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Who's Hot Who's Not
Edited by Kostya Kennedy
September 26, 2005
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September 26, 2005

Who's Hot Who's Not

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Green Bay Packers

In Week 1 the Pack fell to the Lions, and lost star receiver Javon Walker for the season. In Week 2 the unheralded Browns came to Lambeau and wrecked the high of Reggie White's number-retirement day. The Pack hasn't had a losing season since 1991. Is this their year for one? "Teams will see weakness and say we are a different team," said Brett Favre (right). "To a certain degree ... I agree."

Sooners

After being undone by UCLA (page 81), the fumbling (six of 'em last Saturday), class-cutting (running back Adrian Peterson didn't start after skipping school) Oklahoma footballers are 1-2 for the first time since coach Bob Stoops took over in 1999. The lone Big 12 team with a losing record is out of the Top 25. Said Stoops of Saturday's showing, "It's just poor football."

Modern Viking

That would be Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper, to be precise. His season so far: eight interceptions, zero touchdowns, two fumbles and a league-low passer rating that looks like an autumn temperature reading in Minneapolis: 41.6. He is the leader of a winless team and he no longer has his old friend Randy Moss to bail him out.

Keith Tkachuk

Hockey is back, and so is this Blues left wing, a three-time All-Star and two-time Olympian. Well, he was back until he failed his physical and was suspended, for reportedly being well over his playing weight of 231 pounds. "It's disappointing," said St. Louis coach Mike Kitchen of his $7.6 million-a-year star (right). "We were looking for him to be our best player."

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