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San Diego Needs Switzer For Upset

By Associated Press

So tell us, Sonny Jurgensen, is there any possible way for San Diego to win today?

Dallas Morning News columnist Frank Luksa asked the former Washington Redskins quarterback just that. Jurgensen gave the matter slight pause, a wink and an impish answer.

“Can (Barry) Switzer coach the other team?”

Wise-guy quips aside, Jurgensen’s credits as an NFL analyst are in order. He was a Hall of Fame quarterback and has been a Redskins broadcaster for years. Jurgensen’s forte is to talk like he once threw passes. He has a quick release. A tight spiral of opinion. Great accuracy.

Mention of San Francisco quarterback Steve Young sent Jurgensen against the current of mainstream thought. He believes that Young, en route to all-time great status according to the masses, is a product of the 49ers’ clever system. Tom Landry made the same remark about Joe Montana years ago and was branded a heretic.

“Young is among the top five in the game today,” Jurgensen told Luksa. “He’s very good. But that’s a good offense to play in.

“Take the best quarterback, put him with the worst team, and he’ll have the worst record. Put the worst quarterback with the best team and he’ll have the best record. Young plays in the … best passing concept in the league.”

Just a hunch

Doug Krikorkian, writing in the Long Beach Press-Telegram: “It’s my private view that Jerry Rice brought about his bogus retirement threat earlier this week because he wanted to divert some of the attention away from Deion Sanders and Steve Young. Rice’s ego is as staggering as his pass-receiving talents.”

We will Barry you

Here’s the inside scoop, from Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry:

“Yes, fundamental mistakes can play a role in the Super Bowl. But ultimately the outcome of today’s game will not hinge on mistakes; it will hinge, in my opinion, on which team scores the most total points.

“The majority of us professional sportswriters believe this team will be the San Francisco 49ers, although in recent days a small but vocal minority of us have been making a strong case for an upset win by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Bear in mind that we have access to complimentary beverages.)”

16 and counting

Orange County Register columnist Steve Bisheff has not only picked 16 Super Bowl winners in a row, but also has picked the point-spread winner 16 consecutive times. He says the 49ers will cover.

Do you believe in miracles?

Olympic hockey legend Mike Eruzione, member of the 1980 team that shocked the Soviets, has been in demand this week. “I’ll be honest with you,” Eruzione said, “I don’t think we were as big an underdog as San Diego is. Nineteen points in terms of goals? Heck, that’s six or seven goals.”

I’ll give ya Bud Light and a point

If you don’t want to wait around to find out which bag of bottles won the Bud Bowl, here’s the scoop: Bud wins on the game’s last play, 36-34.

Bet they’ll run to the left

President Carmen Policy of the 49ers, on how he plans to prevent offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan from accepting a head coaching job elsewhere: “We’ve threatened to snatch Mike’s firstborn and raise him as a Republican.”

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