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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 30, 1982, Tokyo, Japan 20 sports Pacific stars and stripes december 1982 this is a on season aberration by Bruce Lowitt associated press there will be a great Hue and cry and gnashing of Teeth next week for the first time in the history of the National football a team with a losing record is officially accorded playoff some folks have suggested that the nil had cast itself in the image of the National hockey league or the National basketball association since their seem to involve every team in the but after Are playoffs for to decide which teams deserve to contest for the right to be called the Best in the league and to pump a lot of Money into the teams and players Bank accounts in the sports analysis this is a on season commissioner Pete Rozelle said of the expanded 16team playoff of the conference rather than division standings deciding the qualifiers and of the certainty that at least one team will qualify with no better than a 45 in a shortened season like we realized that this was a distinct Rozelle you just cant avoid but i think we made the right step in having eight teams qualify in each because a team getting off to a slow Start have had much of a that was the primary reason we made it a 16team Field rather than eight or to give everybody a and to keep the folks coming to the Parks on the premise that they were watching prospective Champi not just players going through the and to keep the players with the Prospect of extra game checks for six teams which normally would not Advance to the which this year have been dubbed the super bowl tournament by the if it had wanted the nil could simply have assembled All 28 of its teams in order of victories and proclaimed the winning est team the that How the league did it in its first dozen of Back when the Green Bay the new York giants and the Chicago bears were winning titles along with the Canton the Frankfort yellow jackets and the Providence steam the Kansas City cowboys fans and the Minneapolis marines fans not to mention the followers of the Duluth the Rochester Jeffersons and the Louisville Breeks lost interest Halfway through the season when it became Clear their teams finish Back first was All that second meant thank you very drive Home safely and come Back next it want until 1933 that the late George Preston the owner of the Boston suggested that two divisions and a playoff game might be More it was then that the word division became part of the nil it was changed to conference in then divisions within conferences became the thing in when the league was redrawn and Quad and who can Ever forget the inception of wild when the merger brought about in 1970 the leagues present six division align ment and once the playoff format took nearly half a Century the Best was no longer necessarily a Symbol four years when the nil expanded its regular season sched ule from 14 to 16 the Minnesota Vikings became the sym Bol of either parity or depending on the Point of when they won the National conferences Central division and thus a playoff with an 871 that was the year Seattle and san Diego had better records than Minnesota but failed to make the the Vikings were anything but a in the bears won All 13 regular season then were routed 3013 in the title game by the who had lost five and in both 1951 and the Cleveland Browns lost just once during the regular then lost championship games to teams with inferior As you weve had wildcard teams go to the super the commissioner dal Las did it in 1975 and Oakland won super bowl Xiv two years and i in its own whats happening this year is going to create its own kind of in sure Well see some a 54 team maybe even a 45 advancing in the Buffalo Bills Joe Cribbs gallops 62 Yards for a touchdown Early in the game against the dolphins at Cribbs went right through the Middle of the Miami defense for the but Miami went on to win a dolphins from Page 24 Pitcher for outfielder in dodgers Deal new York a the new York mets have traded right handed Pitcher Pat Zachry to the los Angeles dodgers for outfielder Jorge mets general manager Frank Cashen announced has a career average Over 11 major league he hit for the dodgers in 1982 with two homers and eight runs batted was 69 for the mets in 1982 with a earned run Orta began his major league career with the Chicago White sox in his career High with Chicago in 1974 was second est to Minnesota Rod Carew in the american he had 84 rib with the sox in 1977 and 83 in he signed As a free agent with Cleveland before the 1980 and hit and in his two years with the he was traded by Cleveland to the dodgers along with two minor leagues on for Pitcher Rick Sutcliffe and infielder Jack Orta was a member of the 1975 and 1980 american league Allstar Zachry was obtained by the mets from Cincinnati along with infielder Doug Flynn and outfielders Steve Henderson and Dan Norman on june in the Deal which sent recently obtained Pitcher Tom Seaver to the he has a 5860 career record with a career the National leagues co Rookie of the year when he went 147 for the 1976 world Champion was a member of the 1978 Allstar Pat asked us about the possibility of trading his contract and we tried to oblige said we made a commitment to go with our Young pitchers in 1983 and in the future and Pat really didst fit into our As far As Jorge Hes a talented Batter who proved through the years that he can hit big league i know we have quite a few left handed hitting outfielders now and you can look for the mets to make some other moves before the Start of Spring the the Point where the momentum shifted was on the Muff Knox when youre inside the 10 Yard line and cant catch the you should let it go Over your turnovers also set up miamis next 10 safety Lyle Blackwood intercepted a Ferguson pass to set up von Schamanna 30yard Field goal Early in the fourth Quarter and Glenn Blackwood recovery of a Ferguson Fumble at the Bills 6yard line set up Franklins second touchdown for two weeks in a the manner of winning has meant an awful lot to said also reflecting on a 2019 Triumph Over the new York the Way we got the Job done against the jets and then after falling behind like we like Buffalo and new will take a 44 record into its final game sunday against the Only Way the Browns can be kept out of the playoffs is if they lose to finish at 45 and the Bills and patriots tie to Complete 441 will be looking for some help in its Pursuit of the Home Field for the if Miami beats Baltimore and san Diego defeats the los Angeles raiders next the dolphins will be assured the Home Field through the first three Pat Veteran seeks Trade a Offen Sive guard John a pro bowl starter in five of the last six will ask the new England patriots to Trade him after this Accord ing to a published the official request will be made the Day after the patriots season the Boston Globe the newspaper said like other veterans of the National football league does not want to play for Ron who is in his first year As the patriots head after new England 3714 loss in Pittsburgh Hannah was quoted As saying that the patriots were he refused Mon Day to elaborate on that he indicated monday that the teams assistant general Patrick had asked him not to say anything which might cause dissension before sundays game Here with a patriots Victory would put them in the the Globe reported that Hannah agreed to that in Exchange for a Promise that he would meet after the season with Meyer and general manager Bucko Kilroy to ask formally for a several patriots have expressed dissatisfaction with Meyers strict disciplinary methods and their Lack of input into strategy heart surgery for Mize Atlanta a baseball great Johnny was listed in satisfactory condition at an Atlanta Hospital following bypass heart sur officials

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