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104 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 9 - Nov. 15, 2001 Seafood Specials h Rt. I, Midway Shopping Center. Lewes, DE 645-8273 Fredman's Football News& Views Ravens steal one from Steelers; Eagles top Car, ts Eagles quarterback Donovan McNo abb had a good day against Arizona. By Dave Frederick The Ravens at Steelers Sunday slugfest was the perfect game to watch at a late fall garage party. A beer in the hand and raw meat hanging down to the chin and plenty of conversation is the only way to watch three hours of no action. Spectators in the stadium were like so many deer heads mounted on drywall. This showdown was a yawner, a veritable "couch collapser." Pittsburgh, 5-1, was out in front of the Central Division with a chance to run and hide from the mediocre Ravens. But Balti- more won the game 13-10, despite getting beaten in almost every statistical category. When asked to assess victory on the far side of ineptitude one Raven quipped, "Can't kick! We'll take it!" Kris Brown of Pittsburgh opened the scoring for the day with a 38-yard field goal. Little did the happy Brown realize that he would later flame out in despair like a South Korean relief pitcher. Brown missed four of five field goal at- tempts, including the potential game-tying 35-yarder with eight seconds left, and the" Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a loss to the Ravens in a battle of AFC Central rivals. "Kris Brown is a good kicker. He just missed them.'" said Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who stayed in a crouch (can the secretary jokes) and stared in disbelief after Brown's last miss. "I have not lost any con- fidence in him. He had one of those days. If anyone is strong-minded enough to come out of this it's Kris Brown." Baltimore's reliable Matt Stover kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter to win the game and put the Ravens, who have not played well all season, just one-half game behind and running on the tail of the Steel- ers. After allowing just 65 points in their first six games, the Steelers held Baltimore to just 10 first downs and 183 total yards on Sunday. The Ravens rushed for just 41 yards and were l-for- 11 in third down effi- ciency. Baltimore's defense was not as dominant, yielding 21 first downs and 348 total yards. Jerome Bettis also nearly reached the 100- yard mark (which is like a bus nearly, mak- ing it to the bus stop) against the Ravens, rushing for 91 yards on 23 carries. Balti- more has not allowed 100 yards to a run- ning hack in 44 consecutive games, includ- ing playoffs. "This league is about winning games dur- ing the second half of the season," said De- wayne Starks. "And nobody cares how you Continued on page 105 File photos by Dan Cook Qadry Ismail is always a deep threat for the Ravens. Read and react: reflections on a long football weekerd By Dave Frederick HIGH SCHOOLS - This is the time of the year when football fans and even coach- es start looking toward the state tourna- ment. In Delaware there are two divisions each comprising a four team tournament. But the tougher coaching jobs play out the season with some pretty good athletes who have no chance at the tournament or even a winning season. 'The better athletes may be looking to- wards basketball and may start to baby themselves hoping not to get hurt. In medium-sized schools like Cape and Milford, it's not uncommon to see less than 30 guys at varsity football practice with about five of them under no-contact orders from the local pediatrician or osteopath. Cape at Milford on Friday night is a big game for the Vikings and the Bucs. No one can remember the last time Milford beat Cape unless it was the 0-10 Cape season in the fall of 1988. This game has always been a bit of a rivalry for the Cape athletes from Slaughter Neck who live right down the road from Milford High School. St. Mark's plays Sallies at Baynard Stadi- um before traveling to Cape for the final game of the season. If the Spartans even hang around Sallies it spells bad news for the Vikings. Sussex Tech is at Sussex Central on Fri- day night. The Knights are focused for an at-large berth in the state tournament and will not look past the Ravens, who are hav- ing a great season, but they will need more than Kevin Maull to upset the Golden Knights. Dover is idle as they practice plays to run while 30 points ahead, but in the last week they get CR for a chance at an undefeated season. Take the Riders! COLLEGE FOOTBALL - What is all this talk about naming Delaware stadium after Tubby Raymond? The Tubby Tub! The Hot Tub! Sing it James Brown! Hot Tub! Heeey ! The thing that strikes me about these sports icons is that I'm from the pre-icon era having played against Delaware before Raymond was coach. And my brother Tom played for Penn State before Paterno, the smppy little weasel. A-former managing. editor of a competing newspaper once deri- sively introduced me as Dave Frederick Sports Icon. Temple University, in the throes of anoth- er disastrous season, is guaranteed inclu- sion m the Big East Conference until the 2004 season UCLA running back DeShaun Foster, the nation's third leading rusher and a top Heis- man Trophy candidate, has been declared ineligible for competition by the school and will miss Saturday's game_ against No. 7 Oregon at the Rose Bowl. The school said Wednesday that the NCAA made UCLA aware of a 15ossible "extra benefits" viola- tion by Foster on Tuesday. What the beck does that mean? A Corvette? Who does Foster think he is, Hershel Walker? I was part of the generation when athletes got all kinds of free stuff from the alumni. I never paid for an American hoagie at Freddie's Luncheonette. North Carolina has a different type of quarterback dilemma this week. Ronald Curry and Darian Durant have left the team because of deaths in their families. Du- rant's stepmother died and the freshman has returned to South Carolina, while Curry's cousin passed away and the senior headed home to Virginia on Tuesday. No disre- spect, but I would check out these stories. Back when I was coaching track at Cape I had one athlete whose grandmother from "Knockalina" dies six times in three years and always on the weekend. You're right, it ain't funny. Texas Tech plans to take tougher steps at football games in hopes of preventing a re- peat of the melee following the school's up- set of Texas A&M. The 'q'echers" ripped down the goal post and attacked the Aggie student section like something OUt of a Monty Python movie. But colleges create these student monsters. So when the stu- dents come up in front of a disciplinary committee they can claim temporary insan- ity. PRO FOOTBALL - Minnesota at Philly is a backwards game which seems to favor the Eagles because the Vikings defense is worse than the Eagles offense while the Vikings offense is not much better thin the Eagles defense. Culpepper should be run- ning for his life all afternoon. Baltimore is at. Tennessee on Monday night. The Titans management is guilty of making two years worth of bad decisions, somehow letting great Super Bowl person- nel drift away to other teams, most notice- ably Jon Runyon, Lorenzo Near and Kenny Holmes. Miami at Indy and Green Bay at Chicago are two of the best games this weekend: Be careful - this is shotgun season. Those people out in the woods are armed. Don't wear a Browns shirt with a white hat. Make sure your wallet is camo or the deer will try to pick pocket your cash. Hit me I'm open!