Four More Innings!

November 15, 2004

Ex-athletes--and sports issues--were on the ballot in several states. How they fared:

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RESULTS

JIM BUNNING Hall of Fame pitcher PARTY: Republican RACE: Kentucky U.S. Senate seat

The incumbent ex-sidearmer said his challenger resembled one of Saddam Hussein's sons. Was Bunning bonkers, as some said? "The only time I've ever been perfect was for about two hours in 1964," he said, referring to his perfect game. RESULT: BUNNING WINS, 51%--49%

TOM OSBORNE Former Nebraska football coach PARTY: Republican RACE: Nebraska U.S. House seat

Baylor had a better chance of winning the Big Eight in Nebraska's glory days than Coach Tom's opponents have of taking his seat. RESULT: OSBORNE WINS A THIRD TERM, 87%--11%

SCOTT PATERNO Son of Penn State coach Joe Paterno PARTY: Republican RACE: Pennsylvania U.S. House seat

The inexperienced Paterno, 32, an attorney and Penn State grad, had trouble moving the ball in his first run for office--especially after it was revealed that in his college days he advocated legalizing marijuana. Oops. RESULT: LANDSLIDE LOSS FOR PATERNO

DALLAS COWBOYS RACE: Funding for new stadium

Voters in Arlington, Texas, weighed in on a plan to hike local taxes to raise $325 million toward a new home for Jerry Jones's team. RESULT: HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS! MEASURE PASSES

KEVIN TRIPLETT Former NASCAR executive PARTY: Republican RACE: Virginia U.S. House seat

Political rookie Triplett, 39, had campaign help from Dick Cheney and was a dream candidate for Virginia NASCAR dads, but he was tradin' paint with Democrat Rick Boucher, who's held his spot in the House for 22 years. RESULT: TRIPLETT GETS LAPPED, 59%--39%

JIM RYUN Olympic silver medal runner PARTY: Republican RACE: Kansas U.S. House seat

No stranger to close races, the former world-record holder in the mile picked up the pace after a tight campaign against challenger Nancy Boyda. RESULT: RYUN WINS A FIFTH TERM, 56%--41%

MARION BARRY PARTY: Democrat RACE: Washington, D.C., city council

In a race watched closely by the Team Formerly Known as the Montreal Expos, the former D.C. mayor fiercely opposed public funding for a new ballpark. "Why should we subsidize these millionaires?" he said. RESULT: SACRE BLEU! BARRY GETS 95% OF THE VOTE

DICK AMBROSE Former Browns linebacker PARTY: Republican RACE: Cuyahoga, Ohio, county judge

The player known as Bam Bam--he started law school during the '82 players' strike--passed out flyers that looked like football cards. RESULT: HE'S TACKLED FOR A LOSS, 50.4%--49.6%

COLOR PHOTOJOE IMEL-DAILY NEWS/AP (BUNNING BANNER) COLOR PHOTODAVID WALBERG (OSBORNE SIDELINE) COLOR PHOTOKIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (JONES) COLOR PHOTOJOHN DOMINIS/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES (RYUN RUNNING) COLOR PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (AMBROSE ACTION) COLOR PHOTOMARK DUNCAN (AMBROSE) COLOR PHOTOMARVIN JOSEPH/THE WASHINGTON POST (BARRY) COLOR PHOTOTOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL/AP (RYUN) COLOR PHOTOJOSH MELTZER/AP (TRIPLETT & CHENEY) COLOR PHOTONFL PROPERTIES (COWBOYS LOGO) COLOR PHOTOBRADLEY C. BOWER/AP (PATERNO) COLOR PHOTODAVE WEAVER/AP (OSBORNE) COLOR PHOTOAP (BUNNING)

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