As the food fighters fretted and flight attendants cheered, the wrestlers contained Purcell at the front of the cabin until he broke free and bolted back to his brood. That's when Bracken grabbed him around the waist from behind, hoisted him into the air and tossed him backward onto some seats, ending the fracas. Upon landing in Minnesota, Purcell was arrested and 17 of his companions were deported. "Bracken's was a classic belly-to-back," said Surofchek admiringly. "It's a five-point, high-amplitude throw."
Make that a high-altitude throw.
Now That's a Fanzine
Michael Jordan is certainly worthy of extensive coverage, but one English-language newspaper in the Middle East went a bit overboard. On Dec. 4 a feature in the paper's sports section told of Jordan's plans to finish his career with the Chicago Bulls. Included were such titillating Jordan insights as "I'm feeling pretty good." The next day the paper devoted its sports lead to a look at Jordan's 1995 income.
Then again, maybe the lavish attention shouldn't be surprising. The newspaper, published in Amman, is the, Jordan Times.
Senior writer Paul Zimmerman chooses his All-NFL team (chart, below).
The 17th annual Dr. Z All-Pro team offers a bunch of old standbys—Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders and Jerry Rice among them—but the inclusion of some young and heretofore unheralded performers makes this lineup intriguing.
On offense there's Curtis Whitley, the fourth-year center for the expansion Carolina Panthers. A powerhouse with a nasty streak, Whitley is the star pupil of offensive line coach Jim McNally, who built the Anthony Muñoz-Max Montoya forward wall for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s. Buffalo Bill rookie guard Ruben Brown won a spot with his explosive drive-blocking, and the Pittsburgh Steelers' steady Leon Searcy, who hasn't made the Pro Bowl in his four seasons, replaces New Orleans's Willie Roaf at one tackle. The St. Louis Rams' second-year wideout Isaac Bruce beats out Detroit Lion Herman Moore because Bruce had no receiver to take the pressure off him.
On defense Houston Oiler Micheal Barrow, a third-year pro who moved from outside to middle linebacker this year, made marked improvement at his new position. At corner the New York Giants' Phillippi Sparks, a four-year veteran, was the game's best cover man.