COLD PLAY As snow blanketed the field at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn., last Saturday, Augsburg College quarterback Muneer Al-Hameed (8) threw a pass over the hands of Bethel defender Trent Pearson (43). Bethel defeated its rival from Minneapolis 19--6 to finish 9--1 and earn a berth against Wartburg College of Waverly, Iowa, in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
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FEELING THE PAINT Heat forward Chris Bosh could only lie in the lane and watch after losing a battle for a rebound against the Celtics in Miami last Thursday. Kevin Garnett (5) led the fast break with Marquis Daniels (8) and Rajon Rondo while Heat forward LeBron James trailed. The Celtics won 112--107, beating Miami's expensively revamped team for the second time in two games (page 28).
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HURRICANE WATCH Carolina goalie Justin Peters looked on helplessly as a shot by the Canadiens' Benoit Pouliot bounced into the net during the second period in Montreal last Saturday. Peters had entered just 2½ minutes earlier, after starter Cam Ward allowed four goals on 22 shots and was yanked for the second consecutive game. Peters gave up three scores in a 7--2 Hurricanes loss.
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FROM THE VAULT BRASSY PERFORMANCE Senior quarterback Don Holleder (16) led Army onto the field against Penn State before the Corps of Cadets and the U.S. Military Academy band at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on Oct. 1, 1955. Holleder, an All-America end as a junior who had been converted to quarterback by coach Earl (Red) Blaik (in fedora), led the sixth-ranked Black Knights to four touchdowns on the ground, running one in himself, and threw for another in a 35--6 rout of the No. 18 Nittany Lions. (Army would finish the season 6--3 and ranked No. 20.) Holleder was drafted by the New York Giants in 1956 but turned the NFL down for a career in the Army. He had risen to the rank of major when he was killed in Vietnam in October 1967.
Before he became the premier postseason performer of his generation, the Patriots icon was a middling college quarterback who invited skepticism, even scorn, from fans and his coaches. That was all—and that was everything