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Peter King
December 21, 1998
1. The Crying GameMidway through the third quarter Steelers coach Bill Cowher pulls quarterback Kordell Stewart, who looks neither athletic nor decisive during a 16-3 loss to the Buccaneers. After an angry exchange between the coach and his passer, Stewart weeps. This must really be going over well in shot-and-a-beer Pittsburgh.
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December 21, 1998

The Buzz

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1. The Crying Game
Midway through the third quarter Steelers coach Bill Cowher pulls quarterback Kordell Stewart, who looks neither athletic nor decisive during a 16-3 loss to the Buccaneers. After an angry exchange between the coach and his passer, Stewart weeps. This must really be going over well in shot-and-a-beer Pittsburgh.

2. The Return Game
In their 23-year history the Bucs have never returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and the Broncos haven't done it since 1972. In Baltimore on Sunday, the Ravens (two) and the Vikings returned a total of three kickoffs for scores in a span of seven minutes. "The world has never seen that before," said Minnesota linebacker Dwayne Rudd. And probably never will again.

3. The Compromising Game
After striking a tentative sweetheart deal with Connecticut state officials to move his team to Hartford, Patriots owner Bob Kraft got word that the move to the largely blue-collar state capital might encounter resistance. So he agreed to cut his annual guaranteed take on luxury and club seating from $17.5 million to $13 million, and he cut the price of the most expensive club seats from $5,000 to $4,000 a year. Kraft is still left with the richest NFL stadium deal ever.

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