad was led by Christine Shiba, who had 21 kills for the home team in the losing effort. The Tritons also had a big match at San Francisco State on Saturday. Unfortunately, results were not available to the Guardian at the time of publishing. Next weekend will be another huge opportunity for the Tritons side to pick up key CCAA victories. They play both Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Stanislaus in some tough divisional play. ...