A SIDEWAYS GLANCE : JETS COULD JOIN NFL TEAMS OF INFAMY.
If the Jets lose to Miami today, they'll finish 1-15, joining four other horror shows with the worst record in NFL history over a 16-game season. Their year has been laughably similar to that of the 1980 Saints, 1989 Cowboys, 1990 Patriots and 1991 Colts, their partners in abysmal failure.
Just think - the Jets committed more than $80 million in long-term contracts to free agents and rookies. They hoped to have clinched a playoff berth before the final week of the season. Instead, they clinched the first pick in the draft for the second straight year.
``What will I remember about this season?'' said Adrian Murrell, who rushed for more than 1,100 yards, earning the team's most valuable player award. ``Not much. It's definitely been a nightmare, you can't get away from that. I'll try to remember one win and forget all the losses.''
A real head case
Talk about an athlete who uses his noggin. Nikolai Kutsenko juggled a soccer ball with his head for 7 hours, 17 minutes, 48 seconds in Moscow on Friday. The 25-year-old Russian from Kharkiv hopes to register his time with the Guinness Book of Records as a world record.
Steamy brew in this cauldron
The designer of the 1996 Olympic cauldron says it should stay where it is, despite reluctance of the Atlanta Braves to take it as part of the revamped Olympic stadium.
``If they want to move it, they should take it down, absolutely,'' said Siah Armajani. ``It was meant for the neighborhood. It was a symbolic act to bridge people together.''
The stadium will be turned over to the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority when the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games finishes converting it into a baseball park for the Braves.
So far, the Braves have wanted nothing to do with the cauldron. Among the issues are the unknown costs of maintenance, security and insurance.
The People's choice
Dennis Rodman is intriguing. So is Tiger Woods. That is the view of People magazine.
Rodman and Woods were included in People's list of the ``The 25 Most Intriguing People in 1996.''
Rodman, the Chicago Bulls' rebound specialist with the multi-colored hair, was said to be: ``Nude, lewd and heavily tattooed, he cross dresses for success, but is he all Bull?''
Woods, who made a dazzling transition to the PGA Tour from the amateur ranks, drew the line: ``No longer a sport for just geezers, golf gets a gen-X superstar.''
While in the listing mode, the magazine included two sports-oriented movies among its best and worst of 1996. Space Jam, featuring Michael Jordan, was on worst list. Jerry Maguire, a film about a sports agent, was included among the best.
Photo: (1) Claudia Riegler of New Zealand dons a Santa's cap after d ashing through the snow to win a World Cup slalom race in Switzerland.
(2) No Caption (Nikolai Kutsenko)