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SOMETHING LESS THAN SUPER
Dan Jenkins
December 25, 1978
If you caught yourself yawning during the 1978 NFL season, perhaps it was because there were too many games, too many flags, too few good teams and only one real star—rookie Running Back Earl Campbell of the Oilers
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December 25, 1978

Something Less Than Super

If you caught yourself yawning during the 1978 NFL season, perhaps it was because there were too many games, too many flags, too few good teams and only one real star—rookie Running Back Earl Campbell of the Oilers

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? Oakland's Ken Stabler, deciding not to throw an interception, for a change, kept the ball on the ground for the intentional triple-fumble touchdown that beat San Diego.

? Denver and Atlanta winning games on last-play field goals when the kickers got another chance after they had missed their first ones.

? Assorted NFL cheerleaders posing in the nude, rolling undercover cops and causing almost as much embarrassment to some owners as the NFC Central.

? Carroll Rosenbloom becoming the only man ever to make a sympathetic figure out of George Allen by firing his new coach after two exhibition games.

?Such stars as O. J. Simpson, Bert Jones, Bob Griese, Chuck Foreman and Ken Anderson missing parts of the season because of injuries. Not to mention approximately 200 other players who were lost for the season.

? Chicago's Walter Payton gaining the most secretive 1,395 yards in history, because the Bears experimented with a no-quarterback offense under new Coach Neill Armstrong, who viewed Payton more as a decoy than a runner.

? Cleveland Cornerback Ron Bolton, following a near-riot in Municipal Stadium after the Browns had lost their second straight game as the result of a controversial call in the waning moments, saying of the officials, "They're the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium."

?Last year's NFL scoring leader, Errol Mann of the Raiders, missing extra points in five different games and more field goals than Al Davis could count.

?David Sims of Seattle leading the NFL in touchdowns; Jim Zorn of Seattle becoming the best lefthanded quarterback since, well, Ken Stabler; and Steve Largent of Seattle becoming the new Raymond Berry by catching an AFC-high 71 passes for 1,168 yards—while all the big names were on vacation.

? New England blowing its opening game to Washington at home, partly because an unidentified Patriot left a playsheet in the Redskins' dressing room.

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