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Paterno overtakes Bear

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Oct. 29
Each week I post my "Dick's Dow Jones" report on whose stock is up and whose is down from across the world of sports.


Stock up to Penn State coach Joe Paterno for passing Bear Bryant on the all-time college football win list. Penn State scored a big-time comeback to beat Ohio State on Saturday. Paterno is such a class act; he has always done things in a positive way, so it is great to see him move into No. 1 on that career victory list. A lot of people took Penn State for granted, but the Nittany Lions came through with the big W.

I saw the Tampa Bay Bucs play the Minnesota Vikings. Tony Dungy's team finally lived up to its billing with a big-time W, dominating the Vikings. Tampa Bay ran well and Mike Alstott had a big day with Warrick Dunn hurt. The Bucs still have a lot of work to do to catch the surprising Bears, who also deserve a stock up for coming back and beating the 49ers in overtime.

A lot of people also buried Florida State quarterback Chris Rix. Well, he put up some huge numbers against previously unbeaten Maryland, completing 15-of-24 passes for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Seminoles got to the winner's circle for coach Bobby Bowden.

Also playing well on Saturday were Stanford and Syracuse. The Cardinal beat Oregon and UCLA in consecutive weeks; Tyrone Willingham's team can flat-out score. The Orangemen pulled a shock city over then-unbeaten Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. That's a great win for coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Stock up to Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. Steffi gave birth to a baby boy, Jaden Gil. Boy, I would love to be his agent, baby!


It looked like the Vikings didn't bother showing up to play the Bucs. Dennis Green has his hands full. Minnesota has already lost four games this season, and it looks like several players aren't on the same page.

Jim Fassel can't be too happy with his Giants after they lost their third straight game. Losing to the Eagles and Rams is one thing, but to the Redskins, who had just one win prior to Sunday's contest? The defending NFC champions have to be disappointed with the recent turn of events.

Gustavo Kuerten is the world's top-ranked male tennis player. But he isn't playing like it, as he has dropped five straight singles matches.

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