1. GENE UPSHAW
Just get rich, baby. The National Football League Players Association's 10-player executive committee voted to make Upshaw the highest-paid union leader in sports history for two reasons: The NFLPA is awash in profits, and Upshaw negotiated a system in which salaries have soared. In 1996 the players got 72% of the league's designated gross revenue, as opposed to the 62% that baseball players received. With his new deal, Upshaw will receive $1.6 million a year through 2003.
2. COACH JERRY
The Dallas owner touches off a media feeding frenzy by saying he would love to coach the 'Boys. Then Jones takes a sanity pill and tells SI he wouldn't coach in a jillion years. "I think it's possible to coach and be G.M.," the all-powerful Oz said on Sunday, "but not to coach and a pay the bills."
3. TERRELL DAVIS
With his 215-yard performance against the Bengals, he became the first Bronco to run for 200 yards in a game. Now when the debate begins about football's best back, this third-year player deserves serious consideration. Look at these rushing numbers since the start of last season: Terrell, 2,064; Barry, 1,880; Emmitt, 1,496.
Baltimore's 3-1. Vinny Testaverde's possessed. Modell's men are playing some defense. The schedule favors them; after a game in San Diego on Sunday, the Ravens don't leave Maryland until November. And how do you think all this is going over in northeast Ohio?
5. LINDY INFANTE
After blowing a 26-zip lead at Buffalo, the Colts find themselves down 37-35 with a hot kicker (Cary Blanchard, 5 for 5 on the day) ready, nine seconds left and the ball at the Buffalo 48. The Indianapolis coach calls for two Hail Marys, both of which fail. Earth to Lindy! Why not throw a 20-yard sideline pass against a soft zone, then let Blanchard try to win it?