Inside Sports for Wednesday — September 28, 2005

• Hard loss still counts as a win

• Wie to make debut in Japan on men’s tour

• Testaverde takes over

• Braves clinch title

Hard loss still counts as a win

By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island

As Dallas’ Drew Bledsoe threaded the needle to Keyshawn Johnson for the go-ahead score against San Francisco, I had to cringe, but the 49ers still had one more chance to march down the field and at the least send the game into overtime.

But of course that didn’t happen. Instead, Dallas’ Dat Ngyuen spoiled the day and landed an interception for the game clincher.

However, as that first tinge of disappointment flowed through my body, I remembered that if my ‘Niners were defeated by no more than seven points, I still would’ve won what was at stake against KONG AM570’s “Anahola” Joel Pahukula.

You see, just to refresh your memory, Pahukula and I agreed that if the Cowboys won by more than a touchdown, he’d get the honor of writing a column on the sports page.

But that didn’t happen as the Cowboys narrowly edged San Francisco, 34-31.

So what do I get out of the bargain? Well, I get to do color commentary, along with Pahukula on a KIF football broadcast on AM570.

The Dallas Cowboys die-hard fan made the trip to see the ‘Niners/Cowboys contest in San Francisco and I bet he wasn’t enjoying the early parts of the game, with the ‘Niners holding on to the lead all the way until the end. It was a bittersweet type of feeling for me. Going in, I knew that Dallas had a 99.9-percent chance of winning and it’s not like I didn’t believe in my team, instead I just realize how bad San Francisco is at this point.

But when they were up 31-19 going into the final period, I had the feeling that they would actually pull out the victory, which would’ve made my Sunday a lot sweeter.

But as we all know, that didn’t happen and the fairy tale ending was saved for another week (hopefully)!

The loss was hard to swallow, but like anything, there’s always the next time, but I’ll surely remember this time. The opportunity to do color should be very interesting and fun, so stay tuned!

Wie to make debut in Japan on men’s tour

TOKYO — American teenager Michelle Wie will play in a toptier Japanese men’s tour event in November, organizers said Tuesday. Wie, who will turn 16 next month, will play in the Nov. 24-27 Casio World Open, one of the richest events on Japan’s men’s tour.

Testaverde takes over

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The desperate New York Jets brought back 41-year-old Vinny Testaverde on Tuesday after starting quarterback Chad Pennington and his backup Jay Fiedler were lost for the season with shoulder injuries.

Braves clinch title

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves tried to hold off the celebration. It didn’t work. The Braves wrapped up their 14th straight division championship Tuesday night while playing the Colorado Rockies, the NL East title assured midway through the game when the second-place Phillies lost to the New York Mets.


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