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Peter King
December 10, 2001
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December 10, 2001

The Football Beat

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Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey versus Cardinals wide receiver David Boston

Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter, who used to throw passes to multipurpose star Bailey when they were teammates at Georgia, caught the Washington defensive back guessing curl route when it was a go pattern in the fourth quarter of Dallas's 20-14 win on Sunday. The rare mistake resulted in a game-winning 64-yard touchdown pass to Rocket Ismail. "I hate to say it, but things like this are going to happen," Bailey said. "Now I've got to get ready for another great receiver." That would be Boston, who, very quietly, is having an extraordinary season—72 catches, a league-high 1,171 receiving yards and six touchdowns.


Dec. 7, 1941: Fans went to a game, and a war broke out

On the final weekend of the regular season, the largest crowd of the year, 55,051, jammed the Polo Grounds for the game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although the action was exciting—the Dodgers knocked off the Eastern Division champion Giants 21-7—the crowd wasn't entirely focused after hearing a page early in the game asking an Army colonel to call Washington immediately. As fans left the stadium, an announcement over the P.A. informed them that Navy personnel were being ordered to report to their bases immediately, those in the Army to report the next day. "This is important," the announcer said. The attack on Pearl Harbor had begun at 12:55 Eastern time, about an hour before the opening kickoff.

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