It's good . . . as usual
Fuad Reveiz tried to understate his place in NFL history yesterday. The tears in his eyes wouldn't let him.
Reveiz made two short field goals in the Minnesota Vikings' 20-10 victory over Detroit, setting an NFL record with 30 in a row. He hasn't missed since last Oct. 10, but he has deflected talk of the streak. He tried that again yesterday, until his emotions cut him off.
"I'm just thankful that I had an opportunity, that it's over with and, most importantly, that we won," he said.
Reveiz, who made his last 28 kicks in 1994, tied the record of 29 set by San Diego's John Carney with a 32-yarder that tied the game 10-10 in the second quarter.
He set the mark with a 27-yarder that gave Minnesota a 13-10 lead with 43 seconds left in the third. The streak appeared in danger when holder Mike Saxon bobbled the snap from Mike Morris, but Saxon got it down in time.
"All I have to do is give Mike just a little bit of a chance to put the ball down," Raveiz said.
Speaking of streaks
Dallas didn't score on its first drive yesterday as it did in the opener and nearly every week last season. But the Cowboys kept up another streak that may be more impressive. Dallas scored all four times it reached inside the 20, making it 8-for-8 this season inside the so-called "red zone."
Welcome to Nike-Pepsi Stadium, home of the Cowboys.
At least, that's how Texas Stadium looked yesterday, the first regular-season game since owner Jerry Jones bucked the NFL and lined up those big-buck sponsors to help pay for things like Deion Sanders.
Nike's trademark "swoosh" was also everywhere: in Cowboys blue above several ticket windows outside the stadium, above every stairwell and on the chest and head of nearly every stadium worker.
About 20 minutes before kickoff, a swoosh-covered car drove around the field as four cheerleaders threw hundreds of blue-and-white footballs into the stands.
If all that made fans thirsty, they could fork over a few bucks to the people wearing Nike hats -- maybe even the guys with the huge swoosh T-shirts -- for the right to sip a Pepsi. Sorry, no Coke in these parts.
All A's for the D
Yes, the Dolphins are racked by dissension.
Just peek into their defensive huddle during yesterday's critical moment, a fourth-down attempt by the Patriots on Miami's 1-yard line at the beginning of the fourth period, with New England behind by two touchdowns.
L As the Dolphins gathered in a circle, an argument broke out.
"We were fighting over who was going to make the play," cornerback Troy Vincent said. "One guy said, 'I'm making the play.' Another guy said, 'Oh yeah? I'm making the play.' "
Linebackers Bryan Cox and Dwight Hollier won.
Curtis Martin, Patriots running back, ran left but was pushed in the other direction by Cox. Waiting for
him there was Hollier, who threw Martin for a 2-yard loss.
The Dolphins went on to stop the Patriots inside the Miami 20-yard line on New England's last four possessions.
FTC "For the first time since I've been here, our defense has better talent than our offense," Cox said.
The Browns celebrated the 10th anniversary of the "Dawg Pound" yesterday, the name given to the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium soon after the Cleveland defense gave itself the nickname "Dawgs" in the mid-1980s.
Hanford Dixon, who started the craze by barking at his teammates in 1984, and Frank Minnifield were among a group of former players who saluted the 11,000 people seated in the bleachers at halftime.
. . . that's how great
Indianapolis' comeback from a 21-point deficit in yesterday's overtime win over the New York Jets tied the greatest in Colts history. On Nov. 9, 1975, the Baltimore Colts rallied from a 28-7 hole to win 42-35 at Buffalo.