Sport: Upstarts and Upsets in the N.F.L.

New rules help turn some of pro football's lambs into lions

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but don't try to tell that to the Dallas Cowboys. The National Football League's reigning Super Bowl champions have discovered that they cannot keep a good thing to themselves, either on the sidelines or on the field. First, a dozen teams around the league began buying up hot pants and spangles, then proceeded to out-cleavage the Cowboys' cheerleaders. Then, while Dallas was struggling to win games, a flock of teams once considered lambs suddenly turned...

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