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February 02, 1998
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February 02, 1998

Scorecard

February 2, 1998

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"We're rooting for the Packers," the elderly woman informed me in fine Wisconsin English, "because we're from Green Bay."

The crowd was multinational. Two guys from Switzerland favored the Broncos because one of them had lived in the States and, he said, "I like John Elway." A contingent from Sydney favored Green Bay but thought that the "AFL is much tougher than the NFL." (The AFL? Did these guys think they were about to watch the Jets against the Colts? The AFL, it turns out, is the Australian Football League.) The predominant jersey in the place—I spotted three—was that of the San Francisco 49ers.

The game unfolded on 30 or more television screens around the circular room. Beer was served. A lot of beer. The plucky Broncos took their early lead, held strong when the Packers came back and then scored at the end to win. The elderly woman from Green Bay said a word that I didn't think she knew. The two guys from Switzerland exchanged high fives. A cricket match, Australia versus South Africa, appeared on the 30 or more screens. The contingent from Sydney stayed.

I collected my money and went onto the streets of Melbourne. The time was three o'clock in the afternoon—Monday afternoon. The weather was warm. I stopped to watch a band concert on the way back to my hotel. The holiday fun had just begun.

Not Keeping Up

The committee that decides the field for this week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rejected PGA Tour player Mike Springer's request to team up with New York Mets pitcher Bobby Jones. Despite having signed a three-year, $13.35 million contract last week that will keep him in the Big Apple through the 2000 season, the righthander apparently wasn't high-profile enough to please the committee.

Since when isn't Bobby Jones a big enough name in amateur golf?

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