STAT OF THE YEAR II: After Saturday's 34-23 win over New Orleans in the Superdome, the Packers under Holmgren are 5-17 on artificial turf.
BEST CATCH: The fan who came flying out of the Soldier Field stands and caught an extra-point attempt during the Bear-Packer Monday-night game on Sept. 11.
BEST CATCH II: The fans behind the end zones at Lambeau Field who embrace Packer wideout Robert Brooks after he scores.
BEST CATCH III: Herman Moore's leaping, partly obstructed, back-of-the-end-zone grab in the Lions' 27-24 win over the 49ers on Sept. 25.
BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER: A toss-up between Packer tight end Mark Chmura, who responded to Keith Jackson's midseason arrival by producing his first Pro Bowl season, and Buc running back Errict Rhett, one of only 13 men to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. We give the nod to Chmura.
BUST OF THE YEAR: He was hurt early on, but Buc wideout Alvin Harper has done little to warrant his four-year, $10.6 million free-agent contract. Harper has 42 catches for 584 yards and two TDs. So frustrated when he caught no passes in the second hall of a 31-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday, Harper said he might retire. "This has left a bad taste in my mouth," he said. "How can I play two quarters without getting the ball? I get more balls than that sitting on the couch with my little daughter."
BIG BABY AWARD: After accusing Viking cornerback Corey Fuller of being a dirty player in the wake of a 20-17 Tampa Bay win on Oct. 15, Buc quarterback Trent Dilfer was ejected from the rematch for scuffling with Viking defensive tackle John Randle.
DUMBEST QUOTE OF THE YEAR: Fontes had this to say of Barry Sanders after the Lion back rushed for 120 yards in a 24-17 win over the Bears on Nov. 19: "If he doesn't make the Hall of Fame, then I won't, either." Huh?
BEST QUOTE: "I'm quite certain it's not Brett Favre and [running back] Edgar Bennett who will determine what happens to their eternal soul." So said the Reverend John Parlow of St. Mark's Church in Green Bay about fans torn between attending Christmas Eve services or the Packers' finale versus the Steelers.