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HEROES & ZEROS: Dec. 1 - 7

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Saturday — December 7, 2002
Navy

Quarterback
OPP RYDS TD PYDS TD
103 6 87 1



Reason: It was an unforgettable day for quarterback as he tied the Division 1-A record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Candeto ran for 6 scores, threw for another as the Midshipmen trounced , 58-12. It was the most points scored in the history of the series.

UCLA
The Entire Team
OPP PTS PTSA YDS YDSA
WSU 27 48 307 541



Reason: Lots of people were counting on to beat Washington state, including USC fans who wanted a Rose Bowl Bid, fans who wanted into the BCS and the ' coach, Bob who's on the hot seat. let them all down getting crushed by 21 points.

Friday — December 6, 2002
Nomar Garciaparra Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra
Boston Red Sox's
USA Soccer player
Reason: Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra have conquered their fear of committment and are going to team up in the game of life. Yes, they're engaged. Nomar tells the Boston Herald he proposed to the world's most famous female soccer player over Thanksgiving. They met at a charity event four years ago and plan to get married, "sometime in the next two years."
Atlanta Thrashers
Atlanta
Goalie
OPP TGA TSA GAA SV%
@ 7 30 6.77 .767




Reason: blew a chance to payback his old team, by giving up the game winning goal in overtime. Dafoe twice had a two goal lead over the , including a 6-4 lead late in the third period, and he still couldn't avoid overtime. With just two minutes left in overtime he gave up the final goal of the night as won 7-6.

Thursday — December 5, 2002
Philadelphia Flyers Michael Handzus
Philadelphia
Center
OPP G GWG SOG TOI
1 1 1 15' 41"



Reason: The and had fought to a 2-2 tie and with just 36 seconds left in overtime, Michael Handzus got the chance to become just the second player ever to attempt a penalty shot in overtime. He scored, giving the a 3-2 victory, snapping the 6-game home winless streak and moving them into a tie for first in the Atlantic Division.

University of Arizona
Arizona Wildcats
Tight End

Reason: Arizona tight end Justin LaVassuer was arrested on felony drug trafficking charges after he was stopped in with 87 pounds of marijuana. Junior tight end was pulled over for speeding Tuesday morning by a state trooper near Geneseo, about 140 miles west of Chicago, police said. Levasseur, a 22-year-old from Antioch, Calif., led all Arizona tight ends with 11 catches for 143 yards. Last month, Coach John Mackovic called Levasseur "a disgrace to his family" for the way he was playing.

Wednesday — December 4, 2002
Cleveland Cavaliers
The entire team
OPP PTS PTSA REB AST
111 101 56 20



Reason: The Cavs finally halted their losing streak at 15 games, by scoring 111 points against the Chicago . By far the most points they have scored this season, and just the secon time that they have broken the century mark. Less than 7300 Cleveland fans were in attendance, marking their lowest attendance in more than 14 years, but the fans that came had something to celebrate about.

Antonio Davis

Forward
OPP FGM FGA PTS REB
@ 1 15 4 11



Reason: forward for whatever reason, would not stop shooting the basketball. He finished 1-for-15 from the floor and not surprising Toronto lost by 15 points. Davis was able to pull down 11 rebounds but he managed just four points on this truly abysmal night.

Tuesday — December 3, 2002
Yao Ming

Center
OPP MIN PTS REB BLK
37 27 18 3



Reason: It was a Texas-sized breakthrough for , as he led the to a huge win over intra-state rival San Antonio . After catching heat for averaging just five shots a game and letting lead the team in rebounds, Yao responded with 27 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. He had been averaging just five rebounds a game.

Glenn Robinson

Forward
OPP PTS REB AST TO
@ 8 3 1 5



Reason: has been trying to transform the frontcourt into the force it was during the Dominique Wilkins era. But the "Big Dog" has a ways to go, as he scored just eight points on 4-of-15 shooting as the were blasted by the , 87-72. Atlanta was held to season lows in points, field goals and shooting percentage.

Monday — December 2, 2002
Tim Brown

Wide Receiver
OPP REC YDS CREC CYDS
8 90 1004 14004



Reason: needed just four catches to become the third player in NFL history with 1,000 receptions. In the third quarter against the , Brown reached that historical mark. He trails only teammate and the Dolphin's on the all-time list. Brown finished with eight catches as the held on to beat the .

Cleveland Cavaliers
The entire team
OPP PTS REB PTSA TO
@ 93 31 125 23



Reason: The gave up 125 points to the low-scoring , 32-points more than they average. The win over the Cavs was by far New York's highest point total of the season and only the second time they've broken the 100-point barrier this year. The 32-point loss by Cleveland was their biggest margin of defeat this season.

Sunday — December 1, 2002
Michael Vick
Atlanta
Quarterback
OPP PYDS TD RYDS TD
173 1 173 2



Reason: did it with both his arm and legs to lead the to victory. Vick threw for 173 yards and one touchdown and ran for an additional 173 yards and two more scores on the ground, including a 46-yard touchdown run in overtime to win the game.

Kurt Warner
St. Louis
Quarterback
OPP ATT COMP YDS TD INT
@ 20 42 218 0 2



Reason: The led , lost to the 10-3, and failed to get into the endzone for the first time all season. Warner threw two interceptions and could have had two or three more. As a starter this season Warner is 0-6, with seven losses St. Louis has all but eliminated itself from the playoff hunt.


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