Sport: The Short Ride Home

Long before the end-zone seats for the Baltimore Colts-San Francisco Forty Niners football game went on sale last week, one fan camped out in front of the box office. He had a Thermos of coffee, a blanket, and an electric razor. "After I buy my ticket," he explained, "I'll go to a service station and shave. I've got to look presentable for the Forty Niners."

All San Francisco shared his sentiment. Professional football's eastern title had already been won by the Cleveland Browns, but the Forty Niners were still in the race in the...

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