Sport: Year of the Okey-Doke

Pre-season talk about the Buffalo Bills' O.J. Simpson breaking Jim Brown's single-year rushing record of 1,863 yds. sounded like a fantasy floated by the publicity department. All last fall the Bills had managed to win only four games, and though Simpson had made 1,251 yds., the prospect of his gaining more than a mile behind a set of inexperienced blockers seemed as likely as the Dolphins finishing in the cellar.

By last weekend, the whole league knew better. Gaining 219 yds. the previous Sunday on a snow-covered field against a special six-man New...

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