Game of the Week
Rams at Raiders, Sunday. This is the Raiders' 10th season in Southern California but only the fourth meeting between these two teams since they became neighbors. The three previous games have drawn crowds that filled their respective stadiums to an average capacity of only 87%. Big rivalry? Nah. "I don't think so," says running back Greg Bell, who played for both teams but is now out of football. "The Lakers pretty much hold all the bragging rights in Los Angeles."
The End Zone
New England backup linebacker Richard Tardits has become president of a semipro football team that is playing half a world away, in his hometown of Biarritz, France. Tardits, who came to the U.S. in 1984 and played football for the first time a year later at the University of Georgia, has had to supply his players with additional equipment—early on, the offensive and defensive units were sharing shoulder pads—and also has helped to formulate the game plans. The Biarritz coach's only exposure to football in America has come from what he has seen on French TV. "I had to send him plays and tell him what to run," Tardits says.