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Cowboys Suffer First Defeat; QB Aikman Sustains Leg Injury

By Bo Light
Associate Sports Editor

If you watched television, listened to the radio, or read a newspaper at all this week, you know that O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Los Angeles citizens outside the courthouse cheered as the verdict was read, and agreed to postpone their scheduled riot until next week in celebration. Simpson, or "Satan," as he is known to the Goldman family, is reportedly debating whether to return to making "Naked Gun" sequels, or to simply leave the country.

Guilty or not, did anyone actually think he would be convicted? Take two doses of reality and call me in the morning. The acquittal, of course, means that coverage of the trial will only last another month, instead of the three years of appeals, suicide watches, and retrials had Simpson been found guilty. See, something good came out of the trial after all.

Gridiron Report

Good news for Penn State fans: you won't have to complain about how your team was cheated out of the national championship this year. Unfortunately, that's because they took themselves out of the race with a 17-9 loss to Wisconsin. Penn State's normally high-powered offense couldn't have scored with a drunken cheerleader last weekend, and some questionable coaching decisions from coach Joe Paterno sealed the Nittany Lions' fate. A little advice, Joe: if you're 4th-and short against Ohio State tomorrow, take the field goal.

The Dallas Cowboys might be an all-star team, but last week we saw what happens when one of the stars leaves the field. Troy Aikman took himself out of the game with a strained calf muscle, and Washington took advantage of backup QB Wade Wilson to hand the 'boys their first loss of the season.

The Dallas loss came on the heels of San Francisco's embarrassing Monday night loss to Detroit. Maybe these two teams aren't unbeatable after all.

During the Patriot's first exhibition game, which happened to be against the Lions, commentator Jerry Glanville picked New England and Detroit as his Super Bowl teams. Both teams are now 1-4. Nice call, Jerry.

The Batter's Box

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,

But there is no joy in Boston - Mo and Jos have struck out.

That's not a typo in your sports sections, folks - Boston's erstwhile slugging duo went a combined 0-for-20 against Cleveland pitching in the first two games of the division series. While it didn't help that Rick Aguilera couldn't hold a lead in the bottom of the 11th inning, the lack of production from Vaughn and Canseco is a major reason the Sox are getting ready to break out the golf clubs and head south for the winter. And it gets worse, Sox fans - it looks like the Yankees, who finished about, oh, fifteen games out of first, will still be playing when the AL East Champs have gone home. Such is life in the new playoff system.

I predict that Cleveland, New York, Atlanta, and Cincinnati will win their first round series. Gee, that was tough. I'll hold off on predicting the later rounds, just in case Colorado comes back to win the series or a meteor blows up the Earth, or something.

Trivia Question

Don't give up hope yet, Sox fans (or Rockies fans, etc.), comebacks from a 2-0 deficit have occurred. Who was the last team to pull off this feat? Send your answers and comments to easports@the-tech. Winners receive playoff tickets! Tickets to what, we haven't yet decided.

Answer to last week's question: Michigan received the most votes, with a billion and one (some people voted more than once), but close behind was the correct answer, Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 1968. Correct answers were sent in by Howard Cheng '96, Brian Greenblatt '96, Edward Lee '99, James Shin G, and Burt Wendt '99