||Top 5 NFL draft lock
Announcing decision to go pro this morning. One-man proof that NFL's (previous) draft-eligibility policy was a farce.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Sports' newest feud: Mavs owner Mark
Cuban vs. Pistons/Olympic coach Larry Brown, who
criticized Cuban's take that NBA stars shouldn't play
in the Olympics (maybe Larry was just ticked that his
team lost to Dallas on Saturday).
Cuban came back with the ultimate smackdown for Brown: Call me when you actually own a team,
rather than merely work for one.
Cuban also tossed out an idea for which I just
happen to have an old business plan sitting in my hard
drive (call me, Mark!): Pay the best college players
to skip school and train exclusively for the Olympics.
Pro Bowled Over
107-82 may have seemed like the
score of the Pro Bowl (really, 55-52 NFC), but it's
actually the spread between the new versus old record
for combined points scored.
Obviously, coaches Andy Reid and Tony Dungy didn't use the same offensive schemes from their conference-championship games.
Brunell to D.C.?
Reflecting the city's current political
conventional wisdom, the Redskins QB situation
looks like a near 50/50 split between an incumbent and
a strong challenger.
Trading for Jacksonville's Mark Brunell may or (more likely)
may not happen.
Skins: 2nd-rd pick too pricey
Brunell: Rather be in Miami?
Jags: Late offers from SD, Dal
But even rumors alone indicates that Joe Gibbs
is less than impressed with Spurrier project Patrick
Unbeaten Stanford's sick
finish Saturday over rival Arizona
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Cuban-Brown feud: Will we see an escalation at the ASG?|
2 NFL trade watch: Where will vet QB Mark Brunell end up?
3 All-Star Week kicks off: First NHL, NFL. Up next: NBA!
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Pats RB Antowain Smith: NE can mail free-agent his ring|
2 Tyson's retirement: Money woes will put him back in ring
3 LeBron's issues with All-Star snub: He'll play, if asked
puts the Cardinal on a collision course with the national title.
That's right: Short memory.
Already forgotten Duke's big W last week over UNC.
Stanford has earned the chance to be No. 1, so let's
finally drop the East Coast Bias.
St. John's Mess
With all the great new adds to the Big
East -- Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette -- the
league should "ask" St. John's to take next year off
to resuscitate its program, which is currently
trolling the student gym looking for a few bodies to
just weigh down the bench.
NHL All-Star Game
If only the 6-4 finish didn't double this season's per-game
scoring average, the sport might not have seen its
last All-Star weekend (for a while).
Missed one Skills Comp event: Game-killing
labor negotiation. Oh, wait: That's this summer.
Luckily, Jeremy Roenick seems good at that one,
The Willie Williams Saga continues: Just
days before the football recruit's pre-existing
probation expires, the nation's hottest teen
diarist -- amd subject of a Sunday profile in the New York Times'
quasi-"society page" section -- is facing possible jail time in
Gainesville for an incident during his recruiting trip
Legitimate question: Would he have been charged
if he had signed with the Gators, instead of Miami?
The "Grand-doggy of 'em all" --
Westminster -- starts today. You might think these
people are freaks for knowing miniscule differences
between pedigrees, but they likely think that you are
equally dorky for knowing where everyone in
yesterday's Grizzlies-Timberwolves box score went to
For the sports weekend's "Best in Show" contenders,
see "Odds and Ends."
Thanks for the help, but see ya. In NE system, no single player (except maybe Brady) is more important than the cap.
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|Janet Jackson's rep|
|Even after (E.A.) Grammy no-show|
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|Here comes the comeback!|
More "Best in Show" from weekend:|
TV ads: The new adidas one with Muhammad and Laila
Grammys: Beyonce's two-fer performance (but more
people asked "Where's Janet?") ...
Kansas hoops fans: For chanting "Sa-lad tos-ser!" at
Bob Knight. Student-section taunt of the year ...
Performance by a rookie coach: Nets Lawrence Frank
moves to 7-0, two more wins from NBA record ...
Daytona qualifier: Unlikely Greg Biffle wins pole for
next week's season opener ...
Team: Grizzlies set franchise record for Ws in style,
with buzzer-beater over T'wolves ...
Arena League: season kicked off; who would have
guessed that the NFL Pro Bowl would outscore 'em