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And you didn't think anyone could look good in mustard-yellow and tobacco-brown. But there was the Broncos' QB, leading a 98-yard drive to force OT and then beating the Pats. "This was the best I've seen the field," said Orton of his 330-yard passing day. Smile, Mile High fans. His career record at home is 18--2.
The Angels' lefty celebrated his 39th birthday (Oct. 6) by pitching in all three ALDS games against Boston (he closed out Game 1) and not allowing a run. After Oliver's career-low 2.71 ERA this season, free agency, even at his age, could mean a raise from his $2 million salary.
A 4--1 start had the remade pucksters in first place. Sniper Marian Gaborik (right, seven points) was healthy, backup goalie Steve Valiquette shut out the still mighty Ducks and coach John Tortorella wasn't easing up. "A pat on the back is a few feet from a kick in the butt," he said.
At 6--0 for the first time in 24 years (and one of nine Division I unbeatens) No. 11 Iowa is starting to feel, as linebacker Jeremiha Hunter (right) said, "Like everything is going our way." Especially the ball. Iowa has forced at least four turnovers in each of three games.